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OUT OF AIR ©Naomi Estment
‘Love, like the sea, sets its own course’

(OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.outofair.com)

Betrayal sears Gina Duncan’s spirit when she learns her lover is married. As a 25-year-old massage therapist with a penchant for foreign men, she might not know precisely what she wants, but she definitely knows what she doesn’t. Tossing her proverbial toys, she storms out of a trendy Cape Town restaurant, into more romantic trouble. The daughter of an often-absent seafarer, Gina believes that love has a habit of leaving, repeatedly. Although determined to break previous patterns, she remains misguided by this misconception. First in the irresistible arms of intemperate Irish sailor, Danny Gallagher, who’s hell-bent on her seduction. Once he leaves for the Seychelles, swearing to return, friendship meets fire in the form of Ben Carter, a local commercial diver.

Tension seethes while Ben rescues Gina from running out of air underwater. That’s just for starters, which begs the question that burns up the pages. What role is each man destined to play in Gina’s life, as she strives to navigate the upheaval in her heart and homeland? It’s 1994 and South Africa teeters on the brink of potential civil war, before taking her first steps into fledgling democracy, signalled by the election of Nelson Mandela. Then the Apollo Sea sinks in a bleeding wreck of fuel oil that threatens ten thousand African Penguins. There are no smooth seas in Gina’s life either. It’s a lot more like the ‘roaring forties’. After eight months of high-octane action, she – along with South Africa, which transitions out of apartheid – finally comes of age.

Here’s a link to a small sample from Chapter 1: OUT OF AIR,

more posts on this blog relating to the book: tag/Out of Air,

. . . and a two-part interview with Hills of Africa Travel: Out of Air: A Story of Sheer Inspiration & Out of Air: A Story of Sheer Inspiration – Part II (February 2011)

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A chick-lit romance, Out of Air pays tribute to South Africa, Cape Town in particular (where I grew up) and the sea in general. The actuality and metaphor of the title is inspired by scuba diving. Together with sailing, this forms a central theme. It’s a long-time passion of ours, Dave being a NAUI instructor. My appreciation of the ocean was instilled early, since my father served on our national research vessels, sailing as far as Antarctica.

An objective of Out of Air is to help raise awareness for the plight of African Penguins, recently reclassified as endangered. This is despite the amazing efforts of SANCCOB (who managed to rescue about half of the birds oiled by the Apollo Sea), as well as others across the globe. In March 2009 it was reported on Carte Blanche that if their numbers continued to decline as they were, there would be none of this species left in 15 years (save in captivity). Here’s a link to their article: African Penguins.

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AFRICAN PENGUIN - Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

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LOST IN LIGHT ©Naomi Estment
‘Where even angels fear to fly’

On the cusp of Y2K, Gina is settled in Cape Town with her soul mate. They’ve maxed out their credit facilities on a fixer-upper in Hout Bay and her partnership in a holistic health practice. In love as ever, Gina’s world is complete, but for the nagging fear of losing it all – including her computer records – and the pesky ticking of her biological clock. Unfortunately for her, the Law of Attraction appears to be at work. She is sideswiped by a series of life’s cruellest cards, compounded by the peril of her husband volunteering for the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute). At least, amid the escalating turmoil of her own life, and the Rainbow Nation’s growing pains, Gina’s marriage manages to stand firm.

This gets up the nose of her savvy but sour business partner, Astrid Lessing, who is consumed with envy over Gina’s evident happiness, not to mention her trim hips. She doesn’t even back off when the Universe heats up its relentless barrage. Struggling against the undertow of compounded loss, Gina grasps for the life raft of normality – only to suffer Astrid repeatedly twisting the sword in her side. Held hostage to a poor partnership agreement, Gina’s hands are tied. However, she’s determined to attain mastery of her mind – or at least her mood, which is straining her relationship at home. Can she and her husband find a way through the heartache, back to the sunlight of their soul connection . . . without melting their wings trying?

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Lost in Light (the sequel to Out of Air) is a chick-lit romance, conceptualized and currently in progress. It pays tribute to the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute), which works tirelessly in the temperamental, and often treacherous, seas around South Africa. The following image, poem and quotes encapsulate the book’s heartbeat:

BROWN SNAKE EAGLE in flight - Okavango Delta, Botswana

LOST IN LIGHT

Embraced by love
beyond her dreams,
a formless fear
arises inside

What if it all
vanished tomorrow,
never to return her
into the light?

Yet love’s power
beckons her deeper
towards the heart
of the sun

Where she feels the fear
but has to follow,
in order to learn
that there is no loss

Only change –
and pain is caused by
the simple illusion
of holding on

Acceptance
is the answer
to receiving the gift
of grace.

©Naomi Estment

“Throughout history, there have been women and men who, in the face of great loss, illness, imprisonment, or impending death, accepted the seemingly unacceptable and thus found “the peace that passeth all understanding'”.” – Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

“Acceptance of the unacceptable is the greatest source of grace in this world.” – Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

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DUST ON FIRE ©Naomi Estment
‘Passion lives in wild places’

Stuck in a massive traffic jam, Jesse Gardiner – frustrated bush baby in a Johannesburg office job – discovers that her fiancé has lied about a significant purchase. Not for the first time. Enraged, premenstrual and fired by intense caffeine withdrawal, she precipitates a bumper bashing. This prods a sleeping viper, in the form of super-bitch Charlotte Hamilton, an upwardly mobile attorney, who exacts revenge by getting Jesse fired. Fraught and furious on both counts, Jesse ditches her fiancé, deciding to hold out for the real deal. Next, in a bid to rekindle her sidelined dreams, she takes a job as a ranger at Big Sky, a fictitious game farm in the Waterberg mountains.

