Friday, January 6, 2012

Heart of Flame

So guess what? Because of the magicalness of epublishers like Samhain and Ellora's Cave, we get to have loads more Janine Ashbless books than ever before! Oh, I remember the days when I had to wait a whole year for a new Janine Ashbless book, back when Black Lace was still around. But no longer!

Behold, her new book from Samhain!

And she's here, on my little blog, as part of her blog tour for it! Hooray!

Take it away, Janine:

Hey Charlotte – it’s lovely to be here on your blog!

I’m approaching the middle of a blog tour for my Arabian Nights e-novel Heart of Flame, and I’ve already gabbed so much my throat is sore. So I thought that what I’d do here is give you a recipe for a fantastic refreshing drink I’ve enjoyed supping in Damascus. It’s a crazy vivid green, it’s frothy… it’s:

Laymoun Bi-Na’ Na’

(though no, there are no bananas involved)

6 lemons
1 pint cold water
225g / ½ lb powdered/icing sugar
2 fistfuls of fresh mint leaves

• Wash and slice two of the lemons and discard pips. Blitz them in a blender – yes, rind, pith and all.
• Add the juice of the other 4 lemons
• Add the water
• Blitz
• Add sugar to taste
• Add mint, blitz again until smooth. Drink fresh.
• Enjoy the sugar rush!

And if this is too sweet, then the other appropriate beverage for reading Arabian Nights stories to, is - of course - coffee. Take it strong, black and flavoured with cardamom. That’s how my heroine makes it :)

Have fun!

Janine Ashbless

Orsum, right? Fab books AND drinks!

Here's the info for Heart of Flame, cos I know you want to run out and buy it immediately:

And on the One-Thousand-and-Second night, Scheherazade told this story…

By day, Taqla uses her forbidden sorcery to move freely about the city of Damascusin the guise of an old sage. Her true identity known only by her faithful servant woman, Taqla is content with the comfortable, if restrictive, life that keeps her safe from the control of any man. Until she lays eyes on a handsome merchant-traveler. Suddenly her magical disguise doesn’t rest so easily on her shoulders.

When long-time widower, Rafiq, hears that the Amir’s beautiful daughter has been kidnapped by a scheming djinni—and that she will be given in marriage to her rescuer—he seeks the help of “Umar the Wise” to ensure he will be that man. Yet as he and the disguised Taqla set off, he senses that his prickly male companion is hiding something.

In a moment of dire peril, all of Taqla’s secrets are stripped bare—her fears, her sorcery and, worst of all, her love for Rafiq. Yet the princess’s life hangs in the balance, and there is no running away or turning back. Even though passion may yet betray them all...

Product Warning: Scary monsters and creepy ruins in the desert—check. Pagan gods that demand blood-sacrifices—double check. A handsome hero who looks good in a robe and even better out of it—oh yeah. Check, check and check. That’s worth a heroine dropping a veil or two.

Heart of Flame sale link:

What are you waiting for??


  1. Hello there Charlotte, most wonderful of blog hosts! Thank you for letting me come here and burble at your readers.
    You're right about the speed of e-publishing - Not only is "Heart of Flame" out now, but I've got a vampire book coming out THIS MONTH! And I'm supposed to be handing in another novel manuscript today! Aieeeee!! What happened?

    I'm not complaining, mind - I just have to increase my output!

  2. No worries, hon, lovely to have you! And yep - increase that output. More books for me, hooray!