Unknown to me, I actually started writing this book in 2006. I’ve always loved to write but An Unexpected Blessing wasn’t really conceived to be a book until late 2012. You see I never thought I would have what it takes to write a full length book, so I started a series I called Ruth Series on my blog, it had the same underlying theme, finding your Boaz, following God’s plan, stepping outside your comfort zone. But the copy is never the same thing as the original. It is a copy, or as Brandy would say “almost doesn’t count.”
I settled for the 300-350 word blog post that seemed to garner a lot of traffic. I lacked the willpower to as Nike says… Just Do It. What made me see the light….? Well I had a wakeup call in the form of a life altering incident last year. I decided that when I met my Maker I wanted Him to tell me “Well done” for utilizing the gift He had bestowed upon me. Story telling.
In retrospect, I can say that my hesitation could be attributed to the following. Take a look at them and see whether it applies to you too.
1. Fear – I was scared of what people might think of me as an author, I was doing pretty good with the 300-350 blog posts. But could I hold anyone’s attention for75,000 plus words. Well the stellar reviews I’ve gotten so far say I can.
2. Lack of Knowledge – Apart from putting pen to paper( or fingers to key board) I didn’t know the first thing about getting a book published and it looked too intimidating for me to want to find out.
3. Lack of Support – Now this wasn’t the case for me, as I tell everyone that my husband knew I could write a book before I did. But I used my kids as a crutch. I would always use them to make an excuse of why I couldn’t do what I needed to do.
4. Procrastination – I kept putting everything ahead of writing. I loved the phrase, “I’ll start, soon.” And the years kept passing by.
The good news is I now pursuing my dream of sharing the message of the Kingdom by weaving stories of faith, hope and love. It’s never too late. Start today, I’m still learning but I’m a far better writer than when I started. I am a growing writer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Unoma Nwankwor is the co-owner of KevStel Group, a Christian entertainment company, specializing in movie productions, book publications and hosting events. When she is not writing or running the operations of her company, she spends her time with her husband and two kids. Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents, Unomaspent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She now resides in Atlanta which she has called home for fifteen years.
ABOUT THE BOOK
SHE HAD A PLAN
Personal banker, Feranmi Adewunmi has done well for herself in diaspora by any standards. But by her parent’s calculations, she should be married by now. And they had the right man for her. For Feranmi, being single wasn’t a crime and so she came up with the perfect plan to beat them at their own game. All she needed was a man.
HE WAS SCORNED WITH A PAST
CEO of Montgomery Construction, Alex Montgomery was back in Atlanta. His primary focus was rebuilding his business after an unfortunate incident in Chicago changed his life forever. A chance meeting with Feranmi turned that plan upside down. The pain she caused him in school was still fresh in his mind but so were the feelings that never died. Now she needed a favor.
A BUDDING ROMANCE THREATENED BY SECRETS
For Feranmi time was running out. Her parents would be visiting soon and she still hadn’t found the perfect Nigerian man. Alex was her only option, after all how hard could it be? What they weren’t prepared for was an attraction they couldn’t ignore. Will they lean on the Lord for guidance or insist on being in control? Will his guarded dark past confirm her fears? Or will love prevail the second time around?
An Unexpected Blessing is a novel of love, forgiveness, and being open to God’s plan in your life. The best blessings are often unexpected.