Hi Inspy Romancers!
A huge thank you to Marion for allowing me to hijack her spot today and share with you all. For those who don’t know me, I’m Ashley Winter, a South African, church-planting wife and mom of four, living on the beautiful south coast of Wales, and I write Christian Fiction set in my home country, South Africa.
Now for those who have experienced the pull of this magnificent continent, you would perhaps understand my need for periodic escapes back to Africa, but with work and four children this has become increasingly difficult – enter the magical world of reading and writing fiction!
There is nothing as cost-effective and instant as travelling by book! All you need is a novel set in your desired destination and a good imagination and the world is your oyster.
My thirteen book series, Love in South Africa, is written fully immersed in the culture, complete with local geography, slang (I do include a glossary) and cuisine. However, to help foreign readers find their feet in this whole new world I’ve included international characters to ask the questions they themselves would be asking of the locals if they found themselves in that setting. I’ve also developed a Pinterest board for each book, so those unfamiliar with the country and cultures can take a look through the pins and see the places, items and food mentioned. You can even try your hand at a hearty South African recipe or two!
The series is set around a private game reserve on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, where a main character of the first book, Rachel’s Blessing, is a gamer ranger and relative of the owner. After waiting many years to find love, he meets and falls in love with a British woman volunteering at the neighbouring orphanage, Rachel. Their subsequent wedding in the second book, brings Rachel’s English family to the reserve and sparks fly when Rachel’s older sister, Deborah finds herself caught between two equally attractive love options, one, the gentle doctor she’d always believed she’d marry, and the other, a far more unlikely choice – a tough Afrikaans rugby player, and the best man at the wedding.
And so the series is weaved story after story, with redemptive themes and happy endings throughout. Each book features a new main couple while continuing the story of the previous pair in the background.
Since my last blog post I have added another three books to the series which all take place before the first book, as far back as the 1970s. Writing these books was a wonderfully rich immersion back in time. They take readers into a whole different scene politically in South Africa. The first two Back-in-Time books are set in 1970s and 80s during the Apartheid years, while the third is set in 1994 – the year of the country’s first democratic election, and a very exciting time to be a South African.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to experience a taste of this majestic, yet conflicted country with its varied natural terrains, rugged savanna and diverse cultural mixing-pot, and you aren’t able to travel there, Love in South Africa may be just the thing to make you feel like you’ve not only been there, but that you have a few friends there too!
Have you ever been to Africa? Would you like to? I’d love to hear your comments! I’ll be giving away three copies of Book 1, Rachel’s Blessing, to three random commenters.
Until next time, happy reading!
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Ashley Winter is a church planting wife and mom of four sons. As a South African living in Wales, UK, Ashley shares her love of Jesus and her home country, by writing Christian Fiction set in South Africa.
When she isn’t writing or caring for her family, Ashley runs a baby photography business, makes music, watches rugby, goes for long beach walks with friends and grows house plants.