New Release: Soul and Shadow by Susan J. McLeod

This month we are pleased to present SOUL AND SHADOW by Susan J. McLeod. This second edition ebook comes with an added bonus: a sneak peek at Susan's spring release, and book 2 in the Lily Evans mysteries, FIRE AND SHADOW.

SOUL AND SHADOW is currently on sale during our 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways event, so buy it today!

In ancient Egypt, a young priestess of the goddess Hathor is laid to rest in a beautiful tomb with everything she needs for her journey into the afterlife…

Three thousand years later, archaeologist Ursula Allingham discovers the mummy of Amisihathor and is confronted by a mystery. Is the man buried with the priestess really her husband? Or was she actually in love with a scribe called Kamenwati and separated from him in life as well as death?

To answer these questions, Dame Ursula turns to Egyptology student and artist Lily Evans, who reluctantly agrees to help. Lily learns that she is psychically linked to Amisihathor and experiences a strange, unsettling phenomenon—the memories and emotions of the Egyptian woman. Luckily, Lily has her beloved pet Cleocatra and her irrepressible friend Katy to keep her grounded in reality. Or so she hopes.

Dealing with the challenges of falling in love with Ursula’s grandson Kent, the reappearance of her ex-fiance Stephen and the demands of her mother and her boss Professor Briggs, Lily soon realizes she has taken on much more than she bargained for.

Book Details:

ISBN: 978-1-926997-46-9 (Kindle ebook); $3.99 US; December 7, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-926997-47-6 (Smashwords ebook); $3.99 US; December 7, 2011

Editorial Reviews:

"An enlightening, engaging tale with a pleasantly surprising twist...a literary treat for readers of all ages." —Apex Reviews

"Engaging…a double-storyline that weaves seamlessly back and forth between the present and the past through a clever plot." — Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands

"A deep and complex tale of deceit, danger and love." —Jenn L., Romance Junkies

"Writing good romance is like painting modern art. Most of it sucks but every once in awhile someone comes up with something brilliant." —Mark McGinty, author of The Cigar Maker

"Five stars and five golden tombs filled with priceless jewels." —Fran Lewis, author of My Name Is Bertha

Available in ebook edition at 
Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords

Featured Author: Anna Patricio

Today's Featured Author is ANNA PATRICIO, an author from "down-under" who has written a beautiful historical/biblical romance titled, ASENATH.

What inspired me to write Asenath?

The story of Joseph of the coat-of-many-colours is one of my favourites from the Bible. Though I have known it all my life, what with having attended Sunday school and all, it was later on that I realised what a powerful and moving tale it is.

I was 17, making the difficult transition from the school I had known all my life to the unknown and frightening university environment (though I later came to love it, even much more than my former school. I loved the freedom it offered). As if that was not difficult enough, my little sister was being operated on for her scoliosis. Needless to say, the stress was overwhelming.

Then, I rediscovered the story of Joseph. Until then, I had thought of him as a distant, larger-than-life Biblical character. But having read it after everything I had been through, I found myself relating to him. I admired too how he remained sweet, strong and kind amidst the numerous travails that befell him. I felt like I was encountering the story for the first time, and fell in love with it.

I delved deeper into my newfound interest. I used to think everything about Joseph was only in Genesis, but research led me to various Jewish folktales, rabbinical legends and even some interesting episodes from the Quran. I never knew there was so much interesting stuff about him out there!

Along the way, I became curious about Joseph’s wife, Asenath. It was as if she was a tiny voice begging to be heard. All Genesis told me was that she was the daughter of a priest of On / Heliopolis. So I sought to look her up. However, the results were scant, not to mention they were all fictional.

I then began to imagine for myself what Asenath might have been like. I somehow like to think that she might have been a strong woman who went through her own share of travails, just as her husband did. The contemporary fiction I had read about Joseph usually portrayed her as some spoiled brat or pampered trophy wife – plus, they didn’t give her much attention. But now, in my novel, she has the spotlight.

Asenath is available on Amazon, Smashwords & more.

Anna Patricio is a lover of ancient history and Biblical stories. She recently had the pleasure of travelling to the setting of Asenath, which is her first novel. She is now playing around with ideas for a second Egyptian novel which takes place in the time of Moses.

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New Release: ASENATH by Anna Patricio

"High adventure and passionate love amid the turbulent world of Ancient Egypt."

―Mirella Patzer, author of THE BLIGHTED TROTH

Two Destinies...One Journey of Love

In a humble fishing village on the shores of the Nile lives Asenath, a fisherman's daughter who has everything she could want. Until her perfect world is shattered.

Check out the reviews so far:

"A captivating love story."

"A true clash of cultures and religion with love as the bridge to happiness."
―Haley Elizabeth Garwood, author of THE WARRIOR QUEEN series

"Absorbing and well researched…beautiful."
―Diana Wallis Taylor, author of JOURNEY TO THE WELL

"An intriguing look at an almost-forgotten woman of the Bible."
―India Edghill, author of QUEENMAKER

"Transports you to an ancient land of mystery and breathes vibrant life into a little-known figure from a well known story."
―Bruce Judisch, author of A PROPHET'S TALE

"A compelling read."
―Deborah Galiley, author of POLISHED ARROWS

"A beautiful, tightly woven story of many colors, both epic and intimate in scope."
–Susan J. McLeod, author of SOUL AND SHADOW

Now available on Amazon and Smashwords in ebook edition