Elly Kamari


Elly Kamari is the author of Koya's Choice and Save My Heart. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya. She loves writing and creating worlds set in Nairobi, the sunny city, featuring strong women who fight for what they want.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
It involves a cup of coffee, pens and notebooks. I've found that my creativity flows best when I'm writing a story out as opposed to typing. First ideas are always great when they're scribbled out on a piece of paper, my mind just opens up and I can go for hours this way.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I just love it.
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Where to find Elly Kamari online


Life on the Fast Track
Price: Free! Words: 29,610. Language: American English. Published: October 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Jasmine and Danny struggle to forge a future together, despite their many differences. When Danny’s life choices place his life in danger, Jasmine must find the courage to stand with him when he faces a villainous adversary. Can they make it together? Is love enough to make them last forever?
The Girl with a Golden Smile
Price: Free! Words: 9,310. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Nicholas saves a woman on a rainy night, and finds that he can't forget her charming smile.
Koya's Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,790. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Charlie and Koya struggle through a difficult past. Before they can find each other, they must discover why Charlie's mother tried her best to keep them apart.
Save My Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,350. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Leila Karani fell in love thinking it was forever. When she got pregnant, Nathan refused to support her and urged her to get an abortion instead. Eight years later, Leila is a single mother running a fabric and tailoring shop in Nairobi city, and the only thought in her mind is her daughter's happiness. Until she runs into Nathan unexpectedly and he wants to meet their child.
I Dream of You
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Janet Kerira has been dating Timothy for a year and a half and he's never told her that he loves her. On Valentine's Day, she spends the day worrying because Timothy hasn't called her for four days. He left on an assignment and hasn't called, messaged or even emailed her once. Janet hopes the magic of Valentine's day will bring him back to her.
Bits and Pieces
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Bits and Pieces is a collection of poems talking about love, friendship and the beautiful seasons. It's a short read to inspire your mood and make you smile.

Smashwords book reviews by Elly Kamari

  • The Precious Teahouse on Sep. 19, 2013

    Sweet story about tea.
  • 21 Days on March 31, 2014

    This story is written chronological order, Day one all the way to Day Twenty-One. Ms. Okeyo writes out a story told between two individuals who meet quite by luck at a restaurant, and who then get to know each other. The main characters, Zora and Jack, tell the story from their perspectives, moving from the shyness and jitters of the first meet in a relationship, to hurt emotions created by misunderstandings, and then the getting to know each other better. However, Jack keeps a huge secrets, that is subtly hinted at by Zora's friends. When it finally comes to light, it breaks them apart, but the reasons why Zora decides to call it quits have a lot to do with trust, and not secret itself. This story rang true for me because of the experiences I've seen friends go through. When you're getting to know someone, it never is what he's done in the past, but whether he trusted you enough to tell you about that past. Giving you the chance to make your own choice, instead of making the choice for you, because of how you'll react or what you'll think. It was nice to read a relationship from such a perspective. Love can exist in different forms. Review also Posted on : www.ellyinnairobi.wordpress.com
  • In the Shadow of the Styx on Aug. 07, 2015

    Between Death and Heaven is a paranormal novel tackling the afterlife. Phil and Lillian find themselves in a new world when they end up in the hospital after having severe food poisoning. In this new world, the are ghosts without a clear path as to where the should go, who they should be, certainly what they were doesn’t matter so much anymore. Lillian is eager to break through the barriers she and Phil face, and her courage sends them on a wild adventure to deliver an important message. Well, it’s certainly a challenge, consider these two are dead, and therefore they are ghosts. The use of cell phones, email, all manner of technology becomes obsolete. But not to worry, Musawale writes a great solution. Plunging the reader into dramatic plots to obtain ingredients for spells, and witches who know it all. Between Death and Heaven has an innocent charm to it, even while tackling heavy issues like revenge and murder. The fact that the afterlife is unknown allows Musawale to take advantage of imagination and create a world that manages to captivate. The novel does introduce an array of characters, each one playing a role in Lillian and Phil’s adventure. Each one with a mysterious background, or a legacy they can’t control or escape. One thing’s for sure, the afterlife in Between Death and Heaven is not what you expect when you imagine death. My only complaint was that it took a bit of getting used to Lillian’s lingo. I understand Musawale was staying true to Lillian’s roots, and after a while, reading got easier, and I expected it from Lillian. This is an interesting complaint, as it really depends on the reader’s preference. Lillian does turn out to be a strong, young woman who loved a man enough to make a dramatic change in her life. I liked her for that, and her amusing perspective on people and life in general.