Please welcome Empi Baryeh is my guest today, author of Chancing Faith, who is my guest today.__________________________________________________
OF FICTION AND REALITY
Fiction mimics reality, but how realistic is fiction? Yeah, seriously. Have you ever written/read something and thought “this will never fly in real life.” I know I have.
I remember a writer friend of mine (bless her) spotted a description in a sex scene and commented that my hero would have to be extremely flexible to do X and Y at the same time. That was a great, but the unrealistic isn’t always bad.
The best example that comes to mind is a scene from one of my mss where the H/H are in the throes of passion and the hero is talking and switches languages. For whatever ‘writer’ reason, I felt it was important to use that language flexibility to establish the hero’s unconscious comfort with the heroine (if that makes sense). Anyway, so he says something in English and then says the next thing in Twi (pronounced ch-wee). On paper, it was sigh worthy, but in reality, if he really said what he said in Twi, it would be cumbersome and completely unromantic. Knowing that doesn’t spoil the scene for me at all and I hope it won’t spoil the scene for future readers who speak both languages.
In a way that tells us why we (people who read) love to immerse ourselves in books, because fiction may take its cue from reality, but it does make some realities a little less stark. Don’t you think?
I’m going to share an excerpt of my latest release, Chancing Faith, with you. I know I wrote it, but there’s one line in that makes me smile, and shake my head or roll my eyes and think “yeah right,” every single time I read it.
Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to see if you can spot the “yeah right,” moment. Leave a comment and let me know where you think it goes in the excerpt.
Excerpt: Chancing Faith
He’d kissed Naaki. Kissed her! What the hell was he thinking? Thane tossed his jacket aside and yanked off his tie. Of all the stupid—
Raking his fingers through his hair, he muttered a curse. The urge to hit something assaulted him with a force that should have surprised him. The perfect punching bag would have been his own body, since it was apparent that he needed to pound some sense into his skull. Right now, the only thing pounding was his heart as it threatened to burst out of his chest, throbbing partly out of anger but mostly from his pulsing desire.
Damned if he didn’t still want her in his arms. She made him feel like a teenager—and not in a good way. Vulnerable wasn’t a desired state of mind as far as he was concerned. He sat down with the adjoining door in full view, still unable to comprehend how he’d dropped his guard. How he seemed so willing to let down his defenses around her.
He’d panicked in the elevator, allowed himself to be captivated. He’d worried about her, touched her as if he cared. She’d kissed him back, moaned against his lips and his knees had gone weak. He could have made love to her right there in the lobby. He could care about her, and caring was the last thing he could afford to do.
Dammit. Naaki wasn’t a woman you got involved with on a whim. He needed, at all cost, to avoid her—the woman who’d so easily brought him to his knees, who’d caused his body to come alive and made him want—
Did you spot it? I hope so, and I hope you have fun doing so.
Here’s the blurb:
HE DIDN’T DO SHORT-TERM RELATIONSHIPS…
American ad exec, Thane Aleksander, doesn’t date co-workers either—until business takes him to Ghana, West Africa, and he meets Naaki. Now he’s at risk of breaking all the rules. Can he stop this headlong fall before it’s too late?
UNTIL HE MET HER!
Naaki Tabika has a burning need to prove, to herself and others, that she’s more than wife and mother material. To do so, she’s prepared to give up everything for her job. Meeting Thane, however, makes her want to get personal. But falling for her boss could destroy her career. Will she be willing to risk it all for the one thing that can make her truly happy?
Two divergent cultures, two different races, two career-driven professionals, only one chance at true love—will they find the faith to take it, or will their hearts be sacrificed on the altar of financial success?
Chancing Faith is available on the following sites:
I write heart-warming African and Interracial romance – sweet and tender with some sizzle. My debut novel, Most Eligible Bachelor, came out in February and is available from Evernight Publishing and other online retailers. My second book, Chancing Faith, released on 31st March and I’m still celebrating. I live in Ghana, West Africa, where most of my stories are set, and I can say “I love you” in about 15 languages :-).
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Thanks for stopping by my blog tour. I hope you enjoyed spending time with me. And help me say a big thank you to Stacey for hosting me today. Enjoy the Easter and happy egg-hunting!