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Monday, May 2, 2016

Cover Reveal! I'm and Winner and Being Thankful

Today I'm happy to help author Medeia Sharif show off the cover for her latest book. 
I've enjoyed every book she's written. She brings a perspective to Muslim families and life that is both challenging and endearing -- depending on the subject she writes about -- and also brings home that not matter what our nationality, race, or creed, we are not so different from one another. We all have the same emotions, the same longings and needs. I'm sure A LOVE THAT DISTURBS will add another layer!

Evernight Teen, June 17, 2016

Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. Meanwhile, as a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader, Aamal, is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

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I'm a winner!
Back in the middle of April, in the middle of the A to Z Challenge (did you survive?), I visited the lovely Natalie Aguirre's blog, Literary Rambles and entered the Showers of Books Giveaway Hop she was participating in. Being busy with the challenge I completely forgot about it. Much to my delight and surprise, I won a $10 Amazon gift card! If you haven't been to Natalie's blog, I strongly suggest you do. She interviews agents and authors, and has regular giveaways.

Being Thankful

Today I'm thankful for
 the color GREEN!
Although we had a mild winter, seeing the trees all leafed out is soothing to the heart and eyes.
Plus, after so many years of drought we've had a wonderfully wet spring, and for the first time in at least six years we have... a lawn!

 And greenery is coming up everywhere, both planted and volunteers.

What a treat. In this bed alone there are irises, pavonia, horsemint, 
standing cypress, brown-eyed Susan and cone flowers. 
Our beds over-floweth with flowers!

What are you thankful for? Have you read any of Medeia's books? Do you follow Natalie's blog? Is spring busting out where you are?


  1. Hi Bish - I haven't read any of Medeia's books - but will definitely put them on my list to get. Congratulations on your voucher from Natalie - always use for a book or two ... and Spring might burst tomorrow - we have 'cold' and damp here today - but the temps are meant to rise tomorrow .. cheers and enjoy Spring xoxo

  2. Congrats on the win and I love the sight of greenery. Thank you for sharing my cover.

  3. Congrats on competing the A to Z challenge and on winning a book.
    Mary at Play off the Page

  4. Congrats on your win! And that greenery is beautiful, Bish. Congrats to Medeia as well on her book release.

  5. Love the green, my own yard is green too, although not as organized or as neat as yours! Still, it is a lovely, lovely color after such a long winter!
    Love Medeia's writing - beautiful cover!
    Congratulations to Medeia, and to your for being a winner! We already knew you were!

  6. I have read some of Medeia's books and this one sounds terrific. Spring is trying to emerge, but today is cold and rainy. We have a beautiful weeping cherry in our front yard and some red tulips whose leaves are covered in chili pepper to keep the moles/chipmunks away. The grass is lush, but full of dandelions. We don't like using the chemical companies most of our neighbors employ. Oh the shame!

  7. Congrats to Medeia on another fantastic cover and new book. She's amazing! And thanks for the shout out about winning my contest. I was excited to see it was you who won.

  8. You're winning everything, Bish! Good for you. I love your garden.

  9. Beautiful cover! Fun reveal. I don't know Natalie- i'll go check her blog out. And yay for green! So nice you had a mild winter- we did not here in Colo. So much snow and it hasn't stopped. May first and more snow. I'm so ready for sun, warmth, and some green!

  10. Congrats to Medeia!

    My grass is not the green. And I am so jealous of your garden!

  11. Your garden pics look wonderful. We're approaching the safe time to plant here (Mother's Day), though the hubby and brother-in-law took a chance and planted a week ago. Brave souls, I say. lol

    Congrats on the win. Medeia totally rocks. And so does that cover. Kind of chilling.

  12. Beautiful garden! It's so nice to benefit from rain again.

    Congrats to Medeia on her new book. I've read some of her other books - she's a great writer.

  13. The book looks super good! I can't wait for things to get greener here too ;)

  14. The book looks super good! I can't wait for things to get greener here too ;)

  15. Congrats to Medeia and you on your win. I love summer green but not rainy, damp and cold spring green.

  16. I am thankful for God's creation. Even here in So. California, where we been in a drought for 4 years, the recent rains have turned hills green, flowers bloom.

    Great cover!

  17. Congrats to Medeia! The book sounds really interesting!
    And congrats on the win!

  18. It's spring here, and we could use a bit less rain. The trees love it, i enjoy all the green and flowers here in the south Louisiana swamps.

  19. Congrats Medeia!

    I follow Natalie's blog, but haven't been there in ages. Heading over now. :-)

  20. Hey, me again. You are having a run of good luck. Over on the Parallels: Felix Was Here blog, you won a free e-copy of this anthology! Just drop me an email and let me know if you'd like a Mobi or ePub version. tamara (dot) narayan (at) gmail (dot) com

    Congrats and thanks for visiting and commenting!

  21. I'm thankful I have the freedom, ability, and opportunity to write. I'm surrounded by green and that's a nice change. I'll check out Natalie's blog.


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