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About Linda Verji

Writer, Dreamer, and Mistress of Procrastination Linda Verji is the pseudonym for the author of more than half a dozen romance novels. A passionate world traveler, Linda currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya where she spends her days exploring the thriving culture there and her nights finding new ways to torture her characters.

Passion: The Untold Stories

Passion Website CoverPassion! Passion! Passion!

The book that almost didn’t get written.

Well, it got written and is now published. In brief, the book follows the relationship of political consultant, Michael Klein, and his pesky actress neighbor, Gigi. The moment these two kids meet, they clash. I’m talking war and pettiness galore. Enemies? Psh! These two give a new definition to the word. So you can imagine their horror when they find out that they are attracted to each other.

Tell me that you’ve read it. No? Why not? I know you’ll like it, but if you don’t trust me then Go and READ IT for yourself lol. But make sure you read it before you continue reading this article because we’re gonna have some spoilers in here. I don’t want to ruin the book for you.

If you’ve read the book, then here are a few more details that will put the book in context for you.

1: I ALMOST DIDN’T WRITE THIS BOOK

After Obsession (the first book in this series), I got a little down since some people didn’t like the characters. It happens and I don’t begrudge those readers. I mean not everyone will like the same things. Besides that Freddie and Lex were odd ducks… their personalities were not for everyone. But I won’t lie and say that the unfavorable reviews didn’t get me a little down.

For a minute there I thought of just shutting down the series and doing something else. But after thinking about it for a while, I realized that I was focusing on the wrong thing. Though there were some people who just weren’t into the book, there were many more who loved it. Me included. I enjoyed writing Obsession, and couldn’t wait to write the rest of the series. In fact, I was (and still am) so excited that I got covers for the whole series made in advance. That’s how invested I was. It wouldn’t be fair to myself or to readers who are looking forward to the rest of the series to just stop. So I decided to write the book anyway.

And I’m glad I did.

I had a lot of fun writing about Michael and Gigi. These two’s Tom and Jerry relationship had me laughing to myself like a crazy person as I wrote. They were fun. I hope you thought so too. Don’t forget to let me know what you thought of them when you leave your review.

2: MICHAEL’S BROTHER GABRIEL IS ACTUALLY GAY

Michael KleinAh! You’d forgotten that Michael even had a brother, right? Even though he didn’t make an appearance in the book and was only briefly mentioned, Gabriel exists. He’s an architect with a heart of gold. That’s why he’s out in Venezuela trying to build houses. He’s also gay. I know, I know… how radical! But hear me out… I’m trying to make an effort to be more diverse about the characters I write. In future don’t be surprised to see Gabriel back in the States and looking for a relationship. Yes, that means that I will try out MM fiction. Are you ready for it or did you just give me a side-eye? Let me know what you think.

3: WHY GIGI WON’T DUMP HER MOTHER

Lisa ChampionY’all know this lady called Lisa, right? She is a mess. Can you imagine having a mother like her? Yeesh! But mothers like this exist. Most people in Gigi’s position would cut contact with her and I know some of you were wondering why Gigi still gives her space. Well, she’s family. Think of it this way; Gigi has no father, no sibling and her grandmother (the person who really cared for her) is dead. Lisa is her only blood relation. She might be a devil but she’s the only one Gigi has. I’m not sure that there’s a line that she could cross that would make Gigi cut her off. But who knows… now that Gigi has a new family she may start to realize just how toxic her mother is. I know y’all would’ve liked me to give the two some closures but sometimes in life people just stick with family even if they’re crappy.

4: GIGI’S FATHER IS STILL OUT THERE SOMEWHERE

In the book, I didn’t say much about Gigi’s father. Lisa really doesn’t talk about him because he hasn’t been in either of their lives since Gigi was born. But he exists. I thought of bringing him back in but figured that Gigi already has enough drama with her mother, we don’t need a deadbeat dad stirring that messy pot anymore.

