Sunday, June 27, 2010

Free copy of Forbidden Rose

You want a copy of Forbidden Rose?  You haven't bought one yet?

Here's your chance.

Fellow historical writer Deniz -- she does YA -- is giving away a copy of Forbidden Rose.  Here.


Drop a comment by her blog to enter, then read down the page a bit till you encounter 'sahlep'.

Sahlep is not a magical kingdom located in the Mountains of the Moon or a Rock Star from Israel or a breed of long, slinky dog.  It's an ancient beverage made of orchid flour, still served in Turkey.

It's so ancient, it was a predecessor to coffee and chocolate in Europe.  As 'saloop' it was popular in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century coffee houses in England. 

The wiki, here, explodes the notion that the name means 'fox testicles', which takes somewhat of the fun out of it, do you not think?


  1. Oh no, fox testicles? But it tastes like pudding!

    Thanks for the promotion Jo :-)

  2. I think it's sort of a cute idea, as long as you know it's all figurative.

    Sahlep was thought to be an aphrodisiac.

    Hmmm. Everything was thought to be an aphrodisiac. I guess that's what folks did before iPods.

  3. Great job with your novels! I kept the first two on my "keep" shelf and was so pleased at Rose that I tried to write an Amazon review. Haven't figured out how to do that yet (I am a worried about privacy) but I had to tell you how well-written your novels are. Thanks so much -- maybe you will single-handedly revive historical romantic suspense. Peggy

  4. Hi M --

    Thank you so much for liking the books.

    I am not exactly sure how to do an Amazon review. There is some way to do reviews with a 'handle' obviously.

    One of those thousands of defaults has to be set . . .