Articles for the Month of November 2016

Light of the Desert by Lucette Walters

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Born into a wealthy family, loving parents, and a beautiful home, Zafferra and Noora have the best of everything, including the chance to be educated in London. What more could they want?

Noora is engaged to Michel, handsome and with good prospects he is everything a girl could want, and he is deeply in love with her.

However, this story is about sibling rivalry, a common problem, however Zaffeera’s jealousy of her sister Noora transcends all reason. Carefully hidden beneath her meek demeanour, Zafferra is harbouring a deep jealousy, it is consuming her! Nobody realises, but as a young girl she had fallen in love with Michel after a chance meeting years before, she should be his wife, and is determined it will be so.

Time is running out, soon the sisters will be leaving London, returning to Egypt for Noora and Michel’s wedding. So, during their last few days in London, Zafferra puts her plan into action…

When they excitedly return home, the reception Noora receives leaves her confused. Then, when she is called to a meeting with her father, her life changes forever. For their father, Farid Fendil is a loyal MOFHAJ member, and having been presented with undeniable evidence of an immoral crime being perpetrated, by a member of his family, he knows what he must do.

Thus Noora finds herself fleeing for her life, travelling across continents, in her pursuit of sanctuary she must take on a new identity.

With her new name, Kelley, her life changes in ways she could never have imagined, however, the past has a way of catching up on you, and as the sisters both discover, the future can never be assumed.

We read every day in the papers, and see on the news the damage and chaos caused by fundamentalist groups, and hear horrific tales of female circumcision, and other ordeals which are inflicted on women and children in the Middle East. This story graphically brings these things to life.

This gripping novel captures your attention from the very first page. It takes you on a wonderful adventure, yet it is also a beautiful love story, interlaced with jealousy, betrayal and a myriad of other emotions. To me it was not only entertaining, but also fascinating, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

About the Author: Lucette Walters was born in Alexandria, Egypt, grew up in Paris, relocated with her family to Chicago, and eventually moved to Los Angeles where she pursued a career in film. She recently completed the screenplay adaptation of Light of the Desert and is working on her second novel.

About the Book: It is 1972 when Noora Fendil is born into a wealthy Middle Eastern family. As she grows up blessed with beautiful eyes and a lean body, Noora’s intelligent yet plain younger sister, Zaffeera, becomes increasingly jealous. But now that Noora is engaged to the only man she has ever wanted, Zaffeera’s envy is about to spiral out of control. Just before her wedding, Noora is framed by Zaffeera, who has developed a diabolical plan to destroy her sister’s happiness. Believing she has shamed him and dishonored the family name, Noora’s father follows a secret ancient practice and attempts to drown her. As her lifeless body floats away from him, Noora’s father has no idea she has survived. Now on a journey to escape her nightmare, Noora’s dangerous path takes her from Jordan to Egypt and France, and eventually California. Along the way, she hides her true identity in the hope that one day she can return to prove her innocence, even as she is stalked by a fundamentalist determined to seek justice. Light of the Desert shares the moving tale of a Middle Eastern woman’s remarkable journey of survival, courage, and the ultimate act of humanity. “. . . A truly inspiring and engrossing novel. . .”

Available from Amazon in Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Light-Desert-Lucette-Walters/dp/1425977499/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480525758&sr=8-1

Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Light-Desert-Lucette-Walters/dp/1425977480/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480525758&sr=8-1

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Light-Desert-Lucette-Walters-ebook/dp/B00HNPCRJ2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480525758&sr=8-1

 

Dynomike: Friendsgiving by Frankie B Rabbit

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This is a lovely story celebrating what Thanksgiving is REALLY about.

You see, everyone in Dynomike’s class is excited, all they can do is talk about food all the time. They can’t wait for the home bell to ring, and love chattering about the tasty things their family enjoy on Thanksgiving Day.

