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Know the Hero from Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #urbanromance #contemporaryromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams

Genre romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From Lyndell Williams, author of My Way to You, a new novel about keeping the flames of love and passion burning in a world determined to snuff them out.

Harlem lawyer Marcus Kent fights for justice while preserving a stable, passionate marriage with wife, Toni. Smart and confident, he has it all together—that is until his world turns upside down.

Not only is someone stalking his sister, but an intern at work is also getting too close for comfort.

On top of all of that, Toni’s renewed infertility obsession causes them to continually argue, adding more strain and cooling off their steamy union.

Struggling with insecurities and yearning to have a child, successful psychologist Toni Kent looks to her husband for support. Unfortunately, relentless distraction and stubbornness prevent Marcus from being there when she needs him the most and jeopardizes their happy home.

After multiple failed in vitro attempts, Toni is ready to try again, but Marcus is done. He doesn’t want another headache or more heartache. Will infertility tear this dream couple apart?

Know the Heroine from Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

Ever since Toni married Marcus, boredom became nonexistent. They have a very full life together. If she is not helping clients at her private therapy practice, she is helping at the community center, travelling or spending couples time with Marcus. She makes sure to align their schedules so there is plenty of that.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Toni’s mother, Whitley raised her to be conscientious about everything that goes into her mouth. So, she rarely eats on the fly.

She packs her fridge and cabinets with health, organic foods. There is very little processed stuff. She plans every meal so it doesn’t have to be. If she finds herself stuck out there with a growling stomach, the bag of unsalted almonds and vegan protein bar will do just fine.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Toni’s fashion flare reflects her  Westport, CT upbringing and time living in Greenwich Village before moving uptown to Harlem when she married Marcus. She has a walk-in closet filled with designer labels to don for work, professional networking and partying. Whether a cocktail party or fundraising event for Marcus’ center, she is red bottom ready.

When she is home, feeling sexy helps her shed the day’s tensions. Clients dump a lot on her, so walking around their uptown apartment like a seductress with all of Marcus’ attention hits the spot for her ego. She floats around in her silk cami pant set, knowing is the one.

Does she know how to fix things?

Marcus is pretty competent when it comes to keeping things at home working. Toni concentrates of making sure he and the family are coping. So as far as fixing anything, she is really good at repairing a tense situation—that is—unless she is the one causing the tensions. She is the most stable person in the Kent family, but she is not a saint.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Toni felt really badly about how her need for some space impacted her best friend Regina. Sometimes, things are too hard to handle for even the strongest person. When the news that her sister-in-law was having another baby while she struggled with infertility tore into her, Toni headed for the hills. The guilt that she wasn’t there for Regina plagues her.

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

Toni and Marcus are childless, so their niece Justine is the only kid she consistently spends time entertaining. She likes kids, but when she is at the center, she is helping the adults, so she is not around them too much. She wants a baby, and will make a great mother, but kids are not a major factor in her life.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Toni loves her bed and fights hard to keep from being separated from it. She will snuggle deeper under the blankets while Marcus jumps up and prepares for his run. She calculates when he should return, and stays in the cushy warmth until the last possible minute. It is her sanctuary. When she has no other choice, she slips from the sheets and heads right for the coffee machine. No one better speak to her until that cup of brew is empty.

Can she use chopsticks?

Toni, Regina and Simon usually have a grand old time watching Marcus struggle with chopsticks. She shakes her head as her loving husband tries to balance them in his big hands, finally lifting some food to his mouth while he grabs a fork.

Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? If not, what does she drink instead?

Coffee is on tap throughout Toni’s day. She starts at the machine on the kitchen counter and continues with stops at the local coffee shop near her office. She likes it with half-and-half and no sugar. She refuses to drink that Seattle stuff. How anyone can call it coffee is beyond her.

What apps would she have on her phone?

Toni’s phone is loaded with social media and calendar apps. She loves posting images and gliding down timelines for the latest fashion. She is a makeup and hair tutorial junkie, watching videos between clients.

Android or iPhone?

Marcus brought Toni to the iPhone darkside when they married. For her, it was easier to communicate with him. Facetime during business trips is a must.

Earrings or unpierced ears?

