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Bites, Bandages, and a Book Launch!

This entry is part 3 of the series God in Africa

TEN DAYS BEFORE THE BOOK LAUNCH OF GOD IN AFRICA

With the book launch of God in Africa around the corner, I went to visit my brother in East London (about five hours along the beautiful coastline of South Africa) for a few days to celebrate his 60th birthday.

FIRST BANDAGE

There is a small step down from the bedroom where we were sleeping to a landing with the bathroom on the left and a short steep staircase on the right. One night, I made my way to the bathroom in the early hours of the morning and, being a considerate kinda gal, I used the light on my cellphone so I wouldn’t disturb my husband.

As I took the step down, the light went out. I stumbled, fell onto the balustrade, and started a headlong bounce down the stairs towards the wall. Praise the Lord, He caught me! I managed to hook the rail with my left arm and took my weight on my right arm (on the carpeted step.)

After an ungainly slither (or something) back up to the landing, I took stock. Nothing broken. Just a flap of skin ripped from my arm in what turned out to be a carpet-burn. Cutting a long story short, and despite prompt if irregular, first aid, that wound duly went septic. Hence the bandage.

BITES 1, 2 & 3

Then came the bites. We had a beautiful day visiting part of The Wild Coast, an area Rob and I had never been to.

Only after we were home in PE, I discovered an itchy bite which when I investigated was actually huge, inflamed, and had a black center. Not nice. It looked like a tick bite, and I had a book launch a week away! I made an appointment to see my doctor the next day. By that time two more had developed.

Again, to make an ugly, long story short, despite huge doses of penicillin all three went septic and nasty and so I had dressings on them all. I’m currently on my second course of penicillin and gradually starting to heal.

BOOK LAUNCH OF  GOD IN AFRICA 

Despite satan’s best efforts to thwart it, not to mention all the bandages (mostly hidden from view) the launch of God in Africa went off fabulously. I had a great team of folk helping, and it was really a lovely afternoon. I sold nearly eighty books and I’ve sold one or two every day since.  Here is an overview of how the afternoon worked out.

Book Launch of God in Africa

THE PROGRAM FOR THE AFTERNOON

Click here to see the program for the afternoon, and you should be able to work out what was what and who was who.

All in all a super time, and a successful book launch – despite all the bandages and bites!

Read more about God in Africa here. Both paperback and ebook are available on Amazon and I have paperbacks to sell for those in Africa.

Right now, the ebook is on special – only $0.99 in the US (check your own currency) but the price goes up early next week. So don’t delay!

  Get your copy here.

EXCITING ADVENTURE COMING SOON!

Much more in the next post, but this is a heads-up. During the days from October 25-28 a group of eleven authors living in, or connected to, Africa will be going on an Africa Book Safari. Want to learn more? Watch the video and come along with us. We already have over 300 people signed up to join us. Lots of giveaways, special offers, a vast selection of genres.

I’m telling you—it is going to be so exciting!

What excites you most about Africa? Or about this book?

Please share in the comments below.

 

 

God in Africa – 90 Days in the Land of Majesty & Mystery

Launch Time Approaching

Time is flying past now. God in Africa – 90 days in the Land of Majesty and Mystery has its official launch on the 28th September. If you happen to live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, you are very welcome to join us at the celebration!

We’re looking forward to a great afternoon. The Happy Echoes choir will be singing four comedy songs about African Animals. Our favorite song being, “I’m a G-nu!” My hubby, Rob, is doing the speaking part, and I am accompanying the song on the choir. So we have been doing a fair amount of practicing. We aren’t the only ones to love this song, Coco, our Cockatiel loves it, and whistles a good portion of it, combined with a couple of other tunes he knows, which makes for a different sort of medley!

We have a guest artist singing a beautiful song, The Rain in Africa, with a PowerPoint presentation in the background, and the choir will close off that section with “God Bless Africa”.

Instead of the traditional author reading an excerpt from the book, I will be reading the relevant chapters that tie in with the comic songs. So that should be fun.

