Saturday, January 28, 2012
What is it about the sheikh genre that has you reading romances? Tall, dark and handsome? The mystery of it all? I started reading Susan Mallery's Desert Rogue series and I was hooked. Now I can't wait to read Harlequin Presents, Desire and the other Harlequin lines. For me, they are magical. How about you?
My friend Sharon Kendrick talks about them at IHeart Presents.
Monday, January 09, 2012
About the Author:
I've been hooked on romance novels for as long as I can remember, and it all started one day in my grandmother's bedroom in the west of Ireland where I spent all my summer holidays. She had taken one of the distinctive rose emblemed books out of the library, and being a voracious reader, I devoured it in one sitting. It could have been a Penny Jordan, or a Sally Wentworth, I can't remember now. But what I can remember is being swept away into a story that was passionate and romantic and wanting more.
The fact that I am now writing for that company is a dream that still hasn't quite sunk in, although deadlines and readers figures are helping a little!
I've lived in Dublin all my life but was lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Kerry with my grandmother. Ireland is a vibrant, ever changing and growing country, and especially Dublin its capital.
I've been working pretty much since the day I left school in the film industry as an assistant director, getting in on the very lowest rung and working my way up. It's been a fascinating and engrossing career. It also gave me the opportunity to work abroad which was such a gift. But, the hours are long, the work is extremely hard and the situations can be very stressful. Not to mention the weather conditions, especially here in Ireland! I'd often thought of trying to write a Mills and Boon and when a friend lent me a guide to writing one, the idea just wouldn't go away.
Many years of procrastination later, I finally sat down and put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard. My first and second attempts were both rejected, albeit with encouragement, and at that stage I was determined so I didn't give up. I sold my first manuscript to Mills and Boon Modern Romance in March 2006, and have been living my dream since then.
Shocking secrets of the sands!
When she gave herself to Sheikh Salman in Paris five years ago, Jamilah Moreau fantasized about wedding dresses and happy endings. But Salman was driven by desire, not diamond solitaires.…
Now, sheikh of a desert kingdom, Salman can have anything he wants—and, as Jamilah discovers when he spirits her off to a desert oasis, it's still her! However, time has wrought changes, and their lovemaking is no longer enough. Something happened back in Paris that had everlasting consequences for both of them.…
Ahby talks about Secrets at the Oasis over at I(Heart)Presents and also is offering an International contest. Stop by and comment to win.
To win a copy of Secrets of the Oasis, comment here and leave your email. For more chances, follow Abby on Facebook, or follow this blog. Contest February 29th. This was a very romantic book and you won't be disappointed.
Girl in the Bedouin Tent immediately had me smiling because Cassie, was not the average heroine. She was full of fire, sass and determination because she had been kidnapped by scoundrel Mastafa, a nearby ruling sheikh who had given Cassie to Sheikh Amir who was attending a desert meeting with some of the regional rulers. He certainly did not expect to be given a sexy woman. However, because of her safety, they would have to pretend they were lovers so that she would not be harmed. An entire week of temptation for him? Thanks to Annie West, I devoured this amazing romance in one evening. It had me laughing, thanks to the spirited Cassie.
Cassie was different from the sophisticated women he dated. She was full of fire and was a "fighting cat". She had more fire than any other woman he had known and she stoked sometime inside him, he didn't understand. Negotiations were critical at this desert meeting and Amir could not afford for anything to go wrong. Reading about their week in the tent and their adventures was going to be so much fun. I couldn't wait to read their love story. Annie West never disappoints and I held my breath, waiting to read about Amir, his family and nation's history and of course, Cassie's background and her past.
In a few short days, his fascination had turned to desire. Could it be for both of them their confinement in the tent? Amir took her on a picnic, told her a little about his country. His feelings of desire were strong and he wouldn't even think about his upcoming arranged marriage, a marriage which would benefit his country. She stirred things inside him, he fought at every turn in the road. And then the truth about Cassie came out days later.....there was no one waiting to hear from her other than her landlady and a few girlfriends. Her father hadn't wanted to acknowledge her and her mother had been his mistress while he had another family. She didn't do vulnerable, she kept her self busy. The school in Talrakhar where she was going to teach English, wasn't expecting her for another week.
Like Cassie, Amir had a somewhat trouble childhood, selfish parents who only thought of their needs and themselves. It was his uncle, the old sheikh who taught Amir. Te sheikh had thought he would turn out like his selfish parents, unstable and irresponsible. Thanks to his parents selfishness, it made him stronger and the ruler he was today. Holding my breath, I so wanted them to be a couple because I knew there would be fire and passion. Trust me, their passion blazed and when the week was over it continued until gossip and duty called Amir. Hurt but looking forward to teaching, Cassie left the palace.
Miserable is the only word I can think of to describe both of their feelings. Duty called, an up coming royal marriage and not to Cassie. All I could think of, this author always finds a way for her heroine and hero to be together. I knew she wouldn't disappoint me. Spectacular is the only way to describe the perfect ending for the ending of this royal desert romancer. Simply, it was brilliant!
