Thursday, 11 October 2018

Meet me at the Pa Gya! Literary Festival | #PaGya2018 @writerspg

It's confirmed! I am scheduled to be at the Pa Gya! A Literary Festival in Accra, taking place from Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October, 2018. 

Join me on Saturday, 20 October, 2018, from 4 - 5 p.m. for readings from Forest Girl and a discussion on the romance genre in Ghana. Copies of Chancing Faith will also be available.


Pa Gya! A Literary Festival in Accra is a literary arts festival put together by the Writers Project of Ghana and Goethe-Institut Ghana. The festival was created to bring together writers and lovers of literature to enjoy readings, create networks, and foster friendships and collaborations between writers and the public.

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mP

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Mail Order Bride: Mail Order Mayor by Ashley Walter

Hi folks! Happy Halloween month. We're back with our 3-for-1 review, so after you're done here, don't forget to check out reviews from Prah and Constantine. 

We went to the wild west :-) and found Mail Order Bride: Mail Order Mayor by Ashley Walter

Here's the blurb:
Some mail-order brides have secrets... sometimes, so do their husbands. 

Cadence Fairbanks was supposed to be a mail-order bride, until things went wrong.  

She’d left her old life behind her and tried to start over, but the man she was supposed to marry is back. 


He wants a second chance. 

Cadence doesn't know if she loves him anymore. 

Or does she? 

Austin Wilkes has to prove himself to her. But he’s got his own secrets, and he's still mourning for his first wife and child. 
She's not sure she can trust him, but he's not sure he can trust her. 

When the women of Angel's Reach start to go missing, Cadence vows to hunt down their kidnapper. Austin promises to help her, and the two embark on a journey that will teach them things aren't always what they seem. 

Can Cadence and Austin find the missing women before she becomes one herself? 




MY REVIEW

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Caine Prize for African Writing #PublishedShortStories #WritingCompetition

Hi folks!

It's been a while since I posted. I've been hiding in my editing cave polishing a story for submission. I am happy to announce that I've submitted and ready to embark on the next hero and heroine's journey.



Today, though, I'm here to mention the Caine Prize for African Writing, a registered charity whose aim is to bring African writing to a wider audience using our annual literary award. In addition to administering the Prize, the charity also works to connect readers with African writers through a series of public events, as well as helping emerging writers in Africa to enter the world of mainstream publishing through the annual Caine Prize writers’ workshop which takes place in a different African country each year.

The deadline to enter the 2019 Prize is 31st January 2019.

From what I gather, the prize is only for published, short stories (3000 - 10000 words) and can ony be submitted by a publisher.

There are extensive guidelines for entering, so check them out.

Wishing all entrants the best of luck.

mP

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Meet Me at the Ghana International Book Fair | 30 Aug - 2 Sep, 2018 | #GIBF2018

Hello, readers and lovers of African stories.

If you're in Accra, Ghana this week, have I got a treat for you! I and a group of Ghanaian authors (we're calling ourselves 11 Authors (from) Ghana) have a stand at the Ghana International Book Fair, taking place from 30 August - 2 September, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC). Time is 9am to 7pm daily. 

Here are some of the great books you can get.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

#BookRelease: All Screwed Up by A J Adams #BlogTour



☆*¨*★☆ New Release ☆*¨*★☆

All Screwed Up

By AJ Adams

Release Date: 21st August 2018


#WTMOAJASU



What readers say about AJ Adams:

“A.J. is a talented writer. With a dark imagination.” 

“...awesome dark romance between less than perfect people...” 

“I can always count on her to weave a fantastically well written story with in-depth, precisely developed characters that are meticulously flawed, yet always have that redeeming quality." 

"There is just something mesmerizing about AJ Adam's style of writing that reels me in every time, even when I start out hesitantly due to a different genre outside my favorite normal."








Sexy, sassy adult model Lacy Desire is in deep trouble. Having walked out on her abusive photographer ex and wrecked a major deal, he and his underworld backers are out for revenge. Lacy decides only one man can save her: Rex Winslow, the super hot money launderer for the Disciples MC. His rep for violence and mayhem doesn’t worry her because she knows a secret that will keep him in line.

