Black Rose Writing Multi-Book Giveaway!
Who doesn’t love free books? Mysteries, thrillers, suspense, horror, satire, sci-fi/fantasy, literature – something for everyone!
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Swing by With Love for Books and read a fantastic review of Sarah by AnnieK, an interview where I discuss the zombie apocalypse, my worst nightmare, and the actors I’d choose to play my characters in a movie, and then enter to win a signed copy of Sarah!
Welcome Patricia Panahi – today is release day for her debut novel, Veil of Walls!
Anahita Sadeghi, a typical, happy-go-lucky American ten-year-old, was not too keen on traveling to the other side of the world to meet her father’s family. But her month-long vacation turns into a nightmare when her Persian relatives refuse to let her return to the States. She is forced to deal with the dizzying maze of social customs, resist her grandmother’s efforts to mold her into the proper Persian girl, dodge her aunt’s schemes of marriage, and fight to make her own life choices until she can find a way to return home. Longing for her friends and her freedom, only the enigma of her missing aunt, Scheherezade, gives Ana a glimmer of hope of one day escaping Iran for good. Will Ana’s family marry her off and forever bind her to this country, or will she break free of Iran’s walls and find her way back to America?
What’s your writing background?
I’ve had the passion to write stories since I was a little girl and actually studied English in college, but lacked the confidence to pursue it as a career. I began getting serious about writing in the 1990’s and published The Well Woman Cookbook, God Outside the Box – a spiritual journey, and a couple of short stories. I have worked on my first novel, Veil of Walls, for over a decade and I’m ecstatic to finally see it become a book.
What gave you the idea for Veil of Walls?
Although I was born in the states, I lived in Iran for 16 years prior to the Islamic Revolution and was intimately familiar with the culture. Noticing all the misconceptions about Iran in the West prompted me to write a story that depicts the country, the culture, and its people in a more realistic way, yet be entertaining to read at the same time. So I wrote the story in the time period I was familiar with – 60’s and early 70’s – and while all the characters are fictional, I drew on my own bewilderment when I first went to Iran and tried to navigate the intricacies of that very ancient and complex culture.
Which characters were the most and least difficult to write and why?
The two aunts were difficult as they were diametrically opposed in personality – one traditional and bitter about life, the other a bohemian intent on living life on her terms.
But the main character, Anahita, was the most difficult. This was her story and written in first person. She is faced with so much loss and so many changes in her young life that to put her deep emotional pain and her attempts to cope in words so readers could feel the depth of her anguish and the exhilaration of her success took a great deal of soul searching on my part. I had to allow myself to feel what she was feeling in order to express it.
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I am bilingual/bicultural, although my American side tends to be dominant.
I have recently retired from teaching English at the University of Hawaii.
I love to travel and have visited 15 countries so far.
I have been happily married to the love of my life for 22 years.
I have a passion for good books, Persian food, and cuddly cats.
Born in Massachusetts, Patricia Panahi moved to Iran at the age of nine. She later returned to the States and completed her graduate work at San Diego State University. Panahi has taught English in Iran, California, and Hawaii, owned and operated The Light Spot Bookstore and Coffee House in San Diego, and directed English language programs for international students for the University of Hawaii. VEIL OF WALLS is her first novel.
Available in ebook format in approximately two weeks.
If you read my latest Downsizing the TBR Pile post (here), you know that because of the Story Empire Roadshow, I’m probably changing the title of that feature to How Many Books Can I Buy Before My TBR Crushes Me – only shorter. I’m open to suggestions. But not only did I acquire some fantastic reads, I also won some goodies!
I won this notepad from Staci Troilo’s newest collection, Medici Protectorate series. Although I haven’t started those books yet, I’ve read the first book in her Cathedral Lake series and have the other two in the TBR. If you’re a fan of romance/paranormal/suspense, check out Medici Protectorate. Swing by Staci’s blog and say hi – and maybe add to your own TBR while you’re there.
If you’re a frequent flyer over at Craig Boyack’s blog, a certain robot lady depicted on this mug needs no introduction. If you’ve yet to become acquainted with Lisa Burton, head over to Craig’s blog and meet her. Lisa will be interviewing Finn, one of my characters from Sarah, on her radio show in the near future. The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack is a short story collection perfect for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal. If you enjoyed Stranger Things on Netflix, Will O’ the Wisp is right up your alley.
Much gratitude to Staci and Craig for my new goodies!
If you missed My GRL the first time around, now’s your chance to begin this suspenseful, thrilling series – and you won’t have to wait impatiently for the sequels, because they’ve already been released!
Announcing the re-launch of My GRL
The cover is new and the book edited once again to enhance the experience. What is really nice is the price has been cut for the introduction. You can buy the kindle version for a special introduction price of
Here’s the blurb.
John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a well-deserved leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission. Amazon for the kindle version
Here is the link to Amazon for the Kindle version
Here is the link to Amazon for the Paper version
Check them out and read the first few pages on Amazon.
Also, you can check out John Cannon’s other two adventures, as well as, the new My GRL at John W. Howell’s Author Page
John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.
John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.
Saul Marshall Series by
A psychotic terrorist has his son. He will do anything to save him
When a rogue cult turns deadly, the FBI call on former conman Agent Saul Marshall. FALSE PROPHET introduces a gripping new series from thriller writer Richard Davis
Marshall is soon drawn into a cat and mouse chase with the leader of the cult, Ivan Drexler. As the scale of Drexler’s terrorist ambition becomes ever clearer, news arrives that he has taken Marshall’s son hostage. Removed from the line of duty, he must work alone, off-grid.
As the attacks intensify, Saul will stop at nothing to defeat Drexler.
But the FBI are questioning Saul’s own part in the carnage. He must work fast to save both his country and his life. Can Saul stop the carnage before it’s too late? And can he save his son?
As wave after wave of attacks break, the clock is ticking for Saul.
Information about the Book
Title: False Prophet (Saul Marshall #1)
Author: Richard Davis
Release Date: 25th January 2016
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28492501-false-prophet
Saul Marshall is on the run.
As a wave of seemingly random assassinations engulfs California, Marshall finds himself drawn into a situation spiraling out of control.
He soon discovers some of the webs’ most secure protocols have been compromised by a rogue team of former Chinese agents. When Marshall realises what they plan, the stakes are raised…
And that’s before the Secretary of State gets involved. Can Marshall unravel the deceit and tricks before it’s too late? Can he stop the carnage, or will he become part of it? One thing is for certain: either way his enemies will never forget.
Information about the Book
Title: Never Again (Saul Marshall #2)
Author: Richard Davis
Release Date: 20th February 2017
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34315196-never-forget
Richard Davis graduated from University College London in 2011 and Cambridge University in 2012. The Saul Marshall series was born from Davis’s extensive travels around the United States and his long-standing obsession with thriller fiction. He lives in North London, UK, with his girlfriend.