The One Where my Debut Novel Instantly Lands at #1!

about the book

Not Just Another Interlude

Title – Not Just Another Interlude

Author – Lara T. Kareem

Publication – May 22nd, 2020.

Publisher – Love Africa Press

Genre – Contemporary Romance & New Adult Fiction

Sewa’s decision to steer her love life in the direction she wants instantly backfires, prompting her to halt her quest for love and focus on other more important things like getting a job. Fate has its own plan and puts her in the path of the man of her dreams, Jide.

Jide isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. Crossing Sewa’s path more than once, he doesn’t leave it up to chance because there is something special about her.

When their budding relationship suffers a huge blow, Jide will have to prove to Sewa that love is worth fighting for.

AVAILABLE ON: OKADABOOKSAMAZON USAMAZON UKB&NKOBOSMASHWORDS 

My Thought

I can’t believe I am typing this, my book baby, my feel-good contemporary Nigerian romance is live and out in the world, where people have actually spent their coins purchasing the books, I’m so floored by the love.

It got released early cause it was meant to be out on the 25th of May, which now has me scrambling to have this post up…but the icing on the cake, I got to see my book chart as #1 New Release on Amazon, in the category African Literature.

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I keep on downplaying the fact that, I wrote a book—submitted the manuscript and it got approved, people found my book baby worthy enough to add to their press. It’s crazy. I can’t wait for the overwhelming moment when it fully hits me, because I’ve just been in a daze these past days, now I’m anxiously awaiting reviews, which I’m sure will be coming in soon lol, but here’s to keeping positive vibes.

excerpt

I wonder what would happen if I threw caution to the wind—damn the consequences and the domino effect it could have on my life. If I walked up to him and told him straight, “I want you to be my future.” I’m exaggerating a bit—the worst that could happen is he flat-out says no and proceeds to end whatever it is that we have but haven’t entirely defined or named.

I would run away if someone I’ve known for less than a month comes up to me and makes such a declaration—although I wouldn’t if it was him, though. I’m way in over my head when it comes to him. It’s like Cupid shot an arrow that hit me on my right butt cheek, from the moment my gaze fell upon him. And when he spoke to me, I knew it was a match made in Heaven.

Love-struck. That’s how I describe myself, ever since that day. Nothing else comes close to explaining how I feel, so it has to do, and I have a feeling he feels the same way, or else I’m going to dig a massive hole in a forest and pay someone without a heart to bury me alive.

To hell with it. I’m doing it. After a quick trip to the ladies’ to make sure I look good and embody a woman who is sure of herself, confident and exuberant, I walk out of there like I own the place and immediately slam into a body. It’s not pretty: I lose my footings and fall right on my ass, and I may not or may have screamed as I went down. Is God trying to send me a message?

“Do you need a hand?”

I look up at the human brick that has me ass sitting on the floor of a restaurant, and that’s when I realize that I am still down on that hard surface. I take the hand he has stretched out, and he helps with pulling me up.

I’m dying of embarrassment now. I can feel people’s eyes on me and glance around to see several people looking at me with smiles on their faces while some seem sorry for me, and some just shake their heads before returning their focus to the reason why they’d come to this restaurant in the first place.

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I had a wonderful chat with Oreoluwa of  Story Story Oh. I was a featured guest of her blog series Author’s Delight, where I discussed being a writer, where I spoke on writing Not Just Another Interlude & A Guide to Publishing.

Interesting Links

Please support me! Don’t forget to add Not Just Another Interlude on Goodreads and also to your TBR lists and to-buy lists, the eBooks are available—OKADABOOKSAMAZON USAMAZON UKB&NKOBOSMASHWORDS 

ABout the Author

Lara

Lara Tommy Kareem is a literary publicist, editor, enthusiast and blogger based in Lagos, Nigeria. When she’s not working, writing, reading or catching up on her favourite TV shows, she can be found talking and taking pictures of and blogging about all things literary. You can read free stories written by her on her website.

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8 thoughts on “The One Where my Debut Novel Instantly Lands at #1!

  1. Yessoooo! Way to go! I’m very excited to jump into this one. Please let me know what you need to spread the word and you got it!!!!
    I’m very proud of you

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