I’m Holding Out for a Hero--Giveaway

Guest Post by Pavarti K. Tyler

He rides in like a phoenix from the fire, black coat fanned out behind him.  He’s a good man with a dark past, perhaps a penchant for violence, but it stems from passion not cruelty.  He’s a lover standing in the rain, bleeding and victorious, come to find the one who makes him whole.

A hero.

The archetypical lover of women and role-model of men.  We all know who he is, the outline of his shape branded on our psyche.  From Achilles to Clark Kent, from James Bond to John McClane, he is a flawed and deeply driven man.

What is it about the larger-than-life icon of “Hero” that draws readers in?  Is it the psychological need to believe in someone who can do exceptional things?  I think maybe it has something to do with the idea that one person can make a real and concrete change in the world.  Heroes are often imbued with supernatural abilities or extraordinary qualities, but it’s not necessary for the hero to be from Krypton to pull us in to their plight.  In fact, it’s not the supernatural of Superman that makes him a hero, but the goodness of Clark Kent.

The idea of the “everyman” rising above the rest of us and accomplishing the impossible is seductive.  The mild mannered alter-ego reflects our lives back to us.  Work, bills, family and all the things that sometimes feel so average.  Our internal conflicts of who we are, what do we believe, what do we stand for, are all pushed to the side in the interest of paying the mortgage and getting to work on time. 

It’s so easy amidst the sea of chaos in which we find ourselves to feel that nothing we do has any real impact.  Apathy reigns supreme and in our busy lives the important things like life, liberty and justice have to wait until after our taxes are done.  But a hero, someone with a single-minded focus, acting for good, can make a real difference.

The hero character inspires us, makes us want to take up Jujitsu and hunt down our nemesis, thereby freeing the city. Real life isn’t so easy, not so black and white, and it makes these iconic stories so enticing.

Standing atop a high building or speeding off to the next emergency, the superhero has a clarity of purpose which I find desperately appealing. In Shadow on the Wall Recai Osman is a man adrift.  He is removed from his culture, his religion, and his legacy.  But when faced with the existence of real evil he is compelled to act. 

In Shadow Recai must grapple with his own insecurities and complicated past.  He is burdened by the same questions of substance as the rest of us. This is the story of him coming to terms with who he is and what he believes so he can heed Allah’s call to become The SandStorm.

Shadow on the Wall Book Summary

Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?

Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah's call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?

Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm.

In the tradition of books by Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, Shadow on the Wall tackles issues of religion, gender, corruption and the basic human condition. Beautiful and challenging, this is not a book to miss.
Pavarti K. Tyler's Bio:

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.

Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is busy penning her next novel.

Throughout history, literature and the art of story-telling have influenced politics, religion and culture. The power of the epic tale is universal. Why is it that those who never read The Iliad know Helen of Troy? Her story, Homer’s story, transcends the written word and has become a part of our human lexicon. The power of the written word is undeniable and Pavarti is honored to be part of the next wave of literary revolution.

The giveaway is an ebook of Pavarti's fantasy romance, Two Moons of Sera: Volumes 1 & 2.  There is a list of links below.  To enter the giveaway you must go to any one of the links and tell me something in my comments below about the page.  I will be checking the answers.  Make sure that you leave an email in the comment so I can reach you as a winner.

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  1. Very nice post. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Thanks so much for hosting me and Shadow on the Wall! I really appreciate the support :) Good luck to everyone in the giveaway. I hope you enjoy 2MOS.

  3. Lenore, thanks a million for hosting Pavarti. I hope you had a nice Mother's Day and congratulations to the new graduate in the family.

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    1. Your right....by any chance did you follow her too?

    2. I don't usually give out my Skype just because it's on my phone too. But ya'll are welcome to follow me there too :)

    3. Pavarti, Thanks for let me know. I have the comment removed so it is not listed. Once again I appreciate the guest post and giveaway op.


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