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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Come join us on GoodReads.com!

As an author & avid reader, I was delighted to receive an invitation to join GoodReads.com. For authors, it's a great place to showcase books, and as a reader you can post your own reviews, add books to your TBR pile, let people know what you are currently reading & interact with all kinds of authors & readers from around the world. I have posted all the book reviews I had previously written & will be adding to it as I go. Down the road, I hope to add reviews of books I read years ago that hold a special place in my heart. I've even added some of my all time favorite reads from childhood - Nancy Drew books - what a wonderful walk down memory lane that was! You can create lists of your favorite books, rate books, interact with groups who share your interests, as well as give and receive recommendations for worthy reads. It's a very active site with tons of cool members, and the best part is: it's a lot of fun!

Here's the link to my profile there:

Rai Aren's GoodReads.com profile

I hope to see you there and add you as a friend :)

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Secret of the Sands joins TeensReadToo network!



We are delighted to have been invited to join the TeensReadToo network! Come check out our brand new profile there:

Secret of the Sands profile on TeensReadToo.com

This is definitely a site we are pleased to be a part of for a couple of very good reasons, first our book was written for readers ages 12 & up. It's got the fun, silly, light-hearted aspects of movies like The Mummy and Indiana Jones series, paired with our own deep, underlying meaning & messages...Our intent in writing the story was to make it accessible to a wide audience, in the same way our favorite stories & movies are :)

Secondly, TeensReadToo.com also gave our book a great 5-star review:

Courtesy of Teens Read Too, July 26, 2008

Alex and Mitch are the outcasts of the archaeological dig site they are working at in Egypt. Their supervisor/Professor, Dustimaine, is out to thwart their every attempt at success. If he misses anything, his underling, Fessel C. Blothers, is there to catch them.

One day, Alex and Mitch literally stumble upon a secret; a secret thousands and thousands of years old, unknown to anyone but them. With the help of their lab tech friends, Jack and Bob, Alex and Mitch soon get snared in uncovering a mysterious power somehow connected to the great Sphinx.

Could this be the biggest discovery in archaeological history -- or just someone's plan to hurt and destroy another society?

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. The dialogue is believable and the plot is a page-turner.

Reviewed by: Erikka Adams, aka "The Bookbinder"

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We hope you will check Secret of the Sands out! Happy reading always friends!

Rai

Sunday, September 28, 2008

We always love hearing from fans of the book!!


We are always honored to receive messages from people who have read & enjoyed our book, Secret of the Sands. As authors, we write because we love it, and in the hopes that it will mean something to someone, somewhere, that it will provide an enjoyable escape & an entertaining adventure. Knowing that we have achieved that goal, that our readers loved the book & took the time out of their own busy schedules to send us a note about it and ask about the sequel really does mean the world to us!! We are deeply grateful every time we hear from a happy reader. We just wanted you to know that... :)

Rai & Tavius

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Come visit us on MySpace & Facebook!





Hi dear friends!

We have a presence on both very cool social networking sites. Are you also on one or both? Add us as a friend, add yourself as a fan & network with us, we would love to hear from you! Our links to both are included below. Both sites are maintained by Rai, our MySpace page has been up for several months, but we are really new to Facebook & just learning the ropes. Both are a ton of fun & very interesting to be a part of :)

Rai

MySpace page for Secret of the Sands:

Secret of the Sands on MySpace

Facebook page for Secret of the Sands:

Secret of the Sands on Facebook

Facebook profile for Secret of the Sands:

Rai's page on Facebook for Secret of the Sands

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Secret of the Sands donates books through Shadow Forest Authors to help promote literacy!



Secret of the Sands is a participating member of Shadow Forest Authors, the Fellowship of Authors and Supporters for charity. Their mission at SFA is to get books where they are needed. Copies of Secret of the Sands are already on their way to help support this great initiative. Books can help in many ways, from promoting literacy to opening up worlds of imagination & creativity. Here's how it works (from SFA website):

"SFA authors donate copies of their titles to our beneficiaries, who places books in much needed hands.

Everyone can help
SFA supporters can Adopt an author or authors, purchasing their titles to be donated to our beneficiary.
Encourage Authors by leaving comments"

The Anthony Robbins foundation, Got Books, Book Aid International, The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, and World Public Library have agreed to be SFA beneficiaries and support SFA's venture to get books where they are needed.

Here is Rai's endorsement of SFA's work:

"As an author, one of the main reasons I write is to entertain people, to make them happy, and give them a world they love being in and escaping to.
Beyond this dream, that a book can help a fellow human being along the path to literacy is an incredibly beautiful, meaningful and deeply rewarding gift. I am very, very proud and truly honored to be a member of Shadow Forest Authors."


