Sister of Light



Aegypt is only the beginning...Ancient Light
Is a novel contracted to OakTara and ready for publication
Get ready, Sister of Light will be available, 30 September 2014.


The Second Ancient Light Novel...



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Chapter 1 Secrets

  Steps in the publication process:
  ü Contract - 22 July 2008


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

ü     Final signed contract copy returned from publisher - 1 August 2008, 19 Feb 10

Cover - will move to the author page when I have an initial cover, this section and info will also move to the secrets page with a cover.

ü     Request from publisher for cover ideas - when I finish a novel, I develop a title (if I haven't already), produce the marketing information and synopsis (usually a 500 and 250 word synopsis), and work on a cover concept.  I have one in mind for this novel, but it is a take off on the original cover for Aegypt.

ü     Sent cover ideas to Publisher - 16 October 2008, 10 February 13

ü     Publisher's recommended covers - None for Sister of Light or Sister of Darkness, but the publisher developed a cover for Ancient Light by at least 1 June.  You can see it at - 31 July 2014

ü     Final front cover development - 31 July 2014 we are in the process of the cover development.  The front cover is pretty much finalized.

     Development of cover back - we are in the process of the cover development.

     Final entire cover - we are in the process of the cover development.

     Cover spine sized for book -  we are in the process of the cover development.


ü     Manuscript sent to publisher - 3 June 2008, 10 January 2009, 8 October 2009, 10 February 13

ü     Proofs sent from publisher - 9 July 2014 (Aegypt, Sister of Light, and Sister of Darkness) with a three day deadline

ü     Proof corrections to publisher - 13 July 2014 for all three novels

     Final sent from publisher

     Final approved


     Publisher sends completed novel portfolio to press

     Publication - copies in hand


     Press release - A press release was developed prior to the publication of Ancient Light.  You can see it at


     Web presence  


Length of Novel:

67,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

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.


Fiction Suspense


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.

The events of Leora and Leila’s release caused the destruction of Paul’s command and men. The official record marked Paul a hero—his blackmailer threatens to release information that will show Paul was a coward and traitor. He further threatens to reveal Leora as a primitive tribeswoman and whore. Leora rejects the threats and finds herself quickly at Paul’s court martial. The trial rules against Paul, and Leora’s name and picture are splashed across every paper in Europe.

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.




  Novels by this Author
       The Second Mission (Available now)
       Centurion   (Available now published by OakTara)
       Aegypt            (Available now published by OakTara)


The Dragon and the Fox


                     (Available now published by OakTara)



    The End of Honor                The Fox’s Honor               A Season of Honor 




  L.D. Alford is the author of 41 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar.  Technical Writing
  L.D. Alford has been a professional aviator for over 34 years.  Aviation Writing

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