Forbidden by Destiny (Forbidden Love #2) (Paperback)
City Owl Press, 9781949090222, 258pp.
Publication Date: February 3, 2019
Leyla had never known what it felt like to fall in love. Not until her best friend Sara broke Ben's heart.
After the devastating break up, Leyla reluctantly agreed to pick up Sara's things from Ben's home. Leyla thought she was being a good friend, but when she finds Ben completely shattered, her loyalties are tested. He had been her friend too. An afternoon of an innocent lunch and a walk on the beach to cheer him up turns into fireworks when Leyla can't get Ben out of her head.
Pushed to her limits, fighting for a love she's always dreamed of, and against a demon she never knew existed, Leyla must ultimately make a choice. Her decision will come down to loyalty to her best friend, the expectations of her family, or the desires of her wanting heart. Is love worth taking the risk?
"Rich in culture, this first book in the Forbidden Love series immediately draws the reader in to this modern take on a familiar star-crossed lovers tale." - InD'tale ★★★★★
Q: Why do you write?
A: Writing has provided a pathway for me to find myself again, years after I lost sight of who I used to be. When adulthood and motherhood responsibilities caused me to disappear into the background of my own life, writing shined a light that helped me find a way back to that creative woman I was in my youth. It's almost therapeutic. When I was younger, I wrote songs, poetry, and even tried my hand at a novel. But as I got older, time to write was scarce, and life became more demanding. It was difficult to focus on myself. Picking up the pen again, after all these years, has reenergized me. Writing novels has become the one thing in my world that belongs to only me. I pour myself into my characters, and weave together stories that I can get lost in, providing an escape from reality, if only for a moment.
Q: What books do you write?
A: I write Contemporary Romance. I love stories about falling in love, heartbreak, and betrayal. When I write my novels, I try to make them real and raw. My characters are full of flaws, and they make all the wrong choices. Because the truth is, that's real life. People can be emotional and selfish, we can hurt others and be hurt, and be tortured with regret. I love to encompass that reality in the stories I create, showing the ripple effect of choices as they unfold, and the satisfaction of finding true love at the end.
- FORBIDDEN BY FAITH (book 1)
- FORBIDDEN BY DESTINY (book 2)
- FORBIDDEN BY TIME (book 3)
Q: Why should readers pick up your books?
A: The Forbidden Love series is a deeply emotional journey of self-discovery. Full of heartbreak and betrayal, all three books navigate through the joys of new love, and the fallout from when that love bends and breaks relationships. The main characters are young Iranian American women, who are not only trying to find themselves in a diverse world, but are balancing the overbearing family obligations which tie them down, and ultimately, make them question their decisions. Their struggles are endless, and at times, life-changing. Providing a glimpse into a world that is underrepresented, and showing a side of a culture that often remains hidden from society, this series will reel you in and intoxicate you with its secrets. If you are a reader who loves complex characters, rich storytelling, and whirlwind romances that you can sink your teeth into, the Forbidden Love series is for you.
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