Dec 12, 2013

Guest Post; Lexa Cain - Soul Cutter

Lexa Cain - Soul Cutter

• Pub Date: December 6, 2013
• Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
• Format: Ebook, 301 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult

The Soul Cutter is hunting again.

Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.

In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan's only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.

When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake.

Élan is fighting for her very soul.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Egypt
by Lexa Cain

1. The pyramids are a lot bigger than you think they are. ~ The largest pyramid, the Khufu Pyramid, is 450 feet tall. Each of the approximately 2.5 million stones that make it up is about five feet on a side and weighs 15 tons. That’s the weight of 7 cars!

2. There are over a hundred pyramids in Egypt. ~ Built as tombs for Pharaohs and their queens, pyramids can be found throughout Egypt. However, they are much smaller than the Khufu pyramid, and many are half buried in sand or little more than mounds of rubble.

3. Why is the Sphinx missing its nose? ~ The nose was pried off using a steel rod hammered into it in 1378. A man named Muhammad Sa'im al-Dahr felt the Sphinx was a false idol and heresy against God. He pried the nose off and was later hanged for vandalism.

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4. King Tut wasn’t entombed in a pyramid because of grave robbers. ~ Pharaohs were buried with treasure, and if you were a grave robber, pyramids were like big signs saying “Here’s the treasure!” This is why later pharaohs were buried in the Valley of the Kings, within high canyon walls. King Tut’s (Tutankhamun) tomb is so famous because it was buried deep in a mountainside, well hidden from grave robbers, and his treasure was still intact when it was found.

5. The modern and traditional exist side by side. ~ You can go down any street in Egypt and be as likely to see a donkey cart as a Mercedes. Mercedes even has a factory in Egypt.

6. Camels are huge. ~ There’s no way to get on a camel unless it’s sitting on the ground, and once you’re on and it rises to its feet, your head is about 12 feet in the air. They look intimidating but are quite calm and patient.

7. Cairo is the 11th largest city in the world and has a population of 17 million people.

8. Cairo has the only subway system on the continent of Africa. ~ The Cairo subway system was built in 1993. Two subway lines carry over 2 million people a day over 65 kilometers of track.

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9. The world’s oldest Christian monastery is in Egypt. ~ The Monastery of St. Anthony, built in 356 A.D., is located beside the city of Al Zafarana on the Red Sea, and St Anthony’s tomb is located in a nearby cave.

10. Ancient Egyptians invented the modern 365 day calendar. ~ While many ancient civilizations used the waxing and waning of the moon to measure time, the ancient Egyptians developed a calendar based on 30-day months, 12 months per year, plus 5 extra days of celebration to the gods (this 365 days/year). In 265 B.C., they also added an extra day every four years, known to us now as leap year.

About the Author:
Lexa Cain lives a stone’s throw (if you throw it really hard) from beautiful beaches and the turquoise waters of the Red Sea. Despite the scenic delights, she’s an indoor gal *cough* couch potato *cough* and can usually be found hunched over her computer, working on YA and NA projects, including a sequel to Soul Cutter.

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  1. Great post! I thought I knew a lot about Egypt, but I was wrong...

  2. Thanks so much for letting me do a post on your blog, Mickey! :-)

  3. Ooh, love this. I've always been fascinated by Egypt, but never knew any of these facts before. Interesting!

  4. Hello, Lexa and Michelle,

    17 mil ppl in one city? That's tons of people in one place. These are some fascinating facts. Not sure how Lexa can live in Egypt and not be out and about all day, every day. :D I'd be distracted - touring here, there and everywhere.

    Hope the book is doing well!

  5. I would love to see the pyramids someday. I can't even imagine what it's like to stand there and stare up at them. What a fun and informative post to read. You rock, Lexa!

  6. I didn't know how the Sphinx had lost her nose (I've always thought of her as a girl *sigh*). I think I want to know more. I shall get nosy about the nose!

  7. I also did not know the details behind the missing Sphinx nose--Cairo is a wonderful setting for a novel.

  8. Interesting. The pyramids have always fascinated me. It must have taken years and years to build them, without modern equipment like we have today.

  9. Yeah! I love learning new facts about places I am fascinated by! So much to learn! :) Best of luck to Lexa!

  10. Oh I do love learning something new. We have camels here in Dubai - cute, but you don't want to be caught by their spit. Ew! And I am so like you *cough - couch spud - *cough with my MAC on my lap. :) X

  11. Wonderful post. Exciting book and cool facts, most of which I didn't actually know. I really hope to get to Egypt some day.

  12. Awesome list! I find Egyptology so fascinating. I've actually pet a camel. They are kind of intimidating!

  13. I love hearing all about Egypt! Thank you for sharing more about a country that has captured the imaginations of people around the world.Now I'm even more excited to begin reading SOUL CUTTER. I've got the e-book on my IPAD, just waiting for a little downtime to get started. ;)

  14. @ Kate - Even I was surprised to learn about some of those thing!
    @ Heather - Egypt sure is unique, huh? Thanks for commenting!
    @ J.L. - I've been here for 20 years and have done lots of touring "out and about'! lol
    @ Julie - Yes, the pyramids are surprisingly huge and wonderful to visit! :)
    @ Magaly - There are many places around the world where the sphinx is female. But Egypt's is male - with or without his nose. lol
    @ B.E. - I was very surprised to learn how the sphinx lost his nose, too, and yes - Egypt is a great setting!
    @ Beverly - Yes, it must have taken many years. At least the workers had job security, right?
    @ DMS - Egypt is so unique. Thanks for commenting!
    @ Shah - Us couch spuds have to stick together. Thanks for commenting and good luck with the raffle. :)
    @ Rhonda - I'm glad you enjoyed the post. You tour so much, I'm sure you'll get to Egypt some day!
    @ Christine - Truthfully, camels freak me out! But I have friends who love them and are as brave as you about petting them.
    @ Kim - Thanks for commenting, Kim! I hope you enjoy Soul Cutter! :)

  15. Those were some awesome facts about Egypt. Thanks for doing the research. Congratulations on your new book release.

  16. Loved reading your post, Lexa. I've always wanted to visit Egypt. And where you live sounds gorgeous.

  17. Thanks Nana and Tania! I can't wait to find out who'll win Soul Cutter!


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