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Candace Sams had an eleven year law enforcement career.  She was a police officer for the Texas A & M University and the San Diego Police Department.  She has a BS in Agriculture from Texas A & M University.  Candace Sam is the senior woman on the U.S. Kung Fu Team, awarded the Medal of Putien from China and the Statue of Tao for martial arts, holder of several International Martial Arts Titles, and is an Award Winning author of Fantasy fiction.  She is the author of six books: Stone Heart; Gryphon's Quest; The Craftsman; The Gazing Globe; Goblin Moon; and,  is a contributing author to the anthology Wyrd Wravings: An Anthology of Humorous Speculative Fiction.


Candace Sams book Gypon’s Quest was awarded the Road to Romance Readers’ Choice Award for best paranormal book.  According to the book description of Gypon’s Quest, “The Sorceress of the Ancients sends a Druid Warrior on a mission. He must retrieve three rune stones that were stolen from an ancient, Irish burial site. Can he recover them before the world learns of their powers? Can he keep a mythic Order of creatures safe? Will revealing his secrets, to the woman he loves, cost them both their lives?”

According to the book description of The Gazing Globe, “The Farmer: Blain McTavish is a Maine farmer with issues. He likes to run in the woods at night … nude. Aside from thinking he’s going crazy, his health is steadily declining and no one seems to know why.The Apprentice: Afton O’Malley is an almost powerless Druid who accompanies her mentor, the Sorceress of The Ancients, to the United States. Without the proper conjuring skills, how is she supposed to convince Blain that he’s a creature of magic … half Fairy, half Druid? And how can she save him from an evil conjurer who wants him dead?

The Evil: A malevolent force won’t stop until it can control the mythical creatures protected by the Sorceress of the Ancients. Blain, his uncle, the Sorceress, and her apprentice stand in the way. If small hexes and black magic won’t work, then it’s time to attack. And someone is going to die.

The Adventure: Can Blain accept a world of magic? Will the creatures of the Order allow him to live among them? And how can he and Afton ever have a normal relationship when some evil presence wants him dead? No matter how far away Blain runs, a horrifying being follows. And he fears it will never leave him and the woman he loves alone”

According to one reader of Wyrd Wravings: An Anthology of Humorous Speculative Fiction, “I purchased this anthology on a whim because I generally like Candace Sams. What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be! Sams was the only author of the 10 stories that I had heard of but I will be keeping my eye out for several others. Margaret Bailey's "A Measly Bottle of Oxygen" describes a world where oxygen is rationed and plant neglect is a crime. In "Suki", by Ellen Dawn Berefield, we meet a teleporting cat who finds a moon mouse. Linda DeMeulemeester shows what really happens in a secretive women's lending circle in "Dreams, Screams, And Lending Schemes". Karen Duvall answers the question of what if gateways to other dimensions exist in "Ish Kabibble's Books". A magical and very smart book is in "Book Work" by Lazette Gifford. Carson Jones discovers the real reason behind King Tut's death in "What Every Pharaoh Needs" by Lynn David Herbert. Kfir Luzzatto explores the real meaning behind a cult in "Holy Roundness". A barbarian chieftain requests help from a divorced middle aged mom in Janet Miller's "The Woman Who Couldn't Say No". In Candace Sams' "Don't Look Up", two police officers help a lonely old lady who has alien visitors. All of the previous stories were well written, entertaining, and in some cases, very amusing. In fact, the only story I didn't like was Marc Van Kannon's "Chasing His Own Tale" which involved the interaction between a writer and his characters. This anthology is definitely worth reading!”

According to one reader of The Craftsman, “I have waited a long time to see the next Tales of the Order book in print and it was definitely worth the wait! THE CRAFTSMAN picks up right where GOBLIN'S MOON left off but can be read as a stand alone novel. The Order is a group of mystical beings, including brownies, druids, satyrs, and the fae. Gawain O'Malley is the Craftsman for the Order and therefore oversees all the artwork that is produced by the Order for sale to humans. These sales finance the Order and Gawain is the face presented to the human world as the artist, DeForest. Unfortunately, an explosion one night killed 9 members of the Order, destroyed all of the artwork, and cost Gawain his right hand. Gawain blames himself for the explosion and leaves the Order to wander in a drug-induced haze. Shayla, Sorceress of the Ancients and leader of the Order, locates him and returns him to the Order but he has no sense of peace until he meets Wren, a brownie. Together, they envision a piece of artwork that will restore the finances of the Order. However, Shayla has discovered that the fire destroying the artwork was not an accident and shares this with Gawain but swears him to secrecy. After Gawain is shot, he begins pushing family and friends away in an attempt to protect them and draw out the traitors. Suffice to say, his plan succeeds but Gawain is forced to learn a great deal about the power of hatred and forgiveness in the process. Candace Sams has scored yet again with this book and I now anxiously await the next book in the Tales of the Order.”

