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I’m Stella, Author & Publisher of 40 Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels. I’ve been married to my too-hot-to-handle, sexy husband for over 23 years, we have two adult children to God’s glory and live in London, UK. My romance stories feature sexy heroes who have hearts and souls and curvy heroines who are smart and know what they want. My lively, flawed characters who on their quest to find love will elevate your pulse rate, make your heart skip here & there, so that you’ll laugh, shed a tear sometimes and gasp for breath as their story unfolds. If an emotionally intense happy-ever-after is what you want coupled with a sprinkling of life lessons, turn to chapter one now & start reading. When I'm not writing, I'm having a laugh watching movies with my honey-boo, swimming like a star fish, or on mom duties with my grown-ups, or praising God in my own corner of the world. I dare you to read any or all of my steamy romance stories. I’ll love to hear from you.

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Monday 28 April 2014


Hello and a lovely Monday morning to you.

On Romance Quotes Monday, I have brought you two love quotes that have a special place in my heart. These quotes are from two exciting romance novels. Be my guest and enjoy.

RomQuote #1

“Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.”

––Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

RomQuote #2

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.

––The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The quotes are courtesy of: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/16-extremely-romantic-quotes-you-should-say-to-your-love/

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Thursday 24 April 2014

How Did He Propose? #WeddingProposal #Marriage

After watching several movies, TV programs and reading countless romance novels, I want to find out how many ways a man can ask a woman to marry him in reality.

If you're married, do you recall how your husband asked you the most important question - will you marry me? How did you react? 

Hopefully, the memory brings back colourful butterflies into your belly.

And if you're single, what's your dream wedding proposal? What's the ideal way for Mr. Right to
propose? Will the sight of your fiance going on one knee, holding a glittering gemstone in his open palm sweep you off your feet?

Better still, if you're engaged, how did your sweetheart ask you the all important question that's going to change your life? Did you burst into tears of joy or did you laugh in surprise?

In my case, my husband's proposal was totally unexpected. It was our first date. We only just met! We sat on the carpeted (with linoleum!) floor in my flat in Lagos. After a three hour getting-to-know-each-other-chat, he paused.

My husband popped the shocking question - 'Will you marry me?' There was no ring at the time of proposing, only the life changing question.

Did I cry? No. Did I laugh? No. I was too stunned to react. So, I remained silent for a few minutes, quietly asking myself if he was the one.

The answer I received was unusual - absolute peace in my heart. Then, I said a cool, 'YES'

Afterwards, the lovely chaos of engagement began. That was almost fifteen years ago. He's the best lover and husband ever! Thank God.

Yours may be more dramatic or different. 

It is your turn to indulge us.

Please share and thank you for reading.


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Monday 21 April 2014


A joyous Easter Monday to you all.

I'm dishing out love quotes from rap songs this glorious morning. Do relish the love lyrics.

RomQuote #1

Rap Song: I wanna be close

"I wanna be the smile you put on your face. I wanna be your hands when you say your grace. I wanna be whatever is your favorite place. Oh, I just wanna be close”

By Avant.

RomQuote #2

Rap Song: All I need

“You bring life to my world you give me strength to go on. And face life even when it seems all hopes gone. Labeled my wife, but you truly exceed the title. You my future my happiness, my heart my idol”

By Fat Joe (Featuring Armageddon).

The quotes are courtsey of SHE KNOWS.com

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Thursday 17 April 2014

What #Attracted You to Your #Partner?

My romantic heart keeps asking so many questions about relationships. I can't help myself.

The whole aim is to strengthen and deepen our relationship by exploring the basics of friendship.

This is a follow up post on the previous one that asked, 'Where in the world did you meet your husband or wife?'

What was the first attraction? Why did you do a double take at him or her? Was it the smile, the eyes, physique, hair, lips, sense of humour, gait, talent, family reputation, race/tribe, wealth, character, personality or attitude?

