Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello – Book Blitz

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“Two souls Separated by three millennium One with a gift that is more like a curse One on an almost impossible quest Destinies entwined; one seeks to find herself while the other seeks his lost queen. To succeed, the pair must right the injustices 3,000 years in the past. Only together can they fulfill The Prophecy, but in the process they must defeat the Pharaoh Horemheb. Dishonor and death are the fate of the defeated. ”


 I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

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“How do I even know
that you’re real and not just someone my crazy brain has made up?”
“Touch me, Roosa.
You will see I’m real enough.”
Touch him? Is he as
crazy as I am? Okay, so I’m going to touch him, just for my own peace of mind.
I reach out my
hand, fingers extended, trying to reach him but not move from the wall. A
crooked smile appears on his face. He takes a couple of steps forward, reaches
out and touches me.
Lightning heat
shoots out from him, races up my arm, switches direction and dives into my
stomach. I snatch my hand back and grab my belly with both hands. The burning
sensation knocks my knees out from under me. I slump to the floor, still
leaning on the wall. The room spins, and my head swims. Tears mixed with stars
blur my vision so there is no focusing. Not enough air in here; my chest
tightens as if the  lungs inside are
ready to explode.
The burning
sensation turns into a glow. My whole body’s glowing! Blinking, I concentrate
on the hand in front of me. Glowing, definitely glowing! Crazy. I have finally
gone over the edge. I’m going crazy fast, and no one is home to save me.
Tut’s eyes are a
tangible weight as he stares at me.
He stands there, not saying a word, his crooked smile replaced by tenderness, hope,
concern? I rub my
temples to ease the pounding pain that is suddenly present. Fear leaps through me like wildfire through dry grass. What is happening?
I won’t hurt
you, Rosa.”
What? A girl’s
voice! I look around the room. No
one else is here. I look at Tut; his eyes lock with mine. What is going on? I joke a lot about
my gift being a
curse, but this time I’m really afraid. Like the afraid of dying kind of fear.
And Tut, he looks
like he’s seen a ghost,
except in
this case, like he’s heard a ghost.
Oh, please don’t
let me be crazy. His form fades right in front of me turning translucent. Hot flashes rock my
body. Icy shivers grip me. I think I’m going to faint.
Rosa, it’s all
The fervid heat and
biting cold leave me. My eyesight sharpens.
Let me out. Let
me just look on him for a moment.
Please, I don’t have much time.
How do I respond to
a request like that? I clutch at my aching stomach; it’s as if I haven’t eaten
in days and it’s demanding food right now. Is the weird girl voice doing this
to me? I can’t keep control. Horrible empty feelings of longing wash over me. I let them carry
me away.
All of a sudden
Tut’s eyes change. If it’s possible, they soften. I know, you think I’m really crazy, don’t
you? Well, you’re not alone.
As he reaches out
again, my body moves without my consent. Skin connects with skin, and this time
the glow envelopes both of us. No burning, just glow.
Slowly, he covers
my fingers with his.
Never have I ever
felt anything so, so, I don’t know. My flesh melts into his like cheese on
toasted bread. Pretty dumb, huh?
He sighs.
Then so quietly I
barely hear, he utters, “Ankhesenamun.”


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  • Carp

    Great snippet! Sons of the Sphinx is G-rated!

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