Author Interview.

Hello, hello!

Welcome to another beautiful Monday where we get to meet our authors. Today’s spotlight is on Nigerian author Emike Osumah!

  1. Tell us about yourself and your background?

My name is Emike Osumah. I’m a wife, mum and of course a writer. I was born and raised in Edo State, Nigeria. I attended nursery, primary, secondary and University not just in Edo state but right in the very same town where I grew up. Thankfully, national youth service finally flipped things and became my first major phase of life away from that town. Then marriage sealed the deal and made Lagos my new home. That was how Edo State became a place I now visit occasionally.

I have had a flare for writing from as far back as age 6. I told stories in pictures when I couldn’t spell too many words and got into writing stories as they came to me when my vocabulary broadened as a child. Writing has been my happy place ever since just that I didn’t consider it a career until much later in life.

  1. Did your background influence your writing?

Well, I don’t know if I should say yes because since Writing is a natural skill , I’m sure whatever background I found myself in wouldn’t really matter much. Although I would say yes in the sense that the Christian background our parents gave us as Children influenced my kind of writing. I write books and articles that are strongly Christ centered even if they are engaging and entertaining. The core of my writing is Jesus and the reality of His power and love.

  1. How hard was it to write a book in Nigeria with Nigerian characters?

I will say it wasn’t hard. Nigeria is my natural, day to day setting so it’s pretty easy to craft characters who are just like every day Nigerians. What might be difficult for me is writing a book with Italian characters. Not like it would be impossible ,it would just involve much more work.

  1. What is the best investment you’ve made in writing?

I will say, the kind of writing communities I signed up to and am actively involved in. This has broadened my horizon and is still enriching my knowledge.

  1. Tell us about your book (fiction), The writing process?

For me, the message sometimes hits me with just the first couple of scenes and I know this is a story I should write but I seldom have a written out plan from start to finish. I’m only just learning to do that now but basically, I’m the pantser kind of writer. My plot grows as I write. Whether I’m planning ahead or writing straight from my heart to the blank pages of my laptop, the Holy Spirit is my inspiration.

  1. What is one message you’ve love everyone to get from you book.

I would always love my readers to come away with the knowledge that God is not just some detached deity up there but a father, our God who is deeply concerned about our lives , interested in heart matters, everything in between and wants to be right at the middle of our lives. I want them to come away with this knowledge that Jesus is that door to a pulsating relationship with God.

  1. What’s next, should we expect a new book?

Absolutely!! Expect more books. I’m presently working on something. It’s a second edition of a work I published 3 years ago. You will love it!

About The Book.

Her grandma cradles in her arms a baby who will never know her father.

Her mother’s tale isn’t any different.

There is an aunt in the mix with a grimmer tale of three babies, three different fathers.

Joyce Attah is next in line to be served the curse. What does she do when love like Seyi’s comes calling? Stay in the safety of no dates or step into murky waters where a sealed fate awaits?

Ripples…A tale of love, grace and brand new chances.

About The Author

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Throwback Thursday: Love Me

Happy Thursday, friends! It’s Throwback Thursday, and today we’re featuring Love Me (Chapel Cove Romance #2) by Alexa Verde! I absolutely loved this book! Be sure to check it out if you are a fan of Christian contemporary romance!


About the Book

Welcome to Chapel Cove, Oregon, where life begins at forty.

The biggest disaster of her life or the beginning of something wonderful?

Growing up, Kristina Vela never imagined she’d meet her fortieth birthday divorced by her cheating, manipulative husband, and without a house, degree, or career. Back in her hometown, Chapel Cove, to start anew, she’s given up on men. Then she meets grieving widower Greg Matthews and his adorable five-year-old daughter and helps them renovate a house. Just when Kristina feels she can love again, her ex gives her an ultimatum. Can she choose between her own happiness and Greg’s?

Former snowboarder Greg Matthews is moving to Chapel Cove so his daughter can be close to her grandparents. After his wife died, his heart closed to romance. As caring and compassionate Kristina helps him repair his house and his life, he might be falling for her. But if she decides to leave, will he survive a second heartbreak?

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About the Author

Alexa Verde writes stories of love, faith, and mystery to warm your heart. She’d love it if you subscribed to her newsletter (every subscriber gets a free Christian romance after confirming the subscription as a thank-you gift). She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had twenty books and 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her popular series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.

She hopes and prays that her stories will bring joy to her readers. Heartfelt thanks for interest in her books!

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Author Interview!

Hello there!

