Saturday, 23 March 2019

He never dated any woman twice | Expecting Ty's Baby @empibaryeh #Excerpt #Teaser #AAromance

Hello there and thanks for visiting. I'm sharing another excerpt from Chapter one of Expecting Ty's Baby. This follows from last week's post. If you missed you my last two excerpts, you might want to read then before embarking on part 3.

EXPECTING TY'S BABY © by Empi Baryeh 2019
(Chapter 1: Part 4)
He’d been just in time to see Patricia walk into the main reception, an African goddess, her skin a flawless cocoa brown much darker than his caramel complexion. High heels added a couple of inches to her five-seven frame. She’d been wearing skinny jeans and a fashionable blouse made from African print fabric. Slung over one shoulder was a handbag, and in her other hand she held, of all things, a silver toolbox. His curiosity aroused, he’d lingered at the entryway.
She’d flashed an even set of pearly whites at the receptionist and asked for Naaki, whom he’d had the pleasure of teasing his best friend about a few times before. Moments later, when the two friends hugged, Ty had still been watching, unable to will his legs to move him past the spot where he stood. He’d also guessed Naaki would take her visitor to her work area in the general office, which meant they’d have to walk past him. Although, he’d only known her a couple days, he’d sensed Naaki to be too polite to pass by him without introducing her friend, so he’d casually slipped a hand into his pocket and waited.
The sound of a horn blaring yanked him out of his thoughts and he swore, realizing he’d drifted off again. Whipping out his cell phone, he made a mental note to get a local line, since the wedding was six weeks away, and using his US phone for a month and a half would be expensive and even impossible at times.
He dialed Thane’s number.
“Hey, buddy,” Ty said when the call went through. “You don’t happen to be with your bride-to-be, do you?”
Thane’s chuckle drifted across the line. “You tried to find her on your own, didn’t you?”
Ty grimaced, and gave Thane a moment to have a laugh at his expense.
“What did I tell you?” Thane asked.
Don’t go on any bold expeditions. Ty hadn’t forgotten. He’d just been so sure he’d make it to his destination without trouble, so he hadn’t called to ask Patricia to meet him at the hotel as his friend had advised. He’d wanted to surprise her.
Still, he refused to admit his error—unless he really had to. “Before you think of making me beg, bro, just remember I’m your best man and I could—”
“Wow, even with your hands tied behind your back, you’re threatening me.” Thane laughed. “But you win. Naaki won’t forgive me if I let you do anything to ruin our wedding.”
Before Ty could think of an appropriate response, another voice drifted across the line in the background—a female. Naaki. He breathed out in relief when he heard a rustling sound suggesting the phone had changed hands.
“Hello, Ty.” He could hear the smile in Naaki’s voice. “What’s this I hear about you ruining the wedding?”
“Just trying to get you on the phone, Naaki,” he said with a smile of his own, hoping he sounded apologetic enough.
After a few more pleasantries, he explained his situation to Naaki, and as he listened to her instructions, it became clear where he’d gone wrong. He thanked her and spoke with Thane briefly again before clicking off.
Armed with the new directions, he found himself on the right street within seven minutes. The house, a one-story structure, looked like many of the buildings in the vicinity, the top part being residential with the bottom floor reserved for commercial purposes. In Patricia’s case the space below the one-bedroom apartment had been empty, the shop which had previously been there having gone out of business a few months back.
It had been locked up at the time of his last visit, with old newspapers covering its glass front. Today, though the paper remained, some parts no longer sticking to the glass, the door lay open. New owner, he guessed, immediately dismissing it from his mind. He had better things to think about.
He’d almost bypassed the entrance on his way to the side gate that would grant him access to the staircase leading upstairs when a movement in his peripheral vision made him turn. He stopped short at the sight meeting his gaze. Patricia?
His pulse kicked up a notch, and he had to hold in a breath for a few seconds to steady his heart. Ridiculous, he told himself, hesitating for a moment. He didn’t do this. He didn’t go back, never dated any woman twice. His policy had always been to keep his relationships short, sweet, and noncommittal. Once it was over, it was over. Like the first time with Patricia—the rules had been simple and his return to the US put a distance between them, ensuring the permanency of their goodbye.
He continued to watch her tap away at her computer, oblivious to his presence. She sat with her back to him, her long braids held up in a way that displayed her graceful neck. He could hear music, an eighties hit he suspected was streaming from the laptop which claimed her full attention.
He didn’t do this, but here he stood, and truth be told, he wouldn’t mind spending another week with her.
Or maybe six.
Finally, he crossed the threshold.
“Hello, Trish.”

