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Far in the Wilds [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn takes readers into Africa during the height of British colonialism, to meet a man as wild as the land he loves in this prequel novella....

Kenya, 1918

Ryder White is Canadian by birth but African by choice. He is more at home in the wilds of the savannah, shooting and sleeping his way across the continent, than amongst the hedonistic colonists of Kenyan ...

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Overview


New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn takes readers into Africa during the height of British colonialism, to meet a man as wild as the land he loves in this prequel novella....

Kenya, 1918

Ryder White is Canadian by birth but African by choice. He is more at home in the wilds of the savannah, shooting and sleeping his way across the continent, than amongst the hedonistic colonists of Kenyan society.

In a landscape where one false move can cost a man his life, Ryder's skill as a guide is unparalleled, but only the rich or royal can afford his services. When a European prince hires Ryder to help him hunt an elusive leopard Ryder thinks it's just another well-paying job with yet another spoiled voyeur. But this perilous journey is full of dangers that may change Ryder forever....

Ryder returns in A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn, where he encounters a woman from a very different world, to explore beauty and darkness and what is truly worth fighting for.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459249097
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 115,116
  • File size: 141 KB

Meet the Author

Deanna Raybourn

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on her next novel.


Biography

If there is one thing that novelist Deanna Raybourn has learned, it is the old adage "write what you read." Before penning her critically hailed debut, a spellbinding historical mystery titled Silent in the Grave, she spent years struggling to perfect the romance novel. Native Texan Raybourn wrote her first romance at the age of 23. Although she did receive some attention from potential publishers, she failed to publish the book. Ultimately, she stored it away in a box in her attic. Over the next several years, that manuscript would be joined by eight more, all written in the same lusty vein. That's when she finally had the revelation that would lead to her first published novel. "I lean more towards mystery and historical fiction in my reading, so I finally decided to write what I read," she explains on her website. "Apparently THAT is the magical formula for success, in case anyone is writing this down." Two years later, she had finished Silent in the Grave and Mira Books ("known in my house as The Finest Publishing Company on The Planet," Raybourn says) picked it up.

Raybourn's sprawling debut novel takes its title from a foreboding quote in the Bible's book of Psalms: "Let the wicked be ashamed and let them be silent in the grave." This is the final threat that London society hound Sir Edmund Grey receives before he unexpectedly falls dead in the middle of a dinner party. While his wife Julia initially believes Edmund's death to be the result of a preexisting heart condition, private agent Nicholas Brisbane informs her that he believes her husband's death to be of a more insidious nature. When Julia solicits Brisbane to find the killer, they are both drawn into a dangerous mystery and drawn to each other.

Silent in the Grave garnered much praise from Raybourn's fellow writers, the online community, and the literary press for its masterfully paced suspense and historical authenticity. Karen Harper, who wrote the bestselling thriller Hurricane, applauded, "This debut novel has one of the most clever endings I've seen." Dana Stabenow of PoisenedPen.com declared that Raybourn has a "strong voice akin to Amelia Peabody's, a superbly realized setting—you'll choke on the coal smoke of Raybourn's Victorian London." Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly called Silent in the Grave a "perfectly executed debut," while Kirkus insisted, "Bring on the sequel"! That demand was promptly met, as Raybourn continues to add to her Lady Julia Grey mystery series.

Good To Know

Although Raybourn says that the ultra-busy schedule of a hot new writer does not allow for much free time, she admits that she regularly allows herself spare moments throughout the day to mourn the loss of her favorite show Will & Grace.

On her web site, Raybourn boasts, "I double-majored in history and English, which means I know how to find Jesus imagery in any book you care to give me, and then I can write a fifty-page paper about it with footnotes."

A few interesting outtakes from our interview with Raybourn:

"I taught English for three years, and my favorite lesson was my Trojan War lecture. It lasted three days. Aside from teaching, I was written up for insubordination at every job I ever had. The first book I remember writing was a diary of Marie Antoinette when I was in third grade."

"I read like a fiend. I knit badly, but I just learned to purl, so I'm hoping things will pick up. I am addicted to podcasts—I currently have 600 loaded onto my iPod that I have yet to listen to. I watch too much television, usually classic movies, the History Channel, or Will & Grace reruns. I adore astrology and am always downloading natal charts. I am a Gemini with Libra rising and a Pisces moon."

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    1. Hometown:
      Williamsburg, Virginia
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 17, 1968
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ft. Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1990
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Fascinatingly Delicious

    What man Deanna Raybourn has created in her novella FAR INTO THE WILDS! Ryder White will fascinate you from his first growled words to his final smile, a man who moves with grace and easy confidence through the beauty and dangers of 1918 Kenya. Man mauling lion on the loose? He's your man! Pompous Danish prince demanding a leopard trophy? No problem. Beautiful and enigmatic mademoiselle petrified of crocodiles? She's effortlessly swept up in his arms.

    He's a man who demands a very special match. Lucky for us that Raybourn has written FAR INTO THE WILDS as a prequel to her forthcoming A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS with an excerpt included here, introducing Delilah Drummond. She's a wild child flapper whose latest scandal -yet another divorce with smuggled jewels, royalty and nasty gossip - has her fabulous mother Mossy, one of her own ex-husbands Quentin, and her favorite stepfather Nigel all conspiring to get Delilah out of the public eye. What better place than Nigel's African plantation? And who lives nearby?

    That's right! Delilah, meet Ryder. Ryder, meet Delilah. We'll all sit back to enjoy the fireworks.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Good

    This book was very entertaining. I liked it very much. The writting just flowed. With the of discription of AFrica, I felt like I was there. Good job. J... :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Fine but not great

    Pretty good story, but it is definitely a prequel that leads into another book. You meet some characters that I assume will reappear later, they have some problems, and everything is set up for the future. The writing is good, the characters are interesting, but there was one thing that really bothered me: one character is described at the beginning as blonde, but by the end (and without hair dye) it's black.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    It was ok.

    I expected more than a short novel, only 65 pages. It was interesting as far as telling a story about the safari.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Good

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Excellent prequel to A Spear of Summer Grass.  It certainly wett

    Excellent prequel to A Spear of Summer Grass.  It certainly wetted the appetite for the novel.  
    I found it fun and atmospheric with wonderful descriptions of Africa in 1918 and considering how
    short it was, I found myself pulled into the story and characters.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    Great Story!

    This is a great short story with interesting characters that make you want to know more. Which is good since it was written as a 'teaser'--you have to go get the novel to find out what happens to the characters. In this story, the lead characters are best friends--a guy and a girl--who don't have any romantic interest in each other. Which is quite novel for the romance genre! But I see that he will find his love in the full-length novel. And I hope we'll get to read the rest of her story as well. Overall, this was a good introduction to Deanna Raybourn's writing. I will read more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Great introductory novella

    I really enjoyed this novella from Deanna Raybourn. It gave a great introduction to some of the characters in her forthcoming "A Spear of Summer Grass". I look forward to getting to know these characters better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    This is only the prequel! Cannot wait for the full length book.

    This is only the prequel! Cannot wait for the full length book.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    disappointed

    I expected an entire novel. I got a SAMPLE of an upcoming/soon to be released novel.

    NOT VERY HAPPY... and the thing was BORING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    This is the prequel novella to A Spear of Summer Grass. I found

    This is the prequel novella to A Spear of Summer Grass. I found this to be a quick and delightful read that had me itching for the release of A Spear of Summer Grass. Read this, you will enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Waste

    60 pages

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