After reading, another thing I enjoy is meeting authors. The spotlight today would be on the Nigerian Kikelomo Kuponiyi and her debut novel Unfolding Grace.

Let’s meet her!

  1. Tell us about yourself and your background
    I trained as a lawyer but worked in banking for over twenty years. I am currently retired, and keep busy by writing. I have always loved books and reading. I grew up in a house full of books. My parents loved reading and they had books covering a variety of topics, both educational and fiction. So, I grew up reading and developed a love for books.
  2. Did your background influence your writing?
    I always wanted to write my own book. Yes, my background influenced my wanting to write.
  3. How hard was it to write a book in Nigeria with Nigerian characters?
    I live in Nigeria and writing about Nigerians came easily to me. I just wrote about the people around me, the everyday people and every day life happening around me. I enjoy reading books about Nigerians because I can identify with their lives.
  4. What is the best investment you’ve made in writing?
    I think my best investment was paying someone to edit my novel. It was worth the investment of money and time, and I was pleased with the outcome.
  5. Tell us about your book (fiction), the writing process?
    I had written Unfolding Grace many times in my head before I put pen to paper. I had talked about it a lot, but eventually put it down. I was stuck a few times, but I would just leave it for a few days while I ran through different scenarios in my mind. I would eventually go back to it when I had decided on how the book would move.
  6. What is one message you would love everyone to get from your book.
    My main message in Unfolding Grace is that God has a good plan for everyone. Even though it may not look like it at the beginning, if we trust in God and obey Him, He causes His grace to unfold in our lives and perfects His plan in such a way that we are amazed and pleasantly satisfied when we see the end result of His works.
  7. What’s next, should we expect a new book?
    Yes, I am currently working on another novel which should be out in a few months.

Book Blurb

Bayo had it made. A rich father and good business acumen; a beautiful, professional fiancée, a new business that promises a wealthy future. What more could he ask for? Things were looking good. Then God stepped in! What happens now? Thus starts the journey of his life, where he would need God’s unfolding grace to come into the future pre-planned for him.

You can get your copy via AmazonOkadabooksSmashwords, Apple Books and so many other ebook retailers, worldwide.  It’s also part of the Bambooks library!

About The Author.

Author Bio:
Kikelomo Kuponiyi is a retired banker, lawyer and writer. After obtaining her law degree, she ventured into banking, where she worked for over two decades. Her love for the arts was however kept alive through writing journals, poetry and short stories. She recently retired from banking and is walking with God to navigate His plans for the second half of her life. Unfolding Grace is her first published novel. She blogs at http://www.kikesthoughts.com She is married with three children and lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Diverse Books I’d Love To Read.

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is Ten Diverse Books I’d love To Read. I recently posted a poll in a bookish group I a part of these books came up more than once. So, I am hoping to get to read them before the year ends. I thought to share with you so you could join me!

If I Believe (A Promises of God Novel) (Volume 2)

From the gorgeous cover to the captivating book blurb. This is definitely a book I want to read.

Though I Stumble (Promises of God Novel)

This is the book 1 of Promises of God Novel and the covers are just too gorgeous.

When I’m Tempted (A Promises of God Novel) (Volume 3)

This series keeps getting better!

The Book in Room 316

This book has all the appearances of an interesting and captivating book.

Lady of the Church

Honestly, it was the tittle that drew me in! I can’t wait to read what the book is about.

Trey (The Jacksons Book 3)

Yes, I am a sucker for gorgeous covers. They are usually the first thing that makes me read a book and this book is not exception.

Deuce (The Jacksons Book 2)

There is something about this series that is captivating. I know I just need to read these books.

Ace (The Jacksons Book 1)

Tory (Girls from the Mountain Book 2)

I have a feeling this book is going to be all shades of amazing and class!!!

A Long Time Comin’

I’ve heard so much about the book!

Yeah, so that is my list. Share with us your own stack of diverse books you’ve love to read in the comment section below.

Author Interview with Milla Holt

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m chatting with the lovely Milla Holt. Grab you coffee (or tea, water, or whatever you prefer!) and join the conversation!


Interview

Jessica: Can you start off by telling us why you decided to write about people of color or diverse issues?

Milla: I’m Black, so it comes naturally to include people of color in my
stories. My husband is from Norway, so, again, I reflect my own
experience when I write about people who find love across racial and
cultural boundaries.

Jessica: I love that! What is your greatest struggle in writing characters of color?

Milla: When I write about Black people, especially people of East African
descent, I’m writing what I know. It’s more of a stretch to write about
people with different cultural backgrounds. I don’t want to come across
as inauthentic or using lazy stereotypes, so it definitely takes a lot
more work and conscious effort.

