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Let’s talk: Premium Stories

Good morning, folks.

Please, e-fam, let’s all be a part of this conversation, as it is very important. Do not ignore, or swipe past without reading and leaving your thought on the matter. Thank you all.

So, many would recall that I’ve once, maybe more than once, talked about having a page/category where premium stories… i.e. stories that readers will have to pay to read will be posted. I recall talking about it sometime last year. Probably around February of last year and a few readers had encouraging thoughts on the matter at the time.

Well, that plan is still on. It was actually only delayed because I was looking out for a Payment Gateway where mobile recharge cards could be used. And I do believe I have at last found one.

Negotiations are still ongoing though and I am still evaluating them. But it is very likely I’d be employing their services. There are not many choices out there in cases like this.

So, the point of this post is to find out readers willingness to pay for a story. I have so many… in short, too many storylines and new ones crop into mind everyday, so that I cannot keep up with writing for publishing with the ideas I’ve got. It will take 3 years of monthly consecutive writing to offset the storylines I have right now.

So are you interested and willing to read premium stories and by that, I mean, are you willing to pay to read?

Let us note that whilst I’m seeking readers opinion, it does not mean that if the majority says: No, we’re not prepared for premium stories: that these stories will automatically become free reads.

No, that won’t happen. Such storylines would only be left for when I have the time to dedicate to their writing and publishing.

And also, saying no does not mean I will do away with the idea. It is something I have been considering and have even weighed on the other angle of posting a couple of chapters of such stories and then stop to publish the stories into eBooks.

I hope we understand each other there.

I am only, and very much, interested in knowing how many of us will be interested in a Premium Stories section and are willing to pay for it.

So, let me hear from you. And also, if you have better suggestions or have any idea how I could charge for stories using a recharge card payment system, let us hear it too.

I thank you all for reading and patiently await your responses. Y’all have a nice day now.



LSDL will return tomorrow please. Thank you.

Trailer – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Stefan Dikko-Jack has a life most young people dreamed they have.

He just turned 30 and he had everything going for him.

A family that loved him like he was Isaac, Samuel & Jesus all made into one to become this “golden” child. Then he has a job that garnered him a hefty six figures at a time when folks screamed “recession” like it was a spiritual-cleansing mantra. Then he was in love with a gorgeous woman and he had the satisfaction of knowing he was loved right back.

Life was perfect.

He thinks that.

But every wise man… well, if he has had the experience to be thus wise… knows that life is never perfect. Especially when you think it is perfect.

Then he gets a new offer that ticks up those six figures and in a city many Nigerians don’t mind moving to… at least once in their lifetime.

Surely the angels in heaven were singing a special Hallelujah on his behalf?

Stefan certainly thought so.

Then he moves… And he meets… And he’s shocked.

And the questions begin.

What does a man do when he discovers a thirty year old secret?

How does he deal with a secret that changes everything he once knew… and leaves him shattered?

Who does he turn to when everyone in his life seem to be part of the conspiracy he cannot comprehend?

Some folks say: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.

But can he when everything has become so unsettled?

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie : a short story that will have you taking another look in the mirror.

A story that will reawaken in your heart that ever-gnawing question: Who am I?

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie : meet Stefan Dikko-Jack and the discovery that changed his perception of life.

This Blockbuster Story opens on Life and Spices.com: 12 January 2017.

Viewing Time: … *The right time*.

Viewing Days: Thursdays & Sundays.

It’s just a 4-part story… but you don’t want to miss any part.

Now, the question is: What is that one secret that when uncovered, you can’t let it go?

Let’s share, folks, while we wait Stefan Dikko-Jack to tell us his own discovered secret.

2017 On Life and Spices.com

It’s a brand new year and it is time to set the pace for 2017 on Life and Spices.com where TM David-West writes *wink*

This is going to be a VERY busy year for me, and by God’s grace, a successful one too. So, time management is key. At the moment, the issue of electrical power is still a big one for me and its effects are major on my works as a writer and a blogger. But I will have to work with what I’m able to.

So… 2017, what does it hold for us as writer and readers on Life and Spices.com?

Right at this moment, I can’t say.


I have built a bunch of titles for 2017 and they are all on my story-list incubator. Thing is, I don’t know how many of them I can pull of before the year is over — All? Some?

Can’t say. It’s going to be a really busy year for me as a self-publishing writer and I am, presently, uncertain how much of my time I can spare for free-reads on Life and Spices.com.

But there will be free-reads. There will always be free-reads. It’s how I roll *wink*.

But… Free-Reads for 2017… and maybe beyond… will not always be long stories… not anymore. They won’t even be novelettes all the time anymore. My writing for publishing will be taking more of my time from here-on and the little time I can spare for Free-reads might only accommodate short stories.

Short stories the word-length of Tit For Tat and Bet Gone Wrong. Where I can, we will have longer stories the word-length of Body On My Doorstep, and possibly three times this year, we will do a long, long-enough-for-your-reading-pleasure, Romantic story. But such long stories will not exceed three this year… and possibly subsequently. They may even, at some point, be entirely eliminated or reduced to just one or two a year.

C’est ça la vie… That is life.

Seeing as Thursdays and Sundays story updates suited my writing schedule last November and December, I will maintain that schedule for the first quarter of this year. If there will be changes, I will announce thereafter… if not, we go on with that schedule.

As we all know, and though many don’t care for it, Life and Spices.com is not just about Fiction stories. It is also about life, about relationships with God and our fellow men and it is about just being there on our little e-space and possibly having a little fun. It is also about learning.

So, other sessions of the blog like the Writers’ Guide 101 will be restored and by God’s grace, taken more seriously. I will also be making time to discuss some of my thoughts on life and relationships and our Soul Train session will keep its place.

