From the Publisher
"Remember the road of silk." The old womans words rang in Yasamins ears as she set sail for Dragonval to marry its kingnot something she wanted, but something she had to do to save her people and her kingdom. But the words haunted her. What was the road of silk, what did it mean? She was alone on a vessel belonging to King Amir, guarded by a giant soldier named Goliagoth, her only companions, her old nurse, a child given to her as a wedding present and Arash, a young man taken prisoner at her very doorstep. Little did Yasamin realize what waited for her. She had yet to learn this trip was more than a simple journey to become Queen. She had yet to meet Mosesra who would change the way she looked at the world forever. She had yet to meet the demons that would try and stop them from reaching Dragonval. And, she had yet to meet the dangerous evil waiting for her, hidden deep in the darkness, a darkness more dangerous than the king she was fated to marry.
This voyage was more than simply sailing from her homeland to Dragonval. It was a journey of lessons: of growth, loss, relationships. It was a journey of hate and love, of belief and disbelief. Most importantly, it was a journey where Yasamin learned about the great battle between followers of the Light and followers of the Darkness: where she learned that while the kingdoms fought each other, the battle of the Light and Dark battled within her for she was The One for whom both waited; she was the one who carried the seed of each. And only she could create the road of silk or destroy it.
About the Author
Barbara Dysonwilliams: Barbara Dysonwilliams grew up in Nashville, Tennessee where she earned degrees from George Peabody College for Teachers in art and journalism as well as attending Vanderbilt University Law School. After graduation she worked for the State in the area of conservation as well as the House of Representatives for Tennessee. During this time she wrote many articles for local magazines and taught creative writing at Cheekwood Arts Center. Because of her lifelong love for the Southwest, Dysonwilliams eventually moved to New Mexico in 1978 to pursue a masters degree in Southwestern Archaeology. In 2000 her interests took her to Washington, D.C. and from there to Texas.
The Road of Silk is her second book, as she wrote a book called Enter Justice with Vantage Press. She describes The Road of Silk as a story of people, their relationships, their choices and the effects of these choices on their lives, the lives of those around them, and of those to come.
Dysonwilliams currently resides in San Saba, Texas where she owns and runs The Texas Rose, a shop where she makes and sells soap, hats, jewelry, clothes and quilts as well as serving gourmet dinners. She has one son.
Matt Afsahi: After finishing high school, Mr. Afashi attended the University of Foreign Language in his homeland, specializing in Farsi literature and obtaining a major in English Literature. While there, he also studied modern literature specializing in modern short stories (although he admits one of his favorite authors is Shakespeare). After graduation, he wrote many stories in his native language.
Aside from art and literature, Mr. Afashi became interested in the occurrences of the unknown and he has spent many years studying psychic phenomenon and developing skills in that arena. The Road of Silk has allowed him to promote the mystery and intrigue the unknown by creating a completely new world of fantasy and folklore. It is also his first attempt at spreading his talent for writing and telling stories in Farsi, to writing them in English.
Despite his vast array of interests in writing, the world of children has always been his favorite source of inspiration. He has written several childrens books in his native land and is in the process of publishing his first childrens book in the United States.
Mr. Afashi moved to the United States in 1975. He attended Moore Park College in Simi Valley, California where he obtained an associate degree in Art and Drama. Mr. Afashi and his wife currently live in North Carolina.