Thursday, April 5, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway by Empi Baryeh

Please welcome Empi Baryeh is my guest today, author of Chancing Faith, who is my guest today.

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—

Just want.
Did you spot it? I hope so, and I hope you have fun doing so.

Here’s the blurb:

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?

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?

Buy it:

Chancing Faith is available on the following sites:

And now a little bit about me:

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 :-).

I’d love to hear from you so find me online at the following sites:

Twitter: @empibaryeh


Don’t for get to leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of and e-copy of (your choice of) either of my books.

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!


Empi said...

Thanks again for hosting me, Stacy. I look forward to meeting your readers.

Sidne said...

Hi Stacey, Hope all been good with you.
Enjoyed your guest post today. I have read the excerpt twice and have not sensed the 'yeah right' moment. (eeek, I should do more in depth reading, hah). any how I enjoyed reading both excerpt. Hold it was the 'yeah right ' moment when he says, ' i should avoid her'? Love both excerpts.
Come and join me at my new website. I was having a frustrating problem with the other.

Empi said...

Sidne, thanks for the comment. That wasn't my yeah right moment, but it's a good one. So I guess there's more than one "yeah right" moment. For me, the ' i should avoid her' part will get a "not if I have anything to do about it" (followed by a wicked grin)

Debbie Christiana said...

Hey Empi - Is it - He could have made love to her right there in the lobby. As exciting and romantic as it may be, I think security and hotel management may think otherwise :)

Fun blog.


L. R. Wright said...

Great post Empi! I read over the exerpt twice and wondered about the making love in the lobby comment. It's one of those things that you would want to do, but it's not possible. That's the only "yeah right" that I could think of!

Piper Shelly said...

Hey Empi,

I love your excerpt. And it's definitely the hotel lobby thing that makes you go, Yeah right. LOL. It's good that as writers we have this special artistic license to exagerate like that. This is after all what spices up our stories, no? :)

Reading Pleasure (Celestine) said...

'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. Yeah, right! And to heck with any onlooker." Empi, I think this is the moment.

Bev Irwin / Kendra James said...

Hi Empi.
I thought it was the lobby too. Good exercise to make us think.

Firetulip said...

For me it wasn't making love in the hotel lobby part because he's just thinking about it, it's a metaphor for how much he wanted her. I'm thinking he felt weak in his knees, we are in guys head, he wouldn't feel weak knees, right? And even if he did, he would not admit it, even to himself. And the fact that he thinks he could care for her even if caring was the last thing he wanted to do. But he does care.

Cassandra said...

Hi Empi, (caring was the last thing he could afford to do) this was my 'yeah right' moment because it ultimately would be the very thing he'd do.

p.s. I learned something new today, you can say I love you in 15 languages. Can you write them out in a future blog? I may be able to use them in a future story. :)wiggling brows


Empi said...

Debbie, Lesley, Piper, Celestine, Bev/Kendra, yes the lobby is *my* “yeah right” moment. Like Piper said, it's great to use our creative licence that way.

Empi said...

Firetulip, Cassandra ... very interesting that the weak knees is your 'yeah right' moment. goes to show the writer doesn't always have all the answers.

Cassandra, great suggestion. After this blog tour, I'm scrambling for new blog topics.

valloryv said...

Hi Empi, I really enjoyed reading the blog post and loved the exercise. I agreed with Firetulip about weak in the knees. I think guys have a hard time admitting those things but I like him already because he does.

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