Thursday, 20 October 2011


Here's a sneak preview of my next North American release.
MONARCH OF THE SANDS features Zahid and Francesca and is an emotional read about a once-geeky girl and the man who suddenly has the burden of Kingship thrust upon him.

My research for this book was done with the assistance of the brilliant Dr. Lloyd Wood, who was then rather surprised to discover that I'd used hardly any of the things we'd discussed! But as I explained (and say to all students of writing) - you don't need to show the research you've done. Just the fact that you've done it means you can write with freedom and confidence.

I just lurve the cover because it shows the Sheikh in a very intimate moment and I don't just mean because he's kissing Francesca. It would have to be a very relaxed King to have taken off his socks, wouldn't it?

The book will be published on January 24th, but you can pre-order your copy here.
The blue sky behind them reminds me of a line from one of my favourite poems: "All in the blue, unclouded weather."

Who knows which poem I'm talking about?


  1. I don't want to cheat and look it up, but I think it's Tennyson. Am I close?

    Congratulations on the new release, Sharon. It looks like another good one.

  2. Thanks, Dan - it's a book I'm rather fond of and a friend told me that the ending made her want to cry (but please don't let that put you off!).

    Very admirable of you not to look up that line of verse (haven't things become impossibly easy with the Net?). But yes, it is Tennyson. Lavish and lyrical - you probably know which one...

  3. Or when the Moon was overhead,
    Came two young lovers lately wed.
    "I am half sick of shadows," said
    The Lady of Shalott.

    Evocative. Lovely. Brilliant.

  4. "...the man who suddenly has the burden of Kingship thrust upon him"?

    I'm reasonably sure that that's not the overall... thrust... of the story.