Book Tour: EVERY SERENGETI SUNRISE by Rula Sinara

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Every Serengeti Sunrise

(From Kenya, With Love #4)

Rula Sinara

Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 368 pages

December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Elephants, Africa’s wild savannah and three best friends…

When attorney Maddie Corallis returns to Kenya to fight a humanitarian vs animal rights case, the last thing she expects is for her childhood friend, wildlife veterinarian Haki Odaba, to be the very man she’s up against. Loyal and protective, Haki would never turn his back on the elephants he’s devoted to saving, any more than Maddie could abandon the native tribes she’s come to protect. An impossible battle…but nothing compared to the fight they face when old feelings surface and the soul-deep connection they’ve always shared threatens the worst kind of betrayal…that of their dearest friend Pippa. The one Haki is expected to marry.

Denying their feelings is torture, but giving in is not an option. Not with the suffering it would cause. Besides, Maddie left Kenya once and she’ll be leaving again soon. An ocean, a case and a friend between them. Maybe love can’t always find a way…or can it?

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Other Books in the Series

After the Silence

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The Promise of Rain

About the Author

Rula Sinara

National and USA Today Bestselling author Rula Sinara lives in rural Virginia with her family and crazy but endearing pets. She loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard, planting trees, raising backyard chickens and drinking more coffee than she’ll ever admit to. Rula’s writing has earned her a National Readers Choice Award and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, among other honors. You can discover more about Rula at her blog A Writer’s Rush, on Twitter, on Facebook as RulaSinaraAuthor or on her website www.RulaSinara.com, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.

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Tour Schedule

November 13th: Launch Colorimetry

November 14th: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!

November 15th: Reading Is My SuperPower & Hearts & Scribbles

November 16th: Kimber Li’s Cowboy & Fairytale Book Reviews & Rockin’ Book Reviews

November 17th: Deal Sharing Aunt & Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader

November 20th: Backing Books & Book Lover in Florida

November 21st: Wishful Endings

November 22nd: Heidi Reads… & I Am A Reader

November 23rd: underneath the covers

November 24th: Becky on Books

November 25th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

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Prize Pack #1: (one winner, U.S. residents only)

– A set of three, 15X15 in cotton canvas ‘From Kenya, With Love’ tote bags

– A handmade wooden ‘Believe’ star ornament

– A set of 3 plush wild animal TY Teeny Tys (great stocking stuffers!)

– An autographed copy of A Heartwarming Christmas Craft & Cookbook

– An autographed copy of After the Silence

– An autographed copy of Through the Storm

– Every Serengeti Sunrise bookmark

 

Prize Pack #2: (one winner, open to U.S. and International residents)

Amazon Kindle (gifted) copies of The Promise of Rain and After the Silence (Winner may substitute a different backlist book by Rula Sinara, if one of the above titles is already owned. No other substitutions apply.)

Ends November 29th

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Universal Truths: 5 Heartwarming Facts About Kenya & the Masai

If you’ve read any books in the Harlequin Heartwarming line, you know that Harlequin Heartwarming is not only about heart-rending, romantic love stories, but also about family and family values. One of the things I love about writing a multicultural series set in an exotic, off-the-grid locale is that it has given me the opportunity to show love and family values are universal. For many, world-wide travel, exploration and simply experiencing life outside the bubbles in which we live is only possible through books…and more often than not, it happens through a romance novel. So, with Every Serengeti Sunrise, book 4 of my ‘From Kenya, With Love’ series due out in December, I thought I’d share some heartwarming facts you’ll discover in the series.

 

  1. Children are our future and they’re a universal priority. In fact, the traditional greeting of Kenya’s indigenous Masai is Sopa. Kasserian ingera? It means “Hello and how are the children?” and the typical response is to say that the children are well. Children are so important to them that, even in greeting, they are the first thing a Masai asks about. And, their response shows that, no matter what hurdle life throws at them, such as drought, so long as the children are well, that’s all that really matters. A universal truth.

