I am so happy that M.P. Tonnesen asked me to be part of the blog for her new novel Desert Skies, Rebel Souls.
I even get to share one of my favorite scenes with you, but first how about you read the blurb below, and feast your eyes on that gorgeous cover!
A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.
From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.
From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.
Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music of the nineties and stunning scenery – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.
Exclusive excerpt from Desert Skies, Rebel Souls
It was a tiny tree with delicate leaves, the size of her thumb nail on the small of her back, only for the few select to see. The tree of life. It was more a symbolic act, a rite of passage, than a visual display. Nevertheless, she had a lengthy discussion with the tattoo artist about the exact design. Because it symbolised the meaning of her name – as well as Chaim’s – it had to reflect her personality, rather than be some stylistic logo. The process was painful. The tattooist was disturbingly high on something other than life; Rage Against the Machine were blaring Killing in the Name out of the speakers; and the fact that blood ensued freaked her out even more. In her naivety she had just thought some kind of special permanent felt tip pen would be used. To top off the whole experience, Lola fainted and hit the floor when it was her turn to go under the buzzing needle. Quel drame!
The end result was spectacular and worth it. Olivia thought of her little tattoo as an elaborate beauty spot; a subtle sign that would become an integral part of her and who she was; a new and improved Olivia; her love for Chaim carved into her forever.
Despite its limited size, she freaked out by the time the girls got back to the kibbutz.
“It’s so permanent! It can never be redone!”
“Calm down, Liv. It’s beautiful – and tiny.” Lola stroked her shoulder and gave her an encouraging smile.
“What if I regret it one day? What if… What if I have to go to a gala at the queen’s palace?” Highly unlikely, but still a possibility. What would people think? What would her parents say? She could vividly imagine her mother’s reaction! “Catin” she would call her. Her mother was not too posh to call her own daughter a trollop.
“But they won’t even be able to see it!” Hannah sighed. “Are you going to wear a backless dress to see the queen?”
Olivia realised how ridiculous she was being. Yet it was not till she saw Chaim that she calmed down. She revealed the dainty artwork to him slowly that night, taking care not to bother the sore skin covered in a thin layer of protective cream.
“I love it. It looks like an olive tree.” She could hear the smile in his voice behind her. “You can’t kill an olive tree, you know. They live on for thousands of years.”
He gently kissed the small of her back around her tattoo then continued up her spine, nuzzled her neck, before turning her around to face him, their foreheads locked together.
“You and me forever, ahuvati.” Their lips met in the softest of kisses.
I mean swoon, right?! Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is available now, get your copy from the links below!
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A huge thank you to M.P. Tonnesen for sending me her wonderful book, be sure to check it out, my review will be up later today!