No pain, no gain

The remarkable, fabulous highlights of my life since the controversy over THE JEWEL OF MEDINA catapulted me to fame, or infamy, depending on your point of view.

A Jewel of a BEA

Dear Reader, Fresh back from New York and Book Expo America ’09, and I am still feeling excited over the response to “The Jewel of Medina” and its sequel, “The Sword of Medina.” I connected at last with readers there, including librarians, bookstore owners, book lovers, and media people, who lined up — against my …