 

  1. Elephant herds are matriarchal in structure and the bond and love between the elephant family members is strong. They are sentient, emotional and majestic beings who mourn the loss of loved ones, remember their ancestors and who will do anything to protect their young. In fact, they’ll even adopt an orphaned baby and help other mothers in the herd with their children. A universal love of family and offspring.
  2. Although the Masai are a patriarchal society, the women not only cook and tend to children, they also collect wood and build and maintain the village houses or inkajijik. They carry out tremendous responsibilities with grace, despite the fact that they don’t have the same rights as men. They’re subjected to early marriages and have less opportunity for education…something my heroine in my 5th book, The Twin Test (May 2018), is determined to change. Women, Masai included, have an incredible inner strength and ability to endure and hold families together. Another universal truth.
  3. Caring for orphaned animals, adoptions, step-parents…family is family. It’s all about caring, loving and protecting. My series touches on all of the above, but there are also real-life examples of families like those in my stories and there are real places like my fictional Busara Elephant Research and Rescue camp. One such place I learned about after a few books into my series. It’s The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the work they do to save elephants and other species in Kenya, is simply phenomenal. They even have a baby elephant fostering program and two elephants I’ve fostered are named Quanza and Malima. Everyone at DSWT from heads to keepers truly embody selflessness. It’s a universal truth that blended and non-traditional families are as much loving families as any other…and that being a family has nothing to do with blood or genetics…or species.
  4. Bread. It’s a very heartwarming thing. I’ll even argue that it ties in with family values because bread brings everyone together over a meal. The aroma of freshly baked loaves—whether wafting out of the oven in your mother’s kitchen during the holidays or luring you from the corner bakery in your neighborhood or dancing towards you from as open fire in Kenya as some traditional chapati flatbread is made—is synonymous with home and hearth. As Maddie in Every Serengeti Sunrise says when she arrives at Camp Busara and the aroma of freshly baked chapati wafts past her… “Why is the mere smell of freshly baked bread like a drug?” Our love of bread. A delicious universal truth that brings us together, makes us feel at home and warms our hearts and stomachs.

Have you traveled around the world? Or perhaps you’ve discovered interested ‘heartwarming, universal facts’ about other places, peoples or even other species in a book?

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HIS SECRET ALASKAN HEIRESS by Belle Calhoune

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Since I moved to Alaska decades ago to snag my man, it was only natural that this little beauty snagged me.  You may remember a while back the state of Alaska became famous for, among other things, not having enough women to go around.  I prefer a buffet, so when I was ready to settle down I went the Last Frontier to make my selection.  The heroine in this story, Sophie, did the same, but she also had another motivation.  She was trying to get away from her rich daddy and the unwanted fiancé he’d set her up with.

Alaska’s a great place to hide.  Seriously.  Cut it in half and Texas becomes the THIRD largest state in the union.  If someone pushes you out of a plane over Alaska, odds are your body will never be found.  Except by the wolves.  Or bears.

Anyway…

Sophie’s having a good ol’ time hiding out in Love, Alaska, working in a little café, enjoying the kind of downhome dirty living she missed in the Big Apple.  It’s small town.  Everyone knows everybody and they really do care, even if they can’t get anything out of you.  Only one person knows Sophie’s a secret heiress, her best friend, Grace, and she’s not talking.  Grace is busy living happily ever after with her own Alaskan man, Boone, and their new baby.  Sophie wants that too.  So far, none of the local guys are ringing her bell though.

My husband likes to say if you go looking for a man in Alaska, the odds are good, but the goods are odd.  And I say, Well, I bagged you, didn’t I?  Throw head back and laugh wholeheartedly.

Anyway…

Noah shows up, sent secretly by Sophie’s ex-fiancé to find out what in tarnation is going on.  He’s been told the Ex is just heartbroken, wants to find his lost love, make sure she’s okay.  And I’m thinkin, ‘right, sure he is.  Of course, he makes Sophie’s bells ring when he walks in the door, presumably as the newly hired cook.

Noah’s been paid a lot of money to track down some rich brat chick who skipped out on her loving fiancé.  But…Sophie is not a rich brat chick.  She’s…nice.  Kind.  Generous.  Grateful.  And loving her new life and friends in Alaska.  It just don’t add up.  Little red flags are going up and he’s got to keep reminding himself he’s not there for any kind of relationship.  It’s just business.

The townfolk pick up the tempo and Noah resists getting roped into their social scene.  He has every reason to be on the Ex’s side.  His own heart was broken by a rich brat chick and he don’t aim to have it broken again.  But, he just can’t stand it when another guy kisses Sophie’s hand either.

Meanwhile, Sophie has no idea why Noah’s really there, but he is bringing up memories of her old life and making her homesick.  She’d had a happy childhood, but then her dad struck it rich, her parents got divorced, and her mother died.  She didn’t expect anyone in Love, Alaska to understand her poor-little-rich-girl dilemma?  They lived paycheck to paycheck.  She just wanted to live happily ever after.  But, that takes love and love takes honesty.

