Merely a Priestess? MAGIC OF THE NILE for Weekend Writing Warriors

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Continuing with the excerpts from MAGIC OF THE NILE =>This excerpt follows after last week’s. Finally alone in the temple’s office, Sahure has confronted Tyema about her “masquerade” on the night of the festival. The conversation continues. (A little creative punctuation and some editing has occurred here.) :

“Does the god restrict your comings and goings – are you going to be in trouble?” MagicOfTheNile_1600x2400He frowned.

Wrinkling her brow, Tyema tried to follow the train of thought, saying, “No, Sobek is very considerate of me.”

The captain from Thebes didn’t seem pleased by the answer, clenching his jaw. “Are you sworn to serve him personally, then?”

Now she saw where his thoughts were running. “Of course not, I merely do him honor as a priestess – many in my family have been priestesses at this temple in past generations.”

Throwing out his arms, palms up, Sahure had exasperation written on his face as he said, “Then why is your attending the festivities in the village with me such a wonderment ?” 

We’ll get her answer next week. 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 for MAGIC OF THE NILE:

???????????????????????????????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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30 comments on “Merely a Priestess? MAGIC OF THE NILE for Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. This is a fabulous scene, Veronica. Poor guy sounds a bit out of his comfort zone but isn’t letting that stop him. I like him. He’s maybe a little forward but that’s what makes him attractive. Well that and his muscles 😀

  2. Hee hee hee. Poor hero…hopefully she’ll help him get things all figured out and put him out of his misery : )

  3. “Well, you see, I’m not a big strong warrior man with no sycophantic entourage who can’t see past my job . . . ” 🙂

    Love it, Veronica!

  4. This was cute, he’s trying to pull her out of her shell :3 It seems he’s also poking fun at her devotion and reluctance to leave the temple. Humor is always a nice ice-breaker in an otherwise awkward conversation. As someone that is very shy, I can appreciate this. My husband is the antithesis of socially awkward and shy, lol. It seems like Sahure is going to help change her perspective on life perhaps? If she grew up with a physical deformity, she probably has low self-esteem, and thinks she is worthless and ugly. It’s sad how something as little as a foot deformity can change one’s perspective of the self.

  5. I like that his first thought is to worry he’s gotten her in trouble. He doesn’t seem to ‘get’ the idea that people can be shy, though. It’s one of the possibilities that would occur to me… but I’m not that outgoing.

  6. He is poking and prodding her almost like a test – he really seems to want her to come out of her shell.

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