So that's the end of Chapter 1. I hope you enjoyed the read. Leave me a comment.

Don't forget to come back on Monday for the beginning of my blog tour and pre-release giveaway promo (and of course, another excerpt)!


Friday, 22 March 2019

I’ve been thinking about you as well | His Inherited Princess by @EmpiBaryeh | #LAPLoveNotes

Hello and welcome to another #LAPLoveNotes, where writers share teasers from the work-in-progress or published stories.

This week, I'm sharing another snippet from His Inherited Princess, (Royal House of Saene Book 2). It's a section of the story that made me laugh when writing it.

“There’s no shame in admitting it. I’ve been thinking about you, as well,” he said. “I’ve concluded that I must kiss you again.”
He palmed her abdomen, causing sensual havoc with his gentle caresses. Her breath came in short, shallow bursts while the distance between them began to shrink. 
“No.” It sounded like a plea, and yet, she found herself adding, “Please.” 
“What are you afraid of?” 
“This isn’t about fear. How can you suspect me of treason and yet want to kiss me?” 
He pulled back. “I don’t see what one has to do with the other.” 

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Thursday, 21 March 2019

#BookReview: Destiny Awakened by @NanaPrah


After enduring a traumatic event as a child, Gloria Anokye isn’t sure she’ll ever be enough for any man. With no other option, she entrusts her romantic future into the hands of Esi, midwife-turned-matchmaker. In the meantime, the one guy she’s ever desired has the power to destroy her newfound career as a wedding planner.

Kamal Lawrence has less than six weeks to plan his sister’s wedding. With the help of a wedding planner, they might be able to pull off the best wedding Ghana has ever seen. The trick is to fight off the attraction exploding between them. Once Kamal realizes there’s no way he can or will be able to stay away from Gloria, he plans his seduction.

Will she fall into his arms or keep it strictly professional?


Destiny Awakened is Book four in the Destiny series by Nana Prah. I love the series because of the setting and the strong women. This one treats a very important issue about women's sexuality - FGM. A victim of FGM, the heroine, Gloria, has led a life of repression. Confident and outspoken in most other aspects of her life, she yearns for a happy relationship with a man - possibly marriage. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

On two counts, he needed Patricia. | Expecting Ty's Baby @empibaryeh #Excerpt #Teaser #AAromance

Hello there and thanks for visiting. I'm sharing another excerpt from Chapter one of Expecting Ty's Baby. This is Chapter 1, Part 3, which follows from last week's post. If you missed you my first two excerpts, you might want to read them before embarking on part 3.

EXPECTING TY'S BABY © by Empi Baryeh 2019
(Chapter 1: Part 3)
It took thirty minutes of walking in circles and passing the same neighborhood shop three times before Ty Webber admitted it.
He was lost.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Is Love worth risking it all? | Endgame Trilogy by TIYE LOVE | #EndgameTrilogy #TiyeLove #GardenAvenuePress #HonMagPR


Is love worth risking it all?
Psychologist Dr. Zoe Broussard has always been a no-nonsense, play by the rules woman until she meets her new client. From the moment the impossibly gorgeous Michael Carson walks into her office, she finds herself dangerously drawn to him and irrevocably hooked.

