Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Get on the bed #MidWeekTease #asmsg #freeread Her Protector

Welcome back to Mid-Week Tease hosted by the lovely Sandra Bunino. This  week I'm sharing from my FREE historical romance short story, Her Protector. In this scene, Jide the head palace guard has just caught Oma spying and has taken her to his chamber.

BTW, when I wrote this story I had an obsession with Peter Mensah, from Spartacus. He totally inspired Jide. So you can imagine how fearsome he is in this scene.



Peter Mensah as Oenomaus in Spartacus

She took a deep breath to quell her rising panic. As much as she dreaded the lash of the whip, there was far greater danger with her being alone in this man’s chamber. Brutal and frightening, he could easily overwhelm her with his strength.
“Am I now your captive?” she asked to distract him while her gaze roamed the sill searching for a weapon she could utilize to defend herself.
She would kill him first rather than have him forcibly take her.
“Until I know your intention for being in the heir’s private quarters, yes,” he replied, his tone matter of fact.
“You cannot keep me captive.” She moved closer to the wall with the weapons, one foot shuffle at a time.
“You will find that I can and will. Or would you rather I bind you to the picket outside like a common thief and whip the truth out of you.”
She turned her head sharply and raised her gaze to meet his.
His expression cooled, his lips pursed in a tight line.
Cold sweat broke on her forehead as her skin crawled with nervousness and fear. She had witnessed the effects of the whip on grown men. Seen them break down and cry for mercy as their skins flayed, blood and liquid oozing from the welts.
“Y—you wouldn’t,” she said bravely.
Inside she fought to control her stomach from churning and her feet from taking flight.
“Wouldn’t I? One thing the king detests is spies. I have the authority to mete out instant punishment to offenders.”
He stood and stalked toward her, a tiger prowling.
Instinct told her to pushed back and cower before him. To plead for mercy. She needed to survive so she could take care of her sibling.






Yet the thought of falling on her knees for another man who would take advantage had her bristling with anger. Despite her rising trepidation, she stood tall and met his stare without flinching. She kept her hands by her sides, rubbing her clammy palms against her skirt.
He stopped within reach of her but didn’t touch her. Instead, he crossed his arms across his chest. The flickering low lamp cast his features into shadows. She couldn’t read his expression.
“So if you have no wish for the whip tonight, you will stop your insubordination immediately and do as I tell you.”
His command grated on her nerves. She bit her tongue, quelling her sharp retort. She had no wish to have her skin flayed, or to be displayed publicly as a spy.
Flashing him her most disdainful glare, she asked, “What would you have me do?”
He might have her at his mercy but she didn’t have to make it easy for him.
“Get on the bed.”

Copyright Kiru Taye 2012


Blurb for Her Protector (Men of Valor, #3.5)

When a warrior’s restraint is tested, will he do his duty to the kingdom or succumb to the lure of a maiden?

Oma should fear the fierce warrior whose captive she’s become after she is seized while spying. The penalty is the lash of his whip. The ache in her body is not from the sting of his flogger but from the scorching heat of his touch. Still, she has to resist him if she wishes to safeguard the secrets she hides.

Jide is the prince’s closest guard. His duty is to keep the royal family safe, so he should deliver instant justice to the spy in his chambers. Yet the intense fire in the eyes of his beautiful prisoner Oma stirs him beyond that of any other maiden in his past. When his self-control is tried which will he choose—hand her over for punishment or defy the prince and protect her?

This is a short story sequel to His Princess (Men of Valor, #3) and the prequel to Men of Valor, #4. It is FREE to download from all the major eBooks retailers.


