Maggie Owen is a beautiful, spirited Egyptologist...but lonely. Even being in Egypt on a grant from the college she teaches at to search for an undiscovered necropolis she’s certain lies below the sands beyond the pyramids of Gizah doesn’t give her the happiness she’d hoped it would. There has always been and is something missing. Love. Then her workmen uncover Ramose Nakh-Min’s ancient tomb and an amulet from his sarcophagus hurls her back to 1340 B.C–where she falls hopelessly in love with the man she was destined to be with, noble Ramose, who faithfully serves the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaton and his queen Nefertiti. She’s fallen into perilous times with civil war threatening Egypt. She’s been mistaken for one of Ramose’s runaway slaves and with her blond hair, jinn green eyes and fair skin she doesn’t fit in. Some say she’s magical and evil. Ramose’s favorite, Makere, attempts to kill her. The people, angry the pharaoh Akhenaton has set his queen Nefertiti aside and he’s forced them to worship his god, Aton (instead of their many Egyptian gods), are rising up against him. Maggie’s caught in the middle of it in a dangerous land and time she doesn’t belong in. In the end, desperately in love with Ramose, will she find a way to stay alive and with him in ancient Egypt–and to make a difference in his world and history? Because Maggie has finally found love.
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I have always loved ancient Egyptian stories since I was a child. I wrote one of my first school papers at around eleven in pencil on theancient Egyptians after dragging home an armful of musty smellinglibrary books. I don't recall exactly why I loved this time period andthe people that lived in it but it might have had something to do withthe movies The Ten Commandments (raised a Catholic), the horror mummy movies of the 1960'sand the early TV shows on Nefertiti and Cleopatra.
It was February 1994 when I began Egyptian Heart. Originally I called it The Cursed Scarab. Later, I re-titled it Egyptian Heart because I wanted it to more reflect the romance tale it had become.
I still had an agent who'd sold four earlier novels for me to ZebraBooks(Vampire Blood, 1991; The Last Vampire, 1992; Witches, 1993 and The Calling,1994...after I'd sold my first three novels on my own toLeisure Books: Evil Stalks the Night, 1984: The Heart of the Rose, 1985; Blood Forge,1989) and she'd told me about a new romantic horror linethat Silhouette was starting called the Shadows Line. They wanted thekind of story I wrote but with more romance. It was Silhouette afterall. I'd been labeled as a horror writer from the get go, though all mynovels blended genres; usually I wrote a romantic horror mixture withdashes of adventure, suspense and sometimes threw in a little history or mystery as well...but in those days the big publishers felt the need(and I think they still do) to squeeze a writer into one narrow slot.So I was a horror writer. Anyway, I sat down and wrote two potential novelsfor Silhouette. Egyptian Heart, about a modern day woman who istransported back to ancient Egypt when she finds a magical amulet in atomb; and a romantic suspense story about a widowed woman trucker whomust travel wintry roads with a serial killer on her tail. Silhouetteturned down both saying there wasn't enough romance in them. Ah, well. I thought: I'll just sell them to Zebra. I believed they were both goodbooks.
But by 1994 I'd lost my editor at Zebra and a new one took her place...and over the next year he didn't like anything I wrote for him and Zebra unceremoniously dropped me and my next book (Predator, a story about a dinosaur in Crater Lake...which never came out...and in 2012 I rewrote and finally released it as Dinosaur Lake-now my best-selling book of 22) only 6 weeks away from going to the bookstore shelves. I'd begged the new editor not to call it Predator,bad title, and the cover was awful, an empty boat on a lake...what!!!Having that book - my first ever- dumped like that was a crushingexperience, let me tell you. I had a stack of finished, printed coversand had already done my final edits.
After that my agent dropped me. Ah, the life of a writer.
So, then life (as it has many times in my 44 year writing career), familyand job problems, and my other novels (I was into murder mysteries foryears and sold two to Avalon Books), got in the way and Egyptian Heart and Shadow Road went into drawer hibernation until, oh, about 2004, when I rediscovered them, dug them out, rewrote them and began trying to sell them again.Sometimes, I've found, a book left alone in a dark cubbyhole ages likegood wine. (Or sometimes it just turns to vinegar.)
Fast forwardthree years to 2007 and a new e-book (e-books still being considered arisky new-fangled craze at that time!) publisher called The Wild RosePress contracted both and eventually a third called The Ice Bridge,a ghostly romantic murder mystery set on Mackinac Island, and publishedthem.Good publisher. They treated me well, but times were changing; andin 2012 I'd begun self-publishing my new and older books. So in 2015when I again got all Egyptian Heart's rights back I self-published it along with my other 21 novels.
So. Egyptian Heart has had a very long history. Simply put, it's a time travel paranormalromance set in the ancient times of Nefertiti and her heretic PharaohAkhenaton. It's more romance than history, though I did a lot ofresearch in 1994...originally for my 1994 Zebra horror paperback The Calling.I figured: why waste all this hard worked for research on just one novel? So I also used that same research for Egyptian Heart and an erotic short story, The Nameless One, one that Zebra had placed in their 1994 horror anthology Dark Seductions and now it's also available again everywhere.
The new cover for Egyptian Heart by Dawne Dominique is amazingly beautiful. Thank you Dawne.
So from a child's love of ancient Egypt to the finished book, it's been a long journey.
I hope you'll give Egyptian Heart a look and a read. The author, Kathryn Meyer Griffith.
Since childhood I’ve been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-four years ago now, and have had twenty-three (ten romantic horror, two horror novels, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance, two thrillers, and four murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press; and I’ve self-published my last ten novels with Amazon Kindle Direct and my Dinosaur Lake novels and Spookie Town Mysteries (Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away and Ghosts Beneath Us) are my best-sellers. I’ve been married to Russell for thirty-seven years; have a son and two grandchildren and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois, which is right across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have a quirky cat, Sasha, and the three of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I’ve been an artist, and a folk/classic rock singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I’ll probably write stories until the day I die...or until my memory goes. 2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *Finalist* for her horror novel The Last Vampire ~ 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS * Finalist * for her thriller novel Dinosaur Lake. http://tinyurl.com/oqctw7k http://tinyurl.com/oz7c4or Novels: Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire (2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS*Finalist* Horror ), Witches, The Nameless One short story, The Calling, Scraps of Paper (1st Spookie Town Murder Mystery), All Things Slip Away (2nd Spookie Town), Ghosts Beneath Us (3rd Spookie Town), Egyptian Heart, Winter’s Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don’t Look Back, Agnes, A Time of Demons and Angels, The Woman in Crimson, Human No Longer, Four Spooky Short Stories Collection, Forever and Always Romantic Short, Night carnival Short Story, Dinosaur Lake (2014 EPIC AWARDS*Finalist* Thriller/Adventure), Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising and Dinosaur Lake III: Infestation @KathrynG64 https://kathrynmeyergriffith.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathryn-Meyer-Griffith/579206748758534 https://www.amazon.com/author/kgriffith http://en.gravatar.com/kathrynmeyergriffith http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHIXNS
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