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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lost City of Gold - new archaeology adventure story by Rai Aren

Hi there,

I wanted to share my latest fun archaeology adventure work with you. It's a short novel called Lost City of Gold and it's the first story in my new Ancient Quest Mystery series. Here's a little more about the story:

A dangerous adventure beckons deep in the Amazon jungle…

Reckless treasure-hunter Rick Braeden sets out into the uncharted reaches of the Amazon jungle in a dangerous search of the fabled Lost City of Gold. It’s a quest for an ancient city shrouded in mystery that he believes will place him in the history books and bring him all of the riches and redemption that have eluded him. He also hopes to succeed where more than one hundred others, who were either lost or died in the attempt, have failed. As he embarks on his journey something or someone deep in the jungle waits and watches…

Here's the link on Amazon:


Lost City of Gold on Amazon




I hope you'll check it out! If you enjoy the story, I'd welcome a review. Feel free to drop me a line at rai-tavius@secretofthesands.com as well if you'd like to share your feedback. This is my first short work (it's approx. 25,000 words in length), and I had an absolute ball writing it. This story was a lot of fun for me :) I'm excited to pen some more!

Happy reading always!

Rai Aren

Friday, February 8, 2013

New Secret of the Sands trailer by documentary filmmaker/writer/producer James Gelet

Hi folks,

I wanted to share a very cool, new trailer for our archaeology adventure novel, Secret of the Sands, created by James Gelet, documentary filmmaker and Writer/Producer of the Jaws documentary, The Shark is Still Working. Check it out - makes me want a movie version of the book on IMAX 3D!!



Here's the link to James's page on IMDb, so you can learn more about his work:

James Gelet on IMDb

He's also done some other fantastic book trailers - take a look at his YouTube channel:

James Gelet's YouTube channel


....and you might find some intriguing new reads to add to your shelves, I know I did! :)

Cheers,

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands and Destiny of the Sands






Tuesday, February 5, 2013

You have a date with Destiny! :)

The sequel to the bestselling archaeology adventure novel Secret of the Sands is here - Destiny of the Sands...

A powerful and ancient secret of mysterious origins resurfaces in the shifting sands of Egypt. Enemies strike. A dark and harrowing journey unfolds, racing towards a destiny 12,000 years in the making...



Here are links to the book:

Amazon kindle edition

Amazon paperback edition


Destiny of the Sands…the thrilling sequel to Secret of the Sands…

Destiny of the Sands
continues the archaeological mystery tale of Secret of the Sands, taking the characters you've come to know and love on a darker, and far more perilous journey. Mitch and Alex, our young Egyptologists, along with their friends, Jack and Bob, are mysteriously called back to Egypt, just as a sinister enemy surfaces. Dark forces are on the hunt for the priceless, yet deadly ancient artifact Mitch and Alex unearthed eighteen months ago below the Great Sphinx of Giza. This powerful technological device, which had remained hidden for over 12,000 years, thrusts our friends into a fight for survival as they are outmatched and outgunned by a hostile adversary that knows exactly how to get to them.

In the past, we see embattled King Traeus rocked by a devastating secret that has been revealed. This secret will change his life forever. Deadly threats emerge, spurred on by this shocking secret. Now there are no lines that will not be crossed in a terrible fight for power and in the name of vengeance.

In both the present and the past, a secret that has been carefully guarded emerges, and nothing will ever be the same again.


Some secrets cannot remain hidden…and some cannot be forgiven...


The Great Sphinx of Giza has guarded a secret, both dangerous and incredible, for 12,000 years. Now deadly enemies emerge, and those involved must face startling truths and deep sorrow, in the fight against the forces of tyranny…

"High adventure, past and present, merge into a multi-leveled tale of epic proportions in this triumphant sequel to the best-selling novel, Secret Of The Sands!" 
- Gary Val Tenuta, author of Ash: Return Of The Beast and The Ezekiel Code


The Continuation of a Journey…

That began in Secret of the Sands, must now be resumed. Events have been triggered, difficult decisions were made. Time and fate lead those we have come to know down ever more dark and harrowing paths towards an inescapable destiny…


A Dangerous Enemy…

Surfaces with the intent to chart a new, terrifying, and deadly course of action. An enemy filled with greed and malice, who possessed no boundaries of morality, strikes. No one and nothing is safe, no matter how precious, how valuable, or how innocent.


A Secret Once Buried...

