From Christina: As a member of the Internet Writers’ Workshop, I have the awesome opportunity to get to know writers from all around the world. Today, I’m pleased to introduce Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam from Enugu, Nigeria. Her first novel has recently been published by Ankara Press. Read about the story here, and then read two delightful excerpts Chioma has shared. Enjoy!
About the Story
For performance poet, radio broadcaster and recently jilted bride Kambi, the serene Obudu Mountain Resort is the perfect place to finish her poetry collection and heal her broken heart.
But along comes Beba, the gorgeous, olive-skinned man from her past, who had rescued her from an attack several years ago. Back then, they came close to having a relationship but Kambi had pushed him away. In the lush mountain setting, can Kambi resist Beba’s charms and keep up the pretence of being his fake fiancé in order to help him in his quest to find his mother? Or will a phony engagement be the key for Kambi to begin Finding Love Again?
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Kambi had thought of Hunky Beba as an angel. Before he went for his masters they had spent some time together. She began to admire his smile, his eyes, his calm demeanour, his intelligence, and experience. She loved the way he treated her with respect. But she had felt so overwhelmed by emotions that she decided to end the warm friendship that they had built. She had always been the cautious kind – choosing her priorities carefully. He, too, had said he was afraid of getting hurt. Orchestrating fights and quarrels: these were her strategies for discouraging him. Once, she had turned down his invitation to accompany him to a dinner party to meet some good friends of his.
It was the only way she knew how to protect herself from emotional hurt – shielding herself from love. Back then, the thought of commitment made her feel stifled, as though strong hands were gripping her throat and blocking her windpipe. Then, she was young and naïve.
Now, there was the new deadline for the submission of her poetry collection to her agent, and she just couldn’t handle another distraction.
“Quite an attractive man, isn’t he?”
“Who?” Kambi replied, feigning ignorance. One look at him sent shivers down her spine.
Mina raised her chin towards the window where the man was standing, staring into the sky.
With both her arms resting on his broad chest, her fingers inched up slowly and locked behind his neck. The tempo rose and her body shivered. Lost in the throes of wild kisses, her mind stopped working. She didn’t notice when his hands slid down her waist, didn’t notice as they caressed her back.
Her hands pawed down at his muscular chest, and she leaned closer. She moved her hands up to his neck and stroked his chin. She moaned again and her hands pulled his face closer. I’m losing myself in this … wonderful kiss. Kambi stop, stop … why?
About the Author
Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam describes herself as a hopeless romantic. But not that she would want to change that. She lives in Enugu with her lawyerly husband and her pretty, hyperactive daughter. Finding Love Again is her first novel with Ankara Press. She’s also the blogger at creativewritingnews.