Temple of Indra’s Series
by Rachael Stapleton
This was a fun read, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
~The Book’s the Thing
This Librarian is Just Killing Time…Travel. Sophia Marcil loves her grandmother’s twisted tales almost as much as the sapphire ring passed down to her. Wearing it, however, could be her downfall. After slipping the jewel onto her finger she is pushed from a cliff—landing splat in the middle of 19th Century Monaco, where a killer plot to seize the throne could consume her entire future—past and present. Sophia believes she’s being forced into an eccentric millionaire’s dinner theatre but a hidden diary, a secret passage and a whispered conversation reveal to her that the role of a princess is not all fun and games. With the help of a man from outside the palace walls, Sophia undertakes a spellbinding journey straight out of a Grimm tale. Learning the gem’s secrets and the powerful curse behind it are only the beginning. With time and the constant threat of death hanging over her, she must take a page out of her own history to hunt down someone who isn’t killing by the book. Can she do it before she’s checked out for good?
Family Secrets Can Be a Real Curse. Former Librarian turned Time Traveler, Sophia Marcil is looking forward to a shiny new beginning, and that’s just what she gets when the man of her dreams proposes. Unfortunately, the ring Cullen O’Kelley slips on her finger holds a piece of the very sapphire that’s cursed her. Wrenched back to a stately home in 1920, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family story. In an effort to re-write the past, things get foggy in a London bookshop; long-lost relative’s re-surface, and as a family gathering rapidly goes awry, Sophia ricochets back to the present. Someone close to her is a killer, and this time she’s determined to read between the lines. Her ex-boyfriend seems to be the likely character, but evidence to the contrary soon has her questioning whether she wrote the wrong guy off. With her wedding day fast approaching Sophia needs to figure out if Cullen’s love, spells death? Jewels are a girl’s best friend, unless they’re cursed, then they’re just worth killing for.
The Past Is Never Far Behind…It Also Won’t Stay Buried. The page has turned at last. Sophia Marcil’s nemesis is six feet under and she’s off to return the cursed sapphire to India, so she can settle into the next chapter of her life—a new bookshop and wedded bliss. One problem, her wedding day has come early and the wrong man stands at the altar. The mysterious temple has sent Sophia back into the past, more specifically, into the body of the soon to be murdered bride of Dunlace Castle—a place she was hired to research. Thankfully her detour into the past is brief and she returns to safety in her own time. But how safe is she? Three dead bodies and her missing groom have Sophia wondering if her time travel has changed more than the castle’s structure. To make matters worse an empty grave leads her to believe that her nemesis is alive and forcing her fiancé to time travel. Sophia is determined to dig up the truth but will it mean returning to a place she swore she’d written off? Everyone has their cross to bear and Sophia’s might just live to haunt her.
Closing the Book on the Past…Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be Opened. Between The Mysterious Ink Spot, Sophia O’Kelly’s cozy Dublin bookshop, and her role as mother and wife, she is more apt to exchange books and banter these days than blows with a bad guy. But living in the present has its pains; and Sophia can’t help but wonder if her migraines are connected to her fate. Sixteen years ago it was foretold to her that her daughter would become a dark and powerful witch, and stealing Sophia’s ancient spell book might just be the first step in proving the grim prediction true. Looking for answers and relief from the pain, Sophia agrees to a hypnotic regression. Unfortunately for Sophia, time’s up and she finds herself manipulated, betrayed and imprisoned for witchcraft. Meanwhile, back in Ireland, Sophia’s husband and best friend uncover a painting, offer hope that Sophia could be alive. The answers lie in a fifteenth-century castle—all they have to do is navigate time to get there. Of course, they’re not the only ones searching; Sophia’s daughter is determined to tag along, and she’s leading the traitor right to them. It’s been sixteen years since Sophia O’Kelly closed the book on her past but someone wants revenge and they’re eager to open that particular volume of secrets.
When writing the second book in my time traveling bibliophile series, the TEMPLE OF INDRA’S CURSE, main character Sophia Marcil is pulled back in time once again. This time she’s sent into the past life of her own Great Aunt, a young and rebellious Zafira Breathour. I researched many different aspects of the 1920s while writing this book: Fashion, Art Deco, and of course Prohibition and how it would have affected, the Breathour family during the 1920’s in a tempered Toronto. What I discovered was that while Prohibition was meant to eradicate the temptation of liquor, it had the unintended effect of making it fashionable. As fashionable as Clara Bow with her wavy bob, pencil thin eyebrows and rebellious spirit.
