Eye of the Pharaoh
by Nancy Fraser
GENRE: Time Travel/Paranormal
Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not even sure it’s possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.
Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour…or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.
When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an other-worldly guardian keep them on-track and safe?
Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.
Teri Hunter mouthed the motivational phrase she’d chosen for her personal mantra as she stepped across the threshold into the dark and musty storeroom.
A dim light shone from a glass-enclosed workroom in the far corner. Taking a tentative step forward, she faltered when the floorboards creaked beneath her feet. Something fast and furry brushed against her ankle. A shiver ran down her back, yet she fought the urge to retreat.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
This was obviously today’s obstacle. Were it not for her professional commitments and intricately organized schedule, she’d have no doubt bolted for the door and returned to the safety and illumination of the main building.
‘Sorry, but the storage area doesn’t have overhead lighting. Preservation of the antiquities. You understand.’ The dean’s words echoed in her head. What little outside light there was had become nearly non-existent due to an impending thunderstorm.
Drawing a deep breath, she took a second step and then a third, winding her way past a half-dozen crates, some open, some not. To her left she heard a rustling of paper; to her right the distinct sound of footsteps.
Her apprehension grew, the hair on her forearms stood at attention. She’d barely made it halfway across the room before bumping into something large and solid. Reaching out, she laid her hand against the oversized object. Slowly, she raised her head and came face to face with the painted mask of an Egyptian noble. The chipped finish gave the death mask a deranged look.
“You come here often, big boy?” A nervous giggle followed her softly-worded, albeit silly, question and she pressed her fingertips to her lips to stifle an outright laugh before lowering her hand to her side.
Go big! Home is boring.
Silently she cursed her habit of dredging up poster-worthy quotes to mask her fears.
Nancy Fraser: Why I Write the Kinds of Books I Do
When I first saw the topic of this post I wondered whether or not it meant, ‘why do I write romance’ or was it more specific, e.g., ‘why do I write time travel romance’ as I did with my featured book, Eye of the Pharaoh. Since my writing style/choice of genre can best be described as “eclectic” I chose to address the broader scope: Why I Write Romance.
I write romance because it’s uplifting, both for the reader and for the author. Nothing gives me greater pleasure as a reader than to discover a book about love, romance, family (or the start of one), and to see the hero and heroine overcome their obstacles and reach their happily-ever-after.
As an author, I want to give those same experiences to every reader. I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of the huge “black moment”. I don’t believe every romance has to have one. Sometimes the path to that HEA isn’t fraught with a jigsaw puzzle of baggage or fears, it’s just a learning curve, an acceptance that there is that one person…that soulmate…for everyone.
If you’re familiar with my books, you’ll know I jump from genre to genre with every new project. I rarely do two similar books in a row. For those unfamiliar with my work, you can browse my eclectic style on the “Books” page of my website. As you will see, I write everything from sweet to steamy, contemporary to historical to time travel to erotic romance. My favorite genre is quite possibly the “vintage” period (post WWII through the beginning of the 21st century). I set a good number of my holiday-themed romances in this time period, such as my recently released Halloween novella, Bewitched.
If I like that time period so much … why did I write an Egyptian-themed time travel?
Because I’m fickle. And, I love a challenge. I knew from the moment I started Eye of the Pharaoh it was going to require accuracy in everything I wrote about ancient Egypt. Because of that, I based the mysterious curse of the “Eye” on a woman, Queen-Pharaoh Hatshepsut, and what she and her guardian Anukahaten were willing to do, even in the afterlife, to right a personal wrong. I took my hero, an expert in the field, and my heroine, a supposedly innocent bystander, on an adventure of a lifetime. And, in the process I gained a head-full of knowledge. The more research I conducted, the more I fell in love with the history of both the era and it’s equally fascinating people.
What will that fickle/eclectic writer in me do next? Hmm … next up is an erotic contemporary novella titled Kilty Pleasures. After all, it’s hard to beat a sexy man in a kilt!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this foray into the mind of a sometimes crazy, always creative writer. I look forward to meeting new-to-me readers and reminiscing with those I already know.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.
Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy will release her 25th book in early 2017. She is currently working on a Valentine’s Day novella, her next Rock and Roll novella, and a story about a racy Scot titled “Kilty Pleasures”.
When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfraserauthor @nfraserauthor
Nancy Fraser will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.