Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 10-11-2017

Local Writer Publishes New Novel: Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

by LC

A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.

From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.

From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music of the nineties and stunning scenery – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.

“Like Olivia, the protagonist, I was in awe of the history and the beauty present everywhere as I travelled through Israel, Jordan and Egypt 20 years ago,” says the author, Michelle P. Tonnesen.

“I hope my new novel will take the readers on an adventure that will stay with them forever. Perhaps this exciting story will help more people appreciate the wonders of this region, and particularly Israel – a country which seems to have everything: sea, mountains, deserts and oases; except peace. Hopefully, readers everywhere will give my second novel a warm welcome!”

The cover illustration and design are by Bruno Cavellec, who also designed the cover of Michelle P. Tonnesen’s debut novel, The Cosmopolitan Islander. “I was delighted to work with Bruno again. He is incredibly talented, and it’s always nice to support my fellow local artists. The lovely cover models are local too.” The book cover was revealed at the recent Manx Litfest.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is available soon as paperback from Lexicon Bookshop in Douglas and Bridge Bookshops in Port Erin and Ramsey – or you can order your signed copy directly from the author. It is also available now as e-book and paperback from major online retailers.

Find out more about the author and this exciting new novel at www.mptonnesen.com and @mptonnesen.

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