Starting the New Year Off…

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! Where has the time gone? I’m still slightly shocked that it’s already mid Jan…at this rate we’ll be singing carols again in no time! Anyway, at the start of each new year I promise myself I will write more short stories for fun but life tends to get in the way (as always) and all my random story ideas get shelved for another year. So when I came across a flash fiction competition last week with a four day deadline (I work best under pressure), I decided to give it a go just to prove to myself that I can still conjure a complete tale in a few words. Suffice to say, I didn’t win (maybe I should have spent more than a couple of hours on it) but I kinda like the story I came up with so I thought I’d post it here. There was no theme (I actually wish there was!) but the word limit was 400 – 500. Hope you like it.

Refund – A Short Story 

“You can’t make me leave,” Jane bellowed at no one in particular. With her long dark fringe hanging over her eyes and her arms waving frantically in the air, it didn’t look like anyone would actually have the courage to try to move her.

When she was sure she had the full attention of her little audience, she pointed at the bag of chewy sweets she had dumped on the counter. “I was promised five hundred grams and this weighs four hundred and ninety-three.”

“But ma’am, it’s only a rough estimation. You can’t expect them to get it down to the last gram for every bag.”

“I don’t see any statement on the pack about estimations so I’d like my three and a half pence back or a full refund. I know my consumer rights.”

The rather young looking manager’s eyes darted around the store, making it quite obvious he wasn’t sure what her consumer rights were. He was probably wondering how long he could entertain her hysteria without scaring off other customers. She had been there less than five minutes and pretty much everyone had stopped what they were doing to focus on the unfolding debacle. Her glare wore him out in the end and he sighed, nodding at the checkout lady who handed Jane four one penny coins.

“I don’t have half a penny…” Continue reading

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And…it’s out! Keepers – Book Three of The Mentalist Series

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I won’t say much in this post as I have been going on about this for months but, KEEPERS is finally out! I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped throughout this process – Okey, Neso, Dumebi, Pi-lin, Chizoba, Cherese, Farah and Donna – you guys are absolute rock stars! If Oscars/BAFTAs (insert award ceremony as you feel appropriate) were being given out right now, y’all would be on the stage with me, glowing but trying not to gloat too much, heehee. Mario, Frances and Nnenna, thanks for commenting on the cover and listening to me worry endlessly about the right level of blue to include for the mist! Mum, Dad, Chi, Ekechi and Dana your emotional support has literally been lifesaving. I love you all and really hope all your faith in my work will not be in vain. I’ll shut up now.

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Locks and Life

I haven’t put up a non-book-promo post in a while (shock and horror!). Even when an idea pops into my head, I find that I don’t have the motivation to follow it through. But I’ve had a really strong yearning to blog about something totally random this week. After standing for twenty minutes on the tube last night, trying to avoid some girl’s dodgy looking (okay, it was outright unclean) Brazilian weave touching my hand, I decided to bite the bullet and just say it. I love my afro hair! No, I am not a natural hair warrior princess who will advocate nothing but the afro look, but the more comfortable I have become with my tiny curls and scanty nappy edges, the more confident I feel about other seemingly trivial but empowering things like wearing no makeup on the weekend (unless I have an event to attend – let’s not scare people too much) and not plucking my eyebrows (which I haven’t done in at least four years but always felt self-conscious about until recently).

I won’t lie, I still occasionally daydream of straightening my hair because, deep down inside, I think I look more approachable and chic with long straight hair. It kind of makes sense that I’d feel that way because I lived with chemically straightened hair for about thirty years of my life. But all it takes is one or two memories of all the little horrors I went through (relaxer burn, anyone?) for my head to snap back to the present. I suffered from dry scalp for years and couldn’t understand why oiling my scalp to death wasn’t helping. Constantly applying any form of complex hydroxide to your roots to get your hair to grow out straight will have its side effects, and this was mine. Weaves didn’t help much either because my hair is so soft, it falls off if you tug at it even a little bit. Everyone told me African hair was difficult to keep but they didn’t tell me that this didn’t apply to everyone. I never even heard of hair types 4A, B or C until I went natural. I know it sounds naïve to say this but, trust me, a ton of women out there have no clue that they might actually not need to be tied to their six weekly torture routine of hair relaxing. Don’t get me started on the insane fear of getting chemically straightened hair wet. Continue reading

