Sunday, April 15, 2012

Giveaway & Review ~ Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert

Candace Calvert is a former ER nurse who believes love, laughter and faith are the best medicines. Her Mercy Hospital and Grace Medical series offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine—along with a soul-soothing prescription for hope. Wife, mother, and very proud grandmother, she makes her home in northern California.

Please visit her Web site at www.candacecalvert.com.



My Review

Riley Hale is a former ER nurse turned chaplain after a horrible assault. She's eager to gain back her strength and skills so that she can get back to the ER, where her heart desires to be. Is that the plan God has for her? Riley is convinced that it is, and being a chaplain is only temporary.

ER doctor Jack Travis is a former military doctor and all around risk taker. Eager to help those who are less fortunate, the lost and forgotten on the street, he runs a free clinic in a well-to-do neighborhood. This doesn't go over well with the residents, and the confrontations that ensue really bring to light our reactions and responsibilities to those in need.

Jack offers Riley the opportunity to practice her nursing skills by volunteering in his clinic. Are his motives pure, or does he have a hidden agenda? Will Riley find what she needs to get back to ER nursing? As they work together in some pretty intense situations, they begin to see beyond the surface, touching a cord in the heart's of each other.

Anyone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in an emergency room can appreciate this book. It's fast-paced with lots of intense moments interspersed with deep emotion, and thankfully at just the right moment...humor. Yes, that's right. Humor helps lighten the load and yet doesn't detract from the respectful way that we view the challenges that Riley and Jack, plus several others face. Expertly written dialogue, clean scenes, and characters that will sit down deep in your heart, and linger long after you have closed the book, are what make up Trauma Plan.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Riley and Jack work through their individual obstacles, as well as their budding relationship. And then there's Vesta, Bandy, and Hobo who almost steal the show. I loved this book and highly recommend it. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book in this exciting new series.

I want to thank Tyndale House for providing a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not required, just my opinion of the book. No compensation has been received. 

Trauma Plan will be available in May 2012. Visit your local Christian book store, or order online at CBD.

My bookshelf is overflowing, so I am giving away my review copy. You MUST be a follower of my blog. Leave a comment to be entered telling me how you follow: Email, RSS, or Linky Tools. Continental US Only!!! Ends April 19th! 

81 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this thoughtful (and enthusiastic!) review of my newest medical drama--it's an honor indeed to have you and your readers "scrub in."

    Blessings,
    Candace

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  2. Thank you for your review of Candace's newest book. I'm very much looking forward to this new series. Loved the first one.

    I am following your blog via email.

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  3. Great review of a great book! I also loved this book!

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  4. Reading your great review makes me want to read this book. I would love to win your review copy.

    I follow by email!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Candy can really write, so your glowing review comes as no surprise. She knows how to create memorable characters, page-turning action, and emotion aplenty.

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  6. Hey Candace! You could tell I loved the book, huh? Thanks for coming by :)

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  7. Hi Melinda,
    The Mercy Hospital series was great, wasn't it?
    Thanks for signing up to follow!

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  8. Hey Marian!
    I read your review on CBD, but only after I wrote my own :) You did an excellent job on this one, too! Now you just need to read the other books because they are SO good!!!
    Thanks for coming by and leaving an encouraging comment, friend!

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  9. Hey Miss Judy!
    There are so many good books, it's a wonder we get anything done at all, huh?
    I've got you entered :)

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  10. Hey Keli,
    That she does! I was waiting on pins & needles, hoping I wasn't going to miss out on this one before the copies all got snatched up :)
    Thanks for coming. I know how busy you are!
    See you tomorrow in blogland!

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  11. I have not been able to get the new book yet. But have it pre-ordered. I am looking so forward to getting this. Loved all the others. Thank You for the great reads!!!!

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  12. Thank you for the great review of Candice's new Book, i used to work in the ER as a Resp. Therapist before I got hurt there. This sounds like a great book, would you please add my name to the Giveaway. Thanks :)

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  13. oops, I'm a follower of your blog through E-mail and Facebook , I just shared on Facebook.

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  14. Hi Kay,

    I'm sure Candace appreciates the pre-order! It always helps the ranking. Thanks for coming by and commenting. Are you following? If so, let me know in what way and I can enter you in the giveaway :)

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  15. Hey Ingrid,
    I wanted to be a Respiratory Therapist! But I decided to get married and stay at home to raise the babies :) Best job for me!

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  16. Just re-read Code Triage (REALLY good book) so I'd be back up to speed to read Trauma Plan. Would love to win your book. (I am subscribed to RSS Feed). Thanks for the review.

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  17. I will be following and watching for future giveaways.

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  18. Hey Renee,
    I loved the Mercy Hospital series! Glad you came by and entered :) Thanks for subscribing.

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  19. Big fan of Candace's first series and can't wait to get started on the next one!
    (I subscribe via email)
    Thanks!

