Monday, November 14, 2011

New Author Monday -- Guest Post and Giveaway

For Today’s New Author Monday, I am going to be doing something a little differently. I had the chance to be a part of a book tour for Daughters of Iraq by Revital Shiri-Horowitz.  So I will tell you a little about Revital and then she is going to join us as my very first guest blogger. I am very excited for both of my firsts today: first book tour and first guest blogger. Oh wait there’s another first- my first book giveaway.

Revital Shiri-Horowitz was born and raised in Israel. She is a teacher and presenter. She has earned a Bacherlor’s degree in Hebrew Literature and Geogrpahy from Tel Aviv University, A Master’s degree in Geography from Haifa University and a Master’s degree in Hebrew Literature from Tel Aviv University.  She is currently based out of Israel and Seattle, Washington.  She has been married to her husband for 20 years and has 4 boys and a dog named Sheleg.  She is the daughter of Jewish Iraqi immigrants and her first novel is Daughters of Iraq.  

Daughters of Iraq is a fascinating story following three generation of women as they journey from Iraq in the first half of the twentieth century to modern-day Israel and Seattle. It is the story of a Jewish family that emigrated from Iraq to Israel to start a new life in the newly established country.

Welcome Revital!!!
Life in Israel
by Revital Shiri-Horowitz

I was going to write about my army service and about a special reunion party that took place about a week ago in our house, but I cannot do that before I write first about other important matters. You would probably wonder why, and I will answer in a second, but first I would like to write about the important value of life and peace. About a week ago Israel relisted 1027 terrorists and murderers who were eager to kill Jews. It did not matter to them whether they were babies, kids, women or men, as long as they killed in the name of their God. I am saying their God, because I do believe in God, and do not see any God approving such actions, so maybe they have a special God who approves such things.
We let them go. They sat in prison that let them use cell phones, have great meals, and get visitors, even study! Our Gilad Shalit never got a visit from the Red Cross even, for over 5 years did not see the sun. He was treated like a “thing,” not like a person.
Israel let them go because we value life, they do not. For the last 24 hours terrorists have being shooting missiles from Gaza, trying to kill civilians. There were over fifty missiles shot. One person was killed. A few were injured.
Life has stopped. No schools, no weddings, no social gatherings, no nothing. And I am wondering if you know of any nation that would not just get into this place to stop those people from shooting at our cities.
My heart goes out to the families in the south of Israel. I am hoping that one day Israel will live in peace. I am not sure any more that that day will ever come.  
And regarding the special reunion -- it happened over a week ago, and it was so fantastic. I served in a special program that combined Kibbutz life and Army service, and there were about 40 people in that program. A week ago we all met, 25 years later…
It is amazing to see what we've all become 25 years later. There were lots of tears and chills. So many good memories came up -- about great friendships and old love affairs, and the fact that our service was the first time we'd all left home.
In most “normal” countries, people who graduate from high school go to college. In Israel you have to first serve your country. For men, it's a minimum of three years, for women a minimum of two. Only after they are done with their army service can they go back to school and start their civilian adult life.
I think that this is really sad, and not because of the fact that we serve our country, but because of the fact that Israel just to be able to survive needs all young people to join the army. I do pray so hard that one day no parent will have to send their kids to war, and peace will be everywhere. I really cannot know what I would have become without serving in the Army, since I did not experience something else, but I can say one thing, it made me tougher. It made me more suspicious and tough. I am not naïve, and sometimes I really wish I were. What would I be like without my army service? I really do not have a straight answer for that. This is me and that is all I can say.

Wishing you Peace and love,

Want to get in touch with Revital? Learn more about her or her books? You can find her here at one these sites!
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The Giveaway:
Please comment below on a life-changing experience and enter to win a copy of Daughters of Iraq.  Revital will pick a winner of this book next week! It is available in any e-book format or as a paper copy.  Also, it’s available in English or in Hebrew. Let us know the format and language when we contact you about winning! We will ship you a copy anywhere in the world.

For the Giveaway Grand Prize: Everyone who comments is eligible to win a lovely Mama Nazima's Jewish Iraqi Cuisine ( Revital will pick a lucky winner at the end of November 2011 and can ship anywhere in the world. Good luck!

 Thanks Revital! I hope you enjoy the rest of your tour and thanks for stopping by and sharing more about Israel. The continues November 16,2011 at
Look for my review of Daughters of Iraq,  coming shortly!!

Always Shine, 
Starr K


  1. Dear Revital,

    Two sentences resonated with me, "I do pray so hard that one day no parent will have to send their kids to war, and peace will be everywhere." and "I am not naïve, and sometimes I really wish I were."

    I also believe that children and young people should be able to experience life without the stress of war/conflict/hate/etc. In addition, I know that difficulties in life can make us stronger and less naive.

    I join you in prayers for peace for ourselves, our children, and our children's children. Blessings of Shalom!

  2. Thanks Linda for your comment. It warms my heart.