My book in local bookstores

I finally got to hold my book in my hands and now they’re in two major bookstores in Nigeria.

You can find my book in Page Bookstore Ikeja, Lagos and at Rovingheights in Abuja.

https://pagebookstore.com/search?type=product&q=Dawsk

I’m so proud of how far I’ve come.

SWEETNESS: WINNERS FOR THE JUNE 2019 COLLINS ELESIRO LITERARY PRIZE.

If you ever had a story bubbling in your heart like water from a spring. The sweetness rolling over your head onto your naked skin, like in a shower at midday.

If the sound of the rushing dialogues, the gripping plots, the mournful tears of a victim and the exhilarating laughter of villainy thrills you. You’d be able to appreciate the depth and deliberateness of intent with which writers channel creative forces to the hilt of a pen, the tapping of keys on the computer.

The winners in order are:

WINNER
THE TASTE OF HOME BY CHINENYENWA FAVOUR CHUKWUMA (nonfiction)

Prize: N60,000 Naira Cash, Digital Publishing Deal with cfwriterz (worth N60,000), Free Write App License, and Appearance in the June 2019 Freedom Magazine.

FIRST RUNNER UP
THE SILENT PLEA BY RESOKETSWE MANENZHE (fiction)

Prize: N25,000 Naira Cash, Digital Publishing Deal with cfwriterz (worth N60,000), Free Write App License, and Appearance in the June 2019 Freedom Magazine.

SECOND RUNNER UP
HOME-BOUND DANCERS BY UGOCHUWKU NWAFOR (poetry)

Prize: N15,000 Naira Cash, Digital Publishing Deal with cfwriterz (worth N60,000), Free Write App License, and Appearance in the June 2019 Freedom Magazine.

All other longlisted and shortlisted entries will be published in the magazine which is now available for download here

Best Review Ever!

In a recent post, I mentioned my short story being published in Agbowó’s LIMITS issue. A few days ago I got a review for the story. It’s the best review I’ve ever had in my life, for any of my work.

This is the review below ;

Hello Erhu Kome Yellow.
Good morning. I hope this message meets you well.
It’s so wonderful to share this small space with another Urhobo person who writes pure gorgeousness.

I am happy to have read ‘Made of Water’ on Agbowo.
I so love it. I truly do.
At first I was like how does she intend to fit the eco struggles in the devastated Niger Delta Region into her narrative ( because that’s a very stubborn topic)? Where did she forget Akpo and his gun? Where has she taken us to with all this oyinbo names? And then it hit me, hit me hard. Your experimental style. I straightened up at that realization, brightened my laptop screen and began to clap. clap. clap.
I so love how you were able to perfectly blend divergent phenomena and people in an antithetical way. For example, the embattled world of home and that of ‘the shiny abroad’; the arguably phantasmic Akpo versus the real Risette; Their simultaneously ‘being’ and not ‘being’ (which, in fact, reminds me of a poem by Rumi – Divers clothes on the beach. I should send it to you); The two mothers who are separated from their children, and how the finality of prison/detention on each end drills down the reader’s emotion.

I cried @ “Take care of your mama/ Take care of your mama that is all.”
That part made me look inward, think deeply about all the ways I have not been good to my loving mother.

Thank you for writing that ingenious story. My respect 🙌

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If I could frame this I would. For now I’m gonna share it so everyone can see. If you haven’t read the issue, you can find it here. It’s easy and free to download

The Protector Series

HEALING HIS MEDIC BY NANA PRAH

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.

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UNRAVELLING HIS MARK BY ZEE MONODEE

A man with a mission

A year earlier, a mutiny broke inside the ranks of the clandestine Corpus Agency. Only one loose thread remains to be apprehended: an assassin named Evangeline.

When intel from an asset points to a woman in Mauritius who could be her, Zachariah Hashemi, a mixed race Muslim from Tanzania, is tasked with bringing the renegade to justice…aka a swift death.