According to the book description of Goblin Moon it is “book 4 in the Tales of the Order series. Eight years ago, the Goblin people of the Shire were almost eradicated when humans poisoned their sacred springs. Since then, no Goblin infant has lived past a day old and their mothers often die too. The Sorceress has decreed that Goblins must begin breeding with outsiders humans, in fact. As the Goblin leader, Tearach Bruce is under orders to initiate this new decree, and he's not at all pleased. But he's desperate to save his people, so he reluctantly agrees. The woman selected for the job is Kathy Parker, a firefighter and paramedic with baggage of her own. She hasn't exactly been planning on having a baby, let alone with a big green Goblin who kidnaps her. Tearach and Kathy are at odds at first, but they soon find themselves united against the Sorceress' manipulations. What develops between them is more intense and precious than any kind of magic. Publisher Note: This book was previously published elsewhere under the same title. Reader Advisory: Though this book is the fourth in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.”

According to one reader of Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Feller, “This was a fantastic read if you are looking for a fun read. Even better, the story is built around strong characters who will keep you interested with their interactions. Ms. Sams has come out with another great story and I am looking forward to her next book. If you liked this book take a look a her book Gryphon's Quest or Satyr by Candace Sams. If you would have liked more heat in the story check out her story New World written under the name of CS Chatterly. I highly recommend all of Candace Sams' books.”

The Gazing Globe
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Wyrd Wravings: An Anthology of Humorous Speculative Fiction
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The Craftsman
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Gryphon's Quest
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Goblin Moon
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Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Feller (Love Spell)
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Stone Heart
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According to the book description of Tales of the Order - Stone Heart, it is “Book 3 in the Tales of the Order series. Three hundred years ago, Angus MacGregor was the most feared and hated man in his village. Appalled by his lack of compassion, the Sorceress of the Ancients turned him into a statue as ugly as his demeanor, condemning him to miserable solitude in a stone prison. Unbeknownst to them, however, one of his rare strokes of kindness would be the key to his freedom. Karen Matthews' strong spirit is no longer enough to sustain her weakening body. She knows she doesn't have long to live, but she's determined to fulfill her beloved aunt's unusual last wish. And while she's off on this bizarre quest, she might as well enjoy the adventure. What she doesn't count on is the existence of a magical Order, where Fairies, Elves and Druids exist and freely practice magic. Neither does she expect to meet Angus, or to uncover the endless depths of his heart.”

About the San Diego Police Department

Prior to 1889, law enforcement in San Diego was handled by city marshals and constables. Between 1845 and 1850, the town was under military control. In 1850, the state senate drew up a charter providing for a five-man city council assisted by a marshal, an attorney, an assessor and a treasurer. The voters chose Agostin Haraszthy as both sheriff and marshal.


The frontier lawman was patrolman, detective, criminologist, jailor, process server, clerk and executioner. His first requirement was raw courage. Hedepended upon the gun on his hip to back up his orders. His first interest was in keeping alive and bringing the culprit to justice, dead or alive.


In 1850, the council decided to build a town jail. Two bids were received, one from the Israel brothers for $3,000 and the other from Haraszthy for $5,000. Because Haraszthy's father was president of the council, Haraszthy got the contract -- bankrupting the city. Four hours after the first prisoner was incarcerated, he dug his way through the wall with a pocket knife.


The city eventually purchased a cage and put its first escape-proof jail in the Old Town Plaza. In 1871, the jail was moved to the location of the present county courthouse at Front and C Streets in new San Diego.


The metropolitan San Diego Police Department was established May 16, 1889. On June 1 of that year, Joseph Coyne, the city marshal, was appointed the first chief of police.


The first police uniform consisted of derby hats, coats with high collars and badges with seven-point stars. Chief Coyne was paid $125 a month, his officers $100 a month; they worked 12-hour days, seven days a week. In 1895 shifts were reduced to eight hours -- but salaries also dropped: $25 a month. Mounted patrolmen furnished their own horses, but did receive $100 a month for feed and care of their animals. The modern mounted patrol began in 1934 in Balboa Park. It was abolished in 1948, but was re-established in 1983 and remains active today.


Among other milestones: Harry Vandeberg was the first detective (1907); W. E. Hill was the department's first motorcycle officer (1909); the first traffic signal was installed around 1920 at Fifth Avenue and Broadway (it was manually controlled by an officer who stood in the center of the intersection); the crime lab was established in 1939; patrol cars got one-way radios in 1932, two-way radios four years later; and the first reserves appeared on the scene in 1942.


The first police headquarters was in City Hall at Fifth Avenue and G Street. Several moves later, the department relocated at Dead Man's Point, named because of its use as a burial place for sailors and marines during the charting and surveying of San Diego Bay. The department remained there -- at 801 West market Street -- until 1987, when it moved into its current seven-story headquarters building at 1401 Broadway.





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