Dynomike listens to them talking about all the delicious treats they are looking forward to on this special holiday, and feels sad. For him, in his house there will be no turkey, pumpkin pies, corn fritters or other lovely treats eat.

He goes very quiet, and his friends wonder what is the matter? So he explains, it’s because it has been a difficult year for his mom, and they haven’t any money to buy lots of lovely food.

At home, all is sad, and then on Thanksgiving night there is a knock at the door.

Who could it be?

His friends arrive with lot of delicious treats for him, and his mum.

And so, in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, they all have a very special dinner, and joining hands around the table Dynomike, with all his special friends, give thanks to the Lord for all he provides. Then afterwards they have lots of fun, and Dynomike is so happy because he has had the best ‘Friendsgiving’ ever.

I downloaded this super rhyming book and read it to my grandsons when they came around. They loved it and can’t wait to read more of Dynomike’s adventures.

About the Author: Frankie B. Rabbit was born and raised underground; the underground rap scene that is. Walking alone through the rough soils of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and now currently in New Jersey; he traveled most of the North East battle rapping other upcoming hip-hop artists at local night clubs to only find himself getting paid in vegetable scraps and free admissions. While, he was winning a majority of his freestyle rap battles, Frankie B. Rabbit was only participating for bonus money to keep his whiskers afloat. Frankie B. Rabbit’s talents were not self-fulfilling for him, and he was seeking to take his talents elsewhere; hopefully to make a difference.

So, while, his rap career was dragging with monotony, he enters, yet another, freestyle rap battle at B.B. Kings in New York City—which ended being his last rap battle after being defeated by an 8 year old second grader in the first round—his name was Dynomike!
“The lyrical niceness, my rhymes so tight I give nightmares to vice grips! This mic is five bucks, this night is five bucks, and Dynomike is — is priceless!” That was only one of the sixteen bars he dropped on Frankie B. Rabbit.

“That kid has some serious lyrics. I was in awe to see someone, especially at his age, have so much passion for something. I said to myself, this kid just gets it. . .” Frankie B. Rabbit’s defeat was more of an enlightenment. This moment, he decided to partner with the young rap phenomena and do something that would be fun, and more importantly make a difference—that’s when Frankie B. Rabbit’s children’s book career began; his defeat against 8 year old Dynomike, was his inspiration to write a series of children’s books–to do something that matters.

About the Book: It’s almost Thanksgiving, and Dynomike’s friends are dreaming of all the delicious foods they’ll be eating. But Dynomike is depressed because he won’t be celebrating with a big feast this year. Just when he thinks his Thanksgiving is ruined, Dynomike gets something to really be thankful for.

It is easy to get caught up in the festivities of Thanksgiving and forget that not everyone is fortunate enough to celebrate. But Dynomike: Friendsgiving reveals how thinking about others at Thanksgiving can give everyone more to be thankful for.

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Friendsgiving-Childrens-Thanksgiving-Rhyming/dp/1539921980/ref=cm_rdp_product_img

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Friendsgiving-Childrens-Thanksgiving-Rhyming-ebook/dp/B01MXCUUL0/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

The Jerusalem Inception by Avraham Azrieli

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The book begins by setting the scene, it is midnight 1944, and Tanya, a young Jewish girl is in a car with her lover, and saviour, General Klaus Koenig. Klaus Koenig is meeting with his old school friend, and banker Armande Hoffgeitz for the last time, Germany is losing the war and the last of the jewels taken from the victims at the concentration camps must be hidden away safely.

But waiting to ambush the car are Elie and Abraham, renegade Jews, intent in wreaking revenge on the Germans for the monstrosities they are committing.

When Elie and Abraham find Tanya, they allow her to stay with them. Soon she and Abraham fall in love. However their happiness is brief, when Elie returns from a raid alone…

Now we jump forward 21 years, and discover that Abraham did not die, but is instead the very important leader of the Neturay Karta, a fiercely anti-Zionist Orthodox sect in Jerusalem.

