Thursday, December 30, 2010

Olivia Gates at Holiday Bash

Well the holidays are behind us and soon is will be a new year.  Olivia Gates talks about her latest "sheik" books at Romance Author Hotspot.  Stop by before December 31st, there are lots of authors blogging and prizes.  I've donated some books to the cause from Marilyn's Romance Reviews.

Here's what she says about the behind the book story:

And Marilyn, about the backstory. I was going to include this particular premise in my first sheikh trilogy for Desire, Throne Of Judar, incidentally for the second book in the trilogy, too. But I thought it might be has too much danger, action/adventure elements for the line so I instead wrote The Desert Lord’s Bride with a different premise.

Then when I started plotting Pride of Zohayd, I felt such a desire to write this premise again, and this time, feeling more courageous, I wrote the proposal for it, among the three proposals I turned in to my editors for the trilogy.

And lo and behold. EVERYONE loved this premise most of all!!!!

I so hope readers love it as much, not only because I loved writing the book, but because this would encourage me to try more unusual premises that still deliver the lines promise of ‘always passionate, powerful and provocative’!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

TO TAME A SHEIKH - (Pride of Zohayd) - Olivia Gates

Recently, author Olivia Gates was quoted in an interview saying she wanted to write this triology, Pride of Zohayd for years. To Tame a Sheikh was everything Gates desired it to be and more for this reader as her desert prince and his once childhood friend Joharea were truly magnificent characters and lovers. Their love story was “most intense, romantic, and a devoted love story.” It was magical to read!

As a child, Zohara Nazaryan and her family resided in the palace in the kingdom of Zohayd as her father was the royal jeweler. Her brother had been best friends with the King’s youngest son, Prince Shaheen. From the moment Zohara had set eyes on this older young man, she loved and adored him. And then as he grew older his distanced himself from she and her family and she never understood why.

Shaheen had advised his father he would accept an arranged bride but he also promised a friend before leaving, he would attend a party. Johara knew the man she had always loved was going to attend a party in his honor and she wanted to see him as it had been twelve long years. Then their eyes locked, he sought her out but for some reason he didn’t recognize her but he wanted her with such intensity, it sizzled off of the pages. He took her to his room, took her virginity and made love taking both of their breath away. In the morning she left and Shaheen had no idea of her last name or how to contact her.

Eight weeks earlier, Johara’s dreams came true when she laid in the arms of the man she had adored and loved. Now she was back in Zohayd to help her father as he was going to retire. And then they saw each other and Shaheen realized he absolutely couldn’t marry another woman, that this woman of his heart, the woman he had always loved even as a young girl but never admitted it was the woman he wanted permanently in his life. And then things changed for them both as well as the royal family. They found out that the royal jewels were fakes and of course suspicion was placed on Johara and her father. Even his older brother believed she was involved and his middle brother, well in the end believed she and her father had no involvement.

Reading about all three desert sheikhs makes me NOT want to wait for their stories if they are going to be anything like To Tame a Sheikh. It’s obvious that each brother is going to be strong, handsome, unusual and when he finally finds that special woman to love, he’ll fall hard.  Personally, I can't wait!

Johara’s and Shaheen’s journey was not an easy one because not only were facing the jewelry scandal that could take down their country, Johara was pregnant the family eventually learned plus the fact that the entire Zohayd tribal council were counting on Shaheen marrying one of their own. If he didn’t, it would cause a major war but he wouldn’t hear of it as he worshiped, adored and loved Johara and was determined to marry her and keep his child.

Would they get their second chance? Would the mystery behind the fake crown jewels be unraveled? If you believe in miracles, then believe in this love story, because with the support of family, they get their second chance along with the last few chapters setting the scene for the upcoming books in the series. To Tame A Sheikh was an incredible and extremely moving royal love story.

Behind the book:

“I’ve been dreaming of it for a very long time. I’ve been wanting to write this trilogy ever since I was writing my first sheikh trilogy for Desire, THRONE OF JUDAR.

This trilogy takes place in the neighboring allied kingdom of Zohayd, and the heroes are the half-brothers of Aliyah, the heroine of the final chapter in JUDAR’s trilogy, THE DESERT KING.

But I had to write five books in between to get here, so I was very anxious to start this book. Then when I did, the characters came alive, and defied my plans for them. My original plot was filled with conflict and doubt. But even though it was reasonable to doubt each other with all the evidence, the characters laughed at my logic. THEY knew each other, would never doubt one another, and I should butt out.

The result was the most intense, romantic, devoted love stories I’ve ever written. So far, I’ve gotten amazing reviews for it, and I’m thankful for and thrilled with each word of praise for those two exceptional lovers. I hope everyone else who reads their story will think the same.” O. Gates

Book Description:

He would possess her!

He’d noticed her across a crowded room, and in that instant Sheikh Shaheen Aal Shalaan wanted her. With just a few words, Shaheen had his mystery woman in his bed, where she awakened passions he’d long denied.

Then the sheikh discovered his lover’s true identity. She was Johara, his childhood friend, now fully blossomed into a vision he could not do without. But his lineage demanded he take a wife of the throne’s choosing. Anything else would have catastrophic results. Yet how could he turn away from the woman who carried his baby?

To Tame A Sheikh—Book One PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy—Nov 2010
To Tempt A Sheikh—Book Two PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy—Feb 2011
To Touch A Sheikh—Book Three PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy—Aug 2011

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Majesty, Mistress……Missing Heir was an extremely enjoyable romance to read by author Caitlin Crews. However, it was also one of the most emotional romances I’ve also read. In fact, I still have a lump my throat. It was a royal roller coaster romance, one you will definitely not want to miss!

Sheikh Tariq was now the King of Al-Nur and had once been a playboy living in London. Now as king of this desert country he was expected to marry and produce an heir. However, in order to move forward with his life he must get the woman he left five years earlier out of mind. Jessa Heath! What this proud, sexy and extremely handsome king did not know was he had fathered a child, a son.

Jessa had finally come to terms with everything that had happened after her lover had abruptly left her pregnant and alone without a word when he had to return to his country as its ruler. She did not have the opportunity to tell him five years earlier that she was pregnant. He as well, did not say goodbye because she had gone away for a few days when he was called home. Alone, with no job only her older sister and brother-in-law, Jessa had a lovely baby boy which in the end she gave up for adoption because emotionally she wasn’t able to raise him. Now, after five years of no communication who should return on her doorstep but the very man who broke her heart, the very man she hadn’t realized was a billionaire and royal sheikh until he abruptly left and she read the headlines. Why she wondered was he now here in England and demanding to see her? It was to have one more night with her to get her out of his system?

As soon as one learns how they met, how hot their chemistry was, how emotional their relationship was five years earlier plus the fact that Jessa was keeping horrible secrets from Tariq I knew this was going to be an emotional mess and in the end they would both get hurt. Emotional doesn’t even begin to describe this “second chance” romance and I warn you to have a box of tissues handy because you’ll need it.

After angry words, tension and more, Tariq finally talked Jessa into meeting him for dinner. However, when he sent a car for her, she wasn’t aware that dinner would not be in York, it would be in Paris. The sensual tension was like a powder keg ready to explode. However, Jessa knew she was done for and decided to take charge and the upper hand in their one night of wild passion. It was obvious one night wouldn’t be enough and then Tariq saw the stretch marks on Jessa and knew she had lied to him, had deceived him. However, he was not without blame and it all came tumbling out with one exception. Jessa was keeping the secret of who had adopted her son, because she knew who they were. However, she loved her son and would do anything to protect that secret.

