#GuestPost “A Booktiful Love” by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi

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 Starting Out As A Writer—5 Things You Should Know

by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi

 Here are five things every new writer should know. Especially for those who have plans to become a published author someday.

 1.)    Writing might not be your best route to becoming a millionaire. You might have even heard the phrase bandied around that many Authors do not sell more than a hundred books in their lifetime. So, if you’re looking for a breakthrough career, writing might not be the perfect job for you.

2.)    I want to be a full-time writer. This might not be the best decision a new writer will make in their lifetime. From the points enumerated above, only a few writers make a living from their writing gig. So, writing on a part-time basis is not a bad idea. This is one of the best ideas I can give you as a writer who works as a consultant on a full-time basis.

3.)    Originality will take you farther than you could ever imagine. It is very important to find your own unique voice and avoid trying to write like someone else. It’s okay to have mentors and role models, however it’s not always a great idea to start out your writing journey as a wannabe writer. Being original has been a great catalyst to my literary growth and I can’t recommend that enough. Avoid plagiarism and stealing other writers work like a plague.

4.)    Be passionate: Imagine the feeling of resuming at a new job. We are desperate to impress our bosses, to show them how lucky they are to have us as a new hire. That is the same passion we need to carry into our writing game. You might not start out as an exceptional writer, but passion will keep you interested in becoming a better writer. Passion will help you see reading as a major factor in becoming a better writer. And don’t be a part of writer’s that do not read books.

5.)    Create your platforms: Many writers are always looking out for platforms to help them showcase their works. And when these platforms are not forthcoming, they complain of lack of opportunities. The best advice that I always give to writers is to always create their platforms. Start a blog, a YouTube channel, and any other platform that might help to give you greater visibility as a writer.

 To wrap things up, don’t start out as a new writer looking for validation on Social Media. Don’t judge your writings by the number of likes and shares you receive on social media. Stay motivated, hungry, and don’t stop roaring.



Date Published: 08 May 2020

Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle Ltd


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A Booktiful Love is a collection of poems that deal with the entirety of
human experience in its various forms. Didactically rich, the poems explore
ideas ranging from love, relationships, and patriotism to marriage,
morality, and many other concepts pertinent to daily living.

Given its variety of themes, what unifies the poems in this collection is
the simplicity and ambiguousness of language which the poet employs. The
poems draw their strength from their clarity and meaning.

These are poems with a purpose. Poet Tolu’ A. Akinyemi didn’t shy away from
this fact, as he wrote in the poems “Writers” and “Write for
Rights.” The poet’s philosophy is evident in this collection. To him, a
writer is saddled with the responsibility to use his words to teach, preach,
and fight for freedom.

He writes:

“Let’s change the world, one writer at a time,

Write those words till the world gets it right.”

Another special attribute to this collection is the poet’s experimentation
with words. This is clear right from the title. The poet identifies himself
as a creator of words. The reader is obliged to travel into the mind of the
writer in each poem, to understand how his mind works. As readers approach
the end of this collection, they not only become engrossed in its didactic
richness, but also will appreciate the uniqueness of the poet’s style and
the sense of responsibility he carries.

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 About the Author

Tolu’ A. Akinyemi hails from Nigeria and lives in the UK where he has been endorsed by the Arts Council England as a writer with “exceptional talent”. Tolu is the author of seven outstanding books, one of which is a collection of ‘short essays’ encouraging you to “Unravel Your Hidden Gems”. The five other books form the basis of his poetry collection, ripe for future growth, and which includes Dead Lions Don’t Roar, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark, Dead Cats Don’t Meow, Never Play Games with the Devil and his latest release, A Booktiful Love. He has also authored a widely acclaimed stellar collection of Short stories titled Inferno of Silence.

A former headline act at Great Northern Slam, Crossing The Tyne Festival,
Feltonbury Arts and Music Festival, and featured in various Poetry
Festivals, Open Slam, Poetry Slam, Spoken Word and Open Mic events in and
outside the United Kingdom. His poems have been published in The Writers
Cafe Magazine Issue 18 and 57th issue (Volume 15, no 1) of the Wilderness
House Literary Review and many other literary outlets.

His books are based on a deep reality and often reflect relationships, life
and features people he has met in his journey as a writer. His books have
instilled many people to improve their performance and/or their
circumstances. Tolu’ has taken his poetry to the stage, performing his
written word at many events. Through his writing and these performances, he
supports business leaders, other aspiring authors and people of all ages
interested in reading and writing. Sales of the books have allowed
Tolu’ donate to charity, allowing him to make a difference where he
feels important, showing that he lives by the words he puts to page.


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#CoverReveal “Love in Numbers” by Scarlett Cole

Title: Love In Numbers

Series: Love Distilled

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Model: Lucas Loyola

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs


Connor isn’t in the market for messy.

His life is going completely according to plan. He’s set to become CEO of his family’s company, his Ironman time is better than ever, and his regular poker nights with the guys are his one night a month he can stop worrying about counting macros and indulge himself. What he doesn’t need is a relationship with Emerson Dyer—daughter of his father’s lifelong enemy and most-hated rival.

Emerson’s life is nothing but messy.

Since her father died, leaving her CEO of their gin distillery, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Emerson is barely holding it together—what she doesn’t need is a complication like Connor Finch. Sure, his abs do look like they’ve been photoshopped, but she has no time to spend counting them. It’s her company’s numbers she should be worrying about. Still, there’s something about the way he makes her feel.

