Sample Saturday: “His Beloved Infidel”

31432511As most of you know, my dad passed away in February. Today would have been my parents’ 56th wedding anniversary. So, I started thinking about which of my titles could most honor that. I immediately thought of the scene in His Beloved Infidel where some older women are talking about their weddings. Enjoy!


“Tell us about your wedding,” Catherine said to Yasmin.

“Well, I think I have told you before that my parents wanted someone more traditional for me. They would rather I married the farmer down the road, like the matchmaker said, than a Western-stricken shazdeh like Mahmoud. They wanted someone who would stick to the old ways. But I knew I did not want a life behind the chador, hidden away; I was educated in the West, and wanted something more. It was hard; my mami and I are both stubborn people. In the end, they approved of Mahmoud, but it took a great many gifts to my family — better gifts than cows and goats, I can tell you — to make it happen. We had a traditional Persian wedding; I think there were three or four hundred people there. I remember saying the words, and dancing — and not much else!”

“I look back on my wedding day and think the same thing,” Mae put in. “It all went by in a blur and suddenly we were married.”

“Your grandpa and I stood up in front of the church after services one Sunday,” Helen said. “I wore my best dress, and Grandpa wore his good suit. It was during the Depression, and no one had much. I think one of the neighbors gave us a ham he’d put up, and my folks gave us five dollars.”


Want your own copy of His Beloved Infidel? Here are the back cover copy and purchase links.

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.

Amazon (this link will automatically take you to the store for your country/region)

Apple Books

Barnes and Noble

Chapters Indigo (Canada)

FNAC (France)

Kobo (also available for 2400 SuperPoints if you are part of the program)

Mondadori (Italy)

Overdrive (check to see if your library uses this system)

Scribd

Smashwords

Thalia (Germany)

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Winter Promotion Metrics, and a Call to Action

downloadHi, everyone. As you know, I participated in Smashwords’ annual winter promotion. I listed all of my books for free (including Hugs and Hisses, which was entirely by accident since I donate my royalties to Humane Society Silicon Valley and usually do not discount it).

Anyway, I did this because a lot of people are hurting. A lot of people have very little spending money, and I wanted to give a gift to my readers.

In the period between Dec. 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019, I gave away 188 books. Some people literally selected my whole catalog, which made me feel good. By far the most popular was my multi-award winning historical paranormal, Bayou Fire.

Here’s how it all fell out, from most popular to least popular in terms of copies chosen/downloaded.

Bayou Fire – 28

Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes (The Omnibus Edition) – 21

Clytie’s Caller – 19

A Light Across the Lake – 18

Yellowjack and the River Man – 15

Last Stop: Storyville – 14

In The Eye of The Beholder – 11

Brief Interludes – 9

In The Eye of The Storm – 9

Hugs and Hisses: My Mission of Love as a Shelter Volunteer – 8

His Beloved Infidel – 7

Through the Opera Glass – 6

Les Pensees Dangereuses – 5

Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions – 5

The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) – 4

2010 Hindsight: A Year of Growth, In Spite of Myself – 3

If you were one of the people who chose my titles during the promotion, you have my thanks. I appreciate every single one of you who showed an interest in my work.

And now, here is the call to action mentioned in the headline. If you liked my work, I would truly love for you to share a review on your blog (feel free to link it in comments), GoodReads, or any other review site you use. Thanks for that as well.

Sample Saturday: His Beloved Infidel

31432511My novella, His Beloved Infidel, has a dedication that reads “For two men, both named Ramin.”  One of them was my high school classmate, Ramin Monsef; the other is theatrical performer Ramin Karimloo.

We saw Ramin Karimloo perform Thursday night, doing a benefit for a number of worthy causes in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was absolutely delightful; there was a great deal of laughter to go along with the music.  After the show, my husband gave Ramin a build-your-own cable car kit to commemorate his first visit to San Francisco.  Ramin’s response was enthusiastic: “This is great! I got one of these from Harry Potter for my son, and now I can build this one as well!”

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Your intrepid author, Ramin Karimloo, and Jeff Cathcart

The first time I met Ramin was five years ago, in Northern Hollywood, when I drove down for one of his performances. It was the same weekend in which I finished the initial draft of His Beloved Infidel. Please enjoy this small snippet.


Catherine decided to go to Notre Dame; she was not Catholic, and only nominally religious at all, but she liked the cathedral’s quiet darkness. She could be alone while surrounded by strangers, and even be somewhat meditative in her own way. She slipped on her coat and a hat, and walked over to the huge edifice. She could not help thinking of Victor Hugo’s story; The Hunchback of Notre Dame was, at its very base, the story of a man and a woman, Phoebus and Esmeralda, whose love was frowned upon. And there was no doubt in her mind; she loved Farukh. No amount of disapproval would move her.

That thought came as something of a surprise, even as she realized the truth of it. Her grandmother, Helen, always said that everything happened for a reason — even if no one could tell what it was at the time. Maybe the reason she’d taken this job in Paris, so far from home, was so that she could meet her soul mate. And maybe that soul mate was Farukh.


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.

Want to know more about Farukh and Catherine?  Get your copy of His Beloved Infidel from one of these fine retailers:

Amazon (this link will automatically take you to the store for your country/region)

Apple Books

Barnes and Noble

Chapters Indigo (Canada)

FNAC (France)

Kobo (also available for 2400 SuperPoints if you are part of the program)

Mondadori (Italy)

Overdrive (check to see if your library uses this system)

Scribd

Smashwords

Thalia (Germany)

Writing Modern Historical Fiction

My tale, His Beloved Infidel, is a modern historical

Quote from article: Obviously, the story must take place in a historical period – but is that sufficient? In my opinion, the historical setting does need to play a central role in the story. The genre may be more specific than simply historical of course, and genres can be combined. A historical romance, for example, would need to meet the requirements of both historical fiction and romance.

via Writing Modern Historical Fiction