This week welcome fellow Decadent author Kathy Bosman whose work is featured in the Ubuntu line. Tales of Africa are always so romantic, aren’t they? This one looks like no exception to the rule. The book is Dragonfly Moments. Here’s Kathy:
Today is my second stop for my first ever blog tour. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon voucher and five swag bags for the whole tour. I’m going to be posting a different slant to my book every post so it’s not going to be boring. We’re going to have fun. If you want to enter the giveaway, go to the Rafflecopter table at the bottom of the page.
My book, Dragonfly Moments, is a romance set in Africa. I loved working on the settings of this book to open up a new world for readers as very few romance novels are set in Africa. Thanks to the Ubuntu Line of Decadent Publishing, this is changing. African writers from all over Africa are writing wonderful stories set in this exotic location. Hold onto your seat, there are more books coming ….
Even though the book was set in my home country, it took some research. I don’t live in Johannesburg where it was set so I had to look up images on Google. That’s my favourite way of getting a feel of a place. Tessa’s art gallery is in Nelson Mandela Square which is a tribute to our ex-president, Nelson Mandela. He’s a world-wide hero for liberating the black people from the Apartheid regime. They’ve dedicated a square to him with a statue in the middle and a history museum with some shops around. I thought that would be the perfect spot for Tessa’s new art gallery.
From this place to several suburbs of Johannesburg, to the children’s home in Soweto and the pavement art in the centre of the city, the reader is taken on a journey.
But the best journey is the journey inside Tessa’s heart. Tessa loved once – very deeply in fact but she’s changed over the years. Her focus has become to have a family. Not that she doesn’t want a man by her side but she’s afraid to open up her heart too much. A family full of happy children would suit her just fine. She’s found the perfect man to be part of that family, so when a previous love, Ryan, comes back into her life, she’s knocked off her equilibrium by the effect he has upon her.
Ryan soon proves he’s more than an old crush but rather a much-needed friend as her relationship with Mark starts to crumble.
But then Tessa falls in love with an orphaned baby ….
“You’re making a mistake, Ryan. Coming in here and trying to bring up the past. It’s too late now. I’m committed to Mark and have found a life for myself. You never wanted me then. You loved Annie.”
“I didn’t love her. I loved you. And you promised forever….”
His voice was resigned, and then he winked at her as if to dispel the tension. It did no such thing.
The letter at the back of the sketch had promised she would love him forever, hadn’t it? She had believed she would never love anyone as much as Ryan and that he showed her what true love was.
“You never loved me.” She dropped her gaze onto her lap. “We were just good friends.”
Pushing up her chin to pretend that her heart wasn’t zinging with emotion, she started to walk toward the one wall to adjust a painting. He grabbed her hand. She tried to pull away, but he firmly pulled her close.
Heat and energy radiated off him and his manly scent encompassed her. Even his breath was a sweetness she wanted to drink in. She took in the shape of his face, his mouth which drooped slightly to the left, his skewed jaw line and the prominent cheek bones. His eyebrows were dark and perfectly shaped, and he had such long eyelashes. Yanking her burning hand away, she made sure her back was facing him.
“I was blind to the true treasure. All the time when I was going out with Annie, I really wanted you, but I couldn’t do that to her—dump her for her best friend. I’ve loved you for years, Tess. I’ve been trying to find you. No other woman has measured up, and I’ve had several relationships. And you’ve become so beautiful.”
She faced him, her mouth partially open, devoid of words. He’d loved her? Why didn’t he tell her then before it was too late?
His gaze followed her from head to foot, and heat branded her face while a spark ignited her body.
“But I wasn’t then. You thought I was ugly. You must have because Annie was so beautiful and you never looked at me.”
“I did. Besides the kohl and black clothes, you were adorable, especially in your pajamas.”
Tessa wasn’t usually one to blush easily, but fire lapped up her whole face and neck. “But the way you used to look at Annie. She had the most stunning legs. Long and muscular.”
Ryan smiled. “You have better legs than Annie.”
She pulled back. For a moment, he had her in a trance. Maybe she should leave Mark and pursue this. Jump right in. No, of course not. Who was Ryan now, anyway? She hardly knew him. He could disappear again. Mark cared for her and he was the perfect match to build a family. That’s all she needed.
Kathy loved reading and writing from early childhood, but her dream to write books was put aside until her kids were small, and she had little mental stimulation. The writing became a passion as well as her love for romance. She hasn’t looked back since writing her first romance novel in 2007. She homeschools her three children so in between deciphering algebraic problems for her teenage son (with little success), conducting science experiments, and tackling piles of laundry and dishes, she miraculously finds time to write books and read many others for fun.
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Connect with Kathy Bosman online:
Website and blog: http://www.kathybosman.com
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/KathleenBosman Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenLBosman