Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tom Cruise, why The Mummy is "a new kind of monster"

Ancient is new again? See article

Why wait?

Here's a Mummy reboot - in a female form - that readers are enjoying right now - THE EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY MURDERS. "Love this genre!" Amazon UK 5 stars.
Read it now at AMAZON KINDLE

First in a series. A female mummy named Isis is taken to a hospital for a non-invasive imaging scan… so begins a mystery and a string of deaths.
An ancient cycle unfolds in modern day London - and a search for eternal love.
Can Jennefer, a young trainee museum curator and Jon, a police antiquities unit detective, stop the killings in time before a terrible culmination of events?
(Formerly The Isis Mummy)
"A gem" - Goodreads

Followed by the next novel in a series: 'The OBELISK Prophecy'  

"EGYPT EYES" Thriller book trailer

A satellite eye-in-the-sky sees a forbidden secret under Egypt's sands...

The space archaeology thriller on Amazon Kindle 

EGYPT EYES - “Be my eyes in Egypt,” she said. The celebrated young Egyptologist and space archaeologist Dr Constance Somers had once explored ancient Egypt’s lost treasures using satellite imagery. But now she is legally blind. She hires controversial, alternative Egyptologist Anson Hunter to be her guide on a Nile cruise. ‘Show me the hidden Egypt of your imagination,’ she says. But does she have a darker purpose, planning to use his unique skills to help her penetrate a secret and dangerous site that she found?

And why are agents of the US National Reconnaissance Office, a secret Intelligence agency in charge of satellites and overhead security, suddenly taking an interest in the work of the space archaeologist? Has she made a discovery in her satellite archaeology that has global security ramifications? Anson must face unexpected enemies at every turn and use his skills to survive the dangers of a lost underground sanctuary as he tries to unlock its shattering secret. A groundbreaking adventure and mystery fiction with an Egyptologist’s blogs and photos.


Friday, December 2, 2016


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From mysterious ancient Egypt to an unknown underworld beneath The British Museum...


A blockbuster new Egyptian exhibition comes to London from the tomb of the Crocodile Queen...

When a new blockbuster ancient Egyptian exhibition arrives, mysterious events and a string of killings soon follow.
The investigative team of Jennefer, a curator, and Jon a police antiquities detective, must track down the shocking truth in a hidden underworld beneath the city - and discover a shocking secret from ancient Egypt, linked to a modern day conspiracy that takes its impetus from the ancient past.

A flashlight beam approached in the darkness of a storm drain, throwing halos around the circular tunnel.
Behind it came a maintenance worker in a luminous vest and wearing a safety helmet.

But helmets were no protection against jaws with the greatest biting force per square inch of any creature on earth.

A thing out of ancient Egypt’s mythology waited, standing perfectly camouflaged amid the waste and effluvium of modern urban life.

The Snatcher, the Tearer, the Rager from Dark Water.

The powerful body and jaws, wrapped in tattered cloth, merged with the shaggy detritus of rags, threads, paper and plastic strips clinging to tunnel steps, ladder rungs and cracks in the walls. Like a sea-predator hiding amid seaweed, it watched the worker come closer, the pupils of its eyes slivered vertical moons, its jaws opening like a bridge, revealing nightmare teeth.

It needed food to replenish its strength for the task ahead.

It hissed and moved out of the waste.

With the blood of every new kill, it imbibed new life force and growing awareness of this age and this underworld place, and a sense of what must be done.

Some of these intruders it would devour, others it had more permanent plans for.

It struck.

3rd in The Egyptian Mythology Murders series - Amazon Kindle  
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

"THE MUMMY" new movie news and THE FEMALE MUMMY in Fiction

Writer's storyboard - visualizing some elements helps make a project real through the long months of writing

As the new Tom Cruise Mummy movie trailer is about to be launched next week, it raises the question - what should come first - the book or the movie?
As a former Creative Director in advertising, (as well as being a lifelong amateur Egyptologist) I've learnt to think visually. 

As a result, I like to do a book storyboard using Googled photos - like the opening scene above.
This approach helps me to achieve a heightened sense of reality - as important for the author in sustaining enthusiasm over the long months of writing, as it is for the reader to pick up on a sense of fully realised events, no matter how extraordinary the story. 

I almost shoot the movie BEFORE I write the book.

Excerpt from The Egyptian Mythology Murders

Chapter 1

A female mummy from ancient Egypt lay outstretched inside a hospital scanning machine.

The British Museum had brought the mummy to St. Thomas’ Hospital for a non-invasive examination of the body beneath its wrappings.

“We’ll begin by doing the head and neck in two millimetre slices. I’m just relieved that nobody will have to give this patient the bad news that she’s terminal.”

The radiologist had made the joke to bridge the jarring disconnect between ancient death, wrapped up in magical spells, and the modern day machinery of medical imaging. 

The radiation scan - at a dose lethal for the living - blasted through the linen windings. It was like a penetration of sunlight warming the bones after the ache of the desert night.

The machine hummed. A spinning cylinder curved around the mummy’s head like a night sky arching over Egypt.

The sand-dry cells of the body, spread out in an undulating landscape on the CT tray, stirred in a sudden breath.

Life! Resurgent life! It eddied, thickened, mounted in force, blowing, gusting, then blasting through the mummy like a desert sand storm.

She opened one green eye to look out through a small gap in her wrappings.

“Shall we pipe in some comforting music for the patient?” a voice said outside the chamber...

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