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?


MY REVIEW

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


EXPECTING TY'S BABY
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)




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Monday, 25 February 2019

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

BLURB

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…..



MY REVIEW
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 😊

Enjoy!

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. 

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

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

SOUTHERN SEDUCTION SERIES BY S. TAYLOR

HONEYDEW

Clarisse Jordan is a young single mother, who after the death of her fiancé, poured blood, sweat, and tears into her business, Honeydew Café, 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? 

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Friday, 15 February 2019

#BookTour: Not Broken: The Happily Ever After by Meka James | #Bookstagram #HonmagPR


not broken: the happily ever after by meka james
Stand-Alone: yes
Publisher: Jazen Ink Press
Publication Date: November 23, 2017
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Interracial
Heat Level: Erotic

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They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger...

Calida Jokobi doesn’t see it that way. Surviving an abusive relationship with a sadistic, manipulative man changed her. She has spent the last two years carefully constructing her new persona with two goals in mind: to keep the remaining pieces of her heart safe and her deepest secrets buried. One man puts it all at risk.

Malcolm has been a part of Calida’s life for as long as she can remember. A friend. Her first teenage crush. Now he's asking for something she swore she'd never give again: her heart.

Calida must decide if she should risk the fragile façade she’s created and give Malcolm the chance he’s asking for.

They say love can heal all wounds…

Malcolm Frankel wants to prove to Calida it’s true. She survived a hell most people couldn’t fathom. He’s been by her side fulfilling whatever role she needs him to play. All except the one he wants most. It took nearly losing her to make Malcolm realize he couldn’t keep denying his feelings.

He knows no one goes through an ordeal like that and comes out unscathed, but the closer they get, the more he learns just how deep Calida’s wounds go.

She’s the only woman he’s ever loved, and Malcolm is ready to put his own heart at risk for a chance at mending hers.

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MY REVIEW

4.5/5

Two years after surviving an abusive marriage, Calida is still a mental prisoner to her past. However, her best friend's brother, who has been by her side all this time, is determined to show her the kind of unconditional love she deserves.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

#Excerpt from Mr Hot Mocha Perfection by Empi Baryeh | #BeMyValentineLAP #LoveAfricaPress

Happy Valentine's Day (and Happy National Chocolate Day to Ghanaians)!

On Monday, I posted about our Hot New Release, Be My Valentine anthology from  Love Africa Press featuring 5 ah-mazing African love stories from 5 talented authors (myself included).

Featured Stories:
  • Unexpected Love by Amaka Azie
  • Bitter Sweet Symphony by Fiona Khan
  • Golden Valentine by Nana Prah
  • Boot Camp Seduction by Sable Rose
  • Mr Hot Mocha Perfection by Empi Baryeh

Since today is Valentine's Day, I'm sharing an excerpt from my story.

Here's some background: My hero, Adinkra, asks my heroine, Ama, to see a play on Valentine's Day, telling her if she had a good time, it would be a date, but if she didn't then it would be classified as just an outing. In this scene, they've just returned from the play. Find out if Adinkra gets a kiss or not.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

#BookTour: Love Grind by Shelley Ellis | #LoveGrind #ShellyEllis #HonMagPR

Love Grind by Shelly Ellis

She’s used to baring it all . . . but baring her heart is a whole different story

Down on her luck and broke, Jennifer Dudley long ago traded dancing in the chorus line for swinging from a stripper pole to make ends meet. She’s hoping an offer to come back home and teach dance at her old performance academy will be the opportunity she needs to fix her life. When she moves in with and falls for a software developer with brains, a boyish smile, and muscles, she decides she might be well on her way to a second chance at success—and love. But her X-rated past may come back to haunt her, compromising her newfound happiness and hurting the ones she loves the most.

