Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Facebook, Newsletter & Updates

Where do I begin? The summer has flown by and, since my last post, I haven't had the chance to stop in here. In fact, this year, I won't be posting my annual RWA National pictures.

You see, about 24hrs after arriving in NY for Nationals, I found out that my mother-in-law passed away. She was the dearest, sweetest person who loved to cook and feed anyone she could and she gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. She really had a genuine heart and was loved by all. Needless-to-say, I booked the next flight home to be with my husband, kids and extended family. So if I missed seeing any of you in NY, you know why.

I did go ahead and attend the Literacy Signing (though my mind and heart were elsewhere), since it's for such a good cause and I couldn't fly out until the following morning. It was wonderful to see both familiar faces and new ones. It was also great to see some of my Harlequin Heartwarming author buddies and many wonderful people from Harlequin, including Senior Editor Victoria Curran, before I had to leave.

As it turned out, since I was out of town, my poor husband had to take my eldest to the orthopedist to get a cast put on his leg (runner's stress fracture), literally while on route to the hospital where his mom had passed away. It was just all around a stressful time and things are just settling down a bit, but we'll feel her loss forever. May she rest in peace.

And in bittersweet news, right when I landed back home (after Nationals) and took my cell phone off airplane mode, I saw a tweet from editor Victoria Curran, letting me know that she'd just accepted the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book (The Promise of Rain) on my behalf. Talk about having your emotions pulled in different directions!


Anyway, I have to thank my incredible writer friends Jeannie Watt and Jamie Steinman for being so awesome and for standing by me when the bad news came at Nationals and for helping me book a flight home. And many thanks for helping me get started on Facebook too!

Yep, I'm actually on facebook now! You can find me at: https://www.facebook.com/RulaSinaraAuthor. I even managed to put a link in my sidebar (trust me, I'm so not technical that was a feat). And...if anyone is interested...I'm taking part in my first FB party tomorrow! I'm a little nervous. It's a pre-launch party being held by 12 authors for an upcoming anthology called A Heartwarming Christmas. You got it! I'm one of the authors in the anthology! I'll post more details soon, but for now, you can find out more on Amazon or my website or the party! The FB party link is: HERE and since I'm new to Facebook and kinda lonely on the likes...I'd love it if anyone wanted to 'like' my author page :). Oh, and the party will include giveaways so check it out!

I've also started a newsletter sign up and have a link in the left margin or on my website (Newsletter). I haven't sent out my first one yet, and I promise they won't be the spammy type. But if you'd like to hear about a new release and maybe some fun stuff from the home front, then I'd love to have you join my mailing list!

Okay, that's all for now. I'd say that was long enough for a catch-up post! I'll see you around :).

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A gardening post

Luna Moth in Rula's garden

Hi everyone! I'm over at the Harlequin Heartwarming blog today, blogging about weed-free, dream gardens with author buddy Catherine Lanigan. Do you have faeries in yours? What about a spider web as tall as you are? No kidding. Come see the photo I took of it and many other pics!


See you there! :)

P.S. - The Luna moth in this pic is a new visitor :). The one in the photo in the upper right of my blog was from a few years ago. I just love them!

Also...I finally have a newsletter sign up! Check out the left column here or the newsletter page sign up on my website. I won't spam inboxes. I'll only be sending out release news a few times a year, with added tidbits or news from the home front :).

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HOLT, NRCA & Golden Quill Award Finals for The Promise of Rain!

The past few days have been thrilling! I just found out that The Promise of Rain, the first book in my 'From Kenya, with Love' series, is:

2014 National Reader's Choice Award double-finalist for the Best First Book and Contemporary Series categories



A 2015 Golden Quill Award finalist in the Sweet Traditional category


and...

A 2015 HOLT Medallion finalist for Best Book by a Virginia Author!


Whew! I'm still in shock. I found out about the HOLT final on Mother's Day, the NRCA finals the next day...which happened to be my deadline day for the third book in the series (working title: Beyond the Storm)...and the Golden Quill final today. Three days in a row and four finals. I'm overwhelmed and super grateful!!


