Dear Diary… Do Africans fall in love?


Dear Diary Magazine did an interview with me…

  1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What you do?

I’m an author of hot, humorous and heartfelt romance novels set on the African continent. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m delighted to offer the world “a new kind of romance” through Ankara Press, the romance imprint of Cassava Republic. What they’re doing is special because they’re giving us vibrant African heroines who know what they want, and are not afraid to go out and get it. Women we can recognise in ourselves.

  1. When did you decide to write romance books?

In 2010 I started toying with the idea of committing to being a writer. Then I had a child. In 2015, when he started play school, I started taking writing seriously… because I wanted another child! Nature is very persistent. I thought that writing romance was a good choice, because romance sells (as does self-help) and you need money to raise a family. Well, my second baby didn’t turn up, but my book The Seeing Place was born! As was my love affair with writing romance. I always say my unborn child was helping me from the Other Side, so I could have something just for me 🙂 – she’s very generous with her love.

  1. How many titles do you have published? What is your favourite and why? And where can our readers find them?

The Seeing Place was published in 2016. And its sequel, This Crazy Paradise, came out in 2017. Ankara Press is currently reviewing the next two books I’ve written in this series. In each book, you’ll find a secondary character, a friend or family member, who then has her own romance in the next title. And these ladies find themselves all over Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Maputo, even the Maasai Mara. They’re also world travellers, so we see them in London (so far) and in New York (forthcoming). I also have an erotic romance series with settings in Italy and Bali.

My favourite has to be This Crazy Paradise, because it’s about a psychologist who switched to writing romance, and that’s me! Readers have said they love the psychological angle in this one: a gorgeous guy pitches up at Dr Dlamini’s writing hut in paradise, asking for help with his insomnia – over another woman! Should she comply?

You’ll find all my books on my author page on Amazon (including sneak peeks where you can “look inside” to see if it’s to your liking):

And you can read more about Ankara Press here:

  1. The African man is not known to be the romantic, buy you flowers kind of guy – Do you believe this is true and what kind of man do you write about?

I think stereotypes are the death of romance. My guy doesn’t buy me flowers, but he has his own way, you know? A humorous, sexy emoticon. Putting Our Song on in public, when no one else knows. Giving of himself to our child. To me, that’s romantic. In my books, the guys are human. Yes, they’re dishy, but sometimes they have a bit to learn, and they also have problems. They make mistakes. They also do wonderful things. Sweeping, unique things that are about who they are as people, rather than who they think they should be.

  1. Do you think women are oppressed (or abused) in romance books? What is the perfect female character for you?

Historically, there has been a kind of romance where women need to fawn over the Alpha male for the story to happen. This is 2018. I trust no one is writing that stuff anymore. Nowadays it’s more about women coping with the power they have, the many responsibilities, the difficult choices. Their relationships are about two individuals getting over their wounds from the past so love can win. My perfect female character is surprised by how amazing her life turns out, considering what she’s had to face, and crest, to get here! She’s her own hero. The guy is a catalyst. Love is great, but without self-love there can be no romance.

  1. When you write your novels do you write for pleasure or do you have a message hidden beneath the romance?

Writing is a pleasure, and it needs to read like that too: fun, easy, surprising, engaging, page-turning. But there are always messages in my work. I don’t put them there. They creep in all by themselves. I hope they are messages that encourage women to trust themselves and make their own magic.

  1. What is the heat level of your books?

High! They’re steamy, because it’s about passion, and for me that is not just sweet hand-holding. I’m not afraid of writing sex. It’s an integral part of how two people get close, and really get to know each other. I had a friend complain that my heroines are too sexually assertive! I just laughed. Come on! If you’re not asserting yourself, then what are you doing? Waiting for someone to read your mind? 🙂

  1. Why is the romance genre not taking off in Africa?

It is, actually. Ankara Press started in Nigeria, and now Cassava Republic has offices in London and New York. They sell e-books so that modern women the world over can enjoy African romance. You don’t need a fancy device to read their books. You can read, discreetly, on your mobile phone or PC. Plus, e-books are cheap. So, I think as women continue to empower themselves, they will reach for the kinds of books that reflect themselves in the most positive light.

