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Ahava is Love (World of Love) by Avery Duran

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Thank you so much to Divine Magazine for hosting me today! I really appreciate being given the chance to talk about my upcoming release, Ahava is Love.

As a child, whenever I was sick, my grandmother would come over and make me chicken soup. There was nothing like it to make me feel better. Although I’ve had other versions of the dish, none has ever come close.

My family has many other traditions that involve food, some are based on holidays and celebrations, others just because we love them! Barbeque makes me think of relaxing summer afternoons in the backyard, while cooking apples are all about the fall—cozy sweaters, rosy cheeks, and falling leaves. I can’t chop parsley without flashing back to a Passover Seder.

When I travel, I love to eat the foods that are traditional in the area I am visiting. Even if I’ve eaten a similar dish at home, somehow the spices, local produce, and even the water give it a special something. When friends visit me from other areas, one of my favorite things to do is to take them to a restaurant or prepare a meal that they may not have encountered before.

In Ahava is Love, the food in Israel was a big part of the experience for Josh, an American traveling abroad. He relished eating traditional Israeli fare, like falafel. He also discovered a delicious chocolate spread and was pleasantly surprised by some pad thai. But he drew the line at the pizza – that was something he much preferred to eat at home!

Two men, traveling together for ten days, both with a great deal of love to offer, yet each afraid to open his heart to someone else. The attraction is instant, but nothing good can come of acting on it…or can it?

Thanks for taking the time to get to know a little about me. I can’t believe this is the last stop on the blog tour! I’d like to thank all of the below blogs for being kind enough to give me the opportunity to discuss my new release, Ahava is Love.

 Ahava is LoveAhava is the Hebrew word for love, I think you’ll enjoy falling in love with Josh, Yaron – and Israel!



Brooklyn Realtor Josh Perlman desperately wants to settle down. Unfortunately he can’t find a man who wants the same. Tired of disastrous dates, he travels to explore his heritage.

Yaron is an Israeli security guard and medic charged with looking after Josh and his pilgrimage group. For Yaron, the need to protect has become more a duty than an honor since he lost his long-term boyfriend to a terrorist attack—a loss that continues to haunt him.

As they embark on their journey through the Holy Land, it’s hard to deny the attraction that sparks between Josh and Yaron. Yet with America calling Josh home, and Israel, and the death of his lover holding Yaron prisoner, it seems only a miracle can keep them together.

But Israel is an ancient land, one that has seen miracles before. Surrounded by structures that have been destroyed and rebuilt time after time, Josh and Yaron might just learn that their futures can be found in the wisdom of the past.

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Parent Association President by day, Romance Author by night, Avery Duran enjoys the best of all worlds. She’s a minivan-driving, cupcake-baking, soccer mom, who works outside the home while raising three rambunctious boys. Easily distracted by shiny things, Avery found making up stories in her head was an effective way to fool people into thinking she was paying attention. Eventually she decided to write down one of those stories, and her alter-ego was born.

She’s always been a voracious reader, Avery’s mother still brings up the time her school called because she refused to stop reading during math class. Avery is pleased to confirm that she has managed just fine without whatever important math lesson was being taught that day.

A native New Yorker, she often incorporates her favorite city into what she writes. During the day, while driving, watching endless YouTube videos, or animated shows with her offspring, she plots her stories. At night, when her husband and children go to sleep, Avery sits in a quiet house and puts those words on paper. She loves spending her down time creating a world filled with people loving and laughing their way to happily-ever-after.

She’d really love to hear from you!

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