We have a special guest post today as America votes .... take it away, Mary Whitney!
With all the mud flying about during this election season, it’s hard to see anything romantic about politics. Mud doesn’t make anyone look or smell good. Even when we’re out of the nasty election cycle, if we do hear of romance in politics, it isn’t sweet at all. It’s usually something tawdry, where more often than not, innocent families are hurt because of a politician’s hubris.
Yet we’re all easily drawn to elected officials—even those we don’t agree with on the issues. We see beyond our differences with some because they’re charismatic, funny, and passionate, and occasionally good looking. Kennedy and Reagan are two who usually come to mind.
So why do politicians end up in sex scandals more than your average person? The simple answer is that they don’t get out much, plus they’re so egotistical they think they get away with anything. Many of them spend most of their time with their staff rather than their family or friends. They’re idolized and don’t socialize like normal people. So in the tight quarters of an office with staff who would go through fire for you, passions can flare.
Despite all of that, I love politics, and I relish a good scandal. In writing A Political Affair, I wondered what would happen if the affair was actually a well-intentioned one. What if the pair truly loved one another? How could they get around their situation and actually grow a relationship? And how would the public react once it was disclosed in the middle of an election? I hope I’ve drawn a story that plays that out, while poking fun at the political world. After all, making fun of politicians is always good time.
A Political Affair is now available in ebook. I also have a novella, A Very Important Guest, currently on Amazon. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on sweet political romance.
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Mahalo, Mary, for stopping by SOS Aloha on the way to your polling place. I am giving away a special Red-White-Blue gift - a 2013 Hawaiian calendar with red hot lava, white capped waves, and true blue sea. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about politics in romance - love it or loathe it?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, November 10, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 11.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Mary and her books, check out her website at wordymary.com.