Eustress: Help Carey Celebrate JUDGMENT’S Release

Hi Friends!

popping champagne corkI hope you are all having a wonderful fall! This is a special day for me, and I love celebrating it with you. I’m definitely eustressing today. Have you guys heard this term? I first learned about eustress way back when, in graduate school, but to simplify I’ll just use this definition from Wikipedia –which is right on the money:

“Eustress occurs when the gap between what one has and what one wants is slightly pushed, but not overwhelmed. The goal is not too far out of reach but is still slightly more than one can handle. This fosters challenge and motivation since the goal is in sight. The function of challenge is to motivate a person toward improvement and a goal.”

So Eustress, while uncomfortable, is really a positive thing. The source of my “good stress” today is the release of JUDGMENT, the first book in my Cassidy and Spenser Thrillers series, but more about that later.

ConfessionhiresFirst, I want to thank you all for helping to make CONFESSION a bestseller. I’ve loved being part of Harper Collins/Witness Impulse’s first year. And because of readers like you, CONFESSION spent six weeks in the top 100 Nook Books over at Barnes and Noble (reaching a best rank of #12 in the overall Nook store) as well as appearing on the Amazon bestseller lists in both Suspense and Romantic Suspense.

So I truly want to thank you, and I have a special gift for one lucky commenter. I wish I could give the gift to each one of you. But I’ll have to settle for one randomly drawn commenter.

And now for more on Judgment. I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be doing a new series featuring forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caity Cassidy and FBI profiler, Special Agent Atticus “Spense” Spenser for Witness Impulse.

The first book in the Cassidy & Spenser Thriller series, Judgment, releases today. Here’s the blurb:

 If these two rivals can’t work together…

Dr. Caitlin Cassidy is on a mission to protect the innocent. Fifteen years ago, she witnessed her father’s execution for a crime she’s convinced he didn’t commit. Now she works as a forensic psychiatrist to make sure that other innocents don’t meet the same fate.

Special Agent Atticus Spenser is hell bent on locking the guilty away. A brilliant FBI profiler, Spense loves, a good puzzle…especially when the solution takes a psychopath off the streets. But his nemesis, the enigmatically vexing Caity Cassidy, is one puzzle he’s never been able to solve.

…One of them is going to die.

When a young coed falls prey to a sexually sadistic killer, Caity and Spense are called in by opposing sides. But before the case can go to trial, the accused man is murdered in a brutal attack and Caity is critically wounded. Now Caity and Spense must put aside their differences and work together to uncover the truth—because the Man in the Maze is coming back for round two.

Thanks again for celebrating with me!


What kind of eustress have you experienced? Remember eustress is a positive challenge that pushes your limits and expands your horizons. One randomly selected commenter will win a one hour massage at Massage Envy or a local day spa if Massage Envy is not available in your area. This contest is restricted to commenters in the continental United States. Good luck, everyone! And thanks again!




About Carey Baldwin

Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award winning author of edgy suspense by night.

Posted on October 7, 2014, in Announcements, Carey Baldwin, Celebration, New Release, readers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!! I finished reading an advance copy of JUDGMENT yesterday and absolutely LOVED it! Excellent thriller plot but the stand-out is the chemistry and just plain fun of the Cassidy/Spense crime-fighting duo. So witty and sexy. Their dialogue is so engaging. Can’t wait to see them again in your next book! Great job Carey!!!!

  2. I can’t wait to read this one Carey! I’m sure it’ll be another bestseller. I feel like I operate in a constant state of eustress. 😉 I’m always pushing my comfort zone and trying new things that scare me a little.

    Probably my most memorable eustress moment (besides maybe self-pubbing Blind Fury) was giving a speech at my graduate school’s graduation ceremony. I used to just blow through speeches (like class presentations) without any control and not even remember them afterwards. But thanks to 3 years of Toastmasters and 2 more years of grad school presentations, this time I was up in front of several hundred people, and I was super nervous, but also totally in the moment and aware. It was an incredible feeling.

