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Welcome Author, CANDACE SHAW !!

Why I Decided to Write Her Perfect Candidate

by Candace Shaw


Thank you so much for inviting me to Petit Fours and Hot Tamales. My debut novel with Harlequin Kimani Romance, Her Perfect Candidate was released on June 1, 2014. In the summer of 2004, I was passing through the family room where my husband was watching the Democratic Convention and I heard a charismatic and powerful voice. I turned around and saw a handsome man at the podium and was in complete awe but not because I thought he was good-looking. Well…it was a plus, but I was impressed with his oratorical skills, intellect and his overwhelming presence on the stage that exuded power and authority. I asked my husband who was he, and he mumbled some weird name and said he was a senator from Illinois. I just nodded and continued listening to the speech and when it was over with I said, “He may be the first black president one day.” My husband answered, “Whatever. You just think he looks good.” Then a light bulb went off in my head, and I decided that I would create a hero based on him.

I was in the process of taking notes and jotting down ideas for a book around that time. I hadn’t written anything since I’d graduated from college and started teaching. But it was summer vacation and I decided to give writing another try. We’d recently had a home built, and I was always watching HGTV and had a ton of home decorating magazine subscriptions for ideas. So I made the heroine an interior decorator and gave her a twin sister since I’d recently watched a movie with Tia and Tamera Mowry. Needless to say before school began, I had the first three chapters roughly written and an outlined. However, I didn’t pull it back out until the summer of 2006 when I saw Barack Obama on CNN, and it reminded me oh I need to finish the book that he inspired. I guess I was right about him being the first black president!    Check out the blurb below.


Co-owner of an up-and-coming interior decorating firm, Megan Chase loves being a single woman on the fast track to success. But everything changes when a flat tire brings Georgia senator Steven Monroe into her life. The sinfully sexy politician needs the right woman to clean up his image. And with Megan’s fine eye for detail, she just may be the woman for the job.

Steven’s reputation as a player could cost him his chance at a U.S. senate seat. But when the cameras catch him and Megan in a kiss that’s all too real, it’s not only his future candidacy in jeopardy. As the lines between politics and desire begin to blur, how much will he risk to transform their passionate pretense into a landslide for love.

Candace has graciously offered one e-book copy of her first book Cooking Up Love  to one lucky person who leaves a comment.

                                                                                                                                                                      Blog-Shaw-Cover-cookingCheck out the blurb and book cover below.

What happens when a suave, handsome chef meets a cute, sassy food critic?

When Shelbi Arrington accepts a position as a food critic in the hopes of burying her medical career and foregoing her residency, the last thing she’s searching for is love. However, that’s just what the doctor ordered especially when she lays eyes on the handsome chef, Justin Richardson. While sorting out her secret conflict of continuing her medical career, she falls for his mouth-watering charm, leaving her hungry for anything he has to offer.

Justin is leery of doctors because a doctor’s negligence caused his mother’s death when he was twelve. He has put his focus and energy into his restaurant, which had been a dream he and his mother shared. Justin is immediately smitten by the cute, sassy food critic that has him cooking up different ways to please her appetite. But when things start to heat up, Shelbi learns of a shocking revelation that could extinguish the flame of their relationship. Will Justin be able to forget his pain and commit to the woman who has stolen his heart?

Cooking Up Love is the first book in the Arrington Family Series.

About The Author

Candace Shaw was born and raised under the sunny skies of northwest Florida and knew she wanted to become a writer after reading Little Women in fourth grade. Once graduating from the University of West Florida with a degree in elementary education, Candace began teaching and put her dream of becoming a writer on hold until one summer vacation she started writing again and hasn’t stopped.

When Candace is not writing or researching for a book, she’s reading, shopping, learning how to cook a new dish or spending time with her loving husband and their loyal, overprotective Weimaraner, Ali. Candace is currently working on her next fun, flirty and sexy romance novel.

You can buy Candace Shaw’s books at:

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sandra Elzie - June 11, 2014 - 6:21 am

Great story line. Sounds like your women’s intuition was spot on that day. (even tho some men laugh at such a notion as “women’s intuition)

Congrats on the new book…and your future career.

Piper - June 11, 2014 - 7:35 am

Hi Candace!

I’m a bit of a political junkie (maybe more since was my undergraduate major), and I wrote a contemp romance a very long time ago featuring a congressman and a restaurant owner on Capital Hill. Thank the Lord that book will never see the light of day, but I’ve always wondered why there aren’t more politicians in romances…thank you for putting some in there!

Marilyn Baron - June 11, 2014 - 7:46 am

Thanks so much for blogging with us. I think it’s interesting that you took an idea from a news event, show, etc., developed it and made it your own. That’s probably where most of the inspiration in writing comes from–something you saw, heard, read about. And that’s a great cover. Good luck with this book.

Where in Florida are you from? I’m also from Florida (Miami) but went to college in NW Florida (UF.

Connie Gillam - June 11, 2014 - 9:59 am

Congratulations, Candace, on your new release. I love it when you see something, hear something or read something that clicks and turns into a fabulous idea for a book.
Can’t wait to read, The Perfect Candidate.

Candace Shaw - June 11, 2014 - 9:59 am

Thank you so much for inviting me in order to share my latest book!

Sandra: Lol! Yep. Hubby still till this day says “Whatever. You just think he looks good.”

Piper: At the time of actually writing the book, I honestly hadn’t seen any and then while I was shopping it around the first time, it was all I saw. I almost didn’t pitch it Kimani for I’d sent it before (twice) and had never heard back. I’m not into politics (sort of like my heroine) and I tried to not focus on political stuff in the book.

Marilyn: Yep, a lot of my ideas come from things I’ve seen on TV, my surroundings, songs or life events that I’ve experienced.

I’m from the Panhandle. Pensacola, Florida and I went to UWF.

Suzett - June 11, 2014 - 11:12 am

A phenomenal book. As an fellow GA Peach I try to support the local writing community. I started out on a quest to find cheaper books on my kindle app and discovered you and haven’t been disappointed. Your story lines are more realistic than most others. You keep it true to life and not about the hype of traditional fiction materials.

Awesome writing. Keep giving us fabulous reads!

Blessings always

Tamara leBlanc - June 11, 2014 - 11:16 am

I’m so thrilled you’re posting here! It’s nice to see an author from Kimani on this blog and I’d like to see more diversity here :)
I love how you came up with the characters for you novel and both blurbs sound fantastic!
best wishes on many more publications!
have a great weekend,

Candace Shaw - June 11, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Connie: Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy!

Tamara: I’m thrilled to post here as well. Always wanted to!

Pam Asberry - June 11, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us, Candace! Congrats and continued success!

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - June 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Loved reading about how you came up with your story idea! Her Perfect Candidate sounds great. Congrats on your new release!

Susan Carlisle - June 11, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Thanks for joining us today. Your book sounds wonderful. I have a political science degree so I’m interested in any political story especially if it is romance.

Candace Shaw - June 12, 2014 - 9:17 am

The winner of an ebook copy of Cooking Up Love is Tamara LeBlanc. Please email me your email address for your ereader and the type you have to

Candace Shaw - June 12, 2014 - 9:18 am

Thank you, Pam!

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