5: MORE OF THE HEIRS WILL GET BOOKS

We’ve still got three heirs without books; Ari, Red and Logan. Yes, I plan to give them happy endings too so please don’t tune out of the series. Y’all know me; once I start a series I work on wrapping it up no matter how long it takes me. But I’ll try to make sure the books get released fast. If you’re not already in my Book Club, join it so that you can get immediate updates once the books are out.

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6: DAVIDA MIGHT GET HER OWN STORY

Davida is an interesting character. Her kind of loyalty doesn’t come every day and she’s been friends with Gigi for over ten years. I think she deserves a story. She’s already married and has one kid, but that doesn’t mean that the drama ends just because you’re married. What do you think about a story that explores after-marriage drama?

7: MICHAEL BOLTON’S ‘MURDER MY HEART’ WROTE THIS BOOK

Yo! I am a fan of Michael Bolton. He’s one of the earliest singers I remember being amazed by. That husky voice… Lord! That husky voice. I confess that I have quite a few of his songs saved up for rainy days, but for this book ‘Murder my Heart’ was my jam. The song is almost a decade old but it still works. I mean, listen to the song for yourself then tell me that you can’t come up with a romance novel for it.

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Cheers,

Linda

9 K-Dramas To Watch If You’re A Newbie

So by now, you’ve probably figured out that I have a problem. I am an addict. Completely and irrevocably addicted to Asian dramas. I started out with just K-Drama but now I’m out here drooling because of the long-haired heros in Chinese martial-arts dramas. Meanwhile, my sister’s just giving me the side-eye and wondering whether she should tell someone.

Well, now that I’m an addict, I think it is my God-given duty to ruin the rest of you. If you’ve never tried a K-Drama, listen! Try out any of the ones below. I suspect you’ll be on this train with the rest of us soon 😁😁😁

***The dramas aren’t arranged in any particular order. I love all my babies equally.

1. COME & HUG ME

Come & Hug Me What would you do if your father was a serial killer? And what if he killed the parents of the first girl you ever loved?

The lead, Do-jin, is the child of a serial killer. He is also the one who reported his father and thus stopped the serial killings, but all everyone remembers is that he is the son of a serial-killer and they treat him like a disease. To make up for his father’s sins, he decides to be a cop. Meanwhile, he’s still pining over his first love, Jae-yi, whose parents were killed by his father. It’s kind of hard to get over her because as an actress she’s on TV almost every day. Their paths cross when a copy-cat serial killer appears and immediately targets Jae-yi. The copy-cat is copying Do-jin’s dad’s murders. Now, Do-jin has to stop him too all while being suspected of maybe being the copycat.

Yup! There’s a lot of complicated emotions and trauma involved in this one. It’s a true gem. If you’re looking for something with romance, melodrama, mystery and thriller all wrapped into one then you should watch this one.

2. MY I.D IS GANGNAM BEAUTY

My_ID_Is_Gangnam_Beauty-P1 South Korea has one of the highest rates of plastic surgery. You’d think that that would make them one of the most tolerant countries when it comes to people who’ve gone through plastic surgery. You’d be wrong.

Kang Mi-rae has always known that she was ugly, and even if she didn’t know everyone around her keeps telling her that she is. In high-school, she was the outcast, the girl boys thought was so ugly that her having a crush on you was an insult.

When she is about to go to college, she decides that she’s done with all that. She wants to feel what all the pretty people do. So she gets plastic surgery and changes her looks completely. Suddenly, everyone loves her. They’re calling her pretty now. But their ‘pretty’ also includes some snide words. They also call her a plastic-surgery monster. Basically, she was insulted when she was ugly, but they can’t accept her now that she’s pretty.

The whole drama is about Mi-rae learning to accept herself regardless of her looks, gaining some self-confidence and finding love along the way.

Trust me, you’ll like it.

3. FIGHT MY WAY

Fight_For_My_Way_Poster Best-friends to lovers….. hehe, my favorite trope.

Reality has a way of messing up dreams. Ae-ra and Dong-man are childhood friends who started out with big dreams but have now ended up as two people just trying to get food and the tables. Ae-ra wanted to be an announcer but now works in a mall. Dong-man was going to be the best-fighter of their age, but now kills pests for a living.