  1. What is your favourite romance novel of all time and why?

I love Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes. Without wanting to give the story away, things are not what they seem in that novel. I never guessed what was really going on. And then, when the reveal came, it was so real, so gritty, that that scene will stay with me for life. Can you tell I’m a Marian Keyes fan? I’m busy working through all her books.

  1. What advice do you have for aspiring writers of romance out there?

Do it. Don’t stop. And enjoy! The rest will happen naturally. (Sounds like one of my love scenes!)

I have lots of encouragement for new writers on my Love Blog, especially the earlier posts:

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NEW RELEASE! Tanya Jean Russell’s romantic suspense novel, Shadows of Our Past


Undercover in an English Country estate – confronted by her first love, and her first deception – Shadows of Our Past @TanyaJRussell, @evernightpub #RomanticSuspense #Romance


Jackson Halland has spent ten years running from a mistake that cost him everything, including Amory Parker, the woman he loved. With his gut wrenching response to her reappearance, he realises that if she will forgive him, then maybe, just maybe, he can forgive himself.

After ten years of working undercover Amory agrees to one final mission. Vowing to get justice for the woman she promised, and failed, to protect, nothing will stand in her way, not the prolific criminal she’s determined to bring down and certainly not coming face to face with the man she fell in love with on her very first undercover assignment, even if he has no idea who she really is, or the part she played in his past.

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Amory was so engrossed in her thoughts she didn’t hear the approaching sound of bare feet, padding on the smooth wooden floor, until a deep groan broke through them and she looked up to see Jackson. His mussed, dark blond hair was shot through with strands of gold in the overhead lighting.

The man was incredibly made. His arms stretching up and behind his head caused the bottom of his t-shirt to lift a few teasing inches, revealing a tantalizing glimpse of a tanned, rock-hard stomach. They weren’t the sculpted lines that came from the gym, but powerful, solid muscles. A fine trail of hair led the way to the top of his loose navy shorts. As he reached the bottom of the stairs, her gaze was transfixed.

His legs were long and thick, every muscle rippling as he moved down the stairs into the hallway. A rush of heat shot through her body, setting every nerve alight. Her stomach rolled as she absorbed the sight while a little lower everything tightened and tingled. She’d hoped that her memory had been flawed, tinted by the rose-colored lenses of what she had long since accepted was her first love. That clearly wasn’t the case. Rather than letting himself go he had become more impressive. The slenderness of youth had filled out, living up to the promise of overwhelming masculinity.

His lean muscles had broadened, and whilst the softness of youth had faded from his features, it had left a strong profile in its wake. Jackson had grown up all man. She gulped, heat flooding her.

The good feeling from her run was replaced by a more base desire to touch every inch of his perfect body. To pull it hard against her own and feel those muscular planes mold against her. She unconsciously licked her lips as she watched him.

As she met his eyes, the feeling of heat evaporated, replaced by a harsh chill of dread that sank through to her toes. His emotions were playing across his face and it was clear that, despite her DCI’s reassurances, Jackson had joined the dots and figured out who she was. The recognition clearly shocked him as his whole body jolted abruptly to a stop.

Unable to move, she stared helplessly as he began to walk toward her, his face a mix of unreadable emotions. As he reached out, her body began to respond to the heat that rolled off of him. The scent of his skin washed over her, but she moved back defensively. It was a tactical mistake, giving away that she knew who he was, that she had known all along.

“Amory?” he whispered, hope shining oddly through that one word.

Almost imperceptibly shaking her head, all her professionalism flew out the window, and with her heart sinking she managed a stuttered whisper, “N-n-no… No, you’re wrong. I’m Olivia.”

No amount of training was going to get her through this. Despite her only half-admitted hope that he’d see who she really was, Amory knew too much was at stake for this to happen, but it had. Now she had to endure the awful consequences of him recognizing her, the hatred that would follow this moment.

