TITLE: Mark of Eternity
GENRE: Contemporary Romance with Paranormal/Historical
The young woman could not stand still.
Today her father returned after an eight month campaign to expand the borders of their kingdom. Her hands had a mind of their own. They picked at the bracelets, the gown, even at her hair. The only thing stopping her from dancing in place was the look her mother was sure to flash if she messed up the painstakingly hennaed hands or smeared the gold dust servants had rubbed into her skin. It was a day for perfect behavior, not one to test the pharaoh’s wife who resembled Sekhmet, the goddess of war, when displeased. Which, thank Isis, was not that often.
She glanced at her mother with affection, which was more like staring into a mirror. They both ignored the tradition of shaving their heads and had long, thick hair as black as night, with almond shaped emerald eyes, high, round cheekbones and full lips. She only wished she was as poised as the older woman instead of fighting the desire to rush to the window and take in the sights.
Off to the side, she overheard the head vizier speaking to a younger, less important advisor. “They say Pharaoh brings with him a fortune greater than we can imagine and that once again, he will not share it with those closest to him.” The judgment in his voice dripped as thick as a bitter tar.