Yesterday I uploaded the manuscript and cover art to Lulu for Love and Death in the Land of Souls, my seventh book published this year. The book should become live on Amazon and other sites sometime in January, after I receive and (hopefully) approve the proof copy.
This short novel is the fourth book in a dark fantasy series featuring necromancer and court dancer Heta in an alternative history of ancient Egypt, and it concludes a trilogy that also includes The Revenge of the Rat’s Hand and Breasts in Darkness, My Back to the Light. When I started editing and publishing the other stories in the series earlier this year, Love and Death in the Land of Souls was incomplete. Picking up the story after over a decade, the whole thing went in a totally different direction than I expected. For one thing, Heta’s archnemesis Menanau makes an appearance, acting as an ally when she must travel to the Land of the Dead to save her lover Tema, who’s soul has been captured by Thutmose.
As with the other Heta stories, this one uses an unusual narrative technique that presents discrete sections under a heading of a single word in the ancient Egyptian language. It’s meant to look like the story has been found in fragments of a longer manuscript. And as before, this novel contains erotic content that’s not for everyone. Mature audiences only, please!