Rex Winslow, tenth Viscount Ravenshurst and financial guru to the Disciples MC, is about to pull off the deal of a lifetime that will restore his family name and fortune. When Lacy turns up and blackmails him into helping her, he’s furious. Worse, her troubles bring the Horde, rivals to the Disciples MC, crashing in on his deal. Handing her over will fix it but cold-hearted practical Rex discovers he’s fallen head over heels. Can he give her up?

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Refuge in his Arms by Lizzie Ashworth #BookReview

Crisis forces Mackenzie Kilpatrick and David Evans together under terrifying circumstances. The Big One—the long-anticipated massive earthquake in Los Angeles—sends everyone rushing into the streets. Mackenzie throws a few supplies and her dog Captain into the car to escape town. Then her car gets stuck in a traffic jam.
David is on his way to nowhere when he sees her and decides to help her get unstuck.
As they argue about what happens next and struggle against their instantaneous attraction, an even greater disaster shifts their lives. A coronal mass ejection rushes toward earth, a solar storm so immense it paralyzes vehicles and wrecks the power grid. The two are forced into an uncomfortable love-hate partnership as they try to figure out how to secure food, water, and safe shelter.
Mackenzie’s loss of her husband in Afghanistan and David’s ruined career as a rock and roll star loom between them as the two strike off on foot in search of what they need. But what they really need rests inside each of them. Will they figure that out before it’s too late?

MY REVIEW

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Playing with words: Cruciverbalist


Cruciverbalist

noun | kroo-suh-vur-buh-list

a person who enjoys or is skilled at solving crosswords.

E.g.: I'm an unapologetic cruciverbalist.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Wicked for Hire by Lotta Smith #PCBReviews

Hi folks. Another second month comes with a brand new 3-in-1 review. We went for something fun and paranormal - Wicked for Hire (Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery: A Cozy Mystery on Kindle Unlimited Book 1)

Sometimes, the opportunity of a lifetime comes bustin' your door... without even offering to pay for the damages...

Medical student Amanda Meyer thought she had her life all planned out until people started dying the moment they touched her. Being cleared of any wrongdoing didn’t stop the medical school from expelling her, and it didn’t rid her of the unfortunate nickname Grim Reaper.

Luckily, having a rep as the harbinger of death isn’t a total resume killer. Rick Rowling, Special Agent for the FBI’s Paranormal Cases Division recruits her to work for the Bureau as a resident witch. But the sexy, brilliant, outrageous loose cannon proves to be just as untouchable as the mysterious creature or creatures that may be responsible for the seemingly unsolvable murder that becomes their first case together.

Instead of treating patients, Amanda’s life becomes a test of her patience and a wild ride into the wicked paranormal world where her new boss runs the show. Together they face a ghoulish force that could destroy the entire city and a grueling family dinner that could leave Amanda contemplating harakiri.

It’s a battle of life and debt [student debt, that is] and saving the world has never been so funny.

Wicked for Hire is part of the Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery series. If you If you like fast-paced mysteries full of quirky characters and unexpected twists, you're gonna love this series. Perfect for fans of Amy Boyles, Jana DeLeon, Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen! 

My Review

Sunday, 12 August 2018

I'd collapse a thousand times | #SexySnippets #IRRomance

Hi folks! I know I haven't been consistent with my sexy snippets. Bear with me (mother of two toddlers) - I have to sneak away to achieve any writing or blogging. Sometimes my escape doesn't go as planned. 

This week, I got into a conversation about one of my old titles, Chancing Faith, and I fell in love all over again with this very sweet IR romance.

Do you like to see the hero in a vulnerable position? That's what I did, by inflicting mine with a bout of Malaria :-), which forced my heroine to nurse him to health. Here's a bit of what happens.

I hope you enjoy this snippet!



Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Path To Passion by @NanaPrah #BookRelease #AARomance


๐Ÿ’› BOOK RELEASE๐Ÿ’›
Title: Path To Passion
Author: Nana Prah
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

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BLURB

The man who broke her heart . . .
Is the man she now needs more than ever!
Heir to his family’s global empire, branding genius Miguel Astacio turns everything into marketing gold. Only his best friend’s sister seems immune to his magic touch. Until Tanya Carrington comes to him to save her floundering nightclub. Miguel is ready to rectify past mistakes. But will his supreme sacrifice win the heart of the woman he loves? 

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EXCERPT
Miguel’s blood heated as she gave him a wavering smile. She was just too beautiful, with clear skin marked only by a dark mole at the corner of her nose, angled dark eyes and full lickable lips.

“I mean,” Tanya continued, “I won’t even be able to recognize the place when its completed. Everything sounds incredible, but I may have to draw the line at the cages for dancers.”

He thought she might. “Trust me, if we charge people to dance in them, they will pay. The one rule is that they have to keep their clothes on.”

“We’ll see.” She stared at the screen again with her eyes unblinking “Um…” She rubbed the back of her neck and a light sheen of sweat broke out on her forehead. “How much will this cost?”

Now for the heavy convincing. He got up and stood beside her to point at the CCTV screen showing the dance area, which had filled up a little more in the hour they’d been going over his ideas. “I can see this place packed, people waiting all the way up the street trying to get in. VIP area filled with actors, musicians and pro athletes flying in to experience it.”

Unable to resist, he leaned close so they were almost cheek to cheek. Her heat and honeysuckle perfume floated into him, and he turned his head so his starving lips could caress her one more time. He kissed along her jaw until he met the sensitive area of her neck, where he teased her with gentle nips until she moaned. She sprang as far away from him as the room would allow.

What had he been thinking? Why did she affect him this way? She took away his willpower like no other woman had ever done. Thinking became almost impossible when she was around. The desire to smooth his hands over her incredibly silky soft skin drove him to get closer, but he stayed rooted to the spot, watching her rub the goose pimples from her arms.

“Answer the question, Miguel.” He was pleased to hear her voice quiver. “How much will it cost?”

He’d rather discuss the turbulent heat swirling between them, but if she wanted to ignore it then he should, too. “You’ve heard the saying that you have to spend money to make money, right?”

Her slow nod brought her hair forward. He watched as she brushed back the strands he wanted to filter his fingers through, bringing her close so they could fall into the attraction drawing them together.






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Thursday, 2 August 2018

All Screwed Up by A J Adams #CoverReveal @AuthorAJAdams @WTMOreads #Preorder




What readers say about AJ Adams

“A.J. is a talented writer. With a dark imagination.” 
CM

“...awesome dark romance between less than perfect people...”  
Fan

“I can always count on her to weave a fantastically well written story with in-depth, precisely developed characters that are meticulously flawed, yet always have that redeeming quality." 

"There is just something mesmerizing about AJ Adam's style of writing that reels me in every time, even when I start out hesitantly due to a different genre outside my favorite normal."


All Screwed Up

Sexy, sassy adult model Lacy Desire is in deep trouble. Having walked out on her abusive photographer ex and wrecked a major deal, he and his underworld backers are out for revenge.  Lacy decides only one man can save her: Rex Winslow, the super hot money launderer for the Disciples MC.  His rep for violence and mayhem doesn’t worry her because she knows a secret that will keep him in line.

Rex Winslow, tenth Viscount Ravenshurst and financial guru to the Disciples MC, is about to pull off the deal of a lifetime that will restore his family name and fortune. When Lacy turns up and blackmails him into helping her, he’s furious. Worse, her troubles bring the Horde, rivals to the Disciples MC, crashing in on his deal. Handing her over will fix it but cold-hearted practical Rex discovers he’s fallen head over heels. Can he give her up?




Pre-Order and Get A Juicy Discount!

