Tuesday, 29 May 2018

He didn’t have to dream of home | Chapter One: Part 2 of Forest Girl #ComingSoon #PreOrder #AAromance

It's 3 Weeks to release day! (I'm gearing up for my happy dance)

A huge thank you to those who came by the past two weeks to read the excerpts, and especially to all who left me a comment. I hope you enjoy this week's excerpt too.

If you missed the first two posts, here are the links:


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Esi Afriyie has been in love with Michael Yaw Badu since childhood. When he receives a scholarship to study in America, all hope seems lost ... until he returns to Ghana ten years later. An arranged marriage contracted by their families makes her dreams come true, but does the reality of being Mrs. Michael Badu live up to the fantasy?

Michael may have married Esi, but he is in love with someone else—Forest Girl, a mystery woman he encountered just once in the forest. His heart belongs to her, and he doesn't need his beautiful wife awakening his carnal desires. He is even willing to sacrifice his marriage for another encounter with Forest Girl.

Reality is not what either Esi or Michael imagined. Esi is disillusioned; Michael feels trapped.

Will Michael give in and allow his heart to discover a love that was always meant to be, before it's too late?



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(PS. written in UK English)
Here's Chapter one: part two where we get to know more about Michael.

Friday, 25 May 2018

#BookReview: Write With Fey by Chrys Fey



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Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book!

Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication offers an abundance of data in one handy book. From writing your novel to prepping for publication and beyond, you’ll find sparks on every page, including 100 bonus marketing tips. You’ll also discover how to write specific scenes and characters, adding depth to your work.
•Spark One: Being a Writer
•Spark Two: Story Essentials
•Spark Three: A Book’s Stepping Stones
•Spark Four: How To
•Spark Five: Character ER
•Spark Six: Editing
•Spark Seven: Publishing
•Spark Eight: Marketing
•Spark Nine: Writing About
•Spark Ten: Final Inspiration
With so much information, you’ll take notes, highlight, and flag pages to come back to again and again on your writing journey.


My Review

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

He was home | Read Chapter One: Part 1 of Forest Girl #ComingSoon #Excerpt #AAromance

The countdown continues: 4 Weeks to release day. Are you getting as excited as I am? You're here, so I'm going to take that as a yes!

Thanks to all who left me a comment last week. I hope you enjoy this week's excerpt even more. If you missed last week's post, read it here.

Here's the beginning of Chapter one where we meet the hero, Michael Badu.

Genre: Multicultural Romance, Africa
Length: Full-length novel


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Esi Afriyie has been in love with Michael Yaw Badu since childhood. When he receives a scholarship to study in America, all hope seems lost ... until he returns to Ghana ten years later. An arranged marriage contracted by their families makes her dreams come true, but does the reality of being Mrs. Michael Badu live up to the fantasy?

Michael may have married Esi, but he is in love with someone else—Forest Girl, a mystery woman he encountered just once in the forest. His heart belongs to her, and he doesn't need his beautiful wife awakening his carnal desires. He is even willing to sacrifice his marriage for another encounter with Forest Girl.

Reality is not what either Esi or Michael imagined. Esi is disillusioned; Michael feels trapped.

Will Michael give in and allow his heart to discover a love that was always meant to be, before it's too late?



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(more outlets coming soon)



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(PS. written in UK English)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Dead Become Ancestors | Read an #Excerpt from Forest Girl #ComingSoon #PreOrder #AAromance

Woohoo! Forest Girl is out on Pre-Order. If you're like me, you want it in your hands already! So here's what I've decided to do. I'll share an excerpt here on my blog every week until the book releases in 19 June!

Scroll down for this week's excerpt.

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Title: FOREST GIRL
Author: Empi Baryeh
Genre: Multicultural Romance, Africa
Length: Full length novel

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He fell in love with her at first sight, 
but didn't recognize her when he saw her again.


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Esi Afriyie has been in love with Michael Yaw Badu since childhood. When he receives a scholarship to study in America, all hope seems lost ... until he returns to Ghana ten years later. An arranged marriage contracted by their families makes her dreams come true, but does the reality of being Mrs. Michael Badu live up to the fantasy?

Michael may have married Esi, but he is in love with someone else—Forest Girl, a mystery woman he encountered just once in the forest. His heart belongs to her, and he doesn't need his beautiful wife awakening his carnal desires. He is even willing to sacrifice his marriage for another encounter with Forest Girl.

Reality is not what either Esi or Michael imagined. Esi is disillusioned; Michael feels trapped.

Will Michael give in and allow his heart to discover a love that was always meant to be, before it's too late?