Most of these sessions will just go with the flow of my writing schedule and available spare time. So, let’s keep an eye open for what is what.

All right. What comes first?

A short story to open the New Year.

It is titled Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. A Trailer Post would be made on Thursday and we’ll all be a part of it, sharing what our reactions will be when we uncover a long-time secret.

It is a 4-part short story. It will begin on the 12th of January and end on the 22nd of January 2017.

After this short story, we will have our first long Romantic story of the year, which will begin on the 2nd of February and end… when it ends… hahaha. This first love story is titled: Surprise Baby. It’s gonna be interesting… I think.

Thereafter… well, I don’t know what is next after the love story ends sometime in March. It’s likely going to be a short story or a series of Flash Fictions. Whatever works for me.

So, get set for Let Sleeping Dogs Lie and keep an open mind.

I have a lot of carry-over 2016 unfinished works for publishing, so it’s a busy, busy, BUSY time for me. So, bear with me and enjoy Life and Spices.com as it comes. Whatever the story, whatever its word-length, whatever its genre, one thing I promise is this: I will do my very best and I will strive not to bore anyone.

As usual, thank you all for being a part of my e-fam. I love you all and truly appreciate your presence here with me.

Oh, by the way, if you have a story line, or know a good story, hit me via my WhatsApp line at the footer of the blog or via my email address: tmdavidwest@lifeandspices.com OR tmdavidwest@gmail.com. I love originals and if it makes it into a published work, you get a free copy and maybe a dedication page *wink*.

Once again, Happy New Year and wishing everyone all of God’s blessings.


2017 – HOORAY!

Hooray, it’s 2017!

We made it!!!


Welcome to 2017. Sit back, raise your eyes and hearts to God and await the most beautiful year of your life to begin unfolding.

My only counsel: Live each day as if it were your last… and you have a desire to be somewhere else even more beautiful.

My 2017 resolution: Be the very best me… no apologies to anyone.

Happy New Year, everyone. I love you all.


2016 – in review

A couple of hours more to go.

It’s amazing how we’ve come from January 1st 2016 to December 31st 2016. 366 days almost gone, with only a few meagre hours left to call the year a day.

I bet we are all grateful to see this day. I sure am. It went by so fast but I am, and I know we all are, grateful for every one of its day we were blessed with.

As I woke up this morning, still in my mother’s house and getting set to return to PH, I remembered that if my father was still alive, today would have been his and my mother’s 40th Wedding Anniversary. I remembered this morning and then, I simply thanked God for “what is” today.

How has the year been for you?

How did 2016 treat you?

For me, it started me on the last walk of my thirties and just for that, I learned, chose to learn, many things. I chose to let go many things and I chose to begin to “foresee” the coming of many things. It was a good year. Not as good as I’d hoped, and prayed, for but good. Good, so I am thankful for the moments and the hours and the weeks and the months and the year I was blessed with.

It was a good year for me as a writer and a blogger too. Again, not as good as I’d prayed for, but surely better than last year. This year, I published 5 eBooks, one of them a novel I’d been re-writing since 2014. It was a good year too for lifeandspices.com.

So many things I prayed for and did not receive. So many things I did not pray for and was given. So many, many more things I am still hopeful for. Today, the 31st day of December 2016, the very last day of the year, I say THANK YOU, LORD for 2016.

So, how was 2016 for you?

How was lifeandspices.com for you in 2016?

This was our first full year as a self-hosted blog, so share your experience here this year.

Which one of our free-reads delighted you most?

We had quite a few —

* House on the Hill

* Key to my Heart

* Body on my Doorstep

* Dinner For Two

* Beyond the Grave: Blood of the Innocent

* Mercenary Wife

And a bunch of short stories and Flash Fictions.

So, which one did it for you? Which was your 2016 all-round number-one?

As we reminisce and share, I thank everyone for being a part of LifeandSpices.com in the year 2016. I thank all who made it a point, and an act of affection, to purchase any, or all, of my eBooks. As this year draws to a close, I pray the Lord God Almighty to bless you and to lead you, and yours, majestically in 2017.

Thank you for sharing this year with me. I love you.


Lol – Shirley Goodnest

A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking alone to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.

So she had the idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her. The neighbour said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour’s girl he knew. She did this for a whole week.

As the two kids walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy: “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?”

Timmy nonchalantly replied: “Yeah, I know who she is.”

The little girl said: “Well, who is she?”

“That’s just Shirley Goodnest,” Timmy replied, “and her daughter, Marcy.”

“Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?”

“Well,” Timmy explained, “every night, my mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ’cause she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm it says:

‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life’

“So I guess I will just have to get used to it!”


Lmao… May “Shirley Goodnest and Marcy” follow you today and all the days of your life… if your sense of humour is alive and sharp, say “Amen!”. Lol. Have a wonderful day, folks.


Welcome December

Oh my, we didn’t do this the very first day, but the month is still all new and all glamorous and we are still celebrating the freshness of getting into December, the very best, most glorious month of every single year… yay!


So, it’s welcome to all LS e-fam members to this amazing month. And to all celebrants, birthday celebrants and all anniversary celebrants alike, may this month be the very best you’ve had this year. May every single day of this wonderful month of celebration, bring you reasons to rejoice and to share your joy with all around you.

This too is my man of the millennium’s birthday month, so I’m especially wishing my M a happy birthday in advance and also wishing us both a joy-filled, happy-days-filled, mega-money-filled, twins-filled married life as we get set to celebrate our fourth year together as “Dearest & Pretty… Lol.

Have a blast this month, everyone, and may the last days of 2016 be the very, very, VERY best for you all.

Love you all,

Happy New Month… *muah*

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