About Emem Uko

photoEmem is the author of Façade, her debut novel that quickly became popular due to its unique plot-twisting story line; Hers to Tell, a thriller that is leaving readers wanting more; and Janus, the sequel to Façade.

Emem started a blog in 2010, in grad school, as a way of “reducing ideas in her head and leaving room for school assignments.” She still writes on her blog, Z and S, which covers a wide range of topics from fashion to TV series. Emem resides in Massachusetts and is currently working on another book. Feel free to engage and follow her writing journey on this website. Read more

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HER BOOKS

 

JANUS

Circumstances have made Emma grow up so fast within a year. Janus, the sequel to Façade, explores how she handles a budding career, grief, and danger. After getting the part of a much-talked-about movie role, Emma’s path as an actress seems promising. But she finds that her journey in the movie world is full of pot holes. Rumors rise as easily as fog. Enemies are made as fast as a spinning wheel. Privacy is precious, but cannot be achieved easily. Is the life of an actress for her?

Click here to read these and more reviews of the sequel to Facade, Janus on Amazon.com

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HERS TO TELL

Reviews of Hers to Tell on Amazon.com

“Hers To Tell is fast paced, suspenseful and intriguing read, full of twists and turns…Emem does a wonderful job both developing her story lines and characters. As a mystery and thriller reader, I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who is a fan of a good mystery.”

“I found this book very intriguing and intensely suspenseful! I did not want to put it down until I finished reading it. I like the plot and the moral of the story!”

Click here to read these and more reviews of my suspense novel, Hers to Tell on Amazon.com

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FACADE

Reviews of Facade on Amazon.comFacade Book Cover

“I love this book! … I like how the story unfolds the life of Emma; very well written. Kudos to the author!”

“Amazon just asked for one word to describe the mood of the book and I clicked on “lighthearted” and then thought oh wait i think it’s “hopeful” and now I’m wondering if “thoughtful” is perhaps the better one …”

“If you haven’t read this book yet, You are really missing out! I opened this book and I couldn’t put it down!”

Click here to read these and more reviews of my debut novel, Facade on Amazon.com

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Updates

New Book Cover Reveal

January 1, 2018

 

 

 


March 30, 2017

Book Release

“JANUS” by Emem Uko
Release date: March 16, 2017

Circumstances have made Emma grow up so fast within a year. Janus, the sequel to Façade, explores how she handles a budding career, grief, and danger. After getting the part of a much-talked-about movie role, Emma’s path as an actress seems promising. But she finds that her journey in the movie world is full of pot holes. Rumors rise as easily as fog. Enemies are made as fast as a spinning wheel. Privacy is precious, but cannot be achieved easily. Is the life of an actress for her?

 

 

 

 


February 24, 2017

Facade – 2nd Edition

Good news! The 2nd edition of Façade has been released in preparation for its sequel, Janus. Enjoy this edition, which is a fraction of the cost of the 1st edition. Available right now on Createspace and will be available on Amazon in a couple of days.

Here is the link to purchase it: www.createspace.com/6790931.

Happy reading!

 

 

 

 


August 14, 2016

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 Hers to Tell Online Release Party Giveaway!

If you got the message from Facebook, here is what you have to do to win.

There are three giveaways.

First Prize: A chance to have a main character named after you in Emem Uko’s upcoming contemporary romance novel and a signed paperback copy of Facade.

Second Prize: A signed hardcover copy of Facade and paperback copy of Hers to Tell.

Bonus Prize: A signed paperback copy of Facade (3 copies Available)

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Purchase “Hers to Tell” by Emem Uko in either paperback format and/or Kindle format
  2. Leave a direct Facebook message https://www.facebook.com/authorememuko/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel with “got PC” if you purchased paperback and/or “got K” if you purchased Kindle. Those who purchased the paperback will be entered twice in the draw.
  3. For the bonus giveaway, “Who is Emma Kaz’s best friend in Facade?” Leave your answer in Emem’s Facebook message inbox https://www.facebook.com/authorememuko/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.

GOOD LUCK!

*Draw closes on August 17 and winners will be announced on August 18.