Days, weeks go by as they spend time together in Paris, wonderful and passionate time together and then the bomb was dropped when Tariq realized who had adopted his son and he demanded to see him. All I can say was personally I drenched the pages of this book with my tears. I ached for his loss, for Tariq’s pain as well as for Jessa because it was so very obvious they realized they loved each other. They had both lost their parents at an early age and especially for Tariq family would mean everything. I agonized for this couple and wondered how they would survive this mess that had been created by both of them due to the choices they had both made.

Majesty, Mistress…Missing Heir was a compelling story about the battle waged between passion, reason, desire and love. For me Tariq is one hero I will long remember.

Behind the book:

Caitlin talks about her book at I(Heart)Presents

Book Description:

Sheikh Tariq bin Khalid Al-Nur is as treacherous and formidable as the desert land he wants to rule. But he cannot take the throne of his country until he marries. Why, then, has he not wed? Tariq cannot rid his dreams of ordinary but bewitching Jessa Heath!

Jessa knows she and Tariq have unfinished business. What if she were to take control and allow herself the one night he's offering to put their passion to rest? But Jessa is treading dangerous ground! It would only take that night to reveal the secret she has so desperately kept hidden….

Thursday, October 28, 2010

CHOSEN BY THE SHEIKH - The Sheikh and the Virgin\Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure - Kim Lawrence and Lynn Raye Harris

The Sheikh and the Virgin by Kim Lawrence was quite an interesting royal to read because Prince Tariq Al Kamal had an agenda which was to make sure his brother didn’t end of with a woman he disapprove of, a very unsuitable woman. However, what he didn’t know was that Beatrice Devlin had an agenda which was to make sure her friend and Tariq’s brother got their happy ending and in the end would get married.

Beatrice was a fabulous heroine, she was fierce and loyal to her friends Emma and Khalid and she appealed to Prince Tariq even though he fought it. And then he summoned his brother home and sent him off on an assignment which resulted in Khalid getting hurt and he fought for his life. Still Tariq was determined that Beatrice and Khalid not be together. He wanted to pay her off, but she wouldn’t have a thing to do with his offer.

Beatrice was an incredible heroine, she had spirit and beauty. She had also been alone most of her life and when Khalid was hurt she was torn if she should send for Emma. And then Tariq misunderstood her loyalty to Khalid and agreed that she loved his brother and they should marry. Talk about a mess because it was obvious that Tariq wanted Beatrice for himself. And then quite by mistake Tariq found out his brother loved Emma and they were married.

The chemistry between Tariq and Beatrice was sizzling and he wanted to make Beatrice forget his brother. However, he went about it in the wrong way, he made love to her and realized he loved her, this poor young woman who was so alone, had been alone with no family. Could he make a life with her, marry her? You’ll just have to read The Sheikh and the Virgin to find out the lesson Tariq and Beatrice learned and that was home was where they both were, together.

Book Description:

The Sheikh and the Virgin by Kim Lawrence Prince

Tariq Al Kamal furiously forbids his brother to marry an unsuitable woman. Then Tariq whisks Beatrice away to his desert home where he becomes intent on seducing her. What he doesn't realize is she isn't his brother's intended—she's an innocent who's about to become his bride!

Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure by Lynn Raye Harris was a most unusual and amazing sheikh romance. Immediately, I could imagine King Zafir on his Arabian horse or in his desert tent with the woman he once knew so intimately, Doctor Genie Gray. They very same woman who had been kidnapped, the same woman whose heart he had destroyed because of a secret.

Genie Gray couldn’t believe she was seeing Zafir again after all of the years of separation when she loved him in college until she found out he was promised to marry another woman. And then he asked the most unthinkable thing of her, to return home with him and to become his mistress. Even though she knew his culture was different, it didn’t help one bit and it destroyed her, she felt betrayed. Now she was forced to be in his company again and it was evident he wanted her back again, in his bed. What really hurt was that she after all of years between them desired him, possibly still loved him.

Zahir had lost so much, his brother, his father, his first wife and a divorce from his second wife. He was alone and now he was king. So much responsibility and first and foremost was his need to unite his country. He was shocked to see Genie Gray again after ten years, the one woman he believed understood him, the woman who refused him. She was in Bah'shar on a dig and had been captured and presented to him as a gift. And still after all of these years, he wanted Genie in the most intimate way. And so he kept her in his tent and then took her to his palace.

Genie had learned at a very early age from her mother what loving a man could do, especially when that man wasn’t able to return that love. How was she going to resist Zahir because she knew if she gave in she would be hurt all over again and she suspected after being around him that she was still in love with him. However, leaving wasn’t an option because the sheikh who presented her as a gift would be offended and Zahir needed his sheikh's to all unite. So he offered Genie an incentive, a dig in the ruins of the old temples at Al-Shahar and she accepted.

Talk about a roller coaster of a reunion, one steeped in sensual tension, old memories, old hurts and they could keep their eyes or hands off of each other. And while reading this beautiful romance, I felt that I was in the desert and at the palace with Zahir and Genie. This romance was brilliantly written, very descriptive and very emotional.

Zahir knew it was wrong to keep her with him but she brought some normalcy into his life with all of upheaval going on around him. She made him remember how he used to be when he was a student studying architecture and made him feel not so alone in the world. As for Genie, it was shear torture because she still wanted and needed him even though he had hurt her so badly those years ago. However, she was keeping a secret as well, a secret which was revealed about her childhood and the reason why she had refused him all of those years ago.

Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure was a beautiful second chance love story, yes hurtful at times to read because they both wanted each other more than life itself and for all of the pain and sorrow they both had to experience to get that chance. In the end, this desert lord moved heaven and earth to get his queen in the most unusual way, thanks to the extremely talented romantic story teller, Lynn Raye Harris.

Book Description:

Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure by Lynn Raye Harris

King Zafir bin Rashid al-Khalifa does not care for surprises. Especially ones that involve the reappearance of his ex, Dr. Genie Gray! Now Zafir has the power to make all the rules—and what he wants is a willing Genie in his bed….

Behind the book with author Lynn Raye Harris:

Author Lynn Raye blogging at the Jaunty Quills about

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

International November Contest - Chosen by the Sheikh - Kim Lawrence and Lynn Raye Harris

I so loved this book that I went out and purchased it to share with those of you who stop by here at Romancing the Desert.  This contest is International.  To win, stop over at The Pink Heart Society Review Blog and follow them; return back and leave your email address so you can be contacted.  Thanks.

The Sheikh and the Virgin by Kim Lawrence

Prince Tariq Al Kamal furiously forbids his brother to marry an unsuitable woman. Then Tariq whisks Beatrice away to his desert home where he becomes intent on seducing her. What he doesn't realize is she isn't his brother's intended—she's an innocent who's about to become his bride!

Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure by Lynn Raye Harris

King Zafir bin Rashid al-Khalifa does not care for surprises. Especially ones that involve the reappearance of his ex, Dr. Genie Gray! Now Zafir has the power to make all the rules—and what he wants is a willing Genie in his bed….

Saturday, October 23, 2010

PRIDE OF ZOHAYD TRILOGY - Olivia Gates, Coming November 2010

Coming Next From Silhouette Desire, PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy

A new sheikh trilogy, loosely connected to the best-selling THRONE OF JUDAR trilogy starting in November 2010. 

He would possess her!

He’d noticed her across a crowded room, and in that instant Sheikh Shaheen Aal Shalaan wanted her. With just a few words, Shaheen had his mystery woman in his bed, where she awakened passions he’d long denied.

Then the sheikh discovered his lover’s true identity. She was Johara, his childhood friend, now fully blossomed into a vision he could not do without. But his lineage demanded he take a wife of the throne’s choosing. Anything else would have catastrophic results. Yet how could he turn away from the woman who carried his baby?