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EXCERPT

Jennifer heard a knock at her car window and slowly opened her eyes.
“Ma’am! Ma’am, wake up!” a baritone voice said. “This is a private parking lot. You can’t sleep here.”
She rubbed her eyes and slowly turned to find a police officer standing at her passenger side window. A frown was on his handsome, dark face. She slowly looked around her, realizing it was finally morning. A few people were walking along the sidewalk. She was no longer the lone car in the parking lot. How long had she been sleeping?
“Is the school open yet?” she croaked dazedly.
She rubbed her aching neck. After her cross-country drive and spending the night sleeping in her car, her body felt like one big knot. Her head ached, too. She would love to crawl onto a real bed, but she had already wasted her money on a crappy motel room while driving to D.C. and a deposit on a basement apartment she now refused to rent. The next place where she spent her last bit of funds would have to be cheap, clean, but safe. She’d make sure it. Until then, she just wanted to talk to Miss Yvonne.
“Oh, my . . . oh, my God!” she heard another voice squeal, making her jump in her seat in alarm. “Jen, is that you?”
The police officer squinted at a woman who was now standing beside him. He pointed to Jennifer. “You know this person?”
“Yeah, I know her! You do, too! It’s Jen . . . Jennifer Dudley. We used to go to the Academy together. We were besties, but I haven’t seen her in years!”
Jennifer stared in bewilderment at the woman. With her sleep-addled brain still struggling to orient itself, it took her a few seconds to realize who it was.
 “Oh. Hey, Monique,” she said.
Monique didn’t look like the woman Jennifer was used to seeing in the music videos; Monique’s face was a little plumper and she had cut her long hair into a chin-length bob. Now waving and smiling, Monique didn’t look like the haughty pop diva Jennifer had heard rumors that her old friend had become. Monique actually looked sweet, even wholesome in her pale pink cashmere sweater, camel wool coat, and jeans. It was a relief.
“Jen, what are you doing here, girl?” she asked as Jennifer finally opened the door and shakily climbed out.
“Coffee,” Jennifer said, shoving her fingers into her matted hair. If she couldn’t get a bed to sleep in, she needed caffeine to stay on her feet. She was too tired to put on a mask of pleasantry or to answer questions. “I need coffee. And I need to talk to Miss Yvonne.”
“Oh, Miss Yvonne doesn’t get in this early,” Monique said, walking around to her side of the car. “She doesn’t usually get to the Academy until 10 o’clock. Bina is here though. She’s usually in the office bright and early. You should come in and say hi. She’d love to see you!” Monique grabbed her hand and gave it a gentle squeeze. “I can’t believe you’re here, girl!”
“So everything is okay then?” the police officer asked.
She and Monique turned to find him gazing at them expectantly.
“Oh, yeah, Justin. Everything’s fine!” Monique said, waving him off. “You can head to the station now. I’ve got this, baby. No worries. I’ll call you later.”
Wait a minute. That’s Justin? Justin Mailer?
So Monique was back with her ex from the old days. Jennifer looked at him again—at his strong jawline, dark eyes, full lips, and muscular build that was visible even in his bomber jacket and uniform. Justin had definitely gotten hotter over the years. He looked like one of the Chippendales strippers back in Las Vegas.
I’d give him a second chance too, if I were you, Peanut, Jennifer thought with an appreciative nod.
She watched as he walked back to waiting cruiser before Monique tugged her hand, drawing her attention.
“Let me take you inside. We have coffee in the lounge and croissants and bagels if you’re hungry.” She looked Jennifer up and down. “We have a place where you can freshen up too if . . . well, if you need it.”
Jennifer glanced down at her disheveled clothes as she followed Monique to the Academy’s front door. She hadn’t planned to show up for her first day like this.
But I hadn’t planned for a lot of things, she thought ruefully.
She’d wanted to arrive fresh and eager and instead she was bedraggled and dog-tired. She looked and probably smelled like a homeless person. But the instant she stepped into the Academy’s lobby, all her misgivings and sense of inadequacy faded. She gazed around her, shocked to discover that besides a few minor improvements, the school still looked the same. The same portraits still hung on the far wall along with a dozen or so additions. The same inspirational messages and words of love from the Academy’s founder, Miss Yvonne herself, were painted behind the receptionist desk. Being here was comforting; it felt like home.
“So you never said what brings you here. Why’d you decide to visit?” Monique asked as they strolled down one of the halls. Jennifer trailed behind her, looking around.
“I’m not visiting. I’m supposed to work here. Miss Yvonne hired me as one of the dance instructors.”
Monique halted mid-step. “Uh, does Bina know she hired you?”
“I don’t think so. Miss Yvonne said she wanted it to be a surprise.” Monique burst into laughter, catching Jennifer off guard. “What’s . . . what’s so funny?”
Monique shook her head as her laughter tapered off into giggles. “I’m sorry. I’m not laughing at you. It’s just . . . this is the third time Miss Yvonne has done this . . . brought in a new person without telling Bina, I mean. Bina’s the business manager around here and she’s still very Type-A.”
Jennifer nodded. She’d always remembered Bina being the organizer of their little crew, the big sister and leader. Bina always had a plan and knew how to implement it. It wasn’t surprising to hear she handled the business side of the Academy now.
 “She hates it when Miss Yvonne throws her curve balls like this. She’ll be happy to see you, but don’t get offended if she’s a little put off that Miss Yvonne hired you without consulting her.”
Jennifer grimaced. Did that mean she was about to get fired before she even started her new job? She was about to ask Monique that very question when Monique turned and murmured, “Speaking of the devil . . . here Bina comes now.”
Jennifer followed Monique’s gaze and saw a curvy, model-type strolling toward them with file folders in her arms.
The years had been kind to Bina MacLaine. She looked as beautiful as Jennifer remembered, maybe more so.
“Jennifer!” Bina cried, beaming. “Is that you?”
Jennifer nodded and absently patted the bird’s nest on her head. “Yeah, it’s me!”
“Girl, give me a hug!” Bina said, holding out an arm and embracing her, crushing her file folders between them. “I’m so happy to see you! What are you doing here?”
Monique lowered her head, trying but failing to stifle her laughter. Jennifer anxiously gnawed her bottom lip.
“What?” Bina asked, looking between them, making her long curly hair sway around her shoulders. “What am I missing?”
“You might as well tell her,” Monique said, eyeing Jennifer.
Bina’s smile disappeared. “Tell me what?”

