You Can Finally Read Iron & Wine Today!

What’s Iron & Wine?

It’s the first book in my Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy Romance Series, The Ironworld Trilogy. But It’s also the very first book I ever wrote…over a decade ago! Needless to say, it was time to show it some love.

Iron & Wine got a total overhaul inside and out. Editing, reworking, extra bonus scenes, plus a new cover by the amazing Majeau Designs! I’m quite proud of it, and I’m stoked to finally share it with readers because it just came out yesterday!

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I stumbled through the thick woods, nearly falling on my face every with second step. I may have been hallucinating from fear, but it seemed like the trees were…alive. The ones closest to me hovered discreetly, extending their branches toward me and letting their silky green leaves lightly caress my skin as I passed.

When I finally came through an opening to the beach, I ran as far from the forest as I could, but as I approached the water’s edge, I remembered what my friend had warned me about kelpies. I was on high alert as I searched for Lattie, keeping a good distance from the water but also from the tree line.

“Lattie!” I shouted, hoping she would hear me. I wrapped my arms around myself and shivered. “Lattie!”

“I know where your friend is,” spoke a deep, eerie voice. I turned to find a horse sticking its head out of the water; only it seemed a little off. The creature didn’t have a beautiful mane of hair like a horse; instead, it was coated in shimmery black scales and wiry strands for its mane. The creature’s huge, diamond-shaped eyes were tar black, blacker than its scales. It was like some hellish beast, crawling up from the depths of the underworld.

“Really, where is she?” I kept a cautious distance.

“In here, in the water with me,” the creature cooed.

“Well, tell her to come out here, please,” I ordered. “You won’t be drowning me tonight, kelpie.”

The kelpie smiled and slowly floated closer to me. “You are wise to not come in here, little one,” it informed me. “But I do know where your friend is. I will make a trade with you.”

“I’m sorry. I don’t have anything worth trading,” I told it.

“I beg to differ, that bracelet of yours is very pretty.”

I glanced down at the gift Tess had made for me. I couldn’t bear to part with it. But I desperately wanted to get home.

“Okay, here,” I said, holding it out for the creature.

“Would you be so kind as to weave it into my hair for me?” it asked.

I hesitated for a moment but then thought that the kelpie wouldn’t hurt me if we were making a trade. But what if it was a trap? I felt like crying in frustration. I just wanted to go home. But I needed Lattie for that. I walked toward the water creature slowly and shakily, on the verge of tears.

“That’s it, just a little closer,” coaxed the horse monster.

I was up to my knees in the water now, reaching for the wiry mane with my trembling hands. Just as my cold and wet fingers touched the oily wires of the mane, the sharp edges cutting my fingers, someone shouted from behind me.

“Avery! What are you doing?” shouted Lattie. “Get out of there now!”

I turned and tried to run out of the water, but it was too late. I was being pulled under, into the murky depths of the pond. Cold, disgusting water filled my lungs as I struggled to get to the surface.

Just one breath of air! I thought to myself, as I sucked in more water.

I kicked and grabbed anything in my reach, hoping to get free, but all I could feel was the pressure from of the kelpie’s huge hooves holding me down along with its massive fishtail wrapped around my torso. Suddenly, my limbs began to go numb and my chest tightened.

I was drowning, and I was extremely aware of it.

My lungs burned as if they were soaked in gasoline, my limbs ached while my body clung to every last drop of oxygen in my system. Poor Lattie, I thought, she’s too tiny to save me. I hoped she got away. After one more failed attempt to free myself, the kelpie tightened its tail around my body like a snake choking the last dose of life from its prey, and I couldn’t help but close my eyes and accept what was happening.

I was dying.

Find out what happens to Avery and the kelpie in Iron & Wine! Grab it, plus 24 other full-length Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance novels for just $0.99, the price goes up on Sunday! Click here to get yours!

Iron & Wine Gets a New Life with Cursed Lands

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you probably know that I’ve got a few books under my belt. I’m currently working on my 15th novel, 5th full length screenplay, and have taken the plunge into audiobooks with my International Bestselling Series Dark Tides.

But, like everything, it had to start somewhere, right? For me, that start was The Ironworld Series. I began writing the first book, Iron & Wine, right after I graduated high school. Picking away at it by hand (I know, right?) in this gorgeous leather journal I had (which I STILL have, for sentimental reasons).

Then I went off to college to study Interior Design and that journal got tucked away at the bottom of my closet, never to be seen again.

Or so I’d thought…

After college, I went off to Alberta where I met my wonderful hubby. I spent a few years perfecting my career as an Interior Designer. Won a few awards. Worked with some amazing people. But when I felt as though I’d squeezed as much joy from that venture, my mind began to wander.

What did I really want to do? What was DREAM?

