Read Master of the Jinn, or the Russian and Croatian Translations – Повелитель джиннов and Gospodar demona – on Google Ebooks!

November 18, 2012

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Google Ebooks now carries Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel and both the Russian and Croatian translations – Повелитель джиннов and Gospodar demona. Google Ebooks are available in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan.

To Order any of the three Ebooks, each only $3.82, or read an excerpt or write a review of any of them,  click the title link below:

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

Повелитель джиннов

Gospodar demona

Ya Haqq!


EBook News – Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

December 12, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Joyous Kwanza!

May love and good fellowship fill the heart this holiday season :) And to help, here is news and gift ideas :)

Something Borrowed:

If you own an Amazon Kindle Book Reader, you can now BORROW Master of the Jinn from the Kindle Lending Library for FREE :)  Click HERE and scroll down to see how to borrow books from your Kindle.  Or click HERE to see Master of the Jinn on the Amazon Ebook website!

Something New:

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel is now available as a Kindle EBOOK in the English Edition on the Amazon websites in Spain and Italy, France and Germany :) Just CLICK on the titles you want:

Master of the Jinn English Edition in SPAIN 

Master of the Jinn English Edition in ITALY 

Master of the Jinn English Edition in FRANCE

Master of the Jinn English Edition in GERMANY

Something Old:

Master of the Jinn is, of course, also available in the Spanish translation, El Maestro de los Jinn, in the US and the UK/Europe, and in the German translation, Meister der Jinn, in Switzerland/Germany/Europe. Just CLICK on the titles below:

El Maestro de los Jinn –  in the US

El Maestro de los Jinn –  in the UK/Europe

Meister der Jinn – in Germany/Switzerland/Europe 

Something Blue:

Ya Haqq!


Author Interview and Book Giveaway :)

November 13, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Our Sister Saba of the Of Thoughts and Words blog, has graciously asked me to participate in an author interview about the writing of Master of the Jinn and the Sufi path.  Click HERE to read the interview, and be sure to enter your name and email in the contest at the end to win a FREE COPY of Master of the Jinn.

Ya Haqq!


Master of the Jinn Ebooks in France and Germany!

October 13, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel is now on sale as an Ebook in FRANCE and GERMANY, in the English language edition.

To buy Master of the Jinn in France, click HERE.

To buy Master of the Jinn in Germany, click HERE.

You can also read Meister der Jinn, the German language translation, by clicking HERE.

Ya Haqq!

 

 


Interview on the Law of Attraction and Meditation

August 11, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

A new, short interview with me has been posted on the Egyptian Code blog, with some interesting questions and answers :)  For those interested, it can be read HERE.

Ya Haqq!


Master of the Jinn – Two FIVE STAR Reviews!!

June 3, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

In the last week, Master of the Jinn has received two Five Star reviews on Amazon.com. They are below. And you can check out all 19 reviews (and add one if you like) HERE.

Simply Fabulous by Ruth

This review is from: Master of The Jinn: A Sufi Novel (Paperback) Master of The Jinn is a wonderful Sufi tale of love and tolerance. Regardless of your faith or beliefs, Master of The Jinn will transport you to a fantastical world of adventure with a deeper message that will open your heart. Do not start this book late at night unless you are ready to read into the wee hours of the morning! I can only hope for a sequel….

Highly Recommended! by A Customer

This review is from: Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel (Kindle Edition) It is wonderful that Master of the Jinn has been translated into English. Offering a whirlwind ride back to the time of Solomon, the reader is taken on a mystical vision-quest in an effort to answer some of life’s most difficult questions.

Crossing the boundaries for all of the “people of the Book” with ease and with a great story line, Master of the Jinn points us clearly towards finding answers. A delightful read – – I highly recommend it!

Ya Haqq!

PS:  To read, excerpts of the first two chapters, reviews, and reader comments, click HERE.


Interview on Islam and Science Fiction

March 20, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

An interview I did some time ago was just published on the Islam and Science Fiction website about the writing of Master of the Jinn. To read it on the website, click HERE:

Or, read it below:

Aurangzeb: What attracted you to writing fiction in the first place?

