A Time to Laugh ~ (Under the Sun) ~ by Marion Ueckermann

Who is Marion Ueckermann?

Not only is Marion the author of A Time to Laugh, she is a personal friend, and is quite the most prolific writer I know. I have totally lost track of how many books she has written, or how many stunning book covers she has designed, both for her own books and for other authors.

So why am I writing about her today? Because we have an exciting adventure coming up in a few months, and she is helping me head it up. As writers in Southern Africa, we have a number of problems.

Some of our issues:

  • Many readers across the globe know very little about life in Africa, apart from what they read or watch on the media which can vary from a little-bit-accurate to wildly out of touch.
  • Authors of Africa seem to live under a sort of radar, with readers either not knowing about them, or not realizing they are from Africa.
  • Most American publishers require their book stories to be based in America, or if they are located overseas, to at least have American heroes and heroines.

Several of us are banding together in the near future to tell you a bit about ourselves, our writing, and in particular, to promote one book written about Africa. There will also be a number of freebies on offer, so don’t lose out! A Time to Laugh takes place in a beautiful seaside town in Africa, called Ballito Bay. It will not, however,  be the one covered in the event, but you’ll hear more about that later . . .

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Here is one of Marion’s books which I absolutely love . . .

 

About the Book, A Time to Laugh:

For thirty years, Brian and Elizabeth Dunham have served on the mission field. Unable to have children of their own, they’ve been a father and mother to countless orphans in six African countries. When an unexpected beach-house inheritance and a lung disease diagnosis coincide, they realize that perhaps God is telling them it’s time to retire.

At sixty, Elizabeth is past child-bearing age. She’d long ago given up wondering whether this would be the month she would conceive. But when her best friend and neighbor jokes that Elizabeth’s sudden fatigue and nausea are symptoms of pregnancy, Elizabeth finds herself walking that familiar and unwanted road again, wondering if God is pulling an Abraham and Sarah on her and Brian.

The mere notion has questions flooding Elizabeth’s mind. If she were miraculously pregnant, would they have the stamina to raise a child in their golden years? Especially with Brian’s health issues. And the child? Would it be healthy, or would it go through life struggling with some kind of disability? What of her own health? Could she survive giving birth?

Will what Brian and Elizabeth have dreamed of their entire married life be an old-age blessing or a curse?

MY COMMENT:

A Time to Laugh is a delightful novella written by Marion Ueckermann.

There are a number of references and similarities to the story of Sarah in the Old Testament, yet this story line is fun while at the same time serious. Brian and Elizabeth Dunham have just returned from the African mission field where they cared for orphan children. They experience more than a little trepidation when Elizabeth develops symptoms indicating pregnancy. She is in her sixties. Is it possible? And if she is, will the baby be normal?

A beautiful story, well thought out. Well done, Marion!

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God In Africa – About the book

This entry is part 1 of the series God in Africa

God in Africa About the book

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.

At the beginning of the month of April, I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. I shared a cyber cabin with several writers from the CIA. And no—not that CIA! The Christian Indie Authors’ Group on Facebook.

During that month I wrote, from start to completed draft, a book tentatively called GOD IN AFRICA – 90 Daily Readings of Hope and Inspiration.

GOD IN AFRICA - 90 Daily Readings of Hope and Inspiration. Book in Progress Click To Tweet

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

In this book, I will show you a little of how much God is IN Africa. He is evident in the life of the colossal elephant, the upside down tree of the Kalahari, and the tiny chameleon clinging to a branch of a thorn tree in the desert, and so much more.

During the pages of this book I will give you glimpses of this land which I call home. You will see God at work in this continent of majesty and beauty, and how the many topics can relate to you and your relationship with God.

I am currently editing the book, and then I plan to publish it firstly as an e-book. Next, I will publish it in print, both on Amazon and in South Africa.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GOD IN AFRICA?

It is my hope that over the next ninety days, as we bounce around the continent, you will learn about Africa: the countries, the people, and some of the amazing creatures and facts of this vast and fascinating land. I trust that you will see God’s hand in each of the scenarios.

God is evident in the life of the colossal elephant, the upside down tree of the Kalahari, and the tiny chameleon clinging to a branch of a thorn tree in the desert. Click To Tweet

Are you interested in beta-reading this book when it’s complete? Would you like to receive an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) for early reading with a view to leaving a review, I’d love you to join Shirley’s Book Brigade, my Street Team on Facebook of people who enjoy my books and are eager to help me promote them. Read more about Street Teams here.

Towards the end of the month, I was running short of ideas (and time) so I asked the Book Brigade for ideas. Those whose suggestions I used as topics for the book will receive a free eBook on its completion.

  • If you would like to be part of this select group, write me a note in the comment section and explain why you’d like to join, and I’ll invite you.

GOD IN AFRICA IS A WIP (work in progress)

The title may change. The cover most certainly will. I needed a cover to put up on the Camp NaNoWriMo site, so I put this one together as a temporary measure.

I’d love your input:

Do you think the cover should have one picture only (as in the WIP) or several pictures, like the idea of the picture above?

Please respond in the comment section below.

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[1] Keon Robertson, former U.S. Marine and wildlife photographer and writer:
http://wildfolio.blogspot.com/

 

South Africa – About the Country

South Africa is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, twice the size of Texas or equal to France and Spain combined.

 

The southern coast of the continent boasts the picturesque beauty of the Garden Route, and the fascination of the small Western Cape towns. The eastern subtropical coast of northern KwaZulu-Natal is like a different country. The vast Karoo semi-desert bears a vast contrasts with the lush magnificence of the Drakensberg mountains. Perhaps the biggest drawcard of all of course is the world renowned Kruger National Park.

Visitors are often surprised by South Africa’s excellent infrastructure, which draws favourable comparison with countries across the world. Yet South Africa is an enigma. Years after the birth of The New South Africa, the people of the so-called “rainbow nation” still struggle to find their identity.