What is a Turkish Delight (Really)?
Well, technically it is a sort of candy, a sort of gel made of starch and sugar. The best ones have pistachios, dates, hazelnuts or walnuts. But that’s it. They are a simple, not-to-sweet treat called “Lokum” in Turkish, which is derived from an Arabic word meaning “mouthful.”
They are kind of like the “fruitcake” of Europe anymore—ubiquitous, sometimes too sweet, not really made traditionally unless you are willing go deep into the Spice Bazaar of Istanbul or into the confectionary section of town to find the really good ones, which I did because I was sick addicted to the stuff when I lived in there.
Actually, the Spice Bazaar was my favorite place of all the many amazing places to hang out in Istanbul, located near the water and the famous Blue Mosque. I could spend hours there, strolling up and down, sampling and smelling and chatting with the friendly vendors. My youngest daughter was a salt blonde-haired, blue-eyed 4-year old when she became a bit of a mascot there, prancing around and being spoiled with sweets—“spice girl” they called her when we would make our weekly journey through the ancient halls.
I now frequent Arabic markets in search of decent Turkish Delight—and it is no accident that I called my series of books with Decadent Publishing that are now available in an e-bundle on Amazon OR in print under one cover by that name!
Spanning decades, and beginning with a “fated romance” in 1960’s Istanbul, the Turkish Delights series has it all: a bit of fantasy, intrigue, family dynamics, love, lust, and some spanky-panky…all in one great series.
About the Anthology:
A young American woman comes face to face with her destiny in Istanbul in the 1960's and an epic dynasty is born.
When Vivian Kinkaid turns around in her college classroom and makes eye contact with a man who was once her forbidden childhood friend, her life is changed forever.
A sweeping saga of family, love, loss and recovery—The Turkish Delight series begins with a special sort of magic. Then Madame Eve works her miracles for the Deniz family, but even she can’t overcome the harsh realities that force this Turkish/American family all to deal with tragedy when one of their own is ripped from their close-knit circle.
“The Turks” opens with best-selling classic romance for the ages. Then ends with a thrilling novella that brings all the players back together. Set in Istanbul, Las Vegas, and Southern California, The Turkish Delights series has it all—heat, heart, intrigue and a deep, family connection that transcends all barriers.
The anthology includes:
The Diplomat's Daughter
About the Author
Microbrewery owner, best-selling author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town. Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry), has prepped her for life as erotic romance author.
When she isn't sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.
Her groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”)
Her beer blog at beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high-powered real estate offices. Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.