Monday, July 19, 2010

Welcome to the 1Romance Ebooks Blog Tour!

Happy Anniversary to! 

My personal thanks to Chelle Cordero at for sending her guests on to me here at The Depraved Duchess. This is stop #9 on the tour. Once you've read my excerpt below, please keep reading for your chance to win a prize from me! You can't win if you don't stay in! 
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Hatshepsut is a God’s Wife, a member of a secret political society of Egyptian noblewomen who use whatever it takes for the good of Egypt—money, assassination, even sex. Royal by birth, her entire life is spent in training to be the consort of the Pharaoh, Tutmose.

Despite her love for Senmut, who as a humble scribe is an unacceptable husband, Hati succeeds in winning the Pharaoh’s affections. But when Tutmose dies unexpectedly she is left as Regent of Egypt and pregnant with the dead Pharaoh’s heir.

Akenmose, her husband’s brother, is plotting to kill her and the babe—and to take the throne of Egypt for himself. Hati must protect Egypt against his deadly schemes until her son is old enough to take the throne. With Senmut and the God’s Wives standing behind her,  Hati will use every weapon she finds to keep her infant son alive. Will her sacrifices be enough to save Egypt?Or will Akenmose’s schemes succeed despite the power of the God’s Wife?

No man still breathing could've resisted the look she shot him over her shoulder from the door to the bathing chamber. Mo was sure he was still breathing, albeit raggedly. "Move, you idiot," he commanded himself softly.

It was the greatest irony that, when he could command an empire, his own body wouldn't obey him instantly. It moved like one of the wooden puppets sold in the markets, but move it did at last. His goblet of juice dropped unheeded on the floor. For once, he refused to care about a stained fur.

Mo entered the bathing chamber and found Hati waiting, already naked, in the brown water. Her long hair was piled on top of her head and held there with a single skewer. The ends of her hair curled in the steam and framed her face with little wisps. Her feline smile was still there, making her brown and gold eyes gleam in the lamplight like some lioness waiting to pounce on prey in the dark.

 Mo hesitated in the doorway, fighting the lingering feelings of self-doubt. With shaking hands, he undid his kilt, placing it on the bench provided. Mo felt like a virgin, though assuredly, he was not! Images of his previous lackluster performances threatened to un-man him, as they had so many times before. Perhaps he would be a eunuch for the rest of his life.

Hati read his thoughts as easily as she could read a scroll, for Mo could feel the bright spark of her ka in his head. Softly and enticingly, she called out his name. "Mo."

As much as he tried not to, Mo stiffened. Were it not for the fact that his unworthy brother, Akenmose, would ascend to the throne, he would have abdicated and fled into the desert rather than chance failure once more. It would be a far worse fate to allow Akenmose to plunder Egypt in his evil greed. He had to try, for the sake of Egypt. Mo set his jaw and faced his fear.

"Come, get into the bath, Mo. I cannot massage you unless you get into the water with me. The stress of ruling has made you tighter than the strings of a lyre. Let me help you. The hot water is very soothing and smells good."

She had no need to lie. He was tense, and her massage skills were excellent, as she'd proven many times since he'd accepted her as his bride. The water did smell good for all it looked horrid. There were even tiny flowers floating in the water and sticking to her wet skin.

Mo came closer and slid into the herbed water, trying to smile. "You look like a Nile goddess, Hati, with little flowers all over your—skin." One little flower clung desperately to a little pink nipple, and his eyes lingered hungrily there.
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I remind you that you must be registered as a participant in this blog tour and have a participant number. If you don't have your number, please return to and register. You don't want to miss out on all these great prizes! Speaking of prizes, mine is a FREE EBOOK from my backlist at Changeling Press. If you've not visited there, the address is: if you want to do a little anticipatory browsing. 

Now, here's the Question of the Day: Only one of my books is presently available in print. Name that book in a comment to be eligible for a prize. The more comments you leave on the tour, the better your chances of winning the grand prize: a Sony e-reader! 

Now that you've commented, the next stop on the anniversary tour is #10 with Charisma Knight at: . Good luck!


Donna said...

The God's Wife is available in print.
Your book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Donna #5555

Maria said...

Hi Lena-Loved the excerpt to "The God's Wife", love to read historical Egyptian stories. I believe that the answer to the Question of the Day is "Unicorn Valley Collection" as being the only book in print format. Thanks for the contest.
My participant #4394

Lena Austin said...

Hi ladies! Thanks for playing! Look at you obeying the rules and giving me your registration numbers! I'm so pleased!

I must run some errands, so if anyone else posts, please be patient. I moderate all comments to cut down on spammers, so it may take a bit before your posts show up.


