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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Secret of the Sands

"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

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thanks McNally's!

Tavius & I had an absolutely outstanding time at our noon-hour book signing at McNally Robinson's yesterday. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to those of you that we already knew & those of you who we just met. It is one of the things we most enjoy about this whole process - meeting people & having the most interesting discussions. Thank-you all also for your support & enthusiasm!!

McNally's has kindly extended an invitation for us to do an additional signing/reading in the new year (thanks Tyson!) Stay tuned....

We wanted to share with you the great blurb McNally Robinson had in their Coming Events brochure (from Nov.5th, 2007) advertising our book signing - we absolutely love how they described our story:

"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."

It is truly rewarding to see that our hopes & intent in writing this story have been understood...

As always best wishes & happy reading!

Rai & Tavius

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Secret of the Sands is heading to Dubai!

Our novel is certainly becoming well-traveled - Tav.E & I are green with envy & wish we were traveling along with it...someday :)

Next up on the jet-setting itinerary: Dubai!!

Secret of the Sands will be part of ForeWord's Collective Stand at the Sharjah World Book Fair December 5-14, 2007, which will is located 20 minutes outside of Dubai - how cool is that?!

Stay tuned loyal readers!!

Rai & Tavius

Exciting news from the Frankfurt Book Fair 2007!

Hi readers,

We just received a number of contacts from the Frankfurt Book Fair last month. These are folks who may be interested in publishing Secret of the Sands in their country. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Secret of the Sands may soon have a global presence!!

Rai & Tavius

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fingers crossed - Exciting news!

Hey growing fan base - Tavius E. & I received some very promising news today - there is an excellent U.S. publisher who has just requested to see our full manuscript based on our previous submission of the first three chapters!! Needless to say, we are thrilled & honored to have this opportunity for our baby, Secret of the Sands. Our fingers are crossed - please keep yours crossed for us too!!

To making dreams come true...


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Secret of the Sands

"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon."
Napoleon Bonaparte

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Find Secret of the Sands at Chapters & McNally Robinson!

Secret of the Sands is in two fine *brick & mortar* bookstores in Calgary: Chapters Macleod Tr. SW (Brick Plaza) & McNally Robinson in downtown Calgary (which has some autographed copies!)

Stay tuned for future retail locations...


Monday, October 1, 2007

A fun day at Word on the Street!

Hi Calgary!

Tavius & I would just like to say thank-you very much to all who stopped by to chat with us & buy our book! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of you - adults & kids alike. Do check back with us from time to time to read all the latest & greatest :)

Happy reading to you all! We hope that once you've read our book you will feel like you have found some new friends in your life, we certainly did...

To the journey that lies ahead...


Tuesday, September 25, 2007


WOW!!! As of 10:30pm this evening, our Amazon sales rank has reached #2479. That is a huge achievement for us and we have all of YOU to thank. We cannot express enough what this tremendous show of support means to us. We are deeply grateful - it means everything, truly...

And for those of you who haven't yet had a chance to purchase the book, the store is still open and will remain so. Do pass the word along!! We promise, it's a worthy read :)

To those of you who have helped us and made this day incredibly memorable & meaningful, you have made a dream come true, we hope you will all be so fortunate...

Rai & Tavius

P.S. Here is the link to our Amazon profile page if you want to check out the latest. Please use this rather than the storefront for this purpose, as checking the storefront without purchasing drives our ranking down pretty fast. Muchos gracias!!

Secret of the Sands Profile page on

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

THE BIG DAY! SEPT.25TH, 2007!!

Our Bestseller Day has been chosen - Tuesday, Sept.25th!!! It's an easy one to remember, since it will be exactly three months until Christmas!!

Here is the link to our storefront: Secret of the Sands on

Do get a jump on your holiday shopping (and any & all upcoming birthdays) and pick up a copy (or even a few copies) of an exciting, fun, new action/adventure novel. Support us hardworking independents who are trying to negotiate for a place in the wonderful world of novels! Secret of the Sands will make a high quality, unique gift as it is a tale told from the heart from two people who adore & have huge admiration & respect for the genre they write in :)

Mark it in your calendars & please pass the word along. Your support means everything to us!! Sept.25th - Be an important part of our journey!!

