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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE SERIES
I'm working on a four-book contemporary "sheikh" romance series, Sons of the Desert. There are four brothers, the sons of Sheikh Rashid, an ambassador for a small oil-wealthy Arabic country, and his wife Elyse, an independent American artist. Each brother finds love with an American woman. In doing so, I've really worked hard to eschew the cliche. I mean, I've tried really, REALLY hard. I have this thing about cliches, ugh. Anyway. I've spent time in the middle east, a year in Cairo as an exchange student through U of California, and a year in Saudi Arabia working under contract in a hospital. I've tried to incorporate my personal experiences with the culture into my books to add color and flavor. I really loved the people and the culture, and I hope that shines through in my writing!
Status: The first two books in the series are completed, and as polished as I can get them.
first in the series
In coastal southern California, Khalid, a visiting university professor from the Middle East, sees a vibrant, stunning belly dancer and instantly determines that she must belong to him. Sarah believes it is only the exotic belly dancer that he desires rather than the shy social worker beneath the sensual costume, but she has to resist not only Khalid but her own strong attraction to him. Khalid persists, however, determined to win her. In this he is aided by the charming matchmaking efforts of some of the Arab students in his charge who befriend Sarah. Just as Khalid and Sarah finally overcome the barriers between them, however, a jealous woman threatens to destroy their newfound relationship, claiming Khalid as her own.
Status: *ON HOLD for now*
CASTLES IN THE SAND
second in the series
A proud fighter pilot, Bennett Al Mansour's dreams shatter with the explosion of a landmine. Vibrant and dedicated, Tanya Groves is determined to get the brooding Arab back on his feet. As he rebuilds his life and works with Tanya to get back on his feet, Bennett discovers a new passion, for the pretty redhead whose determination has helped him to find a new purpose. But will he have to choose between his love for his country and his love for the woman of his dreams?
Status: *Beta readers needed!*
PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES
I'm working on a three-book light paranormal romance series, Wishes & Dreams; the lines are a little blurry. My primary desire is for my stories to be romantic, charming and with lots of humorous moments. My heroes and heroines (as well as an antagonist) include Djinn (genies) and shapeshifters. For the most part the world-building, especially for the Djinn, I've tried to make uniquely my own; i.e., not based off of Disney or Barbara Eden or anyone else's. I've incorporated a lot of cultural touches from my experiences in the middle east, as noted in the Sons of the Desert section above, again for some color and flavor :)
Status: The first two
books in the series are completed, and as polished as I can get
WISHES IN A BOTTLE
Centuries ago, in plague-struck
Italy, Julian DiConti cast a powerful spell to have unlimited power
to be able to help people. The spell goes spectacularly awry,
leaving Julian enslaved to a Djinn bottle, bound to grant three
wishes to each Master of the bottle until one Master uses all three
wishes to help others. More than anything, Julian longs for a normal
life – for a home, and a family. After six hundred years, however,
he has begun to despair of ever being freed from the spell.
Status: *Done! Finis!*
A GIFT OF JACINTH
Douglas McCandliss considers
himself an ordinary kind of guy, leading an ordinary kind of life.
His biggest problem is that his alcoholic ex-wife kidnapped their
two young children and disappeared. When a young woman appears in
his living room and announces she’s a genie, come to grant him three
wishes, he thinks she’s escaped from the funny farm. In no time at
all, she reunites him with his children, and then proceeds to join
them in turning Douglas’ well-ordered life upside down. What with
the ebullient Jacinth’s beyond-beautiful mother popping in, followed
by her languishing suitors, a supercilious shapeshifting cat, a
disapproving guardian genie, and Douglas’ ex-wife trying to kidnap
the children again, Douglas soon begins to wonder if he’s the one
that needs to be in the funny farm!
Status: *Beta readers needed!*
A FANTASY PARANORMAL ARABIAN NIGHTS ROMANCE
WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
is a sweeping fantasy romance set in a medieval middle eastern city (think
of Arabian Nights or Kismet). There are paranormal elements:
vampires, djinns, shapeshifters, and others. It's a stand-alone, not
part of a series, but it is possibly a trilogy, separated into
three parts/books. It's not a traditional romance in the sense
that the hero and heroine do not meet immediately (but when they
do, all hell breaks loose!), which is why I'm considering
it fantasy genre, but the romance is nonetheless the main focus
of the book, even if it does take a long time to build up to it.
But I do need to make this distinction so that the reader does
not have the expectation of the meeting and romance immediately.
Ruled by a gracious, wise
Sultana, the humans of the great desert city of Al Khair dwell in
uneasy peace with the vampires and demons who claim the lands as
their ancestral homelands under the leadership of an ancient,
powerful vampire. Their shaky truce becomes strained when a young
human woman arrives from distant lands.
Status: *ON HOLD FOR BETA READING FOR NOW*
NEW TO BETA READING?
Okay, Jenna Moreci is my goddess of the Beta Reader process! She has a series of youtube vlogs on beta readers. It's from these that I'm basing my own beta reader process. Here's a comprehensive list of her vlogs on the subject. These are really fun to watch as well as informative, she's just fabulous! And yes! I will be using the specific questions she suggests! She'd done some older vlogs, but has started a new, more updated set of vlogs on the topic, the newest first:
Then the older ones, which are also well worth watching:
MY BETA READER QUESTIONNAIRE
These are the 9 questions I send
for each chapter
1. What are your
initial thoughts and impressions after reading this
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