Together, they’re perfect.

Connor knows he and Emerson don’t make sense on paper. Too many differences between them—and one big secret that could destroy Emerson’s family business tells him to cut and run. But for once in his life, Connor doesn’t care about messy or imperfect—because the fact is, Emerson is the one perfect thing he needs in his life. Now if he can only convince her . . .


Scarlett Cole is a contemporary romance author that calls both Toronto, Canada and Manchester, England home. A born city dweller, she periodically quashes the urge to live in the country by hiking up a mountain to remind herself that living away from people would terrify the pants off her.

She believes everybody deserves their love story to be told and loves her heroes on the rough and rugged side…and usually tall (because she married one of those 6ft 6” men you read about in romance!). She’s an A-type personality and Scorpio star sign, so good luck getting her to do anything she doesn’t want to.

When she isn’t writing, she’s happy to talk hot men and expensive shoes while drinking a cold gin and tonic. Don’t bring up olives. As far as Scarlett is concerned, they are the devil’s food. As long as you don’t bring up olives, she’s happy to hear from any time.

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When their lips met, he could taste the gin on her lips. Her tongue met his as boldly as the gin had done, bursting with life and flavor.

Her hand went around his neck, tugging him toward her, and he had half a mind to take her on the bar. Only the recollection that they were in her workplace stopped him from acting upon it.

When they finally broke for air, Emerson grinned. “When I said let it roll over the tongue, I meant yours not mine.”

“It tasted better on yours,” he said. “I needed a second opinion on the citrus.”

#BookTour “Missing Colors: A Novel” by Lana Orndorff

General Fiction

Date Published: August 25, 2020

 Publisher: Three South Press

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Friends since childhood, Logan Ritter and Hunter James are now only held together by family ties and a history of codependency. Logan is a doctoral student and teacher who wraps himself in work, Hunter’s parents, and his other long-time friend, Missy. Meanwhile, Hunter, struggling to balance his summer undergraduate courses, a part-time job, and his ever-increasing alcoholism, becomes obsessed with a misguided young woman he’s never met. As their university town experiences unprecedented fear in the summer of 2002, each man’s life becomes blurred by self-absorption, assumptions, and full-on delusions. When faced with some undeniable truths, Logan and Hunter must decide how to untangle themselves from the false realities to which they’ve been clinging.



She and Hunter had a minor dislike for one another due to both of their strong personalities, but we all hung out in high school anyway. Before the girlfriends, the career choices, and the stress of being an adult, it was me and my two best friends, who, together, gave me everything I needed. Missy was my rock, holding me steady and providing me with support that I can never fully thank her for. Hunter was the scissors, cutting jokes, farts, and tension. He made us laugh. To complete the metaphor, I guess that made me the “paper” of the group. The bookworm. The smart one who maintained an A average for me, and a C average for each of my friends. Many of our nights were spent with the two of them individually coming up with ridiculous plans to start a band or to steal some liquor from Missy’s parents’ prized, but locked, collection. Things were different then. Missy was right: we were different then.

“What were you doing this time last year?”

“What?” Missy’s randomness still throws me off sometimes.

“Think about it. What were you doing with your life this time last year?”

“Finishing my Masters thesis on The Canterbury Tales?” Not sure if I’m right, my answer comes out like a question.

“Exactly. And what was Hunter doing?”

“I don’t know. Tell me.”

“How the fuck should I know? He was probably sitting on his grungy couch drinking vodka from a plastic handle.”

 About the Author

Lana Orndorff works as a freelance writer and lives in Chicago with her husband and son. Missing Colors is her debut novel. As a reader and writer, she prefers beautifully tragic stories that fracture her heart. Because of this, her husband rarely takes her book recommendations.


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#ReleaseTour “Total Fake (Broken Ridge #1)” by AJ Love & Danielle Breeze

Total Fake by AJ Love and Danielle Breeze



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Genre: NA Romance

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She broke his heart.

He broke her faith in people.

With a past that should have defined them, will they break all odds and make it through? Or will they, simply, break each other all over again?


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#CoverReveal “Round of Applause” by Marilyn Barr

Strawberry Shifters Book 2: Round of Applause

Paranormal Romance

Date Published: 11/2020

Aurora Turner embarks on a post-graduate adventure to find her forever family only to be captured by the Sluagh, soul-sucking Fae exiles. While she is grateful to be rescued by the Strawberry shifters, her Prince Not-So-Charming is a little hasty when he starts picking out their wedding china.

Destiny gives James Martin a second chance at love. Aurora may prove to be more of a hazard to herself than the Sluagh ever were. He has the daunting task of keeping her away from sharp objects, and from ogling his best friend, Nate.

Nate Wagner is shocked when Aurora passes the prophesized shifter smell test identifying her as his mate. The beta male competes against the mature courtship skills of James with his own modern twist.

However, will his devotion to James keep her out of his arms or will they create their perfect family—one they never dreamed of?


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Marilyn Barr currently resides in the wilds of Kentucky with her husband, son, and rescue cats. When engaging with the real world, she is collecting characters, empty coffee cups, and unused homeschool curricula.  Join her mailing list at http://www.marilynbarr.com/contact/ to receive her monthly newsletter, the Strawberry Rumor Mill, to hear the latest news from Strawberry KY, USA.

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