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Monday, July 13, 2015

Regal Rubies

Cindy Spencer Pape:

I've always loved the deep scarlet hue of rubies. Although they come in a variety of tones from pink to crimson, the deepest red, or "pigeon blood" has always been the most prized, and the more clear it is, the more valuable the stone. (A ruby in any color other than a shade of red is called a sapphire--the two stones are the same, chemically.) A few years ago I bought a pendant and bracelet with opaque magenta stones that were called "Indian rubies."

At first I assumed these were another kind of mineral--in the western US, for instance, "desert rubies" are actually a totally different, if still pretty red stone called spinel that is much softer. I did some research, though and discovered these pinker, more opaque stones are actually just cloudy rubies (ones with a high level of impurities) and though not as valuable as their more clear counterparts, they are the same mineral. Of further note is that there are many legends of magical properties surrounding the ruby.

Like all the things rolling around inside an author's brain, I cataloged this knowledge, never knowing if it might come in handy. It did, when I began to write Ether & Elephants, book 8 of my Gaslight Chronicles steampunk romance series. Since the hero and heroine, Nell and Tom, have to go to India to solve a mystery. They needed to be searching for something special--something with magical properties. But how would something like a magic ruby hide in plain sight?

Well, now, maybe you have a clue. :)

Ether & Elephants releases from Carina Press on July 20, one week from today. You can preorder it now on Amazon, and it will also be available from Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! (Or winter for those of you below the equator!)

Blurb: Sir Thomas Devere and Eleanor Hadrian have loved each other most of their lives—but sometimes love doesn't conquer all.
Their chance at happiness was ruined by Tom's hasty marriage to someone else. Heartbroken, Nell left home, finding a new life as a teacher at a school for the blind. But when one of her supernaturally gifted students, Charlie, is kidnapped, Tom reappears and her worlds collide.

Tom claims he hasn't seen his wife since the day of their marriage…yet he fears the missing student could be his son.

The deeper they dig, the more Tom and Nell discover: a deadly alchemist, more missing gifted children and long-suppressed feelings neither of them is ready for. A race on airship across England and India may lead them to answers—including a second chance at love—but only if all of British Society isn't destroyed first.


Judy Baker said...

I enjoyed your post, Cindy. Best of luck on your new release, which sounds intriguing.

Rose Anderson said...

Fascinating info on rubies. I love learning news things! Best luck on the newest, Cindy.

Melissa Keir said...

What a beautiful cover! I am excited that you are having them on Audible. What a fun treat! Rubies are my son's they are one of my favorite stones.

Paris said...

The covers for this series have always been awesome and this one is gorgeous! I love this series, as you know:) and I've been waiting impatiently for Tom and Nell's story. I'm blocking out a reading holiday the minute it arrives!

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks for the great info about rubies. I love the cover of your new book, the title too. It sound like a terrific story.

jean hart stewart said...

Sound like an unusually intriguing book. Love the complications implicit in the plot..

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Thank you all. It's always bittersweet, wrapping up a series, so I did try to save the best for last.

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