Jennifer knew there was no other way to say it or ease into it. She shrugged. “I work here now.”





ABOUT SHELLY ELLIS

Shelly Ellis is a NAACP Image Award-nominated women's fiction/romance author and creator of the Gibbons Gold Digger and Chesterton Scandal series. Her fiction writing career began when she became one of four finalists in a First-Time Writers Contest when she was 19 years old. The prize was a publishing contract and having her first short-story romance appear in an anthology. She has since published ten novels and was a finalist for 2015 NAACP Image Award in the Literary Fiction Category, a three-time finalist for the African American Literary Award in the romance category (2012, 2016, and 2017), and a finalist for the 2015 RT Reviewers' Choice Award in Multicultural Romance category.

She is married and lives in Prince George's County, Maryland with her husband and their daughter. Visit her at her web site www.shellyellisbooks.com.


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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

SPOTLIGHT: Tell-Tale by Danielle Allen | #TellTale #DanielleAllen #HonMagPR


TELL-TALE BY DANIELLE ALLEN

True, I’d been nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous—to have the conversation with him. I knew he was going to think I sounded crazy. I knew he was going to think I was crazy. But I’d nervously fretted about my feelings for him for years. My nerves had sharpened my senses—not destroyed or dulled them. And above all was my ability to listen.

I’d heard all the reasons why we shouldn’t be together. I know I’d given every excuse in the world, every excuse from heaven to hell as to why we couldn’t be together. But my feelings wouldn’t go away, so… how does that make me crazy?

Listen! Sanely and calmly, I’ll tell you the whole story.

** Tell-Tale is a contemporary romance inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart **

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ABOUT DANIELLE ALLEN

Danielle Allen is a novelist, professor, and life coach. Living authentically has been the key to her living her best life. With a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Human Services, Danielle plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the very near future. Helping people better understand themselves so they can become the best version of themselves is one of her passions. Writing contemporary romance novels that change the status quo of the genre is another.

Danielle Allen is the author of the Back to Life Series (Back to Life, Back to Reality, Back to December), Love Discovered in New York, Autumn & Summer, the Heartache Series (Heartache, Heartfelt, Heartless*), Work Song, The One Series Duet (The One and After The One), Nevermore, The Art of Being, Disasters in Dating Choose Your Dating Adventure (Disasters in Dating, Brink of Disaster: This One, Brink of Disaster: That One), Broken Clocks, Sweatpants Season, Cuffing Season, and the upcoming The Women of V Series.


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Monday, 11 February 2019

#BookRelease: BE MY VALENTINE by @AmakaAzie @FionaMKhana @SableWriter @NanaPrah @EmpiBaryeh | #BeMyValentineLAP #LoveAfricaPress #HonMagPR

Be My Valentine - A Love Africa Press Collection (Volume One)

Life is beautiful especially when you're in love.
Dive into these five hand-picked contemporary romance novellas and fall in love this Valentine's Day.