August 1, 2016

Book Release

“HERS TO TELL” by Emem Uko
AUGUST 15, 2016
HTT Front Cover

Born with OCA1b, Cara Ella Smith couldn’t be more different from her sisters. The need to move far away from family lands her in Miami, where she becomes a writer. Her first novel indirectly aids Detective Abram Jonah in the arrest of a vile human being, and she becomes a target as a result. On the day of her 8th book signing event, she is almost run down by a vehicle, which she narrowly avoids because she is pulled away from the road by a dashing hunk, Jet Meyer.

There is a nagging fear that tugs at her. Jet is hiding something. He skillfully evades personal questions that Cara asks him. Cara is plagued with anxiety and nightmares from her near-death experience, but deep down, she knows that her distress has more to do with Jet than the incident.


July 12, 2016

Coming Soon!

Hers to Tell 


 March 8, 2016

Project Update

How are you all doing? As some of you know, I am writing two books right now. One is the sequel to my first-ever published young adult novel, Facade. The second book is going to be my first thriller and suspense novel, Hers to Tell (HTT). I’ll share lines from HTT, but first, it would be nice to know something about a character, don’t you think?
 
Like Facade, HTT’s protagonist is a girl and the book is going to be from her point of view. Her name is Cara. She’s from a large family of seven, including her parents. She ventures out to a new city, very different from where she grew up. She’s a Utah girl and she moves to Florida…I know.
 
Anyway, she’s a novelist with a part time job at a newspaper company. It happens that her first book became popular because a cop read it and got an idea from it that helped him detain a wanted criminal.
 
Cara has OCA1b, a mild form of albinism, which makes me wonder why she chooses to move to Florida of all places. Well, here are some (unedited) HTT lines for you all. Enjoy!
Hers to Tell (Unedited) Lines

            “Oh, man!”

“What?” Jet asked.

I pointed at a powder blue crushed vehicle that looked like it was once a decent jeep. “I like that color and I’m sure that car must have been awesome in its hay day.”

He grinned. “You have no idea how I feel when I come in here. Especially when I see some battered Escalades or Jaguars. Good thing is Paco knows how to salvage the vehicles so they don’t go to waste.”

“Paco?”

“Yes, the head supervisor here.”

“Oh, okay.”

He pointed at a messier looking part of the junk yard. These piles had the innards of cars, and looked like broken engine stuff to me.

“What?” I asked.

“You’d be surprised that that’s where people find some treasures. Car treasures, I mean.”

I looked at the piles again, wrinkling my face in distaste, “I don’t think so. It looks like a pile that no one should go rummaging in. Sharp and gooey things can’t have treasures in them.”

“What’s that phrase? Don’t judge a book by its cover. Trust me, I’ve found some useful car parts in that.”

“Uhuh.”

He shook his head, lips curled. Then he slipped an arm around my waist, looked down at me and kissed my forehead.

I was taken aback by this gesture. I’m still off and on about what I supposedly have with Jet, but it’s little things like this that make me let go of whatever is holding me back. I exhaled shakily, and secretly prayed that my heart’s erratic rhythm would stop exposing my emotions. It’s no secret by now that he suspected that I liked him, but I didn’t want him to know just how much I liked him.

We started to walk and Jet said that he was going to show me something cool.

“So there are more cool things here, yay!” I said sarcastically.

“Have faith, Cara, you might find inspiration here for your book. Maybe plot a murder scene, you know, bodies hidden in the junk yard.”

I rolled my eyes. “That’s so unoriginal.”

Then he stopped abruptly. We had rounded the corner of one of the piled stashes of scrunched vehicles and I wasn’t sure what was out of the ordinary that made him halt. The path looked as rugged as the others we’d just passed, but as I looked at his face, I realized that whatever made him stop had danger written all over it. Goosebumps crept on my arms and I held his hand tighter.

“Jet,” I whispered in fear.

He didn’t answer me but put his finger on his lips to shush me. He just slanted his head a little and listened.

I also tried to listen intently and then I heard laughter from two men coming toward us.

“Oh,” I exclaimed, feeling relieved.

But he shushed me again and without a word, pulled me forcefully and started walking back quickly to where we had come from.

