Wednesday, December 9, 2015



INVITATION TO A SAFARI!

First of all, very happy holidays to one and all! The news this time around is that A Kiss At Kihali, a romance set against the beauty, glamour and danger of Africa, is now FREE to read for subscribers of Kindle Unlimited and is a FREE download today and tomorrow, December 9-10. 

I’ve lived in NYC for most of my life, so the logical question is: where did a nice city girl like you get the idea to write a love story set in an animal orphanage in Africa?

The answer is that the initial spark for A Kiss At Kihali was the result of the unplanned convergence of three separate events.

The first was that I had recently seen (again!) one of my favorite movies, Out Of Africa. Set in Kenya in the 1920s and based on the memoirs of the Danish writer, Isaak Dinesen, Out Of Africa is wildly romantic and stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford at their most gorgeous (and wearing absolutely fabulous clothes).

The second is that my news junkie habits inherited from my Dad alerted me to the very lucrative rewards of poaching. As a result, the elephants and rhinos of Africa now face extinction and animal orphanages have been established to care for the baby animals left alone and traumatized. 

The third occurred while I was surfing TV channels one evening and happened on a clip of a baby rhino. I was blown away by the little rhino’s appeal and gracefulness. With that third event, the idea for A Kiss At Kihali took root. 

The cover's above, the blurb and the first two chapters are below.

Now go forth, enjoy the holidays, read—and download! ;-)

Ruth


A Kiss At Kihali: Le Blurb

Renny Kudrow, Director of the Kihali animal orphanage in Kenya, and Starlite Higgins, the orphanage's talented wildlife vet, fall in love with a sad and lonely baby rhino named Zuri but not--they think--with each other.

Lanky, dark-haired Renny is a brilliant scientist, a noted television personality, and an expert in animal communication. But human communication?

Not so much, thinks Starlite, the talented young wildlife vet he has hired over the objection of others who think a woman is not up to the job. He is prickly, remote, critical, and Starlite, anxious to please and accustomed to success, is unable to win his approval.

When Renny and Starlite are forced to work together to save the cruelly orphaned and badly wounded baby rhino, they must face the secrets they both hide--and the attraction they can no longer deny.


A Kiss At Kihali:  Chapters 1 and  2


CHAPTER 1

That morning, just like every morning, my mother began to stir before the sun rose. Still drowsy, I followed her from the dense bush where we lived to the grassy savannah beyond.

I stayed close to her so she could take care of me. Not that anything bad could happen because my mother was very strong and always knew exactly what to do. Besides, we lived in the protected Nakuru Reserve which the government had set aside especially for us.

Mom and I made our way to the water hole for our morning bath and we splashed around in the water for a while. After, we enjoyed a soothing mud wallow which protected us from the strong African sun and the pesky mites that lodged in our lines and folds and irritated our skin.

Later, when we felt clean and refreshed, I joined the other little rhinos. We ran around and played while Mom settled down to exchange information with the other mothers about places where tender vegetation grew and warnings about hungry lions who might be prowling in the area. Of course, Mom didn’t have to worry about lions—and one day I wouldn’t either. They are so small, slow and pitifully weak compared to us.

I heard the sound of something called an engine, the slam of two doors and a harsh trilling noise I’d never heard before. It was followed by a flash of bright light. Nearsighted like all rhinos, now I was blinded, too. For a while, until my eyes adjusted, I couldn’t see what was happening.

I heard the rustling of wings as flocks of birds flew away. The elephants moved nervously for a moment, then froze. A moment later, the mothers and their calves cantered off. Right after the elephants left, the herds of zebra and eland ran away, too. Something was upsetting them but I didn’t know what it was.

Then a loud, sharp boom broke the normal morning sounds of the savannah and I turned toward my mother and asked her what was happening. Instead of answering, she made a wheezing sound and fell down. She flailed her powerful legs and tried to stand up but she couldn’t.

She made a distress call and I sounded a response but she didn’t answer. I was scared and I nuzzled my mom with my nose (my horn hadn’t grown in yet) but she didn’t nuzzle me back the way she always did. Instead, she huffed but this time she didn’t sound like herself. I didn’t know what was wrong but it made me feel weak and trembly.

A two-legged creature appeared—he looked like one of the ones called tourists but he had a nasty smell and he wasn’t holding the little black thing they use to take our picture. Instead, he walked up to my mom and poked her in the tender spot just behind her neck with the end of his long shiny stick. She huffed in protest but he didn’t stop. Instead, he raised his shiny stick and pointed it right at her and made that loud boom noise again.

