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Monday, February 10, 2020

The Eye of Ra by Ben Gartner - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Ben Garter and his new book, “The Eye of Ra”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Ben and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Eye of Ra
by Ben Gartner


GENRE: Middle Grade



Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they’ve time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures abound—cobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and more! The two kids have to trust each other, make friends who can help, and survive the challenges thrown at them . . . or be stuck in ancient Egypt forever.

For readers graduating from the Magic Treehouse series and ready for intense action, dive into this middle grade novel rich with meticulous historical detail.



As soon as her finger finished following the line of the eye, a bright flash illuminated the chamber for nothing more than the blip of a nanosecond, as if an electric bulb had exploded and gone out. John blinked back a sudden headache, wondering if he’d imagined the burst.

“Did you see that? So cool!” Sarah exclaimed.

John’s heart was in his throat. “Can we get outta here now?”

“So cool,” Sarah repeated, shaking her head. “I wish I had my phone to take a picture of this. Dad will love it!”

John tugged on Sarah’s shirt. “Can we please go now, Sarah? Please?” He could feel sweat on his forehead.

“Yes, fine,” Sarah said, pulling her arm away from his tugging. “This is a dead end, anyway. Let’s go.”

She marched off back to the corner and around it, John close behind. John could feel his chest loosening with every step, could almost taste the mountain air again. He plodded along behind her in the tunnel without looking up.

As soon as they were out of the cave, John smashed into the back of Sarah, who’d stopped suddenly.

“What the—” she muttered.

John didn’t smell the fresh mountain air. When he looked around his sister, expecting to see the scree slope and forest and the way back to the trail, instead he dropped his flashlight and his jaw at the same time.

He’d never seen anything like it.



Five Reasons You Should Read My Book

1.)  It will be fun. My two kids and I collaborated on THE EYE OF RA. That was how the book was born—just a fun side project to do with them as a creative bonding activity. Then it blossomed and grew and we received such positive feedback that I felt compelled to put it out into the world.

2.)  It may teach you something interesting. I am a sucker for interesting factoids, especially ones that leave room for imaginative storytelling to fill any mysterious gaps. Egyptian mythology and lore is ripe for such mental wanderings, but THE EYE OF RA is unique in that it doesn’t take the tack of the traditional ancient Egyptian narrative with mummies and glowing crystals and the like. The challenges thrown at John and Sarah in THE EYE OF RA are natural, physical, and emotional ones, with accurate bits of history dashed in for realism. But don’t that make you think the challenges aren’t fantastic... John and Sarah are pushed to their max.

3.)  It will foster discussions with your children. Besides the facts mentioned above, themes of relocation, sibling rivalry and bonding, and making friends are all touched on in the book. I enjoyed putting forth a scenario to my kids and then listening to their responses to how they think John and Sarah would react. Or vice versa, they posed to me situations and I tried to see how I could work them out. This type of role playing will be a fun activity to engage with your own children.

4.)  It will encourage your children to think outside their own world. Delving into ancient Egyptian culture was a fun side effect of this project. We took a look at how an ancient Egyptian family lived, what they ate (there’s a recipe at the back, spoiler alert!), how they dressed, how they lived and compared it to our own. Thousands of years may have passed and technology has flourished, but at the core the ancient Egyptians were people just like us. This is a fun topic to explore with children as they’re getting older and their brains are exploding with new ideas about the world.

5.)  It will be fun! I know this was the first answer too, but what’s the point of a good adventure story if it’s not FUN?!



Ben Gartner is the author of adventure books for middle graders and thrillers for adults. His writing for both audiences shares an ability to grab readers by their neurons for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys.








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Ben will be awarding a $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Ben ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    1. Thanks for having me and thanks for the post, Ally!

  2. Another great book to discover. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  3. This sounds like a great book to share with my grandchildren. I love that you collaborated on the story with your children

    1. Thanks Bea! Yes, that was the best part of the whole adventure. :)

  4. I would love to read your book and I just love your cover.

  5. This book sounds like an excellent read! Cool cover!

  6. Ben, How do you like to celebrate a book release?