Cherie Burbach used her experience with meeting her husband online to pen At the Coffee Shop, a humorous look at the world of Internet dating. Cherie went on over 60 coffee dates in just six months. She met lots of great people and one of those turned out to be the guy she would marry just one year later.
She is the Dating Feature Writer for Suite101, an online magazine with over 10 million views monthly, and also the author of three poetry books, including A New Dish and The Difference Now. Her latest, Father’s Eyes, has received the 2008 Editor’s Choice Award by Allbooks Review. Cherie blogs at Jennifer Lopez, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Career and Kids, Celebrity Apprentice, Gossip on Sports, and Diabetes Notes.
For poets looking for a review of their book, check out Cherie’s new site Bonjour Poetry Reviews.
Readers have resonated with Cherie’s honest and inspirational “This I Believe” essay, which is the second-most popular out of over 32,000 entries on the NPR website. For more information, please visit Cherie’s website at www.thedifferencenow.com or www.datingdatingall-things-dating.blogspot.com.
From the darkest hour of American history emerges a mesmerizing tale of tender love, a life interrupted, and faith recovered. Arissa Illahi, a Muslim artist and writer, discovers in a single moment that no matter how carefully you map your life, it is life itself that chooses your destiny.
After her husband’s death in the collapse of the World Trade Center, the discovery of his manuscript marks Arissa’s reconnection to life. Her unborn son and the unfinished novel fuse in her mind into one life-defining project that becomes, at once, the struggle for her emotional survival and the redemption of her race.
Saffron Dreams is a novel about our ever evolving identities and the events and places that shape them. It reminds us that in the midst of tragedy, our dreams can become a lasting legacy.
I had a hard time putting this book down. Shaila Abdullah’s “Saffron Dreams” is a book that will tug at your heartstrings and won’t let go. Arissa Illahi marries the man of her dreams, a man she meets by chance and then meets again years later through a matchmaker, an age old tradition she despises but this time the matchmaker really did get it right. Truly a marriage that was meant to be.
She has everything she could ask for: a strong marriage, the freedom to pursue her career without worrying about financial issues, and a child on the way. Her husband’s dream of being a successful writer is still in the works so for the meantime he works in the World Trade Center. And, on the morning of 9/11 she watches in horror as the planes strike not once but twice, changing her world and shaking her to her core.
She has so many decisions to make but the hardest part is going to be raising her child without a father. She struggles with her feelings and even contemplates ending her life to try and end the pain that she feels. But, she becomes a wonderful parent of a child that has some disabilities that require his dependance on his mother. She also discovers a manuscript her husband had written and uses its contents to shape the life she intends to lead.
This is one of the most poignant books that I have read. I think all Americans can remember where they were when the attack on the World Trade Center occured, but this author sheds a different light on it. The writing is excellent and this book was very hard to put down.
Shaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer, based in Austin, Texas. Her creative work focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of Pakistani women and their often unconventional choices in life. Her debut book, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, is a collection of stories about Pakistani women struggling to find their individualities despite the barriers imposed by society.
Among other accolades, the book won the Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction and the DIY Festival Award. Abdullah received a grant from the Hobson Foundation for her new novel, Saffron Dreams which is about the trials and tribulations of a 9/11 Muslim widow.
Abdullah has written several short stories, articles, and personal essays for various publications, such as Dallas Child, Web Guru, About Families, Sulekha, Women’s Own, She, Fashion Collection and a magazine of the Daily Dawn newspaper called Tuesday Review, etc. She is a member of the Texas Writers’ League.
SAFFRON DREAMS VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on March 2 and end on March 27. You can visit Shaila’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in March to find out more about this talented author!
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.
Would you like to win a copy of Never Give Up by Joyce Meyer on audio? Here is some info about the book:
“People who are called to greatness meet great challenges,” writes Joyce Meyer in this essential new book. She reminds us that we have the potential for greatness and provides practical, useful information about how to overcome the challenges we face.
In classic Joyce Meyer style, she provides proven “how-to’s” and practical methods along with her encouragement. Joyce has been there. She offers us the benefit of her own experience and helps us avoid the hazards on the way to realizing our dreams.
As we pursue the best in every area of our lives – health, family, finances, career, future, and all the plans God has for us – we will find the inspiration necessary to keep putting one foot in front of the other. No matter how weary we grow on the journey of everyday life, Joyce’s message will empower us to persevere through difficulties, and remind us in a variety of ways: “You can do it-whatever ‘it’ is for you– if you never give up.”
I will be giving away 3 copies of this audiobook. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. I will be drawing the winners on April 12 so make sure to leave a comment. Please remember to have a valid email address so I know where to contact you and thanks!
Hailed as “rodeo’s bad boy” for his talent at taming bulls and women, Dylan Creed likes life in the fast lane. But when the daughter he rarely sees is abandoned by her mother, Dylan heads home to Stillwater Springs ranch. Somehow the champion bull rider has to turn into a champion father—and fast.
Town librarian Kristy Madison is uncharacteristically speechless when Dylan Creed turns up for story time with a toddler in tow. The man who’d left a trail of broken hearts—including her own—is back…and this time Kristy’s determined to tame his wild ways once and for all.
Dylan is Book Two in the Montana Creed series, and did not disappoint. I actually found that I liked Dylan even more than Logan – I think little Bonnie had something to do with that. Dylan is a typical bad boy – bull riding and poker playing, along with women, are his passions in life. But, his life is drastically changed when he comes out to his truck to find his two year old daughter waiting for him, her mother nowhere in site.
Unsure of how he is going to take care of his daughter (typical father material he is not) he decides to take her to story time at the local library, and to his surprise Kristy is the town librarian…and an old flame of his. These two have a lot of baggage between them but despite it all they are able to start a new life together.
I think the thing that I enjoy most about these stories is that they focus on the characters in such depth. There are subplots that help the plot along but do not deter from the heart of the story, and the love that forms between the hero and his leading lady. Although there are some things that are typical of most romance novels, I believe that these have an extra flair that truly sets them apart, and would highly recommend this series!
Lily Kenyon left Stillwater Springs years ago, but has returned to help her father recover from a heart attack, and to try and make a fresh start. Being a single mom isn’t easy, but she feels that Stillwater Springs might be the place for her to start a new life with her daughter, a place that has memories, both good and bad.
The Creed brothers have had problems, but nothing will keep them off of their ranch, trying to restore their family bond. And Tyler is no different. A former rodeo star, he is arrogant and thinks that people should look up to him for all of his accomplishments. What he doesn’t expect is to have Lily Kenyon back in her life. The history they have hangs heavy between the two – will they rekindle a flame that they thought went out years ago?
This is the third book in the Montana Creeds series and it is certainly not my last book by Linda. Ms. Miller has such an excellent way of writing her characters to make them jump off of the page, and the emotion that they exhibit is exceptional! Watching these characters try and overcome their past and rooting them on was a joy. I would highly recommend this book!