Fall Carnival: Egyptian Booth with Colleen Houck (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Fall Carnival: Egyptian Booth with Colleen Houck (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Welcome to ancient Egypt where pyramids, pharaohs and mummy’s reside!

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Have you ever seen a real life mummy?

Did you know that every 1000 years there are some that rise from the dead and save our world from the God of chaos?

Well we are currently in the 1000th year and Prince Amon has risen. He has always completed his task with no problem, but this time he manages to fall in love with a human girl and that complicates things!

Will our world survive the chaos or will it finally be destroyed???

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There isn’t a cover for this one yet, so I’m just going to leave the info here! 

Reignited by Colleen Houck
Published by Random House Children's Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Ancient Civilizations, General, Historical, Legends, Myths, Fables, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series and Reawakened comes a novella full of celestial marvel, passion, betrayal, and evil that will grow to reign over humanity forever.Before Lily and Amon met, before the cosmos were in chaos and needed three brave brothers to fight off evil, there were four siblings who helped rule the earth.   Each sibling had a special gift. Osiris, the god of agriculture, helped mortals to grow and thrive in their natural environment. Isis, the goddess of creation, fostered health and wellness. Nephthys, the seer, was able to keep the balance between all living beings and the universe. But Seth, the youngest sibling, was left without any special powers. The Waters of Chaos, which granted each god’s talent, were running dry, and Seth was paying the price.   As time passed, however, Seth’s determination and willfulness resulted in a very special gift, one that should have granted him the ability to enact wondrous change. But Seth’s competitive childhood gave him a heart so cold and vacant that instead, his gift brought about great evil.   Seth was now the god of unmaking, the creator of disorder and destruction. And he was ready to seek his revenge, dominating all who got in his way.

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This is an exclusive Excerpt for Houck’s upcoming prequel for the Reawakened series!

Then one summer night the horns blew, announcing that it was time for the Ennead to gather, a time when all the gods would meet. She hadn’t seen him in over a decade but something had changed between them in the time they’d been apart. When he scooped her up and kissed both of her cheeks it felt . . . different than it once had. The warmth of his body seemed to linger, even though he’d left her to embrace Nephthys.

She found herself seeking him out all evening long, and attempted to sit next to him. When that space was already occupied, she fixed her eyes upon him and tried to discern what might have happened to him, what changes had been wrought to make her feel as if she was seeing him for the first time.

Was it the length of his hair? The glow of his skin bronzed by the sun? When he smiled she felt special, as if he were telling her something secretive, somehow meant just for her. When he told stories of his adventures, she wondered if he might be glancing in her direction more frequently than he looked upon the others. By the time the evening festivities were done, Isis knew that the stars had given her the long-awaited gift they’d promised.

The council adjourned, and the one whose attention she sought stretched and rose to retire. Quickly Isis also stood and asked if she might walk with him. He nodded, bright eyes twinkling as he offered her his arm. Together they walked the long halls of Heliopolis, him asking polite questions as they did. All she could focus on was how her heart raced, and Isis wondered if he could feel the thick beat of her pulse where her wrist rested against his muscular arm.

When they reached the wing reserved for her when she was in residence at Amun-Ra’s palatial home, he paused and brushed a finger against her cheek. “What is it, Little One?” he asked.

She grinned nervously at his old nickname for her. She’d been taller than him all through their adolescence and “Little One” had been his way of teasing her, but now he easily stood five inches above her, which was no small feat, even for an immortal. Isis had always bristled when he’d called her that before, but the name felt different now. More like an endearment.

“I . . . ,” she started to say as she gazed up into his eyes. A fluttery feeling set her nerves on edge and her wings shifted softly behind her. “I missed you,” she finally managed to get out.

He laughed kindly. “I missed you, too.”

She nodded and lowered her gaze.

Ducking his head, he tried to gauge her expression. “There’s something else, isn’t there?”

“Yes.” A pause, then, “No.” Isis wrung her hands and her tongue darted out to lick her lips, her mouth suddenly dry.

He took both her hands in his and gave them a little shake. “Something must truly be upsetting you. I’ve never known the great goddess Isis to act so flustered.”

