Fire in the Desert
by Lydia Nyx
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Length: 22 Pages
Characters: Garrett Thomas, Keegan Richards
POV: Third person
Scene Setting: The Egyptian Desert
Sub Genre: Fantasy
Book Cover Rating: 4
Garrett Thomas is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists. When he gets a tip a dragon—the holy grail of his field—has been spotted in the Sahara desert, he jumps at the chance to locate and document this elusive creature. As further incentive, his old college friend—and lover—Keegan Richards is currently on an archeological dig in Egypt. Keegan possesses a powerful supernatural ability called the Mystic. When Garrett sees his old flame after a year of separation, he finds not only has Keegan’s power increased so he has full command of the element of fire but he’s grown a thousand times more beautiful and exotic. After Garrett has a strange and erotic dream about him, Keegan inexplicably grows cold and tries to send Garrett home with his mission unfulfilled. Garrett stays in Egypt, however, and when he finally enters the dragon’s lair, he finds what he’s looking for—but not the way he expected.
Deep in the heart of the Egyptian desert, legend says a mythical beast resides.
Garrett Thomas is a student of and believer in the Mystic and has been since he was a boy. The tale of a dragon living in the ancient land steeped in mythology and mystery is the perfect combination to draw Garrett to Egypt and is the perfect setting for the reader to allow the imagination free reign.
“In the barren, shifting sea of restless sands…Keegan blazed, an immaculate vision against the setting sun.”
Keegan Richards is on an archeological quest. He is Garrett’s friend, his ex-lover, and a powerful Mystic who possesses the ability to control fire. He’s also a man with a secret—a secret that he will go to great lengths to protect.
Determined to see his mission through to its conclusion, Garrett conspires to hinder Keegan’s plan to keep him safe. The results of that conspiracy, however, come to a fiery conclusion.
Lydia Nyx infuses Fire in the Desert with imagery that allows the reader to visualize each scene as it plays out.
In a short twenty-two pages, the author sets the story up nicely, develops the characters well, and brings the tale to an intriguing climax, neatly resolving the conflict between the two men. The one caveat to that is this story left me wanting so much more. I wanted to know more about Keegan’s powers, would’ve loved to know more about his and Garrett’s relationship prior to their break-up, and would’ve enjoyed getting a glimpse beyond the story’s conclusion. What that adds up to, however, is the fact that Fire in the Desert met its goal of drawing me in to the characters and the world that Lydia Nyx created.
About Lydia Nyx
I started writing at the tender and impressionable age of 14. At the time, I was a huge fan of such writers as Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice. I started writing because I wanted to be ‘just like them.’ Little did I know this naive idol worship would change my life, leading me to my calling and the drive and dream I still have today, well into my 30′s.
The first stories I wrote were terrible, with contrived plots, boring settings, and thinly-veiled versions of my friends as characters–but for this reason, my friends read and enjoyed them and wanted more (it’s easy to impress young people simply by including them no matter how bad the product). This gave me something that without, I might have let the endeavor fall by the wayside: a support system. When I realized writing was more than a vanity project for me, those friends were in place to encourage me. One friend in particular read every short story I wrote during my high school career with attentive eagerness and encouraged me at every turn. He was one of the building blocks for the foundation I stand on today; also my creative writing teacher, who was impressed with my effort and ability and made sure I got into various classes and programs focused on writing. She once said to me, “you’re one of the rare students who will actually make something out of this instead of just doing it for an easy credit.” I still have those awful early stories, to remind me that small beginnings change lives.
As I got older, I got (hopefully!) better at writing. I came to understand the art of manipulating language, how beautiful grammar can be, the mechanics of prose, character building, and the right words to describe the things I saw in my head. I also learned about the intimidating world of publishing, got a few short stories published, won some awards, and kept taking classes. My ultimate goal has always been to publish a novel. The writing industry is like the music industry: sometimes it takes the right product in the right hands at the right time. A little bit of luck, a lot of hard work.
It was with no small measure of delight I discovered through a friend the genre of gay male romance. For many years I wrote stories in this vein, shared among a small circle of friends. I had no idea there was a market for it, let alone one so large! Even in my early stories gay romance trickled in. I’ve always found the subject compelling, intriguing, and enjoyable. To find the progressive, vast industry of man-on-man romance was like coming home–I finally found my place! I am currently shopping around my first gay-themed book, Black Shore of the White City, which combines gay male romance with urban fantasy, two of my favorite things. I also have another book I’m about to start shopping around, entitled From Morocco to Paris–a little more romantic and erotic, a little less urban fantasy.
As for my personal life, I currently work as a waitress in Cleveland, Ohio. I dearly love my city, though I hope to live in Chicago or New York City one day. I share my domicile with my son and a cat and I have a large circle of friends who keep me busy and happy when I’m not writing. Lydia Nyx, of course, is not my real name. ‘Lydia’ is a tip of my hat to the iconic campy horror of Beetlejuice and ‘Nyx’ is the Greek goddess of the night. The name encapsulates my writing style: dark, a little tongue-in-cheek, filled with horror, laughs, and drama. I hope this fluffy pink site fools you into thinking I’m cute and fluffy.
Also by Lydia Nyx:
The Game In Spain
In Madrid, Spain during Carnival, gorgeous Spanish gymnast Alejandro Salvador leads his trainer Gabriel and his ex-boyfriend Sebastian on a wild and sexy chase through the streets. Promising the one who gets to him first wins him as their prize, he thinks he runs the game. Little does he know the two men, both in desperate lust with him, will realize competition isn’t necessary when they can have twice the fun working together.
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