This time, my Mom didn’t try to get up and the tourist-creature raised his shiny stick again—the one that made the boom noise. This time he pointed it at me. My heart began to pound. I was scared, more scared than I thought anyone could ever be. My legs began to shake and the awful weak trembly feeling came back worse than before. I was afraid he would make that loud boom noise again.

Instead, another tourist-creature appeared, pulled something out of his belt and waved it around. He talked to the first one who went to the van and came back with something that made a loud buzzing noise. He used it to cut off my mom’s horn and I rushed at him to make him stop but he pointed the buzzing-thing at me and I ran away.

I hated those two and their nasty smell and their loud noises and I wanted to make them go away but I was afraid of them and didn’t know how. I saw the first one put my Mom’s horn into the back of his van. Then he bent over and wiped her blood off his hands on the ground.

The other one came toward me, the one with the scary, straight stick, and, holding it up, he pointed it right at me. I knew he was going to do something bad to me. I wanted to run away but I didn’t want to leave my Mom and I didn't know what to do.

Mommy! Mommy! I signaled but she didn’t answer.






CHAPTER 2

The elephants of the Kihali Animal Orphanage, located in Western Kenya, are the first to know.

Lanky, dark haired Renny Kudrow—he is Director of the Orphanage, an authority on animal communication, and host of popular television specials called Animals Have A Word For It—will be the second.

He is sitting on the veranda of the main cottage of the Orphanage, drinking his first mug of hot, sweet, milky tea and watching as the night’s dark sky gives way to the light of the rising sun and turns the tall, yellow grass of the distant savannah gold. He has just finished a less-fraught-than-usual phone conversation with his wife, Phoebe, who is living an ocean away in the United States.

He has been doing his best to focus on the orphaned animals the Kihali team rescues and then prepares for return to the wild when they are ready. Instead, he is distracted. He is thinking about Phoebe and their lives in Atlanta—the good times and the bad and the moments that pushed them apart. He is wondering if there is a way for them to be together again when the five Kihali elephants in Kihali's courtyard stir restlessly and then freeze.

They silence their usual morning vocalizations and stand motionless in a listening posture, their ears fanned wide. From Maisie, the oldest and the matriarch of the group, to Doris, Kihali’s youngest orphan, rescued after her mother died of Elephant Pox, they are paying attention.

Renny knows they are heeding information being relayed in at least two ways: by infrasonic rumblings too low in frequency for humans to hear and vibro-tactile cues transmitted through the ground and received by their sensitive feet.

They are paying attention to important messages coming from other elephants as far as two miles away.

But what are they saying?

Renny doesn’t know. He knows only that an alarm is being sounded. Somewhere in the 23,000 acres of the protected Nakuru Reserve that adjoins the Orphanage, something has happened. Something that is distressing the Kihali elephants.

“Jomo! Muthengi!” he shouts as he untangles his long legs and jumps up. The two experienced keepers, best friends since childhood, run across the courtyard and scramble onto the open flatbed of the Orphanage’s dinged and battered pick-up.

“Dr. Higgins!” Renny calls as he crosses the courtyard where the elephants, their trunks now extended along the ground, continue to receive messages only they can understand. “Starlite!”

It is the new vet’s first emergency since coming to Kihali. She is already dressed, wearing the same outfit she wears every day—beat-up jeans, a grungy, rumpled tee, a pair of well-worn hiking boots. Her fair skin is freckled and peeling from sunburn and her unruly copper-colored hair is braided into messy pigtails. She picks up her black medical bag with its ointments, syringes, antibiotics and anesthetics and races across the dirt courtyard.

“What’s happening?” she asks, breathlessly tumbling into the front seat of the pick-up as Renny is starting the engine.

“I don’t know yet but the elephants do,” he says, glancing at her, irritated by her disheveled, unprofessional appearance.

Using the direction in which the elephants have turned their heads as a guide, Renny hits the accelerator. He speeds as fast as he dares out of Kihali’s gates and over the rutted dirt roads, traveling deep into the Nakuru Sanctuary.





Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"The songs we sang. The clothes we wore. The way we made love. Perfect!"

The Bestselling Women's Fiction Classic
Originally published in hard cover by Simon & Schuster, DECADES is now FREE!


Kindle  |  iBooks  |  Nook  |  GoogPlay  |  Kobo



THREE WOMEN. THREE DECADES.

