Candice Poarch is the winner of the 2012 Emma Award for the Suspense Book of the Year for Deadly Intentions, the last book in “The Golden Bowl” series. Secrets in the Sand made the Amazon Bestseller List. She grew up in Stony Creek, Virginia, and graduated from Virginia State University with a degree in Physics. She is married with three adult children and two precious granddaughters. She takes pride in crafting believable stories. As a child she was a dreamer and created stories in her mind. As she grew older, her writing centered on families, romance, and suspense. The quest for love is universal, she says. She believes that everyday life in America (whether small town or major metropolitan city) has its own rich rewards. She also likes telling stories that will leave today’s busy reader feeling refreshed, hopeful and inspired—not always an easy task, but well worth the challenge.