The Bride of Amman

The Bride of Amman

Synopsis: The Bride of Amman, a huge and controversial bestseller when first published in Arabic, takes a sharp-eyed look at the intersecting lives of four women and one gay man in Jordan’s historic capital, Amman—a city deeply imbued with its nation’s traditions and taboos. When Rana finds herself not only falling for a man of the wrong faith, but also getting into trouble with him, where can they go to escape? Can Hayat’s secret liaisons really suppress the memories of her abusive father? When Ali is pressured by society’s homophobia into a fake heterosexual marriage, how long can he maintain the illusion? And when spinsterhood and divorce spell social catastrophe, is living a lie truly the best option for Leila? What must she do to avoid reaching her ‘expiry date’ at the age thirty like her sister Salma, Jordan’s secret blogger and a self-confessed spinster with a plot up her sleeve to defy her city’s prejudices? These five young lives come together and come apart in ways that are distinctly modern yet as unique and timeless as Amman itself. Metadata: Publication date: July 21, 2015 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 250 ISBN: 978-988-12198-9-3 Price (paper): US$17.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 53,000 eISBN: 978-988-12198-2-4 Price (e-book): US$7.99 Buy E-book: Amazon Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository Blurbage: Arabic Literature (in Engish) – ArabLit.Org The Arab Observer Words Without Borders Susan Blumberg-Kason It is extremely honest of Fadi Zaghmout to lift the darkest and heaviest curtain on his society. The Bride of Amman tells of a society infested with taboos. In revealing the stories of women and men alike, and by capturing their thoughts and highlighting their tragedies whilst growing into adulthood, we learn to appreciate their sacrifices and share their struggles in an impressive bid for freedom. A very courageous debut. – Hanan Al-Shaykh, author of Women of Sand and Myrrh, The Story of Zahra, and One Thousand and One Nights Think Sex and the Citadel meets Ramadan soap: The Bride of Amman is a dramatic portrait of young men and women looking for love in a time of taboo. An  insightful and impassioned account of the high cost of social conformity—in and out of the bedroom. – Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. Fadi Zaghmout engages the full range of human emotion as he confronts head-on the destructive, corrosive effects of prejudice, tradition, and male privilege on sexuality, sexual expression, and gender identity. Charged, dynamic, and engaging, The Bride of Amman is sure to disturb and please—and to remain with readers long after they’ve finished Zaghmout’s compelling narrative of four lives...

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The Prism of Life

The Prism of Life

Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 What is the purpose of my life? If you have begun asking this question, you are ready to embark on your spiritual journey; you are ready for your spiritual awakening. The Prism of Life contains passages channeled directly through the Akashic Records, to help you find your purpose in life. 我人生目的是什麼? 若你開始思考這問題,你已準備好展開你生命的靈性之旅;你已準備好迎接靈性上覺醒。<生命的稜鏡>,乃透過直接聯繫上阿卡西記錄接收得來,冀能幫助你找到人生目的。 Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: October 04, 2014 Print edition: 5 x 8 perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 136 ISBN: 978-988-12197-4-9 (English) / 978-988-12197-8-7 (Chinese) Price (paper): US$12.95 / HK$120 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle Word count: 8,200 (English) / 11,600 (Chinese) Price (e-book): US$2.99   Buy 买 English: Amazon: USA, UK, India Barnes & Noble Flipkart Smashwords iBooks Store Book Depository 中文: Smashwords iBooks Store   Blurbs “Ansh Das’s The Prism of Life is a stairway to the clouds of enlightenment by counselling the reader to embrace life wholesomely.”  – Khaled Talib, author of The Little Book of Muses. “Ansh Das’s The Prism of Life is a joy to read. The beauty of his words, the wisdom, and the insight that speak to the soul are guaranteed to delight, inspire, and give cause for pause. Das has an amazing ability to hone in on the struggles and rewards that come with living a life. He brings meaning and hope to a world that is moving too fast, inviting time to ponder, and find peace and gratitude in our very existence. I highly recommend this book. You will read and reread it.” – Gale West, Akashic Records Teacher and Healer Nandhini’s Book Reviews Ansh Das 所著《生命的稜鏡》,如通往啟竅雲端的階梯,輔導讀者真誠擁抱生命。 – 《The Little Book of Muses》作者Khaled Talib Ansh Das 的《生命的稜鏡》令人愛不釋手。其言語的美麗,蘊藏的智慧及洞察力正呼喚著每一個靈魂,這書保證激勵及安撫心靈,兼能使人有所反思。他對人與生俱來的奮鬥和收獲獨具見解。他為這走得太快的世界注入意義和希望,引導我們反思生命、尋找平安及感恩。我強烈推薦這本書。你必會一讀再讀。 – Gale West,阿卡西紀錄導師及治療師   Join The Prism of Life community Website: www.theprismoflife.com   Author Bio Ansh Das (better known as AD) is an IT nerd in the morning, an author by noon, an activist in the evening, and a healer by night. That sequence may change a few times in any direction during the course of the day. He is from India and lives in Hong Kong.  ...