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Monday, 14 April 2014

What Makes An African Story? #UbuntuRomance @DecadentPub #Giveaway

My fellow Ubuntu African Romance authors and I are participating in a blog hop and reflecting on various aspects of our stories. Today, it's my turn and I want to discuss what makes an African story. Does it have to be about war or poverty? Does it have to be about shanty towns or criminal gangs? Are any of these scenarios uniquely African?
Hell, no!
In the UK, over 20 million children live below the poverty line according to Office of National Statistics. The last time I turned on the TV news there was a war brewing in Ukraine. There are rundown and no-go estates overrun by criminal gangs all across the developed world.
So if we can agree that these scenarios are not exclusively African. What then makes an African story?
I will argue that there is no one element that makes an African story. Africa and Africans are too diverse to be slotted into a neat box or stereotype. However, when I write my stories there are a few factors I consider.
The People: Africans are strong, resilient, entrepreneurial, happy, warm, generous, hardworking, opinionated, supportive, persistent, romantic and family- and community-orientated. They come in different shades of colour and race and sexual orientation.
The Culture: You can't write an African story without an element of its rich and diverse cultural heritage colouring the story. Contemporary Africa has caught up with the rest of the world pop culture with shows like Nigerian Idol and Big Brother Africa. Home-grown talents are being exported internationally with the rise of Afro Beats music and quality Nollywood movie productions.
The Location: The African landscape is as varied as its people. From deserts to deltas, grasslands to rainforests, mountains to beaches, cities with skyscrapers to villages with huts, we have it all.

My stories reflect all of these whether in a historical or contemporary setting. In Island Bound, the hero Joshua is passionate about the conservation of local wildlife habitats and is a patron of the local wildlife park. He campaigns to eliminate poaching of chimpanzees as bush-meat. While my story is fictional, this is still a very real issue in the region where the story is set.
Here's a scene with Joshua and Christy out on a day trip to the Edumanom Forest Reserve and he's telling her about his involvement with the reserve.
***
“Please.” She reached across and placed her hand on top of his. “Tell me. I promise I won’t forget.”
He trailed his gaze to her hand on top of his before returning to her face.
“Currently, we’re focusing on raising awareness. Some of the local species of animals, especially monkeys, are becoming endangered because of poaching activities.”
He lifted her hand and traced circles in her palm.
She tried hard to resist, but couldn’t shake the recurring pulse of sensation that travelled down to her belly.
“Joshua,” she said, and coughed to clear the lump lodged in her throat. “If you don’t stop what you’re doing, I won’t be able to understand a word you’re saying.”
Telling him the truth, a flush of embarrassment crept up her face but she preferred the stinging heat over not paying attention to his words again. Even safer when he stopped his action and released her hand with a triumphant curve of his lips.
“The animals are hunted for bush-meat, a local delicacy. So we need to educate the people as well as provide an alternative source of income for the hunters.”
“Oh,” was all she could say. She’d occasionally been offered the fresh-roasted delicacy on the highways while travelling, but had never really given much thought about the species or the impact on their habitat.
“Hang on,” she said when an idea occurred to her. “I’m sure I read somewhere recently that the Ebola virus was linked to bush-meat because some poachers didn’t check if the animals were already diseased before selling them on or eating them.”
“Exactly.” Joshua eyes sparkled as he grinned at her. “Although there are no confirmed cases of the virus here, we still need to be vigilant.”
“I guess that bush-meat’s off the dinner menu,” she said without much thought.
“Does that mean you’re cooking dinner for me sometime soon?” he asked, the corners of his lips twitching with suppressed amusement.
She smiled weakly and avoided the knowing look in his eyes by glancing away into the approaching forest.
Soon, they were deep in the mangrove swamp. She took her camera out, ready to snap pictures. She didn’t know when she’d next get the chance to do something like this again. Or if she’d get to do it again with Joshua. As he pointed out the rare birds and even rarer monkeys, she snapped pictures and even snuck in some of him surreptitiously.
The sights and sounds of the swamp took over. Her initial unease fled, replaced by excitement as they got intimate with nature. Seeing Joshua’s enthusiasm and passion for flora and fauna increased her admiration for him. She experienced being with him like she was getting to know him all over again. There was an echo of falling in love; the nervous tension, the racing pulse, the need to hang on every word he said, to get up close and personal with him.
Perhaps the jungle heat frazzled her brain, making every sound, sight, and touch even more primeval. Still, the increasing awareness of the short time they had together drove her almost to desperate need. Would they be able to salvage their marriage in time? The anxious thought plagued her mind.
***

