New Year, New You? Not too sure about me, coz I'm a total klutz at making my resolutions stick. So I don't even make resolutions, now, ye know. :)
But here, I can guarantee it's a whole new era. Starting with... a brand-new story that earns the Sunday spotlight from here on.
Slated for release in February this year, Once Upon A Second Chance is my second contribution to the 1NightStand line at Decadent Publishing. Hopefully, it'll be the first of a few releases from my pen this 2013. :)
So, what's this story about? It takes place on my island, Mauritius, and explores a segment of the community that doesn't get much exposure usually. Why? Because the characters are Muslims...
Yes, Muslim people fall in love, endure heartbreak, yearn for another. We don't get to see that often, and also, the Muslim world is also a bit of an enigma for many. This story is my attempt to dispell some myths and perceptions about this religion and culture.
Come meet Leila - she's been living in Mauritius for the past 3 months, after a decade spent in the United Arab Emirates. Adapting to the island culture is proving to be quite a challenge...
These are the opening lines from the story.
“You didn’t have a scarf on when you left.”
At the gravelly voice of her benefactor, Leila Hassan Al-Nadir bit her lip and hastily pulled the thin muslin cloth she’d wrapped around her head. She bunched the fabric and stashed it into her canvas tote.
“It’s the sun,” she mumbled, eyes downcast. How could she have forgotten to discard the scarf once she got in? That way, Carole Laroche’s intense grey eyes wouldn’t have focused on the white strip of cloth that hid her hair.
More to come next week and beyond! Stay tuned for the release date for this one - I, for one, am excited to be able to share this tale with ye all.
Don't forget to check the official SSS list, and visit these amazing peeps - Jessica E. Subject, JM Blackman, Sue Ann Bowling, Kate Warren, Sara Walter Ellwood, Karysa Faire! - among many others!
Hope everyone had a lovely New Year that you spent with your loved ones! May 2013 be a total rocking year for ye all!
From Mauritius with love,