Temple of Indra's Series
by Rachael Stapleton
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.
About The AuthorRachael 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.
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Interview with Rachel Stapleton
Thanks for having me.
1. Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
I don’t like romantic comedies or women’s fiction. I can count on one hand the number of emotional films/books I’ve enjoyed. That’s why I love cozy mysteries. Give me funny, action adventure or a good murder mystery any day. I can only tolerate romance if there are dead bodies trailing in the wake of their love. Over the years, many people have come to me with ideas for books and/or asked me to write their story but I can’t do it. I don’t like to tap into real emotion. It’s not that I’m out of touch with my emotions, quite the opposite. Writers feel and live what they’re writing and for me there is such a thing as feeling too much. It’s a drain on your health. I personally believe that’s why so many writers/artists turned to alcohol. So, for my own happiness I keep it light and bloody.
2. What made you want to become a writer?
I honestly couldn’t tell you what made me want to become a writer, although it is what I wanted to do, even as a child. What I can say is that writing a story makes me happy, like true smile in your soul happy. When an idea grabs me—there’s no better feeling. The scenes play out in my head like a movie. I’m very visual so I imagine every little detail. I wake up every morning and I feel grateful that after I take my kids to school and get my exercise in, I get to sit down in my recliner with my coffee and my protein bar and create. That’s it. That’s why I keep doing it.
3. What is your favorite part of the book SERIES?
That’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. You know, you really love them all equally—at least that’s what you tell people—but there’s something that resonates differently with each one. Also, whatever one hasn’t screamed in your ear that morning, that’s your fave. So, to answer your question, I would say my favorite kid for today is my latest release, TEMPLE OF INDRA’S LIES. Specifically, the scenes that involve Alexandra Cuza a.k.a Saundra—the Witch of Dunlace. She is mistress and advisor to Lord Uilliam McQuillan. She’s a misunderstood character who you get to know even better in book four, and most of her scenes take place in the massive mermaid’s cove below Dunlace Castle. She’s always up to no good and the weather in her scenes is violent and stormy reflecting that. In this book she uses her prophetic sight to plot her revenge against her lover, Lord McQuillan and his family over a perceived wrong that happened in a past life. A situation that will come full circle with Sophia’s own story in book four. Releasing soon.
4. What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?
That’s between me and my probation officer. Wink Wink. Just kidding but I’m still not telling. Actually I will share the one thing that always amuses me and that’s playing board games with my family. My Dad cracks me up. He never follows the rules and he usually messes up his answer and it’s always hysterical. All I have to do is think of those memories and I’m in stitches. I’m very grateful for every minute I get with my parents and my siblings but playing board games with them takes the cake.
5. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans? Yes, thank you for your support. I love hearing from fans and reading reviews. I’d also like to say that even if you have read my first two books—the original Temple of Indra books—please pick up the latest revised versions, Jewel and Curse. I realize people don’t want to pay for the same book with a different cover but that is not the case. These books are very different. They have a lot more content and they are written in a new style that is seamless to books three and four. I’ve done everything I can to make them as cost effective as possible. I’ve even included them in the Kindle Unlimited program so that they are free to anyone who belongs. Please check them out, and let me know what you think. Or you could even win a copy.
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