Toni rocks hoops with her bob. She has four piercings in each ear from when she work rows of them and diamond studs during her teen years. They drove her mom crazy. Now, she will wear only one pair unless she is feeling nostalgic.

Tattoos or unadorned skin?

Toni has a needle phobia. The rebellious teen she was, she probably would have gotten a tattoo if she wasn’t so scared of being stuck.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

New York City traffic is not a joy to navigate. Toni will hop a train or hire a car before getting behind the wheel. She occasionally drives when going to visit Marcus’ parents or when they go for a weekend away from the city.

Recycle or toss?

She better recycle. Marcus is a drill sergeant about it.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Love-Bitter-Fruit-Brothers-ebook/dp/B07WZ9LT97

Lyndell Williams Social Media

Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
She is the founder and managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos and a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA. She is a contributor to the online publications About Islam and Haute Hijab.
Williams is the lead content editor WriteType Editorial Services and mentors aspiring writers across genres.
She’s had numerous short stories published in collections and enjoys a growing list of subscribers to her Layla Writes Love online short story series.
Williams self-published her first interracial romance novel My Way to You. The novel made it onto four Amazon bestsellers lists its premiere weekend.
She is committed to the traditional use of literature as social commentary to affect positive social change.
Williams is married and the mother of six children.
Blog https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
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Know the Hero from Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #urbanromance #contemporaryromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams

Genre romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From Lyndell Williams, author of My Way to You, a new novel about keeping the flames of love and passion burning in a world determined to snuff them out.

Harlem lawyer Marcus Kent fights for justice while preserving a stable, passionate marriage with wife, Toni. Smart and confident, he has it all together—that is until his world turns upside down.

Not only is someone stalking his sister, but an intern at work is also getting too close for comfort.

On top of all of that, Toni’s renewed infertility obsession causes them to continually argue, adding more strain and cooling off their steamy union.

Struggling with insecurities and yearning to have a child, successful psychologist Toni Kent looks to her husband for support. Unfortunately, relentless distraction and stubbornness prevent Marcus from being there when she needs him the most and jeopardizes their happy home.

After multiple failed in vitro attempts, Toni is ready to try again, but Marcus is done. He doesn’t want another headache or more heartache. Will infertility tear this dream couple apart?

Know the Hero from Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

Marcus Kent is never board. He has an intense schedule at work. When he gets a minute, he will chill with his boys Simon, Faisal and Quinn and then head home to his wife Toni. For Marcus, twenty-four hours is not nearly enough, so he needs to be strategic about his time so he can fulfill all of the demands on him. He’s all about getting things done with efficiency.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

Marcus is a carnivorous alpha. Red meat is his food of choice, especially burgers. He doesn’t eat just any meat. Although he is not Muslim, he prefers halal meat, so he will stop by his favorite halal spot or another one (NYC is packed with them) to grab a quick bite.  Of course, he’ll have to go a little longer on his daily morning run but having some ground beef goodness is worth it.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

Marcus has a walk-in closet with a wall stacked with high-end sneakers. They are his award for working hard at the community center he directs, keeping wife, Toni happy and being there for family and friends. He sheds his business suits as soon as possible and slaps on a pair of those bad boys with some sweats and a tee shirt to run through Harlem or have a game of basketball, completely elephant trunkin’ it.

Does he know how to fix things?

Marcus’ father, Deverill made sure his son was a “real man” who can fix things. He does minor repairs around the apartment and at the community center in a pinch. He can take a hammer to a nail or wrench to a pipe, but with his busy schedule, anything bigger would have to be done by somebody else. So, he has the contact information for plumbers, electricians, etc. right in his phone. A natural leader and delegator, he makes sure things get fixed as soon as possible.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

A big miscalculation Marcus made was when he thought he was protecting his younger sister, Regina from his best friend, Simon. He knew Simon was a playa and wasn’t even going to let his sister get used. When he found out about them, he blew a fit and went straight to Simon to drive a wedge between them, not know that Simon was actually in love with Regina. He caused a split between the two of them and broke his sister’s heart.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Marcus is thoroughly in love with his niece, Justine. He will do almost anything she asks, including sit on the floor with a tiara on his large, bald head, holding a tiny plastic teacup. The kids at the center where he is in charge adore him. He loves the little ones and planned to have a bunch of them. He gave up on the dream of fatherhood when he and his wife Toni went through multiple failed in vitro attempts.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Marcus is a morning person times five. He is usually up before the crack of dawn and heading out to pound the city pavement with a morning run while the plans for the day go through his head.

