I’m very excited to have a chance to spread the word about my new book, Mystic’s Touch. It’s a fantasy novel that takes place in a kingdom built loosely on ancient Egypt. The story is centered around a Prince who falls ill with a mysterious malady and a healer who is called in to help him.
Egypt’s myths and legends have always fascinated me. So too has the culture and history of the days of the pharaohs. It was no hardship to research the medicinal practices of that age.
In my readings I learned a few surprising things.
1. Honey was widely used by Egyptian physicians to cure many maladies of the skin. I didn’t realize it, but honey has antiseptic and antifungal properties. I thought it was just good for soothing an irritated throat and giving you a bit of energy!
2. Garlic was popular with the working class such as those who hauled those big blocks as they built the pyramids. They believed it gave them vitality and strength. Garlic was also used to ease respiratory problems like asthma.
3. Sandalwood, though popular for it’s a fragrance, aided digestive ailments like diarrhea and eased symptoms of gout. Oil from sandalwood was used in the embalming process.
4. Corainder may have helped Egyptians with headaches or discomfort from arthritis or rheumatism. Oil made from Coriander improved circulation and eased muscular aches and pains.
5. Dill was reported to aid in digestive complaints such as flatulence. It was also used as a laxative.
6. Onion was almost as popular as garlic but was thought to prevent colds and help with heart problems.
7. Poppy must have been discovered for its ability to dull pain and induce sleep before the Pyramids were built. The Egyptians also used to them for respiratory problems.
8. Thyme was given as a pain reliever. Bandages were soaked in thyme infusions or oil of thyme to kill germs on the cloth and promote healing of wounds.
9. Basil was supposedly good for the heart. It was often scattered over tombs since it was believed to open the gates of heaven.
10. Mustard was used to induce vomiting. It was also given to relieve chest pain.
More than once I read that Egypt’s ancient physicians were considered to be quite advanced in their practices. Despite a heavy belief in rituals and “magic” for healing, ancient healers really did have an understanding of the use of herbs and the human body. Some of their treatments are still used today.
When Prince Ceros returns home to take his place on the throne, he falls prey to a mysterious malady that leaves him unable to speak or move, though his thoughts and awareness remain intact. Danet, a talented healer, realizes the prince is alert inside his body. The two are able to share thoughts telepathically. Unfortunately her connection with Ceros may bring unwanted attention to her abilities and result in her banishment from the city.
Their unique bond grows as Danet races to find a remedy for the prince’s condition. Desire turns to love, which makes Danet fear for their future when he awakens. They seek out the villain attempting to take the throne and endeavor to find a way to stay together.
Inside Scoop: Ceros’ secret shifter status adds complication and intrigue to their budding romance.
A Blush® fantasy romance from Ellora’s Cave
Mystic’s Touch is a sensual romance (may have explicit love scenes, but not erotic in frequency or type).
Book Trailer Video: http://youtu.be/4rcPumYSe5w
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To celebrate the release of Mystic’s Touch, I’m giving away lots of goodies. There will be ebooks, a Dena Garson gift basket, a grab bag of author promo items, a Love: Defined necklace, Naughty/Nice earrings, and a swirl ring made by Designs By Jewelee. See my blog for more info. The drawings will be held at the end of my book tour on March 3rd.
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