Rai Aren & Tavius E.


Rai loves the stories of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones (her first kitty cat is named Indiana, Indy for short), and The Matrix (take the red pill!), to name a few. She loves getting lost in these enchanting worlds and studying their underlying philosophies. Ancient Egypt has held a particular fascination for her since childhood. She feels right at home surrounded by Egyptian art and books.

Rai feels that novels have the ability to take us on magic carpet rides, allowing us to escape into fascinating and engaging worlds, where the stories become real to us. Storytelling is an ancient, timeless practice and is an integral part of who we are. For Rai, writing a novel is a similar, but far more intense experience and she is thrilled to be a part of such an honored tradition. She believes that these stories are out there, waiting and wanting to be told - that they travel the universe in search of the door, the conduit, to the soul who is meant to tell their tale. She hopes you enjoy the worlds she & Tavius have opened the doors to…

Rai is also working on a series of adventure stories in her Ancient Quest Mystery Series, where she will continue to explore her love of archaeological mysteries. For news on upcoming releases and exclusive bonuses, signup for Rai’s newsletter and get a FREE copy of her archaeology adventure novella Lost City of Gold: raiaren.com/Subscribe


Movies such as The Lord of the Rings and The Star Wars trilogies have ignited his imagination. Authors such as David Eddings and Dan Brown have inspired him to write. 

He enjoys learning about ancient Egypt and archaeology. He sometimes looks up at the stars in the skies and wonder about all the amazing stories that have never been told. As a result, he and his college friend, Rai Aren, are pursuing their shared interests of being successful storytellers.

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The Secret of the Sands Trilogy
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 336,320. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
From the Great Sphinx to Petra to the Great Pyramid, journey on this epic archaeology adventure, weaving between the past and the present, to uncover hidden ancient secrets and fascinating mysteries about a long lost civilization… Hold on for a wild ride! The Secret of the Sands Trilogy is an adventure story in the spirit of Indiana Jones & The Mummy!

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Latest book: The Fix. Published January 10, 2014. (5.00 from 5 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Rai Aren & Tavius E.

  • Sudden Death (endorsed by James Patterson & Clive Cussler) on Dec. 14, 2010

    Fast-paced golf mystery aptly named! Sudden Death is one of those books that you pick up, and don't want to put down. The story moves at a pace similar to what I imagine the big golf tournaments do - it speeds by, with moments where you hold your breath, riveted in the moment, eager for what will happen next. I can sometimes guess endings to novels, but this time I was fooled - the book had a fantastic surprise ending worthy of its title. Though I don't golf much, I did enjoy the game, (in spite of golf-ball topping being my unfortunate specialty) and I can appreciate what it must be like at the elite levels. The sections describing the game were very interesting, and very well done. Getting a sense of the ultra-competitive, and oftentimes glamorous life of a top athlete in the world of golf was tantalizing. It makes me wish I was one of them! Sudden Death is a fast, sharp murder-mystery that does indeed live up to its name. It has highly entertaining lead characters that are so fully fleshed out, you can very well imagine them walking into the room. I felt rewarded by the book, first because it's a good read, and second because I feel that I now know more about the world of pro golf - this book is an exhilarating peek into something the average person will never experience. If you are in the mood for a quick, fun, interesting, fast-paced murder mystery, then Sudden Death is your book! Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
  • Dead Ball (the sequel to Sudden Death - Endorsed by John Lescroart) on Dec. 14, 2010

    Dead Ball, if you're in the game - watch your back! Where else can you find murder, mystery, elite sports, guns, greed, special ops, mafia, and glamour? Dead Ball has it all! The story takes place on the rarefied grounds of AllSport - state-of-the-art facilities that house & train top athletes in numerous sports to compete at the highest levels. It's no surprise then, that combining the world's most highly skilled and competitive athletes, with the best training facility in the world, and all of the rivers of money that follow and flow, makes for a combustible mix. Cutthroat tactics abound throughout the book, the players are many, and the high-stakes world of amateur & professional sports makes for a thrilling read. A brazen murder is committed and the list of suspects with plenty of motive and opportunity is long. Then the body count grows. The sports world is one where all kinds of people come to play, not just the athletes, and rules of the game are sometimes subject to dangerous interpretation. Is murder just another form of competition? Is it no more than a price to be paid as a means to an end? Or is it revenge? Dead Ball is full-throttle action from the very first page! Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands