Excerpt from Lily of the Nile: Selene Delivers a Basket #sixsunday

May 20, 2012

As part of my continued participation in the weekly Six Sentence Sunday exercise with other authors, here’s another snippet from my debut novel LILY OF THE NILE: A NOVEL OF CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER:

The Roman guard actually put his unclean hands on our wizard’s holy person. I watched, aghast, trying to ignore the curious motion within the basket, an echo of the fear that snaked around my heart. Then the ill-mannered guard approached me and I held my basket out to him, hoping he’d reach inside, hoping that whatever evil spirit lurked there would fly out and strike him dead!

But the guard sniffed dismissively and waved me through like a peasant. It was the first time, but not the last time, I realized how easily Romans discounted a girl. Of course, my mother had learned that lesson long ago.

Would readers like me to continue exerpting Lily of the Nile or would you rather read excerpts from the sequel, SONG OF THE NILE?

Also, while I have your attention, I should note that you can pick up THE PRINCESS OF EGYPT MUST DIE, my story that explains just how Queen Arsinoe II of Egypt came to be the first Ptolemaic female pharaoh and the most notorious survivor of the ancient world. It’s free now as part of the ETERNAL SPRINGS Young Adult anthology on Smashwords and also available at Amazon.

10 Responses to Excerpt from Lily of the Nile: Selene Delivers a Basket #sixsunday

  • “Echo of fear…” That is soooo great. Love this snippet, Stephanie. I have this book and I REALLY need to make time to read it soon. 🙂

  • I liked these 6 a lot! Great cadence and great ending to the snippet. And I’d be eager for six from either! 🙂

  • Great six, like the details! I was rooting for the Roman to stick his hand in the basket LOL. You know me, always happy to read anything from ancient Egypt or Rome!

  • Lyrical quality in these six! I’m interested 🙂

  • Love the line about evil spirit lurking would jump out of basket and strike him dead. OMG! Wow. She seems like such a tour-de-force, such inner strength residing in her.

  • Oh, I love this! 🙂 You have the perfect mix of humor and anxiousness here. Fabulous six. I’d definitely love more from either title. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • I want to read this! Your writing is great and I love that it’s set in ancient Egypt, consider me hooked!

  • After the triolgy is complete are you going to write about Selene’s grandaughter Drusilla who endured an unfortunate episode of wifeswap with another Drusilla! Although there is much made of Cleopatra’s worship of Isis what about Dionysus Cleopatra’s father called himself the new Dionysus the relegion was a favorite of women and slaves and it’s connected with Olympias the mother of Alexander the Great another connection Cleopatra would want to make with herself and Cesarion and also snake worship was scared to Dionysus not just in Egytian relgion. Anyway sorry for being so nosy!

    • I love when people are “nosy” about what I’m going to write 😉 I’m not sure if I’ll write about Drusilla or not, but I’m definitely going to always be fascinated by women in the ancient world.

  • I’m going to see if I can get my hands on Lily of the Nile, I read the second one before the first! Good news, I am no longer idle I’m working for a charity that helps kids with autism and aspergers,like myself, in school, to find work, and to get out and about, I love it total dream come true! I’m looking foward to your third novel, but I might not be able to pester you so much anymore, Ha!