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Monday, December 13, 2010

Voting Begins in Round Three of the Writing with the Stars Contest (successor to American Title)

Voting opens today at RTBookReviews.com for Round Three of the Writing with the Stars Contest. Here is my attempt at a back cover blurb for Aliya Arabesque as well as Mentor Emma Lang's comments:

ROUND THREE: BEST BACK COVER BLURB
December 13 - January 2

Back Cover Blurb:

BETWEEN RESISTANCE AND SURRENDER LAYS A WORLD OF
DISCOVERY…

ALIYA ROBERTS OF NEW YORK—A woman who rebuilt her shattered life and swallowed her hatred of the Middle East, the world from which her parents' murderers came in jihad. When her sister disappears in Saudi Arabia, she must journey into the depths of her heart not only to find her sister, but forgive her Arab blood.

SHEIKH FARŪQ OF THE AL-`AZĪZ—A man deeply imbued with the ways of his ancient land, devoted to his faith, and responsible for his tribe. He carries an American infidel of al-Jābir blood out of a sandstorm and into his harem, challenging his world. To rule his desert kingdom, he must awaken Aliya Roberts of New York to her destiny as `Āliya of Arabia.

A JOURNEY ACROSS TWO WORLDS—Their desire is undeniable, but dangerous. Sheikh Farūq’s burning passion ignites a firestorm among the al-`Azīz, while Aliya’s conflicted heart brings the al-`Azīz to the brink of war with the al-Jābir. To be together, they must betray their worlds, but to love forever, they must sacrifice their beliefs and surrender their hearts.

BETWEEN DESIRE AND SACRIFICE LAYS THE ROAD TO
ETERNITY…

Mentor Emma Lang’s Comments:


Writing a book blurb can be one of the hardest things a writer can do. How do you summarize ninety thousand words in two hundred? It’s a task not to be taken lightly. Madeline started well, and we worked through revisions to tweak it until we both felt it was ready to entice readers from the back cover of a book. Rereading it now, I have to say Madeline really nailed it.




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