Yes, I know it’s Thursday but going out of town messed with my days of the week! So on this Thursday, we have our Takeover Tuesday guest, Milla Holt. Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat with her!
I spent most of my high school years in an all-girls’ boarding school in Uganda, East Africa. The country was just coming out of years of civil war and the economy was in tatters. It was hard to get hold of interesting reading material, and fiction was a luxury.
Our school library was full of dusty, crumbling tomes covering subjects like philosophy and political theory. But nobody wanted to read that. No, we all wanted to get our hands on the romance novels some girls would bring from home. These were a hot commodity.
Often, the girls would rip the paperbacks into three or four separate pieces, which would circulate separately around the student body. You couldn’t always count on getting the chunks in order, so you’d often have to make do with starting with, for example, part three of The Duke’s Promised Bride, follow that up with the opening chapters of Trapped with the Tycoon, then the fourth chunk of Winter of the Vikings. (All these are made up titles for illustration only and not meant to reference any actual books!)
Girls leveraged their social clout and pulled all manner of strings to get a place in a reading loop. I didn’t have any books to earn myself a precious spot, but I had an “in” with a classmate with whom I shared a desk. She knew all the right people and would get the best pieces of the best books and funnel them on to me, on the condition that I read them quickly and passed them back to her.
I randomly recalled those days of “book famine” today. These days, I have access to more books than I could possibly read in a lifetime. We are blessed with so much abundance. I no longer have to make do with scraps of books. My eReader is stuffed with great titles I am yet to read.
Now that I’m an author, I understand that in the 21st century, books cost much more than a reader’s money. They cost time, which is also a very scarce commodity. My books are probably not being torn into chunks and shared out among readers desperate for something, anything, to read. But I’m deeply grateful for every reader who spends a few hours with one of my stories.
My first book is set in Uganda. Although I didn’t include references to hungry bookworms in boarding school, there is a good deal of flavor from the country of my birth. Falling For the Foe is available for free on all online retailers, so please grab it and add it to your own to-be-read stack!
Thank you so much, Toni, for the opportunity to guest on your blog.
About the Book
She can’t stand him. He blames her for his company’s woes. Now, they have to work together.
Nia has devoted her career to fighting for life-saving medicines for Ugandans with HIV. But when first-line treatments begin to fail, she must find a new source of affordable drugs before patients start to die. Too bad she just publicly bashed the head of a pharma company that owns a powerful new anti-HIV drug.
Magnus is poised to market a game-changing HIV drug, but an avalanche of bad PR threatens to destroy his company’s reputation and kill his bottom line. When he travels to Uganda to boost his social justice credentials, he’s not expecting to feel such a deep attraction to the woman whose viral blog post led to all his troubles.
To get what they want they must work together. He’s out to rescue his company and she’s trying to save lives. Neither dreamed their hearts would be on the line.
About the Author
I write inspirational romance with an international twist, with stories that uplift and encourage. Heroes with honor and integrity and strong, can-do heroines are my thing. And the good guys always get their happy ending. My fiction reflects my Christian faith.
I used to be a lot of things: a journalist, a communications manager for a health activist group, and a freelance copywriter. Before all that, I was a diplomatic brat, trailing along as my mother’s job took us to various diverse locations around the world.
Now, I’m homeschooling my children in the east of England and devote every spare moment to writing.