Candace Carrabus

Biography

I have written stories and ridden horses--frequently simultaneously--for as long as I can remember. I grew up on Long Island and spent my formative years in the saddle--just imagining.

Not surprisingly, my stories are usually infused with the mystery and spirituality horses have brought to my life.

My philosophy, in brief :: (No, not in briefs, but that's a nice image, thank you very much.)

We are all immigrants in spirit, with our minds, hearts, and souls being the final frontier.

Yep, that's it.

I've discovered this is what happens to all my main characters--whether by choice or accident or design--they go somewhere else.

They immigrate.

At first, this change is external--physical. Over time, their journeys lead to a place of discovery and growth that is within each individual alone. The final frontier to which we all can go.

Boldly go . . .

Go on.

Go.

Awards and such

Raver -- Book One of the Horsecaller
First place, Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, Oklahoma Writers Federation, 2003
First place, Paranormal, Toronto Romance Writers, 2005

Winterlight (now known as On the Buckle)
Third place, Single Title Contemporary, Toronto Romance Writers, 2005

A Farmer at Last
Second place, Essay, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, 2003

Woman
Third place, Poetry Unrhymed Short, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, 2003

Unending Memory
Second place, Saturday Writers Poetry Contest

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
For starters, I have a full-time day job. It allows me to work from home, though, so it's not so bad. We live on a farm and there's always something to do. I have a horse who I board elsewhere and I ride as often as possible. We also have two angora goats, a llama, alpaca, and donkey. Lots of poop to pick up! In the winter, I experiment with ways to use their fleece (not the donkey LOL). I enjoy bird watching and photography, reading, of course, walking on our land, and when I have a few spare minutes, sitting on the back deck with a cup of tea listening to the quiet.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends and Amazon, searching on Amazon in categories I like, browsing the brick and mortar book store. I'm not afraid to try new authors. After all, I want people who've never heard of me to take a chance on my books!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Candace Carrabus online


Where to buy in print


Videos

Raver, The Horsecaller: Book One (a romantic adventure fantasy)
A short video about Raver, The Horsecaller: Book One

The Man, The Dog, His Owner & Her Lover, a Witting Woman novella
A short video about The Man, The Dog, His Owner & Her Lover (a Witting Woman novella)

The Roar of Smoke
Book trailer for The Roar of Smoke, A Book of the Meldborn

The Dream Horse Mysteries
Book trailer for The Dream Horse Mysteries

Series

The Dream Horse Mysteries
Jump in the saddle for a fun but bumpy ride! Few will hire competitive rider, Viola Parker, since the famous jumper, Wastrel, crashed to his death with her aboard. Not only that, her attitude just landed her out of work…again. She can barely afford her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction. Now, before she's thirty, she must keep a job for one year and receive a glowing letter of recommendation to get a surprise trust fund set up by her absentee parents. A trust fund that could represent freedom and independence—or might be worth nothing. Vi accepts a position and moves from Long Island to Missouri thinking that keeping her mouth shut and her head down for one year will be easy. But when Wastrel begins haunting her dreams and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference from her hunky boss, Malcolm, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.
Witting Woman Novellas
Humorous, inspirational, mystical stories of self-empowerment about women of a certain age coming into their own and becoming witting participants in their lives, with the help of a charming pet. In the The Man, The Dog, His Owner & Her Lover, Stephanie O’Hanlon is a forty-something workaholic who suddenly finds herself out of a job at the same time she becomes the owner of a huge, smiling dog. A dog her friend insists is Steph’s lover from a former life… In The Good Horse, The Bad Man & The Ugly Woman, Maureen Smith Maureen is an "everywoman" starting with the rut she's in to the Witting Woman she becomes. Come along for the ride—courtesy of a horse named Lena—as Maureen learns to believe in the unbelievable...herself.

Books

The Dream Horse Mysteries Boxed Set
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 260,620. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Equestrian
Few will hire competitive rider, Viola Parker, since a famous jumper crashed to his death with her aboard, but if she can keep a job for one year before she's 30, she'll receive a surprise trust fund. When a ghost horse begins haunting her dreams and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference, but whether she'll live long enough to get it.
Wrong Lead, Dream Horse Mystery #3
Series: The Dream Horse Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,420. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Viola Parker knows old wounds can fester. What she doesn’t know is how deeply they can cut, or to what lengths people will go to recover. When she returns to her roots to solve her mentor’s murder, nothing and no one is what they seem. With Malcolm and everyone else she loves acting strangely, and those she hates, even stranger, ghost horse Wastrel becomes her only confidant. But if Vi doesn’t f
Cold Backed, A short Dream Horse Mystery Prequel
Series: The Dream Horse Mysteries. Price: Free! Words: 10,080. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Viola Parker can’t land a job since the famous jumper, Wastrel, crashed to his death with her aboard. She can barely afford her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction. When she finds her mentor unconscious, she suspects foul play and wonders if her old friend Harry has answers. But Harry disappears with the truth, leaving behind a mysterious delivery and cryptic confession.
Run Out, Dream Horse Mystery #2 (A humorous romantic mystery)
Series: The Dream Horse Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,530. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Just when Viola Parker thought it was safe to give up whipped cream, ghost horse Wastrel gallops back into her nights and her parents arrive with suitcases full of nothing. Fearing her boss/lover Malcolm will finally lose his patience, she tries to curb a lifetime of anger to endure her parents' mystifying visit. Will she survive a scorching summer of tomatoes, tango, and terror?
The Roar of Smoke, A book of the Meldborn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,340. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Tressida's wild and dangerous talent lands her right in the middle of an ancient feud. On one side—those claiming the honor of destroying a meldborn. On the other—those intending to use her for their own ends. Tressida must master her power in order to save herself and those she loves. Is she strong enough?   Or will the roar of smoke consume her? 
The Good Horse, The Bad Man & The Ugly Woman (a lighthearted story of self-empowerment)
Series: Witting Woman Novellas. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,970. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
For Maureen Smith—a 50-something empty nester—a boring job, bushy hair, busy husband, and bird feeders add up to a life of tranquility until her breakfast granola spells out the word Help, her boss goes out of town and insists Maureen care for a horse, the horse runs Maureen down, and the boss's angry ex shows up claiming the horse as his own.
The Man, The Dog, His Owner & Her Lover, a Witting Woman novella
Series: Witting Woman Novellas. Price: Free! Words: 21,490. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Former lover, crazy dreams, smoke, fire and a hot handyman all collide in this must-read novella.
On the Buckle, Dream Horse Mystery #1
Series: The Dream Horse Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 95,840. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Can Viola Parker keep a job for one year to get a surprise trust fund? She used to be one of the best show-jumper riders around, but her attitude has landed her out of work. Again. When a ghost horse begins haunting her dreams, and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference from her hunky boss, Malcolm, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.
Raver, The Horsecaller: Book One (a romantic adventure fantasy)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 97,110. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
If you love adventure, romance, and horses, this is the book for you. Follow Lauren as she and her horse are taken from Earth through the Ravery to Cirq where she is proclaimed their long-awaited Horsecaller, expected to find their lost horses, and return their country to greatness. Be sure to pick up The Roar of Smoke--a Horsecaller spinoff.

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