Map of Romance-Novel Arabia

This is too funny: http://sheikhs-and-desert-love.com/browse_location.html. <– copy and paste this link into your browser to see the map.

What types of novels are included in this database?
Sheikhs and Desert Love features romance novels with a Sheikh (or an Arab or desert prince) as the primary male character. Though most of the novels in the database take place in Middle Eastern countries, it is not a requirement for inclusion. In most cases, the heroines of these stories are women who hail from progressive countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia or Great Britain. The majority are slender, with long fair hair.

Do all of these novels take place in fictional countries?
By and large, most of the Arab countries described in these books are fictional. Sometimes these lands are socially repressive, but their leaders usually strive to change them into more modern societies that treat women equally. In some cases, the skills or talent of the beautiful heroine often may help this effort along, particularly if she entered the country for the purpose of taking a temporary professional position (i.e. hospital administrator, conference planner, headhunter).

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