CURSE OF THE PURPLE DELHI SAPPHIRE is about Sophia Marcil, a former librarian who has been betrayed and murdered by someone close to her in every life—this is her curse to bear—and she’s about to realize that some things never change.
Great title, fantastic cover, who did it and what is the correlation to the story?
Thanks! The cover was designed by Rebecca Boyd of Rebecca Leigh Photography. She’s amazing to work with. The image was inspired by Chapter Four. Sophia has once again been pulled into the past—this time into the body of her sixteen year old Great Aunt Zafira. 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.
What genre is it?
It’s a romantic time-travel mystery adventure. Basically everything but the kitchen sink.
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Highly intelligent people…just kidding…but them too. I think anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned action packed, suspenseful page-turner.
Complete this sentence for us: if you like ______________, then you’ll love Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire.
If you like Heather Graham, Diana Gabaldon or Indiana Jones, you’ll love my book.
If you like red wine, sarcastic friendships or breathing, you’ll love my book.
If you like fictional handsome Irish boyfriends, then you’ll love my book and Cullen.
What’s so cool about Cullen?
I adore Cullen. He’s manly without being macho. He grew up in a home where his parents were truly happy, and because of that he’s in it for the long haul and he’s looking for that same ideal love. His relationship with Sophia isn’t perfect but even when he’s angry and perhaps a little dangerous, he’s easy to love, maybe a little too easy to love. Sophia is always trusting the wrong people. Insert evil laugh.
And what about Sophia? What else do we need to know about her. Sophia is more powerful than she understands although she’s slowly coming to that realization. She’s always stumbling into trouble and she never knows who to trust unfortunately by the time she figures it out, she’s usually being attacked. There are some funny scenes with her in this book—my favorite is the one where she’s intoxicated and lusting over Cullen while simultaneously freaking out because she’s found evidence to suggest he’s a murderer. She was a lot of fun to write in this book and I was happy to get into character with a bottle of wine, alongside her. J
What would you like the reader to feel as they read the final word of your book?
Satisfied—I want them to feel—rumpled hair, beating heart, uncap a beer—sort of satisfied. My first book leaves the reader wondering—so with this one—I just want to wrap up the mystery although I do leave it open for another adventure.
What else do we need to know about you?
I’m addicted to red wine, chocolate, hummus and books, and once I start reading, all I want to do is get back to that story. I don’t understand people who can read the same book for months or a year. To combat my love for alcohol, fats and sugar, I train for fitness competitions. This way I have no choice but to enforce willpower for at least 17 weeks at a time.
I have two kids who look just like my husband even though I birthed them…talk about not fair. My only consolation is that my husband is gorgeous and he makes my real life easy so I have time to indulge my fictional one.
Have you written any other books that we should read next?
You bet! THE TEMPLE OF INDRA’S JEWEL is also available on Amazon and it’s the first book in the series although you can read the second one as a standalone. I also have a short story being published in a Solstice Publishing Valentine’s Day Anthology. It’s called DINNER IN THE DARK and it’s a prequel to how Sophia and Cullen really met. I have three other stories in the works.
Have you got a website and/or blog where we can keep up with your work?
What about social media?
What’s up next for you?
Tomorrow I’ll be stopping by A.B Funkhauser’s Blog. http://abfunkhauser.com/ You can see all of my other Blog Tour Stops on the media page of my website www.rachaelstapleton.com There will be a rafflecopter contest running from February 9th to 23rd for prizes. Hit the tour stops along the way to win.
Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire
Temple of Indra Series
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?
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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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