I’m thrilled to tell you that my new book, Reprisal is now stocked in Border’s bookstores.
For a new author like me, unknown and unlisted on the NY Times Book Review, to get into a major chain is very exciting. Why is it there?
I think the cover of the book is compelling. My good friend, Jeff Holmes designed it. The story is about terrorists who plot to use stolen samples of small pox virus to infect American children and then send them back into the schools as weapons of mass destruction to start a plague. The cover mirrors the fear and danger of bio-terrorism. The truly scary aspect for me is that small pox was eradicated from the planet in 1979. No other vaccines were developed and everyone on the planet is vulnerable to the disease–no one has a defense to it. The face of someone plotting to release a deadly virus looks menacing and evil.
People who have read the book tell me it’s a page-turner. I’m happy about that since that was the purpose–to entertain people with a good story.
Also, the main character is an American woman, born here who happens to be Muslim. She’s forced to defend a terrorist who is also Muslim but is totally opposite from her version of Islam. The struggle to be a moderate Muslim in America forms the theme of the book–religious tolerance.
If you’re interested, check it out at the Borders stores around the Cities.
And thanks to all the wonderful readers who have not only purchased the book but have given me many nice words of support!! Thanks to you all.