Sneak Peek Wednesday: Candidate by Tracy Ewens

Candidate – A Love Story
by Tracy Ewens
Publisher: self-published
Publication date: June 23, 2015
Genre: Romance

If only life were as simple as choosing between Toaster Strudel and Fruit Loops.

Katherine Galloway is two years divorced and still living out of boxes. Between her brothers (cops that work with her ex) and her mother’s constant reminders that her clock is ticking, Kate is trying to hold it all together. But the truth is, she’s eating Toaster Strudel for dinner, and living and breathing her PR career. When it comes to public relations, there’s nothing she can’t handle . . . or at least that’s what she thinks.

Grady Malendar, the only son of United States Senator Patrick Malendar, has a reputation as a playboy who likes to have a little too much fun. The senator is running for re-election and needs Grady’s help with the youth vote. But what they want is a new and improved, headline-free Grady, so they hire a PR firm. Grady is willing to participate in the dog and pony show to help his father win, but there are some things about Grady’s life he wants to keep hidden. Especially from his snoopy new PR “babysitter,” Kate Galloway.

Somewhere between campaign stops and fundraisers, Kate and Grady discover that neither of them are what they appear to be on the surface. Tensions between them grow until there is no denying they are falling in love behind the scenes of a façade they both need to keep in place. Will scandal, old wounds, and secrets tear them apart, or will Kate and Grady realize, despite appearances, they are both candidates for love?





“Kate,” Grady said close to her ear, “dance with me.”

Nick piped up. “Ah hey, we were talking here, Buddy.”

“Yeah, that conversation seems to have run its course, Buddy. I mean really, what more could such a captivating, vibrant woman like this actually have to say to you?” Grady answered.

Nick looked like he was going to punch him. Her father, Neil, and Ethan smiled and held their beers up to toast Grady.

“Yes, I would love to dance.” Kate said.

Grady took her hand and she said, “Goodbye Nick,” over her shoulder, just as she saw Nick’s newly-minted fiancé part through the crowd.

Kate smiled and glanced at the woman now standing with her ex-husband, the woman he’d slept with during their marriage, and she realized that she felt fine, silly even. She looked back at Nick and said, “Good luck with that,” and then turned toward the dance floor with Grady.

He spun her into his arms and she rested against his chest for a moment, breathed him in. “Thank you,” she whispered.

“Anytime, gorgeous. Have you ever been jealous, Kate?” She looked at him and didn’t know what to say. “Can’t say I’ve ever felt that particular emotion until tonight.” Kate laughed and he spun her out in a grand Fred Astaire move. Her head fell back and she laughed some more as he pulled her in again. “I thought you said you were an awful dancer?”

Grady twirled her around the dance floor like a pro. “I lied.” He smiled a devilish grin. “Now keep up sweetheart, because we definitely have an audience,” he said, and then he dipped her back right there in front of everyone she knew and some of the people she worked with. Kate should have been embarrassed, this wasn’t professional, but instead she was filled with such pride for the men in her life, the good ones. They allowed her to shine and stood by her when that became a little difficult. Grady spun her again and Kate remembered what Reagan had said as she was leaving for the ball. “Screw them all, honey. It’s a party. Get your freak on.” And that’s exactly what Kate did. Well, within reason.



Meet the author…

Tracy Ewens shares a beautiful piece of desert with her husband and three children in New River, Arizona. She is a recovered theater major who walks her dog Jack, drinks copious amounts of tea, and reads well past her bedtime.

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7 Thoughts on “Sneak Peek Wednesday: Candidate by Tracy Ewens

  1. Lovely cover and thanks for the excerpt!! 😀

  2. That’s a really pretty cover and I enjoyed the excerpt.

  3. That is such a beautiful cover….I LOVE IT!!!

  4. Very cute way to meet. I love romance so Kate and Grady’s story is up my alley. Who doesn’t like a male lead who is a charmer?
    I’m a bit surprised that the excerpt seems to be from later on in the book but I’m not complaining (;

  5. Oh gosh. So far I am loving what I’m reading. Plus those cover is so pretty

  6. thanks for sharing, I didn’t know about this one

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