The Gilded Stone Dark Tides Book 5 by Candace Osmond Genre: Time Travel Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Guardian Publishing Publication Date: April 30, 2020
Make a choice. Go back in time. Save them from the devil…
What good is a happily ever after if it’s all ripped away by the hands of a devilish siren?
When Dianna’s children go missing, she and Henry are left with no choice but to do something they swore they’d never do again…travel back to the 1700s. But with their children’s lives in the hands of an unpredictable siren, they must make a hasty decision; trust that the sea creature will return their kids…or find a way to go back in time and risk never coming home again.
They soon realize they’ll have to travel further than they’ve ever gone; beyond our world to the mythical realm of Faerie to save their children. A task easier said than done. The rumored entrance lays across the ocean. They needed a ship.
And a crew…
In hopes of saving the family they started in the future, Dianna and Henry must search for the family they left behind in the past and travel across the sea to an unknown world. But four years is a long time and things aren’t quite as they left them.
Can they sail across the sea and uncover the entrance to Faerie before it’s too late? Or will they find themselves broken hearted and lost in time with nowhere to go?
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“What are you thinking about?” Henry asked quietly against my ear, sending a shiver down my spine.
His fingers trailed up my back and gripped my ponytail, tugging ever so gently, but enough to tip my head back. His warm mouth touched the crook of my neck and I smiled.
“Just wondering if it’s too cold to take the kids down to the beach,” I replied and let myself melt into his embrace as he held me from behind.
The blonde scruff on his face tickled my skin as he continued to leave tiny kisses along the side of my throat. “They’ll be fine,” he assured me and then let out a single, raspy chuckle. “They’re the offspring of two ruthless pirates.”
I set the blanket and basket of food down on the table and spun around in his arms. “Only one of us was ever a ruthless pirate.”
Henry arched an eyebrow as he fought off a grin, and those dark eyes glistened in the sunlight that poured in through the window. Like embers in a dead fire.
“You’re right. I was a simple man, swayed by your merciless ways and harlot looks. The ruthless pirate queen.”
Bestselling Author and freelance writer/editor, Candace Osmond was born in North York, ON.
She published her first book by the age of 25, the first installment in a Paranormal Romance trilogy to which two others were published with it; The Iron World Series.
Candace is also one of the creative and AVN Award nominated writers for www.sssh.com, an acclaimed Erotic Romance website for women which has been featured on NBC Nightline and a number of other large platforms.
Aside from fiction, Candace is also an award winning Interior Designer and writer for Adorable Home Magazine.
Now residing in a small town in Newfoundland with her husband and two kids, Candace writes full time developing articles for just about every niche, more novels, and a hoard of short stories.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Sure! I love a good origin story LOL I’ve been a “writer” my whole life, even before I really knew it. After high school, I applied to several schools for Creative Writing and was accepted to three. But that was before the rise of Indie Publishing or freelance platforms and I feared I would waste time learning a skill I’d never be able to support myself with. So, I studied Interior Design instead. Fast forward ten years, I dabbled in writing as a hobby until it became an obsession and demanded its rightful place in my life. It didn’t take long for me to find a way to make it my full-time career. I may have taken the long way, but I’m glad I finally took the leap.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I used to be a cake decorator. LOL yeah, like the cool themed cakes and special occasion ones. It was such a fun job. Also, I put peanut butter on everything. I mean EVERYTHING. Apples, eggs, toast, cheese, burgers, chips, etc.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Snuggling my two babies and smothering them in kisses.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
A horrible one LOL I hate conflict and avoid it at all possible costs. I’m a killer organizer, though. So, I might be better suited as the second in command.
How to find time to write as a parent?
It was hard at first, when they were little and still at home. But my husband is also a writer and Graphic Designer, so we both work form home. We would take shifts haha I got Monday, Wednesday, Fridays. He got Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Now that they’re both older and in school, hubby and I can live like normal people and write during the day, Monday to Friday.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Curly haired, kind, workaholic, passionate
Do you have a favorite movie?
The Princess Bride is in my Top 5.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Oh, the Dark Tides series. Hands down. Time travelling pirates and epic romance? What else do you need in a great movie? Haha
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A penguin or a bat.
What inspired you to write this book?
The Gilded Stone is the fifth book in my International Bestselling Dark Tides series. I had originally panned for this series to be a trilogy. But the characters came alive and readers fell in love with them. There was just SO MUCH MORE story to be told. I’m already planning a sixth haha
What can we expect from you in the future?
