I loved Nancy Fraser's time travel novel Eye of the Pharoah.
Humor. A great Plot. Time Travel, Egypt. A Sexy intelligent hero. I'm in! As a longtime Elizabeth Peters fan, I loved the setting of 1920's Egypt. I loved all the gorgeous details about the period and the growing love story between the two protagonists. If you like love scenes, you'll find plenty of them. And having a ghost from ancient Egypt appearing to the heroine was icing on the cake. Truly delightful read.
And now Nancy is on my blog and she's giving away three autographed copies of Eye of the Pharoah to winners in the US or Canada. International winners will receive digital copies.
Thank you, Nancy. Santa must have inspired you. That's an amazing gift.
I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.
It was a long time ago (1996), but I still remember the excitement. In July of that year, I’d attended the RWA conference in Dallas, TX and heard the presentation from Kensington Books about their new Precious Gems line ... a co-op effort with Wal-Mart Corporation to bring affordable romance to the masses. The day after I returned home from conference, I bundled up a book I’d just finished and shipped it off.
TWO WEEK’s later, one of my best friends and critique partners sold her first book to them. We celebrated, but part of me was dead-on jealous. The following Tuesday, I was at lunch with co-workers and when I returned, there was a message on my office phone from Kate Duffy (may she RIP) asking me to call her back asap. Hands shaking, I dialed the number. Sure enough, they wanted to buy Courting Trouble for release within 3-4 months. The book released November 1st 1996, and I haven’t looked back since.
What genre or genres do you write?
I’m very happy to say that I bounce around between genres with gleeful abandon! I write everything from soup to nuts. My most recent release, Eye of the Pharaoh, is an Egyptian-themed time travel. I have a book coming up later this week that’s an erotic novella with a hero in a kilt. I also love to write in the “vintage” period (post WWII through the end of the century). A road map for my zaniness can be found on my website books page. Yikes! That's my period too.
Tell us about Eye of the Pharaoh.
The idea for Eye of the Pharaoh came about years ago after a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago. Their Egyptian exhibit was breathtaking. After reading some of the display information, I was immediately struck by the romance of the era. Of course, being a huge fan of The Mummy (both the original and the 1999 remake) didn’t hurt any.
The book has been reviewed as a cross between Indiana Jones and The Mummy, with an archeologist hero and a career-focused heroine. Thrown into a life-altering situation, they must learn to rely on one another.
What’s your current WIP?
I’m currently working on a story titled, Waking Up in Oz, for The Wild Rose Press’ newest historical line, “Stranded” with stories based on the premise of stranding the hero or heroine (or both) in a unique situation.
I’ve set my story in my favorite vintage period with an attorney heroine who finds herself stranded in the small town of Oswald, KS following a tornado. She’s surrounded by an entire town devoted to the Oz myth, including a storm-chaser hero dubbed “the wizard” because of his ability to predict the tornado’s path. Need a beta reader? That sounds right up my alley.
And finally, where can we find you?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfraserauthor @nfraserauthor
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004AOL61Y
Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.
Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology 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 ancient 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. To make matters worse, 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?”
Do you want to continue reading? I certainly did.
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. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.
When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
Thank you for being here, Nancy and all you lucky readers can enter below.
Happy Holidays, everyone. Smile at a stranger. You never know who needs one.