4.5 Stars TOP PICK  from RT Bookreviews!

Look out ladies, Sheikh Shaheen Aal Shalaan, heir to the throne of Zohayd, will steal your hearts, even though his is pledged to the lovely Johara Nazaryan, the royal jeweler’s daughter.

A swashbuckling desert prince whose words are as beautiful as a desert sunset, a beautiful and talented woman, palace intrigue, theft and warring factions combine to create a riveting love story that seems to defy all odds.

Pay special attention to Shaheen’s eldest brother, the dangerous raider whose heart has been damaged almost beyond repair. Gates knows how to “Valentino” a love story.
Dear Reader

When I wrote The End in my first Silhouette Desire trilogy, Throne Of Judar, I was already dreaming of a sequel in the neighboring ally kingdom of Zohayd. So I am so excited to be realizing that dream, and beginning my new trilogy, Pride Of Zohayd, starring Aliyah’s, now Queen of Judar, half brothers from her father King Atef Aal Shalaan of Zohayd, princes Shaheen, Harres and Amjad.

The trilogy kicks off with the youngest of the trio, Shaheen, who is at the cusp of sacrificing his freedom for his kingdom in a marriage of state, when what he believes to be a chance meeting with the woman of his dreams changes everything for him. But like every profound love story, everything is against them, from his commitments, to a brewing conspiracy that could topple the royal house of Zohayd and plunge the whole region in chaos. The worst part is that Johara, his beloved, and her father are the main suspects or at least seem to be pivotal instruments in his family’s plotted downfall.

Would his love stand the test of shocking revelations and discoveries? Would he and his brothers succeed in uncovering the conspiracy, and defending their throne and kingdom, before it’s too late?

I adored writing Shaheen’s and Johara’s story, with all its twists and turns and escalating stakes and emotions, and I hope you enjoy reading it, too!

I would love to hear from you at You can also visit me on the Web at

Enjoy, and thanks for reading.
Olivia Gates, —USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Silhouette Desire
To Tame A Sheikh—Book One PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy—Nov 2010 (RT TOP PICK)
To Tempt A Sheikh—Book Two PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy—Feb 2011
The Sarantos Secret Baby—Billionaires & Babies series—Apr 2011
To Touch A Sheikh—Book 3 PRIDE OF ZOHAYD—Aug 2011

Monday, September 13, 2010

In Too Deep - The Sheikh's Bargained Bride by Olivia Gates

Book 1 in A Summer Scandal miniseries it’s described “spend the season in the Hamptons, where the wealthy play hard and their passions run hot!”

The Sheikh’s Bargained Bride by the fantastic author Olivia Gates was book with all sorts of surprises because one is immediately given the insight that he cherished and adored his wife, but that was only for the press. Let’s just say I was shocked at the reason he married Sabrina Grant because it was obvious they had made love and that she adored her new husband. She was also confused why he stayed away from her until she found out her about the bargain he made with her father. A ridiculous one at that!

Again, set in the Hamptons and around the polo matches of course this rich sheikh would be involved as he was a top notch player and bred Arabians. He adored his animals but he mistrusted his wife because he believed she knew about the agreement he had with her father. However, he wanted her!

As a new bride Sabina Grant could not understand why her new husband had put a distance between them. They had been intimate when they were dating and she adored him and missed him fiercely. Why during the day in front of his friends and the press did he pay attention to her, touch her, act as if she was the most special woman in the world? Then nothing, no sharing a bedroom…..nothing!

Well it had to stop and then the most horrible thing happened she overheard a conversation one that explained that what he thought of her and why he married her and it broke her heart! However, in the end he lusted after her, he couldn’t help himself and she saw “red” and left him. Well, I loved a dark man, a mysterious one and in the end this particular royal was brought to he knees, I promise. Again, Olivia Gates has written a sensual dance between two extremely charismatic characters in The Sheikh’s Bargained Bride.

Book Description:

The Sheikh's Bargained Bride by Olivia Gates

Meet the shocked groom: Sheikh Adham saw marriage as a business venture, his wife a mere convenience…until they portrayed the loving couple in public. Would finally seeing his bride in a new light shatter all his rules?

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Book Description:

Casey Michaels has come prepared for her new job in the desert--complete with a safari outfit! But, faced with her gorgeous boss's potent sexuality, she suddenly feels out of her depth....

Sheikh Rafik al Rafar knows an inexperienced woman when he sees one, and in the sultry heat of the desert he begins her sensual awakening. To his surprise, Casey teaches him about the simple pleasures in life. But royal duty is never far from their door....

Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer Sheikhs

Desert Heat..."Sheikh's Betrayal" is written by Alexandra Sellers. Sheikh Salah Al Khouri didn't suspect that celebrated beauty Desiree had come to his desert kingdom to stop his long-awaited royal marriage. Desiree'd slipped from his grasp once, but this time he would have her in his bed!

"Breaking the Sheikh's Rules" is written by Abby Green. When Sheikh Nadim buys the O'Sullivan stables, Irish virgin Iseult is plunged into a life of glorious sensuality and luxury - for as long as she can obey Nadim's one cast-iron rule: don't fall in love with me...

"Innocent in the Sheikh's Harem" is written by Marguerite Kaye. Lady Celia Cleveden thought herself eminently sensible until rescued by darkly handsome desert prince Ramiz al-Muhana, ruler of exotic A'Qadiz, she discovered her true passionate nature...
guerite Kaye

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Her Sheik Protector (Desert Sons) Linda Conrad

Her Sheik Protector by Linda Conrad is the first book in her Desert Sons miniseries and was not only interesting to read but kept me on the edge of my seat with all of the intense intrigue and danger.

This was so unlike most sheik books which are usually set in the desert. The heroine Riley Hunt was from Texas and Darin Kadir even though he was from a Middle Eastern bedouin tribe, the book began in Geneva, Switzerland and then moved on to Milan.

Rylie’s father, Darin’s uncle, dignitaries, Hunt employees and the press were attending the grand opening celebration of Hunt Drilling. Before Rylie’s eyes, she witnessed a huge explosion which took all of their lives. It took six long months for her to heal. Because Kadir Shipping was also involved in the partnership, Rylie was going to attend a conference in Geneva and get to the bottom of things because she suspected the Kadir’s to be responsible for the explosion. She would make them pay because she and her mother had lost everything by trying to do the right thing and pay off the Hunt employees families who had lost their loved ones.

Kadir being the oldest felt it was his responsibility to attend the very same World Industry and Shipping conference in Switzerland. He and his brothers thought because of a century old feud between the Kadir and Taj Zabbar family, they might have been responsible for the explosion due to recent changes in the Taj Zabbar family’s financial and political positions.

So much for being subtle……the spunky redhead who was barley able to stand and still weak from the accident, literally accused Darin and his family of her father’s death. And then such an unbelievable chain of events occurred. During the conference they noticed each other across the room but Rylie knew which one was Darin Kadir, with eyes locked on her, Darin witnessed her on unsteady legs fall to the floor and he was at her side immediately. Then she told him who she was an accused his family of being responsible for the explosion.

Darin and Rylie set up a meeting at a bar to discuss the explosion and then everything went haywire, from Taj Zabbar watching them, from the head of their family trying to abduct her in hopes of finding out information she might know. Then attempted kidnapping of Rylie, Darin killing one of the abductors and finding a Taj Zabbar secret document. Darin agreed with his brother’s to bring the document to Milan where they suspected the Taj Zabbar would try to follow. Rylie followed Darin and he had no choice but to take her with him to protect her. Then they both boarded a train to Milan and everything changes! Trust me, it was brilliant how everything was tied together and how Linda Conrad documented the family feud and the history of the two families. Don’t think the feud is over.

