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Thursday, May 27, 2010

As Timeless As Stone

In a day dream I had, a missing head was placed back on the neck of a statue which then came to life. I thought now there’s the beginning of a story and As Timeless As Stone was born. I love history and I often include historical figures in my work, As Timeless As Stone is no exception. The key secondary character is none other than the founder of Scientific Egyptology, Jean François Champollion, who is best known for his work on deciphering the Rosetta stone. He was also a loving father and husband and I included his wife Rosine Blanc and his daughter Zoraide as well. I am thrilled to bring them from the pages of history and place them in my story. Of course I love my handsome Parisian, Egyptologist hero and my ancient Egyptian priestess heroine even more.

My hero Ricard is an 18th century Paris gentleman, but underneath his top hat lies a mop of blond hair and the hard muscles of his chest and shoulders fill out his dark frock coat. You can feel the masculine heat radiating from his body as you peer into his piercing blue eyes. Ricard’s quirk is he’s bothered by the drudgery and hard lives of servants and the working class so he tinkers with brass and steam engines. He invented two brass robots, who help his cook with all household tasks though they have trouble going through doors and entrance ways, they both try to squeeze through together. The cook and Seshat find the brass men to be very noisy. The cook has told Ricard on many occasions to not even think about replacing her with a brass robot.

My heroine, Seshat is an ancient Egyptian priestess. A tall, alluring woman with smooth, golden skin and shiny ebony hair falling to her narrow waist. The defined bone structure of her oval face appears chiseled by the finest artist and thin black lines of kohl rim her brown, almond shaped eyes. Seshat has a hard time adjusting to 19th century Parisian fashions. She’s happy with a chemise but can’t understand why you would add anything to it, much less layers of petticoats followed by a dress. Also as a priestess she has some taboos and one of them is wearing anything that comes from an animal, such as wool. This causes a problem. There is a scene in the story where Seshat throws off all her clothes except for the chemise and runs down the Champs Élysée as Ricard, the couturier, and the police prefect all give chase.

The purpose of this fun filled fantasy is to sweep you away from the cares and woes of the real world as you share Seshat and Ricard’s rousing adventure spanning Ancient Egypt to 1830’s Parris.

Here is the blurb: Though society stands in their way, can love transcend time with the aid of robotics and ritual? In peril for her life, the Priestess Seshat turns herself to stone in ancient Egypt. Centuries later, Ricard, a dashing nineteenth century Frenchman, repairs a broken statue and reads its incantation--unprepared for the gorgeous flesh and blood woman who steps forth. Seshat is drawn to the brass robots Ricard creates and the glamour of the Victorian age, and most of all to Ricard himself. But the society of his day cannot accept a woman like her. How far will Ricard go to secure her happiness? Is their love strong enough to transcend time itself?

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Lorrie said...

Sounds like an intriguing premise for the tale. A very different twist with the statue. I'll be sure to check this one out.

Katalina Leon said...

"As Timeless as Stone" sounds just luscious! Great premise. Best wishes with this book!

jean hart stewart said...

Fantastic idea...sounds different and a definite TBR. Good luck with it, Jean

April Ash said...

Love the idea of your book...mixing different times and having the H/H try to resolve their differences. Robots? Wonderful addition!

Anonymous said...

What a unique plot idea and setting! And the book's cover is lovely. Congratulations.


Cornelia said...

I just got home from the day job so I'm posting now. Thank you so much for your comment Lorrie. I really appreciate it.

Cornelia said...

Dear Kat,

Thank you so much for the kind words. That means so much. I appreciate it.

Thank you,

Maeve Alpin

Cornelia said...

Thank you so much for commenting Jean. I appreciate that so much. Thank you for the kind words, they mean the world to me.

thank you,

Maeve Alpin

Cornelia said...

Thank you April, I'm so glad you love the premise for the book. I had so much fun mixing different times when I was writing it. I appreciate your kind words.

Thank you,

Maeve Alpin

Cornelia said...

Dear P McCrillis,

I love the cover also. Thank you so much for you kind words. Your comments mean the world to me.

Thank you,

Maeve Alpin

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