First time encountersโ€” Thorns and Roses

This week, Iโ€™m posting a snippet of the first time Chuma met Ifeoma from Thorns and Roses.

Heโ€™d been patronising her restaurant for months before actually meeting her. Sheโ€™d been ogling him from behind the serving counter before they met.

This was one of my favourite first encounters between my main characters to write. 

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Feeling slightly irritated that a waiter hadnโ€™t shown up yet, Chuma rose from his seat intending to find out why. However, before he could take a step forward, a slender light-skinned lady heโ€™d never seen there before, rushed out from behind the partitioned serving counter.

โ€œI’m sorry for keeping you waiting, sir,โ€ she muttered. โ€œWe are short staffed today.โ€ She appeared nervous and fidgety. 

Chuma sat back down.

โ€œWhat can I get you?โ€ she asked, rubbing her hands on her apron. He couldn’t see her face clearly because of the way she had positioned her body while she talked to him. She appeared to be avoiding eye contact with him.

โ€œOha soup, please,โ€ Chuma replied and then added, โ€œsome garri as well.โ€

She turned her face towards him abruptly as if his order had surprised her. A series of rapid emotions registered in her expressive eyes. First, surprise, then panic, and finally fear. She was afraid of him. He caught his breath, caught off guard by her reaction. He was sure that he had never met her before, so why was she frightened of him? Did she think he was upset about the delay in attending to him?

His need to assure her of his state of mind was immediate and unexplainable. He reached for her hand.

โ€œIโ€™m not upsetโ€”โ€ he began, but she snatched her hand away swiftly. 

The dim lighting in the room made it difficult for him to see her facial features distinctively, but she looked young. A colourful scarf covered her hair, and baggy clothes and a faded blue apron enveloped her slim frame.

โ€œI’m sorry for the delay again, Iโ€™ll get your food now, sir,โ€ she replied, scurrying away.

Chuma shook his head swiftly to clear his mind of that strange encounter, although he did wonder about that expression of fear that he had seen in her eyes. He searched the inner recesses of his memory trying to recollect if there was any possibility that he had met her before today, but he kept coming up empty. No, he had certainly not met her before.

Maybe she thought I was someone else, he concluded within himself.

But soon, wondering led to intrigue, and he waited with anticipation for her to return with his meal

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I hope you enjoyed reading this. Please drop a comment.

Purchase links:

Thorns and Roses

Nook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thorns-and-roses-amaka-azie/1125829381?ean=2940154019863

Kobo:

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/thorns-and-roses-1

Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/ThornsandRoses-AmazonUK

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/ThornsandRoses-AmazonUS

Okadabooks: https://okadabooks.com/book/about/thorns_and_roses/13261

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/ThornsandRoses-Smashwords

iBooks: http://bit.ly/ThornsAndRosesApple

Bambooks: https://bambooks.io/Book/BookDetail/Thorns-And-Roses/905

RovingHeights (Paperback): http://rhbooks.com.ng/product/thorns-and-roses/S















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Nothing has to change. We have great chemistry…


Misunderstandings are we common in romance novels. As an avid romance book lover, I look forward to reading tense moments between couples. Iโ€™m such a drama queen.

In this weekโ€™s #LAPLovenotes, Iโ€™m sharing a snippet of the spat between Onome and Nnamdi from Starting Over Again.

This occurred the morning after. How awkward! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

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โ€œOnome, nothing has to change. We have great chemistry. Why canโ€™t we continue to explore that?โ€

โ€œBut itโ€™s against company policy for us to date.โ€

โ€œWe wonโ€™t be dating, weโ€™d just beโ€”โ€

โ€œOh,โ€ Onome turned away from him, holding tightly to the bed covers. โ€œSleeping together,โ€ she finished for him.

โ€œOnome, I didnโ€™t mean it that way,โ€ Nnamdi began, taking a step towards her. She held out her palm to stop him.

โ€œNo, I know exactly what you meant,โ€ Onome said, her tone surprisingly calm considering the anger boiling within her.

๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

I hope you enjoyed this snippet. Please drop a comment.