Keepers (Mentalist Series #3) Cover Reveal and Release Date

It’s taken much longer than I thought to get here (yes, its been two and a half years since the release of Broken Ties – what!!??!!), but it’s finally done! Sort of…last few edits are still happening but methinks it’s safe to finally announce a release date for the third (and final) book in the Mentalist Series! If you’re a little confused as there are already three released books, Broken Ties is the series prequel so it’s technically book 0.5. But I digress! My Facebook and Twitter followers were treated to a peek of the cover of Keepers on Thursday Continue reading

Win a signed paperback copy of Aversion on Goodreads

It is giveaway time again and this time you have a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Aversion, book one of The Mentalist Series, hosted on Goodreads (home of all things bookish). The giveaway is open to entrants worldwide – oh yeah, you read right – and runs from today until the 16th of October 2016. Feel free to spread the word as always.

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Author Interview on German Blog – Lora Liest

It feels like forever since I last participated in an author interview, so when I was asked to do so by German blogger Loralee of Lora Liest, I was pretty excited to put on my thinking-hat once again. Here are links to the post in German and also in English.

[Blick über den Terrand] mit Autorin Kenechi Udogu

[A view beyond the box] Interview with Kenechi Udogu

Aversión – Español and Broken Ties in German

Since I caught the translation bug, you all know that 2016 has been primarily filled with posts about this new venture in the Mentalist Series. Well…drum roll, again…I have two more to share. Next on the scenes is the Spanish translation of Aversion! Like all the others, it is available both digitally and in paperback across a multitude of websites. Please spread the word to any Spanish readers you might know. The translation was carried out by the brilliant team of Eva María Medina Cabanelas  and María de los Remedios Rubio Fernández. Thank you ladies for  doing such a great job.

Aversión: Libro uno de la saga La mentalista

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Por primera vez para Gemma Green, las cosas deberían haber sido sencillas. Encontrar a tu sujeto, sostenerle la mirada y meterle un pensamiento en la cabeza para salvarlo de un futuro desastre: aversión completa. Un proceso bastante simple, dado que el sujeto no va a tener ningún recuerdo de la experiencia. Pero Russ Tanner no parece querer olvidar. De hecho, cuanto más trata ella de evitarlo, más presiona él para llegar a conocerla. Gemma sabe que tiene un problema, pero ¿se está enfrentando a los efectos secundarios de una aversión fallida o el campeón de tenis del instituto se ha realmente enamorado de ella?

 

Also released in May (has it really been three months?) was the German translation of Broken Ties, which ties in neatly with the first book in the series, Die Gedankenwenderin. Eva Markert and Christina Löw, I can’t thank you enough for the amazing work you did on this story.

Zerrissene Bande: Die Vorgeschichte zur Mentalisten-Serie

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Nichts war außergewöhnlich an jener Nacht, in der alles anders wurde. Es gab keine Lichter, die am Himmel aufleuchteten, kein verzehrendes Feuer in meinem Leib, kein wie auch immer geartetes Anzeichen für die Veränderung, die bevorstand. Nora Brice stellte merkwürdige Dinge mit mir an. Merkwürdige und schreckliche Dinge …

Paul Colt hat ein Problem, und es ist keins, mit dem die meisten Jungen im Teenageralter zu kämpfen haben. Ja, es gibt ein Mädchen, für das er – sollte sich jemals die Gelegenheit ergeben – Dummheiten begehen wird, da ist er sich ziemlich sicher. Aber er darf sich nicht darum bemühen, ihr Herz zu gewinnen, und auch nicht das Herz irgendeines anderen Mädchens. Das hat er davon, dass er ein Gedankenwender ist. Er ist gezwungen, sich in die Fortpflanzungslinie der Gemeinschaft einzufügen. Er weiß, einige Regeln kann man getrost vernachlässigen, andere dürften niemals gebrochen werden. Und wie lautet die wichtigste all dieser Regeln?

Verliebe dich nicht.

Niemals.

Dies ist die Geschichte, wie Paul diese Regel bricht.