Author Bio

Tanya Jean Russell writes romantic suspense and lives in England. She is married to an amazing Elvis & Neil Diamond Tribute artist, thanks to whom she has a house full of jumpsuits & trophies. Something which is, of course, a source of much embarrassment to her two teenage children.

She is a little obsessive about books and has an embarrassingly huge (and ever growing) pile of things that she just ‘has’ to read next to her bed. Something that isn’t helped by being a part of the Romantic Novelist Association, or by being published by the amazing Evernight Publishing. With both organisations filled with talented writers, she keeps adding to her pile!

​Tanya Jean squeezes her daydreaming … ahem … ‘writing’ around her family and her day job in HR, and is convinced that chocolate & diet coke should be considered a well-balanced diet.

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NEW RELEASE – What if…? Short Fantasy Stories: Volume 1 by Abbey MacMunn


What if…? Short Fantasy Stories: Volume 1 by Abbey MacMunn releases 3 April and is on pre-order now!!

Genre: Short stories, paranormal romance, fantasy

Word count: 12,000


A magical short story collection from paranormal romance author Abbey MacMunn. What would you do if you discovered you were a ghost, or a mermaid, or even an alien? Or perhaps vampires are more your thing?

First Bite: When vampire-obsessed waitress Madison meets her very own dark prince, is she ready to make the ultimate sacrifice?

Ghost: All Sarah wanted was a chance at a happy life, but as her husband lies dying on the hospital bed, can she confess her ghostly secret?

Song of the Sirens: Found alone on the beach as a child, Kai has always been drawn to the ocean, but can the appearance of a soaking-wet, naked Adonis offer the truth about what she is?

Otherworldly Dreams: Art student Amy dreams of strange alien galaxies, but what if learning the truth takes her out of this world?

FREE bonus content: Chapter 1 of TOUCHED, a fantasy romance from Tirgearr Publishing.


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Author bio:

Abbey MacMunn writes contemporary, paranormal and erotic romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK with her husband and their four children. She is a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies.

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Lucy Felthouse: hot romance editor!

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It’s my pleasure to welcome Lucy Felthouse, award-winning, best-selling author of erotic romance novels, and the editor of my latest release, One Night in Venice, for Tirgearr Publishing!

Lucy is a very busy woman! She has over 160 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. Today I’ll be asking her a few questions about editing romance though…

  • How did you get into editing romance professionally?

For many, many years I’ve been a “nitpicker”, finding typos, spelling errors, incorrect punctuation, etc. When I decided to leave my job in PR & Marketing and become self-employed, I decided that editing was part of what I would like to do—I have many different strings to my bow, and editing is just one of them.

  • What do you particularly like about it, and what is hard?

I like getting to read stories before the general public, knowing that I’m reading something amazing and that people are going to love it. What is hard is when there’s a great story, but it needs an awful lot of editing. I feel like a really horrible person sometimes when I cover manuscripts in comments and digital red pen. My regular authors occasionally call me “evil editor” but they mean it in a nice way—I think! And they certainly agree that they’d rather I was thorough, even if it means lots of red!

  • What do you think makes a great romance novel?

Characters you adore, well-described settings, and a storyline that has you flipping the pages way past your bedtime!

  • What’s the biggest mistake novices make when writing sex scenes?

There isn’t one single biggest mistake. More a collection of ones I see often—inconsistency in physical actions, i.e. a character closes their eyes, then looks at something or sees something without having opened their eyes. Telling and not showing. Using flowery words to describe body parts.

  • How do writing and editing romance compare?

They’re both incredibly tough in their own way, but I find they complement each other well. For example, I find myself picking up on things in other authors’ manuscripts and realising it’s something I do, too! In writing and editing, I never stop learning and honing my craft. I never want to become complacent.

  • If you had one tip for romance writers, what would it be?

Create a “tip sheet” for yourself—something you can refer to when writing, and also editing your own work. List words and phrases you overuse (mine include however, after all, the list went on, at the same time), words you misuse (trust me, your editor will thank you if he/she doesn’t have to point out the same error you make in every manuscript! You should be learning from those mistakes and not repeating them!), and other things you know you’re guilty of. Refer to it often, and hopefully it will start to sink in and become second nature. But if not, you’ve always got that document as a backup.

