Wednesday, 31 December 2014

#Brides from #Africa #IbibioBride #AkwaIbom #Nigeria

It is great to bring back Brides from Africa.

On today's run, I bring you colourfully-attired Ibibio brides from Akwa Ibom state of Nigeria. 
The Ibibio people have a rich culture and are from the Southeastern part of Nigeria. In more recent times, the people of Akwa Ibom are now from South South Nigeria.
The Ibibio traditional marriage starts with the
'Ndidiong Ufok'. This involves the family of the groom getting to know the house of the bride-to-be.
After 'Ndidiong Ufok', the groom's family 'knocks' (Nkong Ufok/Usong) on the door to officially ask for the woman’s hand.
The knocking on the door means the family of the groom asks for the girl's hand in marriage and collects the "list" provided by the father and elders of the woman’s family.
Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim, a native of Ibibio in her marriage attire
The 'list' includes things for each member of the lady’s family from the youngest to the oldest. The day the items on the list are to be delivered is called the ‘Uno Mpo’, which means to “to give something”. 

In Ibibio culture, young women undergo 'Mbopo' ceremonial rite also known as “fattening house” ritual. 
Mbopo means “the fattened girl,” referring to the collective process of confinement, beautification, fattening, and circumcision. It is believed to ensure her purity, sexual appeal, marital fortune, and successful pregnancies. The rite also endow the woman with strength as well as the skill required to handle the unrelenting rigours of womanhood.

The traditional wedding follows after the Ndidiong Ufok and Nkong Ufok/Usong.
The bride and groom turn out in full traditional outfit.
 The ceremony involves the hiding of the groom, the bride going in search of the groom with the drink given to her by her parents to offer him, cutting of the cake and dancing till sunset.


Read more on Ibibio traditional marriage on Tripdownmemorylane

Thank you for stopping by. It would be sweet if you left comments, so I know you dropped in.

Have a glorious New Year!

Love
Stella

If you have bridal photos to share from your place, send it to me via email and I'll share it here and give you credit. I love romance and swooning over bride photos is my hobby.
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Monday, 29 December 2014

#Romance #Quotes #Monday 42

Welcome to a new week on Romance Quotes Monday! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas time with your family. I had a whale time. Lol!

I'm very excited to share these four romance quotes with you.

My husband and I attended the wedding reception of a friend recently and my husband was asked (without warning) to give words of wisdom to the newlyweds. My husband stressed the point (in the last quote) to the groom - to make sure the children take second position in their marriage.

Imagine my shock when I stumbled across the same words in the fourth quote by Hugh Hefner.

Enjoy.

RomQuote #1
Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It's the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, 'This is me, and I'm interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.'
Ashton Kutcher (American Author)

RomQuote #2
Husbands and wives, first be faithful to each other. Second, keep the romance going all of your life by courting each other every day.
Zig Ziglar (American Author)

RomQuote #3
People will always need love, romance, a tender touch, and really personal and deeply felt music.
Susannah McCorkle (American Musician)

RomQuote #4
I have been married twice, and those were not the happiest times of my life. Part of the problem, quite frankly, is that when you get married, the romance disappears and the children arrive and the love is transferred. It shouldn't be that way, but too often it is transferred to the children.

Read more romance quotes at BrainyQuote.com

Thank you for stopping by. It would be sweet if you left comments, so I know you dropped in.

Have a romantic week ahead.

Love
Stella

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry #Christmas #HappyHolidays


Flirty & Feisty Romance wishes all you wonderful bloggers, friends, guests, authors and visitors a Merry Christmas.
This is  a season to give and to receive gifts, love, hugs, kisses, food and every good thing you can think of. 

I have wrapped gifts for you under the Christmas tree. Choose and unwrap yours.
Have a splendid holiday!

Love
Stella

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Candle Magic #ReleaseBlitz by @ElodieParkes

Welcome to Book Showcase!

My fellow MidWeekTease author, Elodie Parkes is making a grand stop on Flirty & Feisty Romance Blog.

Elodie’s new release, Candle Magic is on a release blitz. There is a steaming hot excerpt for your reading pleasure.

Be my guest.


About the book:

I got the idea for this story very late at night as I shivered in a sudden downpour of rain on my way home from work. It was still summer at the time and although late, the sky was still quite light. That happens in Britain where I live and often dawn comes in at around 3.30 a.m. How do I know this? I’m often still up writing or playing around with graphics for book covers. I’m lucky because my
day job is in shifts so often I can grab a few hours’ sleep and still get to work on time.