Can he use chopsticks?

Marcus and chopsticks do not get along. Simon has tried to teach him, but to no avail. It is one of those things that he is comfortable with not being able to do and just reaches for a fork.

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

Coffee is the first drink Marcus reaches for after his morning run. He likes it with half and half and no sugar. Sometimes he will stop by the coffee shop on his way to work and treat his staff to cups, ordering each just the way they like it from his memory.

What apps would he have on his phone?

Marcus is all about productivity, so he has a bunch of calendar and appointment apps. He has a word processing app so he can write while traveling as well as a speech-to-text app to make notes. He manages the community center projects with his team using a project management app and downloaded a couple of games for those times he’s with his niece Justine.

Android or iPhone?

Unfortunately, he is a die-hard IOS fan. I’ve argued with him and Simon about it, but he won’t budge.

Beard or clean-shaven?

Marcus sports a long-stubble beard that he keeps super soft through careful grooming and conditioning. Toni loves and always plays with it whenever they’re alone.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Marcus refuses to pierce anything or stain his smooth chocolate skin with ink. He is all about treating his body as a temple, and you don’t put holes in or graffiti on the walls of a temple.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

As a city dweller, public transportation is a must most of the time. Marcus has a metro card and travels the city underground in the subways. When he travels outside the city to places like his parents’ house on Long Island, he has his black Dodge Charger taken out of the garage and hits the road with Toni.

Recycle or toss?

Marcus and Toni have little blue cans underneath their sink, and he made sure the center has plenty of big ones around the facility and even at the playground and basketball courts. One of the things he budgets for each year is to have a service take away the recycling. He makes sure the material is sorted and leaves redeemable bottles and cans at  the front door for people to take.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Love-Bitter-Fruit-Brothers-ebook/dp/B07WZ9LT97

Lyndell Williams Social Media

Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
She is the founder and managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos and a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA. She is a contributor to the online publications About Islam and Haute Hijab.
Williams is the lead content editor WriteType Editorial Services and mentors aspiring writers across genres.
She’s had numerous short stories published in collections and enjoys a growing list of subscribers to her Layla Writes Love online short story series.
Williams self-published her first interracial romance novel My Way to You. The novel made it onto four Amazon bestsellers lists its premiere weekend.
She is committed to the traditional use of literature as social commentary to affect positive social change.
Williams is married and the mother of six children.
Blog https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon http://amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove
Soundcloud https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/layla-writes-love-the-woes-and-triumphs-of-a-romance-author/id1478573350
iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/layla-writes-love-the-woes-and-triumphs-of-a-romance-author/id1478573350
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Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #urbanromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams

Genre romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From Lyndell Williams, author of My Way to You, a new novel about keeping the flames of love and passion burning in a world determined to snuff them out.

Harlem lawyer Marcus Kent fights for justice while preserving a stable, passionate marriage with wife, Toni. Smart and confident, he has it all together—that is until his world turns upside down.

Not only is someone stalking his sister, but an intern at work is also getting too close for comfort.

On top of all of that, Toni’s renewed infertility obsession causes them to continually argue, adding more strain and cooling off their steamy union.

Struggling with insecurities and yearning to have a child, successful psychologist Toni Kent looks to her husband for support. Unfortunately, relentless distraction and stubbornness prevent Marcus from being there when she needs him the most and jeopardizes their happy home.

After multiple failed in vitro attempts, Toni is ready to try again, but Marcus is done. He doesn’t want another headache or more heartache. Will infertility tear this dream couple apart?

Why did you write this book?  

I am a huge proponent of using fiction as social commentary. Novels can reflect and influence society, and many readers seek to connect to realistic characters with problems and issues reflecting the human condition. I wrote Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit to highlight how strong love is not invincible. There are times and situations that will test the strongest bond. Toni and Marcus have it all—fabulous careers, awesome Harlem apartment and the respect of their family and community—but they have to endure the trials of infertility. They are usually simpatico, but when Toni wants to go through more in vitro treatments after agreeing to give up, it threatens their love.

