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.
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
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a transplanted American living in Atlantic Canada. Originally from Detroit, MI, I married a Canadian and moved to Ontario. Now happily divorced, I began following my military son around Canada once he began providing me with beautiful grandchildren (I have five altogether).
I will be celebrating my 20th anniversary as a published author in November. And, although my writing has often taken a backseat for both monetary and health reasons, I’m now blissfully retired and able to write as often as I want…minus, of course, time for babysitting duties.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Eye of the Pharaoh created itself in the sense that it demanded to be written. I was in Chicago at a conference years ago and had some time to kill so I took a tour of the beautiful Field Museum. I was especially intrigued by their Egyptian exhibit, complete with mock temples and concrete stairs leading into well designed chambers. I envisioned doing a lot of research and one day writing a book but got sidetracked by other projects. Then, I received a gift from a relative who’d passed away a year or so earlier. It was the most exquisite necklace with jewels (fake, I assumed), and gold roping. My aunt had no idea about my previous interest in Ancient Egypt. I decided it was fate and I was destined to write the book.
Eye of the Pharaoh is a cross between The Mummy (the movie) and all the best parts of Indiana Jones! The time travel aspect was something I added so I could begin the story in the present and then end up during a time of great archeological discoveries (the 1920’s) in Egypt.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
Life inspires me. I’m old, so there’s been lots of it. After my mother passed away, I found a shoebox in her closet. Inside were some very interesting items. A bill of sale for a 1925 Chevy, a book of WWII ration stamps, pearl buttons on a card for 10 cents, and love letters from my father. He’d even sketched his own artwork on the top of the letterhead. I had absolutely no idea he could draw…he never had during my lifetime. I’ve turned a number of items from that shoebox into stories.
As for what got me started, I got started on a dare. A co-worker was an avid romance reader and she offered me a book one day. I probably said the stupidest thing I’ve ever said in my life. I told her, “Anyone can write one of those”. Share dared me to try. After I wrote three chapter she sent it to Harlequin. Two months later, they requested the full MS. Finishing that book was all it took to hook me. It didn’t sell and is currently collecting dust bunnies in my storage closet but I’ve been writing ever since.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
When I’m not dragging them out of the aforementioned shoebox, I’m watching people. I’ll introduce myself to almost anyone if they have a “look” that tells me they have a story to share. In 2014 I wrote a secret baby book, Home is Where the Hunk is. Not because I had any real inclination to write one but because I’d met a women who’d served as a surrogate for her older sister who couldn’t have children. The older sister’s husband was against using family, so they went behind his back and did it anyway.
At the time I met her, the older sister had passed away from cancer and she and the ex-brother-in-law were sharing custody of the little boy. However, the brother-in-law was already married, so there was nothing romantic between them. I decided there should be, at least in my version. Home is Where the Hunk is has gone on to win two awards including the 2015 International Digital Award for Contemporary Romance.
I’m also a huge fan of the music from the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. I’ve written numerous books in that vintage time period.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Realize up front that no matter how many of your relatives tell you that your writing is great, don’t assume it is until you hear it from an editor, agent or other publishing professional. Over the course of 20 years I can’t count how many times I’ve heard aspiring authors trashing editors and agents who rejected their work because the angry author “knew it was good”–their friends and family told them so.
What you want, as badly as it might hurt, is an honest opinion. This is a generous business, authors willing to help other authors. However, we’re also honest about the craft. If your writing needs work, then get some practice, take classes, and welcome seasoned advice. Grow a thick skin. In this business, as tight as openings can be, you’re going to need it.
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