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Giveaway!!! Win 4 Autographed Books Worth $50

Hey Y’all.

It’s November 1st. Can you believe it? November 1st. I just finished my blog anniversary and I’ll announce the winners of the contest later today. As you know, I decided to give away 5 books from my shelf. Anyway the giving felt so good that I will be doing it more often now. I mean what’s mine is your right? 🙂

Well I’m here to tell you about another giveaway. This time I’m teaming up with a couple of my fellow Nigerian writers. Those who have been following me for a while and are not Nigerian know that the slang name for Nigeria is Naija right?

Suffice to say this give away is called the Naija Sister Writers Giveaway

NaijaSisterWriters_BookGiveawayThe contest is open to all regardless of country of residence. Please note that contestants are required to complete all steps in this giveaway.

By entering this giveaway, contestants agree to abide by the picture requirement. Completing each step earns contestants 10 points.

1. Please follow the authors on Twitter. Twitter handles are: @YejideKilanko, @TolulopePopoola, @bimbylads, @unwankwor

2. Please tweet about the event.

3. Please note that the winner will be required to send a picture of the gift package when received. By submitting your picture to the NAIJA SISTER WRITERS giveaway, you agree to allow your image to be used for marketing purposes by the contest sponsors.

4. Please click on this link to enter the contest on The entry box is at the bottom of the page.

You can read synopsis of these books below:

Nothing Comes Close by Tolulope Popoola

Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

The Small Print by AbimbolaDare

And then of course yours truly’s An Unexpected Blessing

Thank you for entering the contest and all the best!



It’s My Party!

Wrapped_GiftsI have told the story a thousand times… I got the gift to write from God but the actual push came from my husband. I remember the day he saw my personal library overflowing with books.

“Babe, I see all these books, where is yours?” he asked That was six years ago. My blog was born and then followed my book, An Unexpected Blessing.  Suffice to say that before I even thought about writing one word, I was and still am a book addict. I mean it, seriously…so I thought what better way to celebrate my blog’s birthday than to introduce you to the books that I read. And the authors I admire..

I will be giving away five books.

Pat Simmons: I call Ms. Pat my “shero”, her books have me up till 3 a.m on a work night. Yeah that good. When I finally talked to her, she was just as down to earth as I imagined. I wanted to give way my best book by her, Crowning Glory but its not in an e format. So here is  Stopping Traffic. Thank me later and try out her Guilty will take a whole post to talk about those Jameison men.stopping




Rhonda McKnight: I really admire this author. She has a lot of great books, I like all her books. But I’m giving away An Inconvenient Friend, after reading it you might knock over people trying to get to the sequel What Kind of While you are at it you might wanna check out her new book Breaking All The Rules, its on my to be read (4)




Salt Bola Essien-Nelson: She is my sister pillar, my big sis and a woman spreading the message of Christ in the simplest of terms. She is the brain behind the Desperate Naija Woman series. Now she has a new book out True Confessions, and I’m giving it to you!





Yejide Kilanko:  She is my sister in pen. She is another sister pillar that God has blessed me with. I want to introduce her book Daughters Who Walk This Path to you. Her new book will be out next spring.





Finally, Norma Jarret: I haven’t read her work but she is a true woman of God. Dropping nuggets that give you food for thought. She is known for light hearted books that spread the message and provides humor at the same time. I have her latest book  Love On A Budget on my to read list but I’m giving it to you…tell me what you think would you?





I might have to do another giveaway soon cos this list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Of  the authors I love and are so into…but for now here are the rules:

You have to:

1. Like my Facebook page

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. Comment on this post ( You have to do 1&2 above then come here to let me know)

4. Have an Kindle or Nook. The books to be given away are E books ONLY!

5. Offer ends Oct 31st at midnight EST. Winners will be announced November 1st

Thank you for supporting me.  I feel so blessed to know these women and do what I do…..Weaving Stories of Faith, Hope & Love….

Be Blessed


An Unexpected blessing by Unoma Nwankwor

Check out this review of my book An Unexpected Blessing by Under the Neem tree. Enjoy!