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(more outlets coming soon)


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This is an excerpt from the Prologue (yes, I have one of those), which gives an idea of the setting and sets the tone for the story. (PS. written in UK English)

Ghana, early 1990s

A few dense forests, a few animals, a few good roads, some tall buildings…that was people’s image of Africa—a little of everything everywhere. However, if we considered the essence of life, the things that really mattered—like love—then maybe things would cease to seem so basic.
Take a Ghanaian village like Ebinom, a small settlement just sixty kilometres north of the city of Kumasi, their only connection a ribbon of rough road that turned what should have been a forty-five-minute journey into three hours of misery as drivers attempted to dodge potholes. It proved an added torture for those travelling by commercial vehicles, which, even when available and no more than two days in a week, lilted from side to side under the weight of their overloaded cargo, tossing passengers like trees dancing in the evening breeze.
     A typical village, littered with mud houses and dirt roads, the natives were hardworking men and women who tilled the soil and reared livestock for their livelihood. They held tradition in high esteem and made it their concern to meddle in one another’s affairs in their commitment to be each other’s keeper.
The village folk lived out their lives, as had generations before them, celebrating victories and mourning their dead together. At close of day, many gathered in their homes and greeted the evening with songs and folktales. A few hours of sleep, and the next morning began a day very much like the previous one.
Today, Ebinom was bereaved. Unforgiving death had given up on lurking in the corners and laid its icy hands on one of their most resourceful men. The village square brimmed with mourners who shamelessly expressed their grief with tears and wailing. The cool breeze ceased its whiffling as if it, too, were aware of the elegy in the air. The desolate tune rekindled the tears of mourners, particularly the women, who seemed especially blessed with the ability to cry on demand.  
Opanyin Badu had been in his mid-eighties when he was called to take his place with the forefathers. A hardworking man with three big farms a distance from the village, he had been loved and respected for his generosity and regard for all. His competence in work, from which many village folk benefited, earned him a place among the elders at an early age of forty.
When the women had finished displaying their mourning prowess, the men, majestically clad in their funeral cloths, sombrely paid their respects to the lifeless body of a onetime great man. The adowa dance ensued, and the old women took over. While dancing adowa, the older generation was envied for the elegance of their advanced age, because somehow, their delicate frames possessed the grace required for this dance. With every step, turn, and shrug, their smiles acquired a mystic quality as though they had soared into a higher realm.
Despite the mournful occasion, the crowd cheered the dancers on. A bit of alcohol and the resulting ambience gingered some others to join in. Amidst the drumming and dancing, they marched to the burial grounds.
While parents mourned, children gathered in various courtyards, telling folktales among themselves until bedtime, for children weren’t allowed to see the face of death. At the end of what may have been construed as an unproductive day, the people retired to their various homes, with many shamelessly drunk and hardly in control of themselves. One couldn’t be sure whether anyone had sound sleep when a person died, but life had to go on.


As for the dead, they became ancestors.

I hope you enjoyed this setting-the-stage excerpt. Leave me a comment (pretty please with a cherry on top), and don't forget to come back next week to meet my hero (Or go to: Chapter 1: part 1).

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Lovers; not friends | #MothersDay excerpt from Expecting Ty's Baby by @empibaryeh #SexySnippet


Hello friends, and welcome back to Sexy Snippets. Today, I'm sharing a snippet in honour of Mother's Day! So it's clearly not going to be a 'sexy' piece, but I thought it was cute. This snippet comes from my soon-to-be-published (unedited) book, Expecting Ty's Baby. A scene between the heroine, Patricia and her mother.

Here you go. Enjoy ๐Ÿ’—
And Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Spotlight and Giveaway: Bound to Favor by Kiru Taye @KiruTaye



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Title: Bound to Favor
Author: Kiru Taye
Series: Bound #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Africa

Tagline: He doesn't want to get married again. She doesn't do families. Can they fake perfect together?


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Kamali Danladi has sworn never to get married again. But his meddling mother is bent on hitching him to any eligible female that comes along to the next family gathering. There's only one thing for it. Get fake-hitched to his executive assistant. If anyone is more averse to marriage than he is, it's her. So they'll be perfect together. Or at least, they'll fake perfect together.

Ebun Forson doesn't do families. She certainly doesn't do festivities. So when she has to spend a week playing fiancรฉe to her boss, how is she going to cope with the extensive Danladi kinsfolk without breaking out in hives? Her next shopping trip funded by the bonus he's giving her should more than make up for the inconvenience.

However, she soon finds the real threat is to her heart. The dark and intense Kamali behaves as if he sees through to her soul, making her almost forget that this is all an act. In any case, someone with a past like hers doesn’t deserve a happy ever after, surely.

Bound to Favor is a story about learning to heal from emotional pain and finding love in the most unexpected places.



Thursday, 3 May 2018

Playing with words: Biannual vs Biennial

So these are two words that I often seem people use interchangeably. They both have something to do with 'two' and 'yearly', but let me say it right from the start - they do not mean the same thing.

BIANNUAL
[bahy-an-yoo-uh l]

Adjective
1. occurring twice a year; semiannual.

BIENNIAL
[bahy-en-ee-uh l]
Adjective
1. happening every two years:
biennial games.
2. lasting or enduring for two years:
a biennial life cycle.
3. (Botany). completing its normal term of life in two years, flowering and fruiting the second year, as beets or winter wheat.

Noun
4. any event occurring once in two years.
5. (Botany). a biennial plant.

Now you know

Empi