Tanya is now a respected Mossad secret agent, but her feelings have never died for the handsome young man she thought she’s lost all those years ago.

Therefore, when she discovers he is alive, she has to meet him. However, he is married now, and has a 17 year old son, Jerusalem, or Lemmy, who is a Talmudic scholar. What’s more Abraham is using his important religious standing for another purpose, doing what he feels he must, in a desperate attempt to prevent a second Holocaust.

The repercussions for Abraham’s family are far reaching, and young Lemmy’s life changes in ways he could never have imagined, causing him to question his Talmudic lessons, and things he always believed were true.

Set in a turbulent, modern Jerusalem, this eye-opener of a book tells the story of three people, all survivors of WWII, and how their survival shaped their lives, and made them determined, in their own different ways, to ensure the horrors inflicted on the Jews would never be repeated again.

This book gives an amazing insight into what it was like to live in Jerusalem during those turbulent times, the differences between the Zionists and anti-Zionists, and a glimpse into the government workings, secrets, and agents behind the scenes. Also, as a non-Jewish reader, I enjoyed learning about the Jewish beliefs, and traditions, and finding out about the motivation and leadership behind such an extreme group as the Neturay Karta.

Woven within its pages are secrets and lies, loves lost and hidden, resentment and betrayal.

This amazing story develops in ways in which the reader would never have imagined, and I thoroughly recommend it to mystery and suspense thriller fans.

About the Author:

51gcvkercll-_ux250_Avraham Azrieli’s new novel, Deborah Rising (Harper Collins, 2016), portrays the dramatic (and unlikely) rise of the first woman to lead a nation in recorded human history. A graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City, Azrieli tried many complex court cases before his first novel, The Masada Complex (a political thriller) was published in 2010. A full-time author since then, his other books include the Israeli spy novels The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as Christmas for Joshua (a family drama dealing with interfaith conflicts), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism) and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). He also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash (a guide to dealing with lawyers) and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (a WWII biography, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing). Azrieli grew up in Israel, where he received extensive Talmudic education, served as an intelligence officer and, after attending law school, clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Residing primarily in the United States since 1990, he currently lives near Washington DC with his wife and children. Like Ben Teller, the protagonist in The Mormon Candidate, Azrieli often rides his motorcycle in the mountainous forests of western Maryland. To learn more, visit www.AzrieliBooks.com

About the Book: On the eve of the Six Day War, in the divided city of Jerusalem, a young rabbinical scholar falls in love with a beautiful Mossad agent twice his age, breaks off the shackles of religious observance, and volunteers for a dangerous mission that will determine the outcome of the greatest Mideast war. “The Jerusalem Inception is a unique story that will touch your heart.” Frederick Ramsay, Author of Reapers and the Ike Schwartz Mysteries. “The 1967 war continues to dominate the Middle East. If you want to know what really happened (and at the same time fall in love with a striking cast of unforgettable characters) then The Jerusalem Inception is for you. In the best tradition of Eye of the Needle and The Bourne Identity, this one is a hit!” —Stephen J. Wall, author of The Morning After and On the Fly.

Available from:

Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Jerusalem-Inception-Avraham-Azrieli/dp/1451549512/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1479304809&sr=8-4&keywords=avraham+azrieli

Kindle https://www.amazon.com/Jerusalem-Inception-Scholar-Israeli-Victory-ebook/dp/B004Z7U5HM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1479304809&sr=8-4

and Audio format https://www.amazon.com/The-Jerusalem-Inception/dp/B00PURVKBG/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1479304809&sr=8-4

Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jerusalem-inception-avraham-azrieli/1102254327?ean=9781451549515

Kobo.com as an eBook  https://www.kobo.com/fr/en/ebook/the-jerusalem-inception-a-novel?open=true

Apple (iTunes) https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-jerusalem-inception/id965367252?mt=11