What I loved about Her Sheik Protector was immediately Darin Kadish new they were destined to be together. And for him that was quite something because he protected his brother’s after their mother died, he was afraid to love but in the end after they made love he was so moved and determined to have and protect this woman it was fierce. Darren was a planner and a man with lists. A man who didn’t fall in love; however Rylie moved him to tears. she was his…..had to be his and he would go to any lengths to protect her!

And Rylie, she was determined, strong, feisty and scared because she loved this man only after a few days together. He gave her magic and he scared her to death. But let me just say this, her determination to help him, in the end. what she would do for him was so incredible. I can’t remember ever reading about such a strong heroine as Rylie and in the end how she dealt with everything ……the abductions, the attacks, everything……she was fierce!

Her Sheik Protector was an high paced romance suspense combining family, feuds, passion, danger all rolled into one. I’m certainly adding Ms. Conrad to my auto-buy list and I look forward to the next story in this miniseries.

Behind the Book from Dear Reader

Back Blurb:

Darin Kadir had to protect American Rylie Hunt at all costs. Seeking answers, she'd traveled halfway around the world to find him. Now she is a target of his family's arch nemesis and must trust Darin in order to survive.

Caught up in a covert war between two families, Rylie wants only to find her father's killers and bring them to justice. She doesn't want to fall in love. But the desire burning in Darin's eyes is unlike anything she's ever known. Will she surrender her heart—or become a casualty of a war across the ages?

Linda's website

Sunday, June 06, 2010

June Contest

Just around the corner here in North America it's Father's Day. Tell me about your father for a chance to win Trish Morey's Forbidden: The Sheikh's Virgin, part of the Dark Hearted Desert Men series. If you've already read this book I have a few others I can substitute.

Thinking about Father's Day and my Dad makes me fell such joy as he was an incredible father. Even though he has passed away, I feel so blessed to have had him in my life.

Don't forget to leave your email address so that I can contact you. I look foward to hearing about your Dad, or how you might spend Father's Day!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Author Trish Morey Talks About Her Writing Experience - Forbidden: The Sheikh’s Virgin

Trish Morey's book was such a wonderful addition to this series. Here's what the author posted over at I(Heart) Presents the other day.

I love that word “forbidden”. To me it conjures up images of wayward yearnings and dangerous desires, and a compelling tightrope walk between enforced restraint and sheer recklessness.

On one side of the tightrope lies safety.

On the other, the possibility of satisfaction beyond belief. But at what price?

Sheikh Rafiq Al’Ramiz, in Forbidden: The Sheikh’s Virgin, the third story in the Dark-Hearted Desert Men miniseries, knows all about that tightrope walk between restraint and recklessness. He knows he could play safe – and he’s determined at first to take just that course. Why should he have anything to do with the woman who took his heart so many years ago and then smashed it so cold heartedly on the rocks of her marriage vows to another?

Except after his return to Qusay, restraint soon finds itself replaced by the desire for revenge. Sera is now a widow. And why shouldn’t Rafiq make her feel as uncomfortable with the situation as he does? What’s stopping him now taking what was so rightfully due to him so many years ago? And what price might he ultimately pay if he does?

It’s a rocky road – or maybe more appropriately, an emerald strewn road – if this couple are to ever find their happy ever after.

I loved writing Forbidden: The Sheikh’s Virgin, the third installment in the Dark-Hearted Desert Men mini-series. I hope you love it too!

PS: Already in its second week at #3 on the Borders Group Series Bestsellers List, Forbidden: The Sheikh’s Virgin has just debuted in the USA Today Bestseller List at number 96!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Desert Sons - Linda Conrad

A trilogy from Silhouette Romantic Suspense

About Desert Sons from Linda's website"

When I was a little girl, I spent my afternoons daydreaming in the library. I loved getting lost in the fantasies and dramas between the pages of a book. Then when I became a teenager, I spent Saturday afternoons watching ancient movies about strong heroes, once again getting caught up in the fantasy.

My favorite stories as a girl were The Tales of the Arabian Nights. And as a teenager, one of my favorite movie themes centered on a dark sheik coming to the rescue of the fair maiden and the two of them riding across the desert into the sunset.

Somewhere along the line I grew up, took up reality and put aside my favorite fantasy themes. But with the Desert Sons trilogy, I’ve decided to revisit those old themes and once again get lost in stories about sheiks. This time the sheiks are modern businessmen and warriors. Not quite reality, but not total fantasy either.

A modern world threat has appeared out of the stark deserts and oasis of an ancient land. An old enemy with new wealth has gained power and begins a covert war of retribution. As one of the Kadir brothers says about their old enemies, “It’s like they have one foot in the twenty-first century and one foot in the middle ages.”
That’s how I feel about the whole Desert Sons series. I had a great time juxtaposing modern men and women against the backdrop of venerable legends and centuries’ old feuds.

The Kadir family is ancient. The tribe began in the middle eastern deserts as Bedouin travelers and traders—nomads. A few centuries ago the Kadirs had a run-in with another warrior tribe, called the Taj Zabbar, that lasted for decades. When the Kadirs finally left their territory, the Taj were decimated. Then their harsh neighbors, the Kasht, took the Taj Zabbar’s land and enslaved the remaining Taj. Five centuries later, during modern times, the Taj have at last obtained their freedom from Kasht.

But it is the Kadir clan whom they despise. The Taj have vowed to ruin and decimate the whole Kadir clan.

In HER SHEIK PROTECTOR, the oldest Kadir brother, Darin, must set aside his disbelief and accept the reality of a cold war with an enemy that the world does not yet recognize. Worse, he comes face to face with his own desperate obsession for love in the middle of fighting for his family. He finds his first true love—just as she becomes the target for revenge.

In BOOK TWO, the Kadirs are involved ever more deeply in their covert war with their ancient enemies, the Taj Zabbar. In the process of obtaining proof of terrorism to give to the world authorities, the Kadirs have learned that the long lost love of the middle brother, Shakir, is being held in the desert kingdom controlled by the Taj Zabbar. Shakir has no decision to make, he will come to her rescue. But his past love has other ideas. She’s there for a reason. And the reason turns out to change everyone’s lives and nearly costs them everything.

In BOOK THREE, Kadir youngest brother, Tarik, is undercover trying to obtain the information for U.S. authorities that will convince them of the Taj Zabbar’s pending threat. Unfortunately, he’s been saddled with a female cover agent partner that he finds sexy but a nuisance. Yet within days the two of them discover the world doesn’t have much time. The Taj have obtained a nuclear weapon and are preparing to use it!

The Desert Sons will be a fun way to ride into the mists of an ancient tale for a modern era. Come along with me. Let’s get lost in the story together.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

SCANDAL: HIS MAJESTY’S LOVE-CHILD – Annie West (Dark Hearted Desert Men, Book 4)

Annie West has successfully succeeded in creating one of the most charming yet tortured sheikh in Scandal: His Majesty’s Love-Child. It was essential that the final book tied everything together and Harlequin/Mills and Boon couldn’t have picked a more accomplished author than Ms. West to complete the task!

The Dark Hearted Desert Men was a spin-off from the Royal House of Karedes series. Of these four devastating sheikhs who would be king and would they find love? However, let’s not forget the authors who had a hand in writing this sexy series……Carol Marinelli, Jennie Lucas, Trish Morey and Annie West…..bravo!