    Congrats on the new release!

    • Thank you, Gwen! And what an honor to have been asked to speak at your grad school’s graduation! Your life does seem to be one envelope pusher after another. Congrats on all you achievements. I love to see how you are a role model for your kids who always seem to be pushing that envelope too.

    • Gosh, Gwen, which program was that? does it mean you were valedictorian? What a great story.

      • That was at Cal Poly, Diana. I was an Industrial & Technical Studies major (similar to Industrial or Mfg Engineering but in the B school). I was one of a dozen or so who qualified for valedictorian, but I was the only one who volunteered to speak for the I&TS major. I loved grad school, and found my motivation even higher than undergrad, since I was paying my own way and learning something I enjoyed. 😉

  3. Congratulations on the new book, Carey! I absolutely loved it. I literally sat up all night and could not put it down.

    Hmm, I never heard this term and can name a ton of times I’ve been Eustressed. It sort of sounds like EuThyroid. LOL. Does the root means normal? As in normal / good stress?

    Okay, back to the question — I suppose being in the conservatory, having a repertoire of at least seven pieces in top shape for each instrument at all times, while learning new concertos for competitions, certainly fell into that category (I played piano and violin). I knew I was capable — especially since my teacher told me I was (isn’t it funny how much you can do when someone else tells you it’s possible?) but it took three to four hours of practice a day.

    I know that is one of the reasons I can write books today. Learning to see things through, knowing how to break massive jobs down step-by-step is the difference between Eustress and complete meltdown.

    Sending you huge hugs on this great day!

  4. Happy book birthday, Carey! I just started Judgment and am loving it so far!

    I have heard of eustress and have had moments throughout my life. The last one I had was last year when I was going to Italy but I had challenges at home. I didn’t want to go and leave my family but because of nonreturnable tickets I went and had an amazing time.

    So happy for you today!!!

  5. Happy release day, Carey!!!! I’m so excited for this book!!

    Hmm… eustress moments (am I the only one who thinks it sounds like estrus?) probably all revolve around writing, that giddy joy when a scene comes together, the fear that the plot threads won’t connect in a satisfying way. And then, when satisfaction is achieved and the book is everything I want it to be, the anticipation just before a book goes live: fear people will hate it, and the hope people will love it.

  6. Congratulations and best of luck on yet another fabulous thriller, Carey!

    Eustress?! Why, impulsively deciding to buy a new home in a new state in June, packing, moving, (having wallet stolen on the drive out and all the details that entails.) Earning a land speed record for unpacking, arranging furniture and hanging art. Then successfully hosting a party.
    P.S.: It’d help my eustress if I didn’t lose my way every time I drive out of the gates of this community.
    Can anyone beat that? 😉

    Happy release day!

  7. Wow, I’m so excited to enter this contest because I loved Confessions! Judgment is on my TBR list! In fact, I ordered it today. Congratulations on the new book.

  8. Finally, a new book from my favorite author! I’m so excited. I have loved all of Carey Baldwin’s books. Thank you so much for feeding my book addiction.

  9. Happy book birthday, Carey! Your new series is off to a fantastic start with Judgment! Loved it! I’m eustressing about doing a book reading tomorrow.

  10. Reblogged this on DIANA BELCHASE and commented:

    Help celebrate Carey Baldwin’s fantastic new release, Judgment, and you might win a wonderful massage!

  11. Happy, happy release day!!! I had never heard of eustress before now but I’m sure it’s about to become part of my lexicon. I’m eustressing about the book I just finished. I really love it but I’m afraid it sucks. 😉

  12. Hi Carey. Congrats!!! Thrilled to hear about Confession’s success, and so excited for Judgement! Like you, I’m hitting eutress here…made the decision to switch tactics on the writing career, so I’m scared but excited about the challenge!

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