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WHEN LIONS ROAR by Karen Leigh Gruber is on virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions and stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. T...

WHEN LIONS ROAR by Karen Leigh Gruber is on virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions and stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. The women's fiction is available now from Silk Dragon Press.

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.

When Lions Roar
by Karen Leigh Gruber


GENRE: Women’s Fiction



Two women from different lands, each struggling to survive; a child’s mysterious disappearance will alter both their lives forever…

Maggie has become unrecognizable to herself, succumbing to the predictability of being a mother and wife. Every day she reminds her daughter to brush her teeth, has the same conversation with her husband about what’s for dinner. Maggie struggles to cope with the disenchantment of the monotonous tedium that has become her life. Despite her boredom, when her husband David is called on assignment to South Africa, Maggie resents having to rearrange her life just because David has decided they all need to traipse halfway across the globe.

While on safari, Maggie awakens one morning to a mother’s worst nightmare; their daughter Hannah has gone missing. Just when things can’t get any worse, Maggie is confronted with the harsh truth of her emotionally abusive marriage and what she has allowed her life to become.

When Lions Roar is set against the backdrop of the exotic and intriguing landscape of South Africa, when the country is reeling from the aftershocks of apartheid. Will Maggie find the strength and courage to abandon the fragile ties of her marriage and confront her self-destruction in time to save the life of her daughter?



After several days, while David had left on assignment, Akilah came to see me. Although there was alarm in her eyes when she first saw me, that shifted to compassion as she found me lying across the bed. Unwashed for weeks now, my mouth was crusted over and my hair a tangled mess. I reeked of alcohol, filth, and despair. Quickly, she ran to the bathroom and started the tub. Gingerly, she lifted my arms and began to guide me toward the tub. I resisted her.

“David is coming back. He will find you here. You must leave,” I pleaded.

“Not until you are washed.” She helped me into the bath and proceeded to wash me as one would wash a little baby. It was with such tenderness and loving hands, I thought I might simply dissolve under her touch. She started at my neck, face, and mouth and wiped away the crust that had been lingering there for far too long. She lifted each arm with the warmheartedness of a mother. As she washed up and down the length of my arm, I couldn’t help but notice the contrast of her dark skin, which seemed so strong compared to my delicate white skin that could peel away at any moment. She pitched the top half of my limp body forward in order to scrub my back. I could feel the suds from the sponge trickle down my spine into the water below.


AUTHOR Interview:

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Haagen-Dazs Java Chip

Which mythological creature are you most like? 

I would say I am most like a fairy. I think some days I actually look like one. I love that fairies are supposed to save humans from eternal darkness and use their magical powers to help people in need. I love that idea. 

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

The first book I remember making an impression was Gone with the Wind. I read it when I was about twelve on a family summer vacation with no TV and it just completely transported me. I fell in love with reading when I read that book.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

I started When Lions Roar with basically a free flow brain dump and let whatever wanted to come out, come out without thinking about it or organizing it or trying to do anything with it. Letting it spill out onto the pages. There were key themes and lot points that were coming out. It all just came together step by step and when one piece would become clear, then the next piece would become clear. Writing When Lions Roar was an unfolding and allowing to let the ideas come forth. 

Describe your writing space.

My ideal writing space has been refined over the past year. Owning a business, being married, being a mom and living a full life requires that I be adaptable.

The key to any ideal writing space is ritualizing my writing process. To quiet my mind and body and get down to the task of writing, I have ritualized my process so that the creativity and words are in the flow no matter where I find myself.  Having a ritual, a sequence of repeatable acts, makes this activity and the time devoted to it a sacred offering and creates an energetic shift.

The key element to any ideal writing space for me is beauty.  No matter where I am, I identify at least one object or element to look at that I find aesthetically pleasing.  I will spend a few moments taking deep belly breaths and exhaling out anything peripheral that still lingers in my consciousness.  I pop in my earbuds and listen to writing music or something uplifting.  My initial manuscript is written in long hand, as are any lengthy revisions or scene rewrites.  I write in an artist’s sketch book with heavy paper that feels nice to the touch, my utensil of choice is a Bic mechanical pencil.  Something delicious to sip on and a nutritious snack nearby are luxuries that I adore.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Karen Gruber is an international #1 best-selling contributing author, inspirational speaker, and a Leadership Development Coach for women and moms. She specializes in inspiring moms to realize their potential as mothers, women, and leaders. Karen has had extensive specialized training in parenting, feminine spirituality, and leadership.  Over the past 15 years she has provided innovative leadership coaching for moms and has dramatically transformed her own life.

Sharing her life with her husband Jim and daughter Jaymie, presenting her message to other women, and traveling the world bring her the greatest joy.

She is the founder of The Inspired Mama, a company located in gorgeous Denver, Colorado that focuses on the inspiration, leadership, and wellbeing of women and moms.
When Lions Roar is Karen’s debut fictional work. She is freakish about Christmas lights and loves to play Baccarat. 

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting When Lions Roar!!!
    -xo Karen

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Rita-
      I hope you have the opportunity to read When Lions Roar--thanks for commenting!!

  3. Good evening, my question for you today is about one of your interview answers. I can't read or write unless there is peace and quiet. White noise like my fan, maybe some instrumental music, I love Native American flute and occasionally rain or storm soundtracks, although those tend to make me sleepy, lol. What type of music do you listen to while writing?

  4. Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. The book cover looks great. This sounds like a great read

  6. The author interview looks great. Thank you for the information. The book looks wonderful to read.


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