Great reviews for Her Venice Affair

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)It’s only been out for four days and so far it’s doing great! #4,211 Paid and #23 Multicultural & Interracial Romance. I’m so proud of this book and glad that the public is taking it so very well. Success like this is enough to boast an author’s cofindence in her/his writing and it reminds us just why we do what we do– not just to hush the voices but to entertain. Thank you so much for your support. Without you readers authors are just weirdoes who talk to different people in their heads everytime you meet them.
Now how about we push it to top #100? Read, review and share it with all your friends and get them to do the same.

Here are some reviews from Amazon I would love to share with you.

“This book was AMAZING! I love how the love between Allen and Riana wasn’t rushed. The storyline was well thought out and well written. And it had emotion, and you never find that in other books anymore, what Allen went through when he thought he lost her I cried with him. I just hope that we will be getting more stories from Allen and Riana.”

“OMG…two thumbs way up for this book. It was so good I just couldn’t put it down. It had strong passion and love. It also had me reaching for tissues through the emotional parts.
I definitely recommend this book to the next avid reader.”

“This was a REALLY GREAT BOOK!! loved the writing and character development. You won’t go wrong buying this book. I would love to see what happens with her best friend Loraine.”

“This book took me on n emotional journey! It was sooooo good! I have my fingers crossed that she will make a sequel to this before she decides to write a story about Allan’s sister or Riana’s brother. Best IR I’ve read in a while!”

“This book was AMAZING! I love how the love between Allen and Riana wasn’t rushed. The storyline was well thought out and well written. And it had emotion, and you never find that in other books anymore, what Allen went through when he thought he lost her I cried with him. I just hope that we will be getting more stories from Allen and Riana.”

“I loved this book! Allen had my heart from the start and Raina was a good girl gone bad but in a good way, lol. This was my first read by this author but it won’t be last, great job!”

Book 2 His Bahamas Affair will be available in February 2014, Book 3 His Paris Affair in June 2014

Get your own copy here: Secret Craving Publishing, Smashwords, Amazon, All Romance Ebooks

Thank You and Happy Reading!!
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It’s Here! Her Venice Affair is now available.

It’s finally here. It’s been a long journey with this series and I’m glad book 1is finally out. I so love the cover, don’t you?

I love this series and I’m happy to announce book 2, His Bahamas Affair is finished. I just have to do some editing before handing it in to the publisher. Book 2 will be available in February 2014. ( 😦 It’s not that far away. the months will fly by and Feb will be here before you know it!)

To my ARC reviewers, thank you for your support, your feedback is encouraging. If you’d like to be an ARC reviewer for the entire series, leave your email under comments.

Without further adieu, I present…

Her Venice Affair

Riana and Reno Albury came to America with their mother Cora Davis who ran away from her New Providence home after she was confronted by her lover’s wife.

After their mother’s death and Reno’s deportation, Riana is left alone in NYU. Life seems to only gets worse when she finds her roommate and her boyfriend having sex in her bed. Distraught and tired of always been the good girl, she takes a billionaire up on his offer to go to Venice with him.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Excerpt:

Allan and Dante began walking towards them as Mr. Torino stopped at a large table in the exclusive corner set out for important guests. He pulled out a chair for Riana and she took it. Her slit parted to expose her leg right up to her thigh and Allan groaned loudly.

How was he supposed to sit next to her and eat with that leg taunting him?

Dio mio!” Dante exclaimed next to him.

“What?” Riana looked from him to Dante as she pulled the dress to cover her leg. It stayed put for a while before it fluidly slipped off her leg like water against marble rock.

Oh damn!

Mr. Torino chuckled, and Dante groaned his eyes riveted on her leg.

Allan cursed, quickly taking the seat next to her teasing leg and placing the napkin from the table to cover her thigh.

She looked at him with a quirked brow before she smiled that ‘oh, not so innocent’ teasing smile and said, “Oops!”

“Yeah right, little witch!”

Dante took the seat next to him laughing. “Remind me to send Guliana a thank you gift basket.”

“Remind me to send Guliana a pink slip,” Allan grumbled.

Riana giggled and cupped his cheek in her hand. “No, you won’t. She was going for a specific reaction from you, and I think she accomplished it. Her master piece was a success.”

Allan leaned in close and whispered, “Her master piece is about to be ravished under this table if she doesn’t quit teasing me.”

Riana’s eyes widened and she dropped her hand quickly picking up the menu. “Let’s order!” she squeaked.

Mr. Torino laughed taking the seat at Riana’s other side. “Yes, let’s order. I don’t believe my children will come.”