17409068If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you already know that I am hopeless romantic. I confess! That is why I have a full section of harlequin-style book on my bookshelf.

I was particularly excited when I saw the trailer of this book.  The author describes the genre as a christian fiction novel. I admit when I first heard the expression I was seriously wondering what it exactly means?

About the author

Unoma Nwankwor was born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. She spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Unoma holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Banking and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Global Management. Her career is business but her talent and gift is in writing. She is a lover of all things books. Her inspiring blog post have earned her rave reviews, she also writes short stories and…

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An Excerpt from An Unexpected Blessing

her“Why didn’t you tell me?” Feranmi weaved in and out of traffic as she headed up 400 North to Alpharetta.

“Before we get to that, can we resume the discussion where you tell me how happy you are that I’m getting married?” Kayla quipped on the other end of the phone.

Feranmi wanted to kick herself for not being more excited for Kayla. Kayla was her girl. She was genuinely happy that she’d found love with a good man and was getting married. But try as she might to be over the moon about it all her own pathetic situation was throwing shade. “Forgive me. I’m thrilled. Tell me all about the proposal.”

Kayla didn’t wait a second to do so. The details were painfully romantic and so representative of the Kofi Kayla had been describing over the months. Fancy dinner, horse drawn carriage ride around the city, roses in the park; down on one knee…it was all divine. The joy Feranmi should have been feeling had finally made its way to her heart. “That sounds like something out of a fairytale.”

“It was and the ring is to die for. I’m going to take a pic and send it to you.”

“You do that. Right after you explain how Alex Montgomery knew you were engaged before I did.” Feranmi’s tone wagged the finger she couldn’t make Kayla see. “Make sure you start at the part of the story where you explain how you and Kofi are even involved with Alex.”

“Okay,” Kayla said the word with a lilt of caution. “I told you Kofi and I ran into Alex a year ago at this networking thing.”

“Yes, I remember.”

“Kofi and Alex hit it off. They did some business together. They play basketball and golf. Girl, I don’t know. I think they like best friends or something.”


“I tried to bring Alex up to you a few times and what? What did you do?”

Feranmi was steaming. Sure, she’s banned the name of Alex Montgomery from their conversations, but if he and Kofi were friends…

“Fera, don’t get angry. I didn’t really know how cool they were until a few months ago. I also didn’t know at the time that Kofi and I would be getting married, so… I tried to spare your feelings. I know how you feel about Alex.”

“I don’t feel anything about Alex.”

“Yeah, that’s why we’re having this conversation about him right?”

“I just didn’t like being taken by surprise like that. I didn’t expect it. You know I don’t like surprises.”

“Yeah, well let me get it out now then so you won’t be surprised. He’s in the wedding.”


“You’ll survive,” Kayla said. “You should try to holler. He’s getting finer with age.”

“Holler, see that’s what I’m talking about. American women pursuing men who should be pursuing them.”

“Don’t start that American, Nigerian stuff. You know I’m not trying to hear that. No culture is perfect, so stop being pious about American men.”

“I know it’s not all of them.”

“It’s not most of them. Besides Nigerian men aren’t all perfect. If they were you’d marry Bayo. Ouch.” Kayla teased.

Feranmi wanted to ring Kayla’s neck for bring up Bayo.

“I have to go. We’re calling Kofi’s parents before it gets too late over there. Wish us grace.”

Feranmi’s heat cooled. “Grace, Sis. I love you. Tell Kofi I said congratulations.”

They ended the call just as Feranmi pulled into her driveway. She stepped out of the car. From her approach she could see a long Federal Express box on the front stoop. She had no idea what it could be as she hadn’t ordered anything online lately that required shipping. She opened the door, put her things inside the foyer and scooped up the long, rectangular shaped box. She made her way into the kitchen. Pulled out scissors to slice it open and was shocked at what her eyes were looking at. Red roses. A dozen of them. She searched inside the box for the card. She had no idea who on the earth could or would have sent her flower. They weren’t from her brother because he only sent them for her birthday.

She removed it and read:

Feranmi – It was wonderful running into you today. I hope you’ll bend your rules and call me for that dinner. – Enjoy, Alex.

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