Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire
Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire
Temple of Indra Series
Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Romance
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Date of Publication: February 3rd, 2015
Print Length: 215 pages
Word Count: 66, 400
Cover Artist: Rebecca Boyd
As a librarian, Sophia Marcil loved reading, especially books about ancient curses and reincarnation, but she never imagined the legend of the Purple Delhi Sapphire was true until she inherited it and was transported back to a past life where she was murdered. Now she knows that not only is reincarnation real, but so is the devil’s magic locked inside the precious gem. Just as she’s about to tell her boyfriend Cullen about it, he proposes with an engagement ring made from a piece of the very sapphire that’s cursed her. Reeling from the shock and surrounded by his family, she allows him to place it on her ring finger. As soon as it touches her skin, she feels herself being wrenched back in time.
Before she knows it, she’s wandering the hallway of an old Victorian house in the body of her great aunt. Unfortunately, her nemesis has also reincarnated in 1920—as one of her family members. Sophia struggles to locate the Purple Delhi Sapphire in time to prevent the deaths of those she loves, but she fails and returns to her present-day life, to the precise moment she left, with a deep understanding that her killer’s soul is also tied to the sapphire and every life she has, he is resurrected as someone close to her.
Her stalker ex-boyfriend Nick seems like a prime candidate this time but she’s convinced she’s a step ahead of him, thanks to a tip from a medium, she knows that if she uses the magic of the stone correctly she can trap Nick’s soul in the sapphire and save herself. But when Nick is murdered, she finds evidence that has her questioning everything she thought she knew.
Is Cullen husband material or is history doomed to repeat itself?
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/VCeG9eA09Fg
About the Author:
Rachel Stapleton spent her youth cultivating a vivid imagination inside the book lined walls of an old Victorian library where she consumed everything from mystery to biography, creating magical worlds, hidden elevators, and secret spiral staircases. At sixteen, she penned a column for the local newspaper and in 2006, wrote her first book featuring an adventurous librarian.
She lives in a Second Empire Victorian with her husband and two children in Ontario and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers. She is the author of The Temple of Indra’s Jewel and is currently working on a third book in the Temple of Indra series.
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Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire released this month and made the Amazon Bestsellers list for almost two weeks straight—both Paperback and Kindle ranking in the Time travel Romance category. It was on an honor to be on the same list as my favorite authors Diana Gabaldon and Susanna Kearsley. #Amazon #Bestseller #Timetravelromance
Congratulations! I believe this book is part of the Temple of Indra Series, can you tell us about it?
The TEMPLE OF INDRA SERIES centers around former librarian Sophia Marcil, a well-read young woman fascinated by history, magic and ancient curses—all of which she’s only read about up until she inherits the Purple Delhi Sapphire—a cursed gem that offers time travel as well as a madman’s obsession. Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire is the second book and opens in the present day. Having somewhat escaped the madman’s grasp, Sophia returns to her own time but quickly realizes he may be closer than she thinks when Cullen proposes with the very sapphire that’s cursed her. As soon as it touches her skin, she feels herself once again being wrenched back in time.
That sounds interesting. Where does the ring take her?
The ring transports her to the roaring 20’s and into the shadowed history of her own family where she finds herself wandering the hallway of an old Victorian house in the sixteen year old body of her great aunt Zafira. The cover image was actually inspired by this part of the story. She’s aware that her aunt was murdered and she’s desperate to find a way to save her and the rest of her family from the fate she knows they share.
Can you remember when you first knew you wanted to be a writer?
There was no single epiphany. As a child my aunt would ask me from time to time if I still wanted to be a writer. Apparently I’d once told her that—although I can’t recall the exact moment. I truly don’t even know what prompted my answer although I was always reading so it makes sense. Books transported and changed me—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, anything and everything by V.C Andrews and Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Reading is the ultimate adventure—mystery, danger and intrigue from the corner of my room. Something I firmly hope I am able to do for others.
What inspired you to write the first book in the series?
A beautiful picturesque postcard-like place! That sounds vague, allow me to elaborate. I’m a sucker for beauty, whether it’s nature, architecture or even a beautiful face. There are so many awe-inspiring things in the world that really exist—bizarre, exotic, magical and sometimes horrifying places that we are drawn to perhaps because of fairy tale books and fantasies. The moment that inspired me to write my first book was a swirling underwater cavern in the beautiful waters of Playa Esmeralda. I was snorkeling and swam over a deep dark cavern. I felt alone, excited and curious to go further into it. It was empowering and intriguing and it honestly felt like I was flying over a cliff. I’ve snorkeled many times since but have never experience the same wonder. So I recently returned to the place hoping to re-live the moment, unfortunately it was not to be. I was hit with food poisoning the day I was scheduled to go out but I look back and think maybe it was better that way. After all I’ve written a successful book series sparked from that very moment in time. Could the experience have improved beyond perfection? And then there’s the idea that maybe some things are better viewed through the technicolor haze of memory.
What’s your writing process? Do you outline?
I begin with an overall theme or premise and go from there. I do outline, but not extensively. Once I’ve written the bones of it down, I tend to write my chapters randomly. Setting is a huge motivator for me. I’ll get an idea for where the scene is taking place and then I drop my core cast of characters down into it, presenting them with a mysterious event or a key plot point.
What are your current projects at the moment?
I’m closing in on the halfway mark of Book Three in the series—it’s titled Keeper of the Book. Half of it is written from the perspective of my protagonist Sophia’s sixteen year old daughter Alanna and she’s dealing with the absence of her mother—a bombshell that will shock my die-hard fans—but of course everything is not as it seems. Going from first to third person was a nice change. I will also try my hand at resurrecting an Island murder mystery I began last summer. And I have a couple others including a YA outlined which I’ll share eventually.
Are there any other new releases on the horizon?
I have a short story—a prequel to how Sophia and Cullen met called DINNER IN THE DARK that was just published in Solstice Publishing’s The Food of Love Anthology. There’s a delicious recipe for Dill Pickle soup in it. Go check it out!
What’s up next on the Blog Tour?
A Spotlight on Fiction Zeal—stop by and enter the #Rafflecopter contest. The tour runs until the 23rd. All stops are listed and linked on the media page of my website www.rachaelstapleton.com .
Thank you for joining me today. One final question, where can my readers purchase your book(s)?