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Shadow on the Wall (The SandStorm Chronicles, #1) by Pavarti K. Tyler
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Published on May 01, 2012 05:08 • 152 views • Tags: islam, muslim, pavarti, shadow-on-the-wall, superhero
Join me today on my blog to get to know Recai Osman (The SandStorm) and enter to win a KINDLE FIRE. While you're at it, pick up a copy of Shadow on the Wall for only $0.99. Sale price for one day only.
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Published on May 04, 2012 05:42 • 155 views • Tags: giveaway, kindle-fire, pavarti, shadow, superhero
I am writing with some fabulous news! Your book has been named the Winner in the General Fiction/Novel (under 80,000 words) category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations!

Your achievement will be published at along with the other Winners and Finalists in the next few weeks. Also, we will be sending out a press release within the next month or so announcing the Grand Prize Winners and advising media and others where they can see a complete list of Winners and Finalists.

Additionally, your book will be listed as a Winner in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog which will be distributed at Book Expo America (“BEA”) in New York later this month to thousands of attendees including book buyers, library representatives, media, industry professionals, and others. Our intention is to promote the Winners and Finalists to as many people as possible.

GENERAL FICTION/NOVEL (Under 80,000 words)
Shadow on the Wall: The SandStorm Chronicles, #1, by Pavarti K Tyler (Fighting Monkey Press) (ISBN 978-0983876908)

Spiral, by Lucia Cascioli (Lulu Publishing) (ISBN 978-1105306525)
Stress Test, by Alan Gold Fifth Leg Publishing) (ISBN 978-1893793248)
The Orchid Bracelet, by Freddie Remza (Outskirts Press) (ISBN 978-1432784263)
The Price of Guilt, by Patrick M. Garry (Kenric Books) (ISBN 978-0983370307)
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Published on May 11, 2012 05:13 • 200 views • Tags: awards, pavarti, shadow-on-the-wall, superhero
Shadow on the Wall (The SandStorm Chronicles, #1) by Pavarti K. Tyler

Have you ever gotten that feeling in the back of your head that there's something not quite right about the way you think? I've always daydreamed about things others have considered impossible or ridiculous. I'm the loon who decided statistically charting various vampires' awesomeness was a good idea (see post of Huffington Post).

So when the suggestion was made that someone needed to write about a Middle Eastern superhero my imagination went into overdrive. Of course we need a Middle Eastern superhero! Others have tackled this topic to great success, like Naif Al-Mutawa of, what’s different here is that I am not from the Middle East.

I sat down and started writing and a character named Recai Osman appeared on the pages before me. With green eyes and red beard, Recai stood in the middle of a windblown desert, daring me to take the challenge.

And cue the theme to Beyond Thunderdome.

A problem soon presented itself. It's impossible to discuss the Middle East in any meaningful way without bringing religion into the conversation, and while I've studied Islam, I am not a Muslim. I'm not Jewish either. In fact, I'm about as far from the religious spectrum of the Middle East as you could get. I'm a Unitarian Universalist.

UUism is based on the idea that we all have the right to our own path to Truth. For some that Truth is God, for some it's not. What connects us within the UU church is the belief that the search is valuable and that there is benefit to having a supportive and respectful community with whom to share that search. (You can read more about our principles here:

For me, the importance of an individual’s expression of faith within a community is huge. I believe in God. Because of this, I often find myself listening to the fundamentalist rhetoric of all religions with a frustrated sigh. Why does someone have to be wrong in order for another to be right?

It was with this in mind that I thought about Recai. What makes a good man? What makes a good Muslim? And in a society in which religion is such a prominent part of day-to-day life, what would be the shape of evil?

Recai is a faithful man; he's erred and he's sinned, but his belief in Allah and in humanity is solid. Underneath his layers of confusion and self-doubt is a good man. His day-to-day life has been isolated from the city he lives in: Elih, Turkey (Google it for a good giggle). What would happen if a flawed man was forced to confront real evil, real sin? Could he rise to the occasion?

Islam and Judaism run throughout Shadow on the Wall. Some of the phrases and cultural idioms may be unfamiliar to Western readers, but I hope that you will see a little of yourself in the characters. The issues they face are written at high stakes, but the questions posed are ones we must all answer. Who am I? What do I stand for? Although Shadow on the Wall has supernatural elements, I like to think heroes exist in life, and I like to think that religion can fuel the good in people. Perhaps we're all capable of great things.
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Published on June 25, 2012 08:33 • 161 views • Tags: islam, magical-realism, muslim, pavarti, religion, religious-fiction, superhero