Here’s the blurb:

When Simi finds a pretty old candlestick among the discarded props in the company storeroom, she never imagines it will grant her dearest wish. There’s something mysterious about the carved candlestick, but Simi is drawn to it. She’s saved a red candle from a box she bought years ago in an antique shop, and intends to use the candlestick to hold the last candle and make her solitary Christmas lunch more festive. It’s Christmas Eve, there’s sleet in the wind, Simi slips, but Jason
catches her. Who is Jason? Where has he suddenly appeared from in the night?

Simi looks into the eyes of this gorgeous man and sparks fly …

Erotic fantasy romance from Siren Publishing and Elodie Parkes



The mist parted. The sight of a man walking toward her captured her in a spell. Simi stared at him, unable to move.


He flowed slowly toward her, and then he was there in front of her, extending his arms to hold her. His cornflower blue eyes, fringed with dark lashes, filled with emotion. He smiled at Simi and she registered how handsome he was, how completely gorgeous he was, before magically she was in his arms. He held her close.


Gratitude surged through her. Her heart opened to soak up the love he gave her. His face close, Simi yearned for his lips on hers, and then—he kissed her. It charged her whole body with such a surge of raw sexual energy her pussy drenched her inner thighs. She drifted in a heavy fog of his kiss-induced lust.


The softness of his lips changed from a gentle, loving merging to a hungry searching as her tongue met his.


Naked in his arms, Simi pressed against his hard body, her clothes strangely gone. Yet she accepted that as ordinary when his hands swept over her skin and grabbed her ass to lift her against his body. Her stomach contacted the hard column of his erect cock, and she sighed into his mouth.

Protected COPYRIGHT ELODIE
PARKES and SIREN PUBLISHING 2014

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, DECEMBER 2014 RELEASE



BUY the book:
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ADD to your TBR:

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Check Elodie’s blog for other distributer buy links http://elodieparkes.blogspot.com

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on Facebook see her Amazon page and Google+

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Have a romantic week ahead.

Love
Stella
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Monday, 22 December 2014

#RomanceQuotesMonday41

Hello and a refreshing welcome to Romance Quotes Monday. 

On Romance Quotes Monday, I serve you heart-soothing words to keep you thinking about the one you love throughout the week.

I have picked two quotes from the bible. They are tried and tested. And the middle quote rocks!

Check them out.

RomQuote #1


Photo is courtesy of words on images. com

RomQuote #2
Quote is courtesy of godwordsecret.com

RomQuote #3
4.bp. blogspot.com
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Have a romantic week ahead.

Love
Stella
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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Is Your Marriage a Battleground? An Open #Letter to #Violent Husbands

The high rate of violence against married women has prompted this strongly-worded letter.

Dear Husband,
If your reaction at every provocation is to throw a punch in your wife's face, you need help. You know why? Because you are a weakling!

Beating up a woman you vowed to cherish and love ranks as the worst crime and it isn't a sign of strength, but a sign of weakness and cowardice.

Ask yourself, do you throw a punch at every man who annoys you in your office and on the street? If your answer is a no, you have to seek help today!

And please don't lecture me on how your wife is a nagging idiot or how she is abusive, or doesn't cook for you or disrespects you.

Listen to me, there's not a single reason good enough for you to abuse your position of authority as head of the home to inflict physical or emotional harm on your wife. Shame on you!

All hope isn't lost.

There are many actions you can take to manage your stubborn wife. So many steps, none of which involves  beating her up.

Take a moment to think!

1. You have got to check your actions. Do you do things that make your wife so mad, she insults you and you end up giving her a punch to shut her up?

2. Okay, here are a list of top annoying habits. Do any of them sound familiar?

3. You constantly come back home late. Many women won't put up with this for too long. Women want and need attention. Get back home!

4. You come up with every excuse in the book not to give money to run the home. Well...if you have financial troubles, don't keep it a secret. Share before she finds out.

5. You guard your mobile phone as if your life depends on it. Your action arouses her suspicion. And, once jealousy creeps in, you can no longer do anything right. Your home becomes a battlefield.

6. You don't help with house chores - cooking, taking care of the kids and running the home in general. Think about your wife doing the house chores, shopping, cooking, looking after the kids, going to work and you expect her to be ready and randy when you drop in at night? Is she superwoman? What planet are you on? Get real!

