If you have a Kindle or read Kindle books another device (like your phone or ‘puter), hop over to Amazon for a FREE download of my steamy ancient-Sumerian romance novella Seventh Sanctuary. The promo runs through midnight on Wednesday, July 4th.
Interestingly, the University of Pennsylvania Museum blog featured a post this week on Enheduanna, the high priestess of ancient Ur who wrote the hymns that are chanted by worshipers of the goddess Inanna in my story. As I’ve mentioned before, Enheduanna is the earliest-known author or either gender. For the Penn article about her, click here.
On a side note, Seventh Sanctuary is now also available in paperback, but not for free. (Sorry!) Find it on Amazon or Createspace for $8.00 — for links, the back-cover blurb, and sample chapters, please see the book page here.
You may be familiar with speculation that Mary Magdalene was a temple prostitute before she shook off her seven demons. In our culture, the idea of sacred prostitution seems so strange that it piqued my curiosity. After reading and ruminating about what the lives of such women might have been like, the seeds for my new novella sprouted. For a couple years, I wasn’t sure where the story was going — if anywhere. Then a second idea, inspired by myth, germinated into sort of a subplot for the first. Suddenly, the book erupted into being.
Seventh Sanctuary, new on Kindle and Nook (print edition soon), is about 20,000 words or a 150-page book. Here’s the blurb:
SUMERIA, 2200 BCE
A widow in ancient Ur is haunted by feverish dreams of her late husband — much to the detriment of her health and her new marriage. When her current spouse visits the temple to pray for her recovery, he is enthralled by a temple priestess/prostitute. The priestess, in turn, is tempted to forsake her sacred vows to be with this man who already has a wife and family.
All three of them look to the goddess Inanna for guidance: Will the great and terrible deity bestow her grace on them — or is it her will to destroy them?
To read sample chapters, click through to the Seventh Sanctuary page and scroll down to the Webreader.
In other news, tomorrow the ebook edition of The Five-Day Dig emerges from exclusivity on Kindle and will be available again on Nook. Happy reading!