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Category Archives: African American

Books with characters and/or themes which are African American

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.      

Previous Books

Love All Over Me
Sweet Victory
Christmas’ Journey
Love’s Chance
Scarlet’s Tears
My Son
Derailed

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A Heart to Heal

Synithia Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Devin Jones from the book, A Heart to Heal.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length: approx 240 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Blurb:
Shayla Monroe fled her hometown of Helena, South Carolina,
after a shocking situation broke the heart of the only guy she’d ever loved. Years
later, after losing her job in Atlanta
with her name once again shrouded in scandal, she has nowhere to go but home.
Now a devastatingly handsome and well-respected man, Devin Jones
became a successful doctor as a way to forget Shayla’s betrayal. When she returns
as infamously as she left, he plans to put aside old feelings and treat her as any
other person in town. But after looking into her soft brown eyes, the feelings he
thought long dead quickly rush to the surface.
Ignoring rumors, disapproval from family and friends, and promises
to avoid each other, the two become friends … then lovers. Devin wants all or
nothing, but Shayla, haunted by her past, is afraid their relationship will damage
what’s left of her reputation. Can two broken hearts survive the fight against past
and present demons to heal and find love?
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Hero: Devin Jones, 35, Doctor
Heroine: Shayla Monroe, 34, Unemployed due to an unfortunate incident

Interview with Devin Jones

Tell us about yourself.
Let’s see, I have my own medical practice in my hometown of Helena, SC.
I grew up here and always knew I wanted to come back and practice medicine. I became
interested medicine after my mom died of a brain aneurysm when I was in high school.
It was unexpected and difficult for me and my dad. I’m constantly on my dad about
his health now. Personally, I enjoy playing basketball with my friends and spending
time with my dad.
Tell us about Shayla.
Shayla. My dad says I’ve been trying to figure her out since
we were kids, and honestly he’s right. I knew who she was growing up, but it wasn’t
until high school when she braided my hair one summer that we connected. What can
I say, we just clicked. She became my best friend, the one person I could count
on. I had a crush on her, but never wanted to follow it up. Her dad had a reputation
that spilled over on her. So many guys were trying to push up on her. I was happy
to just be her friend. Unfortunately, something happened and it tore us apart. We
went years without speaking. When she first came back to town, rumors were flying
about what she’d gotten into. That’s the thing with Shayla, there are always rumors
about her situation. Usually unfounded…some legitimate. But that’s who she is.
She looked for love in all the wrong places. I’m ready to show her that she doesn’t
have to look anymore. I’ll never understand her, never have a dull moment with her,
and never stop loving her.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My strongest point? Hmmm. I’m the one my friends always come
to for advice. I pride myself on my ability to remain rational in tense situations.
Except when it comes to Shayla. I can never keep my cool where she’s concerned.
What would Shayla say is your strongest point?
I’m patient. She isn’t. When she’s impatient or nervous she taps
her hand or foot. I can usually calm her down. She seems to like that about me.
What would Shayla say is your biggest weakness?
Her. She used to think I deserved someone better. It took awhile
for her to realize she’s had my heart from the moment we met.
What was it like where you grew up?
My hometown hasn’t changed much. I grew up, and still live in,
Helena, SC.
It’s a small town about an hour or so from the capital of Columbia. It has its benefits: everyone knows
everyone, a sense of community, no traffic. But it has cons as well. The biggest
is a result of one of the benefits. Because everyone knows everyone gossip runs
rampant. I don’t like people in my business or getting unwelcome advice on my love
life. I’ve had a lot of that since rekindling my relationship with Shayla.

About the Author

Synithia Williams has enjoyed romance novels since she was 13
years old, so it’s no surprise that she began writing her own. When she isn’t reading
or writing, she’s working on sustainability initiatives in the Midlands of South
Carolina. She lives with her husband, Eric, and two boys.

Previous Books

You Can’t Plan Love
Worth the Wait

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or Worth the Wait (winner’s choice). Tell me if you think a romance between “bad
girl” and a “good guy” can work.

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You Can’t Plan Love

Synithia, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your new book. Tell us about You Can’t Plan Love.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: 78,000 words
Heat rating: R
Buy link: Coming soon http://is.gd/Mwc3Qd
Tagline: Love doesn’t always go according to plan.
Blurb:
After several bad relationships, Kenyatta Copeland decides to
control her love life with the same discernment she uses in her professional life.
Knowing firsthand the heartbreak that comes when desire and emotion
rule a relationship, Kenyatta assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a stable
life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it’s hard to ignore the
way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look. After
Malcolm learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her
that passion between a man and a woman has its perks … but also its costs. When
Brad suspects there’s more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he works harder
to keep Kenyatta by his side. Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her irrepressible
longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her life in a passionless
marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart. Yet Brad isn’t as perfect
as he seems, and by the time Kenyatta realizes this it may be too late.
What are your main characters’
names?
Kenyatta Copeland
Malcolm Patterson
Ages?
Kenyatta 28
Malcolm 33
Occupations?
They both work for H20 Environmental-An environmental consulting
firm with offices throughout the Southeast
United States.

