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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 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! :)


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:


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:

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.


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