One Woman Experiences the Extreme Hardships of Love

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Anastasia Shmaryan pens new empowering story of a woman who escaping slavery

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In a world where true love seems impossible, it can appear in the darkest and toughest times in one’s life

Anastasia Shmaryan’s new book, “The Usurped” (published by Trafford Publishing) focuses on one woman’s hardship, survival and willpower to be free. Flora Whitmore, a beautiful and intelligent Connecticut University student, lives with her family in New Haven. She seems to have it all: a promising medical career and a bright future.

When she meets Mbeki, a fellow co-student, the two fall in love. However, when Flora’s parents are against her being in a relationship with him, Flora and Mbeki marry. After their new vows, they travel to Mbeki’s native Africa to start a new life.

Without warning, the man of her dreams turns into the worst nightmare when he sells her as a slave to settle a family debt. Beaten and raped by a new brutal master, Meneliki, Flora is traded on the slave market and ends up on a ship captured by the Somali pirates.

Flora fights for her freedom against a skipper Abdullahi and these pirates with the help of a fellow captive, French doctor Jean-Luc Cartier, with whom she discovers true love as they struggle to stay alive.

“In a world where true love seems impossible, it can appear in the darkest and toughest times in one’s life,” explains Shmaryan. “Love can conquer all!”

About the Author
Anastasia Shmaryan was born in Russia on April 17, 1959, but grew up in the Ukraine. It was during her teenage years that she became fascinated with literature, especially poetry. Inspired by variety of books she read, Shmaryan dreamed of one day becoming a writer. Her writing is mainly inspired and influenced by stories of hardship and survival. She is a passionate writer whose creative vision is matched by her great storytelling ability. To date, she has written countless poems and screenplays, a theatrical play, as well as novels. Shmaryan has lived in Australia for the past 23 years.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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