Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Adventuring Through the Hidden Door of Indra with Rachael Stapleton

Nothing inspires me more than a crumbling location, steeped in history with secrets to share. Setting is quite often the first thing that inspires me to pen a good tale; from the underwater caverns of the Caribbean to the Castles of Europe. I enjoy bringing history to life while twisting in love, magic, and pure unadulterated mystery. Stories that combine ancient history, myth and just a hint of romance hold a special place in my heart. I connect with that hunger for the unexplainable, for the fairy tale and all that it symbolizes in our everyday lives. 

My favourite backdrop would have to be the hidden passage or the secret door. They always seem so magical to me. Who wouldn't want an armoire that opens into a secret jewel chamber or a bookcase that gives way to a relaxing reading room, there’s something enchanting about a secret space.

Below you’ll find Schloss Lichtenstein also known as Victor's family castle among a few other inspirational photos that sparked my imagination. What I wouldn't do to be able to wander the halls scouting fireplaces and bookcases for hidden passages.  All castles have hidden passage ways, right?

Oh well, until then I’ll just have to get to work. See you on the next adventure. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of The Temple of Indra’s Jewel available online and check out my website to see where Sophia will go next.    

The Temple of Indra’s Jewel
Rachael Stapleton

Genre: Fiction/

Publisher: iUniverse, LLC

ISBN: 978-1-4917-0223-9
ISBN: 978-1-4917-0224-6
ISBN: 978-1-4917-0225-3

Number of pages: 274
Word Count: 75,279

Book Description:

Sophia Marcil awakens from a snorkeling accident in the Lérins Islands to find herself in the chambers—and the body—of a nineteenth-century princess.

In a confused state and with no idea of her whereabouts, Sophia embarks on a desperate quest for answers, hoping she can find her way back to her fiancé, Nick, and her true identity.

After she finds a diary in an antique desk, Sophia follows a clue that leads her to a questionable alchemist, who relays the history and magic of the mysterious amethyst she inherited from her greatgrandmother— the only possession that made the leap through time with her and perhaps the only thing that can prevent her from becoming a pawn in a murderous plot for the throne.

Using her inheritance, Sophia races through time to the twenty-first century to solve the mystery of her family’s past.

But once she is there, she unearths a dire warning about a curse that clings to her heirloom, leading her down a dangerous path involving two men from different times and ultimately puts her life at risk.

In this tale of obsession, greed and passion, a woman on a journey through time struggles to regain a family heirloom and control its magic, hoping to break the curse before it breaks her.

About the Author:

Rachael Stapleton grew up in a small town, writing as a hobby until the age of sixteen when she was given the opportunity to pen a column for the Orono Weekly Times. Today she is a dedicated writer who contributes to a weekly writer’s circle and is also a proud member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region.

Rachael lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and two children.

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1 comment:

Eva Millien said...

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