New readers may not know this about me yet, but I’m wild for elephants. So much, that in 2005 I went to Kenya and got up close and personal with them. Sure, I was well-protected by Samburu warriors with spears, but it was a pivotal experience to just sit and be with them in the wild. I also went to meet some of my conservationist heroes and visit some of the orphaned baby elephants I’ve adopted through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Here’s a photo I took of one of the babies getting his bottle. Even though he’s big, relative to our size, that’s a milk-dependent infant about one year old.
After I got home from that trip, I continued to ask myself, “What can I do to help elephants?” Although I have some greater ambitions, I decided to start by doing what I already know how to do: Write. In 2006, I started a blog called Sacred Elephants.
Several publishers have been contacting me there (which makes my elephant-loving ears wiggle!) One of them is Tilbury House, an independent publisher that has two books by Carol Buckley, co-founder of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Tilbury House asked me to participate in a virtual book tour, September 1-9, 2009. How it works is that each day, a different blog will be featuring a post about Tilbury House’s elephant books. There are contests for readers who make blog comments or twitter about the tour. You can win free elephant books!
Additionally, the publisher will be tracking book sales through the end of 2009 and making a donation pledge to the Elephant Sanctuary.
I have both of the books being promoted:
…and they’re absolutely wonderful picture books, with a minimum of text that can be read in a few minutes. I think they’d be really nice for a waiting room, especially if you’d like something besides advertisement-filled magazines for a change!
Here’s the link to the Sacred Elephants Trunk Sale & Virtual Book Tour (my date is 9/2/09.) Please take a moment to read about the books being promoted. Also, be sure to enter the contest to win a free book by commenting at the bottom of the blog post! The contest ends September 9th. Winners will be announced September 10th.)
Thank you for checking out the virtual book tour and joining me in my efforts to save elephants!
Jaya Savannah - Chief Inspiration Officer. Strategy Coach for Holistic Businesses. Trainer, speaker, and writer. Spiritually aware, yet street smart. Elephant lover.