Isis opened her mouth but couldn’t speak.

His gaze narrowed. “Has someone hurt you, Little One?”

“No. At least, not exactly.”

“I see. And who is not exactly hurting you?” His eyes had turned cold and flinty, his body rigid. Anger radiated from him.

“It’s not a person. It’s more of an idea.”

That gave him pause. “What do you mean?”

Isis let out a soft sigh, wondering how she was going to explain her feelings. Would he reject her outright? Would he be shocked at her boldness? Or might he, perhaps, be wanting the same thing she did?

She began, “I’ve been thinking about the laws that govern us, and I find one of them in particular difficult to comply with.”

“Which one?”

“The one that says we are not allowed to bind ourselves with another, like Nut and Geb did.”

“Ah.” He let go of Isis’s hands and turned away. With his back straight and stiff, he asked, “So you’ve found someone you can love?”

“I think so. In truth, I’ve loved him for many years already.”

“I see.”

Feeling bold, Isis approached him, opening her wings and wrapping one around him as they stood side by side. She’d often hidden the two of them beneath her gleaming feathers when they were children so they could talk about their plans for mischief making in secret. Now the gesture felt different, new, like she was opening another chapter of her life.

He sighed and turned toward her, his features hidden in the shadow of her wing. “You know the law only applies to immortals, Isis. So there shouldn’t be a concern regarding you and your newfound love. Tell me then, what mortal should I be congratulating?”

“I am not in love with a mortal,” Isis said.

Cocking his head, he clarified, “Then he is immortal?”

“He is. But it’s complicated.”

“I would say so, although the lines of the law are blurred regarding certain immortals. Your love might still be possible.”

“There’s another thing. You see, he doesn’t know how I feel about him yet.”

“Do you doubt that he returns your affection?” He ran a hand through his hair and mumbled, “That was a stupid question. Of course he returns your affection.” Lifting his eyes to hers, he touched his fingertips to her jaw. “How could he not?” He gave her a small smile and dropped his hand. He sighed. “I suppose he’s handsome.”

“Incredibly so.”

“Is he kind to you?”

“He has always been kind.”

“And he is worthy of you?”

“I can think of no one worthier.”

“Then why doesn’t he know?”

Isis placed her palm on his shoulder and slid it down the planes of his chest until it covered his heart. “Because he’s been gone for a very long time,” she voiced quietly.

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About Colleen Houck

New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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What did you think about the teaser for Reignited?

Make sure to head over to Dark Faerie Tales to see the post + giveaway from Kerri Maniscalco, author of Stalking Jack the Ripper.

18 comments

  1. Emma McAndrew says:

    I love books about the mythologies of different cultures. Ever since I read Rick Riordan’s books it seems like I just can’t get enough of them! I am definitely looking forward to reading these!

  2. Jaime Lester says:

    This is a series that I haven’t read yet, but I absolutely plan to. It sounds so good, and the love that people have for it says a lot about the story. I also really need to finish up the Tigers Curse series, too!

  3. Agus Z says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this series since like forever! It sounds amazing and those covers are so beautiful! Can’t wait to see the one for Reignited! I love stories with Egyptian mythology!

  4. _Sandra_ says:

    I love books that incorporate other cultures or mythologizes, so this one is right up my alley. Also, read The Tiger’s Saga by the same author and really liked it, so excited to start this one.

  5. Alecia says:

    Not my typical go-to book but I must admit the excerpt sounds fantastic! Very well-written and I’d be interested in reading more.

  6. Debbie (@DebbieK427) says:

    Oh my that excerpt i heartbreakingly beautiful! It’s not my usual type of book based off the synopsis but I am now intrigued with that excerpt!

  7. Carina Olsen says:

    Lovely post Crystal 😀 Thank you for sharing. <3 I think Egypt seems like such an awesome place. Though a bit scary at the moment too. Huh. But ahh, mummies 😀 I love those. Especially The Mummy movies, lol. Those three are awesome 🙂

  8. Jessica says:

    I had legit chills when I read the excerpt! I have taken a few courses on mythology and have LOVED every single minute of them. This excerpt gets me really REALLY excited to read more! In fact, I NEED to read more. 🙂 haha

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