Monday, 12 August 2013

When to say no to an editor - Guest blog and #giveaway with @KiruTaye #newrelease @evernightpub

Hello folks. I definitely have that Monday feeling this morning, so it's just as well I have the lovely Kiru Taye on my blog with some wise words and of course her brand spanking new release Scars.



Thank you so much, Doris, for hosting me on your blog today.
Hello, everyone. I'm so excited about chatting with you all about my latest book, SCARS. When I wrote the story initially it was to be included in the 7 Sinful Secrets Anthology. But when I started writing the story it soon became clear that the conflict and the back stories of the hero and heroine, Benjamin and Selina wouldn't be resolved in less than 5000 words as was stipulated for the anthology. So I wrote a different story for the anthology and decided to write SCARS as a separate novella.
Then when it came to submitting it, I first submitted it to the publisher who had published my last story. My editor came back to me saying she liked the story but because it wasn't set in Africa she couldn’t accept it (Her remit only covers African stories). She asked me to revise the story (and the series) so it could be based in Africa.
Truth be told, I wasn't expecting an R&R (Revise and Resubmit). My first response was "hmmm." And I thought about it. I could revise the story, change the settings, and change the concept of the series.
Then I thought about it some more. It would involve not just changing the location, but also altering the fundamental concept of the series. That was something I wasn't prepared to do.
So I said, "No, thank you" and submitted the story to Evernight Publishing (thanks to Doris) who came back within 24 hours with a contract offer. 24 hours! That's the quickest yes I've ever got.
Moral of the story: Editors are great people. Some editors will hate your story. Some will like it and want to change it. Some will love it. Ultimately you as the writer know your story much better than they do. So don't be disheartened if you don't get an acceptance the first time around. There's an editor and a publisher out there for you. Keep trying.

SCARS blurb:
She clutches at control to cover her flaws. He wants to strip her bare because she's beautiful.
Selina Moss hides a secret beneath her controlled happy exterior. Her body is covered in scars and she's never revealed them to anyone. She's not beautiful and she doesn't want pity.
However, it's her wedding night and husband, Benjamin Moss, is determined to strip down her barriers.
Benjamin is not playing fair, not when he's deploying breath-stealing seduction as well as mind-melting sex toys. But will he still want her when she bares all?
Be warned: contains sex toys, spanking, and bondage.

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SCARS Book Excerpt:
"There's something I need to show you in our suite upstairs."
The corners of his mouth lifted in a boyish grin as the lift doors opened. Her gaze fixated on his lips—sensuously full, they were a mix of firmness on the edges and softness on the inside—and she wondered if he would kiss her.
Her pulse rate skyrocketed as they rode up and he pulled her into the circle of his arms. He looked so handsome in his fitted charcoal suit, broad torso tapering at the hips. Leaning this closely to him, his taut muscles beneath the soft silk fabric offered protection as well as a glimpse of the possession to come. With her head on his shoulder, his all-male spice permeated her pores with every breath she took.
"You do know we can't leave our guests at the reception just for a quickie," she said. Tilting her head so she could see his face, she curled her lips in an I'd-like-you-to-take-me smile. Her womb contracted in agreement.
Truth was, she needed to get laid—the hot, fast, sweaty kind. Since she agreed to marry Ben they hadn't been together, not even for a hand job. The mad rush to organise a wedding ceremony in such a short period of time, his insistence for her to move her things into his waterside penthouse apartment in Chelsea, combined with a pretty hefty schedule at work for both of them had left little time for anything else.
"Who says we can't?"
He kissed her, a ruthless sweep of his tongue and demand of his lips. She clutched the lapels of his jacket, hanging on as sensation assaulted her.
Beneath her dress, her lacy thong got soaked as she squirmed against him. She'd worn the skimpy underwear to avoid panty-lines showing through her dress. Perhaps she should've chosen something sturdier like French knickers.
When he lifted his head, she was breathless, panting.
"Ben?" she asked when she finally got her voice back.
The dark colour of his suit emphasised the intensity of his eyes and complemented his tanned skin. With his South African heritage, his skin tone was always on the golden side, despite the recent bad weather and lack of sunshine.
"No. But I've got the next best thing for you."
They stepped out of the lift, and he opened the door to the bridal suite. She followed him in, heart pounding in excitement.
"By the time the reception is over, you'll be begging me to fuck you."
Copyright: Kiru Taye 2013

About Kiru Taye
A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she's still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book.
During the day though, she transforms her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.
When she’s not writing or reading, she'd hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.
You reach her via her Website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

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  1. OOhh...was tempted to buy "Scars". After reading the snippet is near the top of my to-buy list. Love discovering a new author.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. If you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it.

  2. Congratulations on your release, and telling it like you envisioned it.

  3. Congrats on sticking to your guns and keeping your story yours.

  4. This story sounds exciting! I am glad that you did not back down & held your ground on your story. No one can love and understand your characters, better than you.