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Enter My Goodreads Giveaway!

My Goodreads giveaway begins today! From October 20 to October 28, enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of my latest book, Holiday of the Heart.

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Holiday of the Heart by D.M. Miller

What is it about? Here’s the blurb:

Amirah can’t wait for Christmas. Leaving her Egyptian roots to restart in New York, she salivates over the American dream. If only her parents understood.

Rajab stresses more over love than nationality when he meets an enchanting woman. But the relationship is scandalous. Terrified of his father’s disapproval and seething reaction, Rajab struggles to keep the secret. The repercussions could be disastrous.

Together, Catherine and Abdul are the magnet for the group, but an outside force threatens their marriage while fall celebrations are underway.

The holiday season is busy for most, but for this interfaith union, the festive days multiply. Can Christians, Jews and Muslims sit at the same dinner table in peace? Find out as the Shadid and DiMarco family stumbles through holiday after holiday on this interfaith journey.

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The latest review does a really good job describing further:

Another great addition to DM Miller’s Heart series, HoTH throws Catherine and Abdul’s wonderfully multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious family and friends into the potential nightmare that is holiday season. From Eid – with Catherine’s fearsome mother-in-law ever-present – through Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur – with Rajab, struggling to place himself within his recently-discovered Jewish identity, through Thanksgiving and Hannukah to Christmas, where Amirah will struggle between her idea of a traditional holiday and Dan’s purer interpretation, the characters we’ve grown to know and (for the most part) love have everything and more thrown at them.

Will Rajab’s interracial relationship drive a wedge between him and his father? What is going on between Abdul and that woman at the office? Why can’t Dan appreciate the fun side of Halloween? What really happened to make Bahir and Asadel hate each other so much? Can Amirah get the all-American holiday of her dreams? Will Cala’s nastiness some day drive someone too far?

There is a nice sense of exploration within this book: as each character learns something more about these holidays and what they really mean to those who celebrate them, they learn more about themselves and who they really are. But so much has already been discovered about Catherine and her family’s past, and instead of delving back, HoTH chooses to dwell more on the present and the future, which works perfectly with the themes and ideas it explores.

HoTH is a fun book with enough incident to keep those pages turning, but at the same time it has a depth and a seriousness that belies the title. A brilliant full-length book, not in any way a throwaway novella, HoTH is still perfect reading for those ‘ber months!

So what are you waiting for? Enter the contest! (Must provide an address in the US. Due to postage costs, the contest is for US residents only. But hey, the book is available on Amazon to anyone. 🙂 )


D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and the memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.

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#MeToo: Real Movement or Empty Trend?

Another hashtag trend. They say it’s about awareness, to inform the under-informed public just how widespread sexual harassment and assault really is. Everyone is jumping on board. It’s cool to join a trend and copy/paste a status about the suicide hotline and PTSD and, and… Weinstein-esque sexual abuse. While we’re at it, let’s send a rose to all the women we know because that will help fight breast cancer.

Hollywood knew about Weinstein’s offenses but did nothing. Said nothing. They wanted to get ahead after all, wanted to make their millions, and so what if they knew about this abuse of power? It was better to shut the hell up about it because money talks, and who wants to jeopardize their careers when so much money’s at stake? What’s it worth, stardom, I mean? Fulfilling your dreams?

But you know something? It’s not only Hollywood. It’s everywhere. Once upon a time when I was being sexually harassed by a coworker, my boss told me to suck it up. She said, “Get used to it. This is the way the world is.”

Behind closed doors, my female coworkers agreed with me that this male antagonist was a real problem. He made all the women feel uncomfortable, and they dreaded working with him. Yet when it came time to stand by me, no one did. When I asked one of them why, she told me the truth: “I don’t want to lose my job.”

You think a hashtag will change that?

But now it’s a trend. Okay, great. Let’s talk.

Actress Mayim Bialik wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled, “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World.” She was slammed for mentioning that she dresses modestly, doesn’t put herself on a silver platter for the drooling wolves in a place that promotes sexuality. It was said she was blaming the victim, but as usual, this was just another emotional outburst and rush to judgment by those who seek shelter from their triggers. What she really wrote was that in an ideal world, it wouldn’t matter. But this isn’t an ideal world, and nothing is black and white.

I get the feeling a lot of people don’t like Mayim Bialik because she has values, and she’s willing to stand up for what she believes in, even if it goes against what’s “trending”.

Now, is a woman “asking for it” by dressing provocatively? No, of course not. At the same time—Warning: Snowflakes do not read beyond this point—why do women dress provocatively? Is it an invitation for unwanted advances? No. But aren’t they putting themselves on display and in effect, sexualizing themselves?

Some women believe posing in Playboy is a feminist move, while others disagree completely. Is it really empowerment to show your body off to strange men?

Most women don’t go to such extremes. I don’t always dress modestly myself, although the word “modest” is somewhat subjective. We could all wear a blanket over ourselves, and that wouldn’t stop men who are predators. Just look at women in the Middle East. Even covered head-to-toe, they are still sexualized.

Certain imams have suggested women cover their eyes because they’re too tantalizing to men. Furthermore, they should not make eye contact with a man who is not a close relative.

In Saudi Arabia, women must be accompanied by a male chaperone when going out, and they certainly cannot travel without one.

