Monday, December 18, 2017

The Author's Den - From Kenya With Love

Joining me in The Author's Den on this chilly December day is Rula Sinara. Rula and I are enjoying a warm cup of rich, velvety roast coffee with chocolaty hints. We're sitting by the fire and chatting about her series, From Kenya with Love.

Rula, tell us a little about yourself. 
Do you remember when teachers would make us write about ourselves at the beginning of the school year or when we had to ‘brag’ about ourselves on college applications? Those were always the toughest writing assignments for me. They still are! I’m thinking most writers prefer to write about other characters and people, but here’s my ‘official’ bio: 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. Unofficially, I’ll add that, this past year, I added 6 ducks and 3 swan geese to my backyard flock!

Let's get into your heartwarming series, From Kenya with Love

January 2014 2014
National Reader Choice Award double-finalist & Winner of Best First Book
2015 Golden Quill Award Runner Up
2015 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit
2015 Book Buyers Best finalist

He wants to take her child out of Africa... 

The Busara elephant research and rescue camp on Kenya's Serengeti is Anna Bekker's life's work. And it's the last place she thought she'd run into Dr. Jackson Harper. As soon as he sets eyes on her four-year-old, Pippa, Anna knows he'll never leave...without his daughter. 

Furious doesn't begin to describe how Jack feels. How could Anna keep this from him? He has to get his child back to the States. Yet as angry as he is with Anna, they still have a bond. But can it endure, despite the ocean—and the little girl—between them?

March 2015 2016 Published Maggie Award for Excellence Finalist
2016 Aspen Gold Finalist

Does following her passion mean losing her way? 

Marine Ben Corallis is an expert at facing death, but nothing comes close to the terror that grounds him when his wife is killed in a car accident the day he returns from duty. He's left to raise an infant, a toddler and a ten-year-old girl who hasn't uttered a word since her mother's death. 

It's hard not to care for the widowed marine with three young children. Yet he's still grieving, too burdened with guilt to fall in love again. And Hope Alwanga's future as a doctor awaits her on the other side of the world, in Nairobi. If two such opposites can't agree on a common country, how can they ever create a safe place to call home?

A Heartwarming Thanksgiving Anthology
November 2016
(part of the From Kenya, With Love series)

The initials were still there, carved in their tree… 

Environmental activist Serena Myss thrives on difficult situations, so tying herself to a tree in her hometown to protect a wildlife habitat should be a no-brainer. Except she hasn't been back in five years—not since her brother died. Not since Austin, the man she loved, failed to save him. It's not just any tree, either. Serena and Austin carved their initials in its trunk and shared their first kiss under its canopy. But Serena's not one to let her emotions get in the way of a cause. Even if seeing Austin brings up all the pain she's tried to escape…and new feelings she can't ignore.T

May 2016

The biggest risk she'll ever take… 

Tessa Henning is no damsel. But she's definitely in distress. If her husband really is involved in the ivory trade, he'll come after her when he finds out what she's uncovered. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Mac Walker. Stubborn, fiercely independent, danger-loving bush pilot Mac Walker—with whom she shares custody of their orphaned nephew. Though Mac's no knight in shining armor, he can keep her and their nephew safe in the Serengeti while they wait out this storm. But he can't protect Tessa from the strange weather brewing inside her, stirring up feelings for Mac she wishes she could ignore.

December 2017

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?

May 2018

His twins might be wild... 

But she knows just how to tame them—and their father. 

Earthquake expert Dax Calder brings his eleven-year-old twins to the Serengeti to fulfill a promise to his late wife—never leave the girls. Meeting free-spirited teacher Pippa Harper feels like serendipity. She’s the perfect nanny for his mischievous twosome, even if her definition of rules is slightly different than his. But there’s one rule Dax never expected to break…falling in love again.

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1 comment:

Rula Sinara said...

Rich coffee with chocolaty hints is my favorite kind! Perfect for a cozy morning in your den. Thanks so much for having me here today!