Friday, December 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Mini-Review & Giveaway!! Of Sentimental Value, by Princess Fumi Hancock

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Of Sentimental Value
Princess Fumi Hancock
Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Princess In Suburbia
July 17, 2014
Cover Artist: Phatpuppy Arts Studios
Mystery, Romantic Suspense

Bestselling author, Indiefest and African Oscar Award-winning filmmaker, host of an African Oscar-nominated TV talk show, an African Heritage Leadership Award recipient and a globally sought-after transformation interventionist, Princess  Fumi Hancock  delivers an inspirational and intriguing romantic suspense story, yet laced in mystery and comedy: Of Sentimental Value, a titillating and jaw-dropping adventure set between the deep rich forests of Africa and the southern flat plains of Nashville, Tennessee. 
A twenty-one year old, young African immigrant, Siberia Tonka has all the ingredients of a successful writer: commitment, dedication, and drive to become famous. Until her dream of becoming the next bestselling media sensation in America is threatened by an inexplicable cosmic force! Buried and spiraling in insurmountable debt and a string of misfortune hovering over her, she is forced to pawn her most valuable possession. But when told her sister’s life in Africa hangs in the balance and that she would die if the artifact is not returned back to the rightful owners, Siberia in desperation sets out to retrieve the artifact by any means necessary. A mystery is released and the stakes are high! The harder Siberia tries… the closer she seems, yet the farther she is from solving the turmoil.
Alas, in the midst of this chaos evolves an undeniable love triangle between Siberia, a wealthy rugged-looking African, but Nashville-based, art collector (Alan) and a simple American consignment store owner (Jake).
Will Siberia retrieve the artifact in time to save her dying sister, Naiya? Who/what wins her heart -- money or true love?

This excerpt has a hypnotic quality to it; I can almost hear the beating of that drum....I am drawn into the story, which takes place in  an exotic land, a land of strange legends -- Africa. The author sets the scene very well, and the woman named Yemoji comes to life, with her frightening eyes and evil presence....

Other book excerpts, which I have read on Amazon, tell me that this is not only a novel full of suspense and romance, but also steeped in the mysteries of the dark continent. 

Siberia Tonka sits under her village's iroko tree, and dreams of one day being a bestselling author. She is not afraid of the spirit residing in the tree, although she's been told that, should she ever see it appear, it will mean her death.....

From what I've read so far, this sounds like a truly fascinating novel! And the movie must be absolutely riveting!!

Spiraling through the murky haze is a stream of white smoke; Africa’s humid and gloomy weather punctuated the striking of an African “bata” drum; a sign of impending doom in this Never-never land called Oyo, set majestically in the flat plain fields of West Africa.
       Wrapped in ruffled white sheets and face painted with pungent white chalk, distinct tribal marks from Oyo; she chuckles and giggles out loud, sometimes overpowering the African “bata” beats rippling the air. This enigma of a mystery woman’s deep tones carries with it an air of danger and magic. Her fiendish chuckles are exaggerated by her threatening mannerisms. She adds to the mystery in the air by thrusting out her spectacularly painted arms, holding a uniquely designed African clay pot filled with bubbling steaming water. The steam spiraling out of the magical pot is hypnotic. She begins to laugh again as the rhythmic African beat gently fades, instantly replaced by an urgent tick-tock sound, intensifying the anxiety. Seeing my clandestine woman’s animated and daunting striking face, Yemoji becomes boisterous as she squints her overpowering eyes; eyeballs fiercely protruding, eliciting intense fear in those who behold the strange sight. 
      As the tick-tock sound gets louder, Yemoji abruptly clutches her magical pot to her bosom. Her arms stretch out with purpose, displaying her remarkably long claw-like nails. She beckons me closer. Yemoji welcomes hushes me into undeniably captivating presence, placing one finger to her sultry lips.
“Sshh! Sshh!”
Suddenly, the tick-tock sound intensifies yet again as Yemoji’s thunderous and wickedly cold laughter reverberates into the atmosphere.
“Did you hear me? I said.... Sshh! Sshh! Siberia! Si-be-ria!”

