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May be edited a bit from published version.
I’vemoved on from COLONY ON FIRE and am now going to do a few excerpts from HEIRESS OF THE NILE, my most recent ancient Egyptian paranormal romance.
The snippet from the beginning of the novel:
Pebatma slipped through the relatively quiet streets of early morning Thebes, holding her cloak tightly around her. At this hour all the drunken soldiers and sailors from the night before should be in their beds and the petty thieves and other lowlifes had yet to appear because not enough honest citizens were about to fleece. She liked the city at this hour and could tell herself and believe there was a possibility of good things happening on this day. She gave thanks to Ra, whose sunboat was beginning its rise, for another dawn.
She really couldn’t spare the time for this errand, early as it was. Right now she was supposed to be in the kitchen of the Leaping Perch inn, stirring the fire and preparing the ingredients for the inn’s signature stew, under the watchful eye of the old cook. But her mother’d had a restless night, stifling her moans of discomfort and the rent was due yesterday. Pebatma had almost enough deben today, after her brother brought home his day’s wages as the baker’s apprentice and could only hope the jackal of a landlord would accept the late, incomplete payment.
Heart filled with despair, Pebatma didn’t think she could manage another day without going to the temple of Hathor and offering prayers. Surely the motherly goddess would reach out to help this time.
The book blurb: 1550 BCE – Forced by a vengeful Pharaoh to flee for her life and hide in the poorest section of Thebes, Lady Pebatma has scraped and struggled to support her ailing mother and young brother for the past two years. Now, out of funds with the rent to pay and no possessions left to sell, she begs the goddess Hathor for help. With a new pharaoh taking the throne, surely something can be done…
A powerful general in command of the army and best friend to Pharaoh, Marnamaret has everything a nobleman in Egypt could desire…except for true love. He refuses to settle for less. On a whim, he prays to Hathor to send him the woman of his dreams.Will the goddess answer these heartfelt petitions? And if she does, will Shai the god of Fate allow the course of two lives to be changed by love? For none can deny Fate….
Author’s Note: This is a connected series. Heiress of the Nile can be read as a standalone. Although it’s my newest novel, the story falls between Priestess and Warrior timewise and is set in the early days of this Pharaoh’s reign.
Available at all major ebook sellers…