Local author kicks off book tour on Kaua‘i

Mary Deal, local author, will be at Border’s Books in Lihu‘e signing her newest work “The Ka” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. “The Ka,” Deal’s second novel, is a paranormal Egyptian fantasy set in both modern times as well as Tutankhamon’s 18th Dynasty. The plot centers on archaeologists who discover a tomb, disturbing the soul (the Ka) and become entwined with its ancient story.

Deal’s first novel, “The Tropics,” is set in both the Caribbean and Hawaiian islands. Based on Deal’s real-life, near-death, experiences the novel shatters notions of stereotypical islands of paradise.

Deal spent eight years researching and writing “The Ka,” while completing her first novel. “A lot of my writing comes from my dreams, or when I wake during the night. It pours out of my mind,” Deal states in a recent press release.

Deal’s prolific writing has her on the search for a literary agent. “I keep a list of plots and outlines. I have many more stories to tell. An agent’s help with some of the business end would be a blessing,” Deal states.

The novel, published by iUniverse, takes the reader on an adventure covering centuries of history and mystery. Told from the perspective of two archaeologists who stumble upon a undiscovered tomb, the story and style is simple enough for most casual readers and avid Egyptology fans — a great on-the-beach read.

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