Jessica: We’re thankful you take the time to research it! How do you make your non-White characters believable and relatable?

Milla: The non-white characters I’ve written so far have come from cultures
with which I’m very familiar. In my first book I included several
Ugandan characters. Since that’s my ethnic background and I lived and
worked in Uganda for many years, it was easy to craft these
personalities, their attitudes, their life circumstances, and their
reactions to the events around them.

In my second book, I thought it would be fun to make hair a part of the
plot. My characters meet because a White father is having trouble
choosing hair products for his mixed race daughter and the Black female
love interest steps in to help. This is, once again, something that I’ve
experienced, being Black and the mother of mixed race children. So, I
would say that what I write comes out of things I’ve experienced and
observed.

I put a lot of effort into developing my characters and getting into
their heads, their backgrounds, the defining moments of their lives that
made them who they are. Most of this material never actually makes it
into my books, but it helps me immensely. People are complex and
multifaceted, and I feel that when authors do their best to go beyond
the surface level and dig into what makes their characters tick, that
goes a long way to creating characters who are not cardboard cutouts.
This is especially important when we’re trying to avoid stereotypes of
any kind.

Jessica: There’s so much more to writing then just putting the words to paper! Do you relate to any of the characters in your books?

Milla: Definitely! Each of my characters has at least one thing that I
personally resonate with, whether it’s a detail relating to family
background, career or a pathetic dating history.

Jessica: It’s nice to see Milla amongst the pages! Where do you get your ideas for storylines?

Milla: Oh my, ideas come from all over the place. But most typically, I’ll
think about people whose circumstances put them in conflict, and then
complicate that conflict with romance. So, for example, in my first book
I had an AIDS activist cross paths with the head of a pharma company. Or
in my second book, two people who have lost their spouses start falling
in love, but their massive emotional baggage gets in the way.

Jessica: Awesome! What do you have coming up next for readers?

Milla: I’ve got two projects that I’m very excited about. I’m just finishing a
story that will be free to download. It’s about a couple who broke up
years ago and find themselves stuck next to each other on an awkward
transatlantic plane journey. That should be available on my website in
early August. And in November I’ll wrap up my Color-Blind Love series
with a workplace romance about the White daughter of a billionaire who
meets the son of a Ugandan refugee. She gets the job that he thinks
should have been his, so there’s lots of lovely conflict there.

Jessica: Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting today!

About the Author

 

Milla Holt writes fiction that reflects her Christian faith. She loves
happy endings, heroes and heroines who discover sometimes hard but
always vital truths, and stories that uplift and encourage.

She hails from East Africa but now lives in the east of England with her
husband and children. They enjoy rambling in the countryside, reading
good books, and making up silly lyrics to their favorite songs.

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First Line Friday – I Will Keep Loving You.

Happy Friday!

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line!

And the first line is…

The darkness was worse at night.

About The Book

Peju faces difficult times in the days following her divorce from heartthrob, Abdul Layeni. Her spirit is broken, her will damaged, but her passion for God is what keeps her going.

Femi shows himself to be a true friend and extends a shoulder to cry on, but will this show of comfort and Peju’s vulnerable stance lead to more? This is especially when long time secrets come to light and threaten to rock her world.

I’ll Keep Loving You brings you to the doors of loving relationships with promises for something fresh, deeper and never ending.

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Throwback Thursday – Catching Grace by Lydia Emmanuel.

Happy Thursday, Reader Friends!

Today we’re featuring author Lydia Emmanuel’s book Catching Grace: This book you’d love. Check out the excerpt below!

About The Book.

Grace, much like every first child, has big dreams to be the beacon of light in her family; save her mother from the miseries of years of a troubled marriage and set the right example for her siblings, where her father has failed.
But, like that of every big dreamer, her path is roughened by betrayals, neglect, lies and escapades that push her farther away from her dreams. She finds herself miles away from home, living a life sustained by chaos, lustful passions and dangerous alliances.
Set in Nigeria, from the racing city of Lagos and the sleepy Ibadan City to the ageless Ile-Ife, Grace finds herself yearning for more than her new life can offer. And when she runs into a young man from her past, she realizes a choice must be made; continue with her life as it is or retrace her steps back to where she had abandoned her dreams.

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Excerpt.

