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5 Years Later, 5 Things I’ve Learned.

Hi there!

Today is my fifth anniversary in publishing. In addition to being thankful for you coming on this journey with me, I want to share 3 things I have learned along the way as a published author.

First of all, I want you to know that I still consider myself a new author, but this journey has taught me a thing or two. I can share the glamour of holding your baby in your hand. Or yes it is glamorous, for me at least. But I want to share with you my transparent truth, it just might be yours as well.

5Years In Publishing

  1. Let your voice come naturally to you. I had to start with this because one of the things that stopped me in the beginning was I told myself I’d never sound as great as those who I’ve admired for years. Well, I was right, they are them and I am me. When God made each and everyone of us, He broke the mold, figuratively of course 🙂  So instead of trying to copy someone’s voice, hone the one that God gave you.
  2. The passion for your story will dwindle: The thrill of a new idea is always exciting. I have woken up many nights so excited. But as time goes on, the allure of these characters dwindle under the craft. The number one thing I do is to step back and let the characters loose. One of the reasons the passion may dwindle is the characters aren’t doing what I told them to do…free them but don’t throw away the story. You can’t fix a blank page.
  3. You will not feel like writing every day…and guess what? You don’t have to. I know you see those quotes all the time about “write everyday”, “a writer should be writing” while true, that’s an enormous amount of pressure. I do not write everyday, but I also don’t write only when I feel like either. I set goals for releasing a book and follow my word count action plan to get it done.
  4. Growing a platform takes time. It will not explode overnight. That’s just not how it works. You have to post consistently. You have to put up valuable content. You have to make an effort to build your platform every single day. But don’t be so busy looking for the masses that you forget those that are with you now. Nurture them and they will help you spread the word. I LOVE MY AFRO LUV BUGS, they are my rock readers and I’m so grateful to them.
  5. Writing/Authorship/Publishing are three very different things. Be clear about what you’re doing and who you are. Publishing is a business and should be treated as such.

Have you read my titles? Check them out here

Keep walking in the direction of your dream. It might not be writing but whatever it is, keep at it. Good things take time.

Peace & Blessing,

Unoma

 

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It’s Release Day

Hey there! It’s release day. My tenth book is now available!!

To Live Again: An Invisible Shackles Novel

The devastation of Itohan Adolo’s tragic love story fuels her anger at the world and distance from her faith. That is until Osaro Ikimi comes along. Although he wasn’t looking for love, he wasn’t one to let an opportunity pass him by.
Just when the couple tries to give love a chance, the opportunity for revenge against her ex falls in Itohan’s lap. Unable to let the opportunity go, she sets a plan in motion. However, the satisfaction she feels is short lived when she discovers that the plan will also destroy the new love she’s just realized she can’t live without.
Love isn’t supposed to keep records of wrong but that’s easier said than done. Will they lean on their faith to heal the damage or are somethings just beyond repair?

Will the roar of his love be loud enough to silence her demons and teacher To Live Again

 

Pick you copy, read & review. Oder here

Daalu nu

Peace & Blessings

Unoma

 

A Sitdown with Jabir & Damisi Danjuma

Hi there ladies and gents,

I had this interview stashed away but other things came up. First, I had to do promo for the first two books in the Sons of Ishmael series. Then I tidied up Mended With Love and believe it or not, I am already in half way in my 2018 release.

This interview takes place before the couple’s Abuja wedding. That is before the interview I did with Rasheed & Ibiso.

I knew people couldn't be trustedso why did I let down my guard for her_She

Since they were in the Detroit and I was in Atlanta, I Skyped them for a quick chat. So without further ado here they are….Jabir & Damisi

When we start the interview Jabir was on his way home from work. He was late but I got started anyway.

Unoma :Hey Lady. How have you been? You look great.

Damisi: Hey Unoma, thanks, so do you. I’ve been doing well. Things have finally settled down.

Unoma: It was crazy there for a minute.

Damisi: You have no idea, It was like I was about to lose my mind.

Unoma: But you pulled through. (I laugh) We can laugh about it now but you do understand while the fans were so vicious in their attacks?

Damisi: I would be lying if I say I didn’t understand their annoyance. The minute I took a public mantle, I had a platform and I was a role model to some whether I wanted that responsibility or not. So I do get it but a sister wanted to crawl under a rock somedays.

Unoma:But that man had you sha. Six whole years. You kept it together for so long, then you just surrendered huh? (LOL)

Damisi bugs her eyes at me in mock surprise: Have you met my husband. He is charming, sexy, smart, loving and caring. I could do without his over bearance. And his arrogance…you have to love him to get it.

Jabir: But you still like it though.(Jabir walks in and kisses Damisi full on the mouth. He doesn’t even care that I’m sitting there and I got to go get dinner started in my own house)

Unoma: Jay…(I laugh when he gives me a warning look and wraps his hand over his wife’s shoulder, pulling her closer to him) What? That’s the only way I could get your lips off her long enough to answer my questions.

Jabir: What you got? How you doing? You look good.

Unoma Why thanks. You don’t look to bad yourself. At least you don’t look like what you’ve been through.

Jabir: No I don’t. Thank God but it was rough for a while.

Unoma: Yea that’s what I and Dami were just talking about. She understood where the fans where coming from in their criticism of her.

