Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Looking for last minute Christmas present? Check out Rachael Stapleton's TEMPLE OF INDRA Series on Amazon.

If you have someone on your Christmas list who would enjoy being spirited away to a world of time travel and harrowing investigations, please check out The TEMPLE OF INDRA series on Amazon. Also available in paperback in the consignment section of the Peterborough, Vaughan and Ajax Chapters locations. (Be sure to ask where the consignment section is located)
"My sanity was wavering. It had all started when Nick pushed me. Then waking up in the body of the princess, being confined and chased and then once again jumping into a watery time portal and waking up in a hospital … And then there was Gigi’s reaction and death. How much was real?" Buy Now 


THE TEMPLE OF INDRA’S JEWEL is the first in a series of four. It is centered on the adventures/misadventures of Sophia Marcil, an unlucky-in-love librarian who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1857, where she is caught up in a plot for the throne. A modern day woman in the body of an 18th century princess, she believes she’s been cast in an elaborate dinner theatre, but as she’s pursued by suitors both odious and dreamy, she begins to investigate and unearths the truth. Her family’s heirloom has cursed her and tied her to a dangerous man, one who would stalk her in every life and do anything to possess her stone’s magic, including murder. Perhaps being a princess is not all fun and games.

"A sexy Lord of the Rings/Da Vinci Code/Twilight" Lacey Crowe - Published on Amazon.com

"This is a good read! Calling all Diana Gabaldon fans... if you are a fan of the Outlander series you will enjoy this book." Stephanie. Published onGoodreads.com

CURSE OF THE PURPLE DELHI SAPPHIRE is the second in a series of four. It is centered on the adventures/misadventures of time-traveling librarian Sophia Marcil, who is going to be murdered unless her love for books can save her—or rather one book in particular—The Book of Rochus.
It's been one year since Sophia last fell through time and her troublesome trinket has found her once more, this time in the form of an engagement ring. As usual it’s pulled her into a past life and placed her in terrible danger, the home of her nemesis circa 1920. Determined to change history and her fate, she attempts a spell from the five-hundred-year-old book given to her by a shopkeeper in London, but she unwittingly deepens her connection to her killer.
Sophia returns to the present and for her own safety goes to stay with Cullen's relative on the family estate, a property that has been passed down for generations. While there, she discovers a gravestone which makes her wonder if a murderer’s blood runs in her fiancee's veins. Desperate to uncover the truth, she searches for answers but doesn't like what she uncovers. In every life, her killer has been revealed as someone close to her and now she’s beginning to wonder if she’s being duped once again. Buy Now

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.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Coming In 2016: The Second Edition of THE TEMPLE OF INDRA'S JEWEL

Hey Hey Hey! Or should I say Ho Ho Ho!

I'm still alive...just in case you guys were wondering. I've had my fingers to the keyboard this past month revising THE TEMPLE OF INDRA'S JEWEL for re-release through my current publisher. I have to say I'm falling in love with the story and the characters all over again.

I know...I know...you want Book 3...not Book 1...again. The truth is I wrote the first book ten years ago and after completing three additional books (that's right...they are coming people) I can see that my writing style has changed and (fingers crossed) improved.
Needless to say, it irritates me that my series may not flow in terms of style. So after speaking with my editor-in-chief at Solstice Publishing, I decided to rewrite The Temple of Indra's Jewel. I blame the perfectionist within me.


Not to worry, the rewrite is about style and I'm being careful not to change the story. I know it wouldn’t be fair to all of you who love my story just the way it is. I just want to make everyone love the way I'm telling it.

So stayed tune...2016 is going to be good.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tipsy Tuesday Heads to the Beach with Cozy Mystery Author Sybil Johnson

Travel and make-believe go hand in hand. Whether we're in the present or the past, in a haunted castle, an enchanted forest or a broken down building, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and traveling the world can bring the imagination to life.
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Baby, it's cold outside... and it's not getting any warmer for the next few months. 

That's why today we're frolicking at the beach. So, turn up the fireplace, wrap that cozy blanket around and let's head to Los Angeles with Author Sybil Johnson. 

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The city of Vista Beach where the protagonist in my mystery series lives might be a fictional town, but it’s based on the real beach cities of Los Angeles County, in particular Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach. Each of these South Bay cities has inspired me in different ways. From them I’ve created my own beach town where my characters live, work, and play.

Let me take you on a mini-tour of some of the places that influenced my fictional world. We’ll start at the ocean and work our way inland.