Anonymous said...

Unicorn Valley. You wouldn't believe how many times I hit that dead blog on the hunt, including the very first click off the blog tour email. I about gave up right there. Maybe throw a redirect link over there? Pam 7906

Amy S. said...

The God's Wife sounds great! Blog participation # is 8038.

Sara said...

I enjoyed reading your excerpt of "The God's Wife". I am a fan of Egyptian times (and fragrant baths!!) and it looks like a good read.

I have a Romance website and would be delighted if you chose to swing by and post about "The God's Wife". My readers may be interested too! would be your page.

I see that Unicorn Valley is available in print.

Anonymous said...

Tourista #2564

Unicorn Valley is currently in print on the Changeling Press website.

Amazon also claims it still has one of the 2006 editions of The God's Wife available.

Unicorn Valley sounds very relevant to my interests, with all of the shapeshifters and polymorphous perverse relationships. :)

vslavetopassionv said...

Hi Lena! One of the links for the blog tour email takes you to your still empty webpage. :(

The God's Wife looks very interesting! The cover art is beautiful too!

tourist# 2267

Lena Austin said...

Dead blog? I'll send a note to the tour coordinator, Pam.

Armenia said...

Hey Lena, loved the excerpt to The God's Wife. The book you have in print is Unicorn Valley. Thanks for being on the tour and I glad to meet another new author.
Armenia #2251

Lena Austin said...

Hi Amy! Thanks! I've won a few awards with it.

Cathy M said...

Unicorn Valley by Changeling Press includes a collection of stories: Gryphon’s Heart, Stallion’s Heart, Healer’s Heart, and Moontyger’s Quest.

Blog Participant #7923

cthenwood1 said...

"The Gods Wife" sounds interesting.
The book that you have in print that I am interested in is Unicorn Valley (Collection).

marcieo said...

Hi! I loved the excerpt! It sounds very unique, and I love authors that can find a completely new thing to write about. Looking through your books, it looks like you can get "Unicorn Valley (Collection)" from Changeling Press in Print on their web page, but I'm still adding the one on your blog to my TBR list. :)

Victoria said...

My does that sound delicious! I'm #8060

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Lena!

First of all, my "Blog Tour Participant" number is: 8032.

Secondly, my answer to your question is: "UNICORN VALLEY" (I hope I'm right!

I enjoyed the excerpt from "THE GOD'S WIFE" very much. It sounds like a really great book and I would love to win it!

It was nice to meet you today, too.

Lena Austin said...

Wow! You all are making my day! I've promised more in The God's Wives series to Aspen Mountain, as well as a new mystery series.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Unicorn Valley is currently in print on the Changeling Press website.

Nicole.Zoltack AT


joder said...

I really enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to what happens next.

Unicorn Valley is the answer.

Tour participant #228

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Wilma said...

The God's Wife sounds like a good read. My blog number is 8129.

Christine London said...

Hi Lena,
Unicorn Valley is your Print Book through Changeling Press. (Congrats on that!)

Thanks for the cool Excerpt!

Warm Regards,
Christine London
Participant #7683

Blanche said...

This sounds like a wonderful book!!

Blog participant #2919

Deb830 said...

Hi Lena and Happy Anniversary Your only book in print is "Unicorn Valley (Collection)". I haven't read your books but look forward to them in the future. Thanks for the contest and the blog.


Anonymous said...

Unicorn Valley is the book that is in print

Blog participent #7975

loves2read said...

I enjoyed the excerpt The God's Wife. Historically set novels are some of my favorites. To answer your question, Unicorn Valley is the book you have in print format.

Ashley #695

Brandlwyne said...

Hi, it is Unicorn Valley. Your books look awesome!!! My # is 6997, you are going on my author list...

Melissa said...

Unicorn Valley is the book available in print.

Blog Participant #2197

booklover0226 said...

The answer is The God's Wife.

I look forward in reading this; I love books with Egyptian settings, especially ancient Egypt.

Tracey D
Number 240

Delle Jacobs said...

It's The God's Wife. This is the kind of story I hunger for. I would love to read it, either in print or in ebook.

My number is #3238.

Chelle Cordero said...

Hi Lena,
Nice site, great excerpts.
Just stopped by to let you know I updated/corrected your website listed on my blog stop.

Lisa said...

Hi Lena,

I think the answer to your question about which book is available in print is "Unicorn Valley.
I really enjoyed the excerpt from "The God's Wife"!

Tour Member (Participant Number) #5002

fanfictionfanatic said...

I really enjoyed the excerpt from "The God's Wife".
I think the answer to your question is "Unicorn Valley".

Tour Member (Participant Number) #5002

Dominique Eastwick said...

