Title: Seduced Hearts
Author: Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Publisher: Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Publication Date: November 2015
Reason for reading: Verified Purchase. (love a good romance)
Is a lovely marriage enough?
Ghanaian designer, Efua Flonta has a marriage and a life many women dream of. Her heart lies with her racy husband, Xavier and two young children. Her marriage vows are sacred until she meets a man who threaten everything she holds dear.
Sexy formula one racing champion, Xavier Flonta wants nothing more than to please his beautiful wife and children. When an old friend stops over, he does not bargain for one weekend of trouble. Will Efua and Xavier pull together to save their marriage in time for Christmas or will the hurt be too painful?
Marriage can be a beautiful experience or journey if all the cards are played right and the partners involved love each other genuinely. For Efua and Xavier Flonta, everything is perfect, or so it seems. They both have damaging secrets that even their steamy nights and days cannot overshadow.
I read this book overnight. Fast paced just like the formula one driving Xavier, full speed and when I finished I knew I had really landed with a whoosh. 🙂
Stella has written a romance that makes one question the validity of one’s marriage vows especially in the face of such agonising and explosive revelations by the parties. But in the end, forgiveness becomes vital to keep the marriage together.
What is striking about Seduced Hearts is the strong extended family links. In Ghana, we say when you marry a person, you marry the whole family; Xavier and Efua have strong links to their extended families and the two entities are pivotal in the reconciliation, though in the end, Xavier and Efua have to fight their own demons, come to terms with their flaws and ultimately decide to let love prevail. Yes, as I mention flaw, let me add that both characters are nicely flawed and that make them human. Did I love the characters? Hmm, Xavier is my man, and when you read the book you will know why. 🙂
I give Seduced Hearts five ‘heart-shaped’ stars and highly recommend it to all lovers of romance and those who are interested in knowing about Ghana
Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku is a fun-loving mother of two teenagers, married to her gorgeous husband and best friend who indulges her romantic habits. Writing contemporary and historical romance novels is an exciting adventure for her. Out of curiosity and belief that love conquers all, she has written several Interracial & Multicultural Romance Novels.
In 2010, Stella created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels, a collection of toe-curling, intriguing, and skin-tingling romance with compelling characters who have heart and soul and jump off the pages of the book. All her stories are dotted with twists and turns and are set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe & enchanting America.
To experience and enjoy an intense emotional ride, pick up a copy of any of her novels: Loitering Shadows, Beyond the Lady, The Gardener’s Ice Maiden, Sparkling Dawn, Husband to Rent, Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series #1), Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series #2), Forbidden Dance, Stolen Valentine Kiss & Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series 2~ Books ~ in ~ 1), Tempting Desire, Seduced Hearts, Red Velvet Rose and Wild Whispers. Stella’s first historical/suspense/mystery romance, Royal Cowries (Cowries Series #1) will give you an insight into a different Africa.
A luxury home by the seaside is on Stella’s wish list. In her spare time, she loves to swim on her back like a starfish, watch TV, go to the movies with her family and read romance novels.
From a satisfied customer and dear friend in the USA, Gloria Johnsn Appleton. Thank you Gloria. 🙂
‘In reading Whispers of Dawn one can see the words come alive page after page and you feel the depth and embrace the meaning. Our Poet has done it again much kudos or a million snaps. Love, loving your work.‘
And I am so happy to inform you all that my second poetry collection, Whispers of Dawn, (A Book of Cherita) is now available in Paperback on Amazon for your purchasing pleasure. 🙂
Please pick one and honour me with an honest review. Thank you so much. 🙂
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This morning I heard sad news that my dear friend and fellow blogger, Kimberley Floria has passed on to glory. Kimmy was such a lovely person, full of life and love for humanity. She was such a brilliant poet, who wrote with a beautiful passion full of candour. She bravely fought lupus for over eight years and her humour and upbeat attitude was both endearing and an inspiration.; Kimmy darling, rest well in the bosom of your maker. I will miss you my dear, but I know that the good Lord has called you to rest from your toils. May the angels sing Hallelujah even as they receive your precious soul in eternity. Adieu, Kimmy darling.
Thirteen Ways of Looking in the Mirror – For Kimmy
a little butterfly
seeking her own space
the waltz of a falling leaf
is but a languid drop to earth
even the winds fall in tandem
with its rhythm
haste not in departing
slowly let your breath
extinguish in me
is the only one I know
for I have seen silence
even in whispers
from the grace
3-5-3-3-7-5 – A Shadorma
I read me in you
we are words
fresh emptiness of the soul
life is but vapour
the gentle nudge
I felt at dawn
was not hubby waking me
to a mad moment of love
but it was you
a breeze really
you envelope me
in a farewell dance of death
so, dance on Kimmy
5-7 5-7 5-7 5-7-7 – A Choka
you mirror this pain
as if on your wedding night
you approach this agony
in throes of rapture
and when the darkness descends
never to depart
your face mirrors the sublime
when the earth becomes your dust
rests in my shadow
the little girl inhales
her father’s memory
the colour of death
but in dying
only clouds of silver
mirror on the wall
do I look like mother
the dimple in her cheek
and still I rise
poised thousand times
on the scepter of death
oh teach me to number my days
for my ways are not your ways
for to me to live is joy
and to die is gain
we are but twins
littered in one day
but where is your victory
where is your sting
I live on in you
and still I rise
on the wings of faith
my victory total
even in death
© Celestine Nudanu 08/11/17
Links for Haiku Rhapsodies:
My friend Nana at https://girdblog.com/ interviewed me. Read all about it and get to know the real Celestine and the story behind Haiku Rhapsodies.
