Thursday, 28 November 2013

Winners of the #ColorOfLove Blog Hop @EmpiBaryeh @KiruTaye @NanaPrah


First of all I want to say a huge thank you to all the authors and bloggers who made donations and signed up for the Color of Love blog hop, and then to all lovers or IR/MC romance who stopped by to take part in the hop by leaving comments and taking part in the rafflecopter promotion. This hop wouldn’t have been a success without all of you.

A special shout out to everyone who stopped by my blog and left a comment or followed me on Facebook or Twitter. I don’t want to brag or anything, but I'm thrilled about the results, so THANK YOU.

Please remember to check out my updates, especially since I am more than half way done on my current WIP.

And  now, it’s time to announce winners of my blog prize!

Okay, so I said my blog prize was a $10 gift card, right? Well, I have changed my mind (in a good way, so keep reading). In honour of US Thanksgiving Day, I've decided to give one additional prize! Since random(dot)org picked a winner from the rafflecopter, I decided to add an additional prize of a $5 amazon GC to one of the three people who followed me on Twitter, Liked my FB fan page and left me a comment.

And winners are...

Winner of $10 Amazon Gift Card*

Shelley Summers

Winner of $5 Amazon Gift Card*

Belinda Green

*prize can be traded in for a gift card from All Romance E-Books, Evernight Publishing or Black Opal Books.

Winners of the blog hop prizes will be announced by Monday, so if you didn't win on my blog, keep your fingers crossed.


 Congratulations to all the winners, and happy Thanksgiving.



MMMBop by Hanson


I am at M now in my AtoZ of my all time favourite music and today I'm  heading to the 90s. The pick is MMMBop by Hansons. For a song that says absolutely nothing, it's awesome. It is their most successful song, and it's simply fun to listen to. Or maybe it's just the fact that it was sung by kids. It appears on Hanson's 1997 album Middle of Nowhere.

In case you've never heard it, here it is - and if you've heard it, I hope you get good memories:


There was a close second, and just because it's from Ghana, I've decided to put that here too. The track is titled, "Me Dɔfo Pa" by Ghanaian artiste, Kojo Antwi.  In the 90s, he was easily the biggest name in Ghanaian music. Now, you have to believe me when I say being romantic in my language isn't easy, but Kojo Antwi just knows how to string together words to make them oh so sexy. I am sure the Ghanaians among my fans and friends would appreciate this one :-). The rest of you who don't understand Twi...if you only knew what he was saying... Anyway, I hope you enjoy this Ghanaian tune from Kojo Antwi (aka. Mr Musicman)

Here you go : "Me Dɔfo Pa" (My True Love)

Honourable Mentions

  • Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen

  • Me Love - Sean Kingston

  • Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel

  • My Hart Se Hongersnood - Dewald Wasserfall ft. Karlien Van Jaarsveld

  • My Love - Westlife

  • My Only - Coleske

If you have time, I hope you will listen to all the honourable mentions on You Tube as well. Let me know which ones you like.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Color of Love #BlogHop - @EmpiBaryeh @KiruTaye @NanaPrah

AND it's a go! The COLOR OF LOVE Blog Hop is being hosted by Empi Baryeh (me), Kiru Taye, and Nana Prah, from today until Monday (25th November). That's five whole days of discovering new books and new authors and winning prizes.


So here's the deal. You've got 5 days to hit 38 blogs, each featuring an interracial and multicultural romance book that you may not have read yet! As with all hops, you will have the chance to win various prizes on each site you visit as well as our grand prizes:

Color of Love Blog Hop Prizes

  • 1st prize: $50 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

  • 2nd prize: $30 Amazon gift card+ 8 ebooks

  • 3rd prize: $20 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

  • 4th prize: $10 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

....unveiling the prizes...


Don't forget to enter the rafflecopter (below) because that's how we will choose the winners for our grand prizes.


If you love romance (of course, you do) then you probably love Valentine Themed stories. I know we're in November, but it's Thanksgiving month and I'm thankful for Valentine :-), so I am featuring my valentine season novel, MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR.

MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR (Men of Distinction, #1)

Magazine columnist Chantelle Sah doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day—not since her fiancé’s betrayal three years ago—and after botching her first assignment as a feature writer, she’s more than willing to put in a hard day’s work this Valentine’s Day; even if it means going on a date with gorgeous construction Tycoon, Lord McKenzie, and opening herself to an onslaught of all things love.

When Lord—his given name, not a title—sets his sights on Chantelle, it isn’t just work he has on his mind. But even he couldn’t have predicted the magnetic attraction between them when they meet, nor the evening ending with more than an interview. Now he has to convince Chantelle that their one-night stand wasn’t a mistake. Can he win her love without revealing a secret from their night of passion, which could prove fatal for both their hearts?

I'm supposed to also tell you why I write Most Eligible Bachelor. started as a one chapter (one scene, really) story taking place on Valentine's day and ending with a kiss. But, as most authors will tell you, once Lord and Chantelle were on the page, they took over and fell in love with them. To date, they are two of the most fun characters I've written and from time to time, I find myself going back to read certain scenes. 


I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter (including those who enter the rafflecopter - even if they don't comment), but you know I love hearing from you, so please don't leave without saying hi.