Certain events lead to both of them discovering that it’s not too late to go after what they want. But even as they pursue their dreams, feelings start to develop between them. Suddenly, someone who seemed like just a friend is….. well, appetizing.

4. STRONG-WOMAN DO BONG SOON

StrongWomanDoBong-soon_(Main_poster) Forget super-woman, we have a new super-heroine in the building. Her name is Do Bong Soon and you’re going to love her. Her powers weren’t caused my some medical accident. No, it’s just a thing that gets passed down the female line of her family. And it comes with rules.

The problem starts when she meets wealthy entrepreneur, Min-hyuk. At first she’s not about his corny pick-up lines because she’s still into her best-friend. But slowly, Min-hyuk starts to get under her skin. And soon, she’s breaking all the rules for him.

5. THE SMILE HAS LEFT YOUR EYES

250px-The_Smile_Has_Left_Your_Eyes_(TV_series) I am shocked this one had such low ratings in South Korea. Seriously, did they not see how amazing this drama was? I haven’t cried like this since Scarlet Heart Ryeo. It hurt me to see characters who loved each other so much but were so, so, so, so wrong for each other. All the characters were great in their roles. They will make you feel things. One minute you hate them, the next you’re rooting for them.

The hero (or should I say anti-hero) is Moo-young. No parent with their sanity intact would let their daughter near him. He is manipulative, seemingly a sociopath and will cheat on them right in front of their eyes with a smile and no apology. Jin-kang knows better than to fall for him. And yet, she does….

Prepare your tissues, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

6. JEALOUSY INCARNATE

Jealousy_Incarnate_Poster Gong Hyo-jin is one of my favorite Korean actresses so I watch everything she’s in. In my opinion, this and It’s Okay, That’s Love are her best works. Here she plays Na-ri, a weather girl, who’s had a crush on Hwa-shin for the longest time. Unfortunately, Hwa-shin is grumpy, arrogant and insufferable. He treats her like a bug.

That is until his friend, Jung-won, notices her.

If you’re thinking, that is so typical of men, you’re right 😁. You will enjoy seeing Hwa-shin suffer. That’s all I’ll say.

7. CHICAGO TYPEWRITER

Chicago_Typewriter_Poster History really isn’t my thing. If you’re going to make me learn about events that happened a long time ago, then you need to package it in a very, very interesting it way. That’s just what Chicago Typewriter does.

Most of the drama is set in present day South Korea however is inextricably with 1930s Korea during the Japanese Occupation. Our main characters are both reincarnated resistance fighters, only they don’t know it. Meeting each other forces out memories of a past they didn’t even know they had.

I promise, this is not going to be a boring history lesson. There’s love, passion, loyalty, mystery thriller that weaves between timelines. You’ll like it.

8. CHIEF KIM

Chief Kim Kim Sung-Ryong is an accountant, but not your typical accountant. He helps gangstars hide their ill-gotten gains and steals from them on the side. His dream is to live in Denmark as a tycoon. He decides that the only way to make this dream come true is to go for the big score. No more small-time gangsters. He’s going to embezzle from a big company then disappear.

Once he finds a fat target, he manages to get himself hired. Things get complicated when he realizes that he’s not the biggest thief in the building. Worse, those other thieves are extremely ruthless and will do anything including kill people to keep their ill-gotten gains.

Without meaning to, Kim ends up drawn into their dangerous game. This time he’s not the thief; he’s trying to stop them.

9. MOON-LOVERS: SCARLET HEART RYEO

Scarlet Heart Do you still have the tissues from before? Take them out again. You’ll need them.

This one starts out happy and lovey-dovey. We’ve got Wang So, the black-sheep of the royal family. He’s damaged and has a scar on his face to prove it. Next to him is the lovely Hae-soo, a girl who time-traveled from the present to the past because of a solar eclipse.

At first the two can’t stand each other. Hae-soo is in love with someone else and Wang So only wants to kill her so that she’ll keep quiet about his secrets. But of course that all changes, and they fall in love. And that’s where everything goes wrong.

