Pump Up Your Book Presents The Great Sphinx of Amun-Ra Book Publicity Tour 2012

Join Herbert Smith, author of the historical fantasy novel, The Great Sphinx of Amun-Ra, as he tours the blogosphere June 4 – 22 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!


Herbert L. Smith has lived and taught in many different countries of the world, from Africa to South America, and has written about some of his posts in three books published since 2008: Cairo: The Mother Of The World, Crossing Borders, and his most recent, The Great Sphinx Of Amun-Ra. All these books are based in Egypt, where he lived in the 1990’s, and he has followed the evolution of Egypt continually since that time.
The first two books are travel memoirs, and The Great Sphinx Of Amun-Ra is a novel set in ancient as well as modern Egypt. It is a time-travel kind of experience, placing readers in pre-history as well as Cairo in 2012, which he knows well.
Smith has been a teacher since 1968, working in the U.S. as well as abroad. His subject as well as his interest is English Language, and he has taught primarily in Colleges and Universities preparing international students for academic work in English.
Other disciplines that attract his attention are music and history. He is a pianist, organist, and choirmaster, and a reader of history. He now lives in Eugene, Oregon where his writing and music continue. A biographical novel that will eventually follow (in about two years) is titled David, The King.


What is the true age of the Great Sphinx of Giza? There is a lot of discussion and much controversy among Egyptologists concerning its origin, and no one has yet been able to find a date or inscription that will settle the dispute. The evidence, according to a large group of scientists, is the human visage of the statue. They believe it can be dated to the time of the Pharaoh Khafra (Khefren) who ruled about 4,500 years ago, by the style of the headdress the Sphinx wears. But the fact that the head is so much smaller in proportion to the body of the beast is, for many, a clear signal that the Sphinx was changed at that time, and the resulting theory is that the original appearance of the great stone lion was quite different. No one can determine the precise time the original statue was constructed. Some serious scientists have estimated that it may be 10,000 years or older.

The tiny colony of Nomo, far to the west of the Nile Valley, set out nearly 8,000 years ago to find a new home along the Great Water that some members of the tribe recalled from their young years. The Water lay many day’s distance across the treacherous sands of the Bab – the name they gave the Sahara Desert – and their exploration to find the water was a monumental task. But the explorers were successful and the tribe picked up all they could carry and resettled themselves beside the Great River, founding a village that grew into a town, and eventually into a nation, joining with many other tribes to form ancient Kmet, now called Egypt. They thrived there for millennia, growing and changing into a complex and sophisticated society ruled by Pharaohs, and became the builders of the mighty pyramids and temples that lie along the Nile, and creators of the greatest sculpture the world has ever seen: the mighty Sphinx of Giza.


The Great Sphinx of Amun-Ra Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 5

Interviewed at Review From Here

Thursday, June 7

Interviewed at American Chronicle

Monday, June 11

Guest blogging at Idea Marketers

Tuesday, June 12

Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Thursday, June 14

Interviewed at Blogcritics

Friday, June 15

Guest blogging at My Devotional Thoughts

Monday, June 18

Interviewed at Divine Caroline

Tuesday, June 19

Guest blogging at Digital Journal

Book reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

Wednesday, June 20

Interviewed at Examiner

Thursday, June 21

Guest blogging at She Writes

Friday, June 22

Guest blogging at Allvoices

Friday, June 29

Book reviewed and Guest blogging at The True Book Addict

Herbert Smith’s THE GREAT SPHINX OF AMUN-RA VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on June 4 and end on June 22 2012. Please contact Tracee Gleichner at tgleichner(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing his book. Thank you!


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