Happy Birthday, Seven Perfumes!

March 8, 2013 | 1

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Seven Perfumes was published!

So many amazing things have happened in this time; here are 15 of the best:

  1. The killer Kirkus review
  2. My partnership with The Global Fund for Women, who will be receiving 10% of my book’s net proceeds
  3. The estimable Publisher’s Weekly review
  4. Former Egyptian First Lady Jehan Sadat, whom I interviewed at age 17 for my college newspaper, requested a copy of my novel!
  5. The great Dallas Morning News review
  6. Being invited to speak publicly about my book and ending honor violence
  7. The most incredible article I could have imagined written up in The Huffington Post
  8. 67 five-star reviews on Amazon!
  9. Seven Perfumes enjoyed #2 status in the Suspense category on Amazon as ranked by customer review for a while; it has settled down at #31 out of 242, 335!
  10. Receiving the respect of the wonderful novelist of women’s rights in the Arab world Jean Sasson when she said this was the novel on honor killing she’s been waiting for.
  11. Connecting with hundreds of remarkable people and organizations on Twitter and Facebook who are trying to make a difference.
  12. Several inquiries about film rights for Seven Perfumes!
  13. Being acknowledged by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World 2005, author of The Caged Virgin and Infidel
  14. I took a public vow today to spend at least 10% of my time for the rest of my life advancing women’s empowerment globally!
  15. Last but not least…one of my book’s fans, Anu Bhatnagar, an Indian woman who lives in Dubai and is passionate about empowering women, offered to translate Seven Perfumes into Hindi — for free. One of my dreams is to get my book translated into the languages of the Honor Killing Zone and Anu is helping me get that launched this year!

I feel so incredibly blessed by all of this…thank you for buying my novel, standing up and speaking out against violence in all its forms, and encouraging me to keep writing. I will!


Comments (1)

  1. I stumbled upon you today on Facebook, and I think what you’re doing is amazing. I can’t wait to receive my own copy of Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice. And congratulations! Your book has been out for one year on this International Women’s Day, and I have received the best news for this year’s Women’s Day – that the radical feminist Spinifex press in Australia will be publishing my first novel. I also write about socio-political issues, and you’re welcome to visit my blog at http://www.feministpalestinianwriter.blogspot.com
    wishing you the best of success on your way and with your work and writing!
    in solidarity,

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