Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A Lullaby in the Desert

I’m always happy when I learn of a new-to-me author that I can introduce to you and share their latest release. Today I’m delighted to welcome author Mojgan Azar here to talk about her new book, A LULLABY IN THE DESERT.

This story, which represents the multitude of voices barely heard, is about women’s rights, fighting for freedom from oppression, social conflict, and the dangers pushing so many to flee their homelands to become refugees. The book is fiction but based on fact.

In 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham swept through the Middle East, threatening the lives of women, children, and millions of people already clinging to life after decades of conflict.

This is the incredible story of Susan, an Iranian woman caught in the middle of that war, trapped not only by the terrorists at her doorstep but also by her nationality, her gender, and her innocence. This is a haunting account of war and desperation, taking the reader on a journey through one woman's fight for freedom.


Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Mojgan as she stops by to talk about her book. Welcome, Mojgan.

Have you ever felt too accustomed to something because you’ve thought about it too much? Like being alone at home with no one around, deep in thought, suddenly aware that the causes of your stress, hurt, and sadness clouding your mind as a headache have all vanished. Maybe you haven’t yet solved this problem, you just accepted it, dealt with it, because you got used to it. The problem may only affect a few people like at work, something personal with your partner, or maybe they’re bigger than society itself. You know you can’t do it alone.

What about getting too accustomed to being careless about the world we live in? At this point, the problem isn’t a lover’s quarrel or a spat between friends. No, those small problems can be safely ignored. The problems we can’t ignore are those affecting millions, affecting our human family around the world.

What should we do then? Should we go home and sit in front of the television, drinking our coffee and tea, pretending nothing happened? If we step out of the way, toward our chairs and away from the challenge of doing the right thing, we only succeed in empowering those cruel people who wouldn’t have it any other way. The moment we stop caring, those cruel people will fill the void of our inaction with their injustice, their inequality, and their inhumanity. Those people may be your boss, your parents, your partner, or they may be unknown strangers never met. They are also world leaders, criminals, and ideologues, drawing their power from our silence.

My new book, A Lullaby in the Desert, stands up for those who cannot defend themselves. It speaks for those women, children, and men who still fight for their freedom, whose struggles are answered with the cold steel of bullets, with the masked face of the executioner. If we become accustomed to accepting their fates in silence, we produce those fates for them.

Susan, our protagonist in A Lullaby in the Desert, believes in justice, equality, and humanity. She seeks the freedom that we are born with but lost as soon as our eyes open. Borders and innocence are both a mirage for Susan as she makes her way through the maze of Iraq, Syria, and Iran while everyone, from her uncouth boss hiding behind his position to depraved smugglers hiding behind their guns, attempts to wield an unjust power over her in her state of weakness and helplessness.

Writing helps me to stay vigilant and aware of those injustices occurring all around me in this world. I am repeating the words I hear, yes, repeating them, but in a way that ensures they are not forgotten like so many news stories flashing across the screen. I write to ensure we not only bear witness to what’s going on, but also to take steps to be responsible for the good we can do in the world.

We are all affected by our environments, whether good or bad. This reminds me of a saying in Persian uttered when we encounter someone by accident after years of not seeing one another: “It’s a small world!” Our world is so small and sooner or later our actions will affect everyone, including ourselves and those on the other side of the planet. Violence is just like the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all of us. We are struggling, millions have died, untold others suffer. Many have lost their loved ones; many have become homeless. This has really shown the connectedness we share as humans.

We shouldn’t let borders divide us, and they certainly don’t keep us all safe. Sometimes they trap us. Borders sift us into groups and make us sit far away from one another, creating animosity and otherness. It’s time to stand up and come together.

Let’s come together as one, using our connectedness for positive change to make a better world for us and for the generations to come. Let’s give voices to the voiceless, let’s show our care and put our hope into action. Let’s be someone our children will be proud to emulate.

Mojgan, thanks so much for visiting with us and sharing this insight into your writing and why you write.

A LULLABY IN THE DESERT is available to purchase at the following sites:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lullaby-Desert-Mojgan-Azar/dp/1912092816

https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-lullaby-in-the-desert/mojgan-azar/9781912092819

https://arkbound.com/product/a-lullaby-in-the-desert-by-mojgan-azar/

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08TTWVBNC 

https://www.bookbub.com/books/a-lullaby-in-the-desert-by-mojgan-azar 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-lullaby-in-the-desert-mojgan-azar/1138807883?ean=2940165295133  

Meet the Author

MOJGAN AZAR was born in Iran and lived most of her adult life in Iraq. She was living in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2014 when the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham swept through the area, displacing millions and trapping Mojgan in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Her harrowing experiences have inspired her writings, and for the first time she is making that story known to the world.

For more on Mojgan and her writing, you can connect with her at the following sites:

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B08SW1PLNQ

Instagram: mojganwrites 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn’t Susan sound like a protagonist you would cheer on from beginning to end?

Monday, April 19, 2021

I’m In The Dark

When it comes to coding or anything to do with Blogger, I’m completely in the dark.

An example of this is I’m still trying to figure out the new Blogger style. When I put a photo in, it makes the print next to it so small I have to go back and make it the largest font and then it looks strange. (See what I mean by looking at the first paragraph.)

Well, that darkness just got a lot blacker recently with the following notice.

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I’m sure many or most of you have received the same announcement. I don’t have a clue what to do. I followed the instruction and downloaded my email subscription list, but it looks like Greek to me.

Can anyone break this down into plain English for me (and possible others)? I’m not sure what to do now. Is there another service where readers can get the post sent to them or be notified there is a post? What other ways are there to be notified that a new post has gone live?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’m sorry I’m in a “pity party” mood about this, but it is SO  confusing to me and I don’t want to lose any of you. Can anyone help?

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Blind Switch (+ Giveaway)

It’s a pleasure to be a part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for author Lyn Farrell’s THE BLIND SWITCH, the first installment in her Rosedale Investigations Mystery series.

The Blind Switch
By Lyn Farrell

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series: A Rosedale Investigations Mystery
Publisher: Camel Press (January 12, 2021)
Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816968
ISBN-13: 978-1603816960
Digital ASIN: B08QBH2BHH

The first book in the Rosedale Investigations series finds Wayne Nichols, our doggedly determined Detective, and his sassy and irreverent partner, Dory Clarkson, starting new jobs as private investigators. Their first client, Cara Summerfield, comes with what appears to be a missing person's case.

Cara got pregnant in high school and baby Danny was adopted. Her husband, Grant, an up-and-coming politician has never been told about the pregnancy. Their only clue is an unreadable return address on a letter sent to Cara from Danny's girlfriend. Danny is now a racehorse trainer and has been assaulted for non-payment of gambling debts.

Cara charges Rosedale Investigations to find Danny and keep his existence completely confidential. When Danny is found, he's in the ICU and not expected to live. When he passes away, it appears to the pathologist to be natural causes, but Detective Nichols doesn't buy it. It looks like murder to him.


THE BLIND SWITCH
is available for purchase at Amazon - B&N - Kobo

Meet the Author

Lynda J. Farquhar (penname Lyn Farrell) holds a master’s degree in English and a Ph.D. in Higher Education/Administration from Michigan State University. Prior to her retirement from MSU, she was a professor in the College of Human Medicine where she worked for 30+ years.

When she retired, she returned to her first love, writing, and self-published a YA Trilogy, “Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom.” Subsequently, she and her daughter, Lisa Fitzsimmons, wrote a 7-book mystery series, “The Mae December Mysteries,” published by Camel Press under their joint penname, Lia Farrell. Marketing efforts for the Mae December mysteries, as well as much work by Camel on subsidiary rights, deal with Harlequin, have resulted in sales of 22,000+ (to date) for the series. She is now writing a new mystery series, “Rosedale Investigations.” The first is titled, “The Blind Switch” and was released in January 2021.

For more on Lyn and her writing, you can connect on the following links:

Webpage and blog https://www.lynfarrell.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rosedale-Investigations-by-Lyn-Farrell-110618660507612

Request to receive newsletters: https://www.lynfarrell.com/newsletter.html

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Thanks for stopping by today. Doesn’t this sound like an intriguing mystery?

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