Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Tempering Agent - The Breastplate of Judgement

Dr. Hackling has been delivered to the police station in Cairo. She fears the worst - Trey Whittington's murder case will be reopened and she was a suspect. But the authorities have another job for Priscilla - help find Trey's killer.

She resists, feels that she's bait in their game but surrenders when she decides she cannot be disloyal to Trey's memory. She will go to Siwa Oasis where the treacherous and illusive Alaa El-Din is thought to be hiding.

When she learns she can take only one other person with her, she calls her assistant Rayhan. His wife, Amisi, is due to give birth to their second child and Rayhan cannot go but knows of another whom Priscilla could trust.

I could chronicle the Greek and Cyene historical data and get myself killed, she thinks as she mulls over her situation.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Tempering Agent

Tempering Agent
Sand, stone, shell, clay or plant fibers added to local clays to prevent pottery from shrinkage and cracking during firing or drying - This is the definition I found in an archaeological glossary - it is also the name of my new novel.

Chapter One begins finding Priscilla Hackling working in a dig in Sakkara just outside of Cairo, a section of the great necropolis of Memphis. When she hears a disturbance overhead she climbs out of the dig to find an officer arguing with her trusted assistant, Rayhan.

Priscilla is taken in to Cairo to the police station to discuss the three year old murder of her fiance, Trey Whittington, and the breastplate of the high priest which was stolen from a dig in southern Egypt.

The authorities accused her then of being part of his murder and the robbery, but she had been released - was it all starting again?

Stay tuned!