Purchase links

Starting Over Again

Nook:ย https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/starting-over-again-amaka-azie/1126845077?ean=2940154473924

Kobo:ย https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/starting-over-again-6

Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/StatingOverAgainAmazonUK

AMAZON USA: http://bit.ly/StartingOverAgainAmazonUSA

Okadabooks:  https://okadabooks.com/book/about/starting_over_again/14941

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/StartingOverAgainSmashwords

iBooks: http://bit.ly/StartingOverAgainApple

Bambooks: https://bambooks.io/Book/BookDetail/Starting-Over-Again/906

RovingHeights (Paperback):  https://rhbooks.com.ng/product/starting-over-again/

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First time encountersโ€” Melodies of Love

Inspired by a post on Instagram by Romance Writers of West AFrica, Iโ€™ll be posting a series about first encounters between main characters in my novels.

In this scene from Melodies of Love, Ikenna is meeting up with Adaora again at his work place after 12 years of not seeing or hearing from her following a bitter breakup.

Although this isnโ€™t the first encounter between them, it certainly felt like one.

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Ikennaโ€™s heart lurched in his chest. It had been twelve years since heโ€™d last seen Adaora. She was still beautiful. His mind had not prepared him well enough for today even though he had planned this meeting for the past four months. He studied her as she stood across from him. 

She was still petite, about five feet four inches, barely reaching his chest, but she was no longer thin. Her body had matured into lovely curves which suited her small frame. Her blue silk blouse with colourful embroidery at the top hugged her slender waist, and her black knee-length skirt fitted her round hips perfectly. She looked confident. 

His eyes roamed to her feet which were perfectly tucked into a pair of blue four-inch heeled stilettos. It gave her some height, but it was still not enough to match his slightly-above-six-feet height. He had always towered above her. At one time, she had told him that it made her feel safe.

Ikenna stared at the face that had haunted him for the past twelve years. Her beautiful heart-shaped face, her dark luminous eyes which were large for her face, her small nose and full lips coated with pink lip gloss. Lips he had kissed countless times, twelve years ago, until they were swollen. Lips he had a sudden uncontrollable urge to kiss now. 

Her hair was done in tiny braids which she had packed into a single bun. She had always liked braided hair. His Ada, the girl who had driven him to succeed because he never felt like he was good enough for her. The girl who made him feel insecure. The only girl who made him want to be better.

โ€œIkennaโ€ฆโ€ she whispered with a smile, jolting him out of his reverie. โ€œI can see you are still never without your saxophone!โ€

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I hope you enjoyed this. Please drop a comment.

Purchase links 

Melodies of Love: 

AmazonUK: http://bit.ly/MelodiesOfLoveAmazonUK

Amazon Us: http://bit.ly/MelodiesofLoveUSKindleLink

Okadabooks:

https://okadabooks.com/book/about/melodies_of_love/12141

Nook: http://bit.ly/nookbookMelodiesofLove

kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/melodies-of-love-2

iBooks: http://bit.ly/MelodiesOfLoveApple

Smashwords: 

http://bit.ly/MelodiesOfLoveSmashwords

Bambooks: https://bambooks.io/Book/BookDetail/Melodies-of-Love/904

RovingHeights (Paperback):  https://rhbooks.com.ng/product/38562/



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First beta reader feedback received!

Hi everyone.

I sent my manuscript out to beta readers last week and I’ve been jittery with nerves since then.

I’ll explain why. The current romance novel I’m working on dragged me off my pre-planned outline and far off the tangent for weeks. It took me a long time to go with the flow and accept my characters’ lead.

Eventually, I managed to complete the manuscript, but without confidence, because it didn’t follow my initial plan.

I recently received feedback from my first beta reader and I’m feeling energised again about the manuscript.

It wasn’t a “throw the entire story away” kind of feedback. And that’s a good start.

The plot is not bad at all. In fact, it was described as solid by the beta reader.

Based on that awesome and honest feedback, I only have to work on fixing a few plot holes, clarifying timeline issues, and getting rid of all my unnecessary adverbs. A mistake I often make.

All in all, I want my readers to know, I’m back on the grind, and I’m still at it.

Hopefully, you’ll get to share the journey of the characters in this story with me.

Till then, if you haven’t already read any of my stories, they are available on online platforms like kindle, nook, kobo, Okadabooks, Bambooks, iTunes, and as paperbacks from Amazon and RovingHeights, Nigeria.

Thanks for all your support.


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