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ü Proposal with novel information and synopsis sent to publisher - 3 June 2008
This novel was odd because the publisher requested a sequel and therefore knew it was coming. Generally, the publisher wants information and a synopsis in their format prior to receiving the manuscript.
ü Manuscript sent to publisher - 3 June 2008, 10 January 2009, 8 October 2009
ü OakTara agreed to contract the Novel - 11 June 2008
ü OakTara sent a contract - 20 July 2008
ü Contract signed and returned - 22 July 2008
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ü Manuscript sent to publisher - 3 June 2008, 10 January 2009, 8 October 2009, 10 February 13
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Marketing Press release - A press
release was developed prior to the publication of Ancient Light.
You can see it at www.AncientLight.com. Excerpts
Press release - A press release was developed prior to the publication of Ancient Light. You can see it at www.AncientLight.com.
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Fiction, Egypt, Ancient Egypt, Tunisia, Tomb, Suspense, Mummy, Archeology, Mystery, Germany, France, Britain, Goddess; will fascinate anyone interested in mystery and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy archeological historical mystery and suspense novels.
The theme of Sister of Light is similar to the gothic horror novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker; it is a completely new twist on the many Egyptian and archeological historical mysteries currently in print.
The Sister of Light is a continuation of the adventures of Paul and Leora began in Aegypt.
Leora Bolang is a goddess. Not an imaginary
being, but a real flesh and blood goddess awakened from death out of a
4000 year old tomb. In ancient Egypt, Leora was known as the goddess of
light. Unfortunately, Leora’s sister, Leila is the Egyptian goddess of
darkness, and it was the goddess of darkness who forced Leora into the tomb
and an early death. In 1926, Paul Bolang released Leora from her tomb, but
Leila was also released. Leila is absolutely evil, and Paul Bolang with
Leora fought her earthly being and defeated her. Leila’s spirit, her ka, was
released into the world and now the goddess of darkness wants revenge,
revenge and power over the lives of men.
Paul Bolang is an officer in the French Cavalry—a hero of the Great War and France’s colonial expeditions. For Leora’s sake, Paul accepts an exchange tour with the Americans—Leora, the goddess of light, requires the sun for her power and being. In America, they find purpose and bear children—four beautiful and precocious beings who absorb languages and learning like a sponge. But in 1933 Paul is recalled to Paris and to a special assignment. Leora saw a future much different than this, but for her family and her children, she returns with Paul to France. Leora always faced tension in European and American society because she is dark skinned and African. The cloud blanketed skies of Northern Europe entice her sister, Leila, but rob Leora of her full power. When Paul departs, Leora tries vainly to hold onto her strength, but without Paul she looses hope and vitality. Paul is captured during a military operation and Leora receives another blow. Before he vanished, Paul sent her a package--an antiquity the Germans and Leila desire. A blackmailer from Leila threatens Paul and Leora’s honor and Paul’s military commission.
Now Leora must discover the strength to fight
her sister and find her husband. Beaten down at every turn, Leora’s family
and friends come to her rescue—they support her and Paul. Leora has only one
chance, she seeks out Paul’s British friend, Sir Barot Cheston. Only Sir
Barot possesses the money, connections, and friendship that might give her a
chance of finding Paul Bolang. With Sir Barot’s impetuous and overly refined
graduate student, Tilly Hastings, they begin a breakneck mission to discover
the origins of the antiquity Leila desires, the source of information that
dishonored Paul and Leora, and ultimately, the rescue of Paul Bolang.
Author's reviewer’s quotes:
Things can’t get much worse for Leora in Sister of Light. An impressive revenge by the Goddess of Darkness, and a heroic response by the Goddess of Light.
Absolutely unexpected plot development. The story of Paul and Leora flows with visceral force. The strings are manipulated unseen and without mercy toward their destruction and dishonor.
Fun continuation to Aegypt. I can’t get enough of the characters. Tilly, the kids Paul’s parents, sisters, friends move in and out of the story whole and real people—brilliant.
Short descriptive teasers:
The revenge of the Goddess of Darkness destroys Paul and Leora Bolang’s life, profession, and reputations—now Leora must find the strength and help to face that force of evil and recover her missing husband.
The spiritual world comes alive around the person of Leora, the Goddess of Light; from the depths of despair she must determine how to fight ancient evil and redeem her husband and herself.
Sister of Light is a historically based mystery and suspense novel that explores the boundaries of human spirituality and belief—in both science and philosophy.