Interview

How did you get your start
in the industry?
I am a newbie to the publishing industry. I’ve written for years,
but it wasn’t until 2010 that I decided to pursue publishing. I made a goal to finish
one of the many novels I started by the end of 2010, and then made another goal
in 2011 to revise and perfect my novel. The goal for 2012 was to query and see what
type of feedback I got. I still can’t believe my dream came true relatively quickly.
What is the most important
thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I continue to research ways to improve my writing. I’ve joined
Romance Writers of America and have plans to start attending my first writing conferences
this year. I’ve purchased several books on character development, plotting and even
writing steamier sex scenes. It’s important to me to get more books out there that
are even better than my first one.
What websites do you visit
daily?
Outside of Facebook and Twitter, I regularly visit my publisher’s
site http://crimsonromance.com, PubRants
and The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
That wonderful–yet fleeting–moment when my boys are being sweet
and my husband and I look at each other and smile.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Take some creative writing classes while in undergrad. My major
was biology, so I took some fun electives (sociology of sex, history of jazz, and
public speaking for example) but I didn’t take a creative writing course.
What does “balance”
mean to you as a writer?
Balancing my day job, family and writing. When I made up my mind
to try and publish my first novel I thought the hardest part would be finding time
to write. Luckily, that wasn’t hard to do. My kids go to bed at 8:00 every night,
except on weekends. So it was easy to wait until they went to bed then write after
9. But, when you add in the social media aspect, it can impact your life throughout
the day. The need to check Facebook, Twitter and your blog. If I push that to 9
p.m. then I’m not writing until 10 or 11. I’m still learning to balance this so
at the moment I refuse to sign up for Tribbr, Pintrest or Google +.
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Ha! That’s a loaded question! Indirectly, yes things my family
or friends do ends up in a book. Conversations I’ve had may spark an idea, or interests
of people I know may become interests of my characters.
What are some jobs you’ve
done before (or while) you were a writer?
My day job is the Environmental Coordinator for my county. Although
working in public service has its difficult days, I really enjoy my job. I help
develop air quality programs and water quality regulations that have a direct impact
on the quality of life where I live. When the bureaucracy gets me down, I get to
do fun projects with other “greenies” that promote green business practices and
personal sustainable behavior change. In 2010 our areas largest paper listed me
as one of the areas Green Queens, and although the title means every time someone
throws away a plastic bottle their calling my name, I love the fact that my efforts
are appreciated.
Which of your books would
you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
I only have one book right now, so of course I recommend it.
If someone hasn’t read a romance within the last ten years then I would say give
this book a try. Romances aren’t full of weak damsels in distress waiting on a strong
man to save them. That idea makes me want to gag. I wrote about the struggle for
a professional woman who’s been hurt in the past trying to pick a man based on reason
instead of romance. Kenyatta is also struggling between choosing her career over
the wishes of the man she thinks is perfect for her. These are real decisions that
women face daily that I think many can relate to.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read romance. Historicals are my favorite, but after decided
to pursue publishing I started reading more contemporary romances. Everyone once
and awhile I’ll try something outside of the genre if it’s recommended. But if I
need to just relax and waste an afternoon, I’ll pick up a romance.
What do you think is the
future of epublishing?
I think it’s here to stay. I was one of those people who once
refused to buy an e-reader because I loved “real” books, bookstores, and libraries.
I still do, but I also love the convenience of e-books. For others like me who’ve
embraced ebooks and the convenience they provide, I can’t see epublishing as a fad
that will go away. Just like we evolved from VCRs, to DVD players to Netflix I think
it’ll be the same with books. The only difference is that some books will still
be worth having in a hard copy on a shelf.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, because you have all of the eating and family togetherness
of Christmas without the hassle of buying gifts.
What good book have you
read recently?
Two, the Rebound Guy by Farrah Rochon and Temptation Rising by
A.C. Arthur.
If your life became a
movie, who would you want to play you?
Angela Bassett, because I love her.
Which statement is more
like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and
relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with artichoke hearts and mushrooms.
I’m always ready for a get together with friends involving
wine
.
When I’m alone, I read and watch television all day long.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m shy. It’s difficult for
me to come up with “small talk,” but I’ve had to learn because I do a lot of networking
in my day job. Now I just ask a bunch of questions and try to get people to talk
about themselves
.
If I had a halo it would be bronze, dented, and tarnished.
Synithia Williams
If I could only win the lottery I’d have vacation houses
in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and London
.
I can never skydive because I’m afraid of heights and
just thinking about it makes my palms sweat.
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You Can’t Plan Love from Crimson Romance
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