Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wandering Wednesday: Discover Brazil with a giveaway!


By Lisa Harris @heartofafrica

In my last Wandering Wednesday post, I mentioned how one of the things our family has been blessed to do is travel together, especially while our kids were growing up. Today, I'm sharing a few memories from our time in Brazil back in 2008 and 2009. (Wow. . .has it really been that long?)

And since this blog is all about books, I also have to share the with you about the novel our time in language school inspired. No Place To Hide releases from Love Inspired Suspense this Sunday, and I'm so excited to share it with you! (Keep reading for a chance to win a copy.) 

Now while our time in Brazil was a bit of a rollercoaster for me--I was homeschooling for the first time, finishing up a novel, AND trying to learn Portuguese--my hero and heroine in this book have it a whole lot worse! She's a witness to murder. . .now running for survival. Thankfully nothing like that happened to us while we were there! Instead, we came to love the country and made friendships that have lasted for all these years!

I'll share a bit more about the book in a minute, but first, here are some highlights from our time in Brazil. We were able to take two short trips--we decided we had to see some of the beautiful country--so these photos are from Rio and the Amazon.



RIO

My hubby snuck me away for an overnight trip to Rio, which ended up being so much fun! One of the best ways to see Rio's spectacular views is from the cable car that transports you to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. From there you can see the stunning Guanabara Bay, Rio, and the Atlantic Ocean spread out beneath you. 









We spent time browsing through seller's stands till midnight and walking along Copacabana Beach. 





Christ the Redeemer, the 125 foot famous statue that sits on top of the Corcovado Hill, is another incredible place to see the city of Rio. 



THE AMAZON

Our whole family flew into Manaus where we saw from the air the 'meeting of the waters.' 
Here the dark Rio Negro meets the pale Amazon River (Rio Solimões). Here the two rivers run side by side without mixing because of the differences in the waters temperature, speed, and density. After landing, we took a boat up the river a couple hours to our rustic hotel.







One of the favorite things our kids did was fish for piranhas--and I admit it was pretty fun! The cooks prepared them for our dinner and they tasted like chicken. And yes, they have very powerful jaws!






Another favorite thing was swimming with the pink dolphins. Definitely one of 
those experiences you never forget!








NO PLACE TO HIDE:

And now for another fast-paced romantic suspense novel. . .Former navy diver Ryan Kendall’s father sent him to Brazil with a simple assignment: extract compromised witness Ellie Webb. But with Ellie determined to trek into the Amazon, following a lead on her father’s murder, Ryan must protect her. As cartel members and pirates chase them, though, can they survive the dangerous jungle…and take down a killer?






*You can pre-order your copy now and it will be released on Sunday, July 1st!!*

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GIVEAWAY:

I'd love to give away an ebook of No Place to Hide. To enter, please leave a comment on this post with a way for me to contact you. I'll pick a random winner from the comments on Friday, July 6th at Midnight PST.




LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent almost fifteen years working as missionaries in Africa. When she's not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com

15 comments:

  1. Wow, Lisa you are well travelled. Never knew you'd been to Brazil. And another story is coming out. Next week.

    Fishing for piranha and eating them? Pink dolphins? Amazing.

    Thanks for sharing your highlights from 10 years ago.

    I just checked and realise this is the one I preordered last month so it will down load next week. Yay.

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    1. Most of our time was spend in language learning, but we decided if we were going to be in Brazil, we had to seem at least some of the country! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the book!

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  2. What an amazing experience, Lisa. Visiting South America, especially Peru, is on my bucket list. No Place to Hide sounds like a thrilling ride with a great setting. (You can contact me here https://www.facebook.com/JeanetteOHaganAuthorAndSpeaker/)

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    1. Hope you get to go one day, Jeanette. So many place in South America I'd love to visit as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. How fun! Thanks for sharing both the memories and your new book. kristinhilltaylor@gmail.com

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    1. You're so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  4. Pink dolphins! Wow, I never knew. I was on launch team...a great story of survival and redemption! Sandy Arnold

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  5. The dolphins were so amazing, Sandy! And I'm thrilled you enjoyed No Place to Hide!!

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  6. What a blessing to make travel memories with your family! :-) Your new book sounds wonderful. Can't wait to read it!

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    1. Yes, a huge blessing! Now that the kids are older, I love hearing them talk about their favorite ones. I'm just wishing for the day when I can get them all together and take another trip! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Love to read about your travels and see the pics! Living vicariously through you. 😊 I also love your books and enjoy opportunities to win! this one also sounds fantastic! My email is erinlaramore@yahoo.com .

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, Erin! So glad you enjoyed the pics!! (And my books!!!)

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  8. What a wonderful post about an amazing adventure. We just watched the John Paul Belmondo movie "That Man from Rio" so I was delighted to read about your real adventure, Lisa.

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by and sharing, Donna. I'll have to check out that movie! It's such a fascinating city.

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  9. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to comment! Congrats to Kristin! I've randomly draw your name and will be sending you a link to your copy of No Place to Hide! Happy reading all!!

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