Do you remember your first…?

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?

You can find Veronica on Twitter and Facebook or visit her at her blog

AND you can buy her fabulous book on Amazon, at Carina Press or other e-book shops. 


16 thoughts on “Do you remember your first…?

  1. Hi Veroinca – I love the sound of your book, it sounds like a fascinating read. I don't normally read paranormal but with the background in ancient Egypt, it sounds like a real winner! Congrats on your new release.

    I cannot for the life of me remember the name of my first romance book – LOL. I read “Sweet Dreams” when I was in my teens and was drawn to HMB when I was older.

    I love category and have read sooo many books over the years. It's part of the reason why I started writing 🙂

  2. Thanks again for having me here today! Barbara, I love a good Western romance as well – those strong, silent types GET me. And Joanne, I agree with you, reading a good book always sets me off to want to write. Best wishes!

  3. Congratulations, Veronica. First sales are so exciting. Your book sounds fascinating and I love that it arose from research and was obviously a story that just had to be told. Gorgeous cover btw. Hmmm, first romance (this dates me) was probably King of The Castle by Victoria Holt.
    Hope your book sells its socks off.

  4. Thanks so much for visiting Veronica and everyone else 🙂 I just realised I didn't answer the question about MY first romance. It was Barbara Hannay's Having THe Boss's Babies. LOVED it. Before that, I read mostly chick-lit but not strictly romance.

  5. Hi Veronica – your book sounds fabulous.
    The first romance novel I read – well there were two in one day – Winds of Enchantment by Rosalind Brett, and Bride at Whangatapu by Robyn Donald. Both fabulous and memorable and set me on my love for romance.
    Great post!

  6. HI Veronica! Your book sounds fascinating, what a great premise! And a gorgeous cover, too.

    I read a lot of teen romance novels, one that really stands out is California Girl by Janet Quin Harkin, I adored it! My first category romance was A Stroke of Genius by Gina Wilkins (a Harlequin Temptation), I just recently ordered it secondhand from the US as I lost my copy years ago, and I've been wanting to re-read it for years.

  7. My first was a Loveswept — which is funny, because now they're publishing my debut! It was called Warm Fuzzies, by Joan Scott Picard, and it was about an injured football player named Acer Mullaney and a woman named Lux who owned a stuffed animal shop called Warm Fuzzies. I re-read it recently — didn't hold up, but it hooked me!

  8. I read the header to your post, Veronica, and immediately thought it was about first loves, which then reminded me of a discovery I made the other day. My niece is now best friends my first teenage crush's daughter and she thinks it's hilarious. All I feel is OLD and more than a bit hot faced and squirmy. Honestly, does the embarrassment of that time ever pass?

    Ahh, well. Such are the joys of growing up. Anyway, back to first romances…

    I'm sure I must have read other romances before the one I'm about to mention but I honestly can't remember them. The title that sticks with me is Jilly Cooper's fabulous bonkbuster Riders, featuring the deliciously naughty toff, Rupert Campbell-Black, a cast of hugely enjoyable side characters, and lots of horses. I still have my original copy, poor battered thing. It's now held together with packing tape, its pages covered in red wine and food stains, and the corners ragged with dog ears. I'm sure if you look closely there are kiss marks on the cover. Yes, I've loved it to book death.

    Congratulations on the release of Priestess of the Nile. I spent my little girlhood torn between wanting to be an Egyptian archaeologist and an Olympic equestrienne, so this is right up my alley. And how lovely that you reached your dream with a Harlequin company!

    Wishing you all the best, Veronica, and thanks for another great post, Rach.

  9. I can't remember my first Harlequin either. sigh…. too long ago!

    Like Joanne, i read sweet dreams first.

    Love the sound of your book Veronica!

  10. Sorry I was stuck at the day job today, JUST getting to the Comments, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was fun reading about the various books we fell in love with “a while ago” so to speak! I remember Rosalind Brett – seems like I must have had her book as well,Helen! It's funny to now BE a California Girl, Leah because when I was reading my first romances I definitely *wasn't*!

  11. Congratulations on *your* debut as well, Ruthie, hope it does GREAT. Just think, your book will be someone's first…Really enjoyed Cathryn's story about the crushes coming full circle (and wish I'd known about “Riders”, bet I'd have LOVED it). Thanks for the kind words, Bec…and THANK YOU, Rachel, for having me here as a guest this week! HUGS.

  12. Congrat's on your debut novel. I loved this book and definitely recommend it to other's.

    I can't remember ever not having a book in my hand but some of the first Harlequin's I can remember reading were from Penny Jordan.

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