My Twitter buddy and stablemate at Carina Press, Veronica Scott is visiting my blog today and I’m stoked about it. Veronica’s debut novel looks very sexy and very unique and I can’t wait to delve between the pages…
I’m so happy to be visiting Rachel’s blogtoday! She’s one of my best friends in the world of writers, always generously supportiveand encouraging!
Do you still remember the first Harlequinbook you ever read? My first was OutbackMan by Amanda Doyle. Not only did I enjoy the romance and appreciate theresilient heroine (my recent review of it here ), that bookstarted me off on a lifelong fascination with Australia. Flash forward agenerous number of years, to this week and my debut novella Priestess of the Nile…publishedby…..wait for it – Carina Press, a branch of Harlequin! It’s a double thrill.Signing the contract with the big Harlequin logo on every page still seems alittle unreal.
Priestess of the Nile is a paranormalromance novella, set in Ancient Egypt, around 1500 BC and tells the story ofSobek the Crocodile God. Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nileby an enchanting song, he’s even more captivated by the sight of the singerherself. Appearing to her as a man, he learns she is Merys, a descendant of hislast priestess. Though he desires her greatly, Sobek believes Merys deserves tobe more than just his mistress.
Merys is attracted to the handsomestranger, who arouses passions in her that no man ever has. But with no dowryand no hope of ever leaving her village, she dares not dream of the future—orlove.
Sobek takes every opportunity to visitMerys, taxing his resolve to leave her pure. When he saves her life, theirmutual desire must be sated. But of course in the world of paranormal romancenothing can be uncomplicated, the gods have rules about such romances, thegoddess Isis is very unhappy and so the couple face manychallenges along the way.
I started writing this book because in myresearch for another WIP I became fascinated with the idea of the CrocodileGod, eventually concluding he was a shifter (as we paranormal romance writersunderstand the concept). Therefore hecould appear as a fully human man and fall in love with a woman. But what kindof a woman would be the right person to touch the heart of an Egyptian god?
Fortunately for me and the plot of mynovel, the Ancient Egyptian society gave women many rights and freedoms, whichencouraged them to be strong, equal partners. The head of the household was the man but women were equal in theeyes of the law and could own property, borrow money, sign contracts, appear incourt as witnesses, obtain a divorce…sounding pretty modern in a lot of ways,yes? And to an Egyptian, home and family were major sources of happiness andjoy. Children were greatly desired and treasured. There are many happy familyscenes depicted in various tomb paintings and statuary.
Merys intrigues Sobek at first purely withher beauty and her voice, as well as the fact that she tries to keep hisabandoned temple in some kind of acceptable condition. But as he talks to herand visits her, he learns how strong she is, living in her father’s house yetdenied a dowry by her stepmother, forced to shoulder a large part of thehousehold burden. Not a complainer, my heroine does what needs to be done andfinds time for herself as best she can. Merys has her valid reasons for puttingup with her living conditions. Sobek is used to thinking on the grand scale –maintaining the Nile river, standing with other gods in battle against theirenemies – but Merys teaches him the simple joys of a human’s life, touches aplace in his heart he never even knew he had. And then events threaten to breakthat immortal heart unless Sobek canfigure out a way to overcome the challenges life throws at them.
I’m thoroughly fascinated with the world ofAncient Egypt, especially with the paranormal twist I couldn’t resist applyingto it and I hope you’ll enjoy it as well. The culture, the rich mythology andtradition, the sheer history gave mea lot to work with…and bottom line, the people who lived all those thousands ofyears ago weren’t that different from you and me.
Veronica is VERY generously giving away a copy of her book AND a $25 Amazon giftcard to one lucky commenter. All you have to do to enter is tell us what the first romance you ever read was!
Blurb – Priestess of the Nile
Egypt, 1500 BC
Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile by an enchanting song, Sobek the Crocodile God is even more captivated by the sight of the singer herself. Appearing to her as a man, he learns she is Merys, a descendant of his last priestess. Though filled with lust, Sobek believes Merys deserves to be more than just his mistress. But the rules that govern the Egyptian pantheon forbid anything beyond a physical joining of a Great One and a human.
Merys is attracted to the handsome stranger, who arouses passions in her that no man ever has. But with no dowry and no hope of ever leaving her village, she dares not dream of the future—or love.
Sobek takes every opportunity to visit Merys, taxing his resolve to leave her pure. When he saves her life, their mutual desire must be sated. But can a love between a human and an immortal survive the ultimate test of the gods?
AND you can buy her fabulous book on Amazon, at Carina Press or other e-book shops.