Continuing on with my paranormal romance set in Ancient Egypt. Nima the dancer and Kamin, one of Pharaoh’s warriors, are traveling with the caravan for a few days as they seek to escape the pursuing enemy and get vital information to Pharaoh to stop an invasion. Nima was exposed to various temptations involving her future as a dancer and Kamin realized how much she means to him. But he’s got secrets he can’t share…
Today’s excerpt follows last week’s. Kamin has apologized, Nima accepted and I’ve skipped over the part where Nima says she intends to dance a private dance for him tonight and leave the caravan with him the next day. (I’ve also skipped the adorable baby camel – sorry!) Here’s the end of the conversation. There’s been some editing and odd punctuation to meet the eight sentence rule. Kamin is speaking:
“There are things you should know about me, but I’m under stringent orders not to reveal anything until my report is safely delivered to the nomarch —”
She put her finger on his lips to silence him, then framed his face with her hands as she said in a low voice, “I know you’re an honorable man – I know you treat me as your equal.” A smile lit up her face. “I know you have three younger sisters who probably adore you, and I don’t need to know anymore right now. “ Going on tiptoe, she kissed him on the lips, ignoring the whistles of the nearby drovers. Strolling on, hand in hand with Kamin, she said, “There are things I must do if I’m to dance properly for you tonight so I’m hoping the troupe will be able to provide what I need. ”
“All I need is you,” Kamin said, kissing her cheek.
(A Nomarch is a provincial ruler, reporting to Pharaoh. Also, Kamin had told her earlier in their journey that he had three younger sisters.)
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Egypt, 1500 BCE
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?