Nowruz: Persian New Year and an #eBook #Freebie


Hi, everyone.  I meant to post this earlier, and the day just got away from me.

Today, along with being the Vernal Equinox, is Nowruz (there are many variant spellings, including Norooz, No Ruz, and Navruz), the Persian New Year.  I have written about it before, here.

31432511Since I’m not Persian, you may be wondering why I remark on this event.  Well, it is an important part of my inter-ethnic romance novella, His Beloved Infidel.  In celebration, I am offering the eBook edition free of charge on Smashwords through March 24.

Back cover copy:

Farukh and Catherine are colleagues at Paris’ World Language Institute. He is Persian; she is American. Can their newly-discovered love survive the strain of Iran’s Islamic Revolution?

Author Sharon E. Cathcart (In The Eye of The Beholder, Through the Opera Glass) presents her first tale of inter-ethnic romance. Set against the backdrop of real-world events, Cathcart tells the story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.

Simply visit this link: Nowruz eBook Special, and enter coupon RQ52Q at checkout.  You can select the version that works for your eReader, or even choose to just read on your computer.  Thank you for having a look!


Blogging from A to Z 2018: Theme Reveal

atoz-theme-reveal-2018Hi, everyone.  April is Blogging from A to Z month.  As you know, I entered into the challenge last year with no clear plan, but decided to share facts from my fiction.  During the event, I was already planning for this year’s series.

So, with no further ado, here is my theme for 2018:

The Music of David Bowie

My plan is to share not only hits, but some “deep cuts” from his albums.  Information will include not only the album title, but also some trivia. As often as I am able to find them, I’ll use live performance videos.  Seeing Bowie live six times was a privilege, and I want to be able to share it as much as possible here.

Oh, and you might see some samples from The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) along the way.

To give you a little preview, here’s Music Monday:  David Bowie performing “Sorrow,” from Pinups, on 1983’s “Serious Moonlight” tour … which happens to be the first time I saw him.  Enjoy!


What amount of research goes into writing fiction? Don’t we just make it all up anyway? #AmWriting #AmReading

What amount of research goes into writing fiction? Don’t we just make it all up anyway? #AmWriting #AmReading

Research is crucial, no matter the subject matter of your novel. Someone will always notice if you get it wrong. The challenging bit is avoiding going down a research rabbit hole!

D.E. Haggerty

Readers (and friends and acquaintances and strangers you meet during tennis matches) often have ‘funny’ ideas about what it’s like to be a fiction writer. These ideas are mostly so far off base it isn’t even funny (No, actually, I don’t spend the entire day staring at my screen trying to think up things to do!). Take researching a novel as an example. Most readers understand that writing historical fiction involves hours and hours of researching. But what about chick lit or other guilty pleasure type novels? Surely, no research or perhaps only a bit of research is required to write one of those? Um, no. I think most readers would be shocked by the amount of research writers put into their writing. (Of course, there are always exceptions. I, for one, almost never read a novel with a hero or heroine who is a lawyer as most writers have…

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Sample Saturday: In The Eye of The Beholder

25908261Hi, everyone.  Today’s sample is a little different from usual.  This is from a broadcast a few years ago, in which I read the first chapter of In The Eye of The Beholder to the program’s listeners.  Enjoy!


Want your own copy of In The Eye of The Beholder?  Here are the book blurb and purchasing links.

When French equestrian Claire Delacroix loses her fiancé in a tragic accident, she comes to live at the Paris Opera during its 1890s heyday. Life is not easy for a woman in fin de siècle France, where her rights are determined by a male guardian. Claire, both intelligent and independent, chafes under the strictures of her time.

Whilst working at the opera, she meets a mysterious, masked stranger: Erik. Is it possible that the two of them will heal the pain of each other’s past?

Updated for 2015 with glossaries of equestrian terms and French words used in the text.

Amazon (This link will automatically click through to the correct site for your country)

Barnes & Noble

Chapters Indigo (Canada)

FNAC (France)




Weekend Reads: Lost Connections

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected SolutionsLost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not exaggerating when I say that this may be one of the most important books on mental health that I’ve ever read.

Author Johann Hari challenges the “brain chemistry” model of depression treatment by examining not only the biological but also the social and environmental aspects of depression. His hypothesis, proven out in various milieux, is that people with depression are suffering from a lack of connection. The cultural emphasis on individuality makes it easier to emphasize the need to “fix it yourself” rather than considering that one’s depression may be an entirely normal response to a bad situation. When the DSM states that any grief going beyond a mere two weeks should be considered complicated and thus the bereaved should consider medication, we have a social problem.

Hari visits numerous cultures and cities to look at how different locales treat depression with something other than a pill. While Hari acknowledges that there is sometimes a biological component (e.g., hypothyroidism causes depression), oftentimes meds are treated as the sole answer rather than a temporary hand-up to deal with disconnection from friends, the outdoors, or even one’s intrinsic values.

Well worth the time to read.

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This is a lengthy presentation by author Johann Hari, but it may also be of use to my readers.