Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead: Tens List: Featured Author


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.


I chose this list because I’m obsessed with history, which you can tell by the genre of my book. So here they are!

Name 10 dead people you wish you had known.

1.      Kiya. Yes, I know, how clich√©, but I really do. There’s so little known about her I really want to know the REAL story, not the one I pieced together for your reading pleasure J

2.      Akhenaten. Yes, there’s a theme here. Again, I want to know the truth about him. Was he really kind of crazy, or was he incredibly brilliant and the people were afraid of his radical ideas to regain control over the priests and religion? So many questions!

3.      Mary, mother of Jesus. I think sometimes this young woman is underappreciated. While reading up about Hebrews and I’ve also done some research about Roman’s too, her particular situation would have been frightening as she could have easily lost her life. How brave she was to do what she did.

4.      Joan of Arch. This is a bit different. I find her inspiring, she was so bold to declare she’d been visited by angels and stick to it even until she was burned at the stake. She boldly led France in a time when women were barely more than a means to an end, making more men. She must have been incredible.

5.      Joseph Smith. I’m LDS so he’s obviously someone who inspires me a great deal. I love and respect him, but I won’t go much further because I don’t want to get preachy. J

6.      Tutankhamen. We’re back in Egypt. Tut, despite his reputation, doesn’t actually have much documented about his life. He is famous simply because Carter found his untouched tomb jam packed full of wealth and a perfect mummy specimen. I want to know how he broke his leg, which led to his untimely death.

7.      Hitler. I’m not a sadist, I promise. I just want to pick his brain. Why did you do those terrible things when you were so brilliant and full of potential? Didn’t you care that you were brainwashing and leading a whole nation of people into doing such awful things? He did so much before the war, prevented the depression hitting Germany like the rest of the world and so forth, so why turn evil?

8.      Attila the Hun. Okay, I like reading about violent people. But like Hitler, I want to pick his brain and ask a million why’s!

9.      Hatshepsut. The woman Pharaoh. She was a mastermind at developing infrastructure, building beautiful temples, and enhancing the wealth of the Egyptian nation, while hiding her gender in public to appease the priests. Although, like Akhenaten, her predecessors tried to wide her memory because she was considered a disgrace.

10.  Ruth. As in from the Old Testament Ruth. Another brave and amazing woman. Read her story sometime. J


Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Laurie!


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.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels


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