Female genital mutilation is still a widespread practice, even in the West among immigrants.

There are approximately 5000 honor killings each year worldwide, and speaking of honor, there has been a rise in female jihadists in recent years in order to “restore honor” to their families after some perceived sin.

Do you think we can talk about these things? When will #FGM trend on Twitter? How about #HonorKillings?

Don’t hold your breath. It’s not PC to discuss such matters. Open dialog is reserved for limited subjects, which are approved by those special hashtag trendsetters, out-of-touch Hollywood know-it-alls, and the follow-the-leader media.

What is happening in politics these days is that the anti-Israel BDS movement is growing in popularity among the extremists on the Left. Israel is demonized, while Palestinian terrorists (who murder innocent civilians including Holocaust survivors, pregnant women and babies) are victimized. What’s more, feminism has gone rogue from where it started when it sought equal rights. One prominent feminist today is Linda Sarsour, who has infected the fight for women with anti-Israel hatred. This makes it cool to bash Jews but uncool to point out any sexism in Muslim society. Mention it, and you’ll get ripped to shreds, as I probably will if anyone reads this article.

The truth is, men and women are equal, but we are not the same. We’re not supposed to be the same. We also happen to be attracted to one another. That makes for difficult situations in the workplace and in life in general at times. The mistreatment of women is commonplace, and we don’t need any hashtag to know this. It is wrong, and it should be addressed.

But let’s be real. After the hysteria over the Weinstein case blows over, and it’s no longer a hashtag trend, will anything change? Or is this just another excuse for hypocritical social justice warriors to pump their fists in the air before jumping on the next bandwagon?


D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and the memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.

Interfaith Heart Series

My interfaith Heart Series has had a makeover! Watch my latest video, where I show off the brand new covers and explain what the books are about.

An overview:

When 12-year-old Abdul sees Catherine for the first time at his parents’ estate, she takes his breath away. Never before had a girl caught his eye like this one. Little does he know she is Jewish and little does he care. At that tender age, religion and politics mean nothing. Yet as the years go by, both his family and hers make it clear: A Muslim and a Jew should not be together.

Follow the journey of this interfaith couple struggling to get through all the hurdles of a life filled with love, hate, jealousy, secrets and lies.

Heart Series on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Religion-Heart-1-ebook/dp/B015RYHZ8S/

Author D.M. Miller on:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/D.M.-Miller/e/B012RDNV76/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmmillerauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmmiller_author

It took me four years to write The Religion of the Heart. Needless to say, it was a lot of work, and I put my all into it. You could say, it’s my baby, my firstborn. 🙂

So far there are four books in the series, and I’ve decided to give everyone a chance to be introduced to the series for a low price.

Are you ready for this?

The Kindle edition of The Religion of the Heart is now only 99 cents! 

No, seriously. Less than a dollar!

What are you waiting for? Start reading. 🙂


D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and the memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.

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Pro-Israel Half-Jews and DNA

Jewish DNA: Half-Jews with a Jewish mother vs. Half-Jews with a Jewish father. Is there a difference? And is there a correlation between Jewish ancestry and a deep love for Israel?

This is the subject of my latest video on Youtube.

See all my videos: Click HERE.


D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and the memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.

Holiday of the Heart: Order Today!

Holiday of the Heart is now available in paperback or as a preorder for the Kindle edition. The preorder price is only $1.99, but it will go up on the day of release.

So what is Holiday of the Heart anyway?

Watch my video and see:

 

Holiday of the Heart paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Holiday-Heart-D-M-Miller/dp/1974028658/

Holiday of the Heart Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Holiday-Heart-D-M-Miller-ebook/dp/B0759WYY4F/

Paperback on British Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1974028658/

Kindle on British Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holiday-Heart-D-M-Miller-ebook/dp/B0759WYY4F/

Thanks for reading!


D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.

Holiday of the Heart Is Almost Here!

The paperback will be available in a few days, and the Kindle edition will follow shortly thereafter. Just in time for the holiday season…

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The entire Heart series has a new look:

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Stay tuned for more information!


D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.

Alternative Hate

The trend of inventing and popularizing words broadcast by the media and politicians is hotter than ever. I’ve already written about the evolution of the word “extremist.” Now we have alternatives.

Why, pray tell, we cannot be straightforward is beyond me. But political correctness compounded with political warfare supersedes common sense, even in describing the worst side of humanity. With the love of the word “extremist” when describing Islamic terrorists, the media should favor the same word when it comes to the opposite poles of the political spectrum, right? Wrong.

The extreme left is the alt-left, and the extreme right is the alt-right. (For an interesting etymology click here.) Lately it’s been impossible to read or watch the news and avoid those terms. But what do they mean? Alternative hate? Alternative politics, which ultimately end in hate? Alternative perspectives so strong they lead to hate? Well, hate is in there somewhere, that is for sure.

Someone on social media made the point that the one thing both “alts” share is their hatred of Jews. And you know what? The same is true of “extremists.”  Sadly, Jews are the eternal scapegoat.

Meanwhile the world may fall apart around us while the hatred turns violent.

But we get snazzy with words.


Related Reading:

Extremely Extreme Extremists

Writing for #Snowflakes

Political Correctness in Fiction


D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.