Not your average damsel in distress!
Sheikh Prince Amir has vowed to redeem his scandalous family name - so the last thing he needs on a tour of his desert kingdom is to have a sensuous blonde with more spirit than clothes presented for his harem.
Fiery Cassie might have been kidnapped by bandits and dolled up as the Sheikh's love-slave, but she refuses to be any man's plaything. Yet spending a week in Amir's desert tent pretending to be his mistress would get under any girl's skin. Especially when she is under his sheets.
Behind the book with author Annie West:
How one story led to another…
Some time ago I wrote a book called THE DESERT KING'S PREGNANT BRIDE about an Australian horsewoman who fell in love with a dashing Arabian prince. In that book my heroine, Maggie, had been abandoned as a child by her mother who took Maggie's younger sister with her, leaving Maggie to the cold comfort of her father's care.
I'd planned a follow up book immediately - wanting to write the story of Cassie, Maggie's younger sister who'd grown up not knowing she even had a sibling. But one thing led to another and that book wasn't written. However, Cassie's character was real in my mind, as was her difficult childhood, brought up by a mother who supported herself as a rich man's mistress. Eventually, after working through and discarding several ideas where Cassie crossed the globe to be reunited with her sister, I took my editor's advice and concentrated not on the reunion but on Cassie's own love story.
The result is a story with not a sister in sight, but I hope you find it as satisfying as I do. Cassie is travelling in the Middle East because she's re-evaluating her priorities and has volunteered to work as an English language teacher in a remote town. On the way she's kidnapped by bandits from across the border and swept into a dangerous world completely beyond her experience.
I asked myself what a modern, independent woman would do if kidnapped and presented to a visiting sheikh as a love slave. It was a situation so fraught with dark emotion and danger that I couldn't resist. Nor could I pass on the chance to explore some of the fantasy elements of the sheikh story.
The lure of the story was all the stronger because the man to whom she's presented prides himself on his honour and his self control. Circumstances are such that he can't simply reject the offer of a female companion, or leave the remote encampment for his own country. He has a mission to complete and it's vital he remain. Which means Cassie and Amir must share his luxurious accommodation and his bed, till his business is complete. Yet pretending to be a kept woman is Cassie's worst nightmare. Both Amir and Cassie are forced to face their demons, even as they find themselves drawn into a relationship unlike any they've ever had.
This story was one of the most intense I've written and was pure pleasure to write. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Annie West
When it comes to reunion romances I'm a softy and the fabulous Abby Green throughout The Call of the Desert tugged at my heart strings. Fate brought them together at a fundraiser where Julia Somerton was delivering a speech. Like I said, fate stepped in and twelve years later and placed them at the same event.. She thought her heart would leap out of her body. Kaden, the ruling sheikh of Burquati was in London and she honestly thought she would die. And then she remembered all of those years ago how he had dismissed her, broken her heart and sent her home.
Kaden couldn't seem to control his emotions and hunger for Julia. However, he also remembered her betrayal and his emotions were all over the place, especially because he had rescued her from the rain and had taken her to his home. Seeing her after her shower, drove him crazy, made him remember that love hurt, that you couldn't trust it because he remembered his father had married his mother for love and when she died it had changed his parent. Plus the fact he remembered seeing Julia years earlier kissing a man and she had broken his heart. She had filled his heart and soul and he had imagined they would always be together. But everything had changed that fateful day and when his father had died. That evening they were so drawn to each other they couldn't fight their feelings and I wondered if Kaden would seek revenge on Julia, for her supposed betrayal.
One learns that both of them had married but each of them were now single and/or divorced. Would this man be the only man to have ever made her feel whole and would he destroy her again? Could she trust resuming an intimate affair with him and keep her heart intact? I sincerely doubted it and when he invited her to his sister's arranged marriage, I was shocked that she accepted because I knew he had the ability to again, break her heart. Could she be the one to walk away this time, in order to save herself from devastation?
Trust me when I say The Call of the Desert was a stunning romance, written by the USA Today Best Selling author, Abby Green. The beauty of the desert, their resumed love affair, their ups and downs, all of it sincerely a beautiful love story, with a twist that made their whole situation unpredictable. You won't even believe what comes up and will change their lives forever. Let's just say they re-woke something in the end, giving them their royal happy ending, thanks to the talent of Ms. Green.
Back of the Book:
Consumed by the heat of the desert Twelve years ago Julia lost her heart to Sheikh Kaden in the scorching Burquati desert. Sizzling nights in the sand dunes under a blanket of stars made it seem as if they were the only two people in the world. Until bitter betrayal destroyed everything... Julia meets Kaden again by chance – although the cynicism in his eyes and the sharp suit covering his powerful body make the Sheikh virtually unrecognisable. Julia knows she shouldn’t ignore the warning shadows of their past, but Kaden’s earthy sexual magnetism makes the call of the desert utterly overpowering...