Falling in love with a prince isn’t as great as the novels make it out to be, especially when the history books tell you that that prince will one day be a blood-thirsty King who kills all his brothers for power.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Boys Over Flowers – Because this is the first k-drama I ever saw. If you call yourself an addict and still pretend that you have never seen this, you are a damn lie. Go to the corner, Pinocchio. We all openly sniggered at the recycled story-line and Lee Min-ho’s weird perm but secretly watched every single one of those 25 episodes.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim – Anything that Park Min-young (the main actress) stars in tends to be great, so of course this one is gold too. We’ve got a narcissistic hero with trust issues and an unhealthy dependence on his secretary. Then we’ve got the secretary who suddenly decides that she’s done with his nonsense. Drama galore!

Healer – This one has Park-Min-young too. Here she plays a tabloid reporter who unwittingly ends up tripping on one of the biggest stories of the century. However, the story makes her the target of an assassination. In comes, Jung-ho, an illegal night-courier with superb fighter skills. His initial assignment is to protect Young-shin (Park Min-Young’s character) but he slowly finds himself falling for her. Everyone I know loves this one. I bet you’ll like it too.

Mystery Queen – There is barely any romance in this one but I bet you’ll still love it. Dead bodies, an amateur detective who’s also a housewife and high-school dropout, a handsome cop, a cheating husband…. you see where this is going, right?

Her Private Life – Another Park Min-young piece. I’m not playing favorites, honest! She’s just so good that she made my list three times. In this one she plays an art curator who is also a stalker-fan of a popular musician. Her new boss discovers this and suddenly she seems so much more interesting. Can he convince her to replace her love for idols with love for him?

Search: WWW – I’m all about feminism wrapped up in a good story. The three ladies who lead this story are FIERCE. Every one of them is an expert in their field… forces to be reckoned with. The drama follows how they work together and against each other to defeat the evil forces around them. Oh….. and there’s lots of love too. But for once the men are the sub-characters.

She’s Definitely NOT His Type

And she drives him insane. Every time they cross each other’s path they fight like cats and dogs, so why can’t Michael stop thinking about Gigi? Why does she own his fantasies? She has him crossing lines he never thought he was even capable of crossing.

Passion is now available for your reading pleasure.

Passion Website Cover

Some people call Michael Klein responsible and upright. Others say he’s just uptight.

He’s been a single father for so long that the words ‘love’ and ‘fun’ have disappeared from his vocabulary. That is until Gigi Champion crashes into his life! Gigi’s the pesky neighbor he never wanted. Sure, she’s gorgeous, vivacious and has the prettiest eyes he’s ever seen. But it seems like her mission in life is to make a hot mess of his neat, responsible, o-so-serious world.

She’s definitely not his type.

The problem is Michael can’t get her out of his mind. All he wants to do is haul her over his knee and see that pretty mouth of hers open with a pant, a gasp, and a long moan. But he can’t do that. Or can he?

To get your copy today, just click on the link to your favorite store/site

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VG76RHH

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VG76RHH

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07VG76RHH

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47168589/

P.S: Both Passion & Obsession are also available for borrowing through Kindle Unlimited.

Enjoy and let me know what you think by leaving a review after you’re done.

My Next Book Is Coming (lol Not In That Way)

Whassup? How have you been? Have you missed me? No? Well, I’m here and I’m not going nowhere 😛😛😛 I’ve just been holed up  in my cave trying to finish my next book.

Confession Time: I was very hesitant about finishing the ‘Heirs’ series. Not because I actually don’t like the series but because some responses to Obsession, the first book in that series were not that enthusiastic. Then it occurred to me; why am I so bummed by people who don’t like the book? Sure, their comments are a great learning tool but think about the people who liked it. THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO LIKED IT, LINDA. You’re just going to do them like that?

Also, I kind of liked the book too and I’m really excited to see where it’s going. Conclusion: I’mma finish this series. I hope y’all will stick with me.

*Gets off soapbox

Now, where were we? Ah yes! The new book. It’s called ‘Passion’ and in it, Michael, Lex’s other friend, finds his happy ending.

Some people call Michael Klein responsible and upright. Others say he’s just uptight.