I woke up with a start; my heart beating fast. I had been pleading for forgiveness from my mother, gazing hard at her, arms wrapped cringingly around her legs; but she looked away the whole time. Suddenly, I felt a strong wind; so powerful that it started to snatch me away from her. Her motherly instinct kicked in with the force of this wind but it was too late to help me. Her face was filled with so much sorrow and i could not tell the exact cause of her pain. Was it my wrongdoing? Was it the fact that I was lost forever; or even both? As the gale flung me farther away, I lost sense of my bearing and could no longer hear my own voice.

I lay still in bed; hardly noticeable but for the slight heaving of my chest. “No one would notice anyway.” It dawned on me yet again that I was alone in this world and things got worse by the day. 

I heard the screams first, other muffled sounds followed but the walls were too thin to not hear. I could tell there were slaps, punches, scuffling and someone getting choked. This was no longer new to me and I sighed as I realised I was not moved by such disturbing occurrences. I had become cold over time. Just like the inmates in this prison, as I called it.  I looked at the time, as I became aware of the environment. It was only 11:15pm. There were still working hours left. 

Suddenly, it hit me! The sounds were coming for a familiar place; Ifeoma! I simultaneously went cold with fear then mad with rage. This was Ifeoma, meek heart and frail frame. It was a shame that she had found herself in this hellhole. Here, there were wildcats with sharp claws; ever ready to battle, always positioned to defend themselves. Not Ifeoma. Somehow she had managed to preserve her innocent outlook to life despite all she had been through. There was no trouble in her, she avoided conflict by all means and never spoke evil of anyone. Anything to keep the peace. I hated that she bothered at all, for this prison thrived on chaos. Peace was a strange concept. This prison was a bomb whose fuse was waiting to be lit.

 Her screams were now so faint. She had run out of steam, poor thing.  I stood up hurriedly, forgetting that I was undressed. “Save her”, was all I could think of. I had no idea how, but I was not going to sit and do nothing like others who sure were “minding their business” as usual. I rushed out of my room. More like a shanty. The tiny space that was once a storage was hastily cleared out for me upon my unannounced arrival. A threadbare mattress had been thrown on the bare half dirt, half cemented floor.  As I hurried down the passage of the dreary looking prison, the door of Ifeoma’s room flung open. A tall, thick set man in black uniform stormed out. His moustache was a perfect fit for his villainous look. He didn’t notice me as he hurriedly left in the opposite direction, rubbing his head. I caught a glimpse of blood as he brought down his hand. I wish he saw the hateful look accompanied by disgust on my face. A mere Police Corporal and a corrupt one at that. They came at will to pick any girl of their choice, all the time overstaying their welcome and asking for all sort of special services. The girls hated them too but tolerated them for “license” to work. For my aunt who owned the prison and was the girls’ boss, it was trade by barter. In exchange for free services, her place had never been raided.   They also served as her henchmen for any errant girl. It was her way of keeping the girls in check, preserving her rule and authority. The very ones saddled with the responsibility of protection had become perpetrators of debauchery. 

What had sweet Ifeoma done to deserve the stick? I ran into the room to see her half on the bed, half on the floor, barely breathing. I could see she had fought back and had paid the price for daring to. A broken bottle of body cream lay on the floor, its contents splattered all over. She was gasping for breath. The picture of my mother lying battered on the floor floated through my mind. “What did you do?” I asked, pulling her up. She only gasped, winced in pain and motioned feebly for me to stop. She was trying to speak, so I leaned in. 

“She…found… m..mo..money”, She managed to say.

I was livid. How did the dreams of a young girl disturb my aunt’s ambitions? I wanted to weep. Ifeoma motioned again as she took another deep breath.

“Lie down first, you’ll be fine. We are running away from here okay?” I whispered. 

She seemed agitated and determined to speak. Summoning some more strength, she dropped a bombshell – “Your baby… your ba…by no die, na…Madam sell …sell am.”

About The Author.

Ololade Okedare lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
She writes under the pen name Lydia Emmanuel.
As a screenwriter, she has both feature and short films to her credit. She currently serves as a mentor in the first ever Lagos FilmLab. She also has a faith-based outreach that runs a rehabilitation program targeted towards victims of sex trade and sexual abuse. for female victims of abuse and sex traders, and passionately pursues the dream of building a local rehabilitation shelter. Check her out @lydianuel on Instagram,

Throwback Thursday – Once Upon A First Love by Tope Omotosho.

Happy Thursday, Reader Friends!

Today we’re featuring author Tope Omotosho’s book Once Upon A First Love. This throwback takes us to 2018. Check out the excerpt below!

About The Book.

