Literary Blogging 101: Blog Hosting

Introduction

The beauty about blogging is your blog can be whatever you make it out to be, it’s solely in your control.

Research and planning is the key to successfully starting any kind of blog. This enables you to know the pros and cons when it comes to the niche(s) you’ve decided on embarking on. But in this case, you’re already decided as this is to give you an idea of starting a Literary Blog.Read More »

Book Review: A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie

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Title – A Wedding One Christmas

Author – Therese Beharrie

Publication – November 19th, 2018.

Publisher – Carina Press

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Of all the weddings in all the world, Angie Roux had to be mistaken for a bridesmaid in this one.

Caledon, South Africa, is supposed to be just a stop on the way to Christmas in Cape Town, part of Angie’s long-avoided homecoming. She never expected to star in a bizarre comedy of errors, but here she is: convincing a handsome stranger to be her fake boyfriend for the day.

Ezra Johnson, the handsome stranger in question, turns out to be a pleasant distraction from both the wedding and thoughts of her first family Christmas without her father. And he seems to loathe weddings just as much as she does. He’s the perfect temporary companion.

But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours. Including a connection so strong it tempts them both into thinking of something more permanent…

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

This book is approximately 70,000 words

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Book Review

First and foremost. I had an inkling that there was something off about this book.

“What were the chances she’d slide into a booth opposite a man who looks like he’d jumped straight out of her fantasies?

Smooth brown skin stretched over the angular features of his face.”

So why am I seeing a white man on the cover? I’m not even being offensive but the male character read like a white man, so it makes sense if it hadn’t been stated that he had smooth brown skin.

In my most honest opinion, it’s as if the book was first written in a non-African nation before the author decided, why not change it to South-Africa, it’s Africa but we can work it, because basically a few names of places where mentioned but nothing substantial enough to give me that feeling that it was South-Africa, and then I mean come on, not a single South-African name was in this book, all the names where English, where’s the authenticity there? *Disclaimer I have never been to South-Africa so I don’t know if I’m just being prickly.*

I was interested in this novel because I am a romance junkie. But this novel is such a slow burn and I felt it dragging in a lot of instances, a lot of instances that I felt were unnecessary because the pacing became too slow and the conversations dragging because a great amount of time was spent on detailing scenes that didn’t have to be that long.

Despite all these issues, I found myself laughing at the female main character Angie’s antics and all the cute moments but she and Ezra the main male character shared. I saw and felt the genuine feelings they shared for each other. Which was what made this book enjoyable, but honestly, this book still needs some serious adjustments.

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Lara Kareem

Monthly Wrap-Up, October 2018.

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October has to have been the busiest month for me. I was always on the move, doing something or going for something. Yet in between, I was sick and had to take a break in general. I was also working on a project, that I am proud of, plus building it from scratch and making it tangible. I’m so glad October is done, can’t wait to get my shit together in November.

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Hiatus Announcement

Hello,

I don’t know if you noticed but I’ve been very lax when it comes to blogging this month and it’s because I’m kinda stuck in a gloomy place, where I can’t seem to be interested in enough and just want to give up everything (there’s a lot of pressure on me right now, too much work and can’t figure out a proper time schedule). Also, my health deteriorated and I’m in recovery mood now, so my body is so tired these days.

I think I’ll be back and make up for the lag by next month. Thanks for understanding.

Lara Kareem

Book Review: Smile, my Beloved Country by Emeka Onwusorom

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Title – Smile, my Beloved Country

Author – Emeka Onwusorom

Publication – September 2018.

Publisher – Origami, Parrésia Publishers Ltd.

Genre – Fiction, Politics.

Smile, my Beloved Country is the story of a young Nigerian, Ayo Musa Okeke, who on a visit to Nigeria witnesses the assassination of a presidential candidate, Boni Konida, during a transition to civil rule programme. Within a broken country where civic obligations are ignored as corruption runs rampant, suspicions begin to point to Ayo who is saved by the friendship of a conscientious cop. From his base in New York where he is a tenured Agricultural Science professor, Ayo unwittingly sets in motion events that will lead him to face off the ruthless Chief Wewe Jumanji in an electoral battle for Aso Rock and Nigeria’s future.

Smile my Beloved Country, is a book with big dreams when it comes to Nigeria. It’s a book which aim is to inspire hope as well as paint a different picture about how Nigeria should be as it also notes many of the issues politics in present Nigeria has.

It’s about Ayo Musa Okeke, an American Nigerian man, who was given a scholarship by the government for his undergraduate program in America and used the opportunity to make a name of himself in the agricultural sector.

Ayo was finally ready to go home after twelve years of being away, and from the start, this book already started to criticize the people of power in Nigeria, such as how the infrastructures and amenities provided were run poorly.

Ayo is really a JJC, because of how ignorant he is to how things in his own country are, didn’t he follow the news, or have Nigerian friends prior to his visit? A series of events quickly follow that paints the dangers in Nigeria, that leave Ayo with a bad taste for the country where everyone he has encountered is either corrupt or too scared to voice what’s right and ask for justice.

Unknowingly to Ayo this paths leads him into the bed of Nigerian politics and puts his life in danger, but by some miracle, he was always lucky to escape with other people getting hurt in place of him.

This builds a fire within him and he decides enough is enough, so he begins fights corruption and the average Nigerian mentality, by challenging and provoking people to think and hope for a better society, the only way he can, which eventually makes him a presidential candidate and puts him up against a political opponent that is corrupt and dirty to his core.

This story is a good one, especially because of the message it’s trying to pass in the political climate in present Nigeria right now. Yet I found it very long like the story was dragging on too much because from the onset I knew in which direction this story would take and what sort of ending I would get, I didn’t even need to go far into the story before I knew what I would be seeing with each turn of the pages, because it’s a story many of us already know, I for one can see this book doing well as a movie.

Another fault with this book is highlighting and another issue at large, the way many male authors write romance is so lacklustre and unbelievable, remember that Ayo hasn’t been to Nigeria in the twelve years since he left, but he’s in love with a woman he once admired, who he watched from afar but didn’t contact and immediately asks her to marry him, because they are just right for each other, and some of the scenes between the two of them made me roll my eyes, just didn’t like the scenes of apparent romance in this book, I found it unnecessary as it didn’t add or take from the story itself.

Would I recommend people to read this book? Yes. It’s written well and has a strong message anyone can take from, as it reminds people to do what’s right, even in the face of adversity.

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