Please welcome Kiru Taye to the blog! RNIC is a stop on her virtual book tour to promote Keeping Secrets, her latest release.
Tell us about yourself.
Hello readers. My name is Kiru. A lover of books, I used to read novels under the blanket with a torch at night. These days, with a young family to take care of, I’m still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book. During the day though, I transform my wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.
When I’m not writing or reading, I’m hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, I live in the UK with my husband and children.
Ten Romantic Gestures That Matter to Women
When I started writing Keeping Secrets, it became obvious very quickly that Felix, the hero needed to win Ebony over very quickly. But Ebony is a very down-to-earth lady and grand gestures and bling wouldn’t work on her. So Felix had to use more subtle gestures which include some of those listed below.
1. Leave her a romantic note around the house or send her a romantic text or email.
2. Dance with her
3. Cook her favorite meal
4. Surprise her with lunch or take her out to lunch
5. Tell her she’s beautiful
6. Wake her up with breakfast in bed
7. Whisk her away somewhere exciting for the weekend
8. Buy her flowers or chocolate
9. Pamper her
10. Rub her feet/run a bath/ massage her shoulders after a bad day at work
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?
Placing his cup back on the table, he turned just as the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen walked into the room. A slow-building smile curled his lips. The best thing he’d seen all day stood no taller than five-feet-eight, although a couple of inches could be attributed to her print platform sandals. Slender, but with curves in the right places, enough to hold.
Why am I even thinking about holding on to a stranger? She must have walked into the wrong room.
Elegant. The word whispered across his mind.
Smartly dressed in a black, silver-embroidered linen tunic and with dark-blue skinny jeans that clung to wide hips, she had the refinement he liked in a woman without the haughtiness.
She halted at the door, luscious lips parting as her brown eyes widened, her emotions so easy to read. Disbelief. Acceptance. Joy. Then she walked towards him, her lips widening in a hesitant yet glorious smile.
His heart crashed into his ribcage before racing off in a sprint.
“It’s true. You are awake.”
Her voice drawled akin to a soft velvet whisper, sending warm shivers to all the wrong places in his body as she leaned over and gave him a hug.
Dazed, he lay there basking in her heat. It seeped into his body and her floral perfume tickled his nostrils. Speechless and enthralled, he watched her. She straightened up, took his hand, and held it between her warm, soft, much smaller ones. His heart rate increased, his body’s response to her touch unmistakeable.
Desire. Powerful, heart-stopping desire. It coursed through his veins, filling him with the need to hold on to her. Yet, he wanted more.
Frowning, he looked up at her. She moved her coppery-brunette hair back from where it fell over her face. Long dark lashes and curved brows framed her golden-brown, almond-shaped eyes. Her skin looked so flawless he wanted to reach out and touch it; her lips so sensuous he wanted to pull her back down and taste them.
“Happy Valentine’s day, Felix. I’m sorry I wasn’t here when you woke up. Please forgive me.”
As she spoke, tears pooled in her eyes, inciting a sudden need to take her in his arms and soothe her fears. Berating himself, he stiffened his body instead.
What is she playing at?
Angry at himself for responding to her, he withdrew his hand from hers. He missed her soft skin.
Her eyes widened, enquiring and confused. He ignored her and asked the burning question in his mind.
“Who are you?”
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: To celebrate the release of Keeping Secrets, I’m giving away a goodie pack which includes $20 Amazon gift card, signed paperback of An Engagement Challenge, Keeping Secrets t-shirt and face cap.
Eligibility: Contest is open internationally to entrants over 18 years or whatever age is applicable.
How to Enter: In the comments, tell me what is your favorite romantic gesture AND complete the rafflecopter to enter the contest
Deadline to Enter: June 30, 2014
Where to connect with Kiru online:
Website: http://kirutaye.com/ (for book excerpts and free short stories)
Blog: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com (for the latest news and giveaways)
Amazon: Amazon author page
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKiruTaye