RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Maretha Botha!! #RRBC @MarethMBotha ‏#BlogTour

Maretha Botha is an Italian NatioAuthor Picnal born in South Africa. She and her family now live in Lancashire, United Kingdom, where she writes and illustrates animal and bird adventure stories, based on her experiences while growing up in South Africa. Her love for the southern African landscape, its environment, animals, birds and people shines through in her series of books which she entitled, “Fauna Park Tales”. She has completed the first four books in this series.

She and her family lived in Botswana for a few years before immigrating to the United Kingdom. This series, Fauna Park Tales: An African Adventure” is set against this background. Many of the stories are based on fact – things which she observed while living on the outskirts of a game reserve as well as the lives of her family’s pets – dogs, cats and birds, even birds of prey such as martial eagles – through the years. Before becoming a fulltime writer, she worked as a research librarian and used these skills to do thorough research as far as the birds of prey and smaller birds mentioned in her stories are concerned. Before leaving Botswana, her post in a private school library convinced her that her series of books will be enjoyed, not only by children, but also adults who are interested in the environment around them, as well as smaller wild animals and birds.

Featured here is Book 1, “Flame and Hope: An African Adventure” – an Excerpt, Chapter 6 – “The Promise”.

THE MORNING AFTER THE FULL MOON, Flame was the first to arrive at my tree.  He was no longer a skinny, scared or hungry puppy.  The time had come for him to put his promise to Lera, his first mistress, into action. A martial eagle, a pair of African fish eagles, and many smaller birds arrived at the same time, the latter mostly to be part of a noisy audience.

Flame lifted his left front paw and barked, ‘It’s a pity that the Peregrine falcons are not here for our special meeting, and Spike-BullT has remained on the porch, but we can’t wait much longer.  Perhaps they’ll come next time. You all heard about the events of three dry seasons ago which brought me to the farm, as well as the promise I made to my first mistress. Now that I’m big and strong, I must keep my promise to her and do my duty.  This is my choice.  You’ll agree that there are many helpless ones – injured, young or older bush creatures – that need our care and protection, right here in Molodi.  Even the good humans don’t always know what our needs are.  I asked a martial eagle to let you know what had happened to him and his family during the previous dry season. His name is Martin.’

Flame finished his barks and looked up at a martial eagle perching above him in the acacia.  The martial eagle’s wings drooped down and he kleeoued, ‘There are many bad humans who want to hurt others.  My partner and I had two fledglings that disappeared from our nest.  We began looking for them that same day and followed many leads.  While we were searching further north-east, she accidentally ate poisoned bait meant for the pests which had destroyed farmers’ sunflower crops.  Since then, I’ve been looking for our lost ones on my own.  I wish we’d had a safe place to come to, then!’


The martial eagle is one of the most persecuted bird species in the world. Due to its habit of taking livestock and regionally valuable game, local farmers and game wardens frequently seek to eliminate martial eagles.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_eagle

In South Africa, you’ll find them making their nest high up on electric pylons which run across a thirst land called the Karroo* – far from the perils which humans bring. * The Karoo (/kəˈruː/ kə-ROO; from a Khoikhoi word, possibly garo “desert”) is a semidesert natural region of South Africa. Note the sparse vegetation, yet the area supports Merino sheep farming and diverse wild life.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karoo



The Karroo landscape and a fortunate martial eagle – he lives in the Kruger National Park – photograph by my sister, Constanza.


eagle 2


Martin, a martial eagle, becomes part of an intriguing secret – he lost his fledglings. In another part of the valley, Flame and his friends come across a young, French-speaking martial eagle – where does he come from? Was he perhaps rescued by a kind lady who runs a shelter for birds and animals?


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24 Comments on “RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Maretha Botha!! #RRBC @MarethMBotha ‏#BlogTour

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Nia! Much appreciated. I hope you have a great week.🌺🌹🌷🌸💐🌺

  2. Reblogged this on About Fauna Park Tales and commented:
    I’m so thrilled to be Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR for the month of May! Thanks to Nia Markos for hosting me today.

  3. D.L Finn, Author

    Congrats on being Spotlight author this month Maretha:) I am a big fan of your Fauna Tales series! Love the pics. Enjoy your month and thanks for hosting Nia!

    • Thank you so much for popping in, D.L. and your constant support of Fauna Park and it’s furry and feathered friends! 🌷🌷🌷

  4. Congratulations, Maretha! So excited to see you in the RRBC Spotlight. Wishing you a fabulous month! 🙂
    Thank you, Nia, for hosting and sharing.
    Cheers to you both! 🙂

  5. It is fascinating to learn more about Maretha and where she lives. I loved the photos. Thanks for hosting, Nia!

  6. Congrats on the Spotlight Maretha
    Great post Nia, thanks for sharing

  7. Gwen Plano

    Congratulations, Maretha. You so deserve the spotlight. Your books are masterful; they both carry a message and draw the reader into the African reality. Thank you, Nia, for hosting Maretha. 🙂

  8. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Congratulations Maretha! I love nature and all wildlife.

    Nice meeting you Nia and thanks for hosting.

  9. Fascinating, Maretha! I love birds of prey and did some work with a falconeer as research for my writing. Breathtaking. The martial eagle is stunning (wing span 6 to 8 feet!!!) Thanks for hosting, Nia!

  10. Hi Maretha, congratulations on being a Spotlight author! Your books look fantastic, and I had to reblog this post. 😆
    Thank you for hosting, Nia.

  11. You’re an artistic family. Nice photos of the birds of prey, and more good material from the books. I’ve read one of them, and posted a review, but that was some time back. I think it’s time for me to delve into another. pg

  12. It’s lovely to see you featured as the ‘Spotlight Author’, Maretha! 🌹Thanks, Nia for hosting.

  13. I’m enjoying all the photos you’re posting.

  14. Of course, Maretha, birds have their own language which they speak and understand amongst themselves. If you are a bird watcher, you might even begin to understand them too. 😀 Thank you, Nia, for the support.

  15. Hi Maretha, still running behind. I love your illustration and rt artwork. I think it makes the stories!! You are are ahead of me but I know you are having fun!!

  16. Congratulations for being selected ‘Spotlight Author’, Maretha! This is another wonderful excerpt. Thanks for hosting, Nia!😀

  17. Wishing you the very best, Maretha!

    Thanks for hosting, Nia.

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