Riana held his hand. “Don’t worry, we’ll keep you entertained.”

Just then, a waiter walked to the table with a bottle of wine, “Signorina, this is for you, our most expensive bottle. Compliments of the gentlemen’s table over there.” He pointed to their right and the entire table of five men waved at her.

Allan fumed. What right did they have to send his girlfriend a bottle of wine? He should go over there and beat them with it!

She waved back, smiling. “Gratzie, but please take it back.”

The waiter’s brows furrowed. “Signorina?”

Riana placed her hand on the inside of Allan’s diner jacket and rubbed his chest as if she were trying to calm him. It calmed him all right but she notice it also quickly turned him on as her soft touch teased his peck. She knew he wouldn’t make it through dinner without turning into a caveman and dragging her off if she kept this up.

“I really do appreciate it, but if I took that bottle the saying ‘don’t shoot the messenger’ will not apply to you.”

Scusi?”

“Take the bottle back or I’m going to beat you with it!” Allan gnashed out. He kept his voice cool and low enough to deliver the threat in a way the guy would receive it loud and clear.

The waiter took a giant step back, the bottle held tightly to his chest his eyes wide with shock as he stared at Allan. Yes, he got the message.

Buy it here: Secret Craving Publishing, Smashwords, Amazon, All Romance Ebooks

Picked up an Interracial Romance book lately?

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When the tag ‘interracial’ is seen on books, it is assumed that the book is has a black heroine and a white hero, because truthfully, that is the most popular theme and it is rarely the other way round, with a white heroine and a black hero. Another rarity is a black or white lead against a lead that is Asian, Indian, Latin and other races. Examples of such rare books that I’ve read with a Latin/white and Latin/black are the Hot Latin series by Delaney Diamond with a black heroine and Latin hero, M.J. Kane in Butterfly Memoirs with black, white and Latin characters and Star Bright by me with a white hero and a Latin heroine.download (2)

I strive to write books with a whole mix of races because it’s different from the norm and tying your laces the same way every time tends to get boring. And also, I believe it makes them more interesting to the readers because there is more than one culture being explored. In real life, and though interracial relationships have been around for a few decades, people still ask this very popular question, ‘how does your relationship work when you are both so different?’

Yes, we do like to proclaim that we are a racially tolerant world- even though in some places and a few times in our day to day lives racism still exists- the color of our skin is still a gigantic determinant in whether or not a relationship will survive the long hall. ‘How are people going to react to us’, ‘I don’t believe in what you do’, ‘how will our children look like’, ‘what will my family say when I bring a black/white/Asian/Latino guy home’, ‘how long will it take before we face prejudice’.  Then all in all, they begin to feel that love just isn’t enough to keep a biracial couple together.

But just like couples facing financial problems, childlessness, homophobes and sadistic in-laws (yes, we all have that one in-law you would like to ‘forget’ to invite to your Christmas dinner) whatever is holding those couples together- I’m a romantic so I’m going to say love and it is the same thing that will hold biracial couples together. People do need to understand in a relationship, any romantic relationship is to survive, their number one concern should be their partner.

So why do authors like to write IR romance books? One, is because it’s the new fairy tale and people love fairy tales. Second, I think it’s because it is one of numerous ways to say falling in love with someone who isn’t of your race is okay. And why do readers read it? Again, it’s the new fairy tale. And second, I think it’s because they are looking for answers for the questions I pointed out earlier. Great authors bring solid authenticity to their books by bringing in an element of ‘real life’ in their books for those who write fiction and readers feel a familiarity with the book. Those who write non-fiction of IR romances based on their own life become inspirations. Authors end up being ‘therapists’ to their readers, answering questions and helping them sort through their own problems.

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Here is an interesting fact, very few readers have heard of IR romance books. And yet the bestselling romance books are IR and of course featuring black women and white men. Which begs the question, why don’t IR authors receive the same attention as authors of other romance?

I have a suggestion for you readers who have never read an interracial romance novel. Pick up an IR book and find out why people love them so much. Spice up your libraries people!

The best place to find the best IR authors and books is Romance Novels In Color . They have the best IR books listed and they also have reviews of a large number of IR books out there in the industry. Let them help you make an informed IR decision.

 

My books reviewed by Romance Novels in Color:

Star Bright http://romancenovelsincolor.com/review-of-star-bright-by-christina-ow/
Love Forever After http://romancenovelsincolor.com/review-of-love-forever-after-by-christina-ow/

Have a great Furahi-Day!!