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Friday, September 25, 2020

When Lions Roar by Karen Leigh Gruber - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Karen Leigh Gruber and her new book, “When Lions Roar”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Karen and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

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?



I moved from the hall into the kitchen. Without a moment’s hesitation, I reached for the cabinet door, the one that is closest to the refrigerator, the one that contained my relief. I reached for the bottle. It slid off the shelf with a satisfying sound, but I quickly realized it only had a sip or two left. Damn it, not nearly enough. I padded out to the garage where we keep all our spares. Just the way David likes it: spare toilet paper, spare baggies, backups of all our canned goods, and for me, of course, a generous backup supply of alcohol. I grabbed my favorite vodka and headed back inside. On the way in, I noticed a candy wrapper on the floor of the garage—a Dum Dum wrapper, to be exact—Mystery Flavor, if I was not mistaken.

I’ll pick that up later, I thought to myself. My hands were a bit full. And right then, I had more important things to tend to.

Back in the kitchen, I pulled myself a nice long pour, then to the fridge for some juice. Damn it, again. I was out of cranberry juice. It would have to be Diet 7-Up today. I topped off my glass with a splash of the soda, and I headed back to the front of the house. I passed the mirror yet again. For the third time that day, I looked into the mirror, but this time I raised my glass, and looking into my own deep blue eyes, I mocked, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

I regarded myself as I took a deep, long drink.



My Ideal 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. I feel extremely fortunate that writing is an offering which allows me to work from home.  There are so many beautiful, inspiring areas in our home, I find myself in many different locations on any given day.

When Lions Roar was birthed in Hawaii, an amazingly inspirational location.  When I returned to Denver, draft manuscript in hand, I had a lot to discover about me, my writing process, and how to design an ideal space to create.  Through a great deal of trial and error, I finally discovered a process that consistently worked for me when writing.

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.

Each one of these individual touches signals my mind, body, and spirit that it’s time to write, it’s time to create, it’s time to let go and receive.  Ritualizing this process gets me in the flow of writing much quicker than attempting to create something new each time. It creates a protective barrier that indicates this block of time is dedicated to my expression, however that may appear on the paper.

My most favorite areas where I love to write are on our front porch that overlooks our pond and garden, my loft office which has a view of the mountains, and at the dining table that overlooks the neighborhood park. These are all areas I gravitate to when I am at home. I love it when our dog takes a cruise through the area where I'm seated and puts her head in my lap for a few moments while I scratch behind her ears. This exchange of unconditional love both ways, fuels my spirit.

I have found over time the more I engage with and create ritual, the faster I am able to leave any stress, worry, or concerns behind.  This is true in all areas of my life, not just writing. By providing a clear, meaningful transition, bringing you into the present moment and engaging many of your senses, rituals can create magic no matter what task is at hand.



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. Karen ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    1. Hi Ally, thank you so very much for hosting When Lions Roar today. I LOVE your site--it makes me happy :) xo-Karen

  2. Happy Friday! What are your reading or writing plans for the weekend?