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Behind the Scenes of the Goddess by Chanta Rand


Behind the Scenes of Goddess
It’s 1650 BCE in Ancient Egypt and all hell has broken lose!

You may be aware of the political drama going on in Egypt right now. But did you know Egypt has a long history of fighting enemies both inside and outside of her walls? Due to the enviable wealth and advanced achievements of this great civilization, other cultures were drawn to Egypt like a Kardashian to a reality TV show deal.

In my recently-released historical romance, GODDESS, readers get to see the fireworks between Egypt and one of her most formidable enemies–Nubia. For those of you not familiar with Nubia, the country is located in what is now present-day Sudan. This ain’t Ripley’s Believe it or Not, but (wait for it…) believe it or not, Nubia ruled Egypt for 200 years. Many peeps don’t know that Nubia had pyramids just as large as Egypt’s. And more incredibly, a lot of people never even heard of Nubia!

Egypt and Nubia were constantly battling each other for gold, land, and other resources. Similar to a chocolate-covered potato chip, their sometimes sweet, sometimes salty relationship was complicated. I dig deep into this relationship in GODDESS, the sequel to my best-selling historical romance, PHARAOH’S DESIRE. And just like its predecessor, GODDESS is pregnant with murder, mystery, and lots of steamy sex.

Speaking of pregnancies, there is a scene in GODDESS where my heroine, Princess Ayana diagnoses another woman as being preggers. On a side note, Ayana is the daughter of an Egyptian pharaoh, and she’s a healer, and she’s also kidnapped and temporarily enslaved by a sexy Nubian prince (and you thought you had a lot of stress). At any rate, folks who read the book may be wondering, “How on earth did somebody know they were pregnant in 1650 BCE?” I mean, seriously–it’s not like they peed on a stick.

Well, it wasn’t a stick. It was a stalk of wheat. One of the earliest written records of a urine-based pregnancy test can be found in an ancient Egyptian document. A papyrus described a test in which a woman who might be pregnant could urinate on wheat and barley seeds over the course of several days. If the barley grew, it meant a male child. If the wheat grew, it meant a female child. If neither grew, it meant she wasn’t pregnant.

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B.S. you say? Well, some freaky scientists tested this theory in 1963 (remember, they didn’t have the internet to entertain them back then). They found that 70% of the time, the urine of pregnant women promoted growth of the seeds, while the urine of non-pregnant women did not. Scholars have speculated that elevated levels of estrogens in pregnant women’s urine help the grains to sprout. Yuck.

On an unrelated note, I thought it was interesting that barely and hops were probably contributing factors that led to a lot of women getting pregnant. So, isn’t it ironic that barely can also detect a pregnancy? Hah! That’s just some interesting minutiae you can file under N – for Nice to know. Kind of like converting to the metric system. You’re never gonna remember this stuff. Just know that it’s a documented fact.

At the end of GODDESS, you’ll see my Author’s Note chock full of fascinating facts about Egypt and Nubia. And guess what? I’m giving away a free eBook or a signed hardcopy to the person who can best tell me: Who’s your favorite character from any ancient civilization and why? And dammit, if you say Cleopatra–I won’t even be mad atcha. I love me some Cleo too! Contest ends 9/5 at 11:59PM EDT. 

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Chanta Jefferson Rand is a multi-published author of sizzling-hot African-American romance. She’s a history junkie, a typical Pisces, a Walking Dead fan, and a recovering shoe addict. She never met a stiletto she didn’t like! She also owns If you still want more, check her out at

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16 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes of the Goddess by Chanta Rand

  1. I find the Caesars fascinating. So much deviousness in one family. Not only do they rule Rome but got Egypt also. The one who fascinates me most is Octavius Augustus, the ruler after Julius Caesar, also his nephew and heir. He did so much to expand the Roman Empire. But he was unable to control his family and their machinations over being his heir.

  2. Wow, I am ashamed to admit that I did not know the history of Egypt and Nubia. Thanks for the great post and for hanging out with us today!

  3. Sheila,

    Octavius Augustus was definitely a fascinating character. I’d like to learn more about him.

  4. The pregnancy test is really interesting. I remember once reading about an ancient birth control method that involved using the feces of an animal. Which animal I can’t remember, but feces sounds like more of a sex deterrent than a birth control method. Lol. As for ancient peoples, I’m not much of a history buff, but I would say Alexander the Great because of his military might and Confucius because of all the words of wisdom he shared.

    • Delaney, I’m with you on the feces thing. Ugh! That would have made me abstain for life. As far as Alexander the Great, yes, he was a very impressive figure. He has a long history with Egypt as well. Excellent choice.

  5. I liked good ol Homer because he brought us the printed word. Guttenberg was great too. Without those two, I would not be able to read and that would be awful!

  6. For me it has to be Makeda, the Queen of Sheba. Determined, intelligent, fearless, exotic, mysterious. Reputed to have said: “I am not a woman but a world.” You go girl!!

  7. Very interesting factoids there…I love it! Personally I’m tuned into the Gods of Egypt. Re, Isis, Osiris and the Nubian gods as well…Makes you wonder whats under those masks. Were the gods real or were they actually humanoid? Hmmm….so anyway…I think Isis is one of my favorites as she is the goddess of magic among other things and magic makes my world go round 🙂

  8. I’m not much of a history buff so honestly I’m not that familiar with any characters (other than Cleo) from Egypt. Now I’m intrigued and will have to do research. I too was fascinated by the pregnancy test… very interesting.

    • Stephanie, once you start researching, it’ll be hard to stop. This stuff is so engrossing! Cleo is a good person to start with. Egyptian history is scandalous.

  9. So this isn’t Egypt or Nubia, but I think my fav ancient guy is Julius Caesar. He just tried so darn hard to do the right thing and then was betrayed by his friends. Poor J!

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