Monday, December 30, 2013

Wishing for Rain with Rula Sinara!

Happy Monday, all!

Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Christmas! (I did!!) But it was exhausting. On Christmas Day, I went to bed at 8PM and woke up at 7:30AM the next day. I think the last time I slept that long, I was in college! LOL

Anyhew, I'm so happy to have one of the nicest bloggy pals I know here today:
Rula Sinara.

In just a few days she will be a published author with Harlequin. Yay!! I'm so proud of her!

Take it away, Rula!

Jennifer, thanks so much for having me here today!
I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, being here on the eve of New Year’s eve…a day symbolic of endings and new beginnings. You see, everyone, I ‘met’ Jennifer when I started blogging the summer of 2010. She was already a successful blogger and I was a newbie nobody, yet she reached out. I was blown away by how warm, welcoming and loyal she was to both her readers and fellow bloggers. I’ll never forget that she was there when I began that adventure.

And now here I am, ready to embark on a new one. Tomorrow night my life as an unpublished writer comes to an end and, on New Year’s Day, my debut Harlequin Heartwarming, The Promise of Rain, will be released.

Of course, I’m thrilled, but change—even the good kind—can be a scary thing.

Change forces an individual out of their comfort zone…out of the emotional, mental or physical sanctuary they’ve established for themselves. In The Promise of Rain, my hero and heroine both witnessed, at a young age, the death of a loved one. That kind of emotional trauma is devastating and not easily forgotten, even for the children of other species, like the baby elephants my heroine rescues when they’re orphaned by poachers. That kind of baggage can either hold a person back or it can motivate them to take action.  To make a difference. To step outside their sanctuary and dance in the rain.


A catalyst for both life and death…but most importantly, it brings new life.

When it rained on my high school graduation day, my mother promised me it was a good omen. That rain symbolized both the washing away anything bad from the past, as well as a new beginning or phase of my life. A ‘fertile future’, as she put it.  I did end up with three kids, LOL. I know what she meant though. A new beginning with wonderful things to come.

So for 2014, I wish you all rain.

I love this! That is so sweet!!! Thank you, Rula!
Rula's new sweet romance fascinatingly enough is called THE PROMISE OF RAIN.  
Here is a little bit about it:

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?

Available here: AmazonB&N – Harlequin -

Find Rula HERE:

Twitter: @RulaSinara


Thanks so much, Rula! I don't think anyone has ever wished me rain before. LOL!

I wish you all a great week and a Happy New Year!

Any big plans for the New Year--either New Year's Eve night or the upcoming year?


Rula Sinara said...

Thanks again for having me here, Jennifer! It's incredible being a guest here, especially when I think back to the first time I left a comment. Time flies!

And guess what? I woke up to a rainy day. Must be a good sign ;).

Linda G. said...

Ooh, sounds like a great read! Best of luck with your writing career, Rula. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Love this! We had a light rain on our wedding day and so many people told me it was a good omen - and it's been over 25 good years so far! :) The book sounds terrific! Good luck with it! :)

Rula Sinara said...

Linda - Thanks so much! Happy New Year!

Jemi - Thanks! I think a light rain on a wedding day is a beautiful thing. Congrats on 25 yrs and here's wishing you many more wonderful years ahead!

Julie Jarnagin said...

The book sounds great, Rula!

On NYE I plan to go to bed early. :)

Unknown said...

What a sweet new years message. And that sounds like a great book too. Congrats Rula on your upcoming release!

Rula Sinara said...

Thanks, Julie and Kate!

Hope you have a great New Year's!

Unknown said...

What a great way to start the new year and your book sounds like such a great read! And I love the spin your mom put on rain for you. Such a wonderful way to look at rain.

Rula Sinara said...

Thanks, Mara! I'm trying to pass that cup-half-full (of raindrops;) outlook on to my kids too :).

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Congratulations, Rula, and the best of luck to you!

I *also* had light rain on my wedding day -- December 17, 1994. I've got a great photo of the limo driver holding an umbrella up as I exit the limo in front of the church. And so far ... 19 happy years!

Rula Sinara said...

Dianne, thanks :).

A bride exiting a limo in the rain with the driver holding an umbrella paints the image of a model in a modern bride magazine spread ;). I bet you were gorgeous. What a great pic to have. And you just had an Happy Anniversary and many more!

Maria Zannini said...

I love the symbology!

It was dark, gloomy and rainy when I went to get married. By the time I walked out, the sun was shining. Definitely a good omen.

Congratulations, Rula!

The Happy Whisk said...

Wow, you really were pooped. Hope you're good and rested and ready to kick some 2014 butt.

Rula Sinara said...

Maria - Sounds like it was a good omen to me! :).

The Happy Whisk - I bet Jennifer exhausted herself cooking and making all her famous cookies. :)

Sandra Cox said...

All the best with this, Rula. Sounds like a wonderful read.

Happy 2014, Jennifer.

Rula Sinara said...

Thanks so much, Sandra!

And since it's now Jan 1, 2014...

Rula Sinara said...

Jennifer, Happy New Year and thanks for having me here!!! Wishing you all the best...and of course a splendid, refreshing rain ;).

Nas said...

Hi Rula!

Sounds like an awesome read, I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Congratulations, my friend!

Thanks Jennifer for highlighting Rula and her debut release!


Rula Sinara said...

Hi Nas!

Thanks so much!Sending you a big New Year's hug! :)

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations to Rula! Wishing her all the best.

Happy New Year! :)

Rula Sinara said...

Hi Karen!

Thanks and Happy New Year to you too!

Crystal Collier said...

Wahoo! I'll take the rain and raise you some cheese. Here's to a wonderful new year!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sounds like a terrific book! Matter of fact, I just bought it. (Do you have any idea how dangerous it can be to have my kindle within reach when I'm on the computer...?)

Here's wishing you much success with your book, Rula, and Happy New Year to both of you ladies.

Rula Sinara said...

LOL, Crystal! Cheers to the New Year! (Or should I say 'cheesers'?)LOL.

Rula Sinara said...

Susan, WOW! THANKS! LOL on having your Kindle dangerously close to the computer ;). I do hope you enjoy the book! Happy New Year!