In the #HotSeat: Zaria from For The Love of You by Candace Shaw | #ColorofLoveHop #AARomance @Candace_Shaw #Giveaway

Hello readers. Today we're excited to have Zaria Richardson from For The Love of You by Candace Shaw in the Hot Seat for #ColorofLove2017 celebration.

You're welcome to our blog, Zaria. Thank you for hanging out with us today. We look forward to delving into your mind and finding out more about you. So let's get started.

LBAS: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Zaria: Peace within myself first so I can be a better friend, daughter, sister, and wife. (and one day mother)

LBAS: What is your current state of mind?
Zaria: Chile …, I’m the middle of planning two weddings with two bridezillas that have been driving me insane, but of course I’ve remained pleasant on the outside.

LBAS: What is your most treasured possession?
Zaria: A diamond Z necklace that Garrett gave me one Christmas eons ago. I wear it always.

LBAS: What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Zaria: My husband Garrett because he’s the most loving and patient man I’ve ever known.
LBAS: What is your greatest fear?
Zaria: Losing my parents.

LBAS: What is the quality you most like in a man?
Zaria: I adore my husband’s intellect.

LBAS: What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Zaria: Tardiness. I hate being late. It’s my main pet peeve.

LBAS: On what occasions do you lie?
Zaria: Rarely, because I’m honest (sometimes too honest) with people because I don’t want to be lied to back.

LBAS: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Zaria: My sassy mouth because it gets me trouble sometimes.

Thank you for indulging us, Candace. You can find out more about Zaria and her husband in For The Love of You.

Zaria Richardson is determined to make her event planning company, Precious Moments, the most sought after on St. Simons Island, Georgia. When Dr. Garrett Braxton approaches her with shocking information about their rendezvous last year to Las Vegas, the perfect life she’s created for herself comes crashing down. All of her mixed emotions over the suave, irresistible doctor rise to the surface, and now she’s faced with a life-changing decision.

Garrett has been in love with the ravishing, sassy beauty since he first laid eyes on her. However, with an unexpected circumstance, he now knows more than ever that Zaria has always been the one for him. Can he convince her that they’re truly meant to be?

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“Hey, little lady. I see you heard my message and came rushing over to Jekyll,” Garrett teased. “You missed me, didn’t you?”
Pursing her lips together, Zaria frowned. “Wrong. I haven’t listened to your voicemail. I’m here on business. Purely coincidental, and I didn’t miss you. Haven’t even thought you.”
He drew her toward him. She suppressed a shudder as his six-foot-one frame engulfed her in his embrace and his familiar scent surrounded her. He wasn’t an overly built man, but his lean, in-shape physique always made her feel protected and warm.
“Maybe it was fate.”
Chuckling sarcastically, she gave him a haughty glare. “I don’t think so, old man.”
“Old man? You’ve never once complained about how this old man rocked your boat off and on for five years.”
“Whatever. So how long are you going to be in town?” she asked, running over her schedule in her head for the next few days.
“Until Tuesday morning. I was hoping we could hang out … unless you’re seeing someone, of course.” He raised a curious eyebrow.
“No. Since I’ve moved here, I haven’t had much time for a dating life. Precious Moments keeps me pretty busy. However, what makes you think I want to spend time with you just because you’re in town?”
His face scrunched in an amused expression. “Ouch, woman. I thought we could hang out and catch up. I haven’t seen or spoken to you since the day before you moved here. Plus, the real reason why I’m here is that I need to discuss something important. Didn’t want to tell you over the phone.”
Her thoughts trekked back to their last night together. When she’d arrived at his home, he’d surprised her with candles lit everywhere and a trail of pink rose petals that led to his bedroom. Unlike their crazy, wild sex sessions, that last one had been more passionate and intense than all the others. For a moment, an emotional side had taken over and she’d hidden her face in his chest to suppress her tears. However, he’d noticed and kissed them away while mumbling something about how he was going to miss her, which had slammed her back to reality. Unfortunately, since she’d been away from Memphis, that night had crept into her thoughts, making her think she actually liked him for more than just great sex and conversation.
“What could we possibly have to discuss?” she asked with a slight frown.
A mischievous grin inched up his face. “Our divorce.”

Author Bio

Candace Shaw writes romance novels because she believes that happily-ever-after isn’t found only in fairy tales. When she’s not writing or researching information for a book, you can find Candace in her gardens, shopping, reading or learning how to cook a new dish.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her loving husband and is currently working on her next fun, flirty and sexy romance.

Connect with  Candace on her website at

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  1. Great excerpt. Zaria sounds like a woman in charge and Garrett is ruffling all the right feathers :-)


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