Holly Lynn Payne, author, writing coach, publishing strategist
HOLLY LYNN PAYNE, Author, Writing Coach, Publishing Strategist

DAMASCENA: the tale of roses and Rumi by Holly Payne

A daring and spellbinding new novel of historical fiction that melds the author’s trademark themes of transformation, healing and forgiveness. Payne transports readers to the enchanting world of 13th century Persia and into the heart of the world’s most beloved poet, Mevlana Rumi.

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340 pages    ISBN 978-0-9822797-4-8
A Skywriter Books Trade Paperback Original

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“Writing is a way of sharing something that comes from us but is also greater than us. (And forever humbling). For me, storytelling has become a form of fellowship. I love helping people reclaim their voice and tell their stories. Writing heals and I believe that books are medicine. The combination of 26 letters is a mighty powerful RX.”

-Holly Lynn Payne, writing coach, novelist
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers author of The Virgin’s Knot and the award-winning story of forgiveness, Kingdom of Simplicity

 

 

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Once upon a time there was a man named Rumi

…and the girl who changed his life with a rose.

DAMASCENA: the tale of roses and Rumi

She was born beneath the shadow of a dance on the sixth day of the sixth month in the year 1256…


from Discover Great New Writers author of
The Virgin’s Knot

HOLLY LYNN PAYNE

D A M A S C E N A
the tale of roses and Rumi

A daring and spellbinding new novel of historical fiction that melds the author’s trademark themes of transformation, healing and forgiveness. Payne transports readers to the enchanting world of 13th century Persia and into the heart of the world’s most beloved poet, Mevlana Rumi.

On-Sale June 1, 2014
340 pages ISBN 978-0-9822797-4-8
A Skywriter Books Trade Paperback Original


Damascena is a stunner. Holly Payne takes us into the yearning at the heart of the mystic’s search. She turns the Sufi quest for connection with God into a human drama that is both moving and soaring.”

Tamim Ansary best-selling author of East of Kabul, West of New York and Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan


 


“Holly Payne has deftly captured the magic, beauty, and ecstatic energy of the Sufi’s ancient sema dance with her story about a girl, Damascena, whose life transcends her own world, and ours. The prose transports the reader creating astonishing characters and at times,a thriller-like the plot, carrying us into a world that is part hallucination and part real as Payne weaves in themes of loss, beauty, devotion, evil, struggle, magic, and, ultimately, love.”

-David Ewing Duncan, best-selling author of Experimental Man: What one man’s body reveals about his future, your health, and our toxic world


 


“Damascena is a captivating read, with a beautifully satisfying ending. In her meticulously researched novel, Holly Payne’s expertly crafted prose captures not only the souls of her characters but the essence of Rumi’s wisdom: that life’s shattering experiences can break our hearts open, ultimately compelling us to receive the love intended for us. I loved this book.”

-Kristen Harnisch, The Vintner’s Daughter


 


“Holly Payne’s latest novel touches Jelaluddin Rumi’s essential beauty within the fragrance of 13th century Turkey and the rich tapestry of his life as a mystic, poet and honored scholar. Payne exposes the very human challenges Rumi encountered as he grew into one of the greatest poets of all time.”

-Murshida Mariam Baker, author of Woman as Divine: Tales of the Goddess senior teacher, Sufi Ruhaniat International and the Mevlevi Order of America



“…one of the most gorgeous novels I’ve ever read. Payne’s research was so thorough. It makes me want to learn more about the dervishes, their religious practices, and about Rumi and his achingly beautiful poetry. The themes of forgiveness, spirituality and all the different forms of love resonated with me on every page.”

Laura Marquez, Emmy Winner and former ABC News Correspondent


Order DAMASCENA now! Great summer reading.

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