KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh (Kiya Trilogy #1)

Young Adult, Romance, General Fiction

By Katie Teller

Publisher : Curiosity Quills Press

ABOUT Katie Teller

Katie Teller
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.


Praise for KIYA:

"I absolutely recommend this story. If you want a good read with the mix of history, love, Egypt and a smart heroine, this story is for you." ~Goodreads Review by AnaPIN

About KIYA:

When Naomi's sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won't survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for...

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

Fans of Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh should be sure to check out more titles from Curiosity Quills Press:
  • The Charge is a New Adult Alternate History Adventure where Warren King Attempts to rescue his brother from the King of Texas, and learns that he is a long lost member of the royal family.
  • Colour Wielders is a New Adult Romantic Fantasy where Gods, Demi-gods and Fae fight to save their Princess banished to the Mortal Realm.

When I first started planning out Kiya, I had thought it would be only one book. But as I thought about events I wanted to cover, I realized I needed to make more than one book. So I decided to make it into three books. The very original concept ended at the end of book one, with Naomi fleeing with Tut. Sort of a riding of into the sunset to live happily ever after. But then I realized, there was more to the story than an HEA, especially when Horemheb started smashing my head for more attention than I originally intended. So I worked out events I wanted to include and constructed a timeline. Then I needed to decide how I would begin and end each book. Book two at first started with the third assassin entering her father’s house in Thebes, but I felt like her journey through the desert needed to be addressed and it created a great action opening scene. A great deal of time passes in these books, so book three skips over six years so the momentum isn’t slowed. That was a difficult decision to make, but necessary. The plot needed to focus on the main people; Naomi and Tut. Once I had where I’d break the stories worked out, the rest fell into place. There were times during book two where historical events lacked, so I became concerned my filler for Naomi’s life wouldn’t make it long enough, but it worked out in the end.