Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, August 23, 2010

1921-22 – “GROWING UP IN NAIROBI – THE GIRL GUIDES-PART 3”

This blog made the short list for Best Author's Blog as awarded by www.completelynovel.com Thank you everyone who voted for me.


When reading the Handbook for Girl Guides, it seems as if the organization was tailor made for young girls growing up in Nairobi, Kenya Colony. Several of the examples cited for bravery and endurance were of British nurses and men of South Africa during the Boer War. “Nurse Craufurd,” in particular, was referenced for her bravely removing the wounded while under fire. And the tracking and throwing games often involved someone playing the role of a lion.

Girls were encouraged to be strong, handy, and be prepared for the frontier life. Pages 24/25 state “many of you in Great Britain will some day go out to one of the British Dominions across the seas – many of you are already there, and you know how necessary it is to be able to look after yourselves away from all help. However well placed you may be, times do come when you have to know how to . . .cut the firewood. . . defend yourself for your life and many other things which you are inclined at home to leave to others. All these things you can learn as a Girl Guide.”

And that’s what Jade and Beverly are teaching the girls in the opening of The Crocodile’s Last Embrace, how to defend themselves using a sling and a stone. You can get a sneak preview at www.suzannearruda.com Click on “read an excerpt” and see for yourself.

Quotes and images taken from The Handbook for Girl Guides, by Agnes Baden-Powell

NEXT WEEK: MORE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - TRACKING

By the way, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace just received a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly who called it “rip-roaring.” Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and called it “Enormously fun” and Library Journal’s starred review stated “Do not miss this one.”

MORE MYSTERY TOPICS:
1) Does mystery have to equal murder? I weigh in with the Suspense Sirens on their blog posting at : http://bit.ly/cpprpx

2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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