The Marine's Return Book Blitz, Giveaway & Character Inspiration by Rula Sinara

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you've recovered from the post-holiday exhaustion slump. I'm amazing by anyone who doesn't feel at least a tiny bit tired after the holidays. It's the perfect time to curl up in a comfy chair and read books you might have received as gifts :).  The giving isn't over yet, though! Tomorrow is the last day of my Book Blitz and I've included the official post and giveaway/entry information below. There will be another giveaway during my Prism book tour Jan 28-Feb 2nd :).

And just in case you've already read Blitz 'Dear Reader' letter below or entered the giveaway earlier this week (it's posted in numerous blogs), I thought I'd give you a few extra facts about The Marine's Return today. Let's zoom in on that cover! Like it? I love the tender, romantic moment depicted and the soft colors. I think it's beautiful, but on a funny note, one of my kids asked me if the hero was biting the heroine's ear. LOL! Out of the mouths of kids. I reassured him that the hero on the cover was whispering in her ear...clearly something that was making her blush and smile.

By the way, I always have an inspiration photo I send in for the cover, usually showing a famous person that I feel captures the look of my hero and heroine. For The Marine's Return, I pictured Chad Corallis as Chris Hemsworth HERE and Lexi Galen as Ginnifer Goodwin HERE. The cover artists really captured Ginnifer with her short hair style! Don't you think? 

I'd love to hear what you think of the cover, or the book/series if you've read it, or you can simply vent about how your post-holiday energy levels are :). I'll leave you with the Blitz post below. Have an awesome weekend!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Release Blitz for
The Marine's Return
By Rula Sinara

The Marine's Return
(From Kenya, with Love #6)
By Rula Sinara
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
January 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He can’t be her hero…

But he made a promise to keep her safe

Wounded marine Chad Corallis just wants to be left alone. Until he discovers his best friend’s very pregnant widow is in danger. A dedicated nurse, she refuses to leave her Serengeti medical clinic when it’s threatened by poachers. Chad is honor-bound to protect her, but who will save him from falling for his best friend’s wife?

Special Note from the Author

Dearest Readers,

Thank you for joining me in celebrating the release of THE MARINE’S RETURN, the sixth and final book in my ‘From Kenya, With Love’ series for Harlequin Heartwarming. No words can express how much I have loved writing this series, from watching the children in the first three books grow up to face their own romantic hurdles in books 4 through 6, to endearing orphaned baby elephants and other captivating wildlife, to the famous, breathtaking setting of Kenya’s Serengeti ecosystem and Masai Mara regions.

The stories in this series take on issues such as ivory poachers, loss of loved ones, selective mutism, fracking and other environmental issues, human rights and those of a country’s indigenous people, man vs nature conflicts, education for young girls/women who have little access, medical care in rural populations and the life-changing challenges our war veterans face, from PTSD to physical injuries.

The books do stand alone, although readers who have been following the series have said that, since it has a rich family saga/miniseries feel and characters from the first books play significant roles in the later stories, reading them all makes for a deeper experience. For example, Pippa Harper, who everyone meets as a spunky, adorable four-year old being raised at a remote, rustic elephant rescue camp in the Serengeti by her single-mom wildlife vet in book 1 (THE PROMISE OF RAIN), is a young adult in book 4 (EVERY SERENGETI SUNRISE), gets her own romance in book 5 (THE TWIN TEST) and even plays a role as the series comes to a close in book 6 (THE MARINE’S RETURN). We also see Haki, a childhood friend of Pippa’s in book 1, and Maddie, a ten-year-old who can’t speak in books 2 (AFTER THE SILENCE), get their hero/heroine stories in EVERY SERENGETI SUNRISE. Mac Walker, a rugged bush-pilot with an Indiana Jones air to him is seen throughout the series and gets his own adventure in THROUGH THE STORM. And we first meet the hero of THE MARINE’S RETURN, Chad Corallis, as a rambunctious, hyperactive and very cute toddler who is clearly destined to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a marine (book 2). He does just that, but his future ends up coming to a dark stop and he’s faced with a challenge he’s convinced he can’t overcome.

But, despite the seemingly impossible romantic obstacles, heart-gripping situations and, even, danger in the books, there’s always the promise of a happily ever after in a Harlequin Heartwarming romance. I hope you enjoy the series and this final story! Be sure to also check out my novella (which is linked to this series), THE SWEETHEART TREE, in the anthology A Heartwarming Thanksgiving.

Although my ‘From Kenya, With Love’ series is coming to a close, I’m embarking on a new series for Harlequin Heartwarming that will take you from rescuing elephants in Africa to saving sea turtles along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My ‘Turtleback Beach’ series is set in a fictional beach town along the more southern Hatteras Island of the Outer Banks and the first book, ALMOST A BRIDE, which involves a runaway bride and an ex-military hero in the witness protection program, releases June 1, 2019.

Many thanks to all of my readers. I wish everyone a peaceful and happy New Year!

Rula Sinara

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

National and USA Today Bestselling author Rula Sinara lives in rural Virginia with her family and crazy but endearing pets. She loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard, planting trees, raising backyard chickens and drinking more coffee than she'll ever admit to. Rula's writing has earned her a National Readers Choice Award and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, among other honors. You can discover more about Rula at her blog A Writer’s Rush, on Twitter, on Facebook as RulaSinaraAuthor or on her website, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.

Blitz Giveaway

- Autographed print copies of the first three books of the ‘From Kenya, With Love’ series – The Promise of Rain (Mills & Boon Duo copy, including The Weather Girl by Amy Vastine), After the Silence and Through the Storm.
- A 15x15 canvas tote bag featuring the cover of Through the Storm.
- A 12x18 Harlequin Heartwarming tote bag
- Bookmarks

Open internationally
Ends January 6, 2019

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  1. I loved this series so much!! I’m sad to see it come to an end, but I’m looking forward to your new series, Rula. Thank you for sending me the first Heartwarming book I ever read. Years later I’m still excited about these beautiful, sweet romance stories. ( :

    1. Laurie, I'm honored to have given you your first Heartwarming book! I remember the day you commented on my blog post and won a copy of my debut book, 'The Promise of Rain' like it was yesterday! You have been such a loyal fan of the Harlequin Heartwarming line and we all appreciate and love you here!

  2. All the covers are so beautiful and intriguing. It's hard to say goodbye to a place and its people, but I'm glad you're saying hello to a new set of characters who need you to tell their stories! Congratulations.

    1. Thanks, Virginia! And yes, those new characters have taken over my mind and dreams :). I'm loving them and can't wait to introduce everyone to Turtleback Beach!

  3. I loved your story about the ear- biting, Rula! My smile for the day. My inspiration for the day will be reading this last book in a great series....wonderful cover and all the best with your new series!

    1. Thanks, Janice! And yes, aren't kids hilarious? They are my constant comic relief on even busy days ;).

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    1. Thanks, Beth! And ditto re your release this month!

  5. All the covers are beautiful and I love the important subjects you touched upon.

  6. Rula, this book was so amazing and incredibly well-written as all your books are. I agree the soft romantic colors and feel of the cover are perfect. Bless you, dear. Another winner.

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