“What’s going on? You’re scaring me,” I said, as I struggled to keep up with his pace.

He didn’t say anything and made a turn too quickly and my dress stuck on a protruding metal rod. I heard the dress rip before I could say anything, but Jet just kept on going.

“Hey!” I yelled at him, struggling to remove my hand from his strong grip.

He stopped and turned to me with a seething glare, such as I had never seen anyone muster in real life.

I instantly stopped struggling because I was so afraid of the person that was looking at me.

“You will quietly head back to the truck with me, or you can stay here and face anything that happens to you,” he spat.

That was enough for me to shut my mouth, but what he said brought up a lot of questions in my head. I guessed I was going to have to wait till we got back to the truck to ask them.

I nodded and ran toward the gate we had entered, fighting the urge to look back at the danger that he had insinuated.

I was panting when we got to the truck, but Jet looked as though he hadn’t even walked far at all. He was so focused on getting us out of the junk yard, that when he opened the door, he lifted me in, buckled me up and ran for his own door. I watched him uneasily, not failing to see that before he got in, he looked back at the gate with a look of disdain on his face.

He started the truck and sped away. My heart beating fast and the sweat dripping on my face was not enough to say how fearful I was. My skin had turned the shade of absolute horror, and I sat on my hands, trying to warm them.

What the heck is going on?

I waited and didn’t say anything because I wanted Jet to say something first. He had to explain what happened back there.

As we got on the highway, I noticed him visibly relax and as his hand went for the radio, I slapped it.

He smiled, not taking his eyes from the road.

“No music, we need to talk,” I bellowed.

“We will,” he said, and turned on the music again.

I fumed, clenching my hands and trying to keep my mouth shut. I knew if I said anything I would regret it. I kept my eyes on the road, forcing myself not to look at him. I didn’t even have a clue where we were headed and I wasn’t going to ask. When he took the exit toward Downtown, I realized that he was probably taking me back home. What a wonderful outing it had been!

 


February 2, 2016

My alma mater shares my excitement

 

Principia College, my alma mater, shared the exciting news about Façade on its winter edition of Purpose at Principia.

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December 18, 2015

Writing Playlist

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It is funny that I can’t read when music is playing because I end up singing the song and getting distracted. But I have realized that it is different when I’m writing. Music actually helps in setting the tone of whatever scenario I’m concocting. With that said, here are some songs that do the trick.

Scenarios


Sad-tragic scenes

  • Tears of an angel by Ryan Dan
  • See you again by Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth
  • Down by Jason Walker
  • Rust or gold by Jill Andrews
  • A team by Ed Sheeran
  • Need by Hana Pestle

Missing you-breakup-reconciliation

  • Find my way back by Cody Fry
  • Come back for me by Jaymes Young
  • Waiting game by Banks
  • Salvation by Gabrielle Aplin
  • Incomplete by Backstreet Boys
  • I can’t make you love me by Adele

Happy-bubbly scenes

  • Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • Uptown funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
  • I just haven’t met you yet by Michael Buble
  • Tonight we are young by Glee
  • I wanna dance with somebody by Whitney Houston
  • Party rock anthem by LMFAO

Love-attraction-shy scenes

  • Falling in love in a coffee shop by Landon Pigg
  • Un giorno per noi by Josh Groban
  • god damn you’re beautiful by Chester See
  • Little things by One Direction
  • Impossible by James Arthur
  • If you’re not the one by Daniel Bedingfield

Kinky-sexy scenes

  • We don’t have to take our clothes off by Ella Eyre
  • Love and light by ATB ft Amurai
  • Insatiable by  Darren Hayes
  • Avalanche by David Cook
  • Never let me go by Florence + The Machine
  • The first time ever I saw your face by Celine Dion

Uneasy-spooky scenes

  • The howling by Within Temptation  
  • Mad world by  Adam Lambert
  • O’ death by Jen Titus
  • Echo by Jason Walker
  • Losing your memory by Ryan Star
  • Everybody wants to rule the world by Lorde

 

More to read on my blog

 


August 31, 2015

Ongoing Writing Projects

Janus – a Facade sequel

Hers to Tell – a thriller and suspense novel


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