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.
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.
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