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Book Bundle 1
Lord Fenmore’s Wager Print Book by Alissa Baxter
A Touch of Winter Anthology E-book by Nana Prah
A Valentine Challenge E-book by Kiru Taye

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Send and Receive Print Book by Alissa Baxter
Three Tiers for Win E-book by Kathy Bosman
An Engagement Challenge E-book by Kiru Taye

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The blogs you will visit during the hop are:
9 April – Zee Monodee - Author's Corner
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11 April – Inge Saunders - Inside These Lines
14 April – Kiru Taye Writes
15 April – Alissa Baxter
16 April – Kathy Bosman for a final chance to enter.

Long Blurb:
When Christy Inemi-Spiff discovers that the man she vowed to love and honor has no such feelings for her, she’s determined to cut her losses and move on with her life. A quick, quiet divorce is all she wishes for Christmas.
However, Joshua has other ideas. He’s not ready to walk away yet, especially when he doesn’t understand why Christy wants out of their marriage. So he demands she agree to spend a quiet Christmas on a remote African Island with him, hoping they can salvage their relationship. If she still wants a divorce after these two weeks, he will let her go. But not before he’s had his fill of her.
But with the sparking tension between them, and the secrets behind the disintegration of their marriage threatening to explode, will either of them get their wish? Or will this season of good will show them what really lies at the bottom of their hearts?

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What about you? What makes an African story in your opinion? Share your thoughts. Leave me a comment and I'll return your visit shortly. Have a great week, Kiru. xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Did you dream about me? #SexySnippets from Island Bound #asmsg

Welcome back to Sexy Snippets. This weekly meme is hosted by The Nuthouse Scribblers where we share seven sentences from a published book or work-in-progress. If you're a writer, feel free to join us by signing up at the Sexy Snippets page. Sign up opens every Tuesday and closes midnight every Saturday (UK time).

This week I've decided to bring you a snippet from Island Bound as it is featured as part of the Alpha Male Madness Hop. Click the link for how to win prizes up to $100 Gift card.

It's a little longer than 7 sentences. I hope you enjoy the snippet.



“Each night, I dreamt about kissing you, tasting you, feeling your slick tightness around me.”
Christy fluttered her lashes shut as she emitted a soft moan. Her skin darkened. His words aroused her. He could bet on it. Eight years together, he’d learned how to push her buttons. Even if he couldn’t control her actions outside the bedroom, here his mastery was never in question. He leaned over her and fanned her neck with his breath.
“Did you dream about me, touching you, rocking your world?” he asked in a gruff whisper.


Blurb:
When Christy Inemi-Spiff discovers that the man she vowed to love and honor has no such feelings for her, she’s determined to cut her losses and move on with her life. A quick, quiet divorce is all she wishes for Christmas.
However, Joshua has other ideas. He’s not ready to walk away yet, especially when he doesn’t understand why Christy wants out of their marriage. So he demands she agree to spend a quiet Christmas on a remote African Island with him, hoping they can salvage their relationship. If she still wants a divorce after these two weeks, he will let her go. But not before he’s had his fill of her.
But with the sparking tension between them, and the secrets behind the disintegration of their marriage threatening to explode, will either of them get their wish? Or will this season of good will show them what really lies at the bottom of their hearts?
 



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Friday, 11 April 2014

Why do we love alpha males? Alpha Male Madness $100 #Giveaway

Alpha Male Madness Hop

Welcome to the Alpha Male Madness Hop hosted by herding cats and burning soup. It runs from April 11 to 18.

Alpha Males. You know you love em. And so do we! We're celebrating them and all their delicious alpha male glory for an entire week with giveaways at every single blog. Stop by and check out which males are making us pant with all that sexy swagger they have going on.


