Are they willing to risk everything for love?
Book 1 – A Valentine Challenge
Life is good for ex-soldier turned entrepreneur Michael Ede. Or so he thinks. When his friends set him a challenge to exorcise the memory of a woman from his past, he expects it to be a walk in the park.
Socialite Kasie Bosa is spitting fire at men. Her long-term boyfriend has asked for a break via text message of all things. Fuming, she’s told him to go take a dive off the nearest bridge. So the next man who crosses her path is at risk of being shredded with her spa manicured nails.
Bad news for Michael who has chosen her as the object of his challenge. But neither of them can deny the sizzling chemistry between them nor control their responses, it seems. It’s the season of love. Will they escape unscathed?
smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress and grow brave by
reflection. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci.
A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she's still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book.
During the day though, she transforms her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.
When she’s not writing or reading, she'd hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.
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Bethany-Kris's Review of A Valentine Challenge:
4 out of 5 stars!
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I really don't have a lot of words to accompany this. Nothing terribly profound to say, or anything to point to. I simply know whenever I sit down to write a character, especially my heros, moreover if they are heros who are not "hero" material in the romantic, lovey-dovey, genuine good guy kind of way, I look to this.
Love and rage. They feel but two things, and while they may also feel many other things in the process, those sentiments are still born from love ... or rage.
Human nature is a beast. Sometimes, we are the worst of monsters. I try to stay true to that.
Honestly, I ask myself that a lot, too. I'm the mother of two young boys--two and four-years-old. I have a full-time job that ranges between 30 to 37 hours a week, or more. Beyond the stamp I'm attempting to make with this writing of mine, I have many other responsibilities. A house to clean, children to care for, a spouse who needs the occasional kiss, animals to feed, a job to work. Yeah, it's a lot.
And somehow, even with all of those things, I managed to have three full length novels published one month after another. January, A Love Unfinished came out. February, Lynked. And in March, The Arrangement is set to be released.
I've also recently finished another full length, the second in The Russian Guns series, The Life. Although I have yet to send that in for submission, for my own reasons.
Can I just stop and say, before anything else, that it was a lot?
Maybe even too much. Sure, readers are insatiable. They love a good story, especially from their favorite authors. You want to put out a full length novel a month--GIMME. And that's great, it really is. But I felt like, for the last three months, that I couldn't even think straight. Which book was I promoting again? Who was on my blog next week? Have I got enough of my own stuff out there for eyes to be on it?
CRAP, I totally missed that freaking typo again!
And in the midst of the last release, and the upcoming one, mixed in with the edits for The Arrangement, I wrote The Life. Ending at a decent word count of about 93k, it too has a hefty read behind it.
I have written full length novels in less than a month. I have written them in a month and a half. My personal best, in word count, is 85k in 23 days. Don't ask me how, I'm not entirely sure. Some characters, some stories, make it so much easier than others. They take over and speak, while my hands are simply the tools that get it all down.
Do I have goals? Is THAT how I do it?
I do have a sort of, personal goal, we'll say. I would love for writing to eventually be my full-time job, so whether I want to or not, I write every single day. Every week, I make sure I get at least 10k into something. I also no longer edit as I write. I save that for the end, and that could mean a good three rounds of self edits before I feel it's okay to send out for submission. Some weeks I can get a heck of a lot more in, especially if my work schedule permits, my kids don't try to kill me, and the hubby doesn't bitch too much.
Yeah, I said that, D, because you do.
But that's my goal, and for me, it's a very decent one. 10k a week.
Nope, that's not a full length in a month, but more often than not, I go over that goal weekly by leaps and bounds. I rarely fail it, because I've kept it realistic. I think that's the key. Some other authors might not have the time, or maybe the will, to even do 10k a week. And I think that's okay. Everybody is different.
And I firmly--wholly--believe that quality beats quantity ... every damned time.
I intend to put out the best of me every time I put something to paper, every time it goes to the publisher, and every time it gets released. Sometimes that's 10k a week, sometimes it's more, and occasionally, it's less.
Works for me.
What about you?
His accent, though? My God. Gets me every damned time.
I suppose it also fits well with my current work in The Russian Guns series. That's likely why it caught my eye in the first place. I love it so hard.
The Arrangement releases on March 17th. I can't adequately describe how much I love writing this series or creating the characters. There's something about the danger, darkness, and secretiveness of the mafia that gets me every time. I haven't shared a lot from this series, just a few snippets here and there.
Today, I thought it'd be nice if I shared something a little longer.
Authors Bio: Elodie lives in Canterbury, United Kingdom. It's famous for the Cathedral, Chaucer, and there is a UNESCO world heritage site, which includes the ancient ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church. There is also a ruined castle. It's a pretty place too and the coast nearby is great.
She works in an antiques shop and writes. Elodie has two dogs that keep her fit with their need for walks.
Elodie writes romance, contemporary and always erotic with a twist of mystery, paranormal, and suspense now and then. She likes to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale
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The Blue short story line is erotica. For us, erotica is about the fulfillment of a sexual fantasy. These stories are sexy, very graphic, and are by no means a “traditional romance”.