Online serializations: Death Mask (The Three Lands) 2/23. Hell's Messenger (Life Prison) 2/21.

http://duskpeterson.insanejournal.com/254308.html

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Death Mask (The Three Lands)</b>



"I came here hoping you would give me an excuse to kill you, but now I can only feel pity for you – pity and horror."

For eighteen years, he has survived in an army unit where few soldiers live more than two or three years. Now he finds himself in circumstances where his life is a living hell. Will the soldier who defied death find that life is too great a challenge?

Soldiers, spies, slaves, rebels, assassins, gods, and men who set out to break him . . . The Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol will learn that his greatest test is himself.




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Hell's Messenger (Life Prison)



"'Death did not hold the name then that he holds now.'"

In Mip's most notorious life prison, Death appears in a strange disguise.

It had seemed for a while that the plan would work: a bold conspiracy by a group of idealistic prisoners and sympathetic guards to stop abuse at Mercy Prison. Then betrayal occurs, and Tyrrell finds himself in a new life prison, with new rules to be learned. No longer is he in a position of leadership; now he is surrounded by men who question his most fundamental values.

He has new allies as well: fellow prisoners who like what they see in him, a healer who refuses to accept current conditions, and guards who may or may not provide the help that the prisoners desperately need. But Hell's messenger, Death, visits Compassion Prison, keeping his face hidden until it is almost too late for Tyrrell to recognize his touch.





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Recommend me readings on pre-Islamic Middle Eastern history, Bedouins, & Middle Eastern Americans

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"Stereotyping marginalised groups isn't satire. Satire speaks truth to power. Stereotypes pander to its prejudices."

--K. J. Charles.


I'm making a plea for reading recommendations, to supplement the book-gathering I've been doing on my own.

Those of you who've been following my Three Lands series know that my new hero mentioned below is going to have a problem the minute he arrives in modern-day USA: he looks Middle Eastern, and he abides by some traces of traditional Bedouin culture.

So I'm in desperate need of books or blogs that talk about the experience of being a Middle Eastern American today - specifically, the various ways in which other Americans react to Middle Eastern Americans. Can you folks recommend any?

I'm also looking for books or documentaries about the Bedouins in the past and present. Those books seem to be scarce; all the ones I've found so far are written by ethnographers or travellers.

Finally, I'm looking for books about the history of the pre-Islamic Middle East: original sources and history books. My hero is coming from a time period that approximates the late 5th / early 6th century CE (about the time of Arthurian Britain), but I'm a fan of ancient history, so any pre-Islamic Middle Eastern history would be fine.

In all of the above cases, bonus points if the books are written by authors who are Middle Eastern or ethnic Middle Eastern.

(I know that this talk of the Middle East is geographically broad, but all I know is that my hero's distant ancestors were desert nomads. He doesn't know any more than that. By the time my hero comes along, his people have been living in a setting akin to the northern Mediterranean - think Italy - for more than a millennia. So his whole culture is, within the context of the fantasy world, "Middle Eastern diaspora.")


WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT

I've started working on a parallel worlds travel romance - sort of like a time travel romance, except that it features travel between a fantasy world (the Three Lands world, as it happens) and our world. I hope to have the first story in that series out soon, as an e-book.

This will be my first heterosexual genre romance series (as opposed to heterosexual romances tucked into series that are mainly on other topics). Any tips from those of you who write heterosexual romance would be much appreciated. And if you readers have favorite heterosexual romance novels or authors, do tell!

Online serializations: Death Mask (The Three Lands) 1/23. Hell's Messenger (Life Prison) 1/21.

http://duskpeterson.insanejournal.com/253901.html

News


I hope you enjoyed your various holidays! I'm starting 2018 with new serializations from two series you'll remember from last year: The Three Lands and Life Prison.



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Death Mask (The Three Lands)</b>



"I came here hoping you would give me an excuse to kill you, but now I can only feel pity for you – pity and horror."

For eighteen years, he has survived in an army unit where few soldiers live more than two or three years. Now he finds himself in circumstances where his life is a living hell. Will the soldier who defied death find that life is too great a challenge?

Soldiers, spies, slaves, rebels, assassins, gods, and men who set out to break him . . . The Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol will learn that his greatest test is himself.




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Hell's Messenger (Life Prison)



"'Death did not hold the name then that he holds now.'"

In Mip's most notorious life prison, Death appears in a strange disguise.

It had seemed for a while that the plan would work: a bold conspiracy by a group of idealistic prisoners and sympathetic guards to stop abuse at Mercy Prison. Then betrayal occurs, and Tyrrell finds himself in a new life prison, with new rules to be learned. No longer is he in a position of leadership; now he is surrounded by men who question his most fundamental values.

He has new allies as well: fellow prisoners who like what they see in him, a healer who refuses to accept current conditions, and guards who may or may not provide the help that the prisoners desperately need. But Hell's messenger, Death, visits Compassion Prison, keeping his face hidden until it is almost too late for Tyrrell to recognize his touch.






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