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  20. I'm SO enjoying your comments! (Waving) hello Melinda, Marian and Keli, dear and familiar faces!
    JUDI: I so appreciate your interest!
    KAY: Thank you, kindly, for your continued encouragement.
    INGRID: I really appreciated my Respiratory therapists during my years in the ER; thank you for all you did for so many.
    RENEE: whee! So glad you were able to "scrub in" with Code Triage--an honor to have you as part of the Mercy Hospital team. :-)
    Anne: Thank you again for featuring my newest medical drama here.

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  21. I'm about to graduate from nursing school and this book sounds right up my alley! I've never read Candace's books but have been on the lookout for the the first book in the Mercy Hospital series so I can get started. I'd love to win this book!

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  22. Your book sounds exciting and I'll read it whether or not I win it. The review of the book was well written and enticed me to enter the contest.

    I'm already a follower and I'm subscribed by my email which is ~ddjordan_sbg_0803@yahoo.com ~

    Thank you for offering this review copy to on of us!

    Denise
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  23. Oops! I follow via email.

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  24. Thanks for the give away. I'm now following you on RSS with Google Reader.
    Blessings,
    Holly

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  25. I follow you by email.

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  26. I normally watch on FB when you post something on your blog then follow it over to here but I signed up for the Linky Tools and I'll see how I like that.

    Really excited about your new book! I will say you are one of the few authors that I watch on a regular basis - but I can't make myself read the small excerpts because then I just want more, now :) and I have to wait.... :) Like I said really looking forward to the new book! Thanks again for good, interesting and clean, fun literature.

    Sincerely,
    Jen

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  27. I also read others reviews after I wrote my own. I don't want to use their words in my review. I once did read other reviews before writing my own, because it was some months ago since I read the book and I thought the story would come back by reading other reviews. It did come back, but I prefer to write a review directly after I finished the book.
    I have read Critical Care and have downloaded Code Triage (free), so now I only need Disaster Status. :)

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  28. Hey girl, I follow by email, so I can get all of your goodies you post! I love Candace's books! I read her first series twice, they were so good! And I am looking forward to reading this one too. I'd especially like to win this one for our library.......
    Blessings.....Joy

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  29. This is another one on my wish list, Anne. This one has some five-star recommendations; including yours! Would love to read it sooner than May!

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  30. I follow via e-mail, would love to win a copy of this book!

    Patty

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  31. I have read 2 of the Mercy Hospital series books already and have so enjoyed them. Looking forward to reading the other 2 now. Thank you for the opportunity of entering me.

    I am a blog follower and receive emails as well

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. I have read all 3 of the Mercy Hospital books and looking forward to reading Trauma Plan. Already have on my wish list. Love Medical Drama.
    Anne, I am old email subscriber and follow via RSS google reader. Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.

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  33. Hi Elizabeth,

    Congratulations! My oldest son is planning on going to nursing school :) I hope you enjoy the first series as much as I did. Candace is a great writer! Thanks for entering.

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  34. Hi Denise,

    Thanks for the nice compliment regarding my review. It was a pleasure to read such a well written and exciting book :)
    Glad you are came by to enter! It's my pleasure to pass along the book.

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  35. Hi Rick,
    I got your name down for the drawing! Thanks for following.

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  36. Hi Holly,
    Thanks for coming by! Got you entered.

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  37. Hey Jen,

    Thanks for signing up to follow! I feel the same way about excerpts sometimes :)

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  38. Hey Joy!!! I love her books too. It's always so hard to wait on a new one. I wish I could keep all the books, but really, the shelves are starting to swag ;) Glad you got in on this one! Blessings right back at ya'!

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  39. Hi Patty,

    I have your name down! Thanks for coming by and being a follower :)

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  40. Hey Rebecca,

    Had I known, I would have just given it to you! Then we would have done a giveaway when you were finished. Hmmm...maybe next time, huh?

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  41. Hi Jo,

    Oh, you are in for a treat then! Riley has moved, so this one takes place in a different hospital. An awesome beginning to the new series :)
    Thanks for being so faithful to come by and leave comments, and for being a follower!

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  42. Thank you for the review on this book. I have never read any of Candace's books, but this one sounds good. I have worked in the medical field for over 25 years and love to read books with a medical setting! I would love to win a copy of this book - thank you for the opportunity to sign up for your giveaway. I follow by email.

    Blessings,
    Lori

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  43. Hey Brenda!

    I know, you are one of my original followers! Thanks so much for your support! I know you'll love this new series :)

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  44. Brenda, Elizabeth, Denise, Holly, Rick, Jen, Joy, Rebecca, Patty, Jo, Brenda and Lori (now that's a delightful mouthful!) thank you SO much for your enthusiasm!
    In fact, I'M feeling enthusiastic too, so . . .

    ANNE: I'd like to personally add TWO MORE advanced review copies of TRAUMA PLAN to your very gracious giveaway!! Keep those comments coming, friends!

