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Sample Sunday : HE KNEW HE HAD HER STUCK

Hey y’all. writing is going really well. Picked this project back up last Sunday and I’ve made considerable progress. Here’s the first unedited sample from To Breathe Again.

Enjoy!

Her boss ignored her plea. “Yes, that’s why I expect you and Lara to get together to exchange notes and all the contacts she has lined up.”
“But Sir…”
“No buts Isoken, you’ve always been one of the best. When you decided to come back, I was excited. You can do this.”
Isoken’s eyes diverted to Tekena who refused to meet her eyes. Instead he scrolled through his phone casually. “Based on yesterday, I think you know enough to go over what I’ll need before next week…”
Dismayed by his audacity, Isoken forced on a smiled but narrowed her eyes at him. Wasn’t this the same man that insinuated she might not know what she was doing? The glint in his eyes told her that he knew he had her stuck.
“Sir, Lara will be back Monday…” Isoken tried again.
Tekena lifted his eyes to Mr. Gambo. “I’m a busy man and every hour is precious. If it’ll be a problem, I can let the Co—”
“Oh no that’s no problem at all,” Mr. Gambo hastened to reassure him. “Miss. Adolo here will be your contact from now on.” He then turned to her. “She’ll make this campaign her utmost priority.”
I can’t believe this clown just threatened our contract.
There was no way Mr. Gambo believed he had that kind of power. But then, one could never be too sure. A smooth American accent and loads of money could make anything happen in Nigeria especially from a famous son of the soil. One thing was for sure, no matter how smooth he was, she was cursing him out after this stunt.
“Good,” Tekena met her eyes for the first time. A smile lingered on his lips. He looked at his watch. “If you you’re free for lunch, we can get started on what needs to be done.”
“Now?” Isoken shook her head. “I already ordered something from across the street. I have another meeting in an hour. And a couple more after that. Besides, I haven’t gotten myself acquainted with the campaign.”
In all honestly, she spent a considerable amount of time the previous evening getting familiar with the project, but she didn’t want to give Tekena the satisfaction. She’d rather eat sand.
“Don’t worry about it. I’ll have my secretary move your calendar around.” Mr. Gambo immediately picked up the receiver, dialed his secretary and gave her instructions.
Isoken glared at Tekena who winked at her. She felt like a prostitute whose pimp was offering her to the highest bidder.
“Okay, that’s settled. Lara should be forwarding her files to you as we speak.”
Isoken turned to leave the office. “Great, I’ll go get my purse.”
She knew her voice held no excitement but at this point she no longer cared. Lara would be excited to let this go. Now it was her headache.
“Oh, Isoken, you can also take the remainder of the day off.”
She paused, took in a breath then turned to face both men, with clenched teeth, she responded. “Thank you.”
I guess I’m having sand for lunch.

Drop a comment, let me know your thoughts. I’m shooting for a November release day. It’s been a long time coming. But it’s coming.

Peace & Blessings

Unoma

New Release: Second Shot

The second book in the Billionaire Pact is now available!

Here you get to know Hakeem and Mariama. You first met Hakeem in Vegas Nights and there was a scene where Darius sort of eluded to the love of his life. Well you get to meet her here.

In her eyes, he fumbled his one chance. The audacity of him to want another.

His mission: convince her that he deserves a second shot.

Between them lies deceit that threatens their desires.

Enjoy!

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Peace & Blesseings

Unoma

Dear White Christian Publishers, Black Pain Isn’t For Your Gain…

To get a clearer picture of how I feel right now, imagine the angry feeling from the Emoji movie. Yea…him

Unless you have totally been removed from reality, you know the world is in timeout right now.

Between COVID 19 and the present racial reckoning, a whole lot has been happening. With that said, there has been a so-called awakening in industries that have fostered systemic racism for years. All of a sudden, they “weren’t aware and want to do something”. I’ve always been hesitant in my speech because as a first-generation Nigerian-American who lived her childhood and early adulthood in Nigeria, I understand I have a certain privilege living in America for the past two decades.

I am able to do a lot of the things I do here because I stand on the backs of African Americans(Black Americans) and the fight and blood that has been shed for years. I however do my part to educate my fellow Africans and lend my voice to the cause and culture. But I digress…

One of such industries is the publishing industry. A stunning hashtag on Twitter some time ago…#PublishingPaidMe had me disgusted. I’ve experienced my own share of racism as well as systemic racism working in Corporate America but what that hashtag revealed was just too much.

Overnight there’s a call for #ownvoices #diversestories, all the big to intermediate mainstream publishing houses are now trying to “do their part” I was kinda skeptical because;

  1. Indie publishing no longer has the stigma it once did. I’ve never needed a publisher to validate me. And this is due to many hard-working, talented indie/hybrid writers who have done wonders to revive Black Romance. From Christian fiction, Urban, Paranormal, and every subgenre in between.
  2. How will they market and promote these stories if they aren’t making changes from within by hiring Black editors(of all kinds), working with Black blogs & promoters or Black indie bookstores?

Now to the title of this post and why I’m fuming….you would expect Christian Publishers to be different when it comes to bias. But then look where we are in America..photo ops in front of churches and ish.

Lo and behold, not only are they behind but I promise y’all Jesus is not in that mess, they call themselves doing. So here it goes, I attended a call today( Aug 1, 2020) to “shed” light on the state of Christian Fiction and what they are looking for in #own and #diverse stories

Y’all ready? In a nutshell. They want BLACK PAIN. Well Dear White Christian Publishers, Black pain isn’t for your gain!!

Here’s a paraphrase: Race stories are hot right now. You’ve (Black Americans) had the experience of slavery.

So one of my sheros who reads my work and knows what I am about askes where African stories fit in this “new era”. I’ll pause here, in case you don’t know, or this is your first time here…I do not wax stories of African oppression, I do not tell downtrodden stories of social injustice. Those are not the type of stories I tell.

Newsflash: Black people are entitled to Black Joy! And Black Love that doesn’t come with PAIN. We deserve it!!

I showcase the fantastic culture, experiences, food, music, the scenery from the Continent the media doesn’t show while telling stories of faith. Featuring real people. The kind Jesus came for, those who are flawed and are only redeemed by the grace of God. Our daily struggles clinging to the cross and remaining anchored in faith, hope, and love while living in a fallen world.

Here is the answer to the question of where African stories fit into White Christian Publishing:

Very close paraphrase: “Unless the stories are stories of AIDS, POVERTY, or MISSIONARIES, going to Africa to build wells or it takes place on a Safari… readers( white women between 40-70) and the Christian Publishers won’t really go for it.”

Big African cities with African characters basically not needing the white man as a savior apparently does not cut it.

It’s taking everything in me not to curse right now. Yea Jesus works on me daily. Are you freaking kidding me?? Is that what Africa is to white American “Christian” readers??

You come to our land, steal, massacre, and loot our people and resources. Hundreds of years later, YOU still want to profit off BLACK PAIN? When will your conscience kick in?? I have no idea what Bible you’re reading? But Jesus is not in that. This is why people are leaving the church. We are not the example He has called us to be.

I will be here all day if I go into every single stereotype about Black America and Africa I heard on this call in 2020!!! To crown it however BLACK readers aren’t a demographic that can really make a difference in terms of buying power to sway what white Christian publisher want…

I’m so so done…

Yo America tuck your shirt in, your devil is showing~ Wale

Unoma