Blurb For Zebra Fish:
*A Contemporary Romance short story, the 3rd in the Love Is Never Past Tense Series*
Newly reunited lovers Janna and Serge thought the world had given them another chance at happiness. After years of separation following a heartbreaking divorce and harrowing escape from post-cold-war Russia, the couple had reconnected through emails, and finally took the leap to see each other in person.
Their reignited spark burns ever brighter as they travel to Egypt for new experiences. Through an impromptu arrest by customs officials, they emerge to a sun-kissed beach paradise. Egypt is everything they hoped it would be and more. On a desert trek with the Bedouins they find a guide, an old friend of Serge’s from Russia.
Experience this poignant tale of a love that spans decades and continents, as this amazing couple travel the world, discovering both their past and their future together.
Praise for LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE
“A sensual love story set across contemporary Russian culture. It is inspiring as a reminder of passionate love beyond early youth.” – Dorothy E. Siminovitch, Ph.D., MCC, Coach, Author, Conference speaker and learning consultant
“Can the power of love stand up to time, politics and distance? Two young lovers face turmoil, separation and the fall of their homeland. This intriguing and often painful love story spans for decades of life-altering years, life-altering events, but proves that true love will endure as long as the human heart beats.” – Amazon top 1000 reviewer
“The portrayal of Communist and post-1991 Russia is brilliantly done and made the story so much more than ‘just’ a romance.” – Amazon top 500 reviewer, Christoph Fischer
“This very modern love story, translated from the original Russian, lets you feel the sorrow, fear and joy of a couple coping with events that reshaped the world. A great, dramatic romance in classic Russian style.” – Amazon reviewer
Anyone who’s ever pondered the eternal question, “What makes life worth living?” can find the answer within the pages of LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE
There were no more splashes. Serge looked around the dark water, but he did not observe any signs of a sea monster. Gradually they calmed down, and again the cold began to occupy all their attention. They again rubbed each other and embraced. But it only helped for a short time. Serge’s predictions began to come true. A large shiver shook their bodies, and their lower jaws would not submit to the commands of their brains. The lower jaw dangled as if on strings and sparred with the top jaw, producing an intolerable knocking of teeth.
“Serge, are we going to die?” Janna cried out.
“We will die. Serge, we will not be able to bear it. Isn’t this terrifying to you?”
“No,” he insisted, “it’s not terrifying, because we will not die. Or, at least, we’ll die somewhere and sometime, but not here, and not now.”
“I feel that for me, this place will be the last. Wait. Don’t speak. Listen. When I am gone, don’t linger. Fasten a lead belt around my body and send me to the depths. You can come here like it’s my grave. Don’t waste your efforts on superfluous expenses: a coffin, transportation to the States, or a funeral. To me it’s all the same, but you would have huge expenses.”
“Are you finished?”
“I won’t even think about it. You always taught me that one should only believe in the best, and then it will come true. Stop all this talk about death.”
“One often thinks of death, especially at times like this.”
“While a person lives, he should only think of life, and you’re not going to change my mind about that. I speak as someone who already tried to drown in the bottom of the sea. I crept out then from an impossibly complex situation. This is a piece of cake compared to what happened there, on the Black Sea.”
“The Black Sea is my native sea, and this is a stranger’s sea. Red, the color of blood…”
“You are driving yourself into a condition where your body will cease to struggle. Once you convince the body not to resist, the end is inevitable and close.”
Serge took her shoulders and began to shake them in a frenzy. “Get this nonsense out of your head—I’m not asking, I’m ordering you to!”
“Are you the boss, then?” Janna asked, barely audible, and Serge understood that her life forces were quickly leaving her.
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Originally from the former Soviet Union, Janna Yeshanova, M.A., M.Ed., escaped to the United States when persecution became violent during the crumbling of her country. Arriving in the United States with her mother and daughter in tow, $126 in her pocket and knowing not a soul, Janna’s talent, experiences and education have helped her become a high end organizational training and development professional. Her exodus story is included in the book.
Founder and principal of Life-Spark, LLC, Janna is a dynamic and powerful life coach, premier trainer and motivational speaker. She leverages her passion and engaging style to help others to overcome adversity and spark the possibilities of their lives.
Love Is Never Past Tense… was published first in Russia and Ukraine in 2009, and is now available in English. It is a fascinating adventurous romance based on a true story. The two fictional sequels In The Land Of Scarabs and Zebra Fish were published in 2014
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