Saturday, January 28, 2017

Romancing the Middle East with Avril Tremayne - Day 1

Today I am thrilled to introduce my new release to Get Lost in a Story.

Now You're Mine is set in the Abu Dhabi desert and the city of Boston and is what I call a ten-blush book (ie, super sexy). It's a very special story to me because it was inspired by the most culturally enriching time in my life, when I lived and worked among the absolutely fabulous Arab Muslims in the United Arab Emirates. It’s published by Penguin Random House - the e-book is already out and the print book is out from tomorrow.


 Journalist Jenna Martin has led a very unadventurous life - until now.

Sent to the Arabian desert to review an exclusive new holiday resort, she stumbles into the path of a beautiful, exotic stranger, Kalan Al Talyani.

Over one unforgettable night, the reclusive billionaire will tempt her, test her, seduce her, and offer her an electrifying taste of a life outside her comfort zone.

When Jenna returns to America she tells herself it was just a magical one-night stand, an experience that's already starting to feel more dream than reality.

But then Kalan follows her home to Boston - and Jenna is forced to make a choice. Should she stay within the confines of her current life? Or take a risk on a life that's different from anything she's ever imagined . . .?


Get an e-copy at Amazon or a print copy (free shipping) at Book Depository.

So, about Abu Dhabi...

I'll never forget heading to Sydney Airport to board my flight to take on what ended up being my last corporate job. One of my main fears was that I would make make a never-ending string of unforgivable faux pas as I navigated my clumsy way around an unfamiliar culture.

Well, I definitely had my fair share of foot-in-mouth moments over the next three years, but my new Arab Muslim colleagues were unfailingly generous, patient, kind, and good-humoured, and never made me feel like the dolt I undoubtedly was.

The truth is, I was intensely interested in everything about my new place of residence and its people, and because of that, my new friends and colleagues were quick to unlock a piece of their world for me. My questions were answered, all kinds of experiences were offered to me, and I was accepted in ways I hadn't even dreamed of. Looking back I'd say those years were characterised by a sort of poetry (and I did, in fact, come to understand that poetry is intrinsic to life in the UAE) and I hope that some of that feeling will stay with me always. 

It was inevitable that I'd end up writing a book to celebrate that period of my life. In fact, I started tapping out the first chapter of Now You’re Mine while I was still living there. I'm glad I put it aside, though, because hindsight has made me appreciate those memories even more. 

In a way, it's a romance in more than the usual way - my own love story for a land I will never forget.
My heroine, Jenna, sees herself as a very ordinary girl from Boston, but when she gets lost in the Abu Dhabi desert and meets the beautifully exotic Kalan Al Talyani she starts to transform into a woman she doesn't recognise - a woman she is almost scared to know...

Here's a little peek at what you can expect from this super steamy, ravishingly romantic story...




Now You’re Mine is a story about two worlds colliding, about exploring who you are and what you're made of, about searching for something even when you don’t know what that something is, and about finding your place to belong.

I’ll be sharing a couple of excerpts and a few fun facts over the couple of days, and giving away a $25 Amazon gift card at the end of my little celebration. Enter any time up until midnight on Tuesday by leaving me a comment about a time you were scared about something new coming into your life.

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13 comments:

  1. Hi,

    any time I have jumped into a new job has been rather scary. Especially if it was a hospital department I was unfamiliar with.

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    1. I was a nurse for a little while and my first day on the ward terrified me because I was scared I would maim or kill someone accidentally!

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  2. The scariest was moving to a new state...

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    1. I think anything where you're packing up everything you own is terrifying.

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  3. Almost ALL Change is scary to me but I remember it wasn't my 1st child It was My 3rd i cried for hours wondering if I was doing the right thing (Little too late then LOL) by having another baby

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    1. My reply to this seems to have been eaten! But I have to say, that is what I'd call a delayed reaction. I only had one child, and I;ve been terrified every day of my life ever since!

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    2. Ya They are all scary knowing you are making a person ya know LOL

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  4. I always fear that what I am leaving behind was better than what is ahead. Every night I fear the next morning!

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    1. Oh dear - my reply to this too has disappeared. I've had a few nights recently wondering what the morning, the day, the week, the year, will bring - but I find the necessity of moving ahead calms me.

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  5. When my wife was having our 1st baby and I knew I was now responsible for a child's well being

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    1. Yikes! That is very scary indeed. And strangely enough I helped deliver a few babies when I was a nurse, and I've seen the look parents get in their eyes - right before the love takes over.

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  6. My father died in 2005 and my mother was a widow for 10 years. People tried to fix her up, and men tried to date her, but she said she had been married to the best man ever (I had to agree), so she didn't need another husband. She seemed happy. Then she announced she was dating a man and, very soon after that, they announced their engagement. They got married very quickly (when you are 77 and 82, time moves at hyper speed). I was scared about allowing this new man, my "stepdad" (!!!), into our lives. I soon learned he is a real gem; a wonderful, kind, fun, man who loves my mother to the moon and back. And she loves him so much--I thought she had reached a happy place as a widow, but now she is giddy with joy even after over a year of marriage. Sometimes they just sit and hold hands and giggle. Theirs is a true life romance. Nothing to fear there.

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    1. I can only imagine how unsettling that must be - but how fabulous for your mother, and for you to see her so happy. Thanks for sharing that story.

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