Spanning the years from the optimistic post-War 1940s to the Mad Men 1950s and rule-breaking "Make Love, Not War" 1960s, DECADES is about three generations of women who must confront the dical changes and upended expectations of the turbulent decades in which they lived.


EVELYN, talented but insecure, is a traditional woman of the Forties. She is a loyal and loving wife and mother whose marriage and family mean everything to her.
NICK, handsome and ambitious, a chameleon who changes with the changing times, is her successful but restless husband.
JOY, their daughter, confused and defiant, a child of the Sixties, needs them both but is torn between them.
BARBARA is the other woman, younger than Evelyn, accomplished but alone. She is a transitional woman of the Fifties who wonders if she can have everything--including another woman's husband.

Sweeping in scope yet intimate in detail, DECADES is the emotional, compelling story of family, marriage, crisis, betrayal and healing.

“Ruth Harris has written a novel that will have three generations of American women reliving their love lives and recognizing ruefully and with wry affection just what changes have overtaken them.  The characterizations are good and the period atmosphere absolutely perfect — the songs we sang, the clothes we wore, the way we made love.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Women will be moved and fascinated to see how precisely Ruth Harris evokes the feeling of what it was like to grow up female in the innocence of the 1940’s, the movie-formed dreams of the 1950’s, the anarchy and disillusion of the 1960’s.  All the details are here — the songs, the headlines, the national preoccupations, even the underwear, from dropping slip straps to the armor or crinolines to braless T-shirts.” —New York Magazine

“A brilliant book. Three generations of women are succinctly capsuled in this novel by a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion.  Rarely have attitudes been so probingly examined—tough, trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, Ms. Harris recreates the decades in which her heroines lived, from zoot suits and Sammy Kaye, through Eisenhower, Elvis and poodle-cut hairdos to moon walks, Mick Jagger and micro-minis.  While some readers may be discomfited by its analysis, few will fail to be entertained and few will be able to forget what it has to say about men and women and the games people play.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A terrific novel about love between a singular single girl and an older married man.” —Cosmopolitan

“Ruth Harris has re-created both the style and substance of three decades of American life—from the bobby socks and innocence of the Forties, to the crinolines and caution of the Fifties, to the bra-less T-shirts and alienation of the Sixties.” —Book-of-the-Month Club

“Powerful. A gripping novel that depicts the lives and loves of three generations of women.” — Women Today Book Club

“I read DECADES straight through at one sitting and the more I think about that, the more impressive the novel seems.” —Houston Post


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A love story. With animals.

When's the last time you fell in love with a baby rhino?





An uplifting and inspiring story of animal rescue that will warm your heart.

Renny Kudrow, Director of the Kihali animal orphanage in Africa, and Starlite Higgins, the orphanage's wildlife vet, fall in love with a beautiful baby rhino named Zuri but not--they think--with each other.

Lanky, dark-haired Renny Kudrow, Director of the Kihali Animal Orphanage in Kenya, is a brilliant scientist, a noted television personality, and an expert in animal communication. But human communication?

Not so much, thinks Starlite Higgins, the talented young vet he has hired over the objection of others. He is remote and critical, and Starlite, anxious to please and accustomed to success, is unable to win his approval.

When Renny and Starlite set out on a dangerous mission, they rescue an injured baby rhino whose mother has been killed by poachers. Upon their return to Kihali, Renny and Starlite must work together to save the irresistible little orphan.

Under their tender and expert care, Zuri recovers physically and psychologically. She becomes a local celebrity adored by her human and animal friends while Renny and Starlite find an unexpected second chance at love.

A KISS AT KIHALI is a "memorable" read that will appeal to readers who enjoy clean romance and who care about the environment and the noble efforts of those who work to guarantee the future of endangered species.

(A KISS AT KIHALI contains no sex or cursing.)

When was the last time you fell in love with a baby rhino?

Awwwww!
So chic in her red blanket!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Kindle  |  Nook  |  Kobo  | iBooks 

An uplifting and inspiring story of animal rescue that will warm your heart.

Renny Kudrow, Director of the Kihali animal orphanage in Africa, and Starlite Higgins, the orphanage's wildlife vet, fall in love with a beautiful baby rhino named Zuri but not--they think--with each other.

Lanky, dark-haired Renny Kudrow, Director of the Kihali Animal Orphanage in Kenya, is a brilliant scientist, a noted television personality, and an expert in animal communication. But human communication?

Not so much, thinks Starlite Higgins, the talented young vet he has hired over the objection of others. He is remote and critical, and Starlite, anxious to please and accustomed to success, is unable to win his approval.