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The Memory of a Face

The Memory of a Face

A novel about loving and letting go Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 What is love? Is it the craving to be with him or is it the realization that you should let him go? Is it about telling him how he makes you feel or is it about suffering in silence? Is love a compromise? Can it be faked? Can love change over time? Can it last? Can it be forgotten? Diano lives in the past, hanging on to the memories of his lost love. Oliver is struggling to keep his turbulent relationship going. Andy has never loved anybody except his longtime boyfriend. Summer is waiting for her Prince Charming. Cute is looking for a boyfriend to support his education. Sky is not brave enough to stand up for his love. Thus begins their story. Set in Hong Kong and China, where the ultra-modern live in a traditional society and struggle to find love, the story shall resonate with anyone who has loved, lost somebody or had to let go. 愛情是什麼?是和他在一起的渴望,還是該讓他走的醒覺?是向他透露內心感受的坦誠,抑或是沉默地受苦?愛情是一種妥協?可以裝出來?愛情能隨時間而改變?可以永恒?可以被遺忘? Diano活在過去,沉溺在舊戀情的回憶中。Oliver努力保住一段波濤洶湧的關係。Andy 誰也沒愛過,除了他的多年男友。Summer正在等她的白馬王子。Q仔忙找男友供書教學。阿天沒勇氣捍衛自己的愛情。他們的故事,就這樣開始了。 以中港兩地為背景,超現尚一代活在傳統社會桎梏裡,努力尋覓愛情,本書會與曾相愛,失去或不得不放手的每一位產生共鳴。 Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: February 08, 2011 (English) / September 20, 2014 (Chinese) Print edition: N/A Page count: N/A ISBN: 978-988-12197-4-9 (English) / 978-988-12197-8-7 (Chinese) Price (paper): N/A E-book formats: ePub, Kindle Word count: 93,120 (English) / 113,900 (Chinese) Price (e-book): US$2.99 Buy 买 English: Kindle: Amazon.com (US) , Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.de (Ger) Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & iBooks) version: iTunes (US) Nook version: Barnes & Noble Kobo ePUB: Smashwords 中文: Smashwords Blurbs “The characters are well drawn out. Das has told the story in a way that is unique, especially with the Hong Kong culture and language, and draws his characters with a fine hand. They become real very quickly and I found myself rooting for them from the beginning.” – Kate Cornwell (author of A Face Within) It has a very interesting plot, and some really intriguing characters.” – Hilary Chow “This book was a fabulous read. I loved how it moved me at the end and I love how the title fits this book perfectly.” – Jonas Saul, international bestselling author MrGayHongKong.com (Tongzhi Tsai Project) tcjm.org (Tongzhi Tsai Project) The Grist Mill Pink Season “…if you have left your heart even a tiny bit ajar for love to enter, you will enjoy this tale of finding love and through it something true about the identity of one’s self and of the object of one’s love.” – Nigel Collet (author of The Butcher of Amritsar and Firelight of a Different Colour) on Fridae OurTV.hk (14:30~17:40) Donations Proceeds from the sale of this book have gone towards Tongzhi Tsai, the campaign against homophobic bullying...

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Always Forever

Always Forever

From the depths of sorrow begins a journey of hope. 從悲傷深淵出發,展開希望之旅。   Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 The dream of a life together is shattered when AD finds himself attending Mikee’s funeral. He is overcome with grief. But Mikee’s brief appearance in his life was not by chance; it was to trigger a spiritual awakening. With help from Mikee’s family and friends, AD sets about piecing together Mikee’s story. As he begins to discover life’s lessons through Mikee’s eyes, AD finds himself falling in love with an entire nation. AD想和愛人雙宿雙棲的夢想隨着出席Mikee的葬禮被粉碎,他悲慟萬分。Mikee在他生命中的短暫出現並非偶然,它觸發了AD在靈性上的覺醒。在Mikee的家人和朋友的幫助下,AD開始重組拼湊真正的Mikee。透過Mikee雙眼發掘生命教誨的同時,AD亦愛上了菲律賓這個國家。 Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: May 23, 2012 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback (English only) Page count: 280 ISBN: 978-988-15542-8-4 (Paperback) / 978-988-12195-1-0 (English) / 978-988-12195-5-8 (Chinese) Price (paper): US$16.95 / HK$140 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle Word count: 61,180 (English) / 76,900 (Chinese) eISBN: 978-147-60374-2-4 (English on Amazon) Price (e-book): US$4.99 (English) / US$2.99 (Chinese) Buy 买 English: Kindle version: Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.co.de (Ger), Amazon.co.jp (Japan) Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & iBooks) version: iTunes (US) Nook version: Barnes & Noble ePUB: Smashwords Paperback: Createspace, Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.de (Ger), Barnes & Noble, Book Depository 中文: Smashwords Blurbs “A deeply personal and beautifully crafted memoir.” – Peter Moss (author of The Singing Tree) “More than a personal tribute, this is a story about love and loss. It is a story about soulmates and a promise that is kept, Always Forever.” – Dale Bacar (Photographer) “This is not a love story. This is a story about life written in the most honest way. In so many ways we have forgotten about the essence of living and dying.” – Natalie Tong “This book was a touching tribute to a young man who was loved by so many.” – Kate Cornwell (author of A Face Within) Gay Star News “People always say love knows no boundaries. But it’s only after AD’s heartfelt words that we truly believe the emotion transcends the distance even between life and death.” – TimeOut Hong Kong “The love that lasts forever, despite meeting up in a short period of time, has brought them to another level of spiritual levitation.” – Jackson’s Doctrine “Flamboyance is balanced with emotional turmoil…” – Dim Sum Magazine Kaosgl.com “It is the story of a family’s strength in grief and the belief that the spirit of those who are beloved to us never truly leave us behind but are merely awaiting our arrival in the where that lies beyond.” – The Novel Approach “This is no fairy tale love at first sight, but the speed of its progression is astonishing and yet strangely it appears to evolve quite...

