From the Author
Desert castles, full of Islamic frescoes, were built across the desert plains stretching east from Jordan toward Iraq during the 7th and 8th centuries. They were probably used as retreats for nobles so what better setting for Tariq and Cara's love story?
Once I had the setting, I wondered what kind of heroine Cara would be. I already had Tariq firmly in mind--strong, principled, and aloof from the world of relationships after his disastrous first marriage to a beautiful, attention-seeking woman. So I thought I'd give him a woman whose beauty was more subtle, who hid from the limelight, but whose strength and honor would ultimately shine through. Once Tariq had discovered Cara's beauty, I knew he wouldn't ever be able to turn away from it. Despite what he discovers...