Visit the Shadow Forest Authors website for more information & find out how you can participate, too:

http://www.shadowforestauthors.com/

Together we can help make a positive difference in this world through the use of books. We would be delighted if you would choose to participate, too :)

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Upcoming author appearances!

We are pleased to announce that Rai & Tavius will be doing some upcoming author signings! Our very good friends at Chapters Macleod Tr.S. here in Calgary have invited us back for book signings this fall & into Christmas! We will have dates for you hopefully in the next couple of weeks, so do stay tuned. Did we mention what a great gift Secret of the Sands makes?!

We hope to see you soon!

Rai & Tavius
www.secretofthesands.com

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



Secret of the Sands book trailer:

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Amazon kindle edition of Secret of the Sands is now available!

We are delighted to announce that Secret of the Sands is now available as an Amazon.com kindle edition, courtesy of Bristlecone Pine Press!

Here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001EQ60WQ/

We know there is a large group of kindle readers out there, so we are happy to be able to offer this option for Secret of the Sands, a mystery/speculative sci-fi/alternate historical fiction novel about Ancient Egypt.

Happy reading always!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Secret of the Sands is now available as an eBook!!

I am delighted to announce that Secret of the Sands is now available as an eBook on Mobipocket.com, published by Bristlecone Pine Press!

Here's the url that you can copy & paste into your browser:

http://www. mobipocket. com/en/eBooks/eBookDetails. asp?BookID=101818&Origine=4065


If you are an Amazon.com kindle owner, Secret of the Sands will be available within days there as well!

We are very, very happy to be able to offer this option to our readers! Secret of the Sands has been a repeated Amazon. com Bestseller for "Books, Religion & Spirituality, Fiction".


Happy reading!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com

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 fully developed. And the plot gripping. Ancient history and present day relevance are so expertly intertwined, that you might forget you are reading a work of fiction." - Thomas Phillips, author of The Molech Prophecy

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

YouTube video trailer for Secret of the Sands

Here is the link to YouTube to view the video trailer for our novel, Secret of the Sands, created by Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands, with help from her friend Tommy Taylor, author of The Second Virgin Birth. Feel free to rate it & leave us a comment, friends are always welcome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1GkYZZTM5w

See you in cyberspace dear friends!

Rai

Coming soon! An eBook version of Secret of the Sands!

We are delighted to announce that in the next couple of weeks, Secret of the Sands will be available as an Amazon kindle edition as well as on Mobipocket.com! We have been picked up by Bristlecone Pine Press:

http://www.bcpinepress.com/


We are very happy that we will soon be able to offer this as an option to our interested readers & be environmentally responsible as well!


Stay tuned for further details!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com

Secret of the Sands is now on Facebook!

In addition to our very popular MySpace page, Secret of the Sands is proud to now also have a cyber-presence on Facebook! Come on by, add yourself as a fan, add us to your favorites, drop us a line on our wall, we would love to hear from you!


Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com


Secret of the Sands on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rai-Aren/22602068086


Secret of the Sands on MySpace:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=310050637

Friday, July 18, 2008

New! Secret of the Sands trailer!

Check out our very cool & exciting trailer for our novel Secret of the Sands...

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New! Trailer for Secret of the Sands

Check out our very cool, exciting new trailer for our novel, Secret of the Sands!

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Secret of the Sands as a movie :)

Have some fun casting Secret of the Sands with us!!

It is our #1 dream to have our book made into a feature film. It would make an awesome action adventure movie that would be fun & entertaining for the whole family (or at least those old enough for a PG-rated film). To give you an idea of what Secret of the Sands is all about, it is a little bit 'Indiana Jones' meets 'The Mummy' meets 'National Treasure', in the style of story, the types of characters and the overall feel of the book.

On our MySpace blog we have "cast" some of the major roles. In addition, one of our readers posted additional, excellent casting suggestions for Secret of the Sands characters. I have copied these in below. So, all you readers out there, tell us who you would cast in the various roles, put it into writing so that when the day comes, and it will come (cuz Rai is big on 'the power of intention'), you can see how many of your very own suggestions were on the money!

