Today I’m delighted to be part of Cheryl Carpinello’s Blog Tour for Sons of the Sphinx. You’ll find lots of information and an excerpt from the book, a giveaway for a $50 gift card PLUS an EXCLUSIVE interview!
TITLE – Sons of the Sphinx
SERIES – The Quest Books
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – YA Historical Time Travel
PUBLICATION DATE – October 10, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 192/36,000
PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator
COVER ARTIST – Bernistevens Design
Separated by three millennium
One with a gift that is more like a curse
One on an almost impossible quest
Destinies entwined; one seeks to find herself while the other seeks his lost queen. To succeed, the pair must right the injustices 3,000 years in the past.
Only together can they fulfill The Prophecy, but in the process they must defeat the Pharaoh Horemheb.
Dishonor and death are the fate of the defeated.
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Before us, nearly filling up the room and taller than either of us, stands the golden shrine of Tutankhamun. I remembered what else lay in that room. Inside that shrine are three more, each a bit smaller than the outside one. All tucked inside each other like those nesting dolls from my grandmother’s childhood. Inside the last shrine were the four sarcophagi of Tut, each displaying him in golden and jeweled splendor.
The last one holds the famed mask of the golden boy. And beneath that, the body of the young pharaoh who now stands here before me. Beyond my understanding, he has been given back his human form, allowed to return one last time to restore honor to his family, one last time to find his true love. And here I am, trying to help, trying to understand, trying to stay alive. Will I ever be able to go home again? Or will I become as lost as Hesena?
Hi Cheryl, it’s great to have you here.
Regular readers will probably know you’re a fellow BookElf, so we worked together from time to time. They’ve probably also seen my review of Young Knights – A King’s Ransom. You’ve been doing British History in the past, what made you switch to Ancient Egypt?
My fascination with history—ancient and medieval—stems from my college and teaching years. Next to my love of Arthurian Legend is my almost cult worship for the literature/culture of the ancient worlds. Since our visit to Egypt in 2008, a story idea had been building in my subconscious. When the King Tut exhibit came to Denver in 2010, that idea jellied into Tutankhamen Speaks and Sons of the Sphinx.
Ah yes, I saw an earlier King Tut tour in London. I’ve also been to the Museum in Cairo and saw the death mask there, along with some great other artefacts. That’s a problem, of course – there’s always a danger your readers have been to places you haven’t. Apart from setting them in the distant past, what else do you do to make them as real as possible?
When I wrote my first two Arthurian Legend books, my settings were based on extensive research including guidebooks, maps, websites for specific places, and the historical texts I’d taught. While that served me well for the most part, it definitely was not exact, as you well know, Jemima. In Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom, you caught the inaccuracy regarding the distance my characters traveled from Pembroke Castle to St. David’s Head.
… ah, yes, sorry about that. I was in one of my more Hermione modes then (embarrassed). What about Guinevere?
For the next book of Guinevere, I also researched second hand resources, but this time I did first hand research by actually touring the UK for three weeks in 2014. I took tons of pictures and recorded sounds, smell, and conversations.
I wished we’d caught up then – maybe next time!
I know – we must plan it better next time! For Sons of the Sphinx, I used my visit to Egypt and three tours of King Tut’s exhibit in the US to solidify my setting. I read several historical texts on Tutankhamen’s family and the city of Ahket-Aten. And while I include actual historical events/customs that readers can research for more information, I also enjoy putting my own spin on history. In Sons of the Sphinx, I’ve added details that are hinted at but not definitive in historical references. In addition, the emotions that Tut and Rosa experience pull readers into the moment of the story and, subsequently, into the setting.
That sounds great – I’m looking forward to reading it. What else are you working on at present?
Currently, I’m working on a sequel to Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. I always meant for this to be a stand alone, but over the years, Cedwyn—Guinevere’s friend—has been pressing me to make him a knight. I finally gave in. Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend—Cedwyn’s Story in the works. My projected date for publication was late fall 2015, but I’m realistically looking at early spring 2016.
Well, I can identify with that – characters have a habit of demanding the limelight, I find – and with the schedule too. I wish you luck with it, and thanks for the insights into the difficulties of writing historical books with real people and places!
I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.
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