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Mercenary Wife – 1

Mercenary Wife – 1

EPISODES: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. ♥ It was a fashionable society wedding. The kind that dazed the imagination of guests and that had them talking above whispers. More »

He Knows You – do you?

He Knows You – do you?

Who better than the one who created a thing to know it? I always think to myself, I know myself. No one knows me like I know myself. No one gets me. More »

Dinner For Two

Dinner For Two

EPISODES: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. CHAPTER ONE  ♥  The thought of her made his heart skip. It literally did—each, and every moment, he thought of her. And he thought of More »

Body On My Doorstep

Body On My Doorstep

EPISODES: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. One ♣ THE jarring noise punctured my eardrums, pierced into my subconscious and destroyed my lavish sleep and picturesque dream. Damn! I hated alarm clocks. I More »

Key To My Heart

Key To My Heart

KTHH EPISODES TEN  ♣ ♥ ♣  HE rattled the iron-cast knocker that swung down the side of the gate. He hadn’t knocked first time he’d stopped by, he was doing so this More »

Key To My Heart

Key To My Heart

EPISODES: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. ONE ♣ ♥ ♣ THE sun was still up in the sky but shadowed by the More »

The Forgiving Lover – my 1st story

The Forgiving Lover – my 1st story

TFL: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. This was my first ever written story. I wrote it at 13—June/July of the year 1990. Then I self-edited it three months later, October 1990. More »

Unfaithful 2 – Flash Fiction

Unfaithful 2 – Flash Fiction

“How long have you been seeing him?” Again. My head reminded my battered heart to add again, but I could not muster the effort. “A month or so.” Ama didn’t look at More »

This One Night – Micro Fiction

This One Night – Micro Fiction

So yesterday Toykathy made a teasing remark on the Writers’ Guide 101 post about me writing an Erotica. Not a genre I have particular talent for but I once had my trial More »

House on the Hill

House on the Hill

EPISODES: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. One ₪ MOYO TRAMPED DOWN the dusty sidewalk of the two-lane highway. The evening sky More »

Kiss Me If You Can – 1

Kiss Me If You Can – 1

EPISODES: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Kiss me if you can. It’s the title of a Ghanaian movie, I know. Not quite original since there is Catch me if you can More »

TIT FOR TAT – 3

TIT FOR TAT – 3

Read Two. PART THREE  ADESE emptied the content of the last pot into the bin, then took the bin outside and came back in through the kitchen backdoor. She blew out a More »

The Marriage Ultimatum

The Marriage Ultimatum

TMU EPISODES CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE ♥ He had gotten back to their hotel room and found her gone. She had taken only her handbag and phone with her. The suitcase she’d brought along More »

 

WG.101 – The Romantic Suspense Subgenre

It is back to class. The inconsistency of our Fiction Writing lessons is becoming worrisome—at least for me. I do have to recommit to doing this, and doing it well and on schedule.

So today, we will be taking a “short” look at the ROMANTIC SUSPENSE subgenre. There are some who consider this Romance subgenre to be an independent genre on its own. By its popularity and marketplace success, I personally believe it has earned the right to own its own place.

The Romantic Suspense subgenre (or genre) entails a fictional story with equal measure of intrigue (danger, if you like) and romance. A storyline wherein one of the protagonists would be in danger, or someone quite close to the particular protagonist would be in danger—a danger that maybe life-threatening or something equally as worrisome—while the other protagonist would be part of the solve-the-problem, knight-in-shining-armour team.

Key To My Heart

KTMH EPISODES

SIX 

♣ ♥ ♣ 

PATTI was still asserting to herself that she was done with men and with love—and with relationships, even as she entered into the house. And because all her assertions didn’t seem to be taking the firm hold they usually did, her face was masked in a scowl as she jerked up the polythene-bag in her hand.

“Your Diclofenac, with instructions on how to take them.” She deposited the bag on the wooden centre table with too much energy. “Why aren’t you beaming and thanking me?”

“Why didn’t you pick your calls?” Nnadim countered with a scowl of his own.

“What calls?” Patti’s scowl switched to a puzzled frown.

“I called you three times.” Nnadim clucked. “I wanted to tell you to get me my Yoghurt drink from Obi and I wanted some of those salted crackers.”

