Tuesday, February 10, 2015

After The Silence: Guest Post

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

After the Silence
(From Kenya, With Love #2)
by 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)
by 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?

Guest Post

Ten Tips on Strategic Parenting from a Marine

By Rula Sinara

In my latest book, After the Silence, Ben Corallis, 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. But he loves his kids and Ben will brave anything in the name of love…and safety…whether for his country or his family. So in the name of protecting all you new parents out there from disasters, Ben asked me to share his experience tips on childcare with you.

10) If a sergeant ever needs to instill bravery in his troops, he should have them watch videos of four year old boys in action. These kids have zero fear/sense of danger or heights and they’re definitely thrill seekers.

9) Little girl hair is high maintenance. Save time and let her showcase the ‘wind-swept’ look…as in straight out of bed and tangled. Women pay money for that look, don’t they?

8) One gummy treat equals strategic kid bribery. A whole pack of gummy treats equals hours of a constipated kid whining on the potty.

7) If hiring a baby sitter, give fair warning that your toddler has a habit of stripping down to his birthday suit every time he needs to sit on the toilet. Every. Single. Time. What’s with that anyway?

6) When it comes to blowing noses, snot, drool, poop etc…no biggie. Fluids and goo that exit your child are essentially sterile. Aren’t they? Love knows no barriers. Not even snot. But if any of that stuff comes out of someone else’s kid…consider it biological warfare and back away carefully. Just don’t let it touch you.

5) Diapers don’t always work. Not that I’ve ever used it, but sometimes I’m so blown away but how much can come out of a tiny baby that I can’t help but think that diapers should come with duct tape and silicone caulk. Just saying…

4) Out of the mouths of babes. Once they acquire the power of speech, be prepared. One innocent word from them can blast through you like a heat heart seeking missile. It’ll have you analyzing life or laughing all day.

3) Let them know they can tell you anything, even if it’s bad. Keep the lines of communication open. I haven’t been doing so well with this one, especially since my daughter doesn’t speak at all and doesn’t seem to trust me. I’d do anything to hear her voice again.

2) I’m sure you’ve all know to be careful about what you say on social media. Ha! Twitter has nothing on kids. Watch what you say around them. They’ll repeat it when you least expect it…and almost always in front of the worst person possible.

And his number one tip is…

1) When changing a baby boy’s diaper, prepare for erratic, projectile peeing…or take cover!!

Thanks so much for having me here today! And Ben thanks you too ;).

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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  1. LOL! Fun guest post, thanks for sharing it!

    1. Thanks! Ben has definitely had a few parenting adventures ;).

  2. I love the baby boy diaper suggestion! How true is that! hehe! It has been a very long time since I have had to deal with that, but that just made me laugh. Great post :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! That baby boy diaper tip came from personal experience on my part (not just my character, Ben's ;) LOL.