Debut Nigerian Romance Novel, A Heart to Mend, Wins Awards for Its Author, Myne Whitman
Released in December 2009, the novel which started life as a series of excerpts shared on the author's blog has brought only accolades in its wake. In June 2010, the author won four awards at the Nigerian Blog Awards including Nigerian Blog of the Year, Best Use of Social Media, Best Collaborative Blog and Best Writing and Book Blog. This was quickly followed by a nomination for their July selection, by the Next Best Book Club - the second largest book club on Goodreads.com.
Onyeka Nwelue, author of The Abyssinian Boy, calls the work “Enthralling!” He says, “Truth is; Whitman has charmed me.” Prolific writer and reviewer, Sylva Nze Ifedigbo, admits that the novel “makes a bold statement to the contrary” about Nigerians and indeed Africans not being known for romance writing. The novel will bring tears to the eyes and cheers at the climax. Direct and action packed, the masterful use of emotion and suspense will keep you engrossed and guessing till the end.
Since its release, A Heart to Mend has appeared in the top twenty West African Books on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller list. Reports from the publisher Authorhouse, confirm the great reception the book has got so far in terms of sales. The novel also was recently selected by The New African Woman July Issue as one of the Summer Must-reads alongside The Long Song by Andrea Levy and The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna.
Myne Whitman, who also writes features for BellaNaija, Femme Lounge, and the Canadian Womens Post, has received full page reviews in THISDAY and the National Daily Newspaper in Nigeria. There have also been several articles and interviews in the Guardian, African Loft, Reading Bridges Magazine, among many others. The author was the Personality of the month for LadyBrille Magazine in March and the Spotlight Profile for the AfrikanGoddess Online in July.
About the Author:
Myne Whitman is working on her next novel, which will be released in February 2011 to be followed by more contemporary African romances. She resides in Seattle with her husband and volunteers as an ESL tutor through Hopelink, a charity organization. Myne has worked as a banker, a teacher, and in the civil service before realizing her dream of writing full-time. For more info, visit her website at www.mynewhitman.com; Join her at http://www.facebook.com/Myne.Whitman or; Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/Myne_Whitman.
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