What If the Hero Bought the Heroine? + Giveaway!

by Maisey Yates, author of Forged in the Desert Heat

What if the hero bought the heroine?

That was the thought that wrapped itself around my brain and wouldn’t let go. And it was the thought seed that grew into Forged in the Desert Heat.

Of course there had to be a reason for the heroine being sold. And a reason for him to buy. And from there came the story.

As I was writing, I called Zafar The Gypsy Sheikh. He’s sort of a Robin Hood in the desert. Robbing from the rich army his corrupt uncle has placed through out the kingdom, and using the funds to care for the Bedouin tribes that are the most effected by the corrupt regime.

When the books opens, he’s on his way back to the capitol city for the first time since his banishment, and that’s where he meets Ana.

Kidnapped by a band of bandits, Ana, the fiancee of the sheikh from a neighboring kingdom, has been held in the middle of the desert for a week.

When Zafar rides by on his horse (who he hasn’t named…who the heroine forces him to name later…but that’s another topic) he encounters these thieves, realizes who Ana is, and that her being kidnapped by citizens of his country could potentially start a war. So he ransoms her (or buys her, they debate this through out the book) and brings her back to the palace until he can sort out what to do with her.

What follows is a whole lot of forbidden lust, and hero torture (which is my favorite).

Sometimes it’s that one weird question you ask yourself that ends up becoming a whole book.

And because I feel generous today…leave me a comment and you can win a copy of said book!!

After you read the mandatory haiku, of course:

Oh! My Gypsy Sheikh!
You’re too sexy for your horse
But just right for me

forgedinthedesertheatAbout Forged in the Desert Heat:

A woman that could start a war

The Gypsy Sheikh, betrayer, modern-day marauder—Zafar Nejem has been called many things. And now he is to be called Your Majesty. Returning to the throne of Al Sabah, his first act is to rescue American heiress Analise Christensen from her desert kidnappers.

Since Ana is engaged to the ruler of the neighboring kingdom, her discovery must be concealed until Zafar can explain her presence, or else he risks war. But as the sun rises over the sand dunes, so does the forbidden heat that burns between them, threatening everything….


Giveaway! Let us know where you get your inspiration from and win a free copy of Forged in the Desert Heat. Contest will close at 11:59 pm on January 20, and we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments on January 21. Open to residents of US and Canada. For full giveaway rules, click here.

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Comments ( 13 )
  1. Laney4
    January 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I keep in touch with two BFFs almost daily via emails, and we inspire each other endlessly.
    We often use “key words” to help maintain our focus. When we were working hard to clean the “junk” out of our homes (downsizing), we remembered the word “ruthless”. After that, we used “balance” to inspire us to not only help others, but also to help ourselves. Right now my word is “everything”, as in “do a little bit of everything”, as when I focus on only one thing, I feel guilty for not working on the other items too. Of course, when you schedule a “litle” time to do one thing, it often turns into more time, but as long as I schedule those other things too, I feel like I’m accomplishing something. I hope that makes sense….

  2. melanie j
    January 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I don’t get inspiration from one or two specific things.. I get it from everything. Books I read, Music I listen to, people I meet, family & friends I love.. etc

  3. Rachael Thomas
    January 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Inspiration is everywhere, waiting to be discovered!

  4. Linda Henderson
    January 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I get inspiration from a lot of things. My family, friends, online, just about anywhere. My daughters in particular inspire me daily. They are smart, strong and wonderful women. I love reading sheikh stories, I’ll definitely put this one on my list.

  5. jcp
    January 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

    music or news events

  6. bn100
    January 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm


  7. Kim
    January 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    As others have statd, it depends. Sometimes I get inspiration from family; other times, it might be something I read.

  8. Stephany
    January 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Inspiration is the divine qualities of the words and writings of an aspiring person. I believe that reading this novels bring this qualaties to life. Harlequin novels are a huge inspiration to my everyday life.

  9. Roxanne
    January 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Pinterest. Seriously. I was anti-Pinterest for a while, but then I became a convert. And it is seriously a goldmine to inspire many things. Especially in regards to my love of the written word.

  10. Maisey Yates
    January 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Since we have so few commenters, anyone here who would like a en e-copy of Forged in the Desert Heat, go ahead and email me and I’ll send you one! You can reach me via my contact form: http://www.maiseyyates.com/contact/

  11. Marcy Shuler
    January 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I think inspiration can come from the simplest things and is everywhere. You just have to have the imagination to run with it.

    We lost our internet because of the storm or I would have commented sooner as I check here daily. Oh well. *sigh*

  12. Kai W.
    January 17, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I get my inspiration from musicals, music and a very good book (if I could find one that I really, really like).

  13. Elissa
    January 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    The contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner by random draw, Roxanne. Please check your email for a message from me. -Elissa