Featured Stories:
Unexpected Love by Amaka Azie
Bitter Sweet Symphony by Fiona Khan
Golden Valentine by Nana Prah
Boot Camp Seduction by Sable Rose
Mr Hot Mocha Perfection by Empi Baryeh

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Friday, 8 February 2019

SPOTLIGHT: Calm's Storm (Razorblade Tumbleweeds MC Book 1) | #BlogTour

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Calm's Storm
(Razorblade Tumbleweeds MC Book 1)
CM Genovese
312 Pages
Hosted by Words Turn Me On
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The heart revs harder with gasoline in the veins.

Tesla’s love for dancing runs deeper than her toleration of her father’s MC lifestyle. That’s why she left the Razorblade Tumbleweeds motorcycle club in the first place. The academy seemed like her best bet, but all that fire in her heart and hatred in her soul keeps her dancing in a fit of rage instead of elegant grace. Realizing she can’t escape her past, she heads home to try and face all the heartache she thought she’d left behind.


Link is the new President of his MC. It’s been years since Tesla, the princess to the Razorblade Tumbleweed throne, stomped out of his world on her way to dance for fancy rich folks under bright spotlights. Of course, when things didn’t work out, she headed home. Now, not only does he need to harness all those hidden desires, he also has to help her with her new strip club idea, which means pissing off the locals, the cops, a rival MC, and some sick and twisted reverend from a religious cult. 


Rye is about to turn eighteen, and in his religious community of Red Chapel, that means he can start to choose his wives. Life seems good until he finds out the young woman he loves more than anything in the world is betrothed to The Reverend, their sadistic religious leader with an insatiable appetite for power, pain, and pleasure. His only escape seems to be that ruthless band of outlaws he’s always been warned about. If he can only convince Grace to join him and Link to accept him.


Bikers, strippers, and religious zealots collide to create the Calm’s Storm.






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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

SPOTLIGHT: Moore Family Saga Series by Michelle Sims | #BookTour #CoverReveal

ACT I SEED ON FIRE BY MICHELE SIMS

Twenty five years before the events in the novel, The Fire God Tour, Kaiden and Alicia Moore, originally from North Carolina, were enjoying a life full of love and passion. As a young, beautiful and an upwardly mobile professional couple who had made their home in New York City, they were busy balancing their careers with the demands of their new marriage which as fate would have it, included an unexpected bundle of joy. They got pregnant on their honeymoon and so began their adventure in this novel, The Seed on Fire, a sexy contemporary romance of a multi-cultural couple with elements of fantasy that is also the prequel to the novel The Fire God Tour.

Nothing about their lives together has ever been typical and their relationship will forever be changed by a series of nightmarish events that threaten their love and the life of their unborn child. Will their commitment to each other and support of their close knit family be enough to cope with their challenges? Come and join them on their journey as they experience the joys and excitement awaiting the birth of their son, Miles Aridio Moore, a process, to their surprise, also fosters a period of significant self-growth.

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ACT II PLAYING WITH FIRE BY MICHELE SIMS


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Spotlight: Healing His Medic (The Protectors #1) by @NanaPrah | #TheProtectorsSeries #Military #Suspense

Title: Healing His Medic
Series: The Protectors #1
Author: Nana Prah
Genre: Adult, Military Suspense Romance
Published: September 19, 2018
Page Count: 200 Pages
Published by: Love Africa Press
Doctor Comfort Djan is looking for salvation after a tragic accident, which takes her to deprived regions where her skills heal the helpless. Until Fate thrusts her as a medic on board a West African military coastal protection ship. Proving herself to the male-only crew is nothing compared to being near one intense naval officer who has her feeling something other than her survivor's guilt.

Commander Akin Solarin wants nothing more than to do his job, especially when his medic's temporary replacement turns out to be a disconcerting woman who pushes all his buttons. He runs a tight ship, and doesn't need captivating and efficient yet aloof Comfort around to keep his heart-rate in semi-permanent overdrive.

Neither can deny the attraction between them, but navigating uncharted personal waters may be the least of their problems when confronted with bold pirate attacks and other vicious unknown dangers onboard the frigate. And when Comfort's life gets on the line, Akin knows he will do anything to save his medic and heal her battered heart in the process.