How to enter: What's the last IR/MC romance you read? What did you like/love about it?

Winners will be announced on Saturday 23rd November, 2013.


Click to sign up in our Rafflecopter giveaway

Click on the smiley face below for other blogs in the hop, and happy hopping!


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Letters by Watershed #AtoZ

LAh, the letter of LOVE. I should have known this would be a difficult one. There were two top contenders for this slot, but eventually, I decided to go with Letters by South African band, Watershed (I know, I keep going to SA). It's on their Album Mosaic. I was hooked from the first moment I heard this song and it was enough motivation to buy the album without listening to the other songs.

I hope you enjoy, Letters:


As I said, there were a lot of 'L' songs, so here are my honourable mentions:

  • Life is Going on (Without You) - Coleske

  • Living Years - Mike and and Mechanics

  • Love is Life - Hot Chocolate

  • Le Téléphone Pleure by Claude François

  • Landslide - Dixie Chicks

  • The Last Goodbye - Atomic Kitten

Any of the above on your list?


Monday, 18 November 2013

Knock You Down by Keri Hilson #AtoZ


Hi people. Remember when I said I'll blog my all time fave songs and left off halfway? I had very good reason, but I hope you'll forgive me for leaving you high and dry. I have decided to continue the list, and hope you'll join me each week as I release a new one:

R&B and Hip-hop aren't my favourite genres (I know *gasp*), but for every generalisation, there are exceptions. Knock You Down by Keri Hilson is one such exception. It comes from her album, In a Perfect World... and features Ne-Yo and Kanye West.

At one point, I had burnt  this song back to back to fill an entire CD and played it in my car for my commute to work. Yes, I do that when I love a song.

You've probably heard it countless times, but in case you haven't, here you go...

Honourable mentions:

Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer

Happy Monday!


Friday, 15 November 2013

Book Review: Spaniard's Seduction by Tessa Radley

Spaniard's Seduction (The Saxon Brides, #2) (Silhouette Desire, #1907)Spaniard's Seduction (The Saxon Brides, #2) by Tessa Radley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Tessa Radley's writing style in this book. This is the first and only one in the "Saxon Brides" series I've read and I think the series would be worth reading.

Spaniard's Seduction is about Rafaelo Carreras, Marques de Las Carreras, who's on the path of revenge against his (real) father. Usually, I don't find revenge plots too appealing, but by staying away from the usual cliche, I think Tessa Radley was able make her hero's need for revenge believable.

Her descriptives are effective and her characters are relatable. I was so engrossed in the story that I found myself reading the hero's lines in a Spanish accent. There were a couple of pleasant surprises in the book (for me), the most important being the way the author handles the black moment (any more and I'll be giving away too much).

One aspect of the heroine's conflict, I felt should have been introduced a little earlier (again, any more and I'll be giving away too much), but that is so negligible most readers will probably not notice. Also, there was a little too much attention on another couple (Joshua and Alyssa whom I guessed were the h/h of Book 1 and later confirmed through an internet search).

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Friday, 1 November 2013

November Treats - #ColorOfLove

It's November! For many in writing world that means NaNoWriMo, but for me it also means the Color of Love Blog Hop is at hand.


Bloggers/Writers, have you signed up yet?

The Color of Love Blog Hop which runs from 21 – 25 November, is co-hosted by Empi Baryeh (moi), Kiru Taye and Nana Prah. As African romance authors, we've decided to celebrate romance books featuring characters of color either in multicultural or interracial settings/relationships. We hope you’ll join us and sign up using the linky link below.

We’re offering overall hop Grand prizes of a Kindle Fire, gift cards and multi-ebook packs.

Donation to the grand prizes is not required for the sign up.

However, you are welcome to donate just $5 (or more) to the grand prizes and contribute an eBook to the multi-eBook pack. In return the cover to your eBook will be displayed on the blog hop sign up page from now to the end of November 2013. Also your ‘Follow-me’ details will be added to the overall Grand Prize rafflecopter which will be posted in each blog.

Please contact Empi (me) here if you’d like to make a donation.

Here are the sign-up details:


  • Sign up using the linky link below.

  • On the 21st of November your post should go live by midnight EST featuring an Interracial/Multicultural romance novel you’ve written and why you wrote it or an IR/MC book you’ve read and why you enjoyed the book.

  • The blog post must be your top post for the day on the 21st.

  • You are encouraged to donate an ebook/$5 towards the overall blog hop prize.

  • If you make a donation, you do not have to run another contest on your blog. If you choose to run an individual blog contest, you will be responsible for the prize on your blog giveaway.


  • Sign up using the linky list below.

  • On the 21st of November your post should go live by midnight EST featuring an Interracial/Multicultural romance novel you’ve read and why you enjoyed the book.

  • The blog post must be your top post for the day on the 21st.

  • If you have not made a donation to the Grand prize, you are expected to run a contest and give away a prize on your blog. You will be responsible for the prize on your blog giveaway.

All contest winners should be announced within one week of the end of the Hop.
If you have any questions about the hop, you can leave a comment below or email us here.

Sign-ups will close on November 11, 2013.

The more people who get involved, the more successful the hop. So spread the word. Share this with your blogger/writer friends.

Sign up here.