Michael is an NFL quarterback with a multimillion-dollar contract and a penchant for breaking hearts. He’s used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to tempt his hot new therapist into exploring the obvious passion between them. Even though there’s another man in her life.

Can Zoe resist Michael’s charms and her growing feelings for him? More importantly, is she willing to risk everything for a man who may not be there tomorrow?



Was love worth the risk?

Saturday, 16 March 2019

She’d confidently uttered the four fatal words | Expecting Ty's Baby @empibaryeh #Excerpt #Teaser #AAromance

Hello there and thanks for visiting. I'm sharing another excerpt from Chapter one of Expecting Ty's Baby. This follows from Wednesday's post. Read Chapter 1, Part 1 before you embark on part 2.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ’–

EXPECTING TY'S BABY © by Empi Baryeh 2019
(Chapter 1: Part 2)
Patricia blew out a breath of pent up frustration then sipped her tea in favor of wasting any effort in trying to deny the truth of her friend’s words. She was no prude, but sex with Ty had been beyond her expectations.
She sighed. He’d been so attuned to her needs, touching her as if he’d known her body for much longer than a week. He’d branded her in a way she wasn’t sure could be replicated. Would her body ever get over him?
She shoved the thoughts out of her mind, squaring her shoulders in a false show of indifference. “It doesn’t matter. We’re never going to see each other again, so what’s the point? What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”
“Him or you? Don’t assume Ty is going to make the same choice your father did.”
Despite Naaki’s gentle tone, her words delivered a heavy dose of tough love, its sting worse than a back-handed slap. Patricia steeled herself, forced her mind to move past it.
“My parents married because my mother got pregnant with me and look how well that turned out.” Sarcasm. An ineffective shield against the torment of unanswered questions simmering beneath the surface, but it helped in a way she couldn’t explain. “All I’m saying is men have to be ready for a baby. Otherwise, they run in the other direction.”
“Who says Ty isn’t ready?”
“Trust me, he isn’t,” Patricia said with conviction, her mind going back to their conversation one early dawn as they pillow-talked after a night of mind-numbing, limb-weakening sex. How had he put it again? Not in my ten-year plan. The words echoed in her head, along with the rich timbre of his laughter as he’d said them.
Absentmindedly, she fiddled with the coin she’d flipped as those thoughts continued their torturous flow. She wasn’t an indecisive person by nature, but she had a huge decision to make, and the consequences would be far-reaching whichever direction she went.
“I still think you should tell him,” Naaki said. “I mean, hopefully you wouldn’t be showing yet, but as my maid of honor it would be a little obvious if you have to excuse yourself every few minutes to go and throw up.”
“What are you talking about?” Patricia’s mind whisked past the barb, reading between the lines. “You don’t mean he’s—”
A prickly sensation skittered up her spine—something between dread and excitement—at the thought she didn’t want to speak into existence.
“I do,” Naaki answered. “Ty is coming to the wedding. He’s the best man.”
Patricia buried her face in her palms. This complicated things. Big time. It would be easy to keep the truth from him when they lived thousands of miles and an ocean apart. It was an entirely different story to share the same space with him and not blurt it out—a definite possibility if he trained those haunting green eyes of his on her, eyes which tempted her to say things she shouldn’t.
Like the morning they’d made the baby now growing inside her—the only time during their weeklong affair they hadn’t used a condom. She’d asked him to make love to her, and he’d whispered in his deep baritone, “We’re out of condoms.”
With disappointment crawling up her stomach, she’d done a quick calculation, determined her period had ended about a week earlier, just before they had met. She’d deduced she was still safe for another couple of days—at least.
Since they’d already had the all-important HIV status talk before they had sex the first time, she’d confidently uttered the four fatal words. “It’s okay, I’m safe.”
“You know, the best man and maid of honor have to spend a lot of time together,” Naaki teased. “If last time was anything to go by, then you won’t be able to resist him.”
But Patricia had to.
For his own sake.
And hers.
“Like you said, I won’t be showing yet,” she persisted stubbornly. “I’m sure I’ll survive a few weeks without cracking.”