Is hunted for profit and pride as an ancient prophecy finally reveals itself, along with the startling truths it holds. Lives will be changed forever, for what was done, can never be undone. A terrible price will be paid for the secrets of the past.


A Past that Cannot Be Denied...

Continues to haunt, threatening to destroy any hope of a future without sorrow, pain and regret. Consumed by the mistakes of the past, possessed by hatred and a desire for revenge, enemies lash out. What was guarded for so long may be forfeit.



If you would like to watch the trailer, before diving into the pages of the book, here is the link to it on YouTube:












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For those of you who haven't yet read Secret of the Sands, let me introduce you to the story that started it all:


For 12,000 years a dark and deadly secret has been hidden deep below the Great Sphinx of Giza. In present day Egypt, a frightening, yet awe-inspiring story unravels as archaeologists race against time to decipher an ancient truth...

A deep probing mystery riddled with prophecy and danger, Secret of the Sands uses Egypt and her mythology as a backdrop to delve into the meanings of life and religion. -McNally Robinson


Rai Aren and Tavius E. have crafted a fast-paced, exciting novel overflowing with mystery and intrigue. The tension is constant. The characters are fully developed. And the plot is gripping. Ancient history and present day relevance are so expertly intertwined, that you forget you are reading a work of fiction. -Thomas Phillips, author of The Molech Prophecy





A Prophecy was Told...

An ancient prophecy, thousands of years old, told of the coming of the Chosen one, but she will be both loved and feared, and some will stop at nothing to defy everything she represents


A Secret Long Buried...

A secret power that once proved too deadly, was hidden away deep beneath the sands of Egypt, only to be revealed by its sworn guardians when the time came that the knowledge would be safe


A Deadly Riddle is Unlocked...

Two young archaeologists fatefully unearth unusual artifacts dating over 12,000 years old. The exhilarating find however, is wrong - very wrong. The artifacts shouldn't be there...they shouldn't even exist at all


A Power Unleashed...

Now after remaining dormant for 12,000 years, the secret has been uncovered, and its true purpose suspected. What will be the greatest discovery in human history will either change us forever or destroy us for trying...
 


Here is the Secret of the Sands trailer:



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Secret of the Sands is a unique cross-genre novel with a double-storyline. The genres it encompasses are mystery, suspense, archaeology adventure, & historical fiction, combined with an element of speculative sci-fi. The story revolves around Great Sphinx of Giza & alternate theories about its age & origins. The novel weaves a new (fictional) chapter to ancient Egyptian history with an explanation for the true origin & purpose of the mysterious & enigmatic Great Sphinx.


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We would love to hear from you on what you think of the stories. As with Secret of the Sands, we poured our hearts and souls into crafting Destiny of the Sands so that reading it would be time well spent. We hope you enjoy the journey...









Happy reading always! 

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands, and its sequel Destiny of the Sands

 







Thursday, December 13, 2012

Do you have a date with Destiny? Coming soon...

The long wait is almost over...

Do you have a date with Destiny? You will soon...






 The sequel to our award-winning mystery/archaeology adventure novel, Secret of the Sands, will be arriving very soon. We have worked very hard and are very excited that we will soon be sharing our baby with all of our readers and fans.

~Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands and its upcoming sequel Secret of the Sands


The Great Sphinx of Giza has guarded a secret, both dangerous and incredible, for 12,000 years. Now deadly enemies emerge, and those involved must face startling truths and deep sorrow, in the fight against the forces of tyranny…


"High adventure, past and present, merge into a multi-leveled tale of epic proportions in this triumphant sequel to the best-selling novel, Secret Of The Sands!"
- Gary Val Tenuta, author of Ash: Return Of The Beast and The Ezekiel Code


Stay tuned for more information! For a sneak peek, check out our brand new trailer:



The Continuation of a Journey…

That began in Secret of the Sands, must now be resumed. Events have been triggered, difficult decisions were made. Time and fate lead those we have come to know down ever more dark and harrowing paths towards an inescapable destiny…


A Dangerous Enemy…

Surfaces with the intent to chart a new, terrifying, and deadly course of action. An enemy filled with greed and malice, who possessed no boundaries of morality, strikes. No one and nothing is safe, no matter how precious, how valuable, or how innocent.


A Secret Once Buried...

Is hunted for profit and pride as an ancient prophecy finally reveals itself, along with the startling truths it holds. Lives will be changed forever, for what was done, can never be undone. A terrible price will be paid for the secrets of the past.


A Past that Cannot Be Denied...

