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THE SURROGACY DEAL

Meet Kemi, a focused and career driven lady who’s on a mission—to have a baby at any cost. An accident induced miscarriage in the first year of marriage had left Kemi struggling to conceive and her mother-in-law who had never accepted Kemi as her son’s bride is mounting pressure. Desperate, Kemi accepts bad counsel and tries Surrogacy in a most unconventional way but the plan boomerangs, leaving in its wake misery, dejection, a murder case and ultimately the disintegration of the marriage union she had sought desperately to uphold. The Surrogacy Deal explores the pain and angst women trying to conceive go through in Nigeria and is told in a fun light-hearted way.

“What an amazing Book, I loved it and read it one one fell swoop. Very vivid and detailed, and one feels the plethora of emotions the protagonist goes through as she processes her childlessness and the fear of losing her husband, I also learnt a lot of lessons on of which is that patience is a virtue and one should trust and wait in God. Good work Barakat, I will be sure to read anything else you write. Loved it”- Bisola

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ARKAZ

A young princess. A forced betrothal. The quest for survival.

Princess Kaella of Yatz’s serene world comes to a grinding halt when her tiny village is invaded by forces of the Great Sol, an arch rival of Arkaz, under whose rule her village falls.Fleeing for her life and from a forced betrothal, she teams up with unlikely allies, searches for her kidnapped sister and hopes to bring back help for her village…

“Arkaz is the tale of one girl’s quest to save her young sister and her people. Exciting, unique and cultural, it has a lot to offer young readers. Barakat Akinsiku is a great new voice in YA fiction who manages to tell a fresh new tale about the land of Yat’z an African kingdom currently caught up in a war that could well tear apart it’s people. Equal parts magic, intrigue, romance and adventure, Arkaz tells the first part in a long journey for young Kaella and does a very good job of making it all as real and vital as any real life events. I was reminded of some of the classic fairy tales and legends from my own childhood and such classic works as Jungle Book, the Anansi tales, and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. The characters are strong, clearly developed and worthy of the plot. The story itself is interesting and moving, pulling us along with the characters as we go.”-Amanda Lyons.