Tahir Al’Ramirz was larger than life… a very young age he was exiled from his country by his father, a cruel and abusive man, more than abusive one will learn while reading this particular book. His father not only brutally beat him he also sent his thugs to also do the job. He also betrayed his wife with a string of mistresses. Tahir had never been able to please his father no matter how hard he tried. He was a loner and self-contained. He was dark, handsome, sexy, rich and had a different woman on his arm weekly. He had long ago given up caring what his family was up to until he received a call from his oldest brother that he was needed at home. It was on this journey over the desert, flying a helicopter in a dust storm that his plane went down.

Annalisa was keeping a promise to her father. She had promised to go into the desert and take his telescope to view a comet he named after her mother. She would make sure that the comet got the recognition it deserved! Yearly, she and her father had spent time camping in the the desert when she was not working as his medical assistant as he was the village doctor. Now she really had no one with the exception of a few aunts and cousins. So out to the desert she went and was to return home in a few days with a camel caravan. Then the most amazing thing happened while bathing in the oasis, the most incredible man appeared on the horizon wearing a tuxedo, staggering down the dunes. He was bleeding, had a bump on his head and he was the most handsome man and had the most incredible blue eyes. It was obvious to Annalisa that he was in need of medical assistance.

For them both their time spent in the desert was emotional; Annalisa missed her father but was looking forward to when she returned home she could travel, see the world and then go to university. Tahir’s wounds needed to be healed but he also needed to come to terms with his past and his nightmares and his feelings for this sweet young woman who had become his caretaker. As Tahir’s wounds healed, temptation was off the charts for them both. They actually liked and respected each other but the attraction was like a magnet for them both and then out in the desert camp, under the stars they made love many times and Annalisa lost her heart and virginity and Tahir for the first time in his life really enjoyed himself, he felt at peace. However, he knew the caravan that would take them home was soon to come and he needed to make a clean break, not to give her any hope and so he was curt, dismissive but made sure she knew that if she’d become pregnant, she needed to contact him.

Annalisa returned home and Tahir was hospitalized and then he was told he was to be King as he brother Rafiq didn’t want the throne. A shock yes, but a greater shock Annalisa had to face when she found out she’s was pregnant. She wandered the streets after receiving the news and fate steps in again when she accidentally meetsTahir’s mother the Sheikha who invited her to be a guest and stay at the palace.

Tahir was a fierce leader and stepped into his responsibilities as if he was born to lead. Annalisa’s stay at the Palace made him aware that’s she was more than a pretty face, she was different from and not the typical Qusay woman based on her European heritage and her involvement in her father’s profession. Talk about tension in the palace both sexual and emotional for them both. They complimented each other in so many ways and while reading this final story I could see hope for their relationship even though it took this tortured alpha some time to see reason.

Scandal: His Majesty’s Love-Child was a roller coaster romance with extreme tension leading the heroine from innocence to mature awareness and the hero from feeling tortured to feeling content. Annie West more than deserves high praise for writing such a beautiful contemporary and ending the series on such a high!

Book Description:

Speculation surrounding exiled rebel Prince Tahir Al-Ramiz has reached fever pitch! After being spotted causing mayhem in an exclusive Monte Carlo casino, Tahir flew home to Qusay for his brother-s coronation. But when a desperate mayday was received, and the remains of Tahir-s helicopter were discovered the worst was assumed- Until he came back from the dead, with no explanation as to how he had survived!

Now a mysterious beauty has moved into the palace. Rumours of a pregnancy abound- Could it be that this notorious playboy prince’s lost days in the desert camouflaged a secret affair?


The Sheikh as a Hero - Liz Fielding

The Sheikh, as hero, burst onto feminine consciousness when, in 1919, E M Hull’s bestselling novel, The Sheik seized the imagination of a generation of women.

Sheik Ahmed ben Hassan is portrayed as the archetypal alpha male. Commanding, driven, set apart from society by his role as leader. Putting himself outside of civilisation when he kidnaps the boyish, aristocratic English girl, Diana Mayo – a symbol of everything he most hates -- raping her, keeping her his prisoner.

What then, for the millions of women who were swept away by Hull’s book, could possibly be the attraction in this character? What was the power of The Sheik?

At the beginning of the twenty century society deemed that sex was something that “nice” women did out of duty, on their back, with their eyes closed and the light off. In The Sheik, Hull gave them – without ever lifting the tent flap -- the fantasy of the forbidden; guiltless, white-hot sex. Diana struggles, screams, declares she would kill herself if Sheik Ahmed had not taken her pistol and, having resisted with every fibre of her being, she is morally off the hook, free from the censure of society. And what happens next, of course, is that the stunningly virile Sheik Ahmed awakens the sensuality in this almost asexual young woman, but awakens it for him alone.

Sheik Ahmed never admits to feeling anything for Diana. Only when she is kidnapped by his enemy does he reveal the strength of his passion, putting his life on the line to save her. Only in delirium, hovering between life and death, are his feelings revealed and, all but destroyed by what he’s done to her, it is Diana who redeems him with her love.

It’s a powerful story and one that romance writers have been revisiting ever since; the Greek ship owner, the ruthless Sicilian, the Italian count are versions of “The Sheik” in an Armani suit. Powerful men brought to their knees by love. Yet of all these mythic heroes, the Sheikh alone carries an air of mystery and romance that was once the prerogative of royalty, the rich.

He is different. Exotic in manner and in dress. Unfathomable. Not just able to live in the desert, but most happy in its empty spaces. Even though the Sheikh may own a penthouse, wear fine broadcloth when the occasion demands, he retains the aura of man not just in command of, but at one with his environment. He is the cowboy in robes and when danger threatens, his strength and protection are absolute.

These are the characteristics that make him, still, a powerful, a compelling hero in the romance genre.

I have had two Sheikh stories published – with two more in production. In my first, HIS DESERT ROSE, published in 2000, I took as my model the classic story. When Prince Hassan al Rachid kidnaps beautiful international journalist Rose Fenton, she shows all the spirit of Diana Mayo, even attempts escape. But Prince Hassan’s motives are political, and Rose has her own agenda. It’s his story that she wants and by kidnapping her, concealing her at his desert oasis, he has played straight into her hands. Despite the fact that this is a complete switch on E M Hull’s The Sheik, as with the beginning, the end has echoes of the original. Hassan kidnaps her, but then Rose, in enslaving him, becomes the hero of her own story.

And that, I suspect, is the secret of the Sheikh romance. The heroine has to be as strong as the hero. Not necessarily one of those feisty females, who gives as good as she gets, but a woman who is strong to the core. Lucy Forrester, the heroine of THE SHEIKH’S GUARDED HEART, is not, at first glance, strong. Her entire life has been dictated by the whims of others and yet, when confronted by difficult choices she never hesitates to do what is right. Even confronted with treachery and betrayal, her only thought is of the innocent. It’s a thought that nearly costs Lucy her life.

Sheikh Hanif al-Khatib, a man mired in guilt and grief, who has put himself out of society, exiling himself in the desert, rescues her in a classic “sheikh” moment, lifting her onto his horse, carrying her away from danger. But this is the twenty-first century and he’s still holding her, keeping her safe, on the helicopter he summons to ferry her to the nearest hospital. At this point he should be able to walk away, hero stuff done. Except that she’s alone, with no one to take care of her and honour demands more.

The hero is, once again, held captive by the heroine, who as her wounds heal, sets about healing his soul.

And, yes, she enslaves him.

Friday, May 28, 2010

FORBIDDEN: THE SHEIKH’S VIRGIN – Trish Morey (Dark Hearted Desert Men)

After reading the Prologue in Forbidden: The Sheikh’s Virgin by Trish Morey, I knew this book was going to be one big bombshell! In book one learned that King Xavian abdicated when he learned he was really the missing Prince Zafir of Calista (The Royal House of Karades series). This meant then Kareef Al’Ramiz would be the next heir to the throne. However Kareef fell in love with a woman from his past, someone who could not produce an heir. Because of his love for her, he abdicated leaving his brother Rafiq Al’Ramiz the next in line to be King.

