The Africa Online Book Fair is back again this weekend! Starts Friday morning… with great #giveaways!

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I’ll be taking part in this marvelous Facebook event on Saturday morning (10am South African time). And my theme will be… TRAVEL ROMANCE! By simply dropping me a mail with ‘Venice’ in the subject line at any time over the weekend, you stand to win a copy of my latest release, ONE NIGHT IN VENICE from #Tirgearr. azizaedenwalker@gmail.com

What is the Africa Online Book Fair?

It’s all about Romance Authors & Books! A 2 day online event started last year, aimed at showcasing romance authors from the continent. This year it’s taking place on the 1st of June till the 3rd of June 2018.

They’ve searched far and wide for authors to take part, to bring some interesting and entertaining books for you.

The event allows readers to shop discounted books, play games, enter to win free books & Amazon gift cards, and engage with authors. Every author taking part in the fair will have something up for grabs for the weekend, so if you’re a bookworm and want to discover your new favorite romance author come join us.

Here’s a link to the Event Page (this is the place to join us): https://www.facebook.com/events/215209169033746/

Facebook Group Page: https://tinyurl.com/ka3ucvl

Twitter (follow for reminders!): @AfricaOnBookFr

Instagram: @africaonlinebookfair

 

Book Fair Schedule:

Friday 1 June 2018:

T.M Clark 10:00-11:00 AM

Unoma Nwankwor 12:00-13:00 PM

Francine Beaton 14:00-15:00 PM

Beverley Eikli 16:00-17:00 PM

Alison Stuart 19:00-20:00 PM

Dani René 21:00-22:00 PM

*Day winds down after 22:00 but competitions, offers & sales/discounts are still open. Readers can still enter by following the author’s instructions/guidelines.

 

Saturday 2 June 2018:

Eden Walker 10:00-11:00 AM

Amaka Azie 13:00-14:00 PM

Gaeille Vanderspek 15:00-16:00 PM

Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku 19:00-20:00 PM

Linzé Brandon 21:00-22:00 PM

*Day winds down after 22:00 but competitions, offers & sales/discounts are still open. Readers can still enter by following the author’s instructions/guidelines.

Winners of giveaways, competitions & gift cards will be announced on the event page on Sunday 3rd June or Monday 4th June 2018.

 

See you there!

 

 

Introducing the lovely Amaka Azie: your next favourite romance author

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I had the privilege of interviewing Amaka Azie, an exciting new author who writes contemporary romance fiction set in Africa, just like me! We met on Facebook. Yes, social media is amazing …

Please tell us something about yourself.

A: I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa. A middle child, with four siblings. I’m also a twin (I have a twin brother). I currently reside in England with my husband and daughters, where I practice as a part-time family doctor.

How did you get into writing?

A: It has always been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. I enjoyed reading a lot and would sometimes forget to eat because I was engrossed in a book, much to my mother’s irritation. My interests in writing intensified when I joined the press club in secondary school. I was responsible for putting up interesting news articles to read on assembly. This pushed me to also write short stories I passed around in class. I remember my classmates queuing up to read my stories.

I continued to ruminate about writing for a long time until I met a publisher last year, who encouraged me to follow my dreams. I have not looked back since then.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

A: I usually start off with an idea, write it down and then gradually work out how the plot progresses. I sometimes use flashbacks to give the characters depth. So that people can understand the characters more. A few times, the plot has taken a mind of its own and led me to a path very different from what I had originally planned. I guess sometimes, a story can take over the writer.

What inspires you to write?

A: Real life situations. I am a romance writer, but I like to integrate real life situations and struggles into my stories. I think everyday experiences of regular people are potential ideas for many stories.

I am a good listener, and I have found that people, even strangers, open up to me about their lives. Sometimes just seeing the emotions from people telling me their stories, puts an idea in my head.

Music is another inspiration. The song “I put a spell on you” by Nina Simone has filled my head with various ideas.

Who is your all-time favorite character (from your books) and why?

A: Chuma Obi, from Thorns and Roses. He is a complicated man, who has insight to his character flaws. He knows he is obsessive, manipulative and controlling. He sometimes tries to fight his natural obstinate behavior but fails most times.

He is also a kind, caring and loyal person, who will go all out to fight for people he cares about. I love that about his character. He never wants to see anyone he loves struggling.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?

A: Coffee

What’s better than chocolate?

A: Cocktails… I’m a sucker for cocktails…

If you believed in this sort of thing and could channel an artist from the beyond, who would it be and why?

A: It would be Fela Kuti, a late Nigerian musician. He did not care what people thought about him. He spoke the truth about injustice through his music and was arrested by the Government multiple times.

I would channel his fearlessness and courage to speak the truth no matter what.

What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: Hopefully with a Nigerian Writers Award… hahaha. And more bestsellers under my belt of course!

Any advice for those aspiring novelists out there?

A: Keep writing. Don’t give up. No one will read your stories if you don’t write. Also, don’t start out thinking about money. Start out with a burning desire to share your story.

Thanks for your time, Amaka! I’ll be reading Thorns and Roses, that’s for sure!

How can your readers contact you?

You can interact with Amaka Azie on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amakaazie1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmakaAzie

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/amakaazie

 

 

The lions of romance are in town this weekend!