Have fun!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com


Rai's initial casting suggestions for Secret of the Sands:

Princess Zazmaria: Megan Fox, Monica Bellucci, Patricia Velasquez, Angelina Jolie
Zhek Draxen: Gerard Butler, Javier Bardem
Lord Draxen: Ian McKellan, Ashraf Barhom
Commander Koronius: Jon Voight, Clint Eastwood,
Assan: Arnold Vosloo
Odai: Ali Suliman
Queen Axiana: Aishwarya Rai
King Traeus: Oded Fehr
Prince Alaj: Rodrigo Santoro
Mitch: James McAvoy, Jason Bateman
Alex: Rachel McAdams
Jack: DJ Qualls, Noah Taylor
Bob: Kevin Smith
Professor Dustimaine: Alan Rickman

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Here's the casting suggestions for Secret of the Sands one of our readers made. She made some excellent choices & listed even more casting suggestions for characters from the book:

Alex -
Rachel McAdamx? Really? Well, you are the author and best know your own characters, but that's not the image of Alex I got. McAdams just seems too "cutesy" and not enough "tomboy" for me. I imagined more "classic" features. Unfortunately, I can't think of any currently known actresses who would suit Alex for me right now, so I have to give her more thought and come back to this one later.

Mitch -
Hmmm, I didn't see either of them two either. Again, the author knows their work best, but I just can't at all picture Jason Bateman. And I think of James McAvoy for Jace. As soon as I read the first chapter, the one and only thought I had for Mitch was Gerard Butler.

Jack & Bob -
Wow, I had a completely different image of Jack, but a very close one of Bob. Like with Mitch, my images of Jack and Bob were very vivid right from the start. As for Bob, I totally see where you got that from, however, I did not ever envision Kevin Smith. For me, it was an absolute Jack Black! I didn't envision Noah Taylor for any part, but I did think of DJ Qualls - only for me, Qualls was Ferrell! My initial and only actor for Jack, in my mind, is David Thewlis. Call me crazy, but I could vividly see in my mind David Thewlis and Jack Black together as the "Rogue Squadron". If I had to pick a second choice for Jack, I'd go with Carl Wendham.

Dustimaine -
LOL Right on the money! Alan Rickman was my choice too. If I had to chose a back up 2nd choice, I'd say Sean Bean.

Traeus -
Another one! I just adore Oded Fehr and he was my Traeus too.

Axiana -
We are on a roll! Thinking alike again, Ashwarya Rai was also my choice.

Alaj -
Back to differing. I initially didn't envision "Xerxes" as anyone and didn't see Alaj as a pretty-boy. Giving it thought after reading your list, I think I see Rodrigo Santoro as Essen. Alaj, to me, is Naveen Andrews - a blend of non-overt handsomeness, softness, yet scariness all-in-one.

Zazmaria -
I'm not on a completely different track, maybe just in the next lane. I really don't picture Monica Belluci for anyone. Megan Fox is another one that I had on my list, just as a different character - Mindara. Angelina Jolie I can see as Zazmaria, but she's not my 1st choice. She would do alright if my 1st choice wasn't available. My mental picture for Zazmaria is Patricia Velasquez.

Assan -
Hmm, interesting. Not who I see and Vosloo is yet another one who was on my list, but as someone else - Khamir. For me, Assan is Erick Avari. How can anyone have any movie involving Egypt and not include Avari? Sorry to disagree here, but he is the perfect Assan to me.

Odai -
Ali Suliman wasn't even on my radar, not even a thought. I saw Odai as young and handsome, with a kindness and intelligence about him. For me, that is Sendhil Ramamurthy.

Lord Draxen -
And yet another one on my list, but in a different role. Okay, so Ian McKellan showed his dark side with Magneto, but he's still Gandalf to me. I just don't see him as sinister enough for Lord Draxen. I see Ian McKellan as Victarius. For me, the embodiment of Lord Draxen could only be Christopher Lee.

Zhek -
Really?! I think I see Zhek completely different. As I already covered, I immediately thought of Gerard Butler, but as Mitch. Javier Bardem was on my list too, but as Koronius. Who I picture in my mind as my initial impression of the perfect Zhek would've been Kevin Tod Smith (remember Ares from Xena?). Most unfortunately, he died in 2002, so I had to think hard as to who else would be suitable, but then it hit me - Billy Zane. He is who I imagined throughout the book as Zhek.

Koronius -
Wow! I never would've thought that, either one of them for Koronius. Jon Voight is also among the many on my list too, but I was picturing him as Devlon Logan. I thought he'd make a great dad for Alex in flashbacks. Like I said in my Zhek comment, I saw Javier Bardem as Koronius.

In addition, regarding other parts, I do not think Mesah, Elenia, or Rodan need to appear or be cast.

I would hold an open call for Tramen (5yrs & 8yrs), Alijia (5yrs & young teen), Uta, Ehrim, and Setar (infant & 3yrs).

Okay, so minus those roles, here's an easy to view wishlist of my cast so far, which also includes some parts you didn't cover...

