Tuesday, October 23, 2007

DESERT HEARTS IN A NEW CROP OF ROMANCE....IT'S ALWAYS MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS! Bitch Magazine is featuring an article by Christy McCullough you might find interesting.


A paper and discussion about sheikh romance books.


THOSE SEXY ARABS - March 2006 article by Brian Whitaker

Link: http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/brian_whitaker/2006/03/those_sexy_arabs.html

For those of you who love this genre, I'm wondering if you agree or disagree?

What makes a sheikh romance hot?

1. Having an exotic (and somewhat dangerous) desert kingdom as the backdrop.
2. When the sheikh makes a change from wearing Western style clothing to the traditional robes of his country.
3. When unusual circumstances force a woman to wed a handsome sheikh.
4. When kismet is the driving force that keeps two lovers together.
5. A dramatic rescue from the clutches of a rotund, slovenly sultan.

From The Sheikh's of Desert Love website

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Linda Esser has left a new comment on your post " I just finished this first book in The Desert P...":

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• What do you see yourself doing with your personal library of romance fiction books in the future?

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