A Genie in the House of Saud has been selected as a finalist by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in both the E-book Fiction and Religious Fiction categories. Mystical Publishing has been promoting this supernatural thriller primarily as just that .... a thriller. Now there's some validation that marketing might have to shift a bit to promote the aspect of the book that looks at links among religions and how they're more similar than different -- among the major monotheistic cultures, that is.
Lesson learned for me is that the writer can be so close to their created work that we may mislabel the characteristics that make our story unique. It's like our kids: are they exuberant or hyper? Mavericks or bullies? Innovative or clueless? Or a little bit of both. We're going to love them anyway, but it's beneficial to see their traits for what they truly represent so that we can guide them going forward. Guiding a novel means marketing it properly, through the right channels and labels. Can't do that unless you understand where it truly fits.
This book tracks Zubis, a djinni of primeval necromancy, and Bethany O'Brien, an editor in Washington, DC. Bound together by an ancient betrayal, each must confront the strength of their beliefs. The Middle East becomes the center of a confrontation that will strip truth from desire and set world governments on the brink of disaster. So, where does the religion come in? Well, all the action and suspense is against the backdrop of the three major religions and how different characters rely on what they understand to be true.
Thriller? Yes. Religious fiction? Sure. Mystical Publishing thought so or they wouldn't have entered the novel in that category. But now there's more kindling for that fire.
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