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 designed to provide access for those who are unable or unavailable to attend traditional book fairs.
The main objectives with the Africa Online Book Fair will be building relationships, networking, creating a fun and relaxed environment where authors and readers can engage with each other. A place where authors can share information, have Q&A’s and create interest in their books through prizes, gifts, giveaways, competitions, promotional discounts, etc. So definitely something for readers too *smile*
The Africa Online Book Fair will take place in June 2017 and will feature Romance Authors from SA and the rest of the continent. The event will be hosted on Facebook by using their Groups tool and will span over 3 days with scheduled timeslots for each author.
We will give out more details as we start kicking off the promo.
I am so excited about this. I view it as a wonderful means to showcase romance novels & authors from the African continent. There’s amazing talent and stories from the authors we have lined up, so keep an eye out *wink*
Love Finds a Way The Album Book 2 – Pauline’s Story
Contemporary, Fantasy Romance
By Kathy Bosman
When Ella hands over The Album to Pauline, the young food blogger is about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime—she’s been chosen as a contestant in The Culinary Dream, a TV cooking competition. Pauline takes The Album with her to Italy where the filming is to take place and meets food photographer, Xaden, the brother of the man who ripped out her heart and put her off relationships for a long time.
To her dismay, she gets eliminated from the competition on the first round. Humiliated and determined not to be pitied by her friends and family, she decides to stay behind in Italy for a holiday as well as blog about her restaurant experiences in the exotic European country.
Xaden won’t leave her alone and proves to be a friend in a time of need but when he kisses her, she pushes him away, afraid he’ll hurt her like his brother did. The TV series offers her a job as the editor of the food magazine and she is to work alongside the very man she wishes to avoid. Forced to be with the man she can’t resist but whom her instincts tell her she can’t trust, Pauline is in for an emotional roller-coaster ride with The Album as her companion and guide.
Pauline nodded and zipped her bag closed, then lifted her chin. Why had she become a quivering mess? No more time for fear. Time to go get that prize. If she wanted it. Did she really want to live in Italy for a year? Oh, crumbs, what was she thinking when she pressed send on the online application?
Her mother tapped Pauline’s watch.
“Time to go.” She gave her daughter a light kiss on the forehead. “I’m going to miss you, but this is going to be the best year of your life. You’ll see, girl.”
Her mother gave her such an assured nod, some of Pauline’s doubt faded. Not all, though. On jelly legs, she made her way through customs and to hand in her luggage. As she picked up her suitcase, a tingle ran up her arm. The Album lay in the centre, padded with all her clothing. She’d signed her name on it the night before. A sense of strength trickled into her bones. Could The Album actually speak to her? She almost felt it tell her it would be with her and help her. It assured her she’d walk the right way and have success.
Okay, I think I can handle this flight now.
I’m ready. Italy, here I come.
Kathy lives in South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool and bugs thrive. She writes romance in many forms, most of the time with women who feel deeply, men who care strongly and characters who learn lessons along the way. Every so often, she sprinkles a little magic in her stories. When she’s not writing, she makes sure her kids work hard as they do school at home, tries not to get too distracted by dust bunnies and cooks up a storm to keep the tummies full. When she’s not hectically busy, she loves reading romance and fantasy novels, watching movies, and dabbling in different crafty things, depending on her mood.
The Dance of the Firefly
Print Length: 166 pages
Publisher: Decadent Publishing (February 13, 2015)
Mix together a beautiful ballerina and ballet teacher, a sexy single dad, and a precocious-yet-sweet daughter, and emotions run high. Add racial and cultural differences, work contracts coming to an end, and hurts and memories from the past and sparks fly.
Rowena loves to dance but has ended up teaching ballet instead. When she helps out Cameron’s difficult daughter, a bond develops between the two dancers. Cameron makes Rowena uncomfortable because he stirs up new, unwanted feelings which make no sense when he intends to leave Zambia soon when his contract ends.
Cameron can’t resist sanguine live-wire Rowena who makes his daughter smile for the first time in years. But can he risk his heart again when memories of his late wife come back to haunt him? And Rowena has a lot more at stake in giving her all. Buy links:
About the author
Here’s a little bit about me for those who may be curious. I’ve been writing for about ten years now. I started off writing children’s books. Then my husband suggested that I try an adult novel. I enjoyed writing it so much, and it turned out to be a romance. That made me realise that I could bring my love of romance into my writing. My writing has evolved over the years from partial romance, to inspirational romance, historicals (which didn’t work at all!) to sweet, contemporary romance.
I’ve also learnt that writing isn’t just about writing – that so much thought goes into it, there’s also the editing process which is actually even more work than the writing process, and lastly, once the book is out, there’s promoting of your book. But I love it!