This doesn't apply if you have maids.

7. You don't spend weekends at home or your days off are so fully booked, your wife is now a decorative item in your home. Her birthdays are forgotten, anniversaries are not in your scheme of busy schedule, the kids birthdays are overrun by important meetings. HA! You are breeding a very discontent woman and soon, the cauldron is going to explode in your busy face!

8. Allowing family interference in your marriage is not only wrong, it will cause an explosion! You are the head of your home, not your mother, father, brothers or sisters. They need to get a life and leave you to work with your wife to create the home you both want. Are you still reading? If you are, there is  hope.
Enough!

Here are a few tips to help you win your wife;

1. If your wife starts her rant, give her full attention. She is telling you something...in the wrong way, but she is communicating, so LISTEN!

2. Breathe in and out, pick out the message (s) listed in her long rant. Acknowledge her annoyance. You have to AGREE she has a basis to be angry, if you want world PEACE.

3. In charming words, admit you HATE upsetting her. Even if you think she is over the top. Tell your wife she makes your heart beat so fast, you feel faint, or any compliment that drifts into your head. You've got to diffuse the tension. It takes two to fight.

4. Ask her what she wants you to do to make her HAPPY. She would probably collapse from shock. Buy her a gift.

5. Later on, talk about what ticked her off in plain terms. Give reasons why you come home late, or can't help with chores... Or save the chat till tomorrow when your wife is in a lighter mood.

6. Agree to take steps to make her happy. If you come home late everyday, you've got to cutback on whatever it is that keeps you outside your home.

Each quarrel with your wife gives you an opportunity to change things, to do things in a different way to make the other person happy. It is NOT an opportunity to hold on to grudges.

Remember, once you have had a fight over a specific issue, try not to repeat the same offence. Nothing is as damaging as broken trust.

If you feel pushed to the point you want to hit your wife, go for a WALK. You need a clear head. By the time you get back, the angry steam is gone.

After taking the steps above and your wife remains uncontrollable, report her to someone she holds in high esteem. Take this action only as a DESPERATE measure.

If you don't know how to pray, grab a bible and open to Matthew 7: 9 - 13.

God ordained marriage, I know if you call on Him to fix your marriage, He will.

Thank you for reading through this letter. You are a stronger man than you know.

I wish you the very best as you chart a new life of Peace, Love, Stability and Fun with your wife.

Thank you for stopping by. It would be sweet if you left comments, so I know you dropped in.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Love
Stella

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Saving Dapo #BookSigning #NewRelease

Saving Dapo is out!

A very dear friend and fellow author, Seun Odukoya has a spanking new hot release; Saving Dapo. 

The book signing is scheduled for this saturday 20th December 2014. If you are in Lagos, Nigeria over the weekend, join Seun at The Manor Phones in Agidingbi.

The posters below have the exact details.

I wish Seun Odukoya a huge turnout and a successful book signing.

Thank you for stopping by. It would be sweet if you left comments, so I know you dropped in.

Have a fabulous weekd.

Love
Stella
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Monday, 15 December 2014

#RomanceQuotesMonday40

Welcome to Romance Quotes Monday.

It is time again to share two sweet quotes to make your heart beat twice as fast for the one you love.

Enjoy.

RomQuote #1
Photo is courtesy of impfashion.com
RomQuote #2
Photo is courtesy of sayingbook.com

Thank you for stopping by. It would be sweet if you left comments, so I know you dropped in.

Have a romantic week ahead.

Love
Stella
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Monday, 8 December 2014

#RomQuotesMonday39

Happy Monday!

On Romance Quotes Monday, I'm celebrating my 15th wedding anniversary. On December 4th 1999, I married the most gorgeous and loving man on earth. He proposed to me on our very first date!
Our 15yrs marriage road and bed have amazing memories for us and our two teenage children. 
To sweeten and deepen our love, my husband gave me a new engagement ring in Church yesterday, 7th  Dec. 
Wow!!! I felt like a brand new African Bride! 
Our priest blessed the ring. In front of our families and friends, my hubby slipped the most beautiful engagement ring on my fingers with the same words he used 15yrs ago.
The original engagement ring got damaged a couple of years ago.
I give God all the glory for our marriage, our love, families and friends.

These two romance quotes aptly describe our love.
RomQuote #1


RomQuote #2
Photo is courtesy of foto4quote
I wish you much love today and in the years ahead.