As usual, to kick start the discussion, I'll share mine.

Surprisingly, it is my husband's soulful singing voice that instantly hit a chord in my soul.  Of course at that time, I hadn't even met him. But when I saw him days later, I called out, 'Our singer...!' That was almost sixteen years ago. God is great!

If you read this post, you've got to share yours. *Laughing*

So, what was the first attraction?

Huge thanks for visiting. I look forward to reading what first struck you about your husband or wife.

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Monday 14 April 2014


Happy Monday to you!!!

For our romantic quotes today, I'm serving more than a mouthful. Enjoy.

RomQuote #1

"Kiss me and you will see stars; love me and I will give them to you".

RomQuote #2

If you want me, it takes more than a wink, more than a drink and more than you think".

RomQuote #3

"Don't say you love me if you don't mean it. Because I might do something stupid like believe it.".

All quotes are courtsey of iliketoquote.com

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Friday 11 April 2014

The Arrangement by Bethany-Kris & Why Mafia Romance? #BookTour #Giveaway

Thank God it is Friday! I have the pleasure of hosting Contemporary Romance Author of The Arrangement, Bethany-Kris. Her exciting book tour and giveaway runs till April 30th 2014. Please join the fun.

Bethany is guest blogging on a hot topic - Mafia Romance, and why she wrote about the men behind organized crime. 


A lot of people have asked me since I began the project that is now The Arrangement, why the mafia? 

Interestingly enough, I’ve had a healthy interest in all things mafia for a long time. Since The Godfather and Goodfellas, and the curiosity never really went away.

There’s something about a lifestyle and a group of people, men usually in this case, that are so secretive and private that makes you wonder. What kind of people are they? What really makes them tick? Behind those facades they use, the masks they wear, and the bad things they do, is there more to their person? It fascinated me.  

Organized crime is by no means something to joke about. It’s a serious topic. And it’s something that in the real world, it’s taken very seriously. After all, there are entire taskforces dedicated to dealing with organized crime and keeping control of it … or at least trying to.

But, for me, it wasn’t about that. I wanted to write about the men behind the organized crime families and the life they led behind the scenes. Why they were the way they were and who they would drop anything and everything for. The business, or crime, they dabble in, and why they chose that route above others.

The mafia is dark. It’s edgy and gritty. It gives a reader something to chew on, to consider. Suddenly instead of cheering for a regular hero, they’re cheering for a man that by society’s standards, would be a criminal.

In the mafia, there’s blood, women, guns and drugs. It’s all about loyalty and trust. It’s a never-ending battle. Like I said, fascinating.

If nothing else, I knew it would make for a great story. When I mixed in a bit of Russian to the plot to go with the Cosa Nostra that was already spinning around, it was the light bulb went off. 

I worried a publisher wouldn’t want to take it because of the nature and some of the subjects discussed in the novel, but I went with my gut and continued, determined to see it finished and somehow, out there for others to see, too.
I’m so glad I did. 

The Arrangement by Bethany Kris
Genre: Erotic, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
When a Cosa Nostra girl and a Bratva boy meet...

Nothing will stop the Bratva mob boss from taking back what’s his, and once he has her, he’ll do anything to keep her…

Viviana “Vine” Carducci’s and Anton Avdonin’s marriage was decided more than two decades ago. The deal between leading mafia families has more on the line than anyone knew, even if the Bratva and Cosa Nostra shouldn’t mix. When Vine’s family is murdered and she’s left with nothing more than her grief to survive the mob world alone, she believes the arrangement won’t see the light of day.

Anton can’t allow the one woman he was supposed to love get away. At the possibility of her death, he steps in to save her with guns blazing, knowing exactly what it might cost him: everything. But it’s been nearly a decade since their last meeting, and he can’t help but wonder if the woman he took back is the same girl he fell for all those years before.