Temperance act and raids be damned. By barring liquor from the masses, the government unwittingly turned many law-abiding citizens into criminals. Generation Y also known as the ‘me me me’ kids of today have nothing on those brazen jazz babies of the 1920s. Characters like Zafira Breathour from my book who were suddenly freed of fitted garments flocked to speakeasies, blind pigs and gin joints. After all, these private establishments were accessible by password only and they could be quite glamorous. Whereas Pre-Prohibition saloons were prejudice of women, the new world of nightclubs invited both the bob-haired “flapper” and her “sheik” to drink cocktails, smoke, and dance to jazz. Who could blame them? They could vote at last: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution had guaranteed that right in 1920. Millions of women worked in white-collar jobs and could afford to participate in the burgeoning consumer economy. The increased availability of birth-control devices made it possible for women to have fewer children. And new technologies like the washing machine and the vacuum cleaner eliminated some of the drudgery of household work. And so they indulged in their unprecedented freedoms, in my book Zafira and her friends whoop it up despite the hell they catch every morning.
In the fourth chapter, Zafira and her best pals, Florence and Deborah get all jazzed up for a night of dancing. Zafira is rocking an apricot chiffon bugle-bead dress, adorned with a long string of pearls wrapped twice around her neck as was the style. Her lips painted a plum red and her eyes rimmed black as night. According to Fashion Time Machine, one of the main brands popular during this decade was one we still know and use today, Maybelline. It was first created in 1915 by a 19-year-old entrepreneur who noticed his older sister Mabel applying a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust to her eyelashes to give them a darker, fuller look. To complete the look Flo lent Zafira her spiffy head band that rested across her forehead. Headbands / Scarves were all the rage at the time. Decorated with precious gems, patterns, metals or even feathers, the headband made the perfect flapper accessory. And the bohemian style has even made resurgence today thanks to music festivals. Women in the 20′s never left the house without a hat, gloves and a handbag. Other popular accessories worn during this decade were, long strands of pearls, bangles, dangling earrings, scarves, head bands and socks.
In Chapter Fifteen, our Time Traveling Bibliophile Sophia Marcil has been thrown into this body of her ancestor, Zafira Breathour and is sent on a trip to London, England with her mother and sister. As she follows the throng of women through the streets of London, listening to the sounds of lorries, cars and two horse-drawn hearses, she notices a woman in a cloche hat. Women in the Roaring 20′s did not leave the house without a hat or some type of head covering. There were many types of hats, the garden hat, the Musketeer hat, the Beret hats, toque hats, turbans and the 1920’s hat icon, and as I mention the ever popular cloche. These round shaped, snug fitting, helmet like felt or straw hats came so far down the forehead that visibility was only possible by lifting the chin up so she had to look down on people. Brims were a mere 2 inches at most. Some curled up, some angled out like a mini visor, and still others pointed down. By the end of the decade brims were nonexistent.
Curious as to how they would have looked, let’s jump into the fashion time machine. To see my smashing inspiration when styling these characters, check out my Pinterest page, Temple of Indra’s CURSE Book Two Inspiration.
Last night’s trouble has Zafira Breathour catchin’ more hell than usual. She’s accused her best friend’s no-good louse of a fiancé of putting another girl in the puddin’ club. Of course the boy’s family is wealthy and powerful and they’re now threatening to ruin the Breathour’s business. Zafira has no way to prove her accusations. Not without explaining her gift—the insightful dreams she’s been having for as long as she can remember. So now she’s stuck working at Papa’s store polishing this new purple sapphire gem set while babysitting her little sister Gigi and contemplating exile in London with her aunt Maggie. Then the blood moon arrives and she wakes from a doozy of a nightmare. She heads downstairs in search of a book to discover why she keeps dreaming that her Papa is going to kill her. Instead she finds a spell and a cursed sapphire. NEXT THING WE KNOW SOPHIA MARCIL IS PULLED BACK IN TIME.
Curious to know more about the Time Traveling Bibliophile and her cozy adventures into the past, check out the Temple of Indra’s Curse on Amazon. OR start at the beginning. Temple of Indra’s Jewel.
About The Author
Rachael Stapleton lives in a Second Empire Victorian home with her husband and two children in Ontario, Canada and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers.
Purchase Links –
Jewel – Amazon B&N
Curse – Amazon B&N
Lies – Amazon B&N
Witch – Coming Soon!
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