Is that not a smoking hot cover?
Yup. Yes. Affirmative.
Well then, let me tell you, Kiru Taye did justice to this smoking hot cover, ‘cos the book was also *cough cough* smoking hot.
Oh boy! She did not pull her punches, and just in case you think it’s all about…hotness and hot people doing hot things to each other, it’s not. It’s about Ebony and Felix who have just gotten married, but not for love, nope, for business. He needs to get the board of his family’s financial empire off his back, and she needs to get past the scandal and shame of a broken engagement. Unfortunately, Felix gets into a car accident ON THEIR WEDDING NIGHT, after a big fight with his bride and when he wakes up from his coma, six months later, he doesn’t remember her, he doesn’t remember being married but he likes what he sees and wants to have a real marriage with his wife.
What does his wife have to say about this? Read the book and find out. For now, say hello to Kiru Taye.
Who is Kiru Taye?
Thank you for having me on your blog, Timendu. So who am I?
Well, I’m an author of multicultural romances, entrepreneur of a small run-from-home business, wife to a generous man, mother to 3 wonderful kids, sister to 4 sometimes hilarious siblings, daughter to 2 patient parents and hopefully friend to a few beautiful souls. Okay, I ran out of labels. LOL
Why do you write?I write because there are characters in my head whose stories need to be told. If I don’t write their stories they’ll drive me mad. It’s a compulsion. LOL.
When did you start writing?
I have to confess I’m new to writing. I wrote my first full-length story in 2010. In contrast, I’ve been reading all my life, so I guess I’ve been preparing to be a writer all my life. J
The simple answer is because I love romance novels. It’s a love affair that started when I was a teenager and read my first Mills and Boon. J
Why steamy romance?
I’m an adult. I write for adults. I enjoy steamy stories. So I write steamy stories. J Sex is a part of everyday adult life. As adults, we should embrace it and not be embarrassed by it. So why not?
When you started this, did you ever think, I’m going to be The Queen of Nigerian Erotica?Hahahaha…Queen of Nigerian Erotica. I love it. But where is my crown, and when was the coronation? LOL. Seriously though, when I started writing I was just hoping Nigerian/African women would learn to embrace their sexuality and enjoy their interactions with their partners. My message was simple—sex can be pleasurable and not just functional with the right, attentive partner. If this makes me the Queen of Nigerian Erotica, then I’ll gladly accept the crown. J
Was it always romance or did you start in another genre?
I love reading romance novels but I read other genres too. With writing, for now, I’m only writing romances. One day I will write other genres, perhaps an epic fantasy or thriller, under a different pen name.
Why swing between sub-genres: historical, contemporary, and paranormal?
I think by the time I’m done, I’ll probably have a story under every romance sub-category there is. LOL.
I really have no control over which eras the characters belong to. They simple make an appearance in my mind and I start writing their stories. As I said earlier, my writing is a compulsion driven by the characters. The plots unravel as I write them.
So far, you’ve published 10 books and contributed to 2 anthologies, what’s the journey been like?
So far, so good. I’ve been very privileged to work with some wonderful authors, editors and publishers in my journey so far. I’m grateful to God for giving me the opportunities I’ve had.
Did you have help along the way – writing coach, mentors?
Yes, I’ve had great help from members of my writing groups, The Nuthouse Scribblers and also Romance Writers of West Africa.
Also, my editors have been Godsend. They have taught me so much.
What’s the best piece of advice you received as a writer?Read widely – If you want to be a great author, you have to learn to read. Personally, I can’t understand how anyone can call themselves a writer if they don’t read.
What advice would you give to new writers?Don’t take criticism to heart. Learn from it. Revise. Revise. Revise.
If you could do it over, what would you do differently?I don’t have any regrets. So I won’t change anything from my past.
What’s your writing ritual?I don’t have a writing routine as such. But here is what I do sometimes.
In the mornings, do the school run. Settle the baby. Write for an hour or two. Do some chores. Blog/Social media. Pick kids from school. Evening chores. More social media or writing later at night.
What’s your favourite thing about writing?Creating stories people love. Getting feedback from readers who love my books.
What’s your least favourite thing about writing?Editing. LOL
What do you do for fun?I love travelling to new places. I also love dancing and hanging out with friends and family.
What’s your favourite dish?You know, I love food. A little too much, perhaps. At the moment I have a thing for sushi. But my favourite all time food has to be Giant fresh water snails and Ugba, both Nigerian delicacies.
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What’s your favourite drink?Mojito
What’s your favourite snack?Roasted cashew nuts
What’s your go-to movie/book to relax?Considering I have over 1000 ebooks on my kindle app, getting time to just relax with any of them would be great. J
These days we watch movies as a family so it has to be something the kids can watch too. But the kids and I love superhero movies. Avengers Assemble is a favourite in our house. Otherwise, it’s something from the Nollywood Movies channel.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Depending on my mood, I can listen to anything from classical to rock, from Afrobeats to soul. You name it and I’ll probably listen to it, if I’m in the mood for it.
Which would you prefer – a quiet evening with friends or a night out on the town? Why?I could do with a night out on the town. But most of the time, it’s a quiet evening with friends.
Of all your books, do you have a favourite? Why?You can’t ask me that. I love all my books.
It’s like asking me which of my three kids is my favourite. J
What inspired ‘Keeping Secrets’?Keeping Secrets is partly inspired by the life of one of my best friends. Unfortunately, she has passed on but the story is dedicated to her.
It’s the first book of The Essien Trilogy so when can we expect the other two?The schedule for The Essien Trilogy is as follows
Keeping Secrets – out May 2014
Making Scandal – out Sept 2014
Riding Rebel – out Dec 2014
Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye
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Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it? That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully. Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of. She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?
A lover of books as a teenager, Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket with a torch at night. 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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To celebrate the release of Keeping Secrets, Kiru is giving away a goodie pack which includes $20 Amazon gift card, signed paperback of An Engagement Challenge, Keeping Secrets t-shirt and face cap. Leave me a comment to stand a chance of winning and complete the rafflecopter to enter the contest.