ROUND UP OF AFRICA BOOK SAFARI

This entry is part 1 of the series Africa Book Safari
Round up of a fantastic Africa Book Safari. Read all about how a virtual safari across Africa became an incredible success. Please RT Click To Tweet

The Initial Idea

It all started several months ago, when Marion Ueckermann and I had a long phone chat discussing ways we could showcase some of the Christian authors of Africa, i.e. authors who either live in Africa, or were born and brought up here before emigrating to lands afar. We also felt they needed to have at least one book published that was based in Africa to qualify for what we had in mind— a book safari. read more

Authors on an Africa Book Safari

This entry is part 2 of the series Africa Book Safari
Over a long weekend of three days, we went on an Africa Book Safari. We explored, through books, authors, and posts, some of the nuances and rich diversities of our beloved land. Don't miss these posts! Click To Tweet

On 25th October, the Africa Book Safari kicked off with a bang. And boy! What a bang!

We had a blast! Over the weekend we had 771 attendees, and between us all, we produced a staggering 14,4K posts, comments, and reactions!

Everyone seems to have been extremely happy with the way it went, and there have been some super giveaways. The atmosphere was great with fabulous interaction between Christians from all over the world. The top country represented was (of course! the States) but South Africa came a close second.

Authors Interviews

On Friday, our selected Christian authors all posted their interviews on their own sites for their regular readers to see, and told you a bit about their chosen book, also based in Africa. You got to read mine on Friday, but then the weekend happened! Oh wow, did it happen? It was amazing, but we had NO TIME for looking after our blogs! So I do encourage you to check back on any authors you missed and then keep moving on.

I would encourage you to visit here every day to see where to go next. That way, you will hop from one blog to another – and get to meet all the authors with some days staying here with me.

On this site so far you have just seen my own interview and Marion Ueckermann who happens to be the person who co-hosted this event with me. 

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Africa Book Safari Signup

This entry is part 3 of the series Africa Book Safari

The Africa Book Safari is a cross-genre initiative initially run by Marion Ueckermann and Shirley Corder. We introduced you to nine authors who either live in Africa or have their roots in this continent. They each showcased one of their books that gives insight into life in Africa, using different genres.

Included in the mix are suspense novels, romance novellas and stories, devotional books, memoirs, and others.

WEEKEND SAFARI

From Friday 25 to Monday 28 we held a Weekend Event on Facebook, with prizes, posts by the authors, special deals, and a whole heap of fun.

Although the Safari Weekend is now over, the tour group is continuing. Sign up by hitting the button below. Over 800 people attended the weekend. Don’t miss this unique opportunity of joining this fascinating group.

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Africa Book Safari is a short-term cross-genre promo aimed at developing an awareness of Christian books based in Africa, and written by authors of Africa.

About Ashley Winter at the Africa Book Safari

This entry is part 4 of the series Africa Book Safari

Join Ashley Winter as she is interviewed on the Africa Book Safari. #Shirley Corder #Africa Book Safari. Pls RT Click To Tweet

During the month of October, a group of nine authors, who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, teamed up for an exciting adventure.
We went on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we discovered some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. We also learned many facets of our continent through one another, and through our visitors’ insights! What’s more, because we are writers, we invited you all to come along with us!
For free!
We are currently traveling together in a blog hop through nine blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide interviewing each of us, one at a time, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books. You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, or you can read them one at a time on this blog series.

Meet our Safari Guide

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.
Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Ashley Winter, is that correct?
Ashley: Yes, I’m Ashley. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?
Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!
Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.
Anna, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Ashley, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

Ashley: I was born in Scottburgh, South Africa, then moved to Dundee in KZN where I completed my schooling. I then moved to Pietermaritzburg to study, where I met my husband. We felt God lead us to help with a church plant in Wales in 2009, and that’s where we are now, in beautiful Swansea on Gower. 🙂

Mr. Africa: And what family do you have?

Ashley: I have a brother in Durban, a sister in Alabama with my parents, a husband, and four sons! (16, 14, 12, 6)

Ashley, the writer

Mr. Africa: Ashley, did you always want to be a writer? Or what prompted you to start writing?

Ashley: I have wanted to be so many different things! And yes, a writer was one of them. What prompted me to start writing was the lack of Christian fiction set in my country and culture, South Africa.

Mr. Africa: What genre do you write in, and why?

Ashley: I write Christian romance mostly, but lately, I’ve enjoyed adding in a large dollop of suspense and/or fast-paced action. My latest book is a thriller.

Book of the Safari

Mr. Africa: What book are you going to be sharing with us during this safari? Tell us a little about it. What inspired this particular story or topic?