Coming home to Qusay was hard for Rafiq because of the memories and the woman he left behind, the woman he loved and who betrayed him by marrying another man. The very same woman named Sera who was now his mother’s companion and living in the palace, the woman he hated! Sera had married for wealth, privilege and status and now she was a widow. On top of it all, his mother the Sheikha wanted him to go into the desert to a village where the women of the village made beautiful fabrics to see if he wanted the fabrics exclusively for his emporium back in Australia. The same business he built from nothing which was a huge success because he enjoyed the challenge. Because of adversity it had shaped him into the man he was today. And Rafiq saw this journey as a way of getting revenge from Sera by taking her along with him. Knowing she was uncomfortable just being around him, pleased Rafiq and feeling her squirm in the vehicle, gave him great pleasure!

Sera was terrified. Remembering back eleven years ago when she loved him, all of the pain came flooding back. The Sheikha said maybe this trip was a way to put the past behind them, a chance to heal. However, sitting next to him, remembering their past love was killing her. And then at an oasis stop, emotions welled up when she held a visitors baby and if that wasn’t bad enough, Rafiq asked way too many questions, making her uncomfortable, making her remember their time spent together when they loved each other. And then Rafiq confronted her about how she had not only hurt him but had humiliated him, and he exploded in anger. She remembered how his father the King and her father demanded she marry Hussein, the Qusay ambassador, the same man her father promised her to years earlier. There had already been one scandal in the King’s family and he wasn’t about to have another.

For both Rafiq and Sera the trip was troubling. On top of that the emotion they were both feeling, remembering the past. So many secrets were revealed the ntire “horror” of her marriage. Trish Morey wrote those scenes with such pain and passion she’ll have you weeping, I promise! When Rafiq realized he’d been blinded by his past pain and learned what part his father had played in Sera’s marriage he was shocked.

Just when you think they will get their second chance, the fates go against them. Rafiq wanted Sera to return to Australia and live with him but upon returning to the palace he’s told his brother had abdicated and he, Raif would now be King. Everything started to unravel in front of both their eyes when this proud man told her he loved her and wanted her to be his Queen. More secrets from Sera’s past marriage were revealed, horrible things her husband insisted she do, his threats and for Rafiq the enormity of these wrongs against Sera were overwhelming. Could he be King and also have the woman he loved as he wife? Or would he realize his future was with the her not the kingdom of Qusay?

As a wise village woman told him:

“Sometimes we look only with our eyes and we see only that which is right in front of us. Some people have perfect vision but will never see. For sometimes we must look beyond the pictures our mind presents as fact. Sometimes we need to see what is in our hearts. Only then do we see what is really true."

Trish Morey with her Forbidden: The Sheikh’s Virgin’s gave both Rafiq and Sera the second chance they deserved. But it also left a question as to who would be king. It left one to wonder if the youngest of the Al’Ramiz brothers’, Tahir would be found in the desert since his helicopter crashed. Would Tahir become king because it was obvious Rafiq was not giving up Sera the love of his life.

A kingdom torn apart by scandal, a throne left empty' four smoldering desert princes....Which one will claim the crown - and who will they claim as their brides?

About the Book

Book Description:

“Bedded, by order of the Sheikh”

Sheikh Rafiq Al'Ramiz left his homeland behind-betrayed by the woman he loved. He's hardened his heart and made his fortune-and now he must return: his country needs him. But he is more powerful than ever, and vengeance is high on his agenda!

Seeing Sera again, he finds the image he's held of a heartless temptress at odds with her drab robes and downcast eyes-but he will take what he's owed! What will this ruthless sheikh do when he discovers Sera's very real innocence?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Prince of Persia: - The Movie, The Game & The Premier

Talk about a fantasy come going to see it?

The Disney Movie:

The Game:

The “Prince of Persia” crew are really pumping out the behind-the-scenes featurette for the movie. Then again, since they’re trying to make themselves a multi-billion dollar franchise here, I suppose shelling out the cash for a dozen or so featurettes ain’t no big thang. The latest two focuses on the film’s leads, Jake Gyllenhaal as buff Prince Dastan and Gemma Arterton as seductive Princess Tamina. The second featurette is all about Princess Tamina, who unlike actress Gemma Arterton, probably doesn’t giggle like a schoolgirl in the movie from what I’ve seen. Mind you, Gemma Arterton giggling as she talks about her Disney Princess outfits is very hot.

Set in medieval Persia, the story of an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Which is why after the prince was tricked by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time that turns out to destroy a kingdom and transforms its populace into ferocious demons. In his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it’s up to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by using the Dagger of Time, which also gives him a limited control over the flow of time.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Toby Kebbell, Alfred Molina, Reece Ritchie, Richard Coyle, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Steve Toussaint, and directed by Mike Newell
Beyond Hollywood

The Movie Premier

Friday, May 07, 2010

May Contest - Jennie Lucas's Tamed: The Barbarian King

Product Description
He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him!
Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen…. But she can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made her his.

His choice—take her as his mistress, or become the king he was born to be….

About the Author

Jennie Lucas's parents owned a bookstore and she grew up surrounded by books, dreaming about faraway lands. At twenty-two she met her future husband and after their marriage, she graduated from university with a degree in English. She started writing books a year later. Jennie won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest in 2005 and hasn’t looked back since. Visit Jennie’s website

Friday, April 16, 2010

Unclaimed Contest Books

I purchased these books for my blog contests and honestly don't want to see them gather dust on my shelves.

So here's what I have to still giveaway because they weren't claimed when I emailed the winners.

Kim Lawrence - Desert Prince, Blackmailed Bride
Kim Lawrence - The Sheikh's Impatient Virgin
Sarah Morgan - The Sheikh's Virgin Princess
Jennifer Lewis - The Desert Prince
Jane Porter - Duty, Desire and The Desert King (this is up for the RITA award nominated by Romance Writers of America.

Check on this blog just in case I've posted your name as a winner. However, like I said, I've emailed the winners at least two response. Thanks.

My email: seattlesnoops at aol dot com

Put in the subject Sheikh books and if you have choices of what you want.


Saturday, April 10, 2010


Author Carol Marinelli has again charmed me as well as answering my wish for this particular story to be written with Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen. It’s an absolutely magnificent love story and the first book in the Dark Hearted Desert Men series.

If you read The Royal House of Karedes in the very last book there was a stranger at the Queen of Aristo’s wedding who noticed a man with eyes so like her new husbands that she was shaken. For she new that her husband and brothers as children had been kidnapped and that the youngest Al’Farisi brother, Zakari was swept out to sea and never found. The brothers never got over their loss nor did the country of Calista.

This incredible story is about that lost brother, now known as Xavian, the ruler of Qusay, the sheikh playboy who has been promised to Layla, the Queen of Haydar. A very strong Queen, a beautiful woman who rules alone and is a virgin. A woman not to be kept waiting, a proud woman who gives as good as she gets and who almost faints at her wedding because her future husband is so handsome and powerfully built, who oozes sensuality and takes her breath away.

Throughout reading this story one is made aware that Xavian takes his duties seriously and puts his country first. However, he is trouble by the scars on his wrists, he has bad dreams at night, and since the wedding of the Queen of Aristo, he’s troubled because they keep contacting him all of a sudden and it makes him unsettled. Now he is about to marry a woman who is queen of another country and he’s expected to produce an heir and possibly assist her in ruling her country, uniting both lands.

