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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Secret of the Sands - award-winning adventure novel climbs higher on the Bestseller lists & is now also available in the UK!

Hi fellow book peeps,

Like a proud parent, I wanted to share a couple of cool news items about our adventure novel Secret of the Sands. For the last several months, the novel has been a consistent feature on the Historical Fiction Bestseller list for Amazon kindle, and today I noticed that we have reached one of our highest positions on the list - #29, and we are now appearing on a second Bestseller list for kindle - "Genre Fiction, Historical". That is really thrilling!! We are deeply grateful to all of our readers!! Here is a screen shot of our proud moment, of which I'm all aglow :)


This is doubly wonderful news, because our terrific publisher, Maine Desk/Bristlecone Pine Press, has just recently made the ebook edition available in the UK as well. We are so jazzed to be branching out around the world. Here is a link:

Secret of the Sands adventure novel - Amazon kindle UK

Secret of the Sands is actually a multi-genre novel, suitable for young adult to adult audiences. It is a mix of adventure, mystery, suspense, action, alternative historical fiction & speculative sci-fi (the kind of story that is catnip to me!). It has both light-hearted aspects, as well as serious moments and events. The description that sums it up is that the book is a little Indiana Jones meets The Mummy meets National Treasure.

From the back cover:

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…


Happy reading always my friends! Thank-you once again to our readers - you mean the world to us!!!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book review: Pyramid, by Tom Martin

Good day friends,

I do like to take note of books that I enjoy, so here is my latest book review. It's on the novel, Pyramid, by Tom Martin:

Ancient wonders are the draw

This book had me hooked by the plot - an ancient mystery with dire warnings for the present, the settings - Peru & Egypt, and the genre - archaeological adventure/thriller. I have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt, so it was irresistible! I found Pyramid to be an easy read, fairly engaging, and enjoyable. The settings and sense of place were well done. I especially liked the focus on ancient history and mythology - those aspects of the story were fascinating.

I would have liked more follow-through for the book's antagonists and their mission, which started off strong, more impetus for the main characters to do what they were doing and for them to have made a bigger impact on the story's ending. Though they chased around the world (spending a lot of money on flights without specific aims), they didn't actually accomplish or affect much and the ending wasn't as strong as it could have been. I did like the main characters however and the pacing of the book was good.

Overall, I found Pyramid to be an entertaining read with a lot of interesting information presented. That for me was the book's strongest feature, so if you're like me and enjoy being entertained by ancient mysteries in an adventure setting, it's a good read. I liked it enough that I look forward to reading Tom Martin's next book, Kingdom:

Happy reading always my friends!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands