It’s party time at the Inkwell again!
Dina Sleiman’s Dance from Deep Within just released from Whitefire Press! And we’re excited about it.
Despite her conservative Muslim heritage, Layla Al-Rai longs for a chance to earn her degree in engineering and perhaps even...dare she dream...to choose her own husband. But young women from her background rarely enjoy such freedoms. When she finally talks her parents into letting her attend college, she is drawn to fellow twenty-something students, Allie and Rain, over a class project.
Allie, the blonde ballerina, faces her own struggles as she deals with an ex-fiancé and a church she had hoped to leave behind. Rain, the bi-racial hippie chick, longs for something to believe in, but her questioning could cost her the love of her life.
When Layla's childhood sweetheart reenters her world, it seems her dreams might become real. Until everything falls apart. When she meets truth face to face, will she find the courage to accept it even if it requires the ultimate sacrifice?
This is an ambitious story that tackles real issues. And though it doesn’t shy away from tough truths, it is ultimately a story of hope. And it’s garnering a lot of interest and good press. Dina’s even got an endorsement from Jim Rubart.
As you can see we have every reason to throw a party! And here to help out are some of the characters from Dance from Deep Within.
|This guy is great for Mo, Layla's love interest, although Mo doesn't have that much facial hair. Dina thinks this man is actually a prince from Bahrain.|
|This guy is pretty close to how Dina pictures Rain's significant other, James.|
|Fairly good model for Andy, Allie's ex-fiance.|
Wow! With wait staff like this, well, let's just say I'm going to pull up a seat and stay awhile!
So help yourself to the buffet. In honor of Layla's heritage we’ve got all kinds of Middle Eastern goodies. There are dried figs, almonds, baklava, hummus and pita chips. And you’ll love the ma’moul--those are shortbread cookies with all kinds of fillings, from walnut and date, to pistachio, or my favorite--chocolate custard. Mmm. My mouth is watering. And of course we can wash it all down with some strong, hot coffee. I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to drink it the Aarabic way, but if you're game just whisper a word to the wait staff and they'll make one for you.
The grill is heating up for shish kabobs later. And we might even sneak in a few Greek dolmades.
But would we leave you with all those calories and no way to burn them off? Of course not! Join in and dance the dabke with us like the girls do in the story. It’ll be fun. Here’s a video to show you how.
And if all that good food and exercise wears you out then now is the time to pick up a copy of Dance from Deep Within. The kindle version is on sale for just $3.99! That is a steal! And you can get it here.
Dina is also giving away a copy of Dance from Deep Within! The reader can even choose whether they want a paperback copy or e-book! Just leave a comment to be entered. The winner will be chosen on Sunday. So be sure to comment even after you buy a copy for yourself, because this novel will make a GREAT Christmas gift! And check back early next week to see who wins.