Devlon Logan - Jon Voight
Alex - not yet sure
Mitch - Gerard Butler
Jack - David Thewlis
Bob - Jack Black
Dustimaine - Alan Rickman
Ferrell - DJ Qualls
Khamir - Arnold Vosloo
Khadesh - John Rhys-Davies
Traeus - Oded Fehr
Axiana - Ashwarya Rai
Mindara - Megan Fox
Alaj - Naveen Andrews
Zazmaria - Patricia Velasquez
Medetha - not yet sure
Amoni - Javin Reid
Assan - Erick Avari
Odai - Sendhil Ramamurthy
Senarra - not yet sure
Essen - Rodrigo Santoro
Victarius - Ian McKellan
Koronius - Javier Bardem
Lord Draxen - Christopher Lee
Zhek - Billy Zane
Jace - James McAvoy

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Here's the link to my MySpace profile, where these blog posts can be seen, and where you too can make your choices heard:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=310050637&MyToken=3cfc6c6b-5ea9-43a9-9dfa-a74924a197a0

Stop by & drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you!

Rai

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Outstanding review of Secret of the Sands!

Book review of Secret of the Sands by Rai Aren and Tavius E., ISBN: 1-4196-7552-4 RFS Publications, review by ellen george
Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

It's not every day you get hold of a book that you simply cannot put down - The Ezekiel Code was one of those books - Angels and Demons was another - add this one to the list: Secret of the Sands.

It is the first of a trilogy about the dual story of people who existed before what we know as ancient Egypt and modern day young archeologists who literally make the find of a lifetime when they find a box, with help of vivid dreams. With the help of two of their quirky friends, they open the box to find glyphs the world had never seen and metals the world has never discovered...

The ancient part of the book is the backstory to the modern. Why things happened as they did and why the box is so important to the story and why the characters are so important to the modern story.

As I read this amazing book, I thought it had the pace of say, Raiders of the Lost Ark - it was fast, furious and absolutely mindblowing.

I hope someone from Hollywood takes a look at books like this - they were made for the big screen and successfully I think.

I cannot think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this book - especially if you are a fan of ancient Egypt, riddles like the Rosetta Stone, metaphysical, archaeology, other life forms, you have a great treat ahead of you.

The co-writing team of Rai Aren and Tavius E. worked seamlessly to form a magnificent story that will leave you wanted the next in the series, Destiny of the Sands.

I cannot wait -

A great read!

ellen george

Book review of Secret of the Sands, by Rai Aren and Tavius E., ISBN: 1-4196-7552-4, RFS Publications, review by ellen george

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Another great review for Secret of the Sands!

5.5 out of 5 stars!! April 29th, 2008 By Faye V. (Louisiana, USA)
"I love this book! Secret of the Sands starts with a bang and hits the ground running. Very Indiana Jones. I'm an avid Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Mystery reader and I've read many books with dual authors. Although most are good, it's usually apparent that sections were split up and who wrote which part. It's rare to find authors that work so well together they seem like a single voice. That is this book. Secret of the Sands is very well-written and seems as if it was penned by a single author. Everything flows together well and I couldn't tell who wrote which part. If I had not know there were two authors I wouldn't have known from reading. The story was exciting and held interest throughout the entire book. The characters were fun and entertaining. I love Jack and Bob! They were my favorites. This book is dangerous - I stayed up until 2am to finish it! And now I want to know when the next one will come out. I can't wait! - Faye V."

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Good advice ;)

"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it."
--Chinese Proverb

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Words of Wisdom

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain"

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Pursuing your dreams...

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." — Harold Thurman Whitman


"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


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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Great reviews of 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

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


www.realbookreview.com
Book Reviews - The Good and The Bad - as they say, "We truly "tell it" like it is" - by Tommy Taylor, author of The Second Virgin Birth.

Cool thing is these are audio book reviews, take a couple of minutes & have a listen. Tommy is also doing audio author interviews, so stay tuned for an upcoming one with Tavius & I, we're looking forward to doing it!
www.realbookreview.com


www.AllTheseBooks.com
The online community for Readers-Authors-Books

Check it out – there’s lots of interesting & helpful info there including a “featured author” section for new writers (keep checking back for our future feature!) Our review is posted below...
www.allthesebooks.com

"Secret of The Sands" by Rai Aren and Tavius E., Postby Mary on Thur. Feb 21, 2008

"This novel is innovative, concise and enthralling. Fluctuating between present day and ancient Egypt, the pace never decelerates. The reader is treated to plausible theories regarding many riddles of this mysterious civilization. This time-honored culture is so clearly portrayed with characters which are so skillfully brought to life that one can easily imagine they are actually present as events are unfolding. The story comes to a clear conclusion yet leaves the reader desperately hoping there will be a sequel…. or a trilogy…. or even better yet, a whole series of these phenomenal books!"

Also, look for Secret of the Sands at the upcoming London International Book Fair, Apr.14th-16th, 2008. Our novel will be part of ForeWord Magazine's display.