Happy Saturday, everyone! First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for participating in my Henna Head Giveaway this week. The comments here, on my Facebook post and over at my blog, A Writer's Rush, have been awesome! I got 100% thumbs up on the henna, so I guess I'll be using it again :). I really had fun with all of you and loved the henna conversation. Everyone who commented (here, my blog or on FB) was put in a random drawing for my 'From Kenya, With Love' gift pack. As promised, I have a winner announcement!
BUT since I'm so mean, I'm going to make you scroll to the bottom of this post to see who it is. Wait, wait...don't get annoyed. I'm giving you a trail of visual treats on your way down :). Call it PG rated eye candy.
As you know from the blurb at the end of my Henna post, my latest release, Through the Storm, is set in Kenya's Serengeti. It centers around a daring bush pilot, Mac Walker, and his not-so-daring sister-in-law who finds herself with information that could bring down an ivory poaching ring. Information that could endanger her, Mac and their difficult teenage nephew, whom they were given joint custody of only months ago.
I thought it would be fun to share my Hollywood inspiration photos for these three characters, starting with my rugged, Indiana Jones-ish hero who has dedicated his life to helping track and rescue wildlife for both researchers and authorities cracking down on poaching.
|Yep...Daniel Craig...minus the suit. |
|Image Source: http://www.giantbomb.com/daniel-craig/3040-90200/|
|Now Daniel Craig in this outfit is totally what Mac the pilot would look like.|
Image Source: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/daniel-craig/images/18541093/title/daniel-craig-photo
|Anne Hathaway...And this sequence of photos shows how she changes in the story from the wife of a wealthy man, to one on the run...then weary as she hides out at a camp in the Serengeti.|
Image Source: http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/colossal/246183/anne-hathaways-monster-movie-now-under-threat
Image Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3184163/Robert-Niro-finds-purpose-assistant-CEO-Anne-Hathaway-new-trailer-Intern.html
|Image Source: http://feministfiction.com/2013/01/31/on-fantine/anne-hathaway-in-les-miserables-1920x1080/|
Then there's their teenage nephew, Nick, who recently lost his parents in a plane crash. He's still angry and feels unwanted. Add all that to 'normal' teen rebelliousness. His mom was Tessa's sister and his dad was Mac's brother.
Image Source: http://www.thehairstyler.com/mens-hairstyles/casual/medium/straight/Zac-Efron-smooth-hairstyle
|Zac Effron...told you I had eye candy :)|
Image Source: http://www.haircutshairstyles.com/zac_efrons_midlength_hairstyle-100.shtml
And that's not all folks!
I have the hit song that in my mind totally embraces this book. Does anyone here remember Toto's hit song that released in 1982...Africa? I can't stop listening to it! I loved it then and now I can't get it out of my head for so many reasons. It's plain awesome (hey, I was an 80's teen) and the music video...you just have to watch it for the wrist bands, lip liner and library full of books in the middle of nowhere in Africa. Oh, there's danger too! Here's the link:
I also love, love, love the lyrics. I'm blown away by how well they describe Mac, his passion for Africa and his work...and his relationship with Tessa, since they knew each other as kids. Here's a link to the lyrics (written by David Paich...who stars in the video...and Jeff Porcaro):
I even have my boys hooked on this song now! :)
Okay, I've made you wait long enough. I won't delay by posting my book blurb and buy links again. You've been so patient. I'll get right to announcing my giveaway winner.
And the winner is...
Congratulations, Tanja! Please send me your mailing info through my website contact page: http://www.rulasinara.com/p/contact-me.html or at rulasinara at gmail dot com with Henna Head Giveaway winner in the subject line.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!