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The idea for A Kiss At Kihali came from reading articles about the fact that poaching was/is threatening to make rhinos and elephants extinct. I wanted to use the emotive power of fiction to bring the struggle against poaching to life and to bring the story up to date, Wayne Lotter, a wildlife conservationist who was fighting poaching was murdered last week in Tanzania. Bottom line: Ivory and rhino horn are big business and, despite valiant efforts to fight back, Africa's herds are paying the price.
Innocent animals are slaughtered with poison and machine guns. Not only are the adult animals killed, but their babies are left orphaned and defenseless, prey for predators. A Kiss At Kihali, set in an African animal orphanage, is about how a dedicated expert in animal communication and a devoted vet save one baby orphan from sure death—and, in the process, heal their own wounds and find a second chance at love.
They rescue endangered animals, but can they rescue each other?
Renny Kudrow, Director of the Kihali animal orphanage in Kenya, is a brilliant scientist who can interpret animal communication. But human communication?
Not so much, thinks Starlite Higgins, the orphanage's wildlife vet he has hired over the objection of others who think a woman is not up to the job. Renny is prickly, remote, critical, and Starlite, anxious to please and accustomed to success, is unable to win his approval.
When Renny and Starlite must work together to rescue a badly injured baby rhino from poachers, they must face the secrets they both hide--and the attraction they can no longer deny.
Meet the brave and lovable baby rhino, Zuri (the word means “beautiful” in Swahili), the wise elephants, Doris and Maisie, and Boozie, a sprightly and mischievous young goat. Get to know string bean-skinny Jomo and strong, athletic Muthengi, the Kenyan wildlife experts, Ian Stewart-Montgomery, the witty, handsome half-Kenyan, half-English photo safari guide, and all the other human and animal friends who find a home at Kihali.
A KISS AT KIHALI will appeal to readers who love animals, adventure and stories about second chances.
A KISS AT KIHALI, written to bring attention to the poaching crisis that is endangering the future existence of African wildlife, is suitable for a wide range of readers and contains no sex or cursing.
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