By: Veronica Scott
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Write the Book You Can’t find on the Shelf!
In my case, I would alter the classic advice to writers and state “write the book you can’t find enough of on the shelf” because there are other people who set stories in Ancient Egypt, even with paranormal elements, but not all that many. The genre certainly isn’t as well populated as the English Regency for example! Quite a few books set in historical Egypt are about Cleopatra and while she’s wonderful and fascinating, she’s still too modern for me. So, because I could never find enough romance set in the time period I enjoy, I started writing the books myself.
My Gods of Egypt series is set in 1550 BCE Egypt, which was a time of turbulent change, as the Hyksos, a foreign invader who’d ruled along the Nile for quite some time, were being driven out, and the Egyptian Pharaohs were re-energizing their power, spreading the influence of Egyptian culture. I don’t write pure historical romance, however, because I love inserting paranormal elements and I had to have the gods of Egypt actively involved in the events. (I also do some judicious tampering with historical accuracy.) My Pharaoh Nat-re-Akhe doesn’t actually appear on any list of the rulers of Egypt but he’s a composite of several real men who sat on the throne around this time period.
The stories in this connected series have my Pharaoh as the anchor character setting events in motion but then each novel is a standalone tale. Today WARRIOR OF THE NILE is just being released by Carina Press and here’s the story:
Lady Tiya is bound to the service of the goddess Nephthys, who plans to sacrifice Tiya’s body to protect Egypt from an ancient terror. She embarks to meet her grim fate alone but for the hardened warrior Khenet, who is fated to die at her side. Tiya’s dreams of love and family now seem impossible, and Khenet, who is the last of his line, knows his culture will die with him. Struggling with the high cost of Nephthys’s demands, both resolve to remain loyal.
Neither expects the passion that flowers when Tiya’s quiet courage and ethereal beauty meet Khenet’s firm strength and resolve. On a boat down the Nile, their two lonely souls find in each other a reason to live. But time is short and trust elusive.
Without the willing sacrifice of Tiya and Khenet, a great evil will return to Egypt. How could the gods demand their deaths when they’ve only just begun to live?
Here’s a short excerpt, between Khenet the Warrior and Lady Tiya, shoertly agfter their fateful journey down the Nile has begun:
Raising her voice slightly, she said, “Tiya. Call me Tiya, as my family and friends do.”
Khenet wheeled, the artless invitation surprising him. A trick or test from Nephthys? Or is Tiya trying to get on my good side? Seduce me to avoid her fate? Unblinking, he stared at her for several moments. She stopped short, her smile fading. He surveyed her from head to toe, then raised his eyes to the sky. Frustration over this entire assignment made his words harsh. “We’re not family. We’re not friends. This isn’t a pleasure cruise down the Nile on any Pharaoh’s barge.” He lowered his gaze and took in her shocked face. “My orders are to escort you to your death and to perish myself as a result. I’ll carry out my orders, Lady Tiya-ami-kitara, have no doubt. But honeyed words won’t sway me from my duty.” He held up one hand. “So don’t waste your time. Or mine.”
Resting her hands on her hips, fists clenched, she narrowed her eyes. Drawing herself to her full height, her voice was chill as she said, “I didn’t ask for this. Not any of it. Yes, I volunteered to serve, but I had no idea what Nephthys was going to demand of me. I certainly didn’t request you as my guardian. But, like it or not, we’re in this together, at least till we reach the Viper Nome. We don’t need to be rude and angry with each other the whole trip. Common courtesy goes a long way.” She shook one finger in his face. “At least you had some choice. Nephthys told me, ‘Go there and die at my command, girl.’”
I’m so excited about this new release, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one person that JPR will randomly select so be sure to enter to win!
What kind of novel are you unable to “find on the shelf” and want more of?
Warrior of the Nile is available on Amazon and other eBook sellers. You can find me at my Blog @vscotttheauthor Facebook
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