All Screwed Up is yours for $2.99
Regular Price $3.99 


About AJ Adams 

AJ Adams writes twisted love stories set in the violent world of the Cartel, Camorra, Belial's MC and Prydain.

AJ Adams novels are self-standing and although some feature the same families, you need not read them all - but it would be awesome if you did.








Tuesday, 31 July 2018

#NewRelease: Silverblade by Bella Jeanisse @BellaJeanisse @WTMOreads #Rockstar


๐ŸŽœ๐ŸŽœ ҉‿➹⁀☆ ҉ ๐Ÿ’€ ҉ ☆⁀➷‿ ҉ ๐ŸŽœ๐ŸŽœ


Silverblade by Bella Jeanisse


Genre: Rockstar


BLURB:

Are you ready to dive into a new series?

Before there can be a Rockstar Romance, there has to be a band…

Shane Martin, lead vocalist of Silverblade, has given up on keeping his band together. He doesn’t know how to go on after the loss of their bassist and his best friend, Troy. When Troy’s widow insists he start the search, he does. No one was good enough until he found Zack.

Zack Bryant plays bass, but his band is going nowhere. He thinks he has no chance to have a better life. That is until Shane walks into the bar where he is playing one night. He finally has a way to show the world what he can do.

Will Zack blend with the rest of the band? Can they get ready in time to join the Reign of Fire tour? Little do they know, this is only the beginning.

Warning: For those 18 and over only. May not suitable for all readers. Bumps in the road can be fun, right?

This book has spoilers for the Gasoline and Wicked End series, as well as Triple Threat's Dual Desires.






๐ŸŽธAmazon US
๐ŸŽธAmazon UK
๐ŸŽธAmazon AU
๐ŸŽธAmazon CA
๐ŸŽธKobo
๐ŸŽธiTunes
๐ŸŽธSmashwords
๐ŸŽธBarnes and Noble



“Bella is an awesome author” 5 STARS ~ Lisa M Queen

“Great rock romance” 5 STARS ~ Doris

“All of Ms. Jeanisse’s books take you directly into the world of rock and roll and makes you feel as a voyeur into their lives. I cannot wait to see where the next book in the Silverblade series takes us. I highly recommend this book.” 5 STARS - Verified Purchase

“Every time I start a new book by Bella I wonder if she is going to be able to top the last one. I have read every single book she's put out and I haven't found ONE that I don't like.”  5 STARS
 -Anita

“Bella has once again has shown us her mad writing skills”. 5 STARS
 - Traci







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Bella Jeanisse lives for rock music. Addicted to concerts, Avenged Sevenfold, fictional rockers, and blasting music in the car, she can’t get enough. After her father turned her on to Queen, there was no going back. Of course, it didn’t stop there. Playing guitar became a pastime, which didn’t turn into a career… until she started to pen her fantasies and publish them.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York City, she grew up with access to clubs like L’Amour and CBGBs, hung out in Greenwich Village, as well as had plenty of friends in bands. No wonder rockers stayed on her mind. Bringing her ideas to life was a long time coming.

She is now living near Tampa, FL with 3 kids and 2 grandkids, as a single mom. Her family supports her writing even when it seems to take up more time than they feel is necessary. Can’t stop the muse, ya know!

Besides erotic rock star romances, Bella also writes about wild bikers, hot college men and more.



๐ŸŽธFacebook street team  ๐ŸŽธ Wattpad ๐ŸŽธTwitter ๐ŸŽธGoodreads
๐ŸŽธAmazon page ๐ŸŽธWebsite ๐ŸŽธ Bookbub


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Thursday, 26 July 2018

3 Things To Avoid When Writing about the dreaded Ex #WritingTips

I recently read a book which started with the heroine in a relationship with her soon-to-be-ex, and while this was instrumental in showing where she was coming from, I thought a full chapter at the beginning of the story was not how I wanted to start my romance novel.

It got me thinking about past relationships - we all have them and in many cases they even define who we've become. So it makes sense that romance heroes and heroines have past relationships that have played a role in defining who they are.