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Leave me a comment.
Come back on Wednesday for more!


Thursday, 14 March 2019

In her battered state, her heart had no defence against his allure | @EmpiBaryeh #LAPLoveNotes #Romance

Hello and welcome to another #LAPLoveNotes snippet.

This time, I'm sharing a snippet from His Inherited Princess, (Royal House of Saene Book 2).

She couldn’t allow him to kiss her as if any of what he’d said was okay with her. She’d committed herself to his brother, not to him. She willed herself to speak, or turn away, but his musky scent surrounded her, engulfed her senses, and her voice caught in her throat.

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid | @empibaryeh @nanaprah @cathconstantine #PCBReviews #BookReview

Hi folks! Welcome to our first Prah, Constantine and Baryeh review of 2019. For this first review, we chose Truth or Beard by Penny Reid. Don't forget to check out the reviews by Prah and Constantine

Here's the blurb
Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why perpetually level-headed Jessica James has been in naรฏve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks.

When Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brothers series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.


I have to confess, the cover on its own would never have attracted me to pick up the book despite the witty title, so I am glad one of my colleagues pointed it out and I read the blurb. The lesson here is to not judge a book by its cover!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

One week, no strings attached | Expecting Ty's Baby @empibaryeh #Excerpt #Teaser #AAromance

Hello there! If you're following me on Facebook or Twitter, then you may already have heard that my release date has been moved forward to 30 March. To compensate you, my awesome readers, I'm going to be sharing excerpts from Chapter one over the next couple of weeks.

I hope you enjoy the read๐Ÿ’–

EXPECTING TY'S BABY © by Empi Baryeh 2019
(Chapter 1: Part 1)
Accra, Ghana:
Patricia Owusu flicked a coin into the air, deftly catching it between her palm and the back of her other hand. “Heads, I tell Ty he’s going to be a father; tails, I don’t.”
Across the table in their usual corner of the Infusions Cafรฉ where they met for breakfast one Sunday every month, her best friend and blushing bride-to-be, Naaki Tabika, quirked an eyebrow. “Pat, don’t even joke about something like this. Ty has a right to know.”
“Who says I’m joking?” Patricia lifted her hand to reveal the coin and her heart sank.
“Heads,” Naaki said with a smile. “Clearly, fate knows what it’s doing.”
Patricia waved the pesky coin. “Best two out of three.”
Naaki laughed, and despite herself, Patricia gave into a smile. Okay, so maybe she was half-joking, because deep down inside—if she let herself think about it, allowed her mind to reach past the pregnancy hormones and the nerves jangling in the pit of her stomach—she couldn’t deny the temptation to tell Ty. An idea that sounded good only in theory, because in truth, Ty wouldn’t want to know.
“The last thing I want is to noose a lifelong commitment around a guy’s neck.”
Especially one resulting from a liaison that lasted all of one week. They had both known—agreed—their relationship had no future.
Naaki looked doubtful. “I don’t know. Ty struck me as a responsible guy, and I’m sure he’d like to be involved in some way.”
That was the problem. He hadn’t said it in so many words, but Patricia had sensed Ty to be the kind of man who took obligation seriously, so telling him would mean forcing his hand.
“I can’t let him take responsibility for something he didn’t sign up for. Besides, his life is in America, mine is here. What kind of life would he be offering my child?”
“You know it’s no excuse,” Naaki said. “Remember when I didn’t want to get involved with Thane because he would be returning to America? Look at us now.”
As Naaki refilled her cup, the diamond solitaire on her engagement ring caught in a ray of sunlight, which had managed to slip through the branches of moringa trees lining the side of the quiet street their table overlooked.
It paled in comparison with the gleam in her eyes.
“I’m happy things worked out between you and Thane, but it’s not the same. For one, you two were in love pretty much from the start. Ty and I aren’t.”
Even though their attraction to each other had been instant, the passion between them seemingly insatiable, there had been no gray areas in their agreement: one week, no strings attached.
A baby came with major strings.
Pushing aside those thoughts, she concentrated on her tea as though she’d find some secret solution in the dark brew. “I told him I was safe. I thought I was safe; and now to tell him I’m pregnant? He’s going to think I’m a liar. Or worse, one of those women who get pregnant to trap guys into marriage.”
“Hey.” Naaki’s hand closed around Patricia’s arm. “You’re neither a liar nor one of those women, and if he spent any amount of time with you, he should know. Besides, you’re both consenting adults. It’s not as if you forced yourself on him.”
Warmth spread through her veins, and her heartbeat quickened as the memories came back in vivid color. They’d been cuddling in the king-sized bed in Ty’s hotel suite. After going through their pack of condoms during the night, she’d thought the multiple orgasms he’d drawn out of her had been enough to last a lifetime—or at least a few years—but she’d woken up to his kisses on her shoulder and gentle caresses along her thigh.
He’d nudged her backward, bringing her butt in contact with his hot, throbbing arousal and all previous orgasms were promptly forgotten. She’d wanted him with a fierceness she’d never experienced with any other man. She’d turned, thrust her pelvis against his hardness, and practically assaulted him. Not that he hadn’t been a willing participant. Au contraire. He’d been—