What is your favorite genre to read?  

Romance, romance, and more romance. The genre offers the chance for authors to show the ways characters navigate and negotiate a foundational human emotion. Romance can be diverse, influenced by readers and the broader culture. It is truly a misunderstood genre that deserves more respect than it gets in the literary world. Love elements exist across genres, so romance is a foundational part of literature.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?  

I don’t have one.

What are you working on at the moment?  

I am finishing up Building on Broken Dreams, book three in the Brothers in Law series. Adam Kane is a European American Muslim convert. A native Bostonian from a wealthy family, he turned away from a life of luxury and privilege. He concentrates on living simply and his faith when he meets Maryam Avery, an African American Muslim woman and pursues her.

I am also writing three novellas for the Open to Love series. The three stories feature three Muslim women: Hafsah, Tarika and Rahma. Each of them struggles to allow love to enter their lives and keep it there.

What books will we see from you in coming months?  

I plan on releasing each novella in the Open to Love series over the coming months, after the release of Sweet Love Bitter Fruit. Then there is book three in the Brothers in Law series, Building on Broken Dreams.

Where to buy Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Love-Bitter-Fruit-Brothers-ebook/dp/B07WZ9LT97

Lyndell Williams Social Media

Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
She is the founder and managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos and a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA. She is a contributor to the online publications About Islam and Haute Hijab.
Williams is the lead content editor WriteType Editorial Services and mentors aspiring writers across genres.
She’s had numerous short stories published in collections and enjoys a growing list of subscribers to her Layla Writes Love online short story series.
Williams self-published her first interracial romance novel My Way to You. The novel made it onto four Amazon bestsellers lists its premiere weekend.
She is committed to the traditional use of literature as social commentary to affect positive social change.
Williams is married and the mother of six children.
Blog https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon http://amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove
Soundcloud https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/layla-writes-love-the-woes-and-triumphs-of-a-romance-author/id1478573350
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Do It Write: Where Lyndell Williams writes @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

