I’m planning to go on with excerpts from WARRIOR OF THE NILE until it’s released by Carina Press on September 16th, assuming I can do that without giving away too many spoilers and ruining the fun of reading the novel itself. Last week Pharaoh had just begun telling the warrior of the title, Khenet, about the details of this assignment, as the goddess Nephthys has requested. I’m doing a bit of creative editing to fit the 8 sentence format (and I had to include one extra sentence so pretend 9=8, ok? LOL). Pharaoh is speaking:
“According to the goddess, the provincial ruler practices black magic so powerful even the Great Ones can’t enter his realm. His plans are reaching a climax and he wants a Theban noblewoman of one particular lineage to marry. Nephthys intends to take over this girl’s body at the right moment and cross the border in secret, hidden in human form.”
Khenet was shocked at the notion of a goddess taking the body of even a willing priestess. Poor girl, loss of a home for one’s soul is worse than death. “To what purpose?”
“It’s part of a larger scheme ending in the Nomarch’s death…and the girl’s.” Staring across the table at Khenet, Pharaoh lifted the dagger and pointed the blade at him. “And the death of my envoy as well.”
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And the blurb for WARRIOR OF THE NILE (which is available for pre-order at Amazon:
Egypt, 1500 BCE
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?