Margaret X – 2

MX EPISODES

2

I AM GROWING

 

I grew up fast, and not just in body. My mind was opening, learning, developing. Knowledge, of all that was available to me, was unwrapping itself to me. I was curious. I was eager. I wanted to know, and I sought knowledge of all that I, at that moment, thought that I needed to know.

I was now fifteen. That is according to my given age by Sister Mary-Cynthia. I was also a senior student. That in itself was my greatest excitement. It was like I had walked long and far and had at last pushed open this very distant and elusive door.

I was a senior. And I felt like a senior.

Key To My Heart

KTMH EPISODES

FIVE 

♣ ♥ ♣ 

SHE gaped at her grandfather.

The old man stared adamantly back at her. “I am telling that I am in dire need of that medication the good doctor said he’ll be having sent down from Asaba. I barely slept last night. My poor knees kept me awake for hours on end.”

“You barely slept during the night? And since when did you begin to willingly admit that your knees ache you?” Patti’s eyes narrowed even more with suspicion.

“Stop cross-examining me like a prosecution lawyer.” Nnadim snapped. “I said I barely slept and I need the medications the good doctor recommended. And I need them now.”

Help Please

Good morning, folks. Hope we all started this new week in the best of spirits. I kind of did… lol.

Please I need a little help from anyone willing to give it. I am beginning the writing of my last novel for 2016 next Sunday… hey, I said last novel, not last story or last novella or novelette *wink*.

Anyway, I need to get a solid job description for my heroine. I want her working in an office (not a doctor, nurse, lawyer or even engineer). Just a regular worker. Doing well enough. Not rich, not poor… just steady, hehehe.

I don’t plan on going into the details of her job. I might not even mention it more than twice. But I need to know clearly what she does and to know what her duties entails. I also need to know which industry she works under. So, I need someone, anyone, who is willing to talk to me about their job. If you are a guy and a lady can do your job, please let me interview you. If you’re a woman and you work in an office and possibly work in a unit with colleagues doing same thing, I’d like that better.

Please just indicate your willingness to share your job details with me and I will send you an email with my questions.

This is really important to me, so I will appreciate a couple of choices so I could chose from the lot.

Thanking you all in great anticipation. Meanwhile, let’s enjoy these little jokes.

Cheers


For the Blind

A shopkeeper with no conscience put by his door a box with a slit in the cover and a label reading, “For The Blind”.

As people came into the shop, many were compassionate and dropped money into the box. A month later, the box disappeared. When someone inquired concerning it, the shopkeeper chuckled, and pointed to the window. “I have collected enough,” he explained. “There is the new blind.”

Still Crooks

The editor of a small country newspaper, furious over several government bills that had been recently passed, printed a scathing editorial with an enormous headline:

“HALF THE LEGISLATORS ARE CROOKS.”

Many local Politicians were outraged and exerted tremendous pressure on him to print a retraction. He finally gave in to the pressure, and ran his apology with the headline:

“HALF THE LEGISLATORS ARE NOT CROOKS.”

Key To My Heart

KTMH EPISODES

FOUR 

♣ ♥ ♣ 

SHE only had a few deliveries that evening and since all four were closely located, she was done within the first hour of her leaving the farm. Though it was well past six p.m. the sun refused to slide back behind the sky and chose instead to deceive folks into believing that there was still enough day to do the things they were desperate to get done in twenty-four hours.

She wasn’t deceived herself, not quite. She wasn’t small-town minded enough to calculate the passage of time by the direction and brightness of the sun, she had her wristwatch to do that for her. But if the sky was still bright enough to provide natural light to her pathway, she might as well take advantage of it and take care of the toiletries shopping she’d earlier earmarked for the next day.

Margaret X – 1

EPISODES: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

1

I AM MARGARET X

 

MY name is Margaret—

That there was the problem—I didn’t know what my surname was. I had one. One I was registered in school with. One that appeared on my baptismal card. One that was added after my name when I visited the hospital weeks back on a bad case of Malaria Parasite.

But that surname wasn’t mine. No, it didn’t belong to me. It didn’t come from my place and time of birth. And that too was another problem—I didn’t know my place and time of birth. I didn’t know the woman who birthed me and I didn’t know the man who sired that birth. I didn’t know who I was, where I came from and if I dared be truthful, I did not know where I was heading to.

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