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#midweektease Trope: accidental pregnancy | Book: Making Scandal

Sorry I missed last week's update. My youngest child was rushed into hospital and we were there for the week. Thankfully, he came home on Sunday and is getting better. Thanks for all the prayers and messages of love.

Last time on mid-week tease I shared the 'oops we're pregnant' scene from KEEPING SECRETS. This week I'm going to tease you from MAKING SCANDAL.

For me it's interesting to contrast the way the women handle delivering the news of the unplanned pregnancies to the men. While Ebony agonised about how she would break the news to Felix, Faith takes a different approach with Mark. Enjoy the teaser,

"I have something else to tell you. I want to make it clear that I’m not asking you for anything in return. I’m simply letting you know because I think you deserve to know."

She paused, digging in her handbag for the packet and using the opportunity to gather her wits about her. She held it in her hand for a couple of breaths, puffing in and out. Then, she withdrew the white plastic stick and looked at the text indicator.

Her heart jolted, her insides clenched.

"I’m pregnant," she said and held the stick up.

From the corner of her eye, she saw him flinch before his hand was suddenly on her shoulder, turning her to face him.

"What did you say?"

"I’m pregnant, up the duff, expecting a baby. Here." She thrust the stick into his line of sight.

He stared at it and then at her.

"You’re pregnant and you just told me we’re over?"

"Yes." She shrugged. "It doesn’t change anything."

"Like hell, it doesn’t. You’re going to have my baby, and you’re telling me you don’t want me in your life? That’s not going to happen."

"Look, Mark. This is not the dark ages. I don’t need a man in my life before I can take care of a baby."

"Well, I’ve got news for you, sweetheart. I’m not just any man, and this is not just any baby." He gave a pointed look at her still-flat stomach. "We are both Essiens. And Essien children don’t grow up outside the family."

"Mark, listen—"

"No, you listen. You said your piece. Now, hear mine. I will not rest until you are officially an Essien. We are getting married."


Sassy, successful Faith Brown has earned her place in the boardroom through hard work and sheer ambition. Making family is not on her agenda when there are businesses to develop and competitors to outdo. So when a casual affair with smooth and irresistible tycoon Mark Essien leads to an unplanned pregnancy, she’s determined not to make the mistakes her mother made by living with a man just for the sake of her child.

For Mark, personal matters have no place in the boardroom. Spotting the perfect opportunity, he ruthlessly launches a takeover bid for Faith’s Investment Brokerage firm. Finding out he’ll soon be a father, he knows he can’t let the indomitable and sexy Faith go through with her plans of single parenthood. All gloves are off. He’ll seduce her by any tactic necessary if it means his child doesn’t suffer the same stigma he did as a child.

With the media dogging their affairs in the boardroom and the bedroom, they find that making family is harder than making scandal.


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