by May Nicole Abbey
Genre: Clean Romance
Publisher: River Valley Publishing (July 7, 2013)
A leap through time. A choice to make. A destiny to change.
Dismissed by her professors, ridiculed by her classmates, Serena Metcalfe is determined to prove the existence of the Samu Aqaru, the powerful stone of the ancient pharaohs – even if it means travelling through time. But her study of Egyptology did not prepare her for the dangers and passions of the real Egypt of 2361 BC. Crocodile attacks, kidnapping, betrayal, murder…and a pharaoh who believes she is a goddess and wants her as his queen. But Serena isn’t about to give herself to a king – not when finding the precious Stone could mean saving the man she loves.
Irresistible playboy Shepseskaf, fated for an early death, and his loyal yet ruthless cousin Pepisenkaura were once the closest of friends, but the right to the throne of Egypt and their rivalry for Serena threaten to transform them into bitter and eternal enemies. Only Serena knows the tragic destiny that awaits, and only Serena can rewrite history…by following her heart.
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Caroline Gregory and Shawnette Nielson are sisters on a mission. Their goal is to write clean, adventuresome romance stories, full of lovely characters, personal growth, truth, and hope. Although they live nearly a thousand miles from each other, and are both busy with the daily needs of their respective families, they carve out time each night to put fingers to keyboard and write. Their goal? Twenty completed books. Set all over the world and throughout time, they thrill at the freedom that writing time travel offers them. From Georgian society, to Ancient Egypt, and plans for a western, contemporary, and even a book set in ancient Greece, the possibilities are limitless.
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
We are a sister writing team. We grew up in Southern California to a tight-knit religious family. There were a lot of us, and we came at the end, so we often had only each other for company, too young for much of the bustle going on in the house. And we always had wonderful adventures in our forts, in our yard, on our bikes (with our long-suffering dog riding along in the basket, poor thing). But there was always a story involved, not just danger or excitement, though there were those, but often just very ordinary, human stories about a stuffed animal being ill, or having to go to school, or running errands. We began creating at a very young age, first out of necessity because of boredom, and then later from choice because we loved to.
Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.
1. He has to be strong.
2. He has to have a soft spot.
3. And he has to care for the heroine.
He has to need the heroine, not just because she is a woman, not because she is the heroine and it’s in the script.
But her character is needed in his life. We have loved about every type of hero there is: studious, quiet, strong, a force to be reckoned with, funny and lighthearted. But he must be strong and capable on the one hand, and have a soft spot on the other, something that makes our heart go out to him, something that makes us want to protect him.
The heroine has to be capable, too. The heroine has to have a unique strength, a clear face, a personality that makes her different and admirable. But we want her essentially kind, to have a good heart and to love people. In our experience, women are much easier to write than men. Is that just us??
What is your favorite genre to write?
We love romance! We love being free to indulge ourselves in any circumstances in which our characters find themselves: pirates, ancient Egypt, the wild west. What other genre can you go all out with dialect and adventures and soaring love? We love happy endings, poetic justice, and always, always healing characters. Something broken and getting fixed. Chaos to order. Sickness to health. Bad to good. **sigh** It’s good for the soul.
What got you started on your writing journey?
We both wrote separately, reading and editing one another’s stories. Then a sentence pop into Shawnette’s head: “I had a dream once that I flew.” And that was it, we were both hooked. On vacations and holidays (did we mention we live 1,000 miles apart?) we would plan and write and edit, loving every minute of it. It was just a fun way to spend time together. Until we finished the book. Then what? We sent it out. And we haven’t looked back since!
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
Did I mention we came from a religious family? J We think that ‘romance’ is so much more than just the physical aspect of a relationship. A touch, a look, a conversation at times, can be so much more romantic, or sentimental than the ‘steamy’ stuff can offer. We love to explore that aspect of writing and we love sweet romances.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?
We have the third book in the series just about complete and ready for our publisher. And we’ve started number four. A western. That’s the thing about time travel: the possibilities are endless! And it makes it easier that there’s two of us: we can do twice the work. Our goal is to write twenty books together.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
None! We were just talking about this! We wouldn’t know how to create a character from someone we knew (first of all, just imagining that person reading it would make my hand immobile). It’s strange, the characters are themselves when they come to us. We just have to discover them. There’s a story of a little boy watching a sculptor create a statue of a woman from a chunk of rock, and as the figure took shape, he asked in amazement, “How did you know she was under there?” That’s how it is for us. As we work, they announce themselves. We have to edit and pull here and tuck there, and slowly they become clearer and clearer. Who knows where they come from?
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
A mixture of subtlety and the grandiose. Nothing is better than two very real characters on an adventure that is bigger than life. Whatever they do, they must be real, they must have depth, and it must ring true. But then there is no end to the possibilities of their journey. They could travel to different planets, go through time, be infused with superhuman powers, or simply be trying to maneuver through ordinary life (that can be quite an adventure, too!). Whatever it is, the characters must be real and lovely. And always, always a happy ending.
Please share about your book
Eager to prove herself, Serena is a scholar in the modern age who goes back in time to ancient Egypt. Two men fall in love with her, Pepi, strong and determined, and Shep, playful and seductive. Both are in line to be pharaoh, and Serena must choose. There is murder, betrayal, kidnapping, and soaring love, all with ancient Egypt as the backdrop, with all its exotic warmth.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Lovely, frightened, dignified, warm, and determined
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Picture the most romantic setting on earth: golden sand, blazing sun, gold and jewels, exotic and alluring scents.
Inside this warmth is the inspiring story of finding your true self, your purpose, aided by the guiding hand of courage and love.