Protected and loved, Vine is unable to forget their shared moments a lifetime ago, or the future she knows they’re owed. When an old flame of Anton’s shows up to rip the veil off the carefully constructed secrets he’d been hiding, she learns that nothing about her life is as it seems. But, that’s nothing compared to the bomb about to blow. Can Vine see beyond the pain and blood to take what she always wanted? And just how far will the mob prince go to keep her safe?

In a world where violence, deceit, and greed reign, your life is not your own, and sometimes, love has to be arranged.

“Why all the safety precautions if you’re expecting me to

live openly here?” she asked. “Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?”
Anton cocked a brow. “I’m hoping your uncle will be a lot

less brazen if I’m not keeping you hidden.” He still hadn’t let go of her

sides, those teasing thumbs of his rolling gently against the undersides of her

breasts in tender motions. “Deny that you want this, too, Vine. You’ve always

wanted me. You want this life because you were meant for it, and I have waited

more than long enough to get you here living it with me.”
“You’re not giving me a choice. I’ve spent the last three

years thinking that this arrangement was over, and then you come in with guns

blazing and a house on lockdown, Anton. That’s … It’s not fair. You signed my

death warrant doing this.”
Immediately, his hands left her skin. She wanted them back,

but her pride wouldn’t allow her to admit that fact. “It was already signed.”
Placing his hands to his knees, Anton shook his head and muttered,

“He was already getting ready to put out a hit on you. That guard of yours was
probably going to be the one to do it to get his in with the family. I was

hoping to see you back in the states before I approached you myself, but Sonny

didn’t give me the chance."
No one likes to off a woman, Vine.
She couldn’t help but remember Sam saying that. Would he

have done it?
“You can’t possibly know that for sure.”
The look he gave turned her stomach with fear. “I can and I

do, Vine. There are men in that organization who are less trustworthy than a

snake. Even their eyes and ears can be bought. I stepped in now

because I needed to, not because I thought you were ready, or that you wanted

me to.”
An ache settled in her chest. How was she supposed to trust

“Sonny wouldn’t kill me simply because I wanted to marry

you, Anton. I’m not worth a damn thing to him alive, nothing more than a

nuisance he has to look after.” Frustrated by his lack of expression, her

bitterness rose. “Dead I’m worth even less though, right?”
“Dead you’re worth nothing,” Anton admitted, hurting Viviana

a little more. “That is exactly what your uncle wants to achieve. For secrets

to remain hidden from his family and for his power to remain intact.”
That only left her more disturbed, emotions rolling from one

thing to the next without ever landing on just one feeling. “Our families won’t

merge now, regardless if we’re married or not. So you lied to me earlier when

you said that’s what this was about. A marriage is only going to cause more

issues. I’m worthless to the Bratva; you practically said so yourself.”

“No, you’re worth a great deal, especially if you’re married

to me.”
But, why?
“You’re hiding something from me,” she realized, hurt that

he was lying again, even if it was by omission. Viviana couldn’t decide which

stung worse—that he didn’t trust her, or that he thought she didn’t deserve to

know whatever it was. “What aren’t you saying?”
Anton looked stricken, fingers drumming a quick beat on his

thighs. “I gave them my word. It was supposed to be them explaining this to you

if they desired to—all the reasons and things that happened years ago. It’s not

my story to tell, and I promised. My word is all I’m worth if you consider the

way I live; without it, I have nothing.”
Reaching out, he cupped a hand over her knee and ran it

along the inside of her jittery leg. With his fingers moving so softly against

her inner thigh, he pressed his fingertips close enough to her center to make

Viviana throb with need. Murmuring, he said, “Can’t you try to trust me?

Viviana, you know me … you do.”
She ignored his plea. “Who, Anton?” His fingers pressed

harder at her words, grip tightening when Viviana refused to react to his

motions. What she really wanted was more. So much more of his hands on her

body, but she didn’t dare speak that out loud. “Was it my father, or

Nicoli? Who?”
“I can’t answer that right now.” With that, he stood and

held out a hand for her to take. “Come, I’ll get you back in bed for the

evening. Let you rest and get the last of that sedative out of your system. I

promise you’ll feel better in the morning.”

