The Usurped

by Anastasia Shmaryan



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/7/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781466932845
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781466932838

About the Book

Flora Whitmore, a beautiful intelligent Connecticut university student, who lives with her family in New Haven. She seems to have it all: a promising medical career and a bright future. She meets a co-student, Mbeki, and falls in love with him. Despite the Whitmore are against her relationship with him, Flora has married Mbeki. A new husband who takes her to his native Africa to start a new life. Without warning, the man of her dreams turns into the worst nightmare - he sells her as a slave to settle a family debt. Beaten and raped by a new, brutal master Meneliki - Flora is traded on the slave market, and ends up on a ship - captured by the Somali pirates. Flora fights for her freedom against Abdullahi and those pirates with the help of a fellow captive, a French doctor Jean-Luc Cartier, with whom she discovers true love as they struggle to stay alive.

About the Author

Anastasia was born as Asya Leonidovna Shmaryan, on April 17, 1959, but she grew up in the Ukraine. It was during her teenage years that she began a fascination with literature, especially poetry. Inspired by variety of books she read, she has dreamed of one day becoming a writer. However, she could not fulfill that dream given her family insisted that she go to university and get a ‘real’ profession. Asya has only returned to writing in 2006, decades after she last laid pen to paper. Her writing is mainly inspired and influenced by stories of hardship, and survival. She is a passionate writer, whose creative vision is matched by her great storytelling ability. What sets Anastasia apart from most other writers is that she writes in both English and Russian. To date, she has written countless poems and screenplays, a theatrical play, as well as novels. Anastasia has lived in Australia for the past 23 years.