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, September 06, 2010

1921-22 – “GROWING UP IN NAIROBI – DOING ONE'S DUTY

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


The original Girl Guides was not an organization geared towards dainty practices. It was devoted to teaching girls how to “Be Prepared” and become woman capable of assisting their country. That meant teaching them how to fell trees with an axe, make their own mattress in the wilderness (image) and save lives.

Life saving was not limited to binding up wounds, either. Page 161 of The Handbook for Girl Guides by Agnes Baden-Powell gave the scenario of a girl guide standing on a crowded train platform, already planning what to do should someone fall as a train comes. “You think to yourself, " Now, supposing some one falls off this platform on to the rails just as the train is coming in, what shall I do ? I must jump down and jerk her off the track to the far side into the six-foot way-there would be no time to get her up on to the platform again. Or if the train were very close, the only way would be to lie flat, and make her lie flat too, between the rails, and let the train go over us both."

Pretty extraordinary duties for a girl. But then again, the world had just experienced The Great War and everyone had felt the call to perform extraordinary duties.

Next week: Jade and Beverly’s Girl Guides


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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