Besides writing, I keep myself busy by homeschooling my three children (okay one is a teenager), tackling piles of laundry and dishes, making all sorts of food from scratch, and helping out with raising funds for the local Cubs and Scouts. Reading and watching romantic movies help me unwind.
The best inspiration for my writing has been the ROSA (Romance Writers of South Africa) Group. What a fantastic group of writers they are who have helped me get to where I am now. Follow Kathy Bosman
I was tagged by fellow ROSA member Louise Rose-Innes to take part in the Meet the Character Blog Hop.
Louise writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Born in sunny South Africa, she`s a lover of sunshine and the sea, and this is often reflected in her novels. After completing a post graduate in Marketing Management, Louise headed off to the United Kingdom to gain work experience and travel. She now lives with her family in leafy Surrey, and when she`s not writing, is traipsing through the countryside, or kayaking on the river Thames.
Her debut romantic suspense novel, Personal Assistance, has recently been published through Entangled Publishing. She`s a member of the Romantic Novelists` Association (RNA) in the UK, and the Romance writers` Organization of South Africa (ROSA). You can visit Louise at www.louiseroseinnes.com
So without further introduction, there`s someone here who can`t wait to for me to introduce him to all of you.
Everyone, meet Damian. *Damian steps up, signature smoldering dark gaze in place*
Damian, this is everyone.
*me shaking my head as Damian flashes his killer smile* *face in palm*
Today, I`m joining the Meet the Character Blog Hop to introduce all of you to my favourite leading man Damian Davidson from Falling for Mr. Unexpected (set for a SA Spring release 2014).
Meet the Character
What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional/historical?
I`m going to let Damian introduce himself…
My name is Damian Davidson, I was born and raised in South Africa, Stellenbosch, but moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of my acting career. I was supposed to follow in the footsteps of my brother and father, and become a surgeon, but I caught the acting bug when I took part in my senior showcase.
I did try to appease my father by enrolling for medicine at the University of Cape Town *shrug*, but it had only lasted two years. Needless to say, my father disowned me and I ended up penniless on the streets of LA, working as a waiter and then model before I got my first break in a French film.
I`ve been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, so I`d say switching medicine for acting hadn`t been such a bad idea *grins*
When and where is the story set?
I live in LA, but a recent *ahem* sex-tape scandal has forced me back to SA, to Strand, a coastal town in the Western Cape where I own a beach house. I hadn`t been there in years, so I figured it would be safe from the paparazzi. I was hoping after a couple of weeks out here the story would blow over and I could go back to LA. Alas I got more than I bargained for.
What should we know about Damian?
I`m a very private person. A career in the public is probably not the most logical thing for someone who loves to lead a private life. I don`t mind interviews, obviously *smiles* and talking about my acting roles, but the paparazzi can be very invasive and tabloids have a way of getting their facts wrong. The image they portray of a celebrity isn`t always accurate.
What is Damian`s goal?
The goal is to get away from everything Hollywood since the movie I`ve been working on was brought to a stop because of the scandal. The idea is to have a couple of weeks of relative peace, which also means, and I honestly love my fans, but I need a reprieve. The sex-tape seemed to have sparked a rise in fans sending underwear in the mail and posting naked pictures of themselves on my car`s windshield *clears throat* Which is probably why I mistook my brother`s sister in-law, Emma Cupido, as an *ahem* obsessed fan.
Our first meeting wasn`t pretty- me, in nothing but a towel, her half-naked clutching her clothes against her body, she had taken a dip in the ocean on my private beach. Something my brother failed to tell her when he offered for her to use the house for the school holidays. He`s been taking care of the place while I was out of the country.
What is screwing up Damian`s life (main conflict in writerly speak)?
Emma Cupido and her bruised feet *grimace* Who knew a box filled with hardcovers could cause so much damage. She even has a broken pinky-toe *ouch*
I had initially shown her the door, but I couldn`t kick her out after the ‘accident’. Imagine the headline. Damian Davidson throws out injured woman on the streets. So no peace for me, since in spite of her miniature size, Emma does have a way of taking up a lot of space. Most disturbingly in my head.
Oh and have I mentioned that because of Emma, I now have to inform my parents, with whom I haven`t spoken to in four years, that I`m in SA? No, well the word awkward doesn’t even begin to cover the situation.
What is the title?
Falling for Mr. Unexpected– I guess I`m Mr. Unexpected *grins*
When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
Happy to meet all of you Spring 2014.
Meet Next Week`s Authors
Zee Monodee is an author who grew up on a fence – on one side there was modernity and the global world, on the other there was culture and traditions. Putting up with the culture for half of her life, one day she decided she’d stand tall on her wall and dip toes every now and then into both sides of her non-conventional upbringing.
From this resolution spanned a world of adaptation and learning to live on said wall. The realization also came that many other young women of the world were on their own fence.