“Uh, Earth to Pat,” Naaki’s voice broke through her lustful recollection. “Wow, it’s been what? Three months? And you’re still spacing out at the mention of his name.”

I hope you enjoyed the read. Leave me a comment.
Read Chapter 1, Part 2


Friday, 8 March 2019

#CoverReveal: Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan | #KennedyRyan #HoopsSeries #HonMagPR

Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan


“In ‘Hook Shot’ Kennedy Ryan does something I wish more romance writers would do. She allows the reader to experience the slow burn of growing attraction, and the often disorienting new-relationship-energy between a couple getting to know, like and eventually love each other… Kennedy Ryan gave me the perfect balance of ‘the real’ with ‘the romance.’ I highly recommend it.  

- Nia Forrester, author of Commitment and Afterwards

A deeply emotional standalone romance set in the worlds of professional basketball and high fashion.

Divorced. Single dad. Traded to a losing squad.
Cheated on, betrayed, exposed.
My perfect life blew up in my face and I'm still picking up the pieces.
The last thing I need is her.
A wildflower. A storm. A woman I can't resist.
Lotus DuPree is a kick to my gut and a wrench in my plans
from the moment our eyes meet.
I promised myself I wouldn't trust a woman again,
but I've never wanted anyone the way I want Lo.
She's not the plan I made, but she's the risk I have to take.

A warrior. A baller. The one they call Gladiator.
Kenan Ross charged into my life smelling all good, looking even better and snatching my breath from the moment we met.
The last thing I need is him.
I’m working on me. Facing my pain and conquering my demons.
I've seen what trusting a man gets you.
I. Don't. Have. Time. For. This.
But he just keeps coming for me.
Keeps knocking down my defenses and stealing my excuses
one by one.
He never gives up, and now...I'm not sure I want him to.


Hook Shot - On Sale March 28

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy's writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.



Wednesday, 6 March 2019

#BookReview: A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole

A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2)A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?


A Duke By Default picks up where A Princess in Theory left off (sort of). This is the story of Portia Hobbs, who is introduced to us in book 1 as the heroine, Naledi’s, not-so-together best friend.

