Last year I finished my first ever cozy mystery - Black Jade. (Set in Dallas in 1930 with a funky cast of characters.) This week I finished the second round of edits. So now begins the shopping phase! Hopefully, I can find an agent and once more try to shop something to the large publishing houses.
They say it is never too early to start getting the word out.
Might this be the one that makes it? Only time will tell. Already gathering info for a second book in the Daiyu Wu Mysteries. Bwahahahahaha!
You can see pics and bits of the research over in the Black Jade Pinterest board.
Assassin's Creed Origins
Out in the desert after leaving Siwa on the way to Alexandria. Behind Bayek, you can see pyramids!
The unforgiving desert sun. You stay out here long enough, and Bayek will start seeing minor hallucinations. (The weirdest one so far was of a fish flopping in the sand, then diving out of sight.)
One of the small farming villages near a lake. I love the attention to detail. I would guess these are drying circles for making bundles of fodder to feed the farm animals.
The lush plants along the lake, and some dangerous elements. Crocodiles are rampant in different areas. They are not shy about attacking anyone. Some of these guys are HUGE!
A lost crypt by the water.
Sweeping view of the lake, the pyramids, and some ancient ruins. (Forgot to lighten the pics - sorry!) You can even see one of the unique ships of the time.
The Temple of Sekhmet in Yami. Impressive, no? The view is from the roof of a house across the street. Note the carpets and resting places.
Is this place grand or what? Hypostyle Hall. The years and manpower it must have taken to build it is mind-boggling.
A lakeside villa - notice the Greek and Roman influences. At this period, the Ptolemy line had been rulers of Egypt for close to 300 years. The Ptolemys were not Egyptian but Greek (Egypt was given to General Ptolemy by Alexander the Great - he was not Egyptian.)
View of Alexandria! A center of learning and trade. At that time, the largest city in the world or second only to Rome.
Have a great week! Stay safe out there!