This particular position became her favourite when she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing – her heroines all sit ‘on a fence’, whether cultural or societal, in today’s world or in times past, and face dilemmas about life and love.
Hailing from the multicultural island of Mauritius, Zee is a degree holder in Communications Science. She is a head-over-heels wife, in-over-her-head mum to a tween son, best-buddy-stepmum to a teenage lad, an incompetent domestic goddess, eternal dreamer, and an absolute, shameless bookholic.
Marie Dry- Ever since she can remember Marie wanted to travel. She had the privileged of living in Zambian, Morocco and Spain and sees herself as a bit of a gypsy. Every few years she gets restless and has to be someplace new.
All her life she has read romances and was fairly young when she decided she would write the perfect story that had all the elements she looked for in a romance. Marie found it a wonderful experience to see the characters in her head coming to life on the page. So being published by Black Opal Books is a dream come true for her.
There are several wonderful moments in her life that she would never trade for anything. One of them is meeting President Nelson Mandela and the second, being published.
Kathy Bosman loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page.
Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance writers` Organization of South Africa (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.
Nana Prah is a multi-published author of contemporary, multicultural romance. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s reading, indulging in chocolate, and enjoying life with friends and family.
It`s our amazing 2014Ubuntu Line April Blog Hop. So far you`ve been introduced to some great authors from the African continent and island (Mauritius) surrounding it. Our theme is Pop Culture and if you`ve noticed of late, I`ve had posts already tying my book in with the theme.
Since I`ve written a romance comedy, it started me thinking: What does a South African Rom Com movie look like? I instantly thought of a film directed and co-written by Henk Pretorius, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola: A feel good film that lightly addresses cultural divides and also an emerging culture in Post-Apartheid SA. It`s a contemporary romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society. (You can find the official trailer here http://bit.ly/1eodhNt )
It showcases how deeply romantic comedies have become embedded in the Pop Culture of the world. You can literally pick up a Rom Com movie/book from anywhere in the world and enjoy yourself, no matter what cultural or traditional matter it deals with. I`m thinking now of Zee`s Island Girls Trilogy where Indian culture is the backdrop for her stories.
Since Falling for Mr. Unexpected is still in the editing process I decided to share an excerpt with you and hope you`ll forgive the ‘rawness’ *laugh*It`s an out-and-out contemporary romance comedy/chicklit novel.
I posted a blurb in the previous post! So I`ll only set up the ‘scene’ for the excerpt. Before this point in the story Emma had begged off going on holiday with her friend Nomsa, she had a nightmare of a flashback that involved her on a date with one of Nomsa`s cousins. An IT-guy who liked long walks on the beach *raised eyebrow* Yeah Emma also thought that was a red flag *wink* She sufficiently wiggled her way out of the holiday and headed for what she thought was her brother in-law`s beach house in Strand.
So without further introduction here`s Emma and Damian`s first clash *cough* I mean introduction to each other *grin*
Emma rushed in through the patio door and screamed a loud ear-splitting scream.
Before her stood a half-naked man, dressed only in a white towel.
As this knowledge registered, so did the fact she wore little else but her underwear. Her eyes were out of their sockets and she still hadn`t stopped screaming. “Ah!”
“Would you stop it!” The half-naked stranger yelled in a deep baritone causing her to clip her mouth shut.
“Who are you? What are you doing here? I`m calling the police!”
He didn`t even flinch at her nakedness, instead he turned his back on her and stalked to the small side table next to a big white and blue sofa.
Before his huge frame could obscure her vision, she made out a black cordless phone.
Her chest heaved. Oh my goodness, he`s serious!
“I`m sick and tired of this,” he said into the phone, and waited for whomever to pick up on the other side. “If it`s not underwear in the mail, naked photos on my car`s windshields.” He looked to her. “It`s running around naked in my home.”
His fiery eyes burned holes into her.
“What?” she blurted out. She clutched her dry clothes in front of herself. “Who are you? What are you doing here?”
*laughs* I had fun writing this book!
Now here`s for the truly fun part. You get a chance at an 30$ Amazon gift card and AMAZING books!
Book Bundle 1
The Dashing Debutante Print Book by Alissa Baxter
Love Through Time E-book by Nana Prah
Wedding Gown Girl E-book by Kathy Bosman
Book Bundle 2
Lord Fenmore’s Wager Print Book by Alissa Baxter
A Touch of WinterAnthology E-book by Nana Prah
A Valentine Challenge E-book by KiruTaye
Book Bundle 3
Send and Receive Print Book by Alissa Baxter
Three Tiers for Win E-book by Kathy Bosman
An Engagement Challenge E-book by KiruTaye
Book Bundle 4
The Complete “Eternelles” Series by Zee Monodee
Don’t forget to check out the other authors in this tour! Here’s the lineup:
Inside These Lines welcome`s fellow Decadent Pub author Kathy Bosman.