When Renny and Starlite set out on a dangerous mission, they rescue an injured baby rhino whose mother has been killed by poachers. Upon their return to Kihali, Renny and Starlite must work together to save the irresistible little orphan.

Under their tender and expert care, Zuri recovers physically and psychologically. She becomes a local celebrity adored by her human and animal friends while Renny and Starlite find an unexpected second chance at love.

A KISS AT KIHALI is a "memorable" read that will appeal to readers who enjoy clean romance and who care about the environment and the noble efforts of those who work to guarantee the future of endangered species.

(A KISS AT KIHALI contains no sex or cursing.)

This baby rhino will win your heart!


Awwwww!
So chic in her red blanket!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Husbands for sale. Cheap!

Happy holidays to all and to celebrate I've put Husband Training School on sale.
 For now but not for long!
We love our husbands, but...

Kindle  |  Nook  |  iBooks  |  Kobo

Three wives send their husbands back to school.

Will Trailer is a super-achiever on the baseball diamond but at home? Not so much, according to his gorgeous movie star wife. 
Efficiency expert Howard Hopkins has just retired. His wife married him for better and for worse--but not for 24-hours-a-day. 
Gordo Canholme would procrastinate breathing if he could, but will he ever get the baby's room finished? Not without HTS, according to his very pregnant wife. 

Husband Training School is the creation of former Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Robin Aguirre. When their wives enroll Will, Howard and Gordo as new students, Robin thinks she is ready for anything the most improvement-resistant husbands of the 21st Century can dish out.

But is she?




Saturday, November 29, 2014

SALE! LIMITED TIME ONLY! Husbands And Lovers now 99¢ usually $3.99

SALE!  LIMITED TIME ONLY!  Husbands And Lovers now 99¢ usually $3.99

Million copy NYTimes bestseller!
Winner, Best Contemporary, Romantic Times!


Kindle  |  Nook  |  iBooks  |  Kobo


A lonely wife. A jealous husband. A passionate lover. A gun in a Tiffany bag.

The Married Woman--Drab wallflower Carlys Webber marries multimillionaire Kirk Arnold but when Kirk changes from a loving husband to a distant stranger, will Carlys risk her precious marriage for a few moments of stolen passion with handsome architect, George Kouras?

The Single Woman--Fashion world superstar Jade Mullen survives deception and divorce. She vows never to be betrayed again but what will she do when she falls madly in love with George and he asks her the one question she doesn't want to answer?

The Husband--Kirk Arnold struggles to forget the dark secrets of his tormented past. He achieves one dazzling success after another, but will the tragedy that destroyed his family destroy his marriage to Carlys, too?

The Lover--George Kouras rises from humble beginnings to the top of his profession. He and Jade think they have discovered a new way to live happily ever after, but what will Jade do when she finds out about George and Carlys?

Set in the glittering world of fashion and in high-powered executive suites, in run-down houses, ethnic neighborhoods and sedate suburbs, Husbands and Lovers is about men and women losing--and finding--themselves in the gritty 1970s and glitzy 1980s.

"Sharply and stylishly written. Harris writes with intellect, insight and humor." --The Chicago Sun-Times

"Harris's empathy for her women, especially the ugly duckling who makes herself into a swan, adds a satisfying dimension of reality. Steamy and fast-paced, you will be spellbound." --Cosmopolitan

Monday, October 20, 2014

FREE!

iBooks  | Kindle  |    Nook  |  Kobo  |  GooglePlay

2014 edition newly revised  and updated by the author for today's reader.

THREE WOMEN. THREE DECADES. Spanning the years from the optimistic post-War 1940s to the Mad Men 1950s and rule-breaking "Make Love, Not War" 1960s, DECADES is about three generations of women who must confront the radical changes and upended expectations of the turbulent decades in which they lived.

Evelyn, talented but insecure, is a traditional woman of the Forties. She is a loyal and loving wife and mother whose marriage and family mean everything to her.

Nick, handsome and ambitious, a chameleon who changes with the changing times, is her successful but restless husband.

Joy, their daughter, confused and defiant, a child of the Sixties, needs them both but is torn between them.

Barbara is the other woman, younger than Evelyn, accomplished but alone. She is a transitional woman of the Fifties who wonders if she can have everything--including another woman's husband.

DECADES, sweeping in scope yet intimate in detail, is the emotional, compelling story of family, marriage, crisis, betrayal and healing.


"The songs we sang, the clothes we wore, the way we made love. Absolutely perfect!" --Publisher's Weekly