Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Still Running - "insider tips from the horse's mouth"...

Hi everyone! I'm here to tell you about Judah Raine, sweet-sensual romance writer from Durban, South Africa. It's grand, grand, grand to have another place to blog! (Yes, I lurrrve blogging, how did you guess?) Now where was I... oh, right, Judah Raine. First thing you need to know is all her bookies... um, I mean books, are set in South Africa. Surprise, surprise...

Anyway, to get us off to a great start, I thought I'd share a little inside information on the first book, Still Running, which left the starting gate in December 2008. (Before I get carried away and forget this really important piece of information, here's where you can find it: http://www.bookstrand.com/product-stillrunning-13915-330.html) Need to tell you that, otherwise I'm gonna get the hoof, if you know what I mean.

So, Still Running is set in "racing country" - an area just inland from Durban called Shongweni. The name is derived from the Zulu name “Ntshongweni”, which means "column of smoke", referring to the spray of the waterfall on the Ugede River. The magnificent Shongweni dam lies in a deep depression formed by the Mlazi, Sterkfontein and Ugede rivers.

The scenery of the area is dominated by spectacular sandstone cliffs, steep gorges and valleys, and rolling green hills that lead on into the picturesque Valley of a Thousand Hills. It is a "picture-perfect" setting for a romance novel.

And, of course, there are horses. Gazillions of them. Many of the top racers on Durban's popular horse-racing circuit are born, bred and trained in the Shongweni area. The hero from Still Running, Cade Harper, is a "horse man" - and a lot more besides, as Josie, the heroine, soon discovers!



Now this is where things get interesting... You see, Josie Tate has been running for a long time – from her past, from a tragic secret, and mostly from herself. Then her life is suddenly upended, and she finds herself back in the one place on earth she doesn't want to be. Worse, she is suddenly caught between an unforgiving past and Cade Harper's unrelenting pursuit.

As determined as she is desperate, he seems hell-bent on making sure that her running days are over. It doesn't help that Cade is the most gorgeous man ever. Or that the uncanny attraction between them seems to have a life of its own.

But Josie is determined to keep her distance from Cade. He is equally determined to shatter the walls she is raising up between them. And when her ghosts reappear in the flesh Josie's life finally implodes. The only way out seems to be to keep on running...

More than anything, Still Running is about real people and real "stuff", and how life itself sometimes comes to our rescue and conspires to make us face things. I like Josie – she's tough and gutsy and has integrity. This is her story, and it's about pain and joy, but mostly it's about love, and the power it has to heal and set free...

What the "punters" are saying...


"Romance is in the air from the moment Josie met Cade. The sparks of anger and love fly between these two. The plot is endearing and the characters likable. Still Running by Judah Raine is sure to please the most astute fan of romance." (Five Stars from http://www.reviewyourbook.com/review.cfm?reviewid=1571

"I truly enjoyed reading Josie and Cade’s story. Josie’s angst and Cade’s stubbornness seemed to flow from the book. Even now, I can picture these two having a face-off–and I’m not sure who’d win! “Still Running” is Judah Raine’s tale of a tortured woman and the man who just won’t give up on her. And I think we’d all like to have a man like that." (JJMachshev Book Reviews)

“I love Cade. (Are all South African men that nice and sexy?)… I can understand why poor Josie was so tempted and wanted him so badly… We forget how secrets can mess up lives… I’m definitely going to buy your next book… The children were cute too…" (From Kathy_C, Salt Lake City).

So there you have it...


This is an invitation to step into Judah Raine's romance world, where things are as Write as Raine. Visit her website at http://www.judahraine.com, find out more about her and view her Images of Africa slideshows. Or catch up with her on her blog at http://www.judahraine.com/romancewriteup. For a free read, visit her RomanticSynonymous Blog at http://judahraine.blogspot.com and check out the "neverending story".

Thanks for this time and the opportunity to share a little of my world. I hope to see you all again soon.
Henry the Horse

8 comments:

Lindsay Townsend said...

Lovely blog, Jude! I love your STILL RUNNING and it's epic setting! And those amazing horse pics! How did you get them to pose?

Lindsay Townsend said...

Ok, folks, Linda Swift has booked the blog for tomorrow, to showcase her CIRCLE OF LOVE.
Anyone ready for Thursday? Let me know here. (And look and comment on Jude's wonderful blog, too!) Best Lindsay

Linda Banche said...

Jude, I love those pictures! How did you get the horses to cooperate?

Kaye Manro said...

I think the horse photos are a hit. And some are a hoot! What a wonderful book too.

LK Hunsaker said...

Judah, I plan to get this one! Since I've made the acquaintance of a South African musician, I've been interested in learning more about the country. I've heard it's amazingly beautiful. :-)

Oh, and I love stories about real people and real stuff!

Lindsay, I can do Thursday!

Lindsay Townsend said...

Thursday is great for me, Loraine! Jude's book is truly amazing, and she has another novel coming out soon as well!

Judah Raine said...

Hey guys - thanks one and all for the great comments! As for the horses... well maybe I'll save the "getting horses to talk" for another blog....
Jude

Savanna Kougar said...

Jude, loved it straight from the horses mouth...
Thanks for sharing South Africa and the horses.