Thursday, April 8, 2010
No Greater Love: Blog Tour
Forbidden romance, an unlikely martyr, and an even more unlikely hero. Orphaned four years earlier when their parents, active in the African National Congress ANC movement against Apartheid, were murdered, 16-year-old Chioma and her 15-year-old brother Masozi now live and work on an Afrikaner family’s farm. When Chioma and Andrew, the farm owner’s son, find themselves attracted to one another, tragedy revisits their lives. Chioma escapes to join an ANC rebel band in her effort to survive and gain revenge for her family and culture. When cultures clash in life-or-death struggles, Chioma must choose between violence and revenge or forgiveness and selfless love. Loosely based on historical events and set near Pretoria, South Africa, just prior to the setting of the popular movie Invictus, during the violent upheaval prior to ANC leader Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and his ascendance to the presidency of South Africa, this story of forbidden romance produces an unlikely martyr who is replaced by one even more unlikely.
Read An Excerpt:
Prologue 1989 was not a good year to fall in love—at least not in South Africa, and certainly not with a white man. Chioma had fought it with every ounce of her being, but there it was, literally, in black and white. Chioma hated whites, and that included Andrew—except that Chioma also loved him. And that made her dilemma even worse. But at least she had never admitted to him—or anyone else—how she felt, nor did she have any intention of doing so. And yet, the way he looked at her, she could not help but wonder if he knew—and if he felt the same about her. It was ridiculous, of course, even to think such a thing about a white man, but if it were true, she could only hope he would never be foolish enough to say anything about his feelings—to her or anyone else. Not only would a relationship between them be nearly impossible, but it would be dangerous as well. And Chioma already had enough danger in her life; she certainly did not need to look for more.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer and radio show host who has authored 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley. You can find Kathi online at http://www.kathimacias.com/ and at her blog http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com/
I was absolutely amazed by No Greater Love by Kathi Macias. This book is full of drama, love, violence, romance, mystery, and the struggles of apartheid. I was taken on so many emotional journey's while reading this novel. It is the first of a four book series and I will definitely be reading the rest (look for my review of More Than Conquerors, the second book in the series, in May). You will be brought into the world of Apartheid and just how difficult it was to live during this crisis in South Africa. This book drew me in at the very first page and keep me intrigued throughout, wondering what would become of Andrew and Chioma, and due to Macias' wonderful writing style, I felt like I was right there experiencing life in Apartheid driven South Africa in the late 1980's. I love that even in the darkest of dark situations, God's love was evident and reached through when it was so needed.
If you enjoy mystery, suspense, romance and Christian based literature, you will enjoy No Greater Love. This is a book I highly recommend and give a huge thumbs up to!
BUY IT: You can purchase No Greater Love by Kathi Macias online through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
***Thank you to author, Kathy Macias and Cheryl