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Review of Stay with Me

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Stay with Me was recommended to me and so I purchased it and settled down to read it. I read it in one night. From the first page, I appreciated that Stay with Me was just my type of book. The phrase ‘page turner’ has always meant for me – a book that packs a punch with every page – and that is Adebayo’s book. So let’s delve in. First of all, the title. I love it. I don’t want to give any...

Thicker than Water Excerpt

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WORDS   Ayoola summons me with these words – Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I’d never hear those words again.     BLEACH   I bet you didn’t know that bleach masks the smell of blood. Most people use bleach indiscriminately, assuming it is a catch-all product, never taking the time to read the list of ingredients on the back, never taking the time to return to the recently...

Thicker than Water is Now Available on Okadabooks

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I have finally gotten round to dropping another novel on Okadabooks. It’s really quite shameful. The Men She Loved was published in 2014 and it was put on the platform for free. I remember telling myself that, since it was my first completed novel, I would use it as a test to see if people liked my work and to grow a fan base. If it was successful, I would then work on writing another book for...

Three is a Crowd_Chapter 8

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Later that day, Dotun gave her the list of the women on her train and Demi created the group. As Dotun had promised, they were all warm and they all promised they would send their measurements as soon as they could. Perhaps she had overreacted about the whole bridesmaid business. Dotun was her colleague and they had gotten along very well in the past. Perhaps she hadn’t meant to fall in love with...

Three is a Crowd_Chapter 5

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Jameelah wasn’t going to stop, that much was certain. Demi picked up the phone and turned away from her family. “Hello?” “I’m coming over.” “Jam…I’m really not…” “I’m almost there.” At that moment, Demi heard the sharp horn of Jameelah’s vehicle beeping relentlessly. Of course, it wouldn’t make Baba walk any faster – he was incapable of doing anything quickly. She dropped her phone on the bed and...

Three is a Crowd_Chapter 4

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Lllit was as beautiful on the inside as it was on the outside. The reception area was a fusion of greens and blues and whites and on the wall behind the receptionist was painted a sultry woman wearing nothing but her gele. People walked up and down confidently in their spandex and half tops. In fact, as far as she could tell, everyone in Lllit was already fit. What on earth were they still paying...

Three is a Crowd

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Whilst Jumoke was occupied with Ajapa and the club pledge, Demi scrolled down the pictures on Instagram and her hand stilled when she came across the video of Tosin’s proposal. The video started from the point when Tosin got on one knee, and sure enough, there she was just standing there in the way of an otherwise magical scene. She groaned. “What’s wrong aunty Beedee?” “Nothing Jum Jum.” She...

Lipstick Called Forever

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  She wrapped her five stubby digits around the lipstick. It was the colour pink, which was her favourite colour, and she wanted to look nice today. She turned the tube until it came all the way out and then she pressed it on her mouth, leaning against the mirror so that she could see clearly. Chief Teddy was watching her with his dark beady eyes. He was supposed to be the lookout but...

Unto the Third

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So I have started writing my third novel (and in case you’re wondering, I have not done anything with my second – editing 100,000 words is scary). This third novel is a lot like my first, in that the genre is the same. Because of this, I am finding it easier to pace myself and the novel is moving along nicely. I am currently approximately 8,000 words in. Unlike with my first novel, I won’t...

How To Name Your Character (With Sense)

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Names are important, even in fictional tales; perhaps especially in fictional tales. Names trigger our prejudices. Hearing or seeing a person’s name sets off stereotypes in our heads, without us even realizing. Whether or not these stereotypes are wrong, when you come across the name Fatima, you may find yourself picturing a dark skinned female with kinky hair, or an olive skinned woman with...

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