My Way to You by Lyndell Williams

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lawyer Simon Young is smart, confident, and adept at keeping things with women casual–until he meets his best friend Marcus’s sister, Regina. Immediately intrigued by Regina’s beauty, Simon becomes increasingly enthralled and ultimately risks his friendship to have her for himself.
Social justice writer and activist Regina Kent is usually cautious and savvy. Yet, unable to resist her attraction to the handsome Simon, she plunges into a torrid affair, knowing that she chances angering big brother and her less tolerant followers, many of whom will not accept that one of their most popular pro-Black bloggers is dating an Asian man.
As their clandestine romance evolves, Simon and Regina fall deeper in love. Making sure that things stay between them becomes progressively impossible, and neither knows how much longer they can keep Marcus in the dark and the world at bay.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing in varying capacities since I started writing for my college newsletter. Once I got bit with the writing bug, I expanded into writing for online publications as well as writing essays for a literary journal, books, and peer-reviewed articles.
This year, I had several short stories published in collections and published my first novel.
What was your first published book?
My Way to You is my first novel. It is an interracial romance about an Asian American lawyer who falls in love with an African American pro-Black blogger. They have to learn to comfort each other as each encounters levels of racial microaggressions from society. They also have to worry about her big brother finding out, who would not appreciate his best friend and little sister dating.
Tell us about your writing space or home office.
My writing space is in a corner of my bedroom in our family’s cozy cape. I bought one of those affordable big box store tables and a swivel chair to stake my claim. The table hosts my laptop (pc of course) with an attached keyboard and second monitor. My writing demand requires an ability to work from multiple screens.
I also have a wonderful lamp I got from my daughter as a gift. It has multiple settings, which is great when I’m trying to work at 4 a.m. while my husband sleeps.
Anything special about your space?
My space is also “mommy central.” Because I try to get writing done during a day packed with mothering 6 kids and homeschooling as well as communicating with colleagues and students, I have a bunch of non-writing supplies, such as combs and brushes to do my little one’s hair and moisturizing butter to keep everyone’s skin smooth.
What do you love most about that area?
It’s where the magic happens. There is something about being there that helps trigger my creativity. I can get work done in other places. I’ve written chapters and articles on my cell phone, but nothing gets as ready to write as sitting at my desk with a cup of coffee.
What would like to change about your home office?
Do It Write: Where Lyndell Williams writes @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceI would like for it to be an actual office with a lock and guard dog sitting outside. One of the biggest challenges in having a corner and not an office is blocking out the world, especially a tenacious pack of kids determined to make your writing time theirs.
I think one of the things I most need is a full space with my books and research. I’m eyeing my oldest son’s bedroom. When he’s finished with college, he’s gonna have to spread his wings so I can get my office.
If money was no object, what would your home office look like?
It wouldn’t be a matter of what but who. I so need an assistant. My scheduling skills are so out of whack, and I need someone to help me keep an organized content calendar for the multiple blogs I manage and manage my time to get semester grading done, progress in writing my next book and contribute to the list of projects I’m committed to completing.
My home office would like a regular one because I would have an assistant with a desk.
How do you juggle writing and family?
I don’t know how to juggle. I drop a bunch of balls all of the time. Fortunately, I have a great husband who makes sure I get out of my chair and spend some time with the family. He’s also awesome at picking up the slack at home despite working 90 hours a week himself.
If I find myself with an immediate deadline, I can count on him to help out around the house so I can keep those keys clicking. It’s extremely important. I couldn’t do any of my work if he didn’t.
What’s the last book about writing that you read?
That would be the Associated Press Stylebook. I kid you not. I write a lot of online articles, so I need that by my side.
I also get into friendly skirmishes with fellow writers about things like the Oxford comma, so I use it for ammunition.
What book or books about writing do you recommend for new authors?
The Best Punctuation Book, Period is pretty great. The author, June Casagrande has a lot of great books on writing.
What do you like to read for relaxation?
I enjoy reading other romance authors. I’ve become hooked on Black women romance authors like Twyla Turner, Love Journey, Reana Malori and Aubree Pynn. They introduce readers to some culturally-specific romance and explore some topics and corners from which other romance authors might not.
Do you have an author newsletter?

Where to buy My Way to You

Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07K3PZXHY/

Lyndell Williams Social Media

Blog https://laylawriteslove.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/abdullahpoulos/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove

 

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): 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.

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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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Give Me Everything 
Angela Kay Austin, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book Give Me Everything.
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Length: 180 pages
Blurb:
He’d sat on top of the world… the perfect woman, a daughter,
and a job that made his father proud. Now, Kendis was divorced, and his daughter
wasn’t really his. At least, he has a good job…at Brady and Associates, the firm
that sends him to Maryland
for their client, Eastover. Eastover, one of Maryland’s largest commercial real estate developers,
is on a mission to take over older, outdated malls.
She’d been through the wringer in her personal life, and now
LaKia thinks the only thing she can control is her career as Marketing Director
for a small commercial real estate company. She’d always wanted marriage and children
like her best friend has… but she’s given up on ever finding her own Mr. Right.
Until Kendis.
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What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Lakia Jackson (almost thirty) and Kendis Washington (early thirties.)

