Being involved in this event made me think of films and books with diamond themes. Movies like Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio and novels like African Ice by Jeff Buick and Heart of Diamonds by Dave Donelson all paint brutal pictures of life for the African diamond miner and others involved.
Dave Donelson and I share the same publisher (Kunati Books), and I'll admit I haven't read his novel yet. My stack of to-be-read books is overflowing and I have a couple of ARCs coming in soon that I'll need to read to provide cover blurbs/reviews, plus I'm finishing my next novel and editing a non-fiction work for Hope Mission.
From everything I've seen and read about Heart of Diamonds, this novel looks like a thrilling, tense read, with methodical research on the African diamond industry and the endless civil war in the Congo.
Here's a blurb about Heart of Diamonds:I don't know about you, but that's enough to intrigue me!
Covering the endless civil war in the Congo seems like the perfect way for television journalist Valerie Grey to escape the tangles of her personal life. But complications arise—most of them red-hot dangerous—when she stumbles onto a diamond smuggling scheme that begins in the Congo and leads to the White House.
You can read the first 2 chapters of Heart of Diamonds here.
And check out this exciting book trailer:
Diamonds might be a girl's best friend...but sometimes you have to ask: at what expense?
Visit Dave's website and blog:
Happy reading to you all! :)
~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,