Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Why Authors Love a Good Sheikh Story

I had forgotten about this article posted on I(heart) Presents and for those of you whom haven't seen it, I thought I would share with you Why Authors Love a Good Sheikh Story.

Posted by Malle at I(heart)presents

I wanted to capture some of the great points some of the Presents authors made about writing the Sheikh book.

First, from Kate Walker: “The huge problem that Harlequin/Mills & Boon novels have comes from the fact that they all look so much the same on the shelves and so those who don’t regularly read a range of them assume that they are all the same inside. Readers know that there is a variety and a range of storytelling that comes from the individual authors. And, for me, comes from the individual characters too. So I’d be unlikely to say that I love/hate or even am indifferent to sheikh books as a whole. There are certain sheikh stories that I love, others that just haven’t worked for me. And of the ones that have worked I’d have to mention Michelle Reid's fabulous The Sheikh’s Chosen Bride and The Arabian Love-child. I was so intrigued by Rafiq who had a secondary role in the first that I was thrilled to see him get his own book in the second. And the Sheikh’s Chosen Bride is a brilliant example of the way that a great writer can show how two people can be totally in love with each other from the very first page and yet the conflict can tear them apart simply because each one of them is trying to be honorable.

“And that’s what matters - the individual characters. Like you, Julie, if the characters are rounded and believable then I’m hooked. It’s not the nationality of a hero but who he is that I’ll love.

“As an author, again, I haven’t many sheikh books to my name - Desert Affair and At the Sheikh’s Command - and that’s it. For me, there are certain plots that just have to have a sheikh hero because they can’t work as well if they don’t. It’s that รข ruler of all he surveys setting that Kimberley mentions. When your hero is an absolute ruler, with the power of life or death in a way that a European hero can’t have then it gives the story an added edge. That’s what I tried to use in At the Sheikh’s Command. But when I create a sheikh - and when I read one I enjoy - I want a real man - powerful, regal, proud, hard - but also capable of genuine love, honesty, protective and honorable. But then I ask that of all the characters I read and enjoy - and the ones I write. Yep, it’s all in the execution.”

Trish Morey wrote: “I just love the escapism and sheer fantasy of the sheikh story. I think EM Hull got it so right when she penned her famous The Sheik about a century ago. Being whisked away by the king of the desert is a theme that resonates with women all over (though clearly not all of them, Presents fan!) It’s fabulous in Presents there’s a wide range of reading and authors so you can always find a great read.”

And Annie West added “I think you’re right, Trish, about the pure fantasy of being whisked away to a desert kingdom. There’s something about a hero who has absolute power in his own right, and the question of whether or how he’ll use that power, that can be so intriguing. That setting/premise can produce situations that just aren’t available for instance in downtown Sydney. The interaction between such a hero and a strong heroine can be fascinating. Which, I suppose brings us to Julie and Kate’s comments about character. I agree the characterization has to be right.”
A variety of storylines, characterization and the sheer fantasy of being swept away by a man who has absolute power (but also knows how to use it well) are what make sheikh stories work.

Do the reasons why writers and fans like Sheikh books make you decide to read one with fresh eyes? What is your favorite hero archetype?

This coming Thursday here in the US is our Thanksgiving and keeping this in mind, here is a poem I would like to share. Wherever you live, peace, joy and blessings.

Be Thankful
By Author Unknown

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Friday, November 14, 2008


All you need to do to win is comment about the latest sheikh book you're reading or have recently read. Better yet, talk about your favorite "sheikh author". Check back at the end of the month to see if you've won. Best of luck!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Now that her mother has passed away, it’s become important to Layla Addison to get to know her father who resides in a desert kingdom and find out the truth as to why her mother left him and raised her alone. She is led to believe by her father that he would like to get to know her. However, in the end, he’s a brut and a horrible man and uses her to gain profit by selling her to a despicable man to become his wife.

Sheikh Kahlil al Hasim like all desert princes is proud, extremely handsome, arrogant and not too pleased that he has been summoned home to Al Ankhara to meet with his father and the council. He’s had to put a multi-millionaire business deal and a new mistress on hold to return to his father and the desert. Kahlil has always known he was a part of Al Ankhara and someday he will need to lead his people. He’s spent a good part of his life pretending he wasn’t part of it

On the night of his return he observes someone dressed in the native dress walking directly into the ocean. He investigates and learns that this person is non-other than the beautiful Layla. What he eventually learns is of her betrothal to the “pig” of a man and like all warriors Kahlil feels he must save her from her fate, so he comes up with a plan. Kahlil also realizes that he must keep his father from being a part of a disastrous plan that would bring grief to his country. Duty and honour are part of him but at times, he wishes things were different!

Layla is an extremely lovely woman with such a spirit and fire it will warm your heart and she’s has walked into a mess in more ways than one. How can she escape this marriage and now she is under the protection of this sexy sheikh, at times it is more than she can emotionally endure. Will Kahlil’s plan work or will it backfire? This spitfire is constantly challenging this desert prince and he resorts to always kissing her into silence or submission.

Like all East meets West love stories, there are misunderstandings, frustrations and a sexual tension that heats up the pages as only Sandra Marton can pen in the Sheikhs Wayward Wife. Their desire and passion are immediately felt by the reader and Kahlil’s confusion as to what he is feeling and experiencing were a joy to read, especially his strong feelings in wanting to protect Layla and the means with which he did protect her.
This second book in the Sheikh Tycoon’s series was a sincere pleasure to read. Its passion and fire were so evident and had me wanting more and more and not wanting their beautiful love story to end.

Book Description:

Sheikh Khalil al Hasim is more than happy to escort feisty Layla Addison back to his desert kingdom and hand her over to her betrothed. But he's almost as horrified as she is by the lecherous man she's being forced to marry!

With steely determination, Khalil demands she become his bride instead! Layla's powerless to resist his wicked good looks, but he's arrogant and overbearing. Has this rebellious bride just jumped from the frying pan into the fire?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

October Contest Winner

Keira, you're the winner of my October Contest. Please send me your details and congratulations.

Keira, if you would send me your email, I would send you yours books 12/12

On this very special day, remember those who have served past and present. Please pray for them, their families and pray for peace.

Professional Web Design