Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary - Guest Blog and Giveaway


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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Candi Sary will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

5 Things We’d Probably Never Guess About You by Candi Sary


1. My turquoise obsession—I wear something turquoise every day, and even my toenails are painted turquoise all the time. I’ve tried wearing other colors, but it’s as if color has vibration, and I just feel off in red or orange or black. Turquoise hasn’t only taken over my closet. I surround myself with it. I have turquoise dishes in my turquoise kitchen, a turquoise Christmas tree, turquoise handbags, turquoise decor… you name it! And I even live in a turquoise house. My husband finally gave in to having it painted after years of my suggesting it. Sometimes, after a long day in a somewhat dull world, it makes me so happy to pull up to my pretty turquoise house.

2. I can surf and ride a skateboard—I bought a skateboard in college and asked the little skater kid down the street to teach me to ride it. He even taught me to Ollie—practicing on carpet at first. I’m not very good, but I can do it! I started surfing almost 15 years ago when my son learned to surf. I only go out in small waves, and I definitely “surf like a mom,” but it’s one of my favorite things to do.

3. My admittedly irrational fears—I read A Short History of Nearly Everything and when I learned in detail about the possibility (the very slim possibility) of asteroids slamming into the earth without warning, I haven’t been able to look up at the night sky the same again. Sometimes I imagine movie-like scenarios and let my imagination get the best of me. My similar fears of tsunamis, black widows and other random dangers make me wonder if this is the downside of having an overactive, creative mind.

4. I still get a toy for Christmas—When I was too old for toys (by my mom’s standards) I started getting only clothes and other more mature gifts for Christmas. While I certainly appreciated the presents, I remember I felt like the magic of Christmas was gone. When I told my mom, she decided to add just one toy under the tree each year, all the way into adulthood. And now my husband buys me one toy each year. Something about a colorful toy and its playfulness, no matter how small and simple, excites me and continues to bring out the kid in me.

5. My outrageous number of rejections—I probably received well over 1,000 rejection letters in my writing career. I submitted each of my seven novels to agents and publishers over the years, and while the “no’s” were not always easy to take, I learned so much from them. The early no’s were often simple form letters, but the later ones (the ones that came after publishers and agents said yes to reading my novels) were more detailed and personal and sometimes even encouraging. They not only taught me specifics on how to improve my writing, but they also taught me that “no” is not the end of the world, and persistence can change everything.


Young Carson Calley has a rare and magical gift of healing, a gift which both defines him and threatens to betray him. He lives in Hollywood motels with his alcoholic, fortune-telling mother, Juliette. She nurtures his gift, but her ways are deceptive. She feeds the boy fantastical stories to convince him of his greatness. At fourteen, Carson finally wises up to her lies and his identity is completely shattered. Juliette is too deep in her addiction to help him separate the facts from the fictions, so he looks for answers on the streets of Hollywood. There he finds Faris, a tattoo shop owner, and Casper, a cashier at a head shop. These two unlikely mentors help this troubled yet extraordinary boy find his way to the truth.




Enjoy an excerpt:

Putting my hands over her head I felt the tiny stars that always came. It felt like thousands of them came pouring out of my hands. I couldn’t see them with my eyes; I could only see them with my eyes closed. But I could feel them. They filled my hands with heat, and when I shared them with my mom, they made her feel better.

I don’t remember the first time I used the stars, just like I don’t remember the first time I used my voice. When I asked my mom how I got them, she said I just knew I had them in me—the same way I knew I had words in me.


About the Author: Candi Sary graduated from the University of California, Irvine. Her awards for Black Crow White Lie include 1st Place in the Dante Rossetti Awards, winner of the Reader Views Literary Award for the West-Pacific, and first runner-up in the Eric Hoffer Award for fiction. Her novel was also adapted into a short film by Chase Michael Wilson. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two children. She can often be found surfing out in the waters of Newport Beach.

Publisher Website: http://www.bluemarybooks.com
Website: http://www.candisary.com
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26 comments:

  1. What character in a book would you like to be best friends with?

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    1. There are so many, but one that comes to mind is Annie Quinn in "A Moment in Connemara." And lucky for me, I am friends with her! The book is her memoir. :)

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  2. Thanks, It's Raining Books, for hosting!

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  3. Wow...I love that you get a toy every year for Christmas. My Nana always told me to buy a gift for me, put it under the tree and write a card "From Santa". It does keep the magic alive and remember when one does NOT believe in Santa, "You get Underwear!" LOL.
    Thanks Candi for writing these blogs as I have learned lots of interesting things about you and your creative inspirations.
    Hopefully you will finish your next book soon. I so enjoy your writing and characters.
    Enjoy the Moments

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    1. Thanks, Annie! (To those who are reading all the comments, this is the Annie that is my friend from a book! :) I really appreciate all your support, and I'm looking forward to your next book as well!

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  4. Great post and excerpt, sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Eva! I'm glad you came by to read!

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  5. The excerpt is one of my fav parts of your book! Thousands of tiny stars...so evocative. Love your list - all of those would come as a surprise, but your turquoise toes & clothes give #1 away.

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! Yes, the turquoise obsession is a bit obvious. ;)

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  6. I enjoyed reading the 5 things.

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  7. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!

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  8. Your 5 Things was interesting and your persistence has definitely paid off! Your book sounds great and the cover and title are perfect!

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  9. Thank you, Betty! Hope you'll check it out!

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  10. I loved learning about your turquoise obsession, skateboarding and surfing skills and your toy at Christmas! I also loved the trailer. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Ree, for following the blog tour!

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  11. A great list. Turquoise is a beautiful color.

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  12. Great post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and the 5 things list. Also, I liked the book trailer! This book sounds like a very interesting read! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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  13. Wow, I admire your courage to keep pushing forward after receiving that many rejection letters. But I bet the acceptance letter was that much sweeter :)

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