Irving: I was not attracted to writing fiction, having written only poetry and articles before getting the idea for Master of the Jinn. The beginning and the end came to me fully formed during zekr, the Sufi meditation, and over the years as I filled in the middle story, I came to the inescapable conclusion that the book was writing me.

Aurangzeb: What are the main themes that inform your work, Master of the Jinn?

Irving: Master of the Jinn is really a Sufi novel, and so the main theme is the Sufi path of Love. The story and characters, by expressing through their words and deeds the courtesy, manners, and loving-kindness of the Path, drive the narrative.  Of course, since it also involves the Jinn, those legendary creatures of living fire that have been a part of Arabian myth since pre-Islamic times, there is a fantasy component to it.

Aurangzeb: Are you currently writing or planning to write more novels?

Irving: I am currently working on the sequel to Master of the Jinn, entitled Tale of the Jinn, which will continue the story of the main characters and also present the unknown cosmology of the Jinn race.  I am also working on two non-fiction books which I cannot discuss yet.

Aurangzeb: Any thoughts on the connection between Science Fiction and Fantasy?

Irving: I was at one time the publisher and editor of Fantastic Films magazine, which covered Science Fiction and Fantasy films and television, and have come to think that Science Fiction and Fantasy, though they are often grouped together, are two distinct literary forms that may often have the same audience.  Good Science Fiction is not fantasy, and good fantasy is not Science Fiction.

Aurangzeb: Any possible foray into Science Fiction by Irving Karchmar?

Irving: Possibly, as I have been considering a First Contact type of novel and may write it eventually.

Aurangzeb: Do you have any favorite Science Fiction author or a favorite novel that you would like to share?

Irving: Indeed!  My favorite Science Fiction author is Frank Herbert, the brilliant creator of the Dune series of books. He really is a first rate writer, as well as having a unique and fertile scientific mind for both science and fiction.  And of course, J.R.R. Tolkien is unsurpassable in fantasy literature, and its Sword and Sorcery sub-category.  Between those two, I am particularly fond of Robert Heinlein and his Lazarus Long books, as well as Stranger in a Strange Land. They are books that I reread every few years, which is the mark of a favorite.

Aurangzeb: Do you think the current political climate effected portrayal of Muslims in fiction?

Irving: Of course! How could it not?  Even before 9/11, the only portrayals of Muslims in books and films were mostly of the Palestinian terrorist type, or Arabic or Iranian men who married Western women and ran off with their children to Muslim countries. Until there are positive portrayals of Muslim heroes in fiction, both novels and films, there will only be the Western notion of Muslims as either terrorists or abused hijabis.  And it is up to the Muslim author to write the novels and stories that portray Muslims and Islamic culture in a positive light, without the bigoted nonsense of Holocaust denial, or Jewish and Christian Crusader conspiracy theories.

Aurangzeb: What advice do you have for young and burgeoning Muslim authors who may be interested in writing Fantasy or Science Fiction?

Irving: My only advice is to write what you know, and for Muslim authors it would be to write from an Islamic viewpoint, and to not try and emulate Western thinking and writing styles.  The Muslim voice is unique in the world, and so should it be written. Science Fiction has few interesting Muslim characters, besides the Fremen of Dune.  That is unfortunate, but testifies to the fact that Muslims consider fiction, whether Science Fiction or fantasty, as a form of lying, and so have no history of writing fiction. That has always struck me as ridiculous considering the vast history of Islamic storytellers, from the Arabian Nights to the Sufi teaching tales. Inshallah, it is slowly changing, thanks in part to such organizations as the Islamic Writers Alliance.  I would recommend any Muslim author to join it and not be discouraged by the lack of Muslim publishing companies or Muslim literary agencies. Those too will come in time.  And I would add that Master of the Jinn has been translated and published in eight languages, all through my own efforts in online marketing and networking, and you can do it too.  Never despair, and trust in Allah, and the way will be made clear in His good time.

Ya Haqq!


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