Thursday, April 21, 2011

Coming Soon

Strangers in the Desert - Lynn Raye Harris

Mills and Boon Modern - May 2011

The Desert King’s Lost Wife… Isabella, the wife Sheikh Adan thought was dead, has just walked back into his life – on the eve of his wedding to another woman… Now Adan is to be crowned King, Isabella must be his Queen – sharing his desert throne and the royal bed… But gone is the dutiful, pure girl he once knew – in her place is a defiant, sultry woman who makes Adan’s blood run hot… A woman who has no memory of being his wife…

Shadow of the Sheikh - Nina Bruhns
Mills and Boon Nocturne - May 2011

Fierce, sensual predator…or a sacrifice on the altar of love? Sheikh Shahin is an immortal shape-shifter who serves a powerful Egyptian god, and no human has dared approach his hidden oasis for nearly a century. That is until Gemma comes looking for her missing sister. And in doing so walks straight into Shahin’s carefully laid trap… Yet Shahin does not want Gemma as his prisoner. Just one taste of Gemma’s lips and he knows he must possess her fully. He wants her to burn for him as he burns for her, with a desire as hot and vast as the desert. He’s determined to claim her heart…no matter what the cost.

Visiting the beautiful Nafud desert is a chance for Lauren Viret to lay her grandmother's spirit and secrets to rest. But caught up in a sandstorm, Lauren is rescued by a handsome stranger….

Prince Rashad believes the stunning American he saved is hiding something—he must keep her close! What he doesn't expect is to fall under Lauren's captivating spell…. Yet as the enchanting nights in Arabia reveal the truth, could a future for Lauren and her prince ever be more than just a mirage?

The huge imposing castle and the barren terrain of Merkazad are a far cry from the modest farm and the emerald fields that horsewoman Iseult calls home. Or used to, until Sheikh Nadim bought her family's stud farm. As part of the deal, she must work at his royal stables….

Nadim enrages Iseult…but he also inspires a more unwelcome, unfamiliar feeling: desire. Drawn into Nadim's sensual world, Iseult feels like a beautiful, confident woman for the first time.

But she must remember the sheikh's cast-iron rule….

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Another Student Request Concerning Sheikh Romances - University of Georgia

 I am studying and reading desert romances. It seems like a lot of folks are recently -- I think I saw a post on your blog about a student looking for responses. I have been working on this project for about three years (I can't believe it's been that long!).

I won't say that I blog, because I am horrible about keeping it up, but you can see some of my thoughts here:

Here is Amira's blog

I am interested in telling a more complicated story about desert romances. It seems that most commentary on it takes the orientalist angle to criticize the books and comes from folks who do not actually read any kinds of romance novels, so I want to interrogate that a bit. For example, Erika Wittlieb's comment in the Chicago Tribune article about the fact that desert romances actually speak back to mainstream U.S. images of Arab men (because the desert romances give us positive portrayals) helps to complicate the story that is being told about them.

If you are interested, please contact Amira:

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