Learning about Africa

I have learned so much about Africa in the research I’ve done for writing this book.

  • Did you know, for example, that the African animal kingdom has a Mafia?
  • And that we have an insect that has his own built-in GPS system?
  • Do you know what the Crown of Africa is?
  • And what animal walks with its right legs together, then its left? But when it runs, it switches to a gallop using its front legs together, then its back?
  • And which animal is believed to never forgive?

Oh, we do live in a wonderful continent!

We will end the afternoon off with a scrumptious tea, during which I will do a book signing.

Two weeks ago, I decided I needed a small e-book to give away as part of an online campaign, so I wrote a 7-day devotional book over the space of a week. But then, I liked it so much, I decided to put it into print and have it as a giveaway for the launch as well as future speaking arrangements. So in the middle of all the other pre-launch craziness, I faced another book – small though it is. There was still quite a bit of work involved.

Book #1, God in Africa, is in the final stages of printing. I was so delighted with the proof copy. It turned out so well.

Book #2, God in the Unexpected, is now with the printer in Cape Town. We are off to visit my brother and sister-in-law tomorrow (Sunday) to celebrate his 60th birthday. So the printer will courier the proof copy to me in East London and I will then approve it from there.

The Kindle version of God in Africa will be released on Amazon on 1st October, but is available now on pre-order for US$ 0.99. (This may be slightly more outside of the States so confirm before ordering.) It will go up immediately after the launch, so if you’re planning on buying it,  make sure you order it now before the end of the month.

We have an exciting Social Media adventure coming up during October, so watch this space! Ten authors associated with Africa will be teaming up to present a book each based on Africa. There will be devotional books, memoirs, novels, fiction and non-fiction. It is in the process of coming together so I should be able to tell you more in a few days via my newsletter. So if you’re not yet receiving these, please don’t lose out. Click on the green button on the right that says “Keep in Touch” for more details.

Have a wonderful September! Bless you all!

When you think of Africa, what intrigues you the most? What do you hope to read about in God in Africa? Please leave your answer in the comment section below.

God’s Majesty and Mystery in Africa – Book Launching Soon

Majesty & Mystery

Majesty and Mystery in One Continent

And here’s the final cover!

The majesty and mystery contained in the continent of Africa are beyond description!

Are you interested in knowing more? Discover some of the most amazing things about Africa.

Often touted as the Dark Continent, some people believe that Africa is a poor and backward land. Yet, the land is a source of extraordinary bio-diversity. It is also home to the most ravishing landscapes and majesty known to mankind. read more

Lessons from Africa ~ Coming soon

This entry is part 2 of the series God in Africa

WHAT DO THINK OF AFRICA?

When you think of the land of Africa, do you think of the fantastic wild animals? Or the beautiful mountains and floral kingdoms? How about the cultures? The strange habits of some tribes? Did you know there are over 3,000 different ethnic groups in the continent, who speak in more than 2,100 different languages. It just doesn’t seem possible. read more

A New Baby in the Home, and a Hungry One at That!

For some reason, I can’t get rid of the gap on the right, but here’s introducing the new baby in the home, seven-week-old Coco. As you can see, he’s totally starving. Three feeds of CHOCOLATE porridge a day . . . he would happily settle for six! Whoever invented a chocolate porridge for a white bird? There’s nothing quite as bedraggled as a washed bird! (For best effects, make sure your sound is on!) read more

God In Africa – About the book

This entry is part 1 of the series God in Africa
God in Africa About the book

NOTE: This is NOT the cover! Cover Reveal coming soon on Facebook.

How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Psalms 104:24

There is nowhere quite like Africa

“Africa is more a feeling than anything else. Once you’ve gone—and you get the feeling—you understand . . . In short, it’s a life-changing place to visit. It changes you, for the better[1]

From its immense grasslands to its modern cities teeming with people, Africa is a continent of extremes. With its breathtaking landscapes of mountains and valleys, deserts and forests, mighty seas, beautiful beaches, and dense jungles, it is truly a magical and exciting land. And God is in this land. read more