Continues to haunt, threatening to destroy any hope of a future without sorrow, pain and regret. Consumed by the mistakes of the past, possessed by hatred and a desire for revenge, enemies lash out. What was guarded for so long may be forfeit.



Monday, January 9, 2012

Secret of the Sands is in the Amazon Kindle Owners' Lending Library!

Hello valued readers!

Borrow away library fans! I am very happy to say that our award-winning archaeology adventure novel, Secret of the Sands, is now available in the Amazon Kindle Owners' Lending Library. If you are an Amazon US Prime member, you can check our book out through this cool library.

Secret of the Sands, 2nd edition

Buy or borrow it, it's up to you!

Happy reading always!!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands

For 12,000 years a dark and deadly secret has been hidden deep below the Great Sphinx of Giza. In present day Egypt, a frightening, yet awe-inspiring story unravels as archaeologists race against time to decipher an ancient truth...


"The authors have successfully woven a story based on archeological events mixed with their own ideas of what happened to the Sphinx and the mysteries surrounding it."
- www.sabrinareviews.com

"Rai Aren & Tavius E. write a spellbinding mix of mystery, history, fantasy, and adventure in this tale of two histories - one told in the present, the other told from the past - telling a story of misused power, learning how to trust, and the fate of civilization." - www.TeensReadToo.com

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

FREE! Secret of the Sands 2nd ed. is free on Amazon kindle today!!

Hi everyone,

I hope 2012 is off to a wonderful start for you all!

As a fun start to the year, Secret of the Sands, 2nd edition, is FREE!! on Amazon kindle today:

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-ReadersFavorite-com-Fiction-Mystery-Medalist-ebook/dp/B004EEORPW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC&s=digital-text&qid=1291608498&sr=1-6&tag=vglnk-c9-20

I hope you will add it to your collection! I'm super-jazzed to see it's already #254 on the free list and #2 in for 'Fantasy-Historical' and climbing. Welcome new readers! Enjoy! :)  xo ~Rai




SECRET OF THE SANDS

A Prophecy was Told…

An ancient prophecy, thousands of years old, told of the coming of the Chosen one, but she will be both loved and feared, and some will stop at nothing to defy everything she represents.

A Secret Long Buried…

A secret power that once proved too deadly, was hidden away deep beneath the sands of Egypt, only to be revealed by its sworn guardians when the time came that the knowledge would be safe.

A Deadly Riddle is Unlocked…

Two young archaeologists fatefully unearth unusual artifacts dating over 12,000 years old. The exhilarating find however, is wrong - very wrong. The artifacts shouldn’t be there…they shouldn’t even exist at all.

A Power Unleashed…

Now after remaining dormant for 12,000 years, the secret has been uncovered, and its true purpose suspected. What will be the greatest discovery in human history will either change us forever or destroy us for trying…

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Guest Post: Gary Val Tenuta


Hi everyone,
I would like to introduce a fascinating and talented author to you - Gary Val Tenuta and welcome him here to do a guest post. He has a brand new release out, Ash: Return of the Beast, which is a riveting occult crime thriller (& it's only $3.99 on kindle!). I encourage you all to have a read about Gary's new novel and his writing inspiration for this story below, and to check out his books! He is also the author of another excellent novel, The Ezekiel Code. Both are reading time well spent!

Welcome Gary and thanks for sharing with us!




Afraid Of The Dark

One of the interesting things about writing a novel is that the process often requires the writer to reach down inside in order to access the storehouse of thoughts, feelings and life experiences that he’s accumulated over the years so he can apply some of it to the story and make the words on the page reflect some semblance of “reality”. I guess that’s a long-winded way of repeating the old adage, ‘Write what you know’. But what if you have a story idea that requires you to write what you don’t know or, worse yet, to write what you’re uncomfortable with?

If you’re going to write what you don’t know, there’s always the option to do the research necessary to familiarize yourself with a formerly unfamiliar topic. Writing what you’re uncomfortable with is something else again. That’s what I had to wrestle with when it came to writing my second novel, Ash: Return Of The Beast (www.ashreturnofthebeast.webs.com).

