Title: Curse of the Egyptian Goddess
Publisher: Lisa Rayns
Release Date: August 2011
Pages: 157 pages
About the Book:
Given her ten-year curse that leaves her beaten and bruised, Emma Patrix has grown accustomed to drinking away the pain. And with a trail of dead bodies behind her, it was only a matter of time before the law caught up.
Now she’s accused of murder and she must flee the country to find the one man who can help her break the curse-Calvin Konrad. She finally catches up with him in Egypt, but he’s not the same sweet boy she remembers from her childhood. And getting him to help her proves more difficult than she ever imagined.
I am a mild Egypt buff (have seen the King Tut exhibit twice) and have always been fascinated by the era of pharaohs, pyramids and the pantheon of ancient Egyptian religion, so I really looked forward to reading this book. The novella was such a fun read. It’s not deep or thought-provoking, but it contains just the right amount of light banter, sexual tension and suspense to be thoroughly entertaining. I especially enjoyed the twists and turns the story took.
About the Author:
Lisa Rayns lives in a small town in South Dakota. She gave up working with explosives to write paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels, so her occupation hasn’t changed much. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and two adorable Siamese cats.
An Interview with Lisa Rayns:
TM: Your niche seems to be the paranormal and vampires. Curse of the Egyptian Goddess is an urban fantasy. What gave you the idea and did you enjoy the change of pace?
LR: I flourish in the vampire realm but with the novella I wanted to fully test the waters in Indy publishing. This gave me a lot of freedom to be creative. I had also just finished a psychology paper on Cleopatra so my mind settled on an Egyptian curse. I really did enjoy the change of pace and I don’t believe any writer should be bogged down to one genre. Romance, however, is a high priority for me. Without it, what’s the point? hehe
TM: What is your “other” job? How do you balance writing with your roles as parent, spouse and employee?
LR: I’m a full-time author, mother, and wife. My family has been so supportive and helpful. When I decided to write the novella my kids said a story about an Egyptian curse would be cool. Helpful, right?
TM: What is your best advice for getting past writer’s block?
LR: Movies. Honestly, take a break if your mind is telling you to take a break. I watch movies that interest me until my brain says, “Shut the darn TV off and go back to writing!” It works for me. I can only watch so much before I need my laptop again.
TM: Please tell me about your upcoming projects.
LR: Oh, this is my favorite part! Wanted: Vampire – Free Blood: is ready to go and I’m awaiting the release date from the publisher. I’m working on the second book in this series while another stand-alone novel of mine is being reviewed by the publisher. I have a short story in the anthology Cupid Painted Blind which will be out this month. I even have a psychological thriller in the works if I ever make it back to that.
I was not compensated in any way for this review. I did receive a review copy of the book. However, my opinions are my own.