Queen Layla was nervous, it was her wedding day to a man she had been betrothed to since childhood. A man with a reputation of a playboy, a man who would take her on their wedding night. This sheikh, her future husband kept her waiting and she was furious. She just wants the honeymoon over and wants to get back to what makes her comfortable, ruling her country. Let’s just say, you won’t want to miss their time in the desert because it’s just as hot as the desert sun, it’s a complex, beautiful and extremely passionate love story with lots of conflict.

However, it’s a rollercoaster love story because one just knows that it’s going to explode in both of their faces when the King of Qusay finds out he’s been living a lie and the wrong life! When the truth is revealed, it’s devastating for this couple, not just for Xavian but for Layla because she loves her husband and she’s torn on what to do because she also loves her country. You’re happy for him because he’s found his lost family but you also cry for him because he now must step down from being the ruler of his beloved country. He feels cheated for what his so called parents did to him and the son who died, the son and heir to the Qusay throne.

Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen was as I’ve said a stunning love story and how author Carol Marinelli tied The Royal House of Karedes and this new series together was incredible. A personal thanks to the author as I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Book Description:

About to lose his kingdom, Xavian is marrying for power—his wedding night will be purely for duty. As he unveils his new queen, nervous and naked, bathed in fragrant oils, he's stunned that she's as beautiful as the desert stars….

This queen deserves a royal bedding worthy of the Arabian Nights…and in her arms Xavian discovers that, though he may not have a kingdom, he has the strength and power of a thousand kings.

But this untouched queen could be his undoing….

Carol Marinelli's website

Carol talks about her first sheikh and the last book in the Royal House of Karedes which let to this sheikh's story.

Carol's Dear Reader

Thursday, April 08, 2010

April Contest - Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen

April brings a new series.....Dark Hearted Desert Men and Carol Marinelli's Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen is an incredible first book in the series. The author sent me a copy to review but I just had to purchased one for this blog because it's that good!

If you read The Royal House of Karedes series, the last book talked about the youngest son who was swept out to sea on a raft and never to be found. His family was devastated, looked for him for many years. And then at her wedding the Queen of Calistan sees a handsome stranger with scars on his wrists and eyes so like her husbands and the seed was planted! Could this be the missing brother?

I hoped that his story would be written and it was by the brilliant author Carol Marinelli. Trust me, you won't want to miss it nor this series or The Royal House of Karedes series.

To win a copy, stop over to the
authors Facebook page, say hello and then come back here and post your contact email. The winner will be announced the first week in May, after my knee surgery! Good luck!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

March Contest Winner of Kim Lawrence Book

KallMeKayla, you're the winner. Email me with your address, etc.


seattlesnoops at aol dot com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lucy Monroe offers Reader's At Home Conference

Harlequin Presents and Brava author Lucy Monroe is attending The Romantic Times Conference this year. I've heard from some that it is great fun. For her readers and fans who cannot attend, Lucy is having a blog party which will introduce you, possibly, to some new authors. Prizes galore!

Every day there will be multiple authors visiting and guest blogging, with new blogs posting every 3 hours between 6 AM and 6 PM. And cover models? We've got 'em - with behind the scenes action as well as hero inspiration. There will be daily drawings for multiple prizes, including dozens of signed books, a B&N gift card, a t-shirt, 3 prize tote bags filled with books & goodies (donated by Sue Grimshaw from BTRB and Becke Martin), free online subscriptions to Affaire de Couer magazine and 2 more Swag Bags given away each day. What could be better?

To be eligible for daily "door prizes" you need to register for the conference. However daily "blog post" prize winners will be drawn daily from all the comments made on all the posts (as per my normal blog prize policy - each comment is counted in the drawing). Two ways to win lots of very cool prizes!

Stop over to Lucy's Blog and check it out!

Lucy’s Blog

Thursday, March 18, 2010



Kings of the desert...
Masters of the bedroom!

Razi al Maktabi

This prince has two passions; business and women.  His playboy days might be numbered when duty beckons, but there's always time for one final fling!  As he takes the Phoenix throne, Razi will work the same magic on the Isla de Sinnebar as he has on every woman of marriageable age--but what happens when he finds out he's going to be a father?

Razi was last seen cavorting in Ruling Sheikh, Unruly Mistress.  You can find the review for this book on this blog.

Ra'id al Maktabi

Darker than night and twice as dangerous, Razi's older brother sits on the Sapphire throne of Sinnebar.  Scarred inside and out, Ra'id is a powerhouse of strength and command.  He rules his heart like his country--with an iron will.  Now one woman is about to come between him and his throne!
Find Ra'id ruling The Master of the Desert with the review found below this post.


“The al Maktabi brothers...........Kings of the desert… Masters of the bedroom!”

In Ruling Sheikh, Unruly Mistress one was introduced to Razi al Maktabi and now you’re going to meet his half brother Ra’id al Maktabi in Master of the Desert by the extremely talented Susan Stephens who pens the most delightful sheikh romance which took me on such a sensual fantasy and journey, one I’ll long remember

Ra’id is described as “darker than night and twice as dangerous, who sits on the Sapphire throne of Sinnebar. Scarred inside and out, Ra’id is a powerhouse of strength and command. He rules his heart like his country….with an iron will. Now one woman is about to come between him and his throne.”

One is immediately made aware of Ra’id’s strength and power and how much he loves his country. In the most bizarre way, he meets the lovely Italian beauty Antonia Ruggiero when she sneaks onboard his yacht and takes not only his food but also his knife. She sought passage on a vessel which was boarded by pirates and narrowly escaped harm by swimming for her life, seeking refuge on Ra’id’s yacht and seeking his assistance in getting to Sinnebar. Antonia is adored by her rich brother who has seen to her every need and she wants to prove herself to him by promoting his charity. However, what neither Ra’id nor Antonia count on is the chemistry between them. Like the hot desert sun they combust and share passion on a beautiful deserted island, never revealing their true identities. Their affair is brief and ends once they dock in Sinnebar, or so they both believed. However, fate has other ideas for this pair.

Antonia Ruggiero may be young and spoiled but she has the heart of a lioness. She’s determined to make a difference in the world and to take the opportunity to find out about her deceased mother who once spent some time on Sinnebar before marrying her father. In order to set up her brother’s charity she needs to meet influential people. When she finds out those people will be attending, a party along with Sinnebar’s ruler, she decides to crash it. Only it backfires when guards arrest her, she’s deported and sent back to Italy. What Antonia doesn’t count on months later is the news that she’s pregnant with a man she spent time with on a deserted island; the very same man she only knew as “Sarif”.

In Susan Stephens first book one learned about the strong bond between these two sheikh rulers and that they shared the same father. However, their father had a mistress who was Razi’s mother, Helena. Their father did not allow his mistress access to her son. Instead, he banished her to a citadel where she was miserable. Helena eventually escaped and returned back to Italy with Antonio Ruggiero, leaving everything behind. Helena married, having two children Rigo and Antonia and then died.

Sheikh Ra’id is determined never to let a woman get in the way of his country nor make bad decisions for his people like his father once did with his mistress. And then, a locked door in the palace is revealed to be the place where his father’s mistress once lived and a document which leaves a parcel of land to her daughter, the daughter Ra’id knew by the fictitious name of “Tuesday”, the very woman he shared passion with on an island.

Upon returning home to Rome, Antonia was determined to prove to her brother she was worth something and she worked very hard setting up his charities all over Europe. And now she was fueled with more determination because she wanted to set up the charity in Sinnebar, and find information about her mother. However, there was unfinished business there as well, the man she only knew as Sarif, the man who was the future father of her unborn child. But Ra’id has other ideas because like her mother, Antonia was a “threat to his people’s happiness, with those documents granting her land in Sinnebar” and Antonia was his father’s mistress daughter.

