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This is my final excerpt from this paranormal romance set in Ancient Egypt. Nima the dancer and Kamin, one of Pharaoh’s warriors, have been 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…they’ve quarreled, made up and then some (it’s in the book)… the caravan has now stopped, which is totally unheard of and signals danger.
This snippet follows directly after last week’s excerpt, as Kamin and Nima flee the caravan. Artistic punctuation warning (and a run-on sentence or two)!:
They hiked, soon increasing their speed to an easy run, Kamin holding his pace to hers.
Every couple of minutes, he checked the empty landscape behind them, walking backward for eight or nine paces, scanning the horizon.
After the fifth time he performed this ritual, Nima challenged him, “What’s wrong?”
Frowning, he said, “I can’t shake the feeling something is following us. Even if we haven’t heard howling for a few minutes now.”
Eyes wide, she glanced at the horizon behind them, saying as she did so, “Why would anything follow us, except for the Hyksos?”
He rolled his shoulders and said, “I don’t know – the common predators out here on the open desert should be afraid to tangle with humans, at least in broad daylight.”
Cutting across his words was a definite howl, from more than one animal’s throat.
I have to say I’m now thinking about a sequel for these two! I don’t know what I’ll share next week, maybe the new book, Magic of the Nile, which will be out in March, or perhaps a science fiction romance I’m working on…
The story for DANCER OF THE NILE:
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?