Today I am so pleased to welcome H.L. Night to Joyfully Jay. H.L. has come to talk to us about their latest release, Shai. They have also brought along copies to give away! Please join me in giving H.L. a big welcome!
“Shai will look after you now.”
The feeling of elation withered in my chest, my head turning so sharply toward her that I had to fight a wave of dizziness. She carried on knitting, seemingly oblivious to the turmoil she’d created with a few chosen words. “What did you say?”
She didn’t lift her head. “Shai. He’s my special boy. Did you know he was a miracle baby? I was fifty-five when I gave birth to him. Didn’t go through menopause until four years later. God needed me to fulfil a special task first. He nearly pulled my insides out, but it would have been worth it even if I’d died. Do you know why I called him Shai?”
I shook my head, not trusting myself to be able to speak.
She smiled, dropping the knitting needles to her lap and staring down at them. “Because as soon as I looked into his face, I could see it, could see him in his eyes.”
“Him?” The word slipped out, even though I was beginning to think I didn’t want to know the answer.
She lifted her head, something manic shining in her eyes. “The first Shai. The Egyptian God. I was chosen to be the vessel for his reincarnation. And just like the original, he controls everyone’s fate. Mine, all the men that live under this roof. And now yours too.”
She picked her knitting back up, returning to it as if she hadn’t just spouted some of the craziest shit I’d ever heard. “You think your son is the reincarnation of an Egyptian God?”
Her eyes narrowed, something malicious glinting in their depths that made me think I’d insulted her. “I don’t think, I know. He has waited a long time to return, but now that he’s back, he’s ready to fulfil his destiny.”
I knew I shouldn’t ask, but it was like I couldn’t stop my lips from forming the words anyway, like someone unable to tear their eyes away from a horrific car crash. “What’s his destiny?”
She dropped her knitting needles and clapped her hands together as if she was delighted with my question. Her moods seemed to change in the blink of an eye. “To have everything he wants, to own this city, to own the entire world if he wants it.”
Ask a madwoman a question, and I guessed I should expect a mad answer. What were the chances of escaping from McIntyre, only to fall into the clutches of the only man who might be worse? The décor made sense now. McIntyre and Shai were the two richest men in the city. McIntyre hadn’t seemed inclined to spend his ill-gotten gains on home comforts, but apparently Shai had no such qualms. No expense spared, apparently, for the reincarnated Egyptian God.
Malicious Gods: Egypt, Book 2
How do you play a game when there aren’t any rules?
Petty crook and drug dealer Elijah Page’s plan was simple. Stay off the feuding crime-lords’ radar for long enough to make a quick buck in the city, and then get out. He couldn’t have been more naïve. Captured and beaten by McIntyre, he escapes death, only to find himself in the hands of McIntyre’s opponent. Shai is an enigma, a man as charming as he is twisted. And he’s set his sights on possessing Elijah—body and soul.
Shai will stop at nothing until he’s ousted McIntyre. In the meantime, fate has provided him with an interesting distraction in the shape of the stubborn and rebellious Elijah. Elijah’s lips may say one thing, but his body says something else entirely. Elijah might think he has what it takes to go up against a man like Shai, but he’s wrong. He’s nothing but a fly in Shai’s web, and Shai will always be two steps ahead.
A game ensues. One that Elijah may not even realize he’s playing, or just how big a pawn he is. Everything is at stake. Possibly even his heart and mind. By the time Shai has finished with him, there might not be anything left of the man he used to be.
Let the games begin.
A dark mm romantic suspense featuring snakes as a weapon, a manipulative main character, and a few twists and turns along the way.
Welcome to the dark world of Malicious Gods: Egypt. A collection of 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.
H.L Night is the darker alter-ego of H.L Day.
They’re still juggling teaching and writing but in a more sinister way with a much bigger moustache and more cape twirling. They’re still working on their evil laugh.
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