He’s been a single father for so long that words ‘love’ and ‘fun’ have disappeared from his dictionary. That is until Gigi Champion crashes into his uptight world. Gigi’s the pesky neighbor he never wanted. Sure, she’s gorgeous, vivacious and has the prettiest eyes he’s ever seen. But it seems like her mission in life is to make a hot mess of his neat, responsible, o-so-serious world.

She is definitely not his type.

The problem is Michael can’t get her out of his mind. All he wants to do is haul her over his knee and see that pretty mouth of hers open with a pant, a gasp, and then a long moan. But he can’t do that, or can he?

 

I like Michael, I really do. But I like Gigi even better. 😛 She’s kind of good at terrorizing Michael and he doesn’t know what to do with her, which is exactly the type of heroine I like. I think you’ll like the drama between these two fools.

I’m actually done writing the book, just doing a little editing here and there then I’ll let you know when it will be released.

PS: This time I’ll be using Advance Readers so make sure you’re part of my Book Club if you’d like a chance at a free copy before everyone else even gets to read it.

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Obsession: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

Obsession Website CoverHave you read my 18th published book, Obsession? No? Really? Why? You should. You really should. Obsession is one of those books that started out in my head as a short story but quickly evolved until it bore a full novel. It’s based on one of my favorite tropes, best-friend’s little sister.

Freddie has known Lex for over fifteen years and in all that time she never realized that he actually liked her. Imagine her shock when he confesses to it after saving her from her cheating ex-boyfriend. The confession is made when they’re drunk and what ensues is a night of… um… passion. You see where this is headed, right? Seriously, you haven’t read it? Go and READ IT. If you’ve read it, then here are a few more delicious tidbits that you didn’t know while reading the book.

1: THE PREVIOUS REINCARNATION OF BAD COP GAVE THE IDEA

Ari LathamYou remember Bad Cop, right? The book I published before this one. If you were riding with me when I wrote its first reincarnation then you’ll remember that Jasmine/Brandy also had an older brother, Kevin, who Lucas was afraid of offending. When creating the new reincarnation of Bad Cop, I ditched the whole older brother and instead made Jasmine an only-child. Still the concept of having a hostile older brother was intriguing. For those who have older brothers, you likely know that they can be very unreasonable when it comes to their friends trying to get with their baby sister, and Ari is no exception. He is hilariously/annoyingly nosy when it comes to his sister and his best-friend’s relationship. I loved him. 😂 😂 😂

2: LEX SHOULD’VE BEEN QUIETER

Lex BishopLex is a quiet guy, a really quiet guy. He doesn’t talk if he doesn’t have to. In fact sometime he doesn’t even talk when he needs to. When I was writing this book on Wattpad, a few readers complained that if they were with a guy like him they’d be so irritated mostly because you have to guess what he is thinking most of the time. I just laughed. Why? Because I’d even toned him down.

If I had my way, Lex would be nearly mute. One word sentences? Please! I was going to make him talk with his eyebrows lol. Lex is based on one of my male friends who is also not a talker. At first when you’re with him, it’s uncomfortable because you feel like he doesn’t like you. But once you get to know him, you realize it’s just his personality. Also, often such people are excellent listeners and secret-keepers.

3: FREDDIE’S JOB IS INSIPIRED BY LANIE FROM CASTLE

Freddie Latham.jpgWho was addicted to Castle, the mystery TV series? Me too. ❤️ I can’t even describe how invested I was in that series. Of course, Beckett was my favorite character, but Lanie, the medical examiner, held a special part in my heart. I always wanted to write her story. Freddie is my way of doing that. Of course Freddie doesn’t lead her own autopsies yet, but in the future she will (in my head lol). Since Obsession is part of a series of five book, I’ll probably drops hints of what she’s doing in future books.

4: THE BISHOP FAMILY WERE TO PLAY A BIGGER PART IN THE STORY

You didn’t get to know most of Lex’s family in the book so let me tell you about them. You already know, Andrew, right? He’s the head of the family, stinking rich, blatantly adulterous and a real douche-bag. So you can see why his wife, Nancy Bishop, might turn into an alcoholic. Nancy is pushing seventy and is always drunk. She isn’t sure who she hates more, her husband or the bastard son (Lex) who he shoved into their house after he had an affair. Nancy has two daughters, Eve and Ruth.