She’s shocked when she attends the meeting with Sinnebar’s dignitaries, when she meets the ruling sheikh and finds out he’s the very same man who stole her heart. It all heats up and becomes very complicated, very emotional and such a journey for this pair of fated lovers. To think her mother was Ra’id’s father’s mistress, to find out she had a brother, to see her mother’s possessions in the palace and the desert fortress, to feel her mother’s pain, to long for Ra’id, to love him, to know his passion again only to feel rejected.

As only Susan Stephens can pen, Master of the Desert was a magnificent and sensual journey with strong and interesting characters. As sheikh Ra’id said to his bride, “if you look with your heart, you will find as I did, the most important things in life, aren’t land or possessions, they’re invisible.” Don’t miss the al Maktabi Brother’s series, they’re both such strong, romantic and passionate sheikhs!

Susan Stephens website:

Book Descriptiuon:

Stranded, seduced…and pregnant!

Sheikh Ra’id al Maktabi mastered the wild inhospitable desert out of necessity… But the sexy stowaway who has clambered onto his yacht he’ll tame for fun.

He assumes that heiress Antonia Ruggiero is used to being pampered and preened. But on his boat Ra’id is the master. He’ll put her to work scrubbing the decks – and after hours he’ll take her between the sheets!

Until they get to dry land, where the only mistress Ra’id obeys is duty. But an unexpected pregnancy could change all that!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dark-Hearted Desert Men Series - Mills and Boon/Harlequin Presents

Mills and Boon and later Harlequin Presents are coming out with a new "sheikh" series called Dark-Hearted Desert Men. A kingdom torn apart by scandal, a throne left empty' four smoldering desert princes....Which one will claim the crown - and who will they claim as their brides?

Many years ago there were two Mediterranean islands ruled as one kingdom--Adamas. But bitter family feuds ripped the kingdom apart and the islands were ruled separately. The Greek Karades family reigned supreme over glamorous Aristo and the smoldering ring Al'Farisi sheikhs ruled the desert lands of Calista!

When the Aristan king died, an illegitimate daughter was discovered--Stephania, the rightful heir to the throne! Ruthlessly, the Caristan sheikh Zakari seduced her into marriage to claim absolute power but was overawed by her purity and succumbed to love. he kingdom is now ruled in the spirit of hope and prosperity.

But a black mark hangs over the Calistan royal family still. As young boys three of King Zakari's brothers were kidnapped for ransom by pirates. Two safely returned, but the youngest was swept out to sea and never found and presumed dead. But then at Zakari and Stephania's wedding a stranger appeared in their midst. The ruler of a nearby kingdom--Quasy. A stranger with scars on his wrists from the pirates ropes. A stranger who knows nothing of his past--only his future as a king!

What will happen when Xavian, King of Qusay discovers that he's living the wrong life? And who will claim the Qusay throne if the truth is unveiled?

One kingdom, one crown. Four smoldering desert princes. Which one will claim the throne and who will the claim as their brides?

Mills and Boon Modern releases: UK: March, April, May and June

Carol Marinelli - Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untourched Queen (March)

A virgin bride for His Majesty’s pleasure

About to lose his kingdom, Xavian is marrying for power – his wedding night will be purely for duty. As he unveils his new queen, nervous and naked, bathed in fragrant oils, he’s stunned that she’s as beautiful as the desert stars…

This queen deserves a royal bedding worthy of the Arabian Nights…and in her arms Xavian discovers that, though he may not have a kingdom, he has the strength and power of a thousand kings.

But this untouched queen could be his undoing…

May - Tamed: The Barbarian King by Jennie Lucas

Should he take a mistress... or the throne?

He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him!

Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen.... But she can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made her his.

His choice - take her as his mistress, or become the king he was born to be....

June - Forbidden: The Sheikh's Virgin by Trish Morey

“Bedded, by order of the Sheikh”

Sheikh Rafiq Al'Ramiz left his homeland behind-betrayed by the woman he loved. He's hardened his heart and made his fortune-and now he must return: his country needs him. But he is more powerful than ever, and vengeance is high on his agenda!

Seeing Sera again, he finds the image he's held of a heartless temptress at odds with her drab robes and downcast eyes-but hewilltake what he's owed! What will this ruthless sheikh do when he discovers Sera's very real innocence?

July - Scandal: His Majesty's Love-Child - Annie West
Seduction in the Sand

Speculation surrounding exiled rebel Prince Tahir Al'Ramiz has reached fever pitch! After being spotted causing mayhem in an exclusive Monte Carlo casino, Tahir decides to fly home for his brother's coronation. But when the remains of his helicopter are discovered, the worst is assumed... Until he comes back from the dead, with no explanation as to how he survived!

Now a mysterious beauty has moved into the palace. Rumors of a pregnancy abound... Could it be that this notorious playboy prince's lost days in the desert camouflaged a secret affair?

.Dark Hearted Desert Men continuity, the follow up series to the enormously popular Royal House of Karedes. You won't want to miss any of these great titles!

Here's a post from the Mills and Boon Editor.


Kim Lawrence has written quite an enjoyable sheikh in The Sheikh’s Impatient Virgin which is definitely about honor and duty.

Eva has recently found out the identify of her father and that’s she’s actually a Princess. Since both her mother and father are now deceased, she’s gone to the desert kingdom and met her grandfather, uncles and cousins. Her grandfather believes it’s time for her to marry and he has just the man in mind, Prince Karim Al-Nasr who just happens to be in London tending to his young daughter who has cancer. A date is set for them to meet but Karim has to cancel due to his daughter’s illness. However, fate steps in for the form of his aid who is so concerned that the Prince is not sleeping, that he drugs his tea. Like I said, fate steps in, Karim escapes the hospital one dark and dreary night and eventually ends up on Eva’s doorstep drenched to the bone. He falls asleep and somehow ends up in her bed in the middle of the night.

Karim is shocked to awake the redhead’s bed, spooned and caressing her in his sleep. He’s somewhat tarnished her reputation and that of her grandfather the King especially when the press get wind they spent the night together. He demands for reasons that will affect both countries that they have a civil ceremony and return home to their native land. Eva doesn't go willingly, she’s a hot firey redhead, one that on scholarship at the university, one that thinks the Prince to be arrogant and a bit cold, but she goes when everything is explained to her, and subconsciously goes between the fire that flows between them draws her to this handsome sheikh.

Eva is lonely and pretty insecure and Karim is busy with matters of state. However, she does spend an enjoyable time getting to know her stepdaughter. At a State function, she meets Layla, a dark haired, beautiful and lush family friend and it’s obvious the woman has designs on Eva’s new husband. She’s insecure because they haven't consummated their vows and she wants that more than anything but that evening she feels shunned and flees. Let’s just say their marriage takes a down hill turn in more ways than one and one wonders if they will ever have a chance at happiness. Environmental events cause them both to be put in danger and then they act on their passion. However, months later Layla tries to force Eva to leave and return to London but telling her untruths and their relationship is at stake.

The Sheikh’s Impatient Virgin was a great read, a sassy and entertaining one set in desert kingdom who in the end welcomed Princess Eva as one of their own.

Book Description:

Set up against her will as a potential Arabian queen for the notorious Sheikh Karim, unworldly Eva has a plan to deter the desert king. She will convince him she's a modern, sexually experienced woman—and definitely not marriage material—even though she is really still a virgin.

However, the next thing she knows, Eva's become a bride! And her new husband is having a startling effect on her…. She finds herself increasingly impatient; could it be that shy Eva is curious about what lies ahead in the sheikh's marriage bed?

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