Tag Archives: Candace J. Carter

Top 10 Tuesday — Water

29 Aug

Happy Tuesday! Today’s TTT is Water. Bloggers could choose titles or covers depicting water. I could have gone with places you find water — lakes, creeks, rivers, oceans, bays, waves, rain . . . even tears, but I chose to stick to plain old water(s) in the title. I was amazed at how quickly I compiled 10 titles. All but one of the novels has water on its cover too! Win-win! The books chosen represent a variety of genres, so there should be one you like.

For more water-y titles, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry

By The Waters of Babylon by Mesu Andrews

Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow

Farewell, Four Waters by Kate McCord

Muddy Waters by Candace J. Carter

Out of The Water by Ann Marie Stewart

Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin

Water from My Heart by Charles Martin

The Water Keeper by Charles Martin

First Line Friday — Muddy Waters

9 Jun

Happy Friday! Today I am featuring another author I met at a literary festival a few months ago. Candace J. Carter is the author of a Western-inspired mystery, Muddy Waters. While I haven’t read this book yet, a friend of mine has and loved it. Give it a look!

Here’s the first line:

Henry Smith paused in the sparse shade of a juniper.

Range detective Henry “Whispering” Smith returns to his North Carolina hometown to be best man at his uncle’s wedding. After years of tracking livestock rustlers in the desolate Colorado Plateau country, Henry still isn’t prepared to face the two things that drove him away—a pig-headed father he doesn’t like and an unfaithful ex-girlfriend he does. 

When a close friend is murdered, Henry’s plan for a brief visit falls apart. Local police suspect cattle theft gone wrong, but it doesn’t add up. When police ignore his suspicions, he’s determined to use his own detective skills to hunt down a killer. Struggling with reconciling his past, can Henry follow a trail that leads too close to his heart?

From growing up in a one-horse town (literally) to working for the National Park Service, Candace J. Carter has walked many paths in life. She’s always shared a love of western movies with her father. Muddy Waters is her first traditional mystery, featuring former range detective Henry “Whispering” Smith. The novel received a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2020 Indies Today Awards.

She’s now retired, and reconnecting with her inner cowboy.