Beautiful, strong and confident, Peju Adams has always been a woman who knows what she wants. When she finally reunites with her teen love, Abdul Layeni, it’s a dream come true. He’s the kind of man she wants to be with. In fact, he’s the only man she’s ever known. Their love stronger than ever, she’s determined that nothing will keep them apart again. But it seems fate has other plans for them. In a struggle for love, will she come to realize who her first love really is?

Once upon a first love is a story filled with new beginnings, betrayal, disappointments, heartbreaks, pain and love.

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Excerpt.

“Who are you?” Eliana asked the tall, good looking man who dropped Peju off at her place. Nice build. Nice smile. Nice designer sunglasses too.       
  “Eliana!”        
  The fine man laughed. “Hi Eliana. Peju has told me a lot about you. It’s nice to finally meet you in person.”      
  Eliana raised a brow, looked at Peju and back at him. “Well, I’m sorry but I’ve heard nothing about you.”      
  “I’m sure you have,” he said, his gaze fixed on Peju. Eliana didn’t miss that gaze. It was piercing, intense, love drunk. “You just didn’t connect it with me.” He turned to her and extended his hand. “Abdul Layeni.”       
   Eliana shook the hand reluctantly. Why had Peju not told her about this gorgeous creature of a man? “Eliana Awojobi. It’s a pleasure.” She crossed her arms against her chest. “So how did you guys meet exactly?”     
  “Back in school. I’m her boy–”      
 “Boss! He’s my boss,” Peju cut in. Eliana and Abdul turned to her, puzzled.        
 “Yes,” he agreed and forced a smile, “I’m her boss.”       
  “Oh. Why is your boss dropping you at my house?”       
    Peju cupped her elbow. “Eliana you’re asking too many questions. He just did me a favour. Please, Sir, you can go. Don’t mind my friend. Thank you very much for the lift.”         
    Peju dragged Eliana into the house, not waiting to see Abdul enter his car and drive off.     
  “You’re rude sha,” Eliana said as they walked towards the house. “How can you just leave him like that?”    
   “He will survive. And you, don’t be asking questions like that. It’s wrong.”       
“Wrong how? I was concerned. It’s not everyday you see a boss go out of his way to drop your friend at your house. A very fine boss. How do you manage, staring at him everyday?”      
 “Simple. I don’t stare.”

About The Author.

Tope Omotosho is passionate about impacting the world through timeless wisdom and knowledge found in her thought provoking stories and writing that applies to all ages. Her stories and articles cut across love, relationships and romance in a way that does not deny the relevance of God in our everyday life. She is a devoted christian, passionate about bringing people to the knowledge of God’s true and unfailing love.
You can read more of her stories at www.lifegodandlove.com

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First Line Friday; Pushing Past The Pain by Millia Holt.

Hello there and welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Let’s get those great book recommendations coming!

Pushing Past The Pain by Millia Holt. And the first line is… Drum rolls…

Ella Bellmont took one look at her mother-in-law’s puffy face and knew she’d have to postpone her trip to the grocery store.

About The Book.

A devoted father devastated by the loss of his wife. A young widowed mother whose wounds began long before her husband died. Will their shared grief bring them together or push them apart?

Ragnar’s life was shattered when a hit-and-run driver robbed him of his wife and his young daughter of her mother.

Ella was struggling to hold her fractured marriage together when her husband died suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt and a heartbroken young daughter.

When her new neighbor Ragnar moves in, their little girls soon become inseparable, and Ella is the perfect babysitter for Ragnar’s daughter. But as the chemistry between them grows, Ragnar wants much more than childcare.

He’s dreaming of finding love again while she is petrified of repeating the mistakes that made her first marriage a nightmare…

This is an inspirational romance with Christian themes.

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First Line Friday: Unfolding Grace by Kikelomo Kuponiyi.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I am sharing the first line from Unfolding Grace. This book you’d love.

And the first line is…

The leader of the jazz band made groaning sounds Bayo knew he thought were cool.


ABOUT THE BOOK.

Bayo had it made. A rich father and good business acumen; a beautiful, professional fiancée, a new business that promises a wealthy future. What more could he ask for? Things were looking good. Then God stepped in! What happens now? Thus starts the journey of his life, where he would need God’s unfolding grace to come into the future pre-planned for him.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

Kikelomo Kuponiyi is a banker, lawyer and writer. After obtaining her law degree, she ventured into banking and built her career there. Her love for the arts was however maintained through writing journals, poetry and short stories. She recently retired from banking and is walking with God to navigate His plans for the second half of her life. Unfolding Grace is her first published novel. She is married with three children and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Amazon Website Instagram

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