Portia sets out to reinvent herself and become a better person and friend. She decides to do this as a swordsmith’s apprentice in Scotland. I never got the rationale for this, but it was different, and it fit the person we met in book 1.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

SPOTLIGHT: A Taste of Passion & Ambitious Seduction by Chloe Blake and Nana Prah | @chloeblakebooks @NanaPrah @honmagpr


Stand-Alone: yes 
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani 
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Interracial 
Heat Level: Sensual


(Series: Deliciously Dechamps Book 3)

The exquisite night Maya North spends with a seductive stranger is the perfect prelude to her new life in Paris as co-owner of a French vineyard. Until she discovers that her mystery lover is her new business partner, Nicolas Rayo—and he’s trying to buy her out. That’s when the LA corporate consultant decides it’s war—even if her heart says Nic’s the one…


(Series: The Astacios Book 3)

Heir to his family’s international empire, Leonardo Astacio chose to make his name in the legal arena. Now he’s up for a partnership and must work with his competition, ambitious attorney Kamilla Gordon, to win their firm a deep-pocketed client. In Aspen, the simmering attraction they’ve been fighting boils over. But when they uncover corruption that reaches to the highest levels, can passionate rivals become lovers for life?



Chloe Blake can be found dreaming up stories while she is traveling the world, or just sitting on her couch in Brooklyn, NY. When she is not writing sexy novels, she is at the newest wine bar, taking random online classes, binge watching Netflix, or searching for her next adventure. Chloe has published two erotic novels under the pseudonym Chloe Blaque. Readers can find out more about Chloe and her books from her website at




Nana Prah first discovered romance in a book from her eight grade summer reading list and has been obsessed with it ever since. Her fascination with love inspired her to write in her favorite genre where happily-ever-after is the rule.
She is a published author of contemporary, multicultural romances. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s, reading, over-indulging in chocolate, and enjoying life with friends and family.



Sunday, 3 March 2019

Enjoy #ReadAnEbookWeek with Sweet and Sensual #African love stories | @empibaryeh #LoveAfricaPress #Romance

It's #ReadAnEbookWeek, and to celebrate, some of my books are discounted by 25%! Yes, 3 - 9 March, 2019, you can get Forest Girl, His Inherited Princess and Be My Valentine at a discount on Smashwords.

As you can see, it's not just my books that are on sale. Love Africa Press is also having a sale, so don't waste time. 

Check FOREST GIRL and LOVE AFRICA PRESS BOOKS on sale now. You can also start by checking out the blurbs below!


Friday, 1 March 2019

Olive-green eyes held her captive | #LAPLoveNotes #Romance @EmpiBaryeh

Happy Friday! it's #LoveNotes day again, and I'm sharing another snippet Mr Hot Mocha Perfection, which is featured in the Be My Valentine Anthology from Love Africa Press. In this snippet, my heroine has her second encounter of the day with my hero and discovers who he is! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy reading!

Mr Hot Mocha Perfection © Empi Baryeh 2019

Ama’s eyes widened, and her heartbeat faltered as olive-green eyes held her captive. This was Professor Adinkra Kusi-Andoh? She blinked, expecting to discover she’d imagined Mr. Hot Mocha Perfection, and that the new professor of ‘Greek in the Twenty-First Century’ was instead some old coot nearing retirement.
He smiled, and her breath caught. An odd yearning unfurled in her abdomen, invoking the same sensation of need that had compelled her to follow him earlier—one that had left her inexplicably giddy and hopeful. Of what, exactly, she didn’t know, but her mind had dreamt up many heart-fluttering scenarios of their second meeting and what she’d say to him if they ever did meet—though she hadn’t actually expected to see him again.
Being his student hadn’t crossed her mind.


I hope you enjoyed the snippet. Find out more about the book, keep reading. 


Thursday, 28 February 2019

#BookReview: A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole | @AlyssaColeLit #RoyalRomance #AfricanPrince

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?


The first thing that attracted me to this book was the gorgeous cover! A close second was the title. This is my first Alyssa Cole book, and let me just say wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

#CoverReveal: Expecting Ty's Baby by Empi Baryeh | #FromGhanaWithLoveSeries #ExpectingTysBaby #ChancingFaith

Author: Empi Baryeh
Series: From Ghana With Love #2
Stand-Alone: yes
PublisherBlack Opal Books
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Multicultural
Heat Level: Sensual
Cover ArtistKim Killion

Release Date:  March 23, 2019

Abandoned by her father at a young age, beauty therapist, Patricia Owusu, has learned the hard way that men can’t be relied on. She’s determined to make it on her own without falling into the cultural trappings of marriage. However, when she finds herself pregnant after a torrid love affair with African-American financial consultant, Ty Webber, she discovers one man’s resolve to stick around.

