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Dance from Deep Within 
Three unlikely friends learning to dance to the song of the spirit.

Dance from Deep WithinDespite her conservative Muslim heritage, Layla Al-Rai longs for a chance to earn her degree in engineering and perhaps even…dare she dream…to choose her own husband. But young women from her background rarely enjoy such freedoms. When she finally talks her parents into letting her attend college, she is drawn to fellow twenty-something students, Allie and Rain, over a class project. Allie, the blonde ballerina, faces her own struggles as she deals with an ex-fiancĂ© and a church she had hoped to leave behind. Rain, the bi-racial hippie chick, longs for something to believe in, but her questioning could cost her the love of her life. When Layla’s childhood sweetheart reenters her world, it seems her dreams might become real. Until everything falls apart. When she meets truth face to face, will she find the courage to accept it—even if it requires the ultimate sacrifice?

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Love in Three-Quarter Time

My historical romance with Zondervan




When the belle of the ball falls into genteel poverty, Constance Cavendish must teach the dances she once loved to help her family survive. The opportunity of a lifetime might await her in the frontier town of Charlottesville, but the position will require her to instruct the sisters of the plantation owner who jilted her when she needed him most. Can Constance possibly face Robert Montgomery, her painful past, and the guilt that threatens to destroy her in time to waltz her way to a fresh start? 


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Dance of the Dandelion 
Dina Sleiman was awarded Overall Winner and 1st Place Historical in the 2009 Touched by Love Contest, named one of the "10 Essential Voices in Medieval Fiction" by Family Fiction Magazine, and awarded runner up for first novel in the 2012 Selah Awards
Love's quest leads her the world over.

Dandelion Dering was born a peasant in the English village of Arun, but her soul yearned for another life, another world. One filled with color and music, with adventure and passion  . . . with more. Haunted by childhood memories, Dandelion determines to find a better existence than the life every peasant in the village contents themselves with. Even if her sweetheart William’s predictions prove true, and her journey leads straight to heartache.

From her sleepy hamlet to the intrigue of castle life, from the heart of London to the adventurous seas, Dandelion flees from the mistakes of her past, always seeking that something, that someone who will satisfy her longings.

Will Dandelion ever find the rhythm to her life's dance . . . or did she leave her chance for true love at home in Arun village?

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Here's what people are saying about Dance of the Dandelion...

Dina Sleiman is a beautiful writer. Romantic and gritty, Dance of the Dandelion takes readers on an epic journey of human failings, self discovery, and second chances. Through it all God’s love and forgiveness shines through. ~ Bestselling Author Julie Klassen


Best. Book. Ever. I have finally found the perfect novel...She far exceeded stellar, and I dare say this book for me was more of a mindblowing romance and spiritual love story similar to Redeeming Love, a best-selling novel by Francine Rivers. Over the years I have read a ton of books set during this time period and none of them came close to being as exhilarating for me as this one. It not only inspired me, but reading this novel was downright addicting. I had to have my fix daily until I finished the book. When I reached the end I felt and ovewhelming sense of satisfaction at having experience the highs and lows of Dandelion's journey as well as bonding so closely to the characters that I felt as if I had also experienced the same boundless joy by the end of the book. ~ Author Michelle Sutton

This medieval romp of a book reads like a dance! Full of unexpected twists and turns, it displays the folly or joy of our choices and the God who enables us to find true freedom in Him. Dandelion Dering is a heroine you won't soon forget! ~ Author Laura Frantz


Dance of the Dandelion is that rare novel that offers deep spiritual blessings to its readers. By no means your average Christian romance story, Dandelion’s journey is an epic story of depth, of realistic temptations and failings, of discovering one’s worth, of finding one’s faith, and of learning to dance for God as only someone who has been set free by Jesus and his forgiveness can dance. The writing is extraordinary and the spiritual takeaway is powerful. ~Author Melanie Dickerson

This richly imagined book is a passionate medieval coming-of-age tale, written in a melodic first-person style that is compellingly believable. It will have you turning pages eagerly and journeying with young, beautiful and errant Dandelion Dering through the treacherous world of 14th century English life, as she rises from humble beginnings to better herself in the world. Along the way she learns difficult lessons about life, love, and even God. Highly recommended!  ~Author Linore Rose Burkard

Dance of the Dandelion is a surprising fairy tale with deep spiritual overtones, one young woman’s adventure to self-discovery and self-empowerment with unexpected lessons for modern girls. ~Author Louise Gouge

Dina writes beautifully, her voice so appropriate to the time period, I actually felt like a beautiful maid skipping through flowery meadows. Through Dandelion, she evokes dreams for better—for achievement and significance in her reader. I look forward to reading more of Dina’s work in the future. ~Jennifer Slattery, Novel Reviews

The almost musical, lyrical writing of new author, Dina Sleiman, invites the reader to join in the Dance of Dandelion from the very first sentence of the book. I felt the raw poverty of the young peasant girl, Dandelion, and agonized with her as she searched to fill the empty places in her heart. A stunning debut novel, I look forward to what will be forthcoming from this talented author. ~Author Golden Keyes Parsons

Dina Sleiman breathes new life into the written word with her exquisitely penned story, Dance of the Dandelion. I was instantly transported back to medieval days and into the heart of her heroine, gripped so strongly that I couldn't bear to put the book down. Though the medieval genre carries with it certain expectations, Sleiman transcends them with excellent writing and a tale as real as it is timeless.~ Roseanna M. White, Author and Senior Reviewer for The Christian Review of Books