Lots of big things! Dark Tides will continue on for the next year or so. I also have a co-written series coming out in 2020 with Rebecca Hamilton called A ouch of Darkness. It’s like adult Harry Potter (if Harry were a girl) mixed with Divergent. I also have a brand-new Time Travel Romance series slated for late 2020 release that’s set in ancient Egypt. Audiobooks of Dark Tides are in the works. Lots of good stuff! Stay tuned!
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I have a short story from Benjamin Cook’s POV from Dark Tides. It can only be found in the books 1-4 box set.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Gilded Stone?
All the fan favs are back, that’s for sure. Dianna, Henry, Constance, Benjamin, Lottie, Gus, and – of course – Finn. But I’m introducing some new characters in the form of a mentally unstable siren. Also, a woman from Constance’s (Dianna’s mother) past. She was a bit of a troublemaker in her younger years and readers are going to learn more about why she began time travelling in the first place.
How did you come up with the title of the first novel?
The Devil’s Heart is the first novel in the Dark Tides series. Like all the other titles, it’s a euphemism for what happens in that story, but also double as the name of the pirate ship featured in that book. So, The Devil’s Heart represents Captain Devil Eyed Barrett’s dark heart and how Dianna has to break through his thick exterior. But the sip is also called The Devil’s Heart.
Who designed your book covers?
The amazing Majeau Design! www.majeaudesigns.com Corey does all my covers, illustrations, chapter headings, maps, my merchandise and more.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Easy! Emmy Rossum as Dianna. Charlie Hunnam as Henry.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Sea water and smoky wood.
Is there any writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Neil Gaimen or Gillian Flynn. Those are my two fav writers in the world. I love Gaimen’s imagination and I’d love to pick his brain about how he comes up with some of his ideas. Flynn’s ability to weave dread and hope into her stories always leaves me in awe and I’d just love to give her a hug LOL
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Neil Gaimen – Stardust
Gillian Flynn – all her books!
Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments
Holly Black – Ironside Series
Janice Godin – Islander Romance
Tanith Frost – Immortal Soulless series
J. Margot Critch – the only Harlequin author I like to read! LOL I’m not a huge fan of HQ stories but her writing is witty and fun.
Anna Kendrick – Scrappy Little Nobody
Stephenie Meyer – Twilight series (come at me, bro!)
Ruth Ware – everything she writes!
What book do you think everyone should read?
Stardust by Neil Gaimen
How long have you been writing?
All my life. But, professionally, about 10 years. Woah…I feel old now.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
Although I write Fantasy Romance, I LOVE to read Thriller. It’s my fav genre to read. But I also enjoy Urban Fantasy and non-fiction by my fav celebs.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Both, kind of. I need no distractions, but I require music. It helps me get in the mind space. I also have playlists for certain kinds of scenes to “set the mood”.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I TRY to write one at a time, but that never happens. I’m currently writing The Gilded Stone while also writing the second book in mine and Rebecca Hamilton’s A Touch of Darkness Series.
Pen or typewriter or computer?
I plot and make notes with pen and paper. For some reason, that’s how my brain works. Then I transfer it all to my computer and start writing.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I always wanted to be a writer; I just didn’t know how to make that happen at first. Eventually, my life just sort of morphed into a clear path to my goals and dreams, I just had to follow and trust it. It’s, hands down, the best decision of my life.
A day in the life of the author?
I think every author’s life is different. But, for me, I get up. Get my kids off to school. Then I hunker down with snacks, music, and my laptop. I write until the kids come home and then I switch to Mom Mode.
Advice they would give new authors?
Read, read, read. Study your craft in the words of others. Always accept criticism. You don’t have to USE it, just accept that others will give it. Don’t rush things. And never compare yourself or your writing to other authors. Find inspiration in them, just don’t compare.
Describe your writing style.
Plot driven, angsty, hopeful. My motto is “Dark Souls, Warm Hearts” if that gives you any indication LOL
What makes a good story?
One that keeps readers flipping pages. Make them ask questions, wonder about things. Also, quirky characters who you fall in love with.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
That I’m…the opposite sex. LOL It’s hard to get in the mind of a guy when you’re not one. But I like to people watch, and I observe the behavior of the men in my life every day. I think I do a fairly good job of conveying that on paper.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
2-3 months. Tops.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Oh, yes. It exists, not question about it. But I’s often due to a series of life stuff, not just one thing. When my kids are sick, or I’m swamped, I find it harder to “get into” the story. I find removing myself rom it for a few days and clearing my head with a good book helps immensely.
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