Tour and Giveaway for Life in the Camel Laneby Doreen M. Cumberford

LIFE IN THE CAMEL LANE: Embrace the Adventure by Doreen M. Cumberford
Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure by Doreen M. Cumberford

Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure by Doreen M. Cumberford
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  288 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  White Heather Press
Release date:   April, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021
Content Rating:  G. There are no offensive scenes or language

Book Description:

Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure is what Doreen Cumberford, a Scottish author, calls her learnoire! It is a combination of her story and the stories of other expats learned while living in Saudi Arabia for 15 years as expat employees or spouses. The book takes the reader through the four stages of culture shock: arrival, honeymoon, frustration and adjustment stages to final acceptance followed by the return journey back to their home country – mostly the USA. From Saudi weddings, to falconry, to the inability of women to drive at that time, the book seeks to familiarize us with the Saudi culture, lifestyle, and deep traditions of hospitality, generosity and tolerance from an insider’s perspective. There are also chapters on the experiences of 9/11 in the terrorists’ home country and the “Terror Years” of internal terror tactics from inside Saudi Arabia designed to drive the expats out of the country and destroy the Saudi government. Full of examples, stories and compelling honesty the author describes their most challenging journey and many of the lessons learned in the process together. Designed to provide useful insights and inspiration to anyone considering living abroad, Life in the Camel Lane shines the light on the subject of building a new identity and home while abroad, and the difficulties of the journey home.
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Author Doreen M. Cumberford

Meet the Author

Doreen Cumberford is a Scottish expat author who has been global traveler for more than four decades. In her 20s Doreen left her home in Scotland and drove down to London to become a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her first posting was as the youngest and most junior British Embassy staffer in Cameroon, West Africa. Later she moved back to London and took a position with an American oil-field construction company based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. After moving to America, living in Louisiana then California, two extremely different cultures in the USofA, Doreen and family moved overseas to Japan then spent the following 15 years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With 13 major moves under her belt, she understands the value of moving, building a new life and handling inter-cultural hurdles. One constant has been her ability to explore through the lens of adventure. Her stories are full of multi-cultural intelligence, messy multilingual communications and multi-global perspectives. Doreen is currently based on Denver, Colorado although spends most of the year living adventurously in the Housesitting Lane, which takes her around the globe. Currently she is doing her best to install Spanish in her brain which previously had French and smatterings of Japanese and Arabic. She is passionate about cultural intelligence, global heartedness and life on the road. Featured in the Anthology: Empowering Women, and a co-author in 2018 of Arriving Well: Stories About Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering Home After Living Abroad. 2020 sees the publication of Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure. Honest, compassionate, full of wisdom and inspiration, Life in the Camel Lane comprises stories mostly from women and men who lived in Saudi Arabia from 1950s onward. This memoir contains expert advice sage wisdom and stories that all globally mobile families can use to navigate their international journey. The principles in this book will also encourage anyone who is embracing a more adventurous life, or considering taking the leap to move overseas.

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Doreen M. Cumberford/LIFE IN THE CAMEL LANE

I love the title of this blog, as bringing Splashes of Joy into our daily lives is one of the greatest self-care and mental health strategies for living in our current day to day reality.  Thank you Doreen for the reminder that we need Joy in our lives every day. What our world would be if we all had just a little splash of joy and love toward our fellow men and women.

With 2020 in our rear-view mirror, we all need a lift in our lives.  I believe that mini-adventures when added into the recipe called our daily lives can add to and enhance the joyful spirits we naturally are. 

But don’t let the word adventure put you off!  Adventures are by their nature challenging:  they require some measure of courage, frequently a journey is involved and there is usually a reward after you take them. 

Having said this, it seems to me that very few of us are prepared for the nail-biting feats like climbing Mount Everest, Crossing the North Pole and all the extreme physical adventures that we hear about. 

My current philosophy, particularly as I am in my sixth decade, is to approach life as a series of bite-sized adventures, similar to splashes of joy!

Now it’s easy to just throw those words down, but actually implementing this habit is going to require that we make decisions, follow through and complete projects in short bites – all huge tasks. 

Here are a few ways to build these bit-sized adventures into your daily life:

  1. Wake up and focus on adventure
  2. Create yourself an affirmation and repeat it frequently: e.g. “I enter into adventure happening all around me today”
  3. Take a small task and jazz it up, make it difficult, challenge yourself  
  4. Write down and record adventures you have enjoyed in the past
  5. Paint something, write something, draw something, knit something, sew something – all adventures in being creative
  6. Go for a walk in a park, look for someone interesting to observe, interact with – be playful 

Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure was written to document and share the life lessons and opportunities to grow that we were naturally presented with on a daily basis in Arabia. Each of us no matter where we live has the same opportunity to turn our lives from merely a string of march-along-moments to amazing splashes of joy and bite-sized adventures. 

Books can take our minds where our bodies cannot go, they can open us to distant possibilities and galvanize us into an action that can take us in the direction of adventure.  

Today is all we have – grab it and go have a bite-sized adventure!

Tour Schedule:

Jan 25 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 25 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 28 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 28 – Reading is My Passion – book spotlight
Jan 29 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 1  – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Feb 2  – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2  – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 3  – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview
Feb 4  – Books for Books – book spotlight
Feb 4  – From the TBR Pile – book spotlight / giveaway
​Feb 5  – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 8  – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 9  – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 11 – 30-something Travel – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
​Feb 11 – High Society Book Review & Club – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 12 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 12 – Books and Zebras  – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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