Just when Noah’s believing Sophie’s the nice one and the Ex is the bad one after all, the Ex wants Noah to date Sophie to keep her away from the other guys in town.  This is typical behavior from people who are so self-absorbed it makes them stupid.  Noah is a hottie and Sophie doesn’t care about the Ex’s money.  Noah’s a born and bred Alaskan boy too, from Homer.  Been there.  Had the best halibut in the world fresh off the boat in Homer, Alaska.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer,_Alaska   And thing is you call a spade a spade in Alaska, or maybe I should say an Ulu is an Ulu.   http://alaskagiftcompany.com/products/alaska-ulu-knife

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So these two lovebirds are finding their way together through honesty and the value of family and community, friends, forgiveness, all those good things.

So, if you’re looking for a feel-good romance set in the Land of the Midnight Sun, pop over and get this book-   https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9780373622986_his-secret-alaskan-heiress.html

Also, pop over to the author’s website to learn where you can find more great stories-  http://www.bellecalhoune.com/

Want to know my real life Alaskan Romance?  Okay, here it is.  I was pushing thirty and finally ready to settle down.  So, I asked my brother what I should do.  He said move to Alaska, walk into church and just take your pick.  So, I did.  I walked in, found the guys outnumbered the girls fifteen to one and the only other girl there was already engaged, and I said, “Okay, I’ll take that one.”

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ROYAL ENCHANGEMENT by Sharon Ashwood

lgcover_9780373139910Nocturne is Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance line and, sadly, it’s going away in a few months.  Harlequin’s ebook imprint, Carina Press, will continue to put out the goods, however.  I like Paranormal Romance.  The trouble is that subgenre has become extremely repetitive over the past few years.  I mean, c’mon, there’s only so many time I want to vacuum werewolf fur off my carpet.  (Psst, I actually like werewolves.)  So, when I found Royal Enchantment, I was a happy reader.  https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9780373139910_royal-enchantment.html

I’m pretty sure it would have fit in nicely with LUNA, the Fantasy line from a few years back.  I really miss LUNA and its greater variety.

King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table awaken from stone sleep to battle the evil fae for humanity.  Awesome premise.  Before I go on, I must confess I didn’t find the characterization all that interesting, especially Guinevere.  Sorry.  Maybe she’s too normal, you know, likes to go shopping in the big city.  I’d rather cozy up at a campfire than go shopping.  But, the story itself is strong enough for me to overlook that.

If you’ve been waiting for your knight in shining armor to ride up on a white horse, maybe you’ve missed him.  ‘Cause he was in a Chevy.  The story opens with Arthur and Gawain battling a dragon back into his realm out in the modern countryside.  The overgrown lizard could’ve made toast of them, but just wanted to rough them up a bit before heading back.  After metaphorically licking their wounds, Arthur and Gawain get back to the task of finding and waking the other Knights of Round Table.  Merlin had put them all in stone sleep ages ago and many ended up as statues in museums or private collections.  There’s a war on with the fae and King Arthur really needs their help.

Meanwhile, Merlin’s awakened Queen Guinevere too.  And she just thinks it’s groovy all the freedom and opportunities women have in the 21st century.  Arthur’s glad to have her back, but also apprehensive.  She tends to get herself in needless trouble.  Remember that dude?  Whathisname Lancelot?  Anyway…

So, Arthur and his knights run a medieval theme park as cover.  Pesky reporters show up, someone mistakes a dragon for a flying cow, you know the whole crossing time and realms craziness.

Gwen takes off to talk peace and get info from the goblin king.  Without Arthur’s permission, of course.  Then, there was that troll thing.  The Lady of the Lake imprisons Morgan Le Faye, leaving her evil kind without a ruler.  And I’m wondering if Gwen and Arthur will grow as characters into a true partnership.  Merlin was cool and there’s lots of cool battles, mixing modern with medieval.

Like I said, I do, in fact, like werewolves.  You remember that one book I reviewed a while back, right?

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Well, I found another cool one I’ll review for you next week.  It’s on the shelves right now.  Then, I might get back to zombies.  We’ll see.

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Happy Reading!

Blogging Notes

star-trek-10Two things.  One, my wonderful husband bought me a new laptop I’m getting used to and, two, I’m rethinking how and which books I review for.  Due to real life issues, I have to be very efficient with my computer time.

By the way, did you catch last night’s episode of Star Trek Discovery?  Awesome.