'Secret of the Sands'
by Sara Sheridan
Published by: Avon Harper Collins
Release date: 3rd February 2011
Zena, a headstrong and determined young Abyssinian beauty has been torn from her remote village, subjected to a tortuous journey and is now being offered for sale in the market of Muscat. By an unexpected twist of fate – Zena finds herself the property of Lieutenant James Wellstead, now on a daring rescue mission into forbidding territory. Master and slave are drawn ever closer, but as danger faces them at every turn, they must endure heartache and uncertainty – neither of them knowing what fortune awaits them as they make their hazardous way through the shifting sands.
Sara Sheridan was born in Edinburgh and studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin. In 2000 her first novel, Truth or Darewon a place in the 100 Best Scottish Books, as part of the Scottish Library Award. She was also included in Companymagazine's Top Ten Young Writers Under Thirty and was nominated for a Saltire Award in 2003.