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 Soon Launching

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 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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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

Sneak Peek of Upcoming Book Cover

And here’s a sneak peak at the final cover for the book, God in Africa, releasing at the end of September, 2019. This page is only for your benefit. Please do not pass on the link. I will reveal the cover when the time is right.

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Sneak Peak

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God In Africa – 90 Days in the Land of Majesty and Mystery

This entry is part 1 of the series God in Africa
To stop the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in South Africa, a National lock-down is currently in place. For more see: National Covid-19 website

About God in Africa

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.

More about God in Africa

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.

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.

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Stop the World! I Want to Get Off!

This entry is part 2 of the series Motivational Quotes

Stop the World! I Want to Get Off!

Have you ever gone through a stretch when life threatens to overwhelm you? There are just so many things to do, so many challenges to overcome, so many demands on your time, that it just seems impossible. You want to throw up your hands in despair and shout, “I’m outa here! I can’t do it all!” I’ve been here many times, and I suspect you have too.

Elizabeth Elliot

I recently read an excellent article by Elisabeth Elliot, the influential author and missionary widow of the martyr, Jim Elliot.

Elizabeth describes how, following the death of Jim, she faced a life full of confusions and uncertainties. She lived alone on a jungle station with an entire church of new believers now looking to her for guidance. She had a ten-month-old baby daughter, fifty newly-converted believers and no spiritual leaders, a diesel generator to operate if she wanted electricity in the evenings, an airstrip to keep clean, a boy’s school to supervise, a women’s literacy class to teach, and medical work to do. Not to mention the normal duties of a young mother and dealing with her own grief in the loss of her husband. She faced a constant challenge with knowing what next thing she needed to tackle.

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