Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Introducing Zaheera Walker and Her New Novel - Desecrated

Today, I want to welcome fellow South African writer, Zaheera Walker, who is spotlighting her new women's fiction novel, Desecrated. This book is packed with raw emotion! It also highlights the horrors of violence against woman. I had the privilege of being the editor for this amazing work. Note: it is 18+ and tread carefully if you are a sensitive reader.


Rosina Khan has scars on her heart – a secret from her past. Risking everything she makes a run for her life – fleeing Johannesburg for Durban. Welsh-born cardiologist Dylan Evans is in town for two reasons, to care for a patient and to heal his broken heart. Dinner is on his mind and he needs a date – nothing more. Just one fleeting moment under the moonlight is enough for Rosina to fall chin-first for his propriety and charm. Dylan can’t stop thinking about her once home in the UK and takes a chance at love again. They meet up for a getaway in Cape Town. Their flirtatious game of pretend comes to an end. This is real! They were destined to be together by the Fates but one thing stands in the path of their happiness – Tradition. The family Rosina ran from insists she marry her own kind. They desecrated her past and now they intend on destroying her future too. Rosina is in conflict - be a good daughter or stay true to her own heart. It took a heart whisperer to heal her heart from all the trauma; the choice should be easy. The problem with life is the path to happiness is rarely obstacle-free.

Short Excerpt:

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul, that
makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts
and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give
you forever.”

Then, I fold the paper and tuck it into my pocket.

This is it. The moment I waited for since forever.

“Rosina, meeting you was no mistake. You remind me of
an unexpected blossom in the cesspit of life, a tough yet
tender flower. I did not know what it was like to feel love
until I met you. You have made my eyes smile since that
evening under the moonlight. You have enchanted me,
you have challenged me without knowing it and you have
made me believe in love again. You have showed me that
the gentleness of a woman still exists. My heart skips a
beat whenever you are near. You are my forever friend,
my confidant and a big part of my life. You are the
woman to my man. My Cinderella. With every part of
me, I will love and cherish you. I will protect you and
with my flesh I will honour you. I will support and
encourage you to be all that you can and want to be. I am
so proud to take this journey of love with you.”

About the Author:

Zaheera Walker is a self-published South African author of contemporary romance. In addition, she is the author of DEADLINE, a romantic suspense set in her hometown Durban as well as Beautiful Chaos. Her goals in life are simple – to inspire people to turn their dreams into reality, to write stories that others are too afraid to talk about and to never be on a flight that loses its black box. Follow her blog www.daretobedifferentsite.wordpress.com or drop her an e-mail at zaheera.zn@gmail.com 

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By the Way, Check This Out if You're in Joburg:

Desecration is being launched on Saturday, 24 February 2018 at the Palm Continental Hotel in Mayfair, Johannesburg.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Spotlight - Mission Trip, Genesis and Exodus

Today, I want to welcome fellow Clean Reads author, John Theo Jr. He is putting the spotlight on his Christian Dystopian Novel. The book releases on the 9 January!

Mission Trip, Genesis and Exodus

John Theo Jr.

Can an imprisoned son and a redeemed technocrat rescue humanity?


Mission Trip, Genesis and Exodus is the sequel to Mission Trip. In 2077 Doctor Kyle Faison remains trapped on the west coast of New America with a group of villagers he came to help. His father, Landon, races from their hidden underwater city to rescue his son. When Kyle goes missing, Landon tracks him to the city of New Sacramento, where a charismatic leader holds him captive. Landon must find a way past an army of soldiers to reach Kyle before the onset of another nuclear war.

The origin of the underwater city known as the Atoll is revealed in a prequel flashback woven throughout the story. In 2040, technocrat Josiah Saunders has wealth and power and invests much of his resources into life extension technology. He ruins countless lives trying to reach this goal. The combination of a hostile takeover by his competitor, and a failed assassination attempt, send Josiah fleeing into the subway system of New York where he is attacked and left for dead. The narcissistic man soon realizes God has other plans for him, but first he must be broken and rebuilt as a new creature.

About the Author:

John Theo, Jr. has published numerous articles in New England based newspapers and magazines, and has taught screenwriting at the college level. Mission Trip, Genesis and Exodus is his fifth fiction novel and the sequel to 2016’s Mission Trip (Clean Reads Press). John holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. For more information on John check out www.johntheo.com.

Social Media Links for John:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_tXTp-mEENYHe2Ex3LJeXg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=john%20theo&src=typd
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579062130

You can find the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1LBjsWLBbY


The next morning, an explosion woke Josiah from his light sleep. The building moved slightly.

“Open daylight,” he said, throwing aside the silk sheets.

The tinted windows in the penthouse bedroom cleared, revealing the gray early morning skyline of New York. Nothing looked different. Had he dreamed of the explosion? A moment later, flaming debris flittered down outside the windows. Josiah’s stomach dropped, as if following the debris toward the street below.

The speaker on his data pad chirped. “Coming up to get you.” It was Ross. “We're under attack. This isn’t a drill.”

Josiah panicked for a moment before he remembered all the reinforcements and safety measures the building had. It would withstand multiple attacks from a varied assortment of artillery and biological warfare. But why hadn't the alarms kicked in? He threw on a pair of dress pants, shoes, and a sweater, and grabbed his tablet. He wasn’t going to wait for Ross. Before Josiah left the apartment, he glanced one last time out the living room window. There were two sparks of light a few miles in the distance. Trails of smoke followed the flashes through the early morning skyline.

The tablet in his hand spoke in a calm male voice. “Warning. Incoming rockets.”