I remember when the idea for the story first hit me about three years ago. I was browsing the shelves at a used-book store and came across a biography of the infamous occultist, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). Due to my life-long fascination with all things paranormal, I was at least somewhat familiar with Crowley. I knew he was considered a master of ritual magic or what some call the Dark Arts. I knew his picture appeared on the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album and I knew that several musicians of the hard rock variety were into him. I knew he’d been branded by the British press as ‘The Wickedest Man In The World’ and I knew Musolini had kicked him out of Italy. I even had a copy of a strange little book entitled The Book Of The Law that was allegedly dictated to Crowley by a nonhuman entity near the Great Pyramid in 1904. What I didn’t know, until I read that biography, was that his body was cremated and that the urn containing his ashes had mysteriously vanished. Wait. What??? I had to flip the page back and read it again to make sure I’d read it correctly. Wow, I thought. If that isn’t the foundation for good mystery novel, I don’t know what is. 

At first I was super motivated and eager to start writing. But as I continued to sketch out a story I soon began to realize this was not going to be the same sort of creative experience that I’d had with my first novel, The Ezekiel Code (www.ezekielcode.com). Sure Code contained its share of bad guys sneaking around in the shadows, a couple of murders and some foul play. But it was all pretty much standard fare for an adventure/mystery novel. Ash, I could see, was going to be darker. Much darker. Darker than maybe I was prepared to go. Could I dredge up something that disturbing from the depths of my own storehouse of life experiences? I don’t want to spoil the story for you here, so I won’t disclose any details. I’ll just say, after I thought about it, I realized I didn’t have anything quite that disturbing in my life experience. So how was I going to bring any sense of reality to it?

Clearly, I was going to have to do some research and learn how real people have endured such experiences, how it affected them emotionally and psychologically and what effect it had on their lives after the experience. So, I did the research to familiarize myself with those issues to the point where I felt comfortable enough to incorporate it into the story. But feeling comfortable enough with it and actually writing it were two different things. I found out I was afraid of the Dark, the Dark within. I told my best friend that I felt like I had to go wash my hands or take a complete shower after writing the first incident of one specific heinous activity.

However, I believed the story was too good to abandon and I knew if I just let it go it would haunt me for the rest of my days. So I carried on even though my own sensibilities were rebelling against me. Much to my surprise, I actually got used to it. In fact, I got to the point where I enjoyed it. I was no longer afraid of the Dark. So, how did that happen? Pretty simple, really.

Once I got far enough into the development of the story, the characters ceased to be mere concepts in my head. They began to take shape, physically, emotionally and psychologically. They became real people involved in real situations. It wasn’t me who was doing those awful things to the characters. The characters were doing those things to each other. That’s when, as a writer, you’re “in the Zone”. I love being in the Zone. There are no boundaries, no limitations in the Zone. It’s the place where the writer experiences the freedom to let the story evolve as it will and any intimidating sensibilities that might otherwise get in the way... well, they’re just out of luck. The story must go on.

And so it did. Now, three years after the initial idea hit me, Ash: Return Of The Beast is finished and available on Kindle for just $3.99. I hope to have a paperback edition available by the end of January, 2012.

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Description of the book:

Ash: Return of the Beast is an occult mystery-crime-thriller based on a little known factoid about the death of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the occultist the British press once called "The Wickedest Man In The World".

Crowley’s body was cremated and the whereabouts of his ashes has remained a mystery… until now.

This diabolical tale carries the reader through a series of the most curious (and sometimes unsettling) events spanning the years from Crowley's death in 1947 to the 1990s and the coming of age (and eventual stardom) of a death-metal rocker named Rodney Duckworth.

The time-line shifts to the present day where Brian Kane, a gruff and gritty, street-worn Seattle Police Detective, reluctantly teams up with the mysterious Rowena Ravenwood, an attractive female FBI agent. Their task is to figure out why good, healthy, God-fearing preachers in their fair city are suddenly dropping like flies.
What are those strange symbols branded onto the bodies of these hapless victims? Are they all part of some bizarre cult? Is it really murder? Where’s the evidence? And what is the disturbing secret that Detective Kane is holding so close to his chest?

The investigation eventually catapults Kane and Ravenwood into life-threatening situations as they wind their way through the strange, dark labyrinth of the world of the Occult and ritual magick.
Problem is, the clues to help solve the case are in terribly short supply. Worse yet, so is the amount of time left to stop the mysterious killer's reign of terror before all Hell breaks loose. And, in this case – according to Special Agent Ravenwood - that’s not just a figure of speech.

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If you’d like to watch a dramatic and entertaining book trailer for Ash: Return Of The Beast, just drop by my website at:


www.ashreturnofthebeast.webs.com
* Warning: While watching the video you might want to leave the lights on <:o