Too exhausted to argue, her palm met his. Anton’s lips

touched down to Viviana’s fingers in a flutter of movement. She wouldn’t have

noticed the quick kiss had she not felt the heat of his mouth brushing along

her sensitive skin. She might as well have been sixteen and falling for him all

over again.
Viviana couldn’t figure out if she was willing enough to let

him do it. It didn’t help that she wasn’t all too sure if she knew this man

anymore. Was he the same one she wanted all those years ago? Had his feelings

remained the same nearly a decade later … was that even possible? Could someone

want another that much?
What was even more frightening was that with his blue eyes

watching, and his hand connected with hers, waiting, Anton still felt like

Just like he always had.

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Tuesday 8 April 2014

Where in the world did you meet your #husband #wife #fiancée, #partner?

Welcome to Advice Bench!

As I roused from sleep this lovely morning,  a sweet thought weaved through my mind.

The question on my romantic heart was; where in the world did married people meet their better half?

I know the answer will certainly be varied, but that's why I'm curious to find out.

So many places raced through my head. I laughed as I ticked off the possible places on my fingers.

Did you meet in a bar, club, party, Church, shopping mall, Market, on the road, pub, a friend's house, office, hospital, airport, in flight, bus or coach?

My question is simple and straightforward. Please share with us where on earth you met the one and only person who rocks your world.

To kick start this conversation, I'll share mine.

Take a deep breath...wait for it...I first saw my husband in the four walls of my Cathedral! Specifically,  Archbishop Vinning Memorial Cathedral Church in Lagos (Oba Akinjobi Rd), Nigeria.

Over to you. Be as specific as you can by naming the exact location. That's what makes this topic very interesting.

Thank you for stopping by. Please share your comments, so I know you stopped by. It gives me great pleasure to read your views.

You remain unforgettable,

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Monday 7 April 2014


A warm welcome to another RomanceQuotesMonday.

Just so smiles appear on your faces this morning, I have served you two choice romantic quotes from notable movies. Enjoy.

RomQuote 1

“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

—Rhett (Clark Gable) to Scarlett (Vivien Leigh)

Movie Title: Gone with the Wind (1939)

RomQuote 2

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

—Harry (Billy Crystal) to Sally (Meg Ryan)

Movie Title: When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Culled from; http://www.1001moviequotes.com/25-romantic-movie-quotes/

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Friday 4 April 2014

Keeping Secrets Cover Reveal by Kiru Taye - #Giveaway

Keeping Secrets
Kiru Taye

Series: The Essien Trilogy, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Length: Full length novel
Release date: May 12, 2014

The Essien Trilogy - Series Blurb

Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction under the African skies.

The Essiens are the kings of
African finance. A close-knit family, their father is the patriarch of a
finance dynasty that ranges from retail to investment banking spanning the
African continent. Yet all is not as it seems as the three brothers—Felix, Mark
and Tony—soon discover when their family is rocked by secrets and scandals.
Blood ties or not, family is family.

If you like your book boyfriends to be tall, dark and handsome billionaires, then say hello to the Essien brothers.

Keeping Secrets – Blurb

Have you ever loved someone and
didn’t even know it?

That’s the dilemma facing Felix
Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful
and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding. He
who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet he
feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good
fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage
arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed but is now the adoring husband
she’s always dreamt of. She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming
between them.

However would he still feel that
way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and
their marriage is not what he thinks it is.



About the author
A lover of books, as a
teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in
boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she's still
sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book.
During the day though, she
transforms her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance
stories with passionate characters.
When she’s not writing or reading,
she'd hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she
currently lives in the UK with husband and children.
You reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest
her blog for latest news and

Read book excerpts and free
short stories on her website: http://www.kirutaye.com

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