So why do I love alpha males so much?
1. He is a leader. Whether he is a CEO, King or President, I love a man in charge of his world.
2. He has self-confidence. A man who is comfortable in and takes care of his skin is uber sexy.
3. He is a man of action and intelligent. He is quick to find solutions to problems.
4. He has honor, integrity and loyalty. He will fight to protect those he cares about.
5. He has an air of unpredictability about him. You don't want to be on his wrong side.

One of my favourite alpha males to write was Joshua Inemi-Spiff from Island Bound. Christy is such an alpha female that she could only submit to an alpha male to tame her. Any other kind of man and she would bulldoze him over.

Here's an excerpt of the two of them together


Joshua turned to walk away then paused. “I’ll leave you to relax and freshen up. There are employees available to cater for whatever you want. I’ll be out for a while. I need to have a chat with the project manager but I won’t be long.”
She shook her head. “You did this on purpose, didn’t you? This is all calculated. You brought me here because you knew how much it would affect me.”
“Yes, I did. I wanted you to remember and to listen. I wanted you to realize what you’d be losing and call off the stupid divorce.”
“Never!”
“Sweetheart, you’re so quick to refute. The two weeks are just beginning.”
“Why are you doing this?” she challenged. Her emotions rolled, making her feel unbalanced. It had been a long three months. And it seemed like today was only going to get worse.
“Christy, you know the reason. If you stopped long enough and thought about it hard, in your heart, you’ll know.”
“You can stop this.” She struggled to contain her anger. “You started this; you can end it.”
“I know, but I won’t.”
“You, you—” Enraged, she lifted a hand to slap him.
Joshua caught her hand midair, held it tight. Before she could react, he pushed her back against the wall, pinning her to it with his rigid body.
Christy sensed every bit of him, his strength, and his physical nature that he never bothered to hide.
“I think I have the perfect answer for all your bottled-up rage,” he said as he parted her thighs with his leg.
“Move,” she ordered, her throat dry and croaky, betraying her increasing apprehension.
Joshua had it easy. He was a man at home with his masculinity. She had never been able to resist him. He could have any woman he wanted. Sometimes, she wondered if he had, especially during their separation. She shouldn’t care if he’d been with anyone else. After all, her goal was a divorce. Still, she couldn’t suppress the intensity of her feelings. Perhaps her anger and hatred drove the concentration of her emotions.
“We have to get a few things sorted out first,” he replied.
He moved closer, his body flush against hers; his chest crushed her breasts, his thighs pressed against hers. Though she wore cotton trousers and a tank top, all of him stroked her.
“What are you doing?” she asked as she pushed against him.
He didn’t budge. “Just trying to relieve some of your frustration. That’s what all your aggression has been about, isn’t it?”
“Rubbish!”
“Such vehement denial, when the evidence is so obvious.”
Her face stung with revealing heat as warm blood rose in her body. Mortified, she tried to move to shake him off, but only managed to get her body even more entangled with his.
Her breathing came in short snatches. She became more aware of Joshua, his hardness and heat.
“I hate you.” Her voice sounded strangled. Blistering white rage swept through her.
“You lie, sweetheart.”
He lowered his head, trailing his lips against her cheeks in a tormenting caress.
“You love me.”
Copyright Kiru Taye 2012-2014


Book blurb:



When Christy Inemi-Spiff discovers that the man she vowed to love and honor has no such feelings for her, she’s determined to cut her losses and move on with her life. A quick, quiet divorce is all she wishes for Christmas.
However, Joshua has other ideas. He’s not ready to walk away yet, especially when he doesn’t understand why Christy wants out of their marriage. So he demands she agree to spend a quiet Christmas on a remote African Island with him, hoping they can salvage their relationship. If she still wants a divorce after these two weeks, he will let her go. But not before he’s had his fill of her.
But with the sparking tension between them, and the secrets behind the disintegration of their marriage threatening to explode, will either of them get their wish? Or will this season of good will show them what really lies at the bottom of their hearts?



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