After seeing what their mother has gone through, there is no way the two girls could possibly like their father. For Eve, it’s even worse because despite all her hard work in the family business, her father still refuses to recognize her and is constantly scheming to hand the business over to the aforementioned bastard son, who has never even worked in the company. So if you see her being a bitch to Lex don’t be too hard on her.

5: IT COULD’VE HAD MORE SUSPENSE

You know how Wesley is crazy? I was going to make him even crazier. The guy has the potential to be a real psycho, and considering his profession, it would have made it even sweeter. I even thought of making him a kind of serial killer with women disappearing whenever they get close to him. I know! I’m crazy lol.

6: ALL THE OTHER MEN WILL HAVE THEIR OWN BOOKS

Lex is the (forced) heir of The Bishop Group of Hotels. You met his four friends in the book; Ari, Michael, Jared/Red and Michael. They are all heirs to their families. Some have taken on the mantle, others don’t want the title like Lex. You’ll meet them all in the course of this year as they try to find their own happy-ever-afters. Are you ready for them? Don’t forget to sign up for my Book Club (if you haven’t already) to receive updates on the books and notifications on when they’ll be released.

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7: SUGGI’S COVER OF SIREN BY SUNMI WROTE THIS BOOK

Have you heard of suggi? He’s an unsigned YouTube singer who has his own songs but also does covers for popular mainstream and kpop songs. You should check him out if you haven’t met him yet. Anyway, I’m addicted to his covers. Usually, I don’t listen to kpop. In fact, I didn’t even finish listening to the original song, Siren by Sunmi, but there’s just something about suggi’s voice that makes me think of romance. Here’s his cover of Siren.

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Cheers,

Linda

What I’m Watching: Haechi

Haechi

Let me introduce you to my newest addiction – Haechi!

Even though this is loosely based on the life and times of King Yeongjo, you don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate this pseudo-historical korean drama. It’s got all the makings of an excellent historical thriller.

Hot, swashbuckling hero who is also royalty? Check!

Badass female detective who’s martial arts skills will make you register for tae kwon do classes? Check!

Sidekicks who are loyal af and more than just cardboard characters? Check!

A villain who is worth the game and won’t drop easily? Check!

Politics! Sword-play! Comedy! Haechi has it all. If you haven’t watched it, you should.

FIND IT HERE: https://www.viki.com/tv/36418c-haechi?locale=en

THE VERDICT: 9/10 just because it rock, rock, rocks.

Tell me what you think about it after you’re done. And if you’ve got a good K-Drama, C-drama or J-Drama that you think I should check out; let me know below.

What I’m Reading: The Forbidden Man by Elle Wright

The Forbidden Man was written in 2015, and was Elle’s first novel – and what a first novel it was. The first thing that caught my attention was the title. The word ‘Forbidden’ just grabs you and pulls you in because it promises some illicit action and lots of passion. The book did not disappoint. Right from the start the book grips you and never lets you go until the end. It’s drama filled, has well-rounded characters and explores some interesting themes like betrayal, family and mental disorders.

The Forbidden Man CoverSydney is engaged to Den. The only problem is that Den loves to dip his stick in other pots. This isn’t the first time she’s caught him. You’d think that after getting caught and forgiven, Den would change. You’d be wrong. Den is just… I can’t even.

Lots of people would say that Sydney should have left Den the first time he strayed, but I can understand why she didn’t. She owes him; he helped her get through the most painful time of her life. To top it all off, Den has a mental disorder (I think it’s bipolar), and we all know how those disorders can screw with rationality. Personally, I felt like it might have contributed to his inability to ‘stick’ to Sydney.

Enter Morgan. Morgan had been Sydney’s rock through her problems with Den, and when she endd her engagement she runs to him. The same night – things happen. And that’s when the real drama starts. See Morgan is Den’s brother. Yes, you heard that right… he is Den’s brother.

Let me stop there before I ruin the book for you.

 

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