The God's Wife is on my TBR pile I can't wait to get to it. Just stopping by to read the other tour stops blogs :)

Kim S. said...

Great excerpt Lena!

Your print book is Unicorn Valley(Collection) at Changeling Press.(good book too!!)

Have a sunny summer everyone!!

My number is 7936.

Babyblue22 said...

Hey Lena,
I loved the excerpt!

The answer is Unicorn Valley is available in print.

Participant # 311


Laura said...

The answer is Unicorn Valley.


Participant #268

Kathrin said...

Hallöchen Lena,
I just bought Room To Play a few days ago (it's still waiting impatiently in my TBR folder - will let you know what I think once I've gotten to it :-) and now the 1RE blog tour took me right back to you. The God's Wife reads very intriguing, it's been awhile since I read a good historical romance about this time and place - so it went right up on my wish list. (btw: is this a revised version of the one that used to be in print from Cerridwen Press or is it the same?)
Your Unicorn Valley Collection is currently the only one in print - it's cooling it's heels on my amazon backlist ;-)
Look forward to read more from you, 'til then all the best

stacey said...

The Unicorn Vally is in print Looks like a good book.
Stacey 8156

Lena Austin said...


Hi and thanks for knowing that little bit of trivia, that The God's Wife did have an earlier version at Cerridwen.

However, the Cerridwen version was not hot. In fact, it had been cooled down. I didn't like it at lukewarm, so when the chance came to rewrite it back to hot and fix some of my early (amateur) mistakes, I did.

Believe it or not, The God's Wife was the second book I ever wrote. (The first was later broken into two books now for sale at AMP, "Blood and Magic" and "Rise to Power."

This new version at AMP may be basically the same story, but it has been rewritten and is much hotter.

PhyllisC said...

I love your stories. Really enjoyed the excerpt for The God's Wife - loved the Egyptian setting.

Your book in print is "Unicorn Valley". Thanks for the giveaway.


Lena Austin said...

Thank you Phyllis. (grin)

*yadkny* said...

Hi Lena,
I absolutely love the cover of The God's Wife... it's beautiful! As for the book you have in print that would be Unicorn Valley Collection. I'm going to have to add more books to my TBR pile... thanks:)
Blog Tour Participant #: 8153

Kathrin said...

Hallöchen back Lena,
thank's for letting me know about new and old God's Wife. I'm glad I didn't buy the older version yet, b/c who want's lukewarm ;-) not me for sure.
Read you soon, take care

Lena Austin said...


While the odd print copy of the old The God's Wife might still lurk in forgotten corners of the odd bookstore, Cerridwen Press should have pulled the book from sales long ago. The contract expired more than a year ago.

Rumor has it there will be a print edition of the new book, but I don't have a release date from my publisher, and nothing is real until a release date has been set. (grin) At least for me!

yadkny-- I do hope you enjoy all my work.

I'm signing off for the night to cook dinner! See you all later.



The book in print is Unicorn Valley Collection. Good contest.


George Allwynn said...

Hi Lena!

Usually, I only read M/M stories - but your God's Wife is such an unusual theme for me, I think I may purchase it!

As for the book in print, I believe that would be the Unicorn Valley collection - which as several of your stories together. It is from Changling Press.

Much success for The God's Wife and other future endevors... Uncle Moose - 7991

Gabrielle Lee said...

I love Egypt of old and all that it contained. Great concept.

Gabrielle #8226

lrwirum said...

This sounds like an excellent book. Love that cover. :-)

Larena #294

Beth said...

Your Unicorn Valley collection is the one you have in print version.
Thanks for the great info about The God's Wife.

participant #8001

CrystalGB said...

The God's Wife is available in print. Love books set in Egypt. :)

Participant #8250

Carol L. said...

Unicorn Valley is the book in print.
Loved the blurb.Someone mentioned scented baths, absolutely.
Thanks for participating in the tour.
Carol L.

paricipant # 6916

Amber Scott said...

Great excerpt!

RED said...

Another happy discovery on the blog tour!
I'm #8331

Lena Austin said...

Y'all are making my week! Thanks for all the great comments.

kaisquared said...

Lena, love your Egyptian stories. Though you have many great ebooks available, I believe that Unicorn Valley, a collection of shorter stories, is the only volume you are currently offering in print. I look forward to chatting with you again online.

Mary M.


Alma said...

The God's Wife sounds like a must read book. Need to put that on my TBR list.

Blog Participant #8019

Vonnie Alto said...

An Egyptian romance. How very intriguing!

Blog Tourist #8432

Lena Austin said...

Welcome, Vonnie!

We're almost at the end of the blog tour. Good luck everyone!


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