Thursday, May 17, 2012

Holding Out for a Hero: Guest Post from Pavarti K. Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall

Please welcome Pavarti K. Tyler to the blog today. She is talking about heroes, one of my very favorite subjects. After enjoying her post, look for information below about her giveaway.


I’m Holding Out for a Hero
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.
For more information on the book, please visit GoodReads.

You can purchase a copy at Amazon.

Author 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.
For more information on the author, please visit: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, GoodReads.
This is a blog tour, so please visit other stops.
The Giveaway
Please leave a comment below about your hero for a chance to win an ebook of Pavarti's fantasy romance, Two Moons of Sera: Volumes 1 & 2.
The contest will run from today (5/17/12) until Friday (5/18/12) at 6:00pm EST. Please leave an email address so we can contact you.
I will pick a winner at random (the good old-fashioned name-in-a-hat method) Friday evening. Good luck!
And thank you to Tribute Books for including Mom in Love with Fiction on the blog tour. For more information on Tribute Books, please visit them on Facebook.


Tribute Books said...

Tia, thanks a million for hosting Pavarti today :)

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Nicole!

Dana & Keith Newbrough said...

These books sounds really interesting! I love all the books you are reviewing and what a great way to hear about new titles and authors. My hero has always been my mother - she epitomizes strength, faith, love, selflessness and will fight like hell for people she loves. She displayed the type of women and mother I try to be. Heroes do not need to move mountains, it is often the little (daily) things that makes someone a hero. :)

Pavarti K Tyler said...

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! I love reading what people come up with with questions like this!

Dana, I agree, my mother is a complete hero. She held herself and me up when our lives fell apart around us and even in her weakest moments I always knew she loved me.

Tia Bach said...

Pavarti, Thanks so much for guest posting and offering your books. Dana is your winner, and I know she'll love them!!

Tia Bach said...

Congrats, Dana! Enjoy the books.

Elise Fallson said...

Wow, this does sound like an interesting read! "..called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change." I like this! Great post as well. (:

Also, Tia just wanted to let you know I've passed along some blog love your way. Stop on by when you get a chance. (:

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Elise. How fun. I hope to answer it in the next week. Yeah!