Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Black Opal Books: Author Spotlight with Empi Baryeh - Chancing Faith

Empi Baryeh has been writing since the age of thirteen after stumbling upon a YA story her older sister had started. The story fascinated her so much that, when she discovered it was unfinished, she knew the task of completing it rested firmly on her shoulders. And somehow the ideas and the words for the rest of the story began to pour into her mind. She's been writing ever since. It wasn't until another thirteen years later, however, that the romantic in her geared her toward romance. She now focuses on heart-warming multicultural romance with enough passion to enthral readers who want a little sizzle with their romance. She lives in her native country, Ghana, which provides the exotic setting for most of her novels.

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by my blog tour. I feel honoured to have been invited over to celebrate the release of my second novel, Chancing Faith. If you’ve been following all my tour, then you probably read the piece I did about writing the other POV – i.e. a woman writing the male POV and vice versa. It occurred to me that my excerpts have all been in my hero’s POV, so today I’m unveiling a new snippet in my heroine’s POV.
I do enjoy writing the female POV. You’d think that being female and writing the female POV will make all the women in my stories sound the same, but it is fascinating to discover what each heroine comes up with as I write about her. Naaki happens to be one of my favourite heroine’s and it gives me much pleasure to share a little bit about her with you.
Here we go. A sneak peek into Chancing Faith and a new excerpt;



American ad exec, Thane Aleksander, doesn’t date co-workers either—until business takes him to Ghana, West Africa, and he meets Naaki. Now he’s at risk of breaking all the rules. Can he stop this headlong fall before it’s too late?


Naaki Tabika has a burning need to prove, to herself and others, that she’s more than wife and mother material. To do so, she’s prepared to give up everything for her job. Meeting Thane, however, makes her want to get personal. But falling for her boss could destroy her career. Will she be willing to risk it all for the one thing that can make her truly happy?

Two divergent cultures, two different races, two career-driven professionals, only one chance at true love—will they find the faith to take it, or will their hearts be sacrificed on the altar of financial success?


A light tapping sound made her sit up with a frown. Was that a knock? It sounded like it came from the adjoining door. A wave of unwelcome excitement stole into her. She chided herself. What would he be doing knocking on the door? Really. In his book she was a nuisance. Period. She leaned back in the chair, but the soft knock came again. No, she wasn’t imagining it, she decided, and went over to open it.

The sight of him made her heart flutter and she swallowed, caught off guard by just how heart-stoppingly handsome he was. Had he been that good-looking before or had he become—if it were possible—even more so? The t-shirt hugging his torso and well-toned arms made her wonder how often he worked out. Wearing it with corduroy trousers, he oozed a maleness that was almost intoxicating—a maleness that made her feel incredibly female.

Hi.” She couldn’t tear her eyes away even as she tried to remind herself that she didn’t like him.

I ordered room service. It looks like I got too much for one person,” he explained, sounding apologetic. “Would you consider having dinner with me?”

Naaki shook her head. She had to be dreaming, imagining that her gorgeous would-have-been boss—had it not been for her unintelligent declaration of his lack of manners—was asking her to have a meal with him.

Did you enjoy that brief look into my heroine’s head? If so, I hope you would consider buying the book and spending more time with her as she discovers the love of her life.

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And now a little bit about me:
I’m an author of sweet and sensual African and interracial romance, which happens to be my favourite genre of romance to read.I have two novels out: Most Eligible Bachelor, from Evernight Publishing, and my latest release, Chancing Faith, an interracial romance from Black Opal Books. I live in Accra, Ghana, where both stories are set.

My interest in writing started around the age of thirteen after I stumbled upon a YA story my sister had started. The story fascinated me so much that, when I found out it was unfinished, I knew I had to complete it. Somehow the rest of the story began to take shape in my mind and I’ve been writing ever since.

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Thanks again for helping me celebrate the release of Chancing Faith. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of and e-copy of either of my books.


L. R. Wright

Great exerpt Empi! I may have to move the book up some on my list.

Bev Irwin / Kendra James

Hi, Empi. Enjoyed seeing her side. On y TBR list.


Leslie & Bev yay!


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