Jabir: Fan or not,  I not I wanted to sue each and everyone of them. But we got through that and then…

Damisi: Angela wanted to rear her ugly head. I mean she is cute but that situation made me sick to my stomach.

Jabir: And I’ll spend the rest of my life making up to you.(he kisses her forehead)

Unoma: Aww isn’t that sweet. How are the twins?

Jabir & Damisi : Spoiled.

Damisi: And it is going to get a whole lot worse when we go home for the wedding in a couple of months.

Unoma: Are you excited?

Jabir: Me I’m like whatever but whatever my baby wants she gets.( Jabir’s phone rings and he looks at it.) I gotta get this.

Unoma: So how is your family doing? Dad better?

Damisi: Oh yes, he is much better. I thank that man over there( she points to Jabir by the fireplace talking on the phone.) He sends him money and checks on him medically often

Unoma: So what’s next?

Damisi: Mosaic is doing really well. What started off as a way to share my pain had blossomed into something cool.

Unoma: That;s how it always is. We gotta use our pain for purpose.

Jabir: Sorry about that ladies. Unoma, Kammy says to ask you if you coming to Naija for the wedding. You and him got things to discuss.

Unoma: Tell that man to let me be great. When I interview Rasheed and Ibiso he can say whatever he want to say then.

Suddenly one of the babies start crying.

Damisi: That’s my que. I will talk you soon girl. Thank you for telling our story. It wasn’t an easy one but it was so worth it. (She kissed Jabir’s cheek and left.)

Unoma: All right Dami. Thanks for talking with me. I turn to Jabir) So how is the family life?

Jabir smiles so wide, I can literally count his teeth: It’s what I never knew I wanted but can;t breath without. Those three ladies are my life.

Unoma: I bet. You want a boy?

Jabir turned back like in feigned fear: Why you trying to cause friction in my happy home? (We share a laugh) Yes I do I need to even things out a bit, but Dami will kill me if I even mention it now. But Imma get my boy believe that( he winks)

Damisi yells: Baby, I need some help.

Jabir stands: The madam calls I gotta go but Ill see you soon.

Unoma: A’ight cool. Kiss the babies for me.

Jabir will do

We end the call.

I hope you enjoyed my short time with them

Kammy is coming in 2 days…Have you ordered your copy? You can do so here

Blessings

Unoma

 

 

 

 

 

Living With Expectancy: Damisi Danjuma of Mosiac

Hello Everyone,

Damisi here! Did you catch Ibiso’s article a couple of weeks ago? I loved it, if you missed it get it here. As I was preparing to my article I had to really contemplate over where God has brought me from. You see for me, my struggle played out in the public eye. Oh, I wanted to hang my head in the sand and just die. It is harder when you fall from the pedestal the public put you on. However, for me, I didn’t just fall but I was condemned. Condemnation came from the fact that I should have known better. After all, Christians never make mistakes, right? (Side eye)

Living an expectant life is also about forgiving yourself for past mistakes, accepting His forgiveness and walk in the predestined purpose He’s called for you. It means knowing that your latter days will be greater than your former day no matter how dark your reality is.

My reality was so dark after the huge scandal that broke out. I couldn’t forgive myself because I acknowledged that at a point, I stopped trusting to the Holy Spirit to move my television show the way it was supposed to go. Instead like Sarah, I decided to help Him out. Just like Sarah, it was a disaster. A pure disaster. The press ate me alive. If not for my husband, family and friends I have no idea how I would have survived.

The truth of the matter is that God loves us unconditionally. He will be displeased at our mistakes and we will often have consequences for our mistakes but nothing can separate us from His love. While that is biblically true, raise your hand for me, if sometimes you feel unworthy and so beat yourself up the more.

Through grace my mistakes serve a purpose, instead of serving shameDamisi Danjuma

I have my two hands raised high. That was me. I was forgiven, I know I was but I couldn’t accept it. So, I keep moping around with my head in the sand. The enemy will try to rob you of your hope. Without hope there is nothing to live for. I got to that point. I was a failure and a disgrace. Sponsor dropped me left and right. I was fired from my job, what more could go wrong? Well everything did, but I have a God who heals the broken hearted and is a lifter of my head but I gotta expect that good things will come out of my mess. And it did. I was fired from my show Becoming Ruth and in the ashes of my despair, the beauty that is known as Mosaic was born. How I came about the name is a real cute story, I tell it in my book Anchored By Love.

A lot of amazing things have happened since God lifted my head from shame. I can’t wait for you to read about them in Kammy’s book, Mended With Love. If you haven’t pre-ordered it do so here. And while you are at it, say a prayer for Ebele because that brother in law of mine has no sense. I do think she can handle him thought

My hubby is doing well. Still overbearing but I and the girls love him regardless. If you haven’t read our story, what are you waiting on. Order it here and catch us tomorrow right here on the blog.

You’ll hear from me soon in Mended releasing Oct 6th…that’s Friday! In the meantime, remember, in the words of Donnie McClurkin…” A Saint is Just a Sinner Who fell down and gets back up.” You will fall, after all we are not Jesus, but don’t ever let the enemy tell you that you can’t get back up. Peter denied Jesus 3 whole times. Jesus was his buddy, they rolled tight. But still he denied Him but Peter got up and on him, Christ built His church.

Damisi Danjuma