By: Veronica Scott
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Gods of Egypt: Dancer of the Nile
How Could A Dancer Affect the Fate of Egypt?
So lovely to be back at Just Paranormal Romance again this month, talking about my newest release in the Gods of Egypt series, DANCER OF THE NILE, set in Ancient Egypt. For this novel, I wanted a strong female character and I wanted her to be someone who was more or less an everyday citizen of Ancient Egypt, thrust into a pivotal role she never sought, but would carry out to protect her beloved country. Of course since I write paranormal romances, there had to be involvement by the gods and a warrior to fight shoulder to shoulder with her!
I had particular fun bringing the Snake Goddess Renenutet into the action.
The opening scene was very vivid in my mind – having been kidnapped by the enemy Hyksos during a raid on a border town, Nima is looking for an opportunity to escape, when suddenly the situation changes with the introduction of another captive – an Egyptian soldier, unknown to her. She risks punishment to share her water with him on the long march through the desert because she can’t bear to see him tortured. Each prisoner makes a silent vow not to leave the other behind in the hands of the enemy… and the novel goes on from that starting point.
Here’s the synopsis:
Nima’s beauty and skill as a dancer leads an infatuated enemy to kidnap her after destroying an Egyptian border town. However, she’s not the only hostage in the enemy camp: Kamin, an Egyptian soldier on a secret mission for Pharaoh, has been taken as well. Working together to escape, the two of them embark on a desperate quest across the desert to carry word of the enemy’s invasion plans to Pharaoh’s people.
As they flee for their lives, these two strangers thrown together by misfortune have to trust in each other to survive. Nima suspects Kamin is more than the simple soldier he seems, but she finds it hard to resist the effect he has on her heart. Kamin has a duty to his Pharaoh to see his mission completed, but this clever and courageous dancer is claiming more of his loyalty and love by the moment. Kamin starts to worry, if it comes to a choice between saving Egypt or saving Nima’s life…what will he do?
Aided by the Egyptian god Horus and the Snake Goddess Renenutet, beset by the enemy’s black magic, can Nima and Kamin evade the enemy and reach the safety of the Nile in time to foil the planned attack?
Can there ever be a happy future together for the humble dancer and the brave Egyptian soldier who is so much more than he seems?
Here’s a short excerpt from the first time Nima and Kamin attempt to invoke the goddess Renenutet to assist them:
A thin tendril of black smoke spiraled from the bead. Kamin half lifted Nima away from the spot as first the bead, then the bread burst into angry purple-black flames. Writhing in the fire’s grasp, the leather thongs grew, splitting in two then splitting again, lengthening, fattening and spreading beyond the circle of the offering, in a tangle of tails. Nima screamed as eight black cobras raised their heads from the center of the fire circle, sinuously weaving and entwining around each other, red eyes gleaming, black tongues flicking. Hood pulsating, a ninth cobra, black like the others but with a golden head, reared four feet off the surface of the rock. The snake extricated itself from the tangle of lesser reptiles, slithering toward Nima, head weaving from side to side.
She scooted over the rough stone, heart pounding against her ribs, mouth dry, dizziness assailing her. Grabbing her by the shoulders, Kamin held her tight. “It’s the goddess, come at our request. Don’t panic now. You’ve got to face her, tell her what we need. Renenutet won’t grant any appeal just from me.” He gave her a little shake. “Falcons and snakes are sworn enemies.”*
Plainly listening to his words, the cobra swung its head, studying him for a moment with cold, red-faceted eyes, then hissed loudly and continued to advance on Nima.
She shook in his arms, digging her nails into him, but met the snake’s regard. “Please, Great One, we need your help to kill the hyenas waiting below, so we can escape before the enemy arrives. We must carry our news to the nomarch so he can defend Egypt.”
Advancing in tiny increments, the snake’s flickering ruby tongue touched Nima’s parted lips…
*Kamin serves Horus the Falcon god…
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Dancer of the Nile is available on Amazon and other eBook sellers. You can find me at my Blog @vscotttheauthor Facebook
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