Book Trailer Produced by Cambium Break Pictures

"Of Sentimental Value" Motion Picture Release 2015

Starring Malik Yoba, "New York Undercover" and Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" and Tommy Tiny Lister, "Deebo on Friday", "Fifth Element" with Bruce Willis.
VIP Screenings and Private Book Launches in Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee

Award Winning Filmmaker Princess Fumi Hancock shares clip of SOLD OUT " Live" Nashville TN Red Carpet Event: 

Video Reviews
Miss Haiti International, Régine Pierre Shares Her Review of, Of Sentimental Value:

Los Angeles
Of Sentimental Value VIP Movie Screening and Book Launch Raving Reviews Bring Producer to Tears!

LA welcomes Red Carpet Screening of Award Winner, Of Sentimental Value 

The Video Reviews
Award-winning filmmaker, Princess Fumi Hancock Shares a “Kairos Moment” with Host, Lola Ogunleye Reviewing Of Sentimental Value 

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Princess Fumi "Stephanie" Hancock, PhD.

Bestselling Author,  NAFCA African Oscar People’s Choice Winner, Indiefest Films Merit Award Filmmaker, TV Host, Transformation Interventionist and Philanthropist are just a few accolades to describe this dynamic woman.

Born in the heart of Nigeria, Lagos State; Princess Fumi Hancock was raised to appreciate her royal roots from the South Western region of Nigeria, Emure Kingdom, where her family, the Adumori Nigeria Royal Household have ruled since the 1800s’.

After acquiring her first degree in English from one of the most prestigious colleges in Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University; she stormed the United States of America with a pen, a script and the dream to change the world. Little did she know that it would take her over thirty years to finally fulfill her dream of becoming a prolific writer and most importantly, one who would have the ability to translate her literary works into movies.

As an author, she has written several inspirational books for women: Beyond Idol Worship, A Diary of an African Warrior Princess, and  Starting Right Now, to name a few! After writing these inspirational books and her return back to Africa after over 25 years in absentia, she reached out to help her community through her US- based nonprofit organization, Adassa Adumori Foundation, Inc. ( She also decided to venture into the world of young adult fantasy. To her surprise, her very first young adult fantasy, The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell:  Hydra’s Nest became an Amazon bestseller! There has been no stopping her since then.

Her new novel, Of Sentimental Value, a mystery and suspense drama, is yet another landmark for her. The book was made into a feature film which is scheduled for release soon ( ). In the advent of its release, it has garnered multiple award interest. It was nominated in the NAFCA African Oscar Peoples’ Choice category for Favorite Trailer and Original Score while the Princess took home the winning trophy as Favorite Screenwriter.  Since then, the movie itself has been nominated in the following categories: Best Diaspora Drama and Best Make-up. One of our supporting actors, Malik Yoba was also nominated as Best Supporting Actor in a Foreign Film.

Princess Fumi is one who truly believes that dreams do come true if we keep plugging away at it and never give up! Her very first crack at writing, she will never forget her professor at a college in New York telling her, “You need to quit! You are a horrible writer!” “I was devastated,” she said. But she did not allow that to keep her down. With time, even the professor finally announced to the post graduate class that she was the best student he’d ever had. That screenplay, “The Royal Bird” ended up winning Best Screenplay of the year in 1988 in a New York festival. It was later auctioned to one of the largest television stations in Africa, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).  The rest of her time today is spent presenting her new empowerment program, "Your Vision Torch, an Innovator’s Prescription to Igniting Your Dreams and Harnessing Your Vision" to leaders, business owners and women across Africa and the United States of America.  More details on how to bring her to your event:  

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  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this read, the cover seems beautiful ! Thank you for putting this book under my radar :)

    Benish| Feminist Reflections

    1. Hi, Benish!

      Well, actually, what I read was some excerpts from the book, but they were enough to get me interested!

      You're very welcome for the sharing! Thanks for commenting!! : )


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