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Every Serengeti Sunrise
(From Kenya, With Love #4)
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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About the Author
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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November 21st: Wishful Endings
November 23rd: underneath the covers
November 24th: Becky on Books
November 25th: Grand Finale
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?