Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Book Release: Keeping Secrets-The Essien Trilogy #1 #asmsg #MidWeekTease



Woohoo! It is finally here. Almost 3 years after I finished writing the draft manuscript originally titled The Tycoon's Spurned Bride, it has hit the book shelves a few days earlier than planned.

Some of you were part of the journey as I wrote the story of Felix who had just woken up from a coma and Ebony his wife. Their story touched so many that months/years afterwards I kept getting asked when is it going to be published.

I'm so delighted that I can finally set my baby free into the world. It has been a long and sometimes difficult journey to get here and parts of the story has changed from the one I wrote 3 years ago but the core premise remains.

As one early Goodreads reviewer put it,

"It's a story of coming full circle through betrayals, heartaches, pride, loss, manipulations and ultimately finding acceptance and forgiveness through love. Kiru expertly crafted a well plotted and cleverly woven story-line full of suspense and intrigue at each turn; i was on the edge of my sit trying to decipher what secrets were being concealed and she kept up the suspense quite well."

So it is with much joy that I give you Keeping Secrets, the first book in the Essien Trilogy.

Blurb
Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?

That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of.

She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

I chose to share this excerpt for the Mid-Week Tease because it captures their conflict beautifully and my heart skips a beat every time I read it. I hope you enjoy it too.

Excerpt
Fighting the urge to remove her tunic and take her nipples into his mouth, to strip her bare and take her on the hospital bed, he broke off the kiss. They both panted as he took a steadying breath to control his raging body. Her glazed eyes looked lost, her lips parted.
The vibrating phone prevented him from delving back in.
“That’ll be Kola ready to take you home.” He ran his thumb across her lips.
She stiffened and blinked. Then the shutters returned, her eyes hardening. Hands shoved his chest. He let her go. She scrambled off his lap, turned her back to him, and straightened her clothes.
“That shouldn’t have happened.” Her whispery voice sounded strained.
Disappointment punched his gut. Scrubbing a hand over his face, he dropped his head and closed his eyes.
“Why?” The one-word query tore from his lips, grated over open sores.
“You said....”
Head lifted and eyes opened, he stared at her stiffened back, her green, gold-embroidered tunic draped over round hips and limbs encased in skinny black denim. Those bum cheeks had cushioned his thighs moments ago. Staring at them now, his arousal spiked.
If he pulled her back into his arms, would she let him spread her out on the bed and taste everything she had to offer?
Not by the way she shunned him with her back and arms wrapped around her mid-riff.
“Ebony.” Her name rolled off his lips, an entreaty.
“Felix, I can’t do this.”
Bending her knees, she picked up the discarded book, her tote, and walked towards the door.
“Wait.”
Desperation. Pride. Sheers bullheadedness. Whatever. Something made him stand despite the doctor warning against it without support. Pain shot up his body. Sweat beaded his forehead.
He swayed, grabbed the bar at the bottom of the bed to steady himself.
Ebony swivelled, eyes wide as saucers.
“Felix! What are you doing?”
“I can’t let you leave just like that,” he gritted past the pain turning his body feverish. “Don’t go. Please.”

Book Links
Coming to other book retailers soon.
Out in paperback May 12
Add to Goodreads

Imagine my joy at waking up Wednesday morning to find Keeping Secrets in the Amazon Hot New Releases chart among some of my favourite AA authors. And it's also in the AA Bestseller charts in Amazon UK.
THANK YOU to everyone who has 1-clicked it already. You guys rock!
 

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