Sunday, November 30, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #30

Welcome to the LAST DAY of 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...

Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. A winner will be drawn randomly tonight at 11:59 PM EST. Today let's hear from author Charmaine Pauls and what she's thankful for :

Living in a Foreign Country

I am thankful for my husband, my children, my family, my friends, my cats, my health, and my job, but seeing that we’re facing another international move, I’d like to single out my home. I am thankful for my adoptive country, Chile, that gave me a warm welcome, a beautiful home, and precious memories.

Atacama Desert
It has been six years since the day we first set foot in Santiago. We moved here for my husband’s job. Besides for South Africa, where I’ve been born, I’ve also lived in France with my husband and children before moving to Chile. The logistics and physical effort involved in moving house and pets across oceans are hard enough as it is. On top of that there are the daunting tasks (all done in a new language you don’t yet speak or understand) of finding a new house, school, doctors, dentists, hairdresser, internet, cable and cell phone service providers, opening new bank accounts, changing addresses, applying for residency, getting to know new products (and figuring out the labels!), find out where to do grocery shopping, making new friends, and most of all, taking action so you don’t become isolated.  

Hardships aside, pulling up your roots and settling on a different part of the globe, far removed from everything that’s known and familiar, far away from family, brings with it invaluable gifts, for which I am thankful.

v  It brought our family really close, since we only have each other to rely upon in the beginning, each time we make a new start.
v  It taught us to be adaptable.
v  It exposed us to different mindsets, cultures and religions, broadening our life perspectives.
v  The experience brought plenty of new adventures.
v  We got to explore a new continent, traveling across this amazingly beautiful country of over 3000 km long, and to all its bordering countries.
v  We learned to dance the salsa, and to drink Pisco Sour.
v  We adapted to the Latin American concept of time and do like the Chilenos do – eating long, jovial dinners that start late.
v  We fell in love with the local cuisine and enjoyed Chile’s affordable, world-class wine.
v  We made new friends who became our family abroad.
v  We mastered a new language.

The biggest gifts Chile gave me, are the nature, new friends, and Spanish. My family and I will take a piece of this Latin American country with us to our new home, wherever that may be. I give thanks to Chile and its people, and to the unknown. May we never stop expanding our boundaries.

Bailo el Cueca para siempre.

The Cueca is the national Chilean dance. It depicts the beauty of courtship. The man will take his time to lead the lady onto the dance floor, during which he compliments her and convinces her that he is worthy of winning a dance with her. In the dance they circle each other, much like the rooster and the hen. After a boastful display by the rooster, the hen always ends up as the conqueror, with the rooster on his knees (or in the Cueca dance, on one knee).


Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a masters degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to France with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published 5 novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and work with animal rescue organizations. Charmaine currently lives in Chile with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

The Astronomer
Loving someone madly, obsessively, to the point of addiction can be heaven … or hell.

The year is 2165. A new blood group has evolved, and biological pairing, called mating, has replaced the old-world marriage ritual. When a stranger saves astronomer Dr. Fraya Riber from drowning, her body goes into a strange state of arousal. Bound to be paired with another, Fraya frantically searches for the answers to the phenomenon that soon becomes an unwelcome addiction. Nothing has prepared her for this painful dependence, and nothing will prepare her for the cure, or the identity of her enigmatic savior.

Can physical passion craft a bond that will last a lifetime?

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1 comment:

  1. Great post, Charmaine. Love your history. I hate to see this month end.


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