Release Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
By Lisa Henry writing as Cari Waites
Malicious Gods: Egypt, Book 1
Jayden Sanders is a dead man.
Jayden is trying to reach Cairns when his car dies on the highway and leaves him stranded in a caravan park in Innisfail. As the rain comes down and the crocodile-infested river rises, Jayden becomes fascinated by the strange man who lives across the river—Hapi. What Jayden doesn’t know is that Hapi has already marked him for his own.
Hapi and his brothers, the sons of Horus, prepare the souls of the dead for their father, and each claim protection over a part of the body. When Hapi pulls Jayden from the flooded river, he claims Jayden’s lungs, and his breath, as his due. But what happens when he decides he wants more than that?
Jayden refuses to believe it when Hapi tells him he’s dead, but his only hope of getting out of Innisfail alive is by playing along with Hapi’s delusions. And with Horus due to arrive any day, time is running out for Jayden.
Or maybe it already has.
Welcome to the dark world of Malicious Gods: Egypt. A collection of mm standalone modern tales, both magical and non-magical, featuring deities from Ancient Egypt. You’ll find reincarnated Gods, assassins, gangs, madness, and different realities. Expect high heat and morally ambiguous themes. Seductive and often twisted, they are not for the fainthearted.
The cat grew bolder, coming to sit and stare at Jayden in the gloom of the shed. It stayed just out of reach, and Jayden knew better than to approach it.
“Are you a god, too?” he asked it, unscrewing the cap of the bottle of water Hapi had left for him. “Everyone here’s a god, except me.”
The cat blinked.
“They had a cat god, I think,” Jayden said. “The Egyptians. Maybe that’s who you’re supposed to be. Or maybe you’re like one of its subjects or something. Are you here to be judged, too, or are you one of the judges?”
He almost wanted to laugh sometimes because it was so ridiculous. He couldn’t remember anything much from those primary school social studies lessons about the Egyptians. Why would he? It wasn’t like he’d ever imagined a time where it would matter, and Jayden had never been one of those smart kids who liked to learn just for the sake of it. This one kid he’d sat next to in Grade Three, Duncan, knew every-fucking-thing there was to know about space. Or maybe he didn’t. He’d known more than Jayden, that was for sure, and he never shut the hell up about it. Jayden hadn’t minded because he’d let Duncan talk at him about it in exchange for Duncan sharing his lunch with him. Duncan’s mum had made good lunches.
“Probably the first time I whored myself out,” he told the cat. His ruined voice rasped. “I wonder if that means my heart weighs more than a feather.”
It probably did. It had always felt heavy.
Duncan, earnest-faced, his big eyes blinking behind his glasses, had also been the first boy Jayden had kissed. That had been in Grade Seven, and Duncan had gaped at him in surprise. The next day he hadn’t talked to Jayden. The day after that Jayden had pushed him over in the playground and kicked him, and he’d got suspended for it.
Jayden had been a messed-up kid.
He squeezed the water bottle and the plastic made a cracking sound. “How heavy is your heart, cat?”
The cat blinked again.
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About the Authors:
Cari Waites is the dark alter ego of Lisa Henry.
Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
Lisa has been published since 2012, and was a LAMBDA finalist for her quirky, awkward coming-of-age romance Adulting 101, and a Rainbow Awards finalist for 2019’s Anhaga.
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She also has a Facebook group where you’ll be kept in the loop with updates on releases, have a chance to win prizes, and probably see lots of lots of pictures of her dog and cats. You can find it here: Lisa Henry’s Hangout.