I met Kathy when I joined ROSA (Romance writers` Organisation of South Africa). It`s been a pleasure and truly learning experience as Kathy was one of the first people who guided me with my first novel set to come out next year.
Now enough with the introductions. Here`s Kathy!
This is my third blog post on my first blog tour for Dragonfly Moments. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon card and five bags of dragonfly swag (ooh, it’s a secret what’s inside.) The swag bags are wonderful for those living in the US as I’ve slotted in some SA recipes and a bit of info about the setting of my book.
Dragonflies are whimsical, colourful, artistic little creatures. My heroine loves art. She’s even opened up her own art gallery. Her paintings reveal the inside of her soul sometimes, even when she’s not aware of it. When Ryan comes into her gallery, he sees himself in her latest painting. He then knows that she hasn’t forgotten him because he hasn’t forgotten the letter she wrote to him seven years ago, professing her undying love for him.
Tessa wants to push Ryan away because he makes her feel for the first time in years. She’s also in a serious relationship with a man who would be perfect family material. When that relationship starts to crumble, Ryan becomes a friend, more than a friend. Yet her obsession with starting her own family makes her push him away.
Ryan uses the dragonflies he sees in a painting she paints for him to show her that memories make a life, not just stability. Dragonflies don’t live long but they’re beautiful. Some experiences in life are short but special. We need to treasure them.
This is a love story about love lost and found and letting go of a dream that holds one back from true happiness.
Seven years earlier, a young and serious Tessa Calitz wrote a letter to free spirit Ryan le Roux promising her undying love. As time passed she forgot about that letter…but Ryan did not.
When he walks back into her life, Tessa is in a relationship and busy setting up her art gallery in Johannesburg. She has plans to start a family, and the arrival of Ryan throws her for a spin. He is the worst thing that could happen to her dream of stability…or is he?
When everything she clung to starts to crumble, Ryan is right beside her to inspire her to greater things. But her compulsion for having marriage and children on her terms alone pushes Ryan away–until she falls in love with an orphaned baby.
What can Ryan do to make Tessa realize that being with him is what her heart has longed for all along?
“You’re making a mistake, Ryan. Coming in here and trying to bring up the past. It’s too late now. I’m committed to Mark and have found a life for myself. You never wanted me then. You loved Annie.”
“I didn’t love her. I loved you. And you promised forever….”
His voice was resigned, and then he winked at her as if to dispel the tension. It did no such thing.
The letter at the back of the sketch had promised she would love him forever, hadn’t it? She had believed she would never love anyone as much as Ryan and that he showed her what true love was.
“You never loved me.” She dropped her gaze onto her lap. “We were just good friends.”
Pushing up her chin to pretend that her heart wasn’t zinging with emotion, she started to walk toward the one wall to adjust a painting. He grabbed her hand. She tried to pull away, but he firmly pulled her close.
Heat and energy radiated off him and his manly scent encompassed her. Even his breath was a sweetness she wanted to drink in. She took in the shape of his face, his mouth which drooped slightly to the left, his skewed jaw line and the prominent cheek bones. His eyebrows were dark and perfectly shaped, and he had such long eyelashes. Yanking her burning hand away, she made sure her back was facing him.
“I was blind to the true treasure. All the time when I was going out with Annie, I really wanted you, but I couldn’t do that to her—dump her for her best friend. I’ve loved you for years, Tess. I’ve been trying to find you. No other woman has measured up, and I’ve had several relationships. And you’ve become so beautiful.”
She faced him, her mouth partially open, devoid of words. He’d loved her? Why didn’t he tell her then before it was too late?
His gaze followed her from head to foot, and heat branded her face while a spark ignited her body.
“But I wasn’t then. You thought I was ugly. You must have because Annie was so beautiful and you never looked at me.”
“I did. Besides the kohl and black clothes, you were adorable, especially in your pajamas.”
Tessa wasn’t usually one to blush easily, but fire lapped up her whole face and neck. “But the way you used to look at Annie. She had the most stunning legs. Long and muscular.”
Ryan smiled. “You have better legs than Annie.”
She pulled back. For a moment, he had her in a trance. Maybe she should leave Mark and pursue this. Jump right in. No, of course not. Who was Ryan now, anyway? She hardly knew him. He could disappear again. Mark cared for her and he was the perfect match to build a family. That’s all she needed.
Kathy loved reading and writing from early childhood, but her dream to write books was put aside until her kids were small, and she had little mental stimulation. The writing became a passion as well as her love for romance. She hasn’t looked back since writing her first romance novel in 2007. She homeschools her three children so in between deciphering algebraic problems for her teenage son (with little success), conducting science experiments, and tackling piles of laundry and dishes, she miraculously finds time to write books and read many others for fun.