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  45. Oh...WOW! Thank you, Candace! That is so generous. I'm sure all my readers will be thrilled to hear this :) I'll get out another post announcing that right away!

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  46. I follow by email! I LOVE Christian fiction with medical themes! (I once got to watch a quadrupal bypass - fascinating!)

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  47. How wonderful Candace! I cannot believe that your new book is getting ready to be released, how exciting! I just love your books, keep up the great writing!! :)

    Have a splended week,

    Kelly

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  48. Hey Lori!
    Wow, 25 yrs in the medical field! Let ME say THANK YOU!!! I have spent a lot of time in hospitals and doctor offices for the past 29 yrs with my oldest daughter and I appreciate ALL the work any one does in that field, from the doctor to the billing clerk, to the janitor :) Seriously, y'all perform a much needed service!
    Thanks for following my blog.

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  49. Actuall I read all 3 of the Mercy Hospital books twice they were that good and I am so looking forward to Trauma Plan. Anne, I am an email subscriber. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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  50. Michelle Prince MorganApril 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    I love the blog and would love a copy of a book by one of my fave authors.

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  51. ANYTHING by Candace is great! Your review substantiates another winner by her. I love medical mysteries. Please enter me. I follow via email.

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  52. Ah... I cant wait to read this book!!
    It looks and sounds SOOOOO good!!
    I loved the Mercy Hospital series.

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  53. Hi Janet,

    Thanks for following! I'm so glad that we have so many great books in Christian fiction to choose from, especially Candace's :)

    Wow! A quadrupal bypass...cool! How did that happen?

    The most exciting medical procedure I've seen AND been a part of was an emergency femoral catheterization on my oldest daughter when she went into kidney failure. In the emergency room I had to hold her down while the doctor inserted the catheter and other stuff, and when he pulled the main line back out (or whatever they call it) blood spurted everywhere! Is that too much info?! :0)
    All in all , it WAS fascinating!
    The best part is that she survived and has two pretty healthy functioning kidneys today! God is good!!!

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  54. Lourdes,
    You're in for a treat with the new series! It's good :)
    Thanks for signing up through email!

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  55. Hi Linda,
    Thanks for your kind words and for following my blog!

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  56. Don't forget you have to be a follower this time to get an entry. Let me know if you sign up through email, RSS, or Linky Tools (replaces GFC (Google Friend Connect)). Thanks!

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  57. Tossing my name into the hat! I've never read medical fiction, but I'm interested! I subscribe through Google Reader.

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  58. Hi! I receive notices of your posts by e-mail! Thanks. Kathleen
    (I also am a friend on Facebook and get your notices there.)

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  59. Thank you for the review of Candace Calvert's new book. I'm looking forward to reading it!

    I follow your blog via email.
    Thanks!!!

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  60. thanks for the chance to read candace's latest novel...i'm a follower, too.

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  61. Thanks for the great review Anne...would love to read this series, it sounds wonderful.

    I follow your blog by email which BTW I love.

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  62. Hi,
    Sorry about that....
    I just signed up with email, and RSS.

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  63. Hey Taylor :)
    You might want to order the first series from the library, but it's not necessary. Thanks for being a subscriber!

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  64. Hi Kathleen,

    I have you entered! Thanks for being a follower & Fb friend :)

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  65. Hey Karen,

    Glad you came by. Thanks for following!

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  66. Hey Sheri,

    Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to come by and comment! You're in the drawing :)

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  67. Hi Teresa,
    Thank you for your encouragement! I'm pretty diverse in my reading, as Marian can attest :) We both love contemporary suspense and medical drama! Hope you enjoy if you win. Thanks for following!

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  68. I receive the emails from "Stuff & Nonsense"
    This book looks very interesting!
    I love Reading

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  69. Hi Abigail,

    Thanks so much for following! It's nice to connect with others who are passionate about reading :) Candace's books are top on my list of must reads!

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  70. I'm so enjoying your comments--and excited about sending books to the winners. Thank you for your interest!
    Candace

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  71. Sounds like a plan!

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  72. Thank you for the notifications!! Keeps me in the loop for great fun and information! Read on!!

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  73. I am your cousin, of course I follow dearie!!!! This book looks like it would be right up my alley!!! Love to the fam... T

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  74. Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for stopping in!

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  75. Hey Tina!
    It would be just right for you, since you're a nurse! Glad you follow me ;) ♥

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  76. Your books are popular! It's no wonder. They are so real, at least to me :)

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  77. I have a relative who works in ER so this would be a great book to share. I also have a friend who has worked as a nurse in a hospital. Passing along this book would be a good approach to encourage both in their Christian walk. Thank you for the blessings to be realized through the reading of your books. Janice (I follow by e-mail)
    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  78. Just read the first of the 'Mercy' series. Love it. Please add my name to the pot.

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  79. I just finished book 3 of this series and can't wait to read this book! I have really loved each of her books.

    I follow via email.

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