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The Jewel of Nineveh


The Jewel of Nineveh

This is not the first time I have recommended a book but it is the first time I have recommended a book that is not about bees.

Intrigued?  Well, I hope you will be intrigued by the plot!  However, I must come clean and admit that it an unashamed pitch for my son’s first novel.

I did not read it before it was published as it was “not my type of book” and I did not want to be discouraging.  However, the story woke up the little girl in me who had loved the Rider Haggard adventures and shown me how I could still get lost in another time and another place.



If you are still not convinced you can read the prologue for free as it has been published as a free e-book short story “The Thief”.  There are multiple versions available for any device depending whether you use Kindle Reader (MOBI), Kobo or Nook (EPUB).

But to get the full flavour of the adventures get The Jewel of Nineveh from Amazon.

You can find all the links at his author’s web page http:/diavoshbassiti.com


Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

15 thoughts on “The Jewel of Nineveh

  1. Well done for encouraging and supporting your son, even if it is not your thing. It is what parents, and grandparents in our case, should do.


  2. Good luck to your talented son Amelia, I hope his first novel does well.


  3. Why not! And good luck to him

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  4. The link to your son’s website didn’t work (a full stop at the end that shouldn’t be there) but I found it anyway.

    I’ve read the teaser short story “The Thief” and I really enjoyed it. I confess it’s not my typical kind of book either, but I like reading outside of my comfort zone sometimes. However I don’t have a Kindle. Does he plan on putting the book on Smashwords in epub format so readers without Kindles can get the chance to read his full novel.

    Congratulations to your son for getting his story down into a novel and making that final step to publish it.

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    • Thanks for mentioning that I let a full stop slip in because that has let me correct it now.
      As a new author, Diavosh has decided to experiment with Kindle Unlimited (ebook exclusive for 90 days) to see what Amazon do for his discoverability.
      He was very excited to get such a glowing first review at Smashwords! 🙂 Amelia

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      • I was happy to leave an honest review!

        I put the same review on Goodreads but it often takes a couple of days to show up there as they actually read and approve each one. I’d have put it on Amazon as well but The Thief isn’t available on Amazon.

        I understand why Diavosh is thinking Amazon is where the largest audience can be found, I know my books have had the lion’s share of their sales there, but there are some of us who will never have a Kindle. My books are on Amazon and Smashwords but my publisher puts them there so I don’t know what the hassle (or cost?) is to have it on both but if your son can swing it, I don’t see a downside.

        Anyway, keep us posted on his success!


  5. Good luck to Diavosh and congratulations, I hope his novel is a bestseller 🙂

    All best wishes for the festive season.


  6. That’s a wonderful portrait of your son. By a NZ portrait artist, no less. 🙂 Hope the book does well. The cover is very compelling. I am sure the story is as well.


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