Thank you for stopping by. It would be sweet if you left comments, so I know you dropped in.

Best wishes,

Love
Stella
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Friday, 5 December 2014

Kiss My Lips Giveaway Party ends! Congrats @AmyBowens #Winner

Dear Readers & Bloggers,
Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series #2) new release & giveaway party ended on Saturday Nov 29th 2014.

It was action-packed and fun-filled.

And the winner of the star prize, $10 Amazon Gift Card is...


Amy Bowens
Congratulations Amy!!! $10 AmazonGift Card just for you.

My deep gratitude goes to everyone who participated in the one month long 
Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series #2) book tour. 

You are all amazing. Everyone who entered the rafflecopter will get a coupon code to download a free eCopy of Flirty & Feisty Romance new baby; Kiss My Lips!

To my supportive & lovely authors/ bloggers who hosted Lorna & Logan on their cruise, accept my sincere appreciation. You will also receive coupon code to download Kiss My Lips  (Holiday Series #2) eBook.

It was an amazing experience. 

Readers and Bloggers, you are all unforgettable!

I wish you all great success in all you do and a memorable Christmas time.

Thank you for visting Flirty & Feisty Romance Blog. It would be sweet if you left comments, so I know you dropped in.

Have a pleasure-filled weekend. 

Love,
Stella
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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Color of Love #BlogHop #InterracialRomance #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the second annual Color of Love Blog Hop hosted by the trio of Kiru Taye, Empi Baryeh & Nana Prah!


This year's blog hop is unbelievably exciting with fifty blogs participating. Yay!

There are amazing prizes on offer. Check out the hefty list;

Grand prizes:
1st prize $50 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
2nd prize $25 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
3rd prize $15 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
4th prize $10 Amazon GC + 6 ebooks
5th prize $5 Amazon GC + 6 ebooks


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For four days in the Color of Love Blog Hop, we're going to celebrate our love for characters of color in romantic fiction. The hop stretches from December 4th - 8th.

Why I Love Reading & Writing Interracial/Multicultural Romance

This is my chance to share the real reasons I enjoy writing and reading interracial or multicultural romance novels.


In the first instance, getting any relationship off the ground is hard enough. Finding a pinch of romance in the unfolding maze is a long shot.

In truth, I find the idea of throwing two people together from completely different worlds - race, culture, experiences, expectations, exhilarating!

The backlash, prejudices and different lifestyles & background naturally adds to the tension. The evolving issues help develop the characters personalities and we see how they work through the conflicts.

Interracial romance has so much flair, flavour & spice.

For me, getting wrapped up with a hot mug of chocolate drink and spicy hot interracial novel is sheer bliss.

Oh, and travelling to exotic locations around Africa and other continents is simply fascinating.

Of course the tingling hot bodies of the heroes is a force to reckon with and the native nuance do it for me.

Please share why you enjoy reading interracial or multicultural romance.


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Thank you visting Flirty & Feisty Romance Blog. Do enjoy the blog hop. Have fun! It would be sweet if you left your comments, so I know you dropped in.

Have a colorful time with us.

Love,
Stella

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Book Showcase: Vandal by Carian Cole #CoverReveal #Giveaway

A very special Romance Quotes Monday to you!

I have a special guest, author Carian Cole showcasing the stunning cover of her upcoming contemporary romance novel - Vandal.

Give Carian a rousing welcome. The teasers are hot and she's doling out not one, but two Amazon Gift cards.

Have fun!



Title: Vandal (Ashes & Embers, #2)

Author: Carian Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Expected Release Date: End of January 2015

Cover Designed by: Kari Ayasha @ Cover to Cover Designs



Cover Model: Ash Armand | Photography by: Invicta's Art Photography



Synopsis


She takes my breath away.


She is so beautifully damaged. Yes I had broken her, ravished her life, destroyed her happiness. Brought her to the ultimate despair.

I was responsible for all the pain and suffering that now brought her to her knees in front of me.


Broken. 

Hopeless. 

Reckless in her agony.

She is a mirror of my own tortured soul.

But what I took away I can give back. In ways she cannot even begin to imagine right now.


She is everything right in all my wrongs.


She loves me. She needs me.


She has no idea I’m the one who wrecked her life.




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 About Carian 




I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, was published in September of 2014. Book 2, Vandal, is expected early 2015.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Have a romantic week ahead.

Love,
Stella

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