A woman with nothing to hide

French-Mauritian PR maven Annabelle de Castelban is throwing all she has into making her communications agency a success. When an opportunity to partner with a renowned international firm knocks on her door, she jumps on it, even if it means she has to fight her attraction to the devastatingly handsome man and the sizzling chemistry sparking between them.

A killer with a plan

Annabelle has no idea Zach is here to determine if she is a mercenary with no remorse. And the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious she cannot be this twisted assassin.

Indeed, Evangeline is near, and when Zach finds out Annabelle is the killer’s latest target, he will stop at nothing to protect the woman he has in the meantime fallen in love with.

As they race against the clock, will they both be able to thwart the psychopath’s plan to kill them in the most devious way?

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EXCERPT FROM UNRAVELLING HIS MARK BY ZEE MONODEE

“It’s not good, patronne. The model who was to have the showstopper bride on his arm ate some of the prawn cocktail. He is currently puking his guts out in the guest loo at the back.”

“Thank God he made it to the loo and didn’t barf on any of the clothes.”

Trust her problem-solving mind to come up with the silver lining in every situation. But seriously, if any of the gowns had been ruined, Nina would’ve had her hide. All the pieces had thousands of pearls or Swarovski crystals hand-sewn on them.

Think, Annabelle, think.

“So the only problem we have right now is that we need an escort for the showstopper.”

“And her,” Daniel

whispered with a glance towards a still-raving Nina.

“Her, we can deal with, and it will sort itself out once we find a replacement for the sick model.”

Daniel snorted. “Good luck with that. Have you forgotten the brief she forced down the throat of every modelling agency on the island? The man had to be buff and—”

“Taller than six-foot-two. I know.”

Good luck finding a six-foot man at random on the island in the first place, and now on such short notice? They had their work cut out for her.

Still, there were some foreigners in the audience. There must be one about six-two and muscular. What had Nina written on the call sheet? She’d wanted ‘a tall drink of water.’

There was no time to ponder the situation. The sooner they calmed Nina down, the sooner they’d get this show underway, and the sooner this night would be over, too.

So, armed with optimism and determination, Annabelle strutted back into the main room, a smile plastered on her face as she eyed every single man around. Just her luck. None seemed taller than six feet, and they all looked like guys whose only attempt at exercise came from a leisurely stroll once a month along a putting green.

Her spirits were sinking fast, but no, she wouldn’t be the victim. She would turn this around one way or another. If she couldn’t find— Her shoulder collided into someone, and reflex made her look up and say, “Oh, pardon.

But the apology died on her lips as her gaze raked over the hulking piece of masculinity she’d bumped into. He was tall, all right. Comfortably above six-two, she’d say, with the frame to match. Those broad, broad shoulders looked snug inside the clean lines of an obviously expensive hand-tailored suit the shade of a rare Dom Pérignon millésime. His skin was the colour of sugar when it had just started to turn into caramel, a golden glow on his chiselled features and cheekbones so sharp and defined, it was ridiculous. His head was shaved, and his eyes were dark. Smouldering. Intense. A thin goatee that looked like it had been hand-drawn onto him framed his solid chin and gave bearing to his strong jaw.

A puff of air escaped her.

“Tall drink of water,” she mumbled, and blinked.

The gears of her stunned mind started clicking then, and she gasped. “Tall drink of water!”

ABOUT NANA PRAH

I was raised in the US and currently reside in Ghana. I have been writing ever since I can remember (in my journal) and have been an avid reader of romance novels since the eighth grade. I have finally been able to utilize the years of inadvertent research into writing my own romance novels where love always conquers all.

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ABOUT ZEE MONODEE

From always choosing the storytelling option in English & French classes to sneaking a Mills&Boon romance under the desk at school, Zee went on to make a career out of writing the kind of emotional romances all young girls junk on.

Of Indian heritage & a 2x breast cancer survivor, Zee lives in paradise (aka Mauritius!) with her long-suffering husband, their smart-mouth teenage son, and their tabby cat who thinks herself a fearsome feline from the nearby African Serengeti plains. When she isn’t in her kitchen rolling out chapattis or baking cakes while singing along to the latest pop hit topping the charts, she can be found reading or catching up on her numerous TV show addictions. In her day job, she is an editor who helps other authors like her hone their works and craft.

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Dawsk is Out!

I’m an author! And my first book is a romance novel! It is fitting I guess. I grew up reading romance novels.

I read a lot of romance growing up. Harlequin and Silhouette books. Boy were those stories amazing. I’ve always been a romantic, still am.
So when I was like 18 I decided to write a romance novel with African characters. Dawsk was created and now its my debut novel. I’m an author. Just like the amazing authors I read while growing up. It’s just fantastic.
If you’re a writer just starting out and doubting yourself, don’t give up. Keep at it. Read, research, submit your manuscript everywhere. Don’t let rejections hold you back. Those are just the stepping stones to glory. Also, write what you Want to read. That’s one of the best advice I’ve ever gotten.

You can order Dawsk HERE.

I can’t wait for your reviews and comments.

Love At First Sound by Amaka Azie

LOVE AT FIRST SOUND BY AMAKA AZIE

Heartbroken Emem moves away to start again. Can sexy younger Yomi rebuild her heart?

Heartbroken after discovering her fiancé’s double life, Emem Akpan ends the relationship and moves into an apartment at the other end of Lagos, determined to get her life back on track with no more diversions.

However, a massive dose of distraction bumps into her in the form of Yomi, a sexy younger man who has set his sights on her and will stop at nothing to get her attention.

Yomi Oladipo has always harboured a crush on Sasha, the anchor of his favourite radio show …. who happens to be none other than Emem, his new downstairs neighbour. Enthralled, he wants to get to know her better, but just when she decides to give them a chance, a troubling secret about her shatters his heart.

After experiencing a savage betrayal by someone he once trusted, will Yomi be able to overcome Emem’s devastating revelation?

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EXCERPT

“He seems like a friendly sort of neighbour,” Natalie mumbled, snagging back her attention. “And even if he is a fuck boy, so what? You may not even be his type. Did he toast you? He could have been interested in me. Or neither of us.”

Emem paused. That was true. The man hadn’t come onto her. He’d actually addressed them both. Except … she glanced at him again, and their eyes met and held. Her heart jumped, and blood rushed to her head. The intensity reflected in his dark eyes made her feel dizzy.

Nope, he hadn’t come onto her. But there was something in his eyes when he’d looked at her earlier that had made her feel exposed. As soon as he’d stepped out of the house, he’d narrowed his attention on her as if he knew her, recognised her. Strange, but she’d felt like he knew her deepest secrets.

Flustered, she looked away. But not before she noticed the slow grin that spread across his remarkably handsome face, and the spark of excitement that registered in his eyes. She had awakened something in him. A connection—maybe. Lust—most likely. Whatever it was, it unnerved her.

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PLAYLIST

Music Amaka listened to while writing Love At First Sound

1. Brian Adams: Inside Out.

· This track helped me get over a writers-block midway during the manuscript.

2. P-Square: Do Me.

· Helped me navigate through the first Love scene.

3. Toni Braxton: You’re Making Me High.

· This song was the inspiration for the second love scene.

4. Brandy: Almost Doesn’t Count.

· I used the lyrics of this ballad to mirror Emem’s emotional turmoil following her devastating heartbreak.

5. Nearer My God to Thee:

· The instrumental jazz rendition of this hymn always gives me inspiration.

ABOUT AMAKA AZIE

Amaka Azie writes romance fiction set in tropical West Africa. She explores the beauty and intricacies of the continent in her sweet and sensual love stories.

Born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, she developed a passion for reading at the age of twelve. Her interest in writing began in secondary school when she joined the press club, and her active imagination has captured the interests of many.

Apart from getting lost in creating fascinating fictional characters, Amaka enjoys reading, painting and travelling with her family.

She lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and daughters and where she also practices as a part-time family doctor.

Amaka was named one of the Most Influential Authors Under Forty by the Nigerian Writers Awards (NWA) for the years 2017 and 2018.

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