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Every once in a while a truly special event comes along, and this is one of those. From Friday you can attend a wonderful Book Fair showcasing a host of authors from the comfort of your own home! Meet romance writers from the African continent, bringing you a range of wonderful love stories from sweet to hot to thrilling. Enjoy!

The Africa Online Book Fair: Romance Authors & Books is a weekend event, featuring 12 authors and 1 interview with an aspiring romance author. Each day will have a certain amount of authors that will showcase their books and who they are.

The online book fair takes place on Facebook. Here’s a link to the event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/372063406523550/

Readers, you can come and go as you please since you don’t have to pay a ticket to enter or register. So come and meet your next favorite author! We’ll have discounted and free books, play games, you can win Amazon Gift Cards. Get a little bit closer to authors you want to chat with in real time and generally see what Africa’s got to offer for your romance taste buds.

There will be a Scavenger Hunt that you can enter and stand a chance to win a prize. You’ll have to go to every author’s post (“booth”) at the event and hunt for the number each author has “hidden” in one of their posts. At the end of the weekend you need to add up the amount and inbox co-host Kathy Bosman with your answer and she’ll draw a winner.

We are also running a sign up for our Newsletters competition that will start running with the Africa Online Book Fair blog tour from 17 to 31 May. You could win a 20$ Amazon Gift Card.

Sign up for as many newsletter as you want, each one is an entry: https://goo.gl/forms/uwdyuFB76kb67rqh2

The Winner will be announced after the fair.

Attending the online book fair and how it works is straightforward, especially for readers who’ve attended Facebook book parties. But also for readers who use the social network site daily.

All you need to do is go to our Event and click ‘Going’. It’s that easy!

The online book fair is for romance authors who are from Africa and authors who write romances set in Africa.

And don’t forget to invite your friends! Also join the group if you want updates on future book fairs from us.

Hope you have lots of fun and discover awesome reads.

 

Africa Online Book Fair Links:

Facebook Group Page: https://tinyurl.com/ka3ucvl

Twitter: @AfricaOnBookFr

Instagram: @africaonlinebookfair

“Show us what you’ve got”: An extract from The Seeing Place

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That woman’s face was incredibly familiar … And she was beginning to address him. It was her. No doubt about it. Andile froze.

Damn, she’s lovely. She was wearing a kind of skin-coloured chiffon number that made her look almost naked.

What the hell is she doing here? Was she Gordon Tshabalala’s buddy? Or, heaven forbid, his sister or his wife?

“Yes,” he stuttered, hearing her say his name.

“My name is Thuli Poni.” She cleared her throat. OK, it looked like she was going to pretend they’d never met. “I am the producer and casting director here.”

First his heart leapt into his mouth and then it ricocheted down to his feet, with an almighty clang.

“How do you do?” he said politely, thanking God and his theatrical training that he could play nonchalant.

“Perhaps we could have a brief word before you begin. You are aware that these are the auditions for The Lions at Night?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

“And you are auditioning for the role of David Ranaka, the Reverend?”

“Correct.” He marvelled that his voice was holding up so well.

“Then why, may I ask, are you dressed so stylishly? The character is a rascal and a jailbird.”

“Doesn’t mean he can’t be a snappy dresser.”

“Explain.”

“Well, I don’t have a penny to my name and I managed to source this suit, so.”

“Don’t get sassy, wena.” It was Gordon, tapping a pen on the desk. Andile ignored the comment.

“Why are you dressed like that, Andile?” Gloria asked, rescuing him. “This is not The Matrix.”

“Ranaka has resources. He’s no fool. He’s an inveterate ladies’ man, so he’s likely to have a few tricks up his sleeve. And some stylish outfits.”

Thuli seemed to shift uneasily in her chair. Or perhaps, he thought, admiring her shapely leg slung over the seat in front of her, she was getting turned on. “Carry on,” was all she said.

“This is how he works it. It’s his suit for special occasions, for getting a girl, like this is mine for getting parts.”

Gordon snorted. Andile went on, “In the first scene, the one I’ll be reading from, we see him in full strutting mode. That’s why it’s such a shock to his wife later. She has no idea about this side of him. That he’s the lion at night. That’s the deception. All these years, she’s been loving him, thinking he’s the quiet one, meantime he’s more like the Long Street Festival.”

It was a foolish thing to do, alluding to their earlier meeting under these circumstances, but he couldn’t help himself. Besides, he was getting heartily sick of the attitude coming from the director’s table. What did they think this was, So You Think You Can Dance, wena?

“Go ahead,” Thuli said in a voice like ice. “Show us what you’ve got.”

****.5 stars on Amazon

Ankara Press 2016

Africa Online Book Fair 2017

I’ll be taking part in this wonderful event in June. Fans of African romance, whether readers or writers – get involved and share the love! Gifts and prizes galore. Follow my blog to receive updates.

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It’s funny how some of the ‘worst’ days and experiences can turn out to be saving graces. And for me propelled a proposal I’ve been tinkering with since September 2016‒an online book fair for romance authors who are from Africa and authors who write romances set in Africa.

A traditional book fair is an exhibit of books typically by a group of publishers or book-dealers for promoting sales and stimulating interest, often authors are also featured with their own booths and engages with readers. It takes place at a certain venue over a specific period of time and requires those who are exhibiting their books to be physically present, as well as those attending the book fair.

An online book fair in contrast takes place on the internet, but with the same underlined principle as a traditional book fair, to exhibit books for promotion of sales and stimulating interest, typically…

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