“One of haiku’s main appeals is that it focuses on nature or aspects of it. Haiku, in its brevity, captures those special moments in time when all our senses are awakened to the wonders and beauty of nature”
– Celestine Nudanu, Writer
Celestine Nudanu is a Ghanaian writer, a romantic at heart and a book reviewer. Girdblog had a chat with her about her writing life and her debut collection of poetry, Haiku Rhapsodies. We are delighted to share some of Celestine’s insights with you.
Girdblog: Who is Celestine Nudanu?
Celestine: Thank you. A simple question yet very loaded. Who am I? Celestine Nudanu is a middle aged woman who refuses to think like one. “I am a romantic at heart, and love a good romance story, though I shy away from erotica. Almost all my poems focus on love, or aspects of it…
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Hi wonderful folks, today I’m honoured to have on this blog, my guest, Allen Wyler, a renowned suspense, sci-fi/cyber thriller writer. Please read the interview below to get a feel of him and his works. 🙂
Book Title: Deadly Odds
Author: Allen Wyler
Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions
Date of Publication: September 2014
Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Cyber-Thriller
Q: How did you come up with the idea of the story?
A: The first novel I ever wrote was based on this story’s kernel: a geek who develops a strategy to successful gamble draws unwanted attention to himself. But that novel turned out to be a disaster and was rejected by every agent I queried. However, the idea of being able to beat the odds remained intriguing yet elusive. Then one day I read about Nate Silver and his uncannily ability to accurately predict various phenomenon based on statistics. After all, this was what the 2011 Brad Pitt movie Moneyball was based on. Once I read about Silver, I knew the plot was much more believable.
Q: What influenced you to create a computer hacker protagonist than the usual medical professional?
A: There are several reasons. First, I don’t like being pigeonholed into the sub-genre of “medical thriller.” In addition, it’s unbelievable to believe that a healthcare professional would have the computer expertise—or time—to pull off something like Arnold Gold does. More importantly, in doing my research for this story, I became fascinated with the Darknet and Internet security. I really wanted a way to weave this interesting information into a compelling story. So… a likeable computer hacker seemed to be a much more interesting character to develop than another neurosurgeon’s. I love Arnold Gold’s character and am really glad I settled on him.
Q: Why Vegas? Have you always wanted to write a book with Sin City as the setting?
A: When first developing the story I didn’t have any city in mind other than I knew Arnold lived in Seattle. (I love the city as a backdrop to stories.) I also knew Arnold wanted to get laid but was so uneasy about seeing an “escort” for this purpose, that it made sense for him to go someplace far from home where he’d be unlikely to run into anyone he knew. Given the reputation of Sin City, it just felt right to send him there.
Q: Do you plan on writing more thriller books outside of the medical thriller genre?
A: You bet. I like exploring topics dealing with computers and the Internet. I’m especially intrigued with hacking and the Darknet. My next book, Cutter’s Trial, however, is not a thriller and lands me right back in the medical arena because it explores the issue of physician assisted suicide. Having been involved in a couple of start-up companies, I’m also toying with using that subject as a basis for a book, but I have nothing in development along these lines at the present time. We’ll see what happens.
Q: Would you ever consider a sequel to this book?
A: Glad you asked the question. Both Arnold Gold and Palmer Davidson are such wonderfully rich characters that Robert Astle (my agent) and I agree they are well-suited for a sequel. At the moment I’m busy writing Deadly Odds 2.0.
Q: Do you think this book could be a movie? Who could you picture playing Arnold?
A: Of all my prior thrillers, I think this one has the most cinematic potential. I’m lousy at casting, so if it were ever made into a movie (my wildest dream), I’d leave that choice to the producers.
Twenty-three year old Arnold Gold is a Seattle-based odds-maker and local computer genius. Described as a “part-time hacker and full-time virgin” by his friends, the awkward young shut-in flies to Vegas to try to get lucky–in more ways than one. But his high stakes activity on the Net inadvertently thrusts him into a vortex of international terrorism. Dark Net Hacking has resulted in murder, and now it will take every last bit of Arnold’s genius intellect and legendary hacking skill to stay one step ahead of the murderous terrorists, the FBI, the local cops and his lawyer. Gold’s only chance to save himself is to find a deadly bomb hidden somewhere in Vegas, and somehow prevent the explosion that will turn Sin City into the scene of the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11.
Wyler’s wild new thriller is as horrifyingly plausible as it is darkly funny and enjoyable. Deadly Odds is not only a page-turner, it’s a terrific character-driven story about a young man who lives life through a computer and discovers its dark side. Edgy, twitchy, and filled with enough tech-savvy detail to keep both the techno-thriller and classic suspense fan enthralled, Deadly Odds is a new generation’s thrill ride.
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About the Author
Allen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity. He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute.
In 2002, he left active practice to become Medical Director for a startup med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest.
Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 70’s, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full-time.
He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.
A Terza Rima Sonnet done for Sonya’s Challenge. Instructions on writing a terza rima sonnet:
- There are a total of 14 lines consisting of four 3-line stanzas (tercets) and one rhyming couplet.
- The rhyming scheme is aba bcb cdc ded ee.
- Commonly written as ten syllables per line (Those Who Judge) or eleven syllables per line (Circus of Dreams). It does not have to be a strict count.
- Often seen without spaces between for the sake of continuity.
I hope you like my offering 🙂
Promise Medo promise me you will always be there even when the shadows gather their sheaves and this dying rustle an expunged air when the tides pick up their volcanic steam unleashing fury on this battered shell do promise me you will never leave me even when my breathless heart tolls a bell faint clanging notes of diluted sweetness whisper of a faraway living well let me sip of its ever cool freshness let me drink of the warmth that is your love oh, shield me from this threatening darkness as my lids droop and take their final bow promise me you will stay true to our vows Copyright © Celestine Nudanu (25/10/13)
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