Thank you for being on my Love Blog today, Lucy! Super valuable information for writers!

Here’s Lucy’s full bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves, Hiding in Plain Sight and Mia’s Men (The Heiress’s Harem Book 1). Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook:

And enjoy her latest release here:


Get your FREE Rom-Com from a New York Times Bestselling Author!

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Free Rom-Com—Shopping for a Billionaire (Book 1, Shopping for a Billionaire series) by Julia Kent (@jkentauthor)

Author: Julia Kent

Release Date:  June 2, 2014

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance


When mystery shopper Shannon Jacoby meets billionaire Declan McCormick with her hand down a toilet in the men’s room of one of his stores, it’s love at first flush in this hilarious new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent.

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Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.

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We are in the financial district of Boston, where people like me notice the nearest Starbucks or Boloco, but folks like the vice president for marketing at Anterdec notice which building has a helipad for helicopter landings.


Three suited men are turned away from us as we enter, their heads huddled in discussion. One head is gray, two are brown.


No women. Of course.


“Advantage already. No women,” Greg whispers in my ear. He is the opposite of sexist. He pays all of us, male or female, the same crappy salary.


The office is gorgeous. I’d expected a sleek, black and gray glassed room overlooking the building across the narrow road; the financial district isn’t close enough to the water for everyone to get their sliver of a view of the ocean.


But this. We are on the twenty-second floor and the window looks out over a rooftop terrace next door, covered with topiary filled with…PacMan?


“Is that a PacMan maze on that rooftop, or am I nuts?” I whisper to Amanda, who stifles a giggle.


“Big video-game development company next door. Their IPO just happened. I hear one of the perks of working there is that they deworm your dog or cat on site while you work.”


I open my mouth to say something back, when the three men turn and stand, facing us.


My mouth remains open.


One of the men is Declan McCormick.


His eyes meet mine and five different emotions roil through that chiseled jaw, those sharp eyes, that sun-kissed skin. Most of them are scandalous. All of them make my toes curl.


And then his face spreads with the hottest, warmest, most mischievous smile I have ever seen on a man who has taken over my damn senses, and he says:


“Toilet Girl!”



Self-love saves marriages: As do these 3 simple tricks!

As a psychologist writing romance, I think about love a lot. As a woman in a ten-year relationship (my second marriage) in which we have a child, I am very invested in making it work. As a person nearing fifty, I am learning about how self-respect and self-kindness make my life zing. Every day.

Recently life called on me to look at my own behaviour in a relationship. I was falling into “the blame game”, which is so easy to do when you have good reason to! It can become a rut though. A resentment track in your mind. A demand that the Other change, shape up, improve (“in order for me to be happy”).

What about being the change you want to see?

Would you like it if your partner demanded that you were different, better somehow? No, you’d hate it. We all want acceptance and unconditional positive regard (also known as love).

And people hate being controlled.

Instead, empower yourself to take action. Here are some cool ideas I stumbled on in my research:

  1. Instead of demanding, inspire.
  2. Instead of pleasing and score-keeping, give.
  3. Instead of reacting defensively, align.

They say there are two magic words that can save a marriage: “You’re right”.

Focus on loving him as the man you know he is. See his pain and frustration. Build rapport instead of breaking him down. Trigger the best in him.

Give encouragement and support. No blaming, judging or criticising allowed (especially not of yourself! Banish guilt too; it’s a useless emotion.)

Before you know it, you will be relating to each other as your authentic selves again. Adjusting your attitude has a ripple effect. And living life in this kind of integrity is





Happy birthday (#kindle sale), dear Tirgearr!


My fabulous publisher Tirgearr is celebrating wildly by practically GIVING AWAY tonnes of beautiful book titles all weekend on #kindle!

Plus, there are only 33 hours left to win the GRAND PRIZE: 1 House of Tirgearryen T-Shirt and 3 eBooks of the winner’s choice.

Check it out here:

And of course my much-acclaimed erotic romantic suspense ONE NIGHT IN VENICE is one of the birthday gifts!