June 7, 2014

Interview with Candace Shaw author of Her Perfect Candidate @Candace_Shaw #RLFblog #historicalromance

Her Perfect Candidate 
Title: Her Perfect Candidate (Chasing Love Series)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Harlequin Kimani
Author Name: Candace Shaw
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
Why did you write this book?
I wrote Her Perfect Candidate because I wanted to create a hero that is even though he's somewhat of a playboy, he's not a bad guy. Steven Monroe is the epitome an all-around great guy. He's a millionaire but he doesn't care about that and is quite modest. Instead, uses his position as senator to be active in the low-income communities and help others. His pet peeve is people who complain about the issues, but don't do anything to find a solution.
What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre to read is romance which includes the sub categories of contemporary, historical and urban fantasy. I also enjoy chick lit.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I don't watch a lot of television but when I do I can't miss Scandal, Covert Affairs, Marvel Agents of Shield, Once Upon a Time and Royal Pains. I have too many favorite movies to name but I love everything with Elizabeth Taylor (favorite movie star) as well as more up-to-date romances and comedies such as The Notebook, Love and Basketball, You've Got Mail and anything with Denzel Washington.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
Currently, I'm finishing the second book in the Chasing Love series, Journey to Seduction, whose heroine is Sydney Chase, Megan's twin sister and Bryce Monroe, Steven's younger brother. The two have a love/relationship, more so on her side, until they take a cross-country trip together to Vegas for motorcycle fest. It comes out in February 2015. In the next month or so, I'll begin writing my self-published novel My Kinda Girl which is the last book in the Arrington Family Series (check website below for excerpts) and it will be out in Winter 2014. My Kinda Girl is about Dr. Sean Arrington, a psychiatrist in his family private medical practice. While he's the most intelligent one out his siblings, he's also the most self-absorbed, arrogant one and playful playboy who has a type of woman he dates. He prefers the model-type. Tall, leggy, not-too-bright and dotes on his every word. However, he meets his match in Traci and she's the total opposite of everything he thinks he wants. I can't wait to begin writing the book.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Megan Chase is career-focused and independent woman who loves being single but not because she doesn't trust men, she simply enjoys her life and her main concern is her interior decorating firm. Her family and friends keep setting her up on blind dates because they think she's lonely after a break up from almost two years ago. However, she's not and she's tired of them. Steven Monroe is a state senator who is going to run for the United States senate seat his father is retiring from. However, the media views him as a bad boy playboy and his campaign team wants him to settle down with one woman before and during the official campaign. He keeps running into Megan and they it hit off and decide to date in name only to get her family and his campaign team off their backs.
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.


When Steven saw Megan looking up at him from the bottom of the staircase, he was captivated. He thought the dress she'd worn when he met her was sexy, but there she stood in jeans even sexier, and she wasn't even trying.
"Wow, you look great," he said, reaching out his hand to her to lead her back upstairs. "Our table is up here. I was told it's your favorite."
Once seated, the waiter took their drink and lunch order. Thirty minutes later, they were eating shrimp po' boys and fries and laughing at all of the blind dates Megan had been on lately.
"So let me get this straight," Steven said, amused, "This dude was on a date with you trying to sell you a time-share?" He laughed again, taking a sip of his tea. "Did you buy one?"
"No, I declined. Then he tried to tell me about some other get-rich-quick scheme. I have tons of stories."
"Why do your family and friends keep setting you up? You're breathtaking. I would assume men ask you out all of the time."
She lowered her head and tried to stifle a smile when he mentioned she was breathtaking. He didn't want to embarrass her. He was merely speaking the truth. She twirled a French fry around in the ketchup before looking back up and answering him.
"They do, but I always cancel at the last minute or find some reason not to go on a second date. My girlfriends say I'm just being picky so they set me up with guys that they think would be perfect for me."
"So how many dates are we going to go on before you decide to dump me, too?" he asked jokingly.
"This isn't a date. We're supposed to be discussing decorating your future home. You haven't even looked at my portfolio yet." She reached into her oversize leather tote bag and pulled out her tablet and slid it across the table to him.
"To be honest, I'm having such a great time that I forgot this was supposed to be business luncheon. My meetings are usually with old men discussing politics, investments and golf. Not with an adorable woman cracking me up with her blind-date history."
"Trust me they weren't that funny to be on, that's for sure. I've asked my friends both politely and rudely to stop."
"Why do they keep setting you up? Did something happen in a past relationship?" he asked, thinking about what Shawn read earlier.
"Ever since my last long-term relationship ended, they think I'm lonely for a man because all I do is work. But what they fail to realize is that I'm happy being single. I enjoy my freedom. I was with my ex for almost four years and my world was centered on him. I helped him start his medical practice right after I started my interior-decorating business with Jade. I began to lose sight of my dreams and ambitions that he wasn't even being supportive of in the first place. After I found out he was cheating with a nurse in his office, I dumped him and focused on me and building my business. I'm not lonely, but no one seems to understand except me."
"They sound like my brother and campaign manager. Just earlier today, they were telling me to settle down with one person. They think that would somehow improve my image and give me a better shot of winning the nomination for my father's seat."
"Well, you are a self-proclaimed playboy," she said, shrugging her shoulders and rolling her eyes away from his with a grin.
He chuckled at her sarcasm. "The media says that. Truth is, I've been married before—didn't work out. Like you, I enjoy my single life. No strings. No attachments. No hearts to break."
"I wish I could just tell my family and friends I have a boyfriend so they can stop harassing me." She threw the cloth napkin from her lap into her plate and sat back in her seat.
Steven studied her angelic face, which at the moment appeared disturbed. He knew what she was going through. But now that he'd had met Megan, he wanted to get to know her better. Even though, it seemed as if she wanted to be single and free. Heck, so did he, but he knew he needed to settle down his dating habits and clean up his image if he wanted to win the nomination. Most of the potential candidates for his father's seat were either engaged or married with families, summer homes and of course a beloved dog. He didn't even have a dog.
As he watched Megan, he saw the epitome of what he wanted in a woman. Graceful, refined, sexy without having to try, successful and independent. He was ready to learn about her other qualities, as well.
"You know Megan, you could just tell them you're dating me."
"But that would be a lie," she answered, shaking her head.
"It wouldn't have to be."

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Author Bio

Born and raised under the sunny skies and the whitest beaches in northwest Florida, Candace Shaw knew she wanted to become a writer after she read Little Women in fourth grade. After 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 information for a book, she's reading, shopping, learning how to cook a new dish or spending time with her loving husband and their loyal, over-protective weimaraner, Ali. She is currently working on her next fun, flirty, and sexy romance novel.

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