Deadlines tend to be stressful and just days prior, on the full moon of course, my dogs got into a random fight that left one with a torn ear. It was bleeding like nobody's business (pouring out of her) and when I took her into our laundry room, she did the doggy head shake. The entire room looked like a murder scene as was hell to clean up. But all that mattered was making her better, so off to the vet ER it was and after sedation, stitches, wrapped head and a cone, she's finally better.

And today, I got six, day-old Black Copper Marans chicks! Sooo cute!

So, as you can see, I have lots to celebrate! I'll probably be back in the revision cave soon, but what better way to come out of a deadline cave!

Many thanks to readers everywhere who have been enjoying the series and giving it great reviews. I truly appreciate it!

And a belated Happy Mother's Day to all you incredible moms out there!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Hot in Heartwarming Heroes

Hi everyone! Just a quick post today to let you know that I'm over at The Harlequin Blog talking about The Hot in Heartwarming Heroes. Pop on over and see if you agree that sweet and heat can be quite the combination ;)!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Release Day for After the Silence!


Yesterday, March 1st, After the Silence, the second book in my 'From Kenya, With Love' series released! Finally! This was a really tough book for me to get through, not only because it's an emotionally intense story, but because life, in general, wasn't cooperating during the writing process. That makes all the incredible comments and 5 Star reviews coming in so much sweeter. Many thanks to all who have taken the time to read it and to all who participated in my recent tour.

And now that it's out, I promise to break my streak of posts that have been dedicated to it. After all, spring is here and I'm already brooding new chicks! I'll post their adorable pics soon :).

Oh, and come visit with me at the Heartwarming Authors Blog tomorrow!

EDITED TO ADD: I couldn't wait to post chick pics, so pop on over to see my post 'Birthdays, Babies and Book Swag Giveaway' at the Heartwarming Authors Blog 3/3/15!

Blurb: After the Silence 

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?

ebook available at:
Harlequin
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
...and anywhere ebooks are sold!

Print copies available at:
Harlequin


ISBN# paperback - 9780373367184
ISBN# ebook - 9781460376201

Find it on GoodReads

Monday, February 23, 2015

Prism Book Tours Grand Finale Blitz for After the Silence!

It's the Grand Finale week of my book tour! That means there are just a few days left to enter the huge Rafflecopter giveaway (scroll down for details). It also means that my release day, March 1st, is just around the corner! If you missed any of my interviews or posts on the tour, no worries...teasers and links are listed below. Many, many thanks to all of you who have followed, commented, tweeted, entered or even pre-ordered. And huge thanks to Prism Tours for being so wonderful and to all the awesome bloggers who were generous to host me on the tour. Words aren't enough to express my gratitude. Good luck to all who enter the giveaway (ends Feb 28th)!

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

We're blitzing the GRAND FINALE for
After the Silence
By Rula Sinara

Two people from different worlds and separated by an ocean. Can love span the distance? Did you find out more during the tour? Did you miss some posts? Go back and check them out now!
What do you hope readers take with them when they read your book?
That there are no boundaries to love: not mountains, oceans, physical or emotional challenges, race, different cultures and not even species (sometimes a pet can open a heart when another person can’t). Love is a universal power that has an extraordinary ability to heal. And it always finds a way.

The Written Adventure - Ten Tips on Strategic Parenting from a Marine
A marine accustomed to battlefields—not babies—is thrown into single parenthood after the tragic loss of his wife. This man has braved worse things than a civilian could imagine, but raising a ten year old who hasn’t spoken since her mother’s death, a hyperactive four year old and an infant who can some major diaper damage…is a whole new kind of battle.

I Am A Reader - Soul Mates Stranded Oceans Apart
In my latest book, After the Silence, Ben Corallis, a widowed marine in America and Hope Alwanga, a medical intern in Kenya manage to meet despite the ocean between them, but that’s just the beginning of the impossible road ahead of them.

Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima - Suffering in Silence: Selective Mutism in Children
It’s a whole different world when the inability to communicate doesn’t stem from language differences, but from deeply rooted fear or anxiety. In particular, trying to help or raise a child who suffers from selective mutism is heartbreaking and often frustrating because you don’t want to watch them suffer.

JoJo's Corner - Review
"The author does a fabulous job immersing readers into the story and creating powerful scenes throughout. . . . If you love stories of love and loss and second chances…don’t miss After The Silence."

Mythical Books - Heroes and Heroines: How Visual Are You?
When I embark on a new story, one of the first things that pops into my head is an image of the hero and heroine. After all, it would be kind of creepy stepping into their world and encountering faceless people. Don’t you think?

Christy's Cozy Corners - Review 
"The characters in After the Silence are very well-written, and you'll feel like they could be your neighbor or best friend. This story drew me in very quickly, and I finished it within 2 days. It is very realistic and moving."

Brooke Blogs - Excerpt
     But I need you to get some rest before I end up having to resuscitate you. Or before you do make a human mistake.”
    Hope pressed her lips together and cringed at the mental image of Zamir resuscitating her. He’d love that, wouldn’t he? Zamir to the rescue. Always looking out for her. That was exactly why her parents loved him so much.

i blog 4 books - Review
"[After for Silence] is a sweet romance that tackles some tough issues as well. The intro gives readers a glimpse into the "what could have been", making the reality throughout the rest of the book even more heartbreaking. . . . I thought this was a great book. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series, so we can keep track of Ben, Hope, and the kiddos! [4 stars]"

WV Stitcher - Review
"Easy to connect with characters that provide depth and feeling for what they are going thru really captured my emotions as I read this story. . . . A touching story that left me wanting to read more from this author." 

Wishful Endings - Review
After the Silence was a wonderful, heartfelt story. It was full of challenges, family, self-awakening, friendship, grief, and hope for a brighter future. I loved the romance and I loved these characters. If you enjoy sweet romance and this line of books then this is one you definitely don't want to miss!

Katie's Clean Book Collection - The Month of Love
Have you ever played the word association game? Isn’t it funny how, any given month is identified by its main holiday? I say November, you say….I’m betting you said Thanksgiving. I say December, you say…Christmas, right? And I can’t think of February without thinking of Valentine’s Day. But in a perfect world, shouldn’t every single day of the year be Valentine’s Day? Doesn’t love deserve 365 days instead of just 30…or 1? 

Savings in Seconds - Review
"The story is gentle yet heartbreaking; the contrast makes the sweet parts even sweeter. . . . This clean romance has a tender story that all women, especially moms, can appreciate."

Rockin' Book Reviews - Interview & Reviews (Book One & Two)
5. Give us a hint of what the next book in the series will be about.
Thanks for asking! I'm so excited about Book 3 (yet to be titled) in the series. Those who read Book 1, The Promise of Rain, may remember Mac, the Serengeti bush pilot who volunteered time to helping wildlife rescuers and who had a thing for Anna ;). Well, he's the next hero, it'll be back to the wilds of Africa for his story! Stay tuned!

"I love her approach in addressing each topic and in the way she truly draws the reader into the story. The characters are very real and endearing and the scenes portrayed well and easily visualized." (Review)

After the Silence
(From Kenya, With Love #2)
Rula Sinara
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 368 pages
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

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?


About Book One in the Series
(Each can be read as a standalone.)

The Promise of Rain (Book 1)The Promise of Rain
(From Kenya, With Love #1)
Rula Sinara
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 384 pages
January 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

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?

Rula Sinara
Rula Sinara lives in Virginia’s countryside with her husband, three boys and zany but endearing pets. When she's not writing or doing mom stuff, she loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard (cool bugs included) or watching romantic movies. She also enjoys interviewing fellow authors and is a Special Contributor for USA Today's Happy Ever After blog. Her door is always open at her website and blog.


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