We wish you many magical nights of reading in the world we have created...

Rai & Tavius

Friday, September 14, 2007

Upcoming Ad!

Look for our spanky new upcoming ad in the November & December editions of ForeWord Magazine. Our book is part of their displays, most recently at the Beijing International Trade Fair and soon to be at the Frankfurt Trade Fair. We are doing our best to make this a successful book launch and make great first impressions!

Check out ForeWord Magazine online:
Rai & Tavius

Monday, September 10, 2007

Exciting news from Beijing!!

We were thrilled to hear that there are a few interested parties in China that saw our book on the ForeWord display at the Beijing Trade Fair and are contacting us. We will be getting in touch with them soon and look forward to posting even more exciting news right here on this blog about it :)

Perhaps a book tour to China will be in order one of these days, our fingers are crossed. Our book's been there, now we hope it will be our turn...

Rai & Tavius

We're here!!!

Oh yeah!! We have finally arrived at our destination - and we are thrilled to be there! Check out the link. Our listing is brand spankin' new, so the description and the 'official' cover image will be there shortly (I uploaded a copy of the cover + our totally cool poster there so people would have cool pix to check out).

So, our bestseller day is also coming soon - do stay tuned!!

Rai & Tavius

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fortune Favors the Bold!

...we sure hope!! That's my new fave saying, and I do believe it. It is our modus operandi for launching Secret of the Sands. We are, as always, hard at work getting our book ready to be introduced to the world! We have been getting the book print ready - you know - all that crazy technical stuff <:o ...however, it's all for a good cause - ensuring our book is ready for its debut, readin' & lookin' fine :) It was just sent to China with ForeWord Magazine to be displayed at the Beijing International Trade Fair from Aug.30th-Sept.3rd. In addition, it will soon be making its way to Germany to be a part of the Frankfurt Trade Fair. Wish us luck!

More exciting news: Stay tuned for details on our upcoming September 2007 bestseller day. We will send out announcements very soon, so do check back to our home page & this blog for the specific day, which will be around mid-September. We got this brilliant idea from another author we know who inspires us - Jeremy Robinson. What is an Bestseller day exactly? Well, it's where we will ask you fine folks who are interested in picking up a copy of the book (or copies!!) to buy them all on the same day. Why you ask? Well, it would help concentrate our sales numbers so that we can hit the Amazon radar for that time period and through that help us 'unknowns' raise our profile and get our book in front of more avid readers. Cool, eh?!

Of course, buying our book any time would be wonderful and we will be very, very grateful for each & every sale :)

We will be in touch very soon. We look very forward to the day when you're all curling up with our book and joining us on this unique & special journey - both fictional & real-life.

Until then...


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Getting close!

Well it's been over a month since our last post, and boy we have been BUSY! The book is nearly finalized now, but it took a lot more work than we thought to get it to this point. When I reviewed what we thought was the final copy, I found numerous little 'oopsie-daisies' - the result of marathon editing sessions & very tired eyes & brains! Definitely a forest & trees problem. As a result, there was mucho fixing to do <:o

As we had hired Jeremy Robinson to do the interior formatting, and he was busy with his own activities, I raced through the fixes, as we still needed his help to ensure all the changes made it into the pdf copy. My trusty laptop accompanied me everywhere, airports, airplanes, hotels - every spare waking moment I worked on it. Oh well, I'll just sleep later!

This is our first experience with all of this, the book is in great shape, it looks gorgeous, and the story is sharp, fast-paced, exciting and fun. We know you'll love it! :)

Stay tuned!!


Friday, June 8, 2007

Getting ready for our entrance!!

May/June 2007 - Tav.E & I have been working like mad, putting the book through one final edit, and we hired the oh-so-talented Jeremy Robinson to do the cover & interior formatting of our book as well as our brand spanking new website. He did an amazing job, truly stellar work, and he is fantastic to work with (buy his books!) We are very thankful for all his hard work and help as we get ready to launch our baby, Secret of the Sands, out into the world. We are so proud of our book, we love the story, and are excited to show it off and start marketing the heck out of it!! It's been oodles of fun so far. See you all soon...Rai