Ashley: I’m going to be sharing the first book of my series which is my debut, Rachel’s Blessing. I love this book because it is heartwarming and emotional – a real feel-good novel. It also showcases a mixture of cultures.

Rachel is a British girl who heads to South Africa when her fiancé ends their engagement. There she volunteers at a rural orphanage and soon meets the attractive local game ranger, Eric. Because Rachel is foreign, readers get to see South Africa through her eyes. This is great for international readers to experience the wonder of the country and culture and amusing for South Africans to glimpse how a foreigner would view certain things in their culture.

Mr. Africa: Ashley, it sounds exciting, and I’m looking forward to reading it myself. You obviously have a deep love for this land. What in particular makes Africa so special for you?

Special Highlight

Ashley: Oh there is so much! If I have to choose one thing, it would be the warmth and strength of the people who call Africa their home.

Mr. Africa: Oh wow, look! There’s a lioness and her three new cubs playing together. What a sight! Let’s park here for a while and watch them. I’ll haul out the refreshments, I have a huge selection here. Perhaps one of the other authors can join me in the front. Ashley, which do you prefer? Coffee or tea? Sweet or savory?

Ashley: Oooo la la, Mr Afrika, now you are spoiling me! Rooibos tea with a slab of Milo chocolate or an Ouma’s buttermilk rusk!

Mr. Africa: You’re a woman after my own heart! Coming right up!

Please, everyone, stay in the vehicle and visitors, feel free to visit us all!

Other authors along for the ride:

Interview with Shirley Corder at the Africa Book Safari

This entry is part 5 of the series Africa Book Safari
Shirley Corder is interviewed by the Safari Guide at the commencement of the Africa Book Safari. Don't miss this! Click To Tweet

Shirley on the Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, are teaming up for an exciting adventure. Read all about it here. Click To Tweet

Shirley: We’re going on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we will discover some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we would like to invite you all to come along with us!

For free!

Meet our Safari Guide

Shirley: We will be traveling together in a blog hop through a number of blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide will be interviewing each of us, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books.  You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, and we will post links to one another’s interviews.

Shirley Corder writing

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Shirley Corder, is that correct?

Shirley: It sure is. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.

Shirley up front in the landrover

Shirley, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Africa Book Safari - Shirley Corder

 

About Shirley

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Shirley, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

Shirley: No, I was born in Scotland, then when I was four-years-old, I moved with my parents to Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe. That was my first taste of Africa. When I reached my late teens, I traveled to Cape Town, in South Africa, where I met the young man who later became my husband. So I’ve lived most of my life on the continent.

Mr. Africa: And what family do you have?

Shirley: I have an adult daughter and two sons, plus two lovely daughters and a son-in-law. I also have six grandchildren, two per couple. They were all born in Africa, although several of them now live out of the country.

Mr. Africa: Shirley, did you always want to be a writer? Or what prompted you to start writing?

Shirley: No, I never intended to write professionally. I always wanted to be a nurse, a dream which was fulfilled when I went to study nursing at the age of 18 in Cape Town. However, I was very involved in the church, and whenever they needed a play, I wrote one. It didn’t strike me as anything unusual. It’s just what I did!

In 1997, I was struck down with aggressive cancer, and during that time, I received a clear call from God to write for Him. That was the start of my writing career.

Type of writing

Mr. Africa: What genre do you write in, and why?

Shirley: I have written seven novels, just for fun, but then I knew the Lord wanted me to write specifically about His Word and what He was doing in and around my life. So I now write Inspirational Non-fiction.

Mr. Africa: What book are you going to be sharing with us during this safari? Tell us a little about it. What inspired this particular story or topic?

Shirley: I’m going to be telling you about God in Africa – 90 Days in the Land of Majesty & Mystery. Although not the country of my birth, I have a deep love for this land and all the amazing things God has created in this continent. My book includes many fascinating insights into the land’s diverse landscapes, culture, people, majesty, wildlife and more.

Mr. Africa: Shirley, it sounds exciting, and I’m looking forward to reading it myself. You obviously have a deep love for this land. What in particular makes Africa so special for you?

Shirley: I think, the incredible variety and excitement. I especially love the wildlife and the wide spectrum of colors, as seen in the sky and the countryside. It’s just a beautiful, fascinating, continent.

Elephants ahead!

Mr. Africa: Okay, everyone. Ahead of us, you’ll see a large water hole where the elephants have come out for their daily drink and bath.  As we park and watch them, I’ll hand out some refreshments, and perhaps one of the other authors can join me in the front.

