So I went to Africa on a non-writing, no-laptop vacation, to check off a bucket list item that entailed world-class wildlife viewing. I also wanted to pursue a life-long yearning to connect with my Caribbean-forged African heritage. Silly me. Little did I know that Africa was about to grab me by the throat, shake awake my soul, and capture my heart for good.
Yes, I loved the wildlife. Yes, I loved the land. The Serengeti is one of the most beautiful, last wild places on earth and we MUST support the effort to protect it. But it was the people I met in Africa that left the greater mark on my soul, the extraordinary folks who challenge the odds every day to build a better future for themselves and for humanity.
These diverse, dynamic communities face complex, difficult, sometimes heart-breaking realities on the ground with skill, resilience, and wisdom. Their hopes and dreams inspired the story in these pages. Their courage drives the characters that you are about to meet.
That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to the protagonists of The Guardian, Matthias Hawking and Jade Romo, the sexy, fiery pair that captivated my imagination during my travels to Africa.
In the story, ex-SEAL turned game warden Matthias Hawking is engaged in a fierce battle to end poaching in Africa. But when a beautiful, feisty journalist defies the poachers, he will do everything in his power to protect the woman who has captured his heart.
Perhaps it was unavoidable that a setting as dazzling and magnificent as the Serengeti would spawn an epic love story in my mind. Maybe I should’ve seen it coming even before I boarded the long flight across the ocean. But Matthias and Jade? They caught me completely by surprise!
Looking back, there was never a chance that I’d experience such an intense, transformative journey and not share it with my readers. I should’ve known that The Guardian was coming even before I boarded that plane to Africa.
PS: Would you like to see the images that inspired many of the scenes in The Guardian? Click here to see my pictures of Africa.
Amazon Bestselling author Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass heroes who defy their limits to protect the women they love. A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she splits her time between Colorado and Florida, where she lives with her indulgent husband and a very opinionated cat.
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