Well, it was to be a writer, of course. Before I went to college for Design, I’d been accepted to three school for Creative Writing. But I was terrified to take that road. Worried I’d never get a “real job” with it.

So, years later, after I had taken a major detour, I dug through my closet, dusted off that old leather journal, and fell back in love with Iron & Wine. I immersed myself in it. It took four years, but I finally typed those delicious words that every author longs for; THE END.

But was it?

I had no idea how to publish a book, or find an agent, or any of that. I just knew I had a book and I loved it. This was right around the time that the dawn of self-publishing was emerging, so I did a little research and was sold. 100% control over everything? The obsessive control freak in me squealed. Self-publishing was for me.

So, I polished up the manuscript to the best of my ability, had my Graphic Designer hubby create a cover for it, and was on my way. But little did I know…I was a guppy in an ocean of dolphins. I didn’t have an editor, I had zero technical training, and my husband was a specialist in logo designs…not book covers (at the time. Now he’s a multi award-nominated cover designer *proud smile*)

Check out the very first attempt at the Iron & Wine cover! Wow, this sucker brings back memories LOL

But, still, despite my nativity, readers embraced Iron & Wine with open arms. They loved the quirky characters and the majestic storyline of a magical hidden world of Faerie right at your fingertips. Book two, Blood & Bone was birthed from that very same love of readers and the conclusion soon followed; Love & Magic. This series holds a special place in my heart because it taught me A LOT. I learned to follow my dreams, hone my craft, absorb as much knowledge as I could fit into my brain.

Now, almost a decade later, I’m a #1 International Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Screenplay Writer, and about to publish my 15th novel. It was a long road, I put A TON into my craft, built my readership, and took some marketing courses.

Now, here I am once again brushing the dust off Iron & Wine. My ticket that got me into the world of publishing. The platform I built everything on. The book deserves a fresh breath of air. It spent months in editing, both line and developmental. It got a shiny new cover. And what better way to launch this overhauled baby of mine?

With an epic collection of other YA Fantasy books with 20+ other kick-ass authors in my genre! That’s right, the Special Edition of Iron & Wine will be found exclusively in the Cursed Lands box set on May 7th for a VERY limited time. The entire 23 book collection of full-length novels is just A DOLLAR! And you get the Special Edition version of Iron & Wine. After that, when it’s released solo, Iron & Wine will be full price…so make sure to reserve yours now while you can!


So, for those who’ve never read The Ironworld Series, you’re probably asking, “Well, what the heck is Iron & Wine about, anyway, Candace?”. It’s a YA Fantasy Romance about a human girl accidentally stumbling upon a hidden magical world of mythical creatures. Fairies, mermaids, trolls, vampires, shapeshifters…you name it. Here’s the run down for book one.

Three mythical races. Decades of ancient war. And the love of one girl to save them all.

Going to college was supposed to open new doors for art student Avery Quinn. She just didn’t think one of those doors would be the gateway to another world, a hidden universe full of mythical creatures beyond the realm of belief, cloaked by modern day.

With an evil fairy Hell-bent on her demise and decades of a mythical war coming to fruition…Avery must find a way to help her magical friends end the ancient feud before the effects spill over into her own world.

But when the love of a gorgeous Australian vampire turns her life upside down, Avery finds her heart hanging in the balance…as well as her humanity.

Fans of HOLLY BLACK and MELISSA MARR Will Fall in Love with The Ironworld Series!

And here’s a little snippet from the book!

I nearly drowned. But, as much as the fear was still fresh in my veins, the thought was already beginning to wash away. Replaced by a new feeling. An obsession. I was utterly enthralled with the world of Faerie and wanted nothing more than to explore it again.

Even if it killed me.

So, that’s it. That’s the history of Iron & Wine, the very first book I ever created. It had a long road to get where it is today, and I love it like a first-born child. But you know what the best part of this journey is? The Cursed Lands collection is aiming to hit the USA TODAY list during release week (May 7th-14th). That’s right, if we make our goal, if we hit that sweet coveted list, I’ll become a USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR with the VERY FIRST book I ever wrote! Insane and amazing!

Reserve your $.99 copy now and help us attain that goal. We’ve been working for almost a year towards this and we’re sooooo close. Not only will you be helping us with this dream, you’ll also be getting 23 full-length YA Fantasy novels.


PLUS! That’s not all! We have presents!

When you preorder Cursed Lands, head to our website and snag your free gift!! 15 other amazing books! AND, be sure to enter our weekly giveaway! A brand spankin’ new gift card to hand out each and every week.



Anyhoo, that’s enough ranting from me haha I just wanted to share my decade-long journey with this book. Be sure to check in during May 7th-14th to see how we’re doing with Cursed Lands. Fingers crossed we make our goal! We’ve put our blood, sweat, and tears into this endeavour for almost a year! =)

Have an awesome weekend, readers! *kiss*