Contest and Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye

Please welcome Kiru Taye to my blog. Her next release is Keeping Secrets. She stopped by to answer some questions and share an excerpt from her latest work, and she’s doing a giveaway. Take it away, Kiru!

Tell us about yourself.

Hiya. My name is Kiru. I’m an author of multicultural romances, entrepreneur of a small run-from-home business, wife to a generous man, mother to 3 wonderful kids, sister to 4 sometimes hilarious siblings, daughter to 2 patient parents and hopefully friend to a few beautiful souls. Okay, I ran out of labels. LOL

I transform my wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.

What do you do for fun?

When I’m not writing or reading, I’m hanging out with family and friends or traveling.

When is your favorite time of the day to make love?

When the kids are in bed. 🙂

What type of music do you listen to?

I have an eclectic music taste so it depends on my mood. It could be RnB, Rock, Pop, Country, Classical, Gospel, Afro Beats, Hi-life, you name it. 🙂

What are your favorite types of movies to watch?

It’s got to be an Action/Adventure. Give me a kick ass hero/heroine any day. I was a child of the 80s when spaghetti westerns and Chinese kung fu import movies were all the rage in Nigeria.

Short answer favorites:

Dessert. Anything with ice cream

City. Rome

Season. Autumn. I love the colours.

Type of hero. Kick ass, will protect those he cares about by any means.

Type of heroine. Fights for what she believes

Actor. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Band/solo singer. This changes so often depending on my mood

Color. Red

Cuisine. Nigerian

What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet?

Cliché. Red roses. Had a red rose bouquet for my wedding. Love them.

What is your dream car and why?

Bugatti Veyron. I love sleek fast cars

What is your favorite body part on a man?

I’m always grabbing my husband’s butt. 🙂

Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?

Not big on TV shows at the moment.

What can readers expect from you next?

After the release of Keeping Secrets, The Essien Trilogy book1,  I’m working on Scores, Passion Shields, book 3. After that would be Making Scandal, the next book in The Essien Trilogy.

Tell us about the book.  


Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?

That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of.

She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?


On the threshold of the master bedroom, she halted, taking in the space before her. The cream walls and dark wood effect reached here, too. The heavy mahogany frame of the massive bed and headboard has been specially ordered, the design bespoke. She remembered asking for the measurements for the mattress before she ordered luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets.

That had been before disaster struck. Neither one of them had slept in the bed since it arrived.

Blinking back tears, she crossed the floor, her toes curling into the velvety, beige shag-pile rug covering the hard slate.

She walked into the clothes closet and sucked in a sharp breath. Seeing the rows of Felix’s shirts and suits always triggered unhappiness. Today, she should be jumping for joy. Yet, her chest tightened and the back of her throat hurt.

“This isn’t how we planned it, Felix….” Her voice croaked.

She clutched his white shirt, inhaled deeply, and sobbed. Body racking, her legs gave way. She crumpled to the floor, the metal hook from the hanger clattering as it hit hard slate.

Could it be possible to feel intense joy and sadness all at the same time? One minute she wanted to sing her joy with a microphone. The next, she wished she could crawl into a cave and hide.

Worse, she couldn’t shake the boulder of guilt weighing down her body. This was all her fault. She’d doomed her marriage right from the start. How else could she explain that she wore a wedding band, had a marriage certificate to boot, but had never felt the warm arms of her husband around her?

“Aunty, Oga Kola is ready for you.” Bisi’s voice sounded close.

Did I leave the bedroom door open?

Standing, Ebony took one last sniff of Felix’s shirt before tossing it into the laundry basket. Though it had the crisp smell of detergent, it reminded her of the man before the accident.

“I’ll be down in five,” she said and entered the adjoining bathroom, keeping her face averted so the girl couldn’t see her from the entrance. She listened to the receding footsteps as Bisi departed.

At the sink, she stared at her face in the mirror. Her exhaustion showed, twin dark shadows beneath eyes red from lack of sleep and crying.

Cool water from the tap calmed the puffy eyes. A couple of eye drops brightened the whites, and dabs of concealer hid her sullen skin. She applied some lip-gloss and brushed out her hair, letting the tresses hang loose. It helped to cover up her fatigue.

Just like she got good at covering up everything else. She couldn’t reveal that all wasn’t well in paradise.

She slipped on her shoes, grabbed her bag, and headed out to see her husband.


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PRIZE: To celebrate the release of Keeping Secrets, I’m giving away a goodie pack which includes a $20 Amazon gift card, signed paperback of An Engagement Challenge, Keeping Secrets t-shirt and face cap.

HOW TO ENTER: 1) Tell me the type of music you like to listen to in the comments below 2) Complete the rafflecopter: Rafflecopter link



37 responses to “Contest and Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye

  1. I love me some Jaheim and Prince, but the old stuff, and a little Neyo and Musiq Soulchild from time to time. I really enjoyed reading this interview and I purchased the book because the Blurb has me intrigued.



  2. Love all types of music my favor is classic R&B


  3. lashawn williams

    R&B, Slow Jams, & gospel


  4. The type of music I listen to is mostly gospel, and I also listen to R&B and Jazz.


  5. My favorite type of music is R&B.


  6. LaTanya Lawson

    Awesome interview…
    I like a variety of music myself.
    Jazz, r&b, gospel, country, blues, dancehall . Whatever hits me at the time i guess.
    I’m so happy to be getting something new from Ms. Kiru, it’s been a few.


  7. ssmommie75

    I mainly listen to Country, but will throw in some Pink and classical. Not to mention whatever one of my teens is listening to when they hook their phones up.


  8. Fun Interview! My son has turned me onto EDM – Electronic Dance Music and I love it! Its great for power walking and working out! 🙂


  9. I like R&B, slow jams. My favorite is Ravels “Bolero”. Go figure


  10. belindaegreen

    I’m an “old school” R&B fan! I like to be able to understand and sing the words and know what they mean. Remember American Bandstand phrase….it had a good beat and was easy to dance to…… Contempo Jazz is also my next best favorite.

    I love music…period! It always makes you feel better.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Belinda G


  11. Great interview and wonderful excerpt Kiru!!

    I love all kinds of music, especially slow jams! Gotta love the baby making music!


  12. Thanks, Delaney! Loved the interview and excerpt! Kiru and I have quite a bit in common, especially a favorite color of RED and eclectic music tastes. “Keeping Secrets” is on my TBR list for this week – looking forward to it. Take care.


  13. Shamae Crosswhite

    I love R&B especially Beyonce


  14. I love metal and hard rock music.
    Thanks for the chance to win!


  15. I like a lot of kinds of music from soft jazz to country to instrumental. I love to hear singers like Celine Dion.



    R & B



  17. Sharon Roberson

    I like old school R&B.


  18. Mary Preston

    I love classical music. Mozart is my hero.


  19. I love R&B,Gospel,Hip Hop, Dance Music While I’m Working Out, & A Little Bit Of Old School Jamz. I’ve never read any of your books but I am looking forward to Keeping Secrets. After looking through your books on Amazon,I purchased “A Engagement Challenge”, I can’t wait to read this as well !!


  20. Neo-soul. Anthony David, India.Arie, Maxwell, Jill Scott, etc.


  21. I like old school music. R&B, GOSPEL


  22. I like to listen to pop and classical music.