Shirley, which do you prefer? Coffee or tea? Sweet or savory?

Shirley: I’d like bush tea please, or some of our other visitors may know it as Rooibos tea. And I’m definitely a savory kinda girl. Is that biltong I see in your stash of snacks? That I would love.  Thank you so much.

Mr. Safari: Sure, biltong is a bit like the American jerky, but I think it’s much tastier. Hand the basket around and everyone can have some.

Biltong

Here are the others participating in the safari. Please, everyone, stay in the vehicle and visitors, feel free to visit us.

Join in the African Book Safari Weekend taking place from Friday 25 – Monday 28 on Facebook!

During the blog hop, you will meet Greg Mackinnon, Ashley Winter, Lisa Harris, Anna Jensen,  Marion Ueckermann, Dianne J. Wilson, Val Waldeck, Harry Kraus, and Lynnette Bonner.

Shirley: VISITORS, don’t forget to come back here tomorrow and I’ll tell you where to go next!

N.B. There will be a few giveaways scattered throughout the interview pages so make sure you visit this site each day and leave a comment!

QUESTION FOR YOU: What are you most hoping to read about or take away from the Africa Book Safari? The Weekend adventure starts at 12 midday SAST (that is GMT+2).

 

Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari

This entry is part 6 of the series Africa Book Safari
Today, Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari and shares a bit about her life and writing. Don't miss this! Click To Tweet

Lynnette Bonner on the Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, are teaming up for an exciting adventure.

We’re going on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we will discover some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we would like to invite you all to come along with us!

For free!

Lynnette: We will be traveling together in a blog hop through a number of blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide will be interviewing each of us, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books. You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, as well as posted on one another’s blogs or websites.

Here comes our Safari Guide

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Lynnette Bonner, is that correct?

Lynnette: That’s me. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.

Lynnette, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Lynnette, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

CLICK HERE to read about Lynnette and her thrilling historical romance set in Africa, “On the Wings of a Whisper”.

Previously published in this series:

Chatting with Shirley Corder
Introducing Marion Ueckermann and her Book on the Cape Winelands
Authors on the Africa Book Safari

N.B. Don’t forget there will be a few giveaways scattered throughout the interview pages so make sure you visit this site each day and leave a comment!

Do you enjoy historical stories? How do you enjoy romance? And the two together? Share your feelings.

 

Lisa Harris – and her Christy-Nominated Thriller

This entry is part 7 of the series Africa Book Safari

Today Lisa Harris sits up front in the landrover and responds to questions about her Christy-nominated thriller. Read more here. Click To Tweet

Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, are teaming up for an exciting adventure.

We’re going on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we will discover some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we would like to invite you all to come along with us!

For free!

Lisa: We will be traveling together in a blog hop through a number of blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide will be interviewing each of us, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books.  You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, as well as posted on one another’s blogs or websites.

Meet our Safari Guide

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Lisa Harris, is that correct?

Lisa: It sure is. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.

Lisa, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Lisa, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

CLICK HERE to follow the story of Lisa Harris and her award-winning book set in Africa, Blood Ransom.

Previously published in this series:

Chatting with Shirley Corder
Introducing Marion Ueckermann and her Book on the Cape Winelands
Authors on the Africa Book Safari
Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari

N.B. Don’t forget, there will be a few giveaways scattered throughout the interview pages so make sure you visit this site each day and leave a comment!

Have you read a Christian thriller? Does this excite or intrigue you? Do the two seem contradictory? What do you think?

Meet Greg MacKinnon and His Christian Suspense Novel, Closure

This entry is part 8 of the series Africa Book Safari
Greg MacKinnon sits up front with the driver and safari guide today. Read about it and don't forget to comment. Click To Tweet

Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent teamed up for an exciting adventure.

Today our Safari Guide is interviewing Greg MacKinnon. Read on . . .

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Africa Book Safari Visits the Great Wildebeest Migration

This entry is part 9 of the series Africa Book Safari
Today we're going to take a few minutes to view one the most outstanding miracles that takes place every year in the continent of Africa. Take a look at the Magic of the Wildebeest Migration. Click To Tweet

The Magic of the Migration on Safari 

You’ve seen a little glimpse of what happens during this incredible migration of the wildebeest as they cross a river in the – not thousands – but millions! Here are a few quotes from other people:

“To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told – that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks.” – Beryl Markham

“No-one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.” – George Schaller

“One cannot resist the lure of Africa.” – Rudyard Kipling

Posted so far on this series:

Chatting with Shirley Corder
Introducing Marion Ueckermann and her Book on the Cape Winelands
Authors on the Africa Book Safari
Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari
Lisa Harris – and her Christy-Nominated Thriller

Which of these books most appeal to you so far? There will be a random draw for God in Africa from the comments of the first week of blog posts, so make sure you enter and add your email address in case you win!

COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE NEXT AUTHOR INTERVIEW ON 

OUR AFRICA BOOK SAFARI

Let’s Visit Val Waldeck and her book With My Own Eyes

This entry is part 10 of the series Africa Book Safari
Visit Africa with author Val Waldeck on the Africa Book Safari. Read her interview and learn about her new book, 'With My Own Eyes'. Please RT. Thank you. Click To Tweet

The Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of authors, who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, teamed up for an exciting adventure.

We went on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we discovered some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we invited you all to come along with us!

For free!

We are currently traveling together in a blog hop through nine blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide has been interviewing each of us, and we do invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books.  You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, as well as posted on one another’s blogs or websites.

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.

Introducing Val Waldeck

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Val Waldeck, is that correct?

Val: I am indeed. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.

Val, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Val, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

About Val

Val: Yes, I was born in Bedford in the Eastern Cape. My Dad was a Station Master and the Railways moved him around the country quite a lot. I think we moved approximately every two years, so I saw a lot of South Africa. He was promoted to a desk job in Durban at the end of my Matric year and I have lived here ever since.

Mr. Africa: And what family do you have?

Val: I have four siblings, one older brother and sister, and one younger brother and sister. I am happily single and the delight of my life is a little Toy Pom named Penny.

Mr. Africa: Valdid you always want to be a writer? Or what prompted you to start writing?

Val: I love books and read a lot. I was always commended at school for my writing ability, but I never really considered being a writer. When I became the Pastoral Assistant at Living Waters Church in Durban, I pioneered the Church magazine and wrote a lot of articles. I love teaching the Bible and people kept asking for my Bible Study notes. Eventually, I put a series of Cults & Isms called What Do They Believe? into book form. That was the beginning of my interest in publishing.

Val’s writing

Mr. Africa: What genre do you write in, and why?

Val: My main genre is Christian books. I also write books about publishing and online marketing. I have 8 paperbacks on sale at Amazon and 63 Ebooks. All except 10 are on Christian topics.

Mr. Africa: What book are you going to be sharing with us during this safari? Tell us a little about it. What inspired this particular story or topic?

Val: There is so much negative news about South Africa, I wanted to write about the positive things God is doing in our continent. The book is called “With My Own Eyes” and shares ten positive true stories of South African Christians who have made a difference in their world. I’ve walked with them and experienced the events With My Own EyesYou will read about the miraculous behind-the-scene incidents that saved South Africa from bloodshed during the 1994 elections to the amazing conversion of unreached Pygmie tribes in the Congo during October this year.

Mr. Africa: Val, it sounds exciting, and I’m looking forward to reading it myself. You obviously have a deep love for this land. What in particular makes Africa so special for you?

Val: I’ve traveled a lot, but this colorful land with its magnificent scenery, wildlife, and warm-hearted people takes a lot of beating. I love that strangers chat happily to one another in lifts, supermarket queues, and wherever they find themselves. In spite of the crime, this is an interesting place to live.

Lions and Crocs ahead

Mr. Africa: Okay, everyone. Ahead of us, you’ll see a large water hole where the lions and other animals are refreshing themselves while keeping a wary eye on the hungry crocodiles. As we park and watch them, I’ll hand out some refreshments, and perhaps one of the other authors can join me in the front.

Val, which do you prefer? Coffee or tea? Sweet or savory?

Val: A nice cup of hot tea will be great, thank you. Aha, I see some delicious Muffins. Are we going to have our Braai (Barbeque) here?

Mr. Africa: Not yet, we don’t want the lions to catch the smell of all this lovely meat. That could be a disaster. Everyone must stay in the vehicle, please.

CLICK HERE to visit Val’s blog, read her original interview, and learn about her book, “With My Own Eyes”.

Previously published in this series:

Chatting with Shirley Corder
Introducing Marion Ueckermann and her Book on the Cape Winelands
Authors on the Africa Book Safari
Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari
Lisa Harris – and her Christy-Nominated Thriller
Africa Book Safari Visits the Great Wildebeest Migration
Meet Greg MacKinnon and his Christian Suspense Novel, Closure
Speaking to Dianne J. Wilson at the Africa Book Safari
Authors and their Books on the Africa Book Safari
About Ashley Winter on the Africa Book Safari
Travel with Anna Jensen on the Africa Book Safari