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How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?

Synopsis In this collection, twenty-six women reveal the truth about expatriate life in modern East Asia through original works of memoir and creative non-fiction. Their experiences are varied and unique, demonstrating that expat women’s lives go far beyond the stereotypical. The writers hail from a dozen different countries and walks of life. Some are well-known; others are fresh voices adding nuance to the expat conversation. Through deeply personal accounts, they explore what they have learned about themselves and the world through their lives abroad. Together, they create a portrait of the modern expatriate experience that will both resonate and inspire. With contributions by… Shannon Dunlap Dorcas Cheng-Tozun Neha Mehta Jennifer S. Deayton Pamela Beere Briggs Kaitlin Solimine Jenna Lynn Cody Sharon Brown Suzanne Kamata Stephanie Han Eva Cohen Barbara Craven Michelle Borok Christine Tan Catherine Rose Torres Jocelyn Eikenburg India Harris Saffron Marchant Philippa Ramsden Nicola Chilton Edna Zhou Susan Blumberg-Kason Leza Lewitz Ember Swift Coco Richter Kathryn Hummel Shannon Young (editor) Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: June 10, 2014 Print edition: 5.5″ x 8.5″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 324 ISBN: 978-988-12195-2-7 Price (paper): US$18.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 97,000 eISBN: 978-988-12195-6-5 Price (e-book): US$9.99 Blurbs “How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit is an eclectic, soulful collection of stories by badass women who have adventured far out of their comfort zones. Full of candid observations about travel, language, food, self and other, it’s a book for anyone who has ever felt peripheral, upside down, culturally shocked or inspired. In other words, a book for all of us.” — Rachel DeWoskin, author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, Repeat After Me, Big Girl Small, and Blind. “A unique and inspiring collection of voices that calls up all the wonder, fascination, challenges, disorientation, and delights faced by women expats throughout Asia. I was moved by the breadth of experiences included in this anthology at the same time that I fell in love with one thread running throughout: how the expatriate journey takes us away from ourselves and then ultimately delivers us back, richer, wiser, and even more aware of how our own identities fit within our wide, wide world.” — Tracy Slater, author of The Good Shufu: A Wife in Search of a Life Between East and West Buy Ebook: Amazon Smashwords Barnes & Noble Apple Paperback:  Amazon Barnes & Noble Flyer   To download the PDF version, click here.  ...

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The Planter’s Wife

The Planter’s Wife

Synopsis Post War Malaya: in the wreckage of Japanese occupation, the world which the British knew had gone. Some return trying to rebuild their old lives, others to start anew. But British trained, Chinese jungle soldiers armed with weapons cached at the end of WW2 seek a different, communist future for Malaya: and so begins the ‘Emergency’, the bitter, bloody war waged for nine years against both the British and the Malays. After surviving three years in the camps in wartime Malaya, Dorothy returns from a grey, post war England to try and find the life which she knows can no longer really be. She meets steady, inglorious Harry who has jumped at the chance to build a life as a planter. SG Simmons brings to life this extraordinary period of change to weave upon it a very human tale. Metadata Imprint: BookCyclone Publication date: June, 2013 ISBN: 9789881554246 Price (paper): US$19.95/HK$160 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Price (e-book): US$7.99 Blurbage `A touching tale of colonial Malaya told with a warmth of human understanding by an accomplished story teller straight from the tradition of Paul Scott and Francis King.’ — Nigel Collett, acclaimed author of `The Butcher of Amritsar: General Reginald Dyer’. `Everyday material, is turned into something very powerful and moving. The Far East does lend itself so well to tales of heartbreak, as Somerset Maugham and the composer of Madam Butterfly discovered.’ –Lady short, who witnessed the Emergency alongside her husband, the commanding officer of the famed 6th Gurkha Rifles. Buy: Amazon Smashwords...

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