Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My African Dream: Making a Difference One Book at a Time

My African Dream by Mario Saincic coverToday I want to welcome an amazing ‘new-to-me’ author who wrote his book out of a desire he had after a close friend revealed her reverence for a way of life he had begun to take for granted.

Please join me in welcoming author Mario Saincic. After he tells you how his book, MY AFRICAN DREAM, came to be, I’ll tell you a bit about him and how you can find out more about his project and even help.

Welcome Mario, tell us about your book.

In a world of writing, we are often inspired by a mood, a memory, or even a dream. And then when we least expect it, we are consumed by a need to stand up and make our voices heard. Well, a few months ago this happened to me…

A very close friend told me a story of how she would stare at an image from a webcam positioned at a watering hole in the middle of Africa, watching as the wild animals mulled around in an existence that most of us didn’t understand or weren’t aware of. She had never left her home town never mind her state, yet here she sat dreaming of walking on the hot, dry sand that was far from her reach. It made her long to be there, and made me smile that someone could feel passionate about the world outside of their borders. I’d listen as she told me of how their every move made her wonder what it would be like to see these magnificent creatures in person. This soon unleashed a feeling inside that captured my thoughts for a few months as I was inspired to write about my own desire.

Born and raised in Africa, I often take the beauty of nature for granted. I could easily climb in my car right now and drive less than an hour to go play with lion cubs, feed a giraffe, or even pat a zebra; yet she can’t…and probably never will.

This realization moved me in a way I didn’t expect. Sitting in front of my television and listening to reports of what was happening in the world around me, on my doorstep, in my back yard…I thought of her and of future generations to come. 

The harsh reality of how a magnificent animal can dwindle towards extinction, while we sit back and watch, came over me like a Tsunami of icy water. Being spoilt with the vastness of the African bush, I remembered the countless times I had been on game drives. It always amazed me even though I had seen it a hundred times before, and listening to the questions she had asked, my mind wandered to what her face would look like if she were given the chance to sit on the back of an open Land Cruiser as I had done. I would probably muse at her silent stare, gaping mouth, and even laugh when she jumped in her seat as one of the wild animals charged.
This picture reminded me of one such occasion when I sat comfortably on the back of a vehicle, panic-struck, and watched as a majestic black rhino stormed towards us. The ranger stood up straight, rifle raised and ready, but held back. Probably more curious than angry and on its way back from a bout of supremacy over territory, the raging animal didn’t stop. I could barely hear a sound over the pounding feet that twirled up a cloud of dust, and there was no way the tranquilizer could kick in before the rhino struck the side of the vehicle. 

Looking down, I couldn’t believe what I saw. The horn that was probably two feet long had pierced the side of the vehicle, and the tip was hidden from sight. The animal shook its head a few times before freeing the horn and standing still as though to inspect the gaping hole. The effects of the dart must have kicked in because the animal suddenly seemed dazed. He staggered away, and soon after the ranger radioed for back-up. The second vehicle was barely in sight before we all drove off.

I loved that day. It was one of my favourite memories of being out in the open. But right now, it makes me extremely sad. My sons have not had the opportunity to take a game drive yet, and I am not sure when they will. I just hope it is some time very soon, for that rhino I had the honour of seeing up close, and many like it, will not be around for much longer. They are being brutally slaughtered on a daily basis, and unless we as the guardians of all animals on earth do something about it, they will soon merely be a memory and admired in museums much like dinosaurs are.

It was this revelation that led me to sit down and write in the hope of creating awareness of what was happening, and four months after I started I wrote the final chapter of MY AFRICAN DREAM. It is a romantic suspense set in the heart of Kenya, and finds Millicent Cramer in a world she only ever dreamed about. Even her wildest imagination could not have prepared her for life on African soil, but what she experienced there changed her life forever. She found the harsh beauty overwhelming, the people comforting, and even found love… But the biggest thing she discovered was a purpose for her life - a calling far beyond anything she had experienced before.

MY AFRICAN DREAM was written with a need to get the message out to the world. I held it back from self-pubbing with the idea of approaching agents and publishers. To be honest, I have only queried a handful, and as much as any writer would like to see their work in print…I kind of got lost in the process. You see, it all changed from getting a message across to the pride of being published. I sat with the manuscript for months while wondering what to do with it, until my writing buddy and editor reminded me of something. They highlighted the passion I’d had while writing the chapters and creating the characters, the laughter I experienced when I threw the book at Milly only to see her come out on top every time. But most importantly, the awareness I was trying to create.

So with this, I have finally decided to publish MY AFRICAN DREAM as an eBook. Some may say ‘whoopee doo-dah,’ that’s easy to do… Well yes, they are right, and it is…but in showing my support for the organisations that are combatting rhino poaching and in an attempt to get the message across, I am making a pledge.

Seeing as I am not able to physically help track down poachers - and believe me when I say that I will take extreme pleasure in doing more than just tracking down - and I wasn’t born with a golden spoon in my mouth , I am going to help in the only way I know how.

For the life of the book, I will donate 50% of all author proceeds to various organisations that are actively part of rhino conservation. This is the least I can do to help make sure that future generations are able to see these majestic beasts like I have: roaming free and out of danger.

Over the next few weeks I will be updating my blog with regards to the cover, the organisations that I will select, and then also the release date of the book. I will post it on Amazon as a pre-order, too. I am also giving serious reviewers and book bloggers the opportunity to receive a copy of the book, and they can contact me via Facebook, Twitter, or by leaving a message on my blog.

Remember that each book sold will help fund rhino conservation and preservation.
To the animals of Africa it is not a dream…it is their life.

What started as a dream, at around Christmas time last year, has finally become a reality. The months trailed and I thought I’d never finish, even threw it in the trash a few times, but were it not for certain people…this day would never have arrived.

My African Dream
Mario Saincic
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: September 25, 2014
Available on Amazon!

My African Dream finds Millicent Cramer in the heart of Kenya, a world she only ever dreamed about. Even her wildest imagination could not have prepared her for life on African soil, but what she experienced there changed her life forever. She found the harsh beauty overwhelming; the people comforting; and even found love…but the biggest thing she discovered was a purpose for her life - a calling far beyond anything she had experienced before.

Sneak peek...

Never before have I been more excited to release a book, and never before have I been proud to stand up and make a noise in the hope that someone actually listens. My African Dream was released recently, and I am seriously looking forward to stand by my pledge of donating 50% of all author proceeds to rhino conservation.

Mario, thanks so much for visiting with us today and sharing how your book came to be. You have an amazing project with the publication to help a worthy cause.
Now let me share a bit of background on Mario.

Mario Saincic was born in 1970, and has a passion for life. Starting off in restaurant kitchens and ending up as an architectural designer, he has managed to turn his creativity into a career. Writing is one such desire, and since the release of INFIRMITY, there is hardly a day that goes by without characters sitting around discussing their lives with him. "Inspiration appears at the strangest of times, and we need to embrace it."

His desire in life is to be as perfect an example to his kids as his father is to him.
For more on Mario and his writing, visit his website and connect with him on Twitter, Amazon, Facebook and Goodreads.

Thanks so much for stopping by today during Mario’s visit. Have you ever been to Africa? Have you gotten to see any of the animals Mario mentioned in their native habitat?


  1. Mario, thanks again for visiting with us today. My African Dream sounds intriguing and will benefit such a worthy cause. Wishing you much success.

  2. Hi Mason, and wow...
    You make me sound like some kind of hero :)
    Thank you for sharing my book, pledge and cause with everyone in your circle and followers of your amazing blog!

  3. HI Mason and Mario .. fascinating story. I don't know Kenya but had relatives who lived there ... but I went to South Africa ... and can 'see' what you're saying ... I've had a rhino rumble at me ... a three point turn helped -as I didn't have a dart.

    We are in a life changing world - slowly but surely extinguishing flora and fauna and thus loosing habitats ... it's a big challenge - so I applaud you and what a great way to give back to a cause you are passionate about - as well as giving us an opportunity to learn more ..

    Good luck to you - cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary
      Highlight the facts, change a point of view, change a vote...change the world

  4. That's probably closer to a rhino than I would ever want to come.
    Donating fifty percent - that's very generous. I'll tell my wife about the book so she can download it.
    Congratulations, Mario, and I hope it makes a difference.

    1. Thanks Alex for your kind words and support

  5. Most people will never see those animals in the wild, and many won't even see them in a zoo, which is sad. That's a wonderful thing you're doing by donating some of the profits.

  6. Mason - Thanks for hosting Mario.

    Mario - Thanks for sharing the story behind your book. I've only been to Africa once, but I will never forget the beauty of what I saw there. Thanks for sharing a little of it.

    1. My pleasure, Margot
      I hope I got it right and created a clear picture

  7. This is one book I will definitely buy - I went to South Africa last year and had the amazing experience of seeing these animals in the wild. I will do anything I can to help stop poaching.

    1. Thank you, Karen
      The world needs more people like you

  8. Sounds fantastic! I hope Mario sells a million or more copies.


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