Here she’s confronted with the infuriating sex appeal of neighbouring farmer, Dean Andersen. Neither, to her dismay, is she done with Charlotte. Between the two they stretch Jesse’s resolution, as well as her reason, to the razor edge. However, at twenty-eight, this is far from the only fiasco she has to face. Modern-day South Africa is caught in the grip of a widespread electricity crisis, escalating crime and mass emigrations. Jesse can’t escape the impact, or the fall-out from her relationships, which continues to drive her spirited defiance. Meanwhile, the African bush breathes its magic, yielding experiences as exquisite as the cheetah cub she rescues, others violent as the fury of a Highveld storm. Through an epic adventure, the scorching question is whether a woman and nation will ultimately prevail.

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For over a decade Dave and I have explored the African bushveld (from our home base in Johannesburg). The beauty of it has seeped deep into our bones, compelling us to share it. Hence this blog and the book (a chick-lit romance), which is conceptualized with a view to being written in tribute.

Cheetah are the conservation subject in Dust on Fire. Despite efforts to the contrary, these phenomenal creatures remain threatened. For more information, visit The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre – De Wildt.

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CHEETAH - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, Johannesburg, South Africa

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30 Responses to My Books

  1. Yvette Carter says:

    ‘Out of Air’-Great to read an South African love story, especially in the Cape! 1994 is the year we got married and the Blues restaurant in Camps Bay is where we dined on our honeymoon, so this is very close to my heart. Gripping, discriptive story, feels like I am in it.

    “Big Sky”- I have always loved stories played in the Bushveld, and as a child always used to read them, probably because I love the nature and camping. This book is easy to relate to seeing that it comes across all the problems we have endured lately.

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Yvette 🙂

      Thank you so much for your meaningful comments, deeply appreciated. It’s wonderful to learn more about your own story, and what a stunning place for a honeymoon. I lived in Camps Bay for my last 2 years in Cape Town (1993 & 1994), so was there when you got married! My flat was high on the mountainside with 180 degree sea view – spectacular!

      I also remember enjoying Joy Adamson’s ‘Born Free’, ‘Living Free’ & ‘Forever Free’ as a child, and loving camping. That hasn’t changed.

      Working on getting the rest of ‘Out of Air’ to you soon. Thanks again!!

  2. Byron says:

    Hey Sis,
    Great to finally see a little piece of your future career, not sure why I haven’t had a look before!! :):) Anywho, looks great, and can’t wait to see it in PRINT!

  3. Liz says:

    Hi Naomi, mmmm I’m looking forward going to a bookshop and buying the full version.

  4. Karen says:

    Well cous… bravo !! I can’t wait to read more, and make an imaginary trip to SA… before the next real one. Stacks of love from Geneva

    • Naomi says:

      Thx Karen, how great to hook up here!! Really appreciate your support & can’t wait to see you guys in Jan…hopefully soon after in SA. Take care over there & best wishes on your Mom’s 70th! Tons of love to all of you, xxx

  5. Loriane says:

    Hi NOm – love your refreshing and descriptive style and now I’m drooling for more! Go Girl! Lx

  6. Jalda Hodges says:

    Hi Naomi
    These look great! It is nice to be able to identify so closely with the setting. I know both Cape Town but especially the bushveld well and love them.
    Lots of luck with finding a publisher and look forward to being able to buy the printed copies.

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Jalda, thx a ton for your kind comments, sincerely appreciated! We’re so blessed to have the bushveld close by. Will keep you posted about publishing. In the meantime keep up your wonderful recycling work, it’s making a difference 🙂

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  16. Terie says:

    Naomi your book has me intrigued… now I want to read it. I recently became Scuba certified and have been diving off the coast of Cuba. It is a different world down there. So glad I found your site. Will be back to stay informed and find out when your book is published. 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you for such a wonderful comment, Teri!

      I sincerely appreciate your interest and will keep you informed regarding publishing 🙂

      You’re so right about the undersea world, and now have me intrigued about diving off the Cuban coast…

      Many thanks again – also for the link to your lovely blog!

      Best regards,

      Naomi

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  18. nrhatch says:

    These sound wonderful, Naomi!

  19. theonlycin says:

    Good plots and great topical references, I think you’re onto a winning streak Naomi!

  20. Naomi says:

    Thanks so much, Cindy! That means a lot, from so gifted a writer.

  21. Claudia says:

    Wow Noams!!! how amazing is this?

    Cant remember when last I went to CT and with Si never been there, i think out next trip is definitly going to be there.. Thanks for renewing the urge. 🙂

    I know your book is going to be great.. I really cant wait to buy the actual printed copy 🙂

    Lots of love.

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Claudia!!

      Writing this book has renewed my urge for Cape Town too, which is already strong thanks to my family being there. Perhaps we can visit together one of these days 😀

      Lots of love & a big hug back to you…MWAH!

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