Interview

Tell us about your story’s
world. What is it like in this period or place?
I set this story in Maryland,
right outside of D.C. This is significant because it is an area where business and
politics collide, everyday. This is important to the story because the story revolves
around local politics and economic development.
What inspired you to write
this book?
Conversation with friends over dinner and wine. I like writing
stories about women who have followed the path of career. What happens when they
take a look back, and think to themselves – what about marriage and children? And
what happens if choosing one affects the other, and you feel you can’t really trust
what you’re doing because of that simple fact.
Which character in your
current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
It’s hard for me to judge that one. I hope I’ve written the characters
in such a way that readers connect to both. Kendis has been lied to, and deceived
in such a way that I think it will connect with women. He has the chance to do something
he thinks is important and, from his point of view, it will give back a lot to the
local community. But, LaKia feels the same way about what she wants. She can protect
a small company in a great community, and help preserve a little bit of history.
And, just like Kendis, she’s experienced her own loss, and has been deceived in
her own way by someone she loved.
Why do you write?
Honestly, I think if I didn’t my head would explode. I’ve always
enjoyed playing out different scenarios in my head. I’ll rewrite scenes to movies.
Often, I visualize whole scenes to music. It’s always been a part of me; it just
took me a while to figure out what to do with it.
Who has helped you the
most in your career as an author?
One of my friends, another author, LaVerne Thompson. I met LaVerne
through the Washington
D.C. chapter
of RWA, and through her I discovered Red Rose Publishing. That introduced me to
digital first print publishers, and online conferences and workshops. That changed
my life because until that time I only thought about one path to publishing – traditional
mainstream publishers. I discovered a world of camaraderie, developed my craft,
and gained confidence in myself as a writer.
When you write, what things
do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration…?)
Depends on what I’m writing and when. Sometimes, I like to do
what my characters are doing. Sometimes, I need to remove myself from the picture
because I’m thinking too hard, and forcing the story verses letting it flow naturally.
Sometimes, I need to push the story so that it’s not too predictable. Chocolate,
especially if it’s chocolate covered something paired with a glass of wine, can
help me slip into a more sensual frame of mind. Eating ice cream can make me think
of more fun things: childhood, time with my young nephews or niece. Pictures, well,
hey, pictures are pictures!
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
People watching. I love to sit and drink a cup of coffee in local
shops or on an outdoor patio somewhere and watch people do what they do. I keep
a notebook with me, and I scribble, relentlessly. Conversations. What they are wearing.
How lovers interact. Whatever I can see or hear. Or, you might just find me doing
something that one of my characters will be doing. I went white water rafting, and
in this book – “Give Me Everything” – it opens with the characters doing
just that.
Are you a plotter, or
do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I like to know what the story is about, but other than that,
I let it flow. I like discovering the story in the same way the readers do. If I
let the characters speak loudly enough I feel like the story will be better, more
true.
Looking back at your first
book, what do you wish you had done differently?
Dug deeper into my emotions. I set the story in Pennsylvania. I experienced a lot of what the character
experiences with regards to isolation. There was also a lot of racial tension that
I didn’t delve into as deeply as I should’ve. I think it would have allowed readers
to have a better connection with the story. If I have the chance to rewrite it,
I will definitely peel back the layers.
What aspect of your life
do you write into your books?
Career. I write about women who are career minded, and how that
affects their lives. Regrets. Successes. Having it all. Can women have it all? According
to so many, we can’t. I guess I like to fantasize about the possibilities of it
being obtainable. We can at least try.
When an idea hits you,
what do you do to capture it?
I write it down. I keep a notebook with me at all times, and
I jot down everything for the idea. I don’t want to forget it. It’s the little nuances
that I want to capture. I don’t always see both my hero and my heroine. Sometimes,
just one of them. So, I like to capture as much as I can when it comes to me. It
helps me see the other characters more clearly.
Which of your books was
the hardest to write and why?
I don’t know. Because my books cover issues important to women:
abortion, miscarriage, date rape, homelessness, etc. There are parts of many of
them that have been difficult. I tackle each piece of each story through deliberate
research, and sometimes that means reading blogs or watching videos that can be
heartbreaking. It can be hard to shake the memories.
Do you believe in luck?
Not sure. I believe in fate. There are things, I believe, that
are just meant to be, and regardless of anything, they’ll just be.
What kind of music do
you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
It depends. My music, whether driving or writing, has to fit
my mood (or the scene I’m writing.) If the sun is shining, and I’m driving with
no purpose, I listen to one thing. If I’m on my way to meet with a client for work,
I might listen to something upbeat. If I’m writing a love scene, of course, I want
to listen to something appropriate.
Do you play any musical
instruments?
Clarinet and saxophone. I even played in the band in high school
and college.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, spinach
and onion. And don’t forget a glass of red wine
.
I’m always ready for travel.
When I’m alone, I veg out on the SyFy channel.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was born and raised in
TN
.
If I had a halo it would be shiny sparkly. (fingers crossed)
If I could live in another country I’d move to Rome, Italy.
I can never stop writing
because the voices in my head would find another way out.      

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