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Candace Irvin
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As a child, Candace believed imagination was everything—and growing up as the daughter of a librarian and a sailor in locales as diverse as Germany and the Philippines, she had more than enough fodder to feed that imagination. As a teenager, she was also certain everyone had a couple extra people running around inside their heads. It was only when her father warned her about people who heard voices—and where they eventually ended up—that she realized this wasn't the case. Candace never had the heart to confess to her father that not only did those people talk to her, they led full-scale lives. Unfortunately, with the publication of her first book, FOR HIS EYES ONLY, dear ol' dad found out anyway.

As an adult, Candace learned to blend action with her imagination. After a brief stint in the US Army (long enough to survive basic training), Candace accepted a branch transfer and enrolled in the US Navy's Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). Following her commissioning as an Ensign in the Navy and graduation from Surface Warfare Officer's school, she finally followed her father to sea. Tasked with securing the USS Samuel Gompers' damage control, she spent her days fighting fires, plugging leaks, and cleaning up toxic gases aboard the naval warship. In fact it was during one particular watch as the Gompers' Officer of the Deck, that Candace noticed a nuclear transport container and began to imagine all sorts of intriguing scenarios. It wasn't until five years later, after she'd learned to channel her excess energy and love of romance into writing that she turned that fateful night's fictitious fruit into a book. Though the Navy might not appreciate the turns her mind took along the way, she hopes you'll enjoy the results.

Although her military days are now firmly behind her, Candace continues to draw on those experiences and her overactive imagination to pen tales of danger and intrigue on the high seas and off. The rest of her time is spent happily married to her own dashing hero, a former Army Combat Engineer with dimples to-die-for. The two now reside in the South, happily raising three future heroes and one adorable heroine, who won't be allowed to date until she's forty—at least.

Candace Irvin currently writes romantic suspense for Silhouette Books. Her first book was a Waldenbooks Series Bestseller. Her second was a finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She's also finaled in the Virginia Romance Writers' Holt Medallion contest and is a two-time Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award nominee. Be sure to check out Candace's cross-branch Armed Forces miniseries, Sister-in-Arms, from Silhouette Intimate Moments.

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