What Am I Doing? MAGIC OF THE NILE Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWriWa buttonA fun way to sample new books and find new writers! Here’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…

MagicOfTheNile_1600x2400So we’ve moved on to the newly Released MAGIC OF THE NILE. This week’s excerpt follows Sahure’s invitation to Tyema to accompany him to the festival. I’ve skipped a bit of cajoling on Sahure’s part. (I may have played with the punctuation to make it eight sentences. I think!):

 Tyema hastened to her quarters, the whole time asking herself what she was doing. She rarely set foot in town, with all its sad memories, not even to visit her sisters. Never to attend festivals! Am I so susceptible to a handsome stranger? She giggled, thinking of her half-sister Merys and the handsome stranger she’d  met, who of course was revealed to be the god Sobek himself. “I don’t think this Sahure is a god in disguise,” she laughed to herself as she returned to the gate, half expecting to find him gone. But he’s a pleasing companion and tonight I’m in the mood to be wild, to do the unexpected.

            “You were quick, my lady,” he said, pushing away from the wall and coming to take her hand.

As always, I love your comments and feedback. Although this is a published work, the input helps for the future novels…

Here’s the story blurb:

The standalone sequel to Priestess of the Nile…picks up about fifteen years later and tells the tale of Tyema, who was the younger sister in Priestess of the Nile…

After a childhood spent scorned and ignored by her family because of her crippled foot, Tyema was magically healed then installed as the High Priestess of his temple by Sobek the Crocodile God. But Tyema is still haunted by her memories, scarred by the abuse she endured. Despite Sobek’s protection, as an adult she’s become a near recluse inside the temple grounds…

Until Captain Sahure arrives in her remote town, sent from Thebes on an urgent mission for Pharaoh, requiring High Priestess Tyema’s help. From that moment on, her quiet, safe life is upended in ways she never could have expected.

But after a whirlwind romance with Sahure, the two part as Pharaoh orders him to undertake another assignment on Egypt’s dangerous frontier, far from Tyema’s remote town.

Heart-broken, Tyema is ready to return to her life of loneliness, official duties and, now, regret. But the Crocodile God has other plans for his priestess: she must uncover the sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh’s life with black magic. Soon enough, Tyema finds herself thrown into the chaos of Pharoah’s court, neck deep in intrigue and danger. Just when she thinks she can’t take the pressures of a very public court life and her secret investigation for the Crocodile God any longer, Sahure re-enters the scene.

But is her former love there to help or to hinder? Can they resolve their differences and work together to find the dark sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh and Egypt? Will the love between a proud warrior and a shy priestess lead them to a future together?

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29 comments on “What Am I Doing? MAGIC OF THE NILE Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. The amount of time and detail you put into developing your setting never ceases to amaze me. Another thoroughly enjoyable excerpt! =D

  2. I wondered why she was in such a hurry to get back to her quarters. I liked her internal questioning thoughts. She’s been through a lot. Great snippet and I also enjoyed reading your article on how you researched Ancient Egypt.

  3. I’m so far behind in my reading. I can’t wait to get to this one. Great snippet. I can’t wait to find out what she considers being “wild”.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed Priestess! Last year I just kept thinking about Tyema and what had happened to her when she grew up (after the first book ended) and so I had to write her story..

  4. Sure loved her inner thoughts and her girlish excitement tickled me, too. Great imagery as always. 🙂

  5. Uh-oh. A mood to be wild and do the unexpected — that can lead to trouble! And trouble makes for an entertaining story. You’ve done a great job of creating anticipation in this scene.

  6. i love that he wants to take her hand and I’m wondering what she thinks of it. Love how she’s gone from serious to giggly giddy. I wonder what exactly he did to cajole her. Hehehe Great snippet, Veronica!

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