But what's the best way to handle the dreaded ex in romance novels? There may not be a 'best way' to handle exes, but there are a few things I think authors should endeavour to avoid.

Before I go further, let me start off by saying these tips are entirely my personal opinion (and not backed by any formal research). Number 2, these are only tips - I have, in fact, broken at least one of these rules before, but it was a conscious decision, which I believe was critical to the plot:


  1. (For Pete's sake) Don't start the novel with the ex. To me, this is a no-no. If the book is about Peter and Dora, I don't want to start with Peter and Susan's toxic relationship, or Dora and her undeserving ex.
  2. Don't dedicate a chapter to the ex. Again, the story is about your hero and heroine, a flashback to a past relationship is okay, but it doesn't need an entire chapter, even if it's not chapter 1.
  3. Don't stereotype the ex: I get so tired of reading about bitchy ex-girlfriends and abusive ex-boyfriends. Yes, they exist, and, no, they must not be ignored, but they aren't the only kinds of exes. There are people who just don't work out, not because they are evil, but because they weren't meant to be.

    One of my favourite movies is The Wedding Planner (because... Matthew McConaughey, duh! ♡). The thing that stood out for me the most was the fact that Bridgette Wilson's character wasn't your typical bitch. She was actually a very nice woman, which added to the hero's conflict. Why would he even fall for someone else when his fiancรฉe is such a great girl? That equals conflict!


So there you have it - my top 3 things to avoid when writing about the ex in a romance novel. Agree? Disagree? Any personal tips to add? Please leave me a comment.

mP




Sunday, 8 July 2018

You Complicate Things | Forest Girl #SexySnippet #AAromance @EmpiBaryeh

Hi and welcome to another sexy snippet. I took a break while preparing for the release of Forest Girl. Now it's out and I can share a few more sexy snippets to whet your appetite. 

Today's snippet highlights Michael's dilemma as indicated in paragraph 2 of the blurb (yea, I got all academic - hehe). This piece and what follows in the scene set the tone for my hero's conflict.


Enjoy ๐Ÿ’•


Saturday, 7 July 2018

#BookReview: LOVE, LAUGHTER, AND LOTS OF DOGS by Ellen Whyte @WTMOreads @AuthorAJAdams


"A Sweet,Funny, and Adorable Romance" - Roxie's Reviews

๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•Love, Laughter, and Lots of Dogs๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
A Pawsome Romance by Ellen Whyte 
A standalone novel
 50,000 words Price: $2.99

FREE TO READ ON KU

Kelly Taylor’s homemade pet treat business is taking off. Even better, utterly yummy Lord Cory Winthrop, the man she had a teenage crush on, asks her out for dinner.

Back on a lightning visit home, Cory Winthrop runs into his childhood friend, Kelly. Captivated by her happy nature, he becomes determined to win her heart.

However, finding true love is never easy. Kelly worries she may not fit into Cory’s spectacularly glamorous lifestyle. To complicate matters, Cory’s banking career is at a crossroads, and his evil ex is about to come rocketing back into his life.

Will Cory and Kelly be able to overcome their difficulties and live happily ever after?

A warm, light-hearted small town romance with a curvy girl and a very hunky billionaire banker. Featuring Hamish, the adorable rescue puppy.

#Wintrop #Romance


What The Reviewers Are Saying
"What an adorable cute even funny at times romance story" - Paula D on Goodreads.
"What a totally delightful read!" Miri on Goodreads.
"...who wouldn’t love them...I absolutely did" - 

Buy Links

My Review

Monday, 2 July 2018

Bound to Liberty by Kiru Taye #Pre-Order #Giveaway @KiruTaye

❤PRE-ORDER❤


Title: Bound To Liberty
Series: Bound, Book 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBT, African-American, Romantic Suspense

❤BLURB❤

As if life isn’t tough enough for James Coker, rejected and nearly killed by family, he is also a closeted gay man in a country where being gay is outlawed. So when the first man he's ever loved gets engaged to a woman, James’s solution to heartbreak is to indulge in a holiday fling.