When Ty discovers Patricia is carrying his baby, he offers marriage; because real men take responsibility for their actions. He isn’t prepared for Patricia’s stubborn determination to make it on her own. But nothing will prevent him from claiming his child or the woman he considers his.

Can Ty convince Patricia to take a chance on him to help provide a loving home for their baby, or will Patricia’s mistrust lead her to miss out on true love and rob her child of the type of father she never had?

(Expecting Ty's Baby)

Missed Book 1 in the series? Grab it in ebook, paperback or audiobook formats (+ meet Ty and Patricia from book 2):

Monday, 25 February 2019

#BookReview: Love's Indenture by Feyi Aina | @funminiran ‏ #AfricanRomance


Jaiye’s favorite pass time, is antagonizing her father in ways that embarrasses him. He is more than fed up with her, so he marries her off to a mechanic in order to teach her a lesson. Jaiye is livid. She can’t leave the marriage till five years are up, but she begins to discover that Toye is much more than just a mechanic…..

After losing one daughter, a rich man decides that the only way to save his remaining, no-good one is to marry her off to a humble mechanic. Now if you're African, you know that a mechanic is a lowly job, even when the person owns the shop. He had his reasons, and I found them to be acceptable. Despite being headstrong and bent on defying her father, she accepts her father's ridiculous offer for very noble reasons.

Friday, 22 February 2019

She hid behind the bookshelf watching him | #LAPLoveNotes #Romance @EmpiBaryeh

Happy Friday! What's up for the weekend? I hope your answer includes reading. If so, let me introduce you to Love Notes from Love Africa Press. This is going to be a weekly meme where writers share six lines/sentences from a Work in Progress or published story.

For my first Love Notes, I'm sharing the opening scene from my recently released novella, Mr Hot Mocha Perfection, which is featured in the Be My Valentine Anthology from Love Africa Press. In this snippet, we discover how my story got its title ๐Ÿ˜Š


Mr Hot Mocha Perfection © Empi Baryeh 2019

It wasn’t the colour of the man’s eyes that had compelled her to ditch a late breakfast—and possibly her next lecture—in favour of stalking him. No. It was something else entirely; something she couldn’t put her finger on. Something she needed to experience again, which explained why she was hiding behind a bookshelf watching him.
His skin was rich mocha perfection—he was tall, compared to her five-five frame, wearing jeans that glorified his hard butt and long athletic legs. Her gaze caught on the snug fit of his patterned shirt around his biceps when he picked out a voluminous book.
If he held a book with such care, she’d bet his arms around a woman would be the stuff of love songs and poems.

I hope you enjoyed the snippet. I hope I've enticed you enough to choose this book for your weekend read. 


Thursday, 21 February 2019

SPOTLIGHT: Southern Seduction series by S Taylor | #SouthernSeduction #STaylor #HonMagPR



Clarisse Jordan is a young single mother, who after the death of her fiancรฉ, poured blood, sweat, and tears into her business, Honeydew Cafรฉ, to provide for her children. A catering gig for successful and super sexy Dylan Price is the opportunity of a lifetime. But she quickly learns that Mr. Price is interested in more than her Southern cuisine. He has his sights set on her.

Dylan has been in love with Clarisse for years and would do anything to have her—even if it means forcing her into marriage. Lucky for him, the instant chemistry between them is hotter than a mid-summer day beneath the Georgia sun.

Yet Dylan is not completely honest with Clarisse, and when she learns the painful truth, will their love affair end? Or will they be able to find their way back to each other?