Our first stop is the pier, what I think of as the focal point of most beach cities. Here’s where a lot of events occur all year round. Volleyball tournaments, pier-to-pier swims, pumpkin races, and sandcastle contests are just a few I’ve seen over the years. In this photo I took one November, you’ll see the Manhattan Beach pier that juts out over the water and the bike path that runs along the sand.

People enjoy the sand and ocean all year round though it’s more crowded in the summer. I prefer the beach in the winter myself when the crowds have thinned. During these months, the weather isn’t always optimal for sunbathing, but I’m more of a watching the ocean kind of person, anyway. Here’s a photo of an informal volleyball game I came across one Thanksgiving.

Until I moved to the beach I thought all of the cities along the coast were flat right down to the ocean. I was surprised to discover they’re quite hilly, at least the ones in my area are. As you can see in this next photo taken one July, the street down to the pier is quite steep. Imagine a cafe here on the left on the ocean side of the bike path. That’s where one is in the second book in the Aurora Anderson mystery series, Paint the Town Dead.

Walking along the path reserved for walkers and joggers, north of the pier we find a swing set on the sand facing the ocean. Imagine Rory and Detective Green swinging on a similar one, side-by-side, as they discuss the case in Paint the Town Dead.

Contrary to popular belief it’s not sunny here all the time. June usually brings overcast skies in the morning. Hence the term “June gloom” you may have heard. It usually burns off by afternoon, though I remember one summer not that long ago when we saw maybe an hour or two of sun per day for almost three months. During that time, I regularly drove inland to “visit the sun.”

The weather is fairly moderate along the coast. Temperatures are often ten to twenty degrees cooler than those quoted for downtown Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley and, in all the years I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen it freeze though it can get down into the 30s at night in the winter. When it’s hot, we usually cool off our house by opening windows and letting the ocean breeze in. A lot of homes in our area don’t have air conditioning because there’s little call for it. Recently though, we had a heat wave for a long enough period of time I was almost begging for central air!

Now let’s walk up the hill to the downtown area, a couple streets of shops of various kinds. This is the place where you’d find Arika’s Scrap ’n Paint, Rory’s mother’s store. Unfortunately, all of the tole painting stores I used to frequent in southern California have long since closed down.

Let’s move inland a half mile or so. Rory lives in a single-story stucco house she inherited from her grandmother. Older houses like hers are still sprinkled throughout the beach cities, though they are fast becoming a rarity, replaced by two-story homes that take up most of the lot. From here, Rory can walk downtown if she wishes though she does drive when she’s in a hurry or needs to deliver something to her mother’s store.

So there’s my little tour of my area of the world. There are other places to explore, but I’ll leave them for another time. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the places I use for inspiration while writing Rory’s adventures in the fictional 

The Ocean Painting Society invites you to join the painting wave…

It’s June in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, the place computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson calls home. Decorative painters are flocking to the newly built Akaw hotel to attend the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention.

During the week-long event, Rory plans on shopping the trade show floor, working in her mother’s booth, taking classes and connecting with other decorative painting fans. She doesn’t expect to witness her childhood friend collapse in class and die. When the police find no evidence of foul play, Rory embarks on her own investigation. Can she brush aside the lies to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice?

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, craft and hobby mysteries.


“Johnson paints characters with a folksy charm that makes them feel like family…Color me a fan!” – Diane Vallere, Author of the Material Witness, Style & Error, and Madison Night Mystery Series

“Rory is definitely a quirky character; she has the ability to draw the readers in so that they want to follow her through her adventures.” – Suspense Magazine

Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book Review of Carol J. Perry's Look Both Ways


Genre – Cozy Mystery
Series: A Witch City Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (October 27, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617733734

Look Both Ways by Carol J. Perry is the third book in Witch City Mystery series. Lee Barett teaches television production during the school year so to keep busy for the summer; she has volunteered to locate props for the drama program. With the reconstruction of her apartment after the fire complete, Lee is looking forward to furnishing it. She finds a bureau identical to one she loved as a child, complete with hidden compartments in a local antique store. The bureau comes from the estate of Helena Trent, a socialite presumed to have been killed by her husband.

Not long after purchasing the bureau, she returns only to discover the body of the shop keeper. Turns out the bureau comes complete with a mystery. Helena was known to possess a priceless pink diamond, but it disappeared upon her death. This prompts the question, do either of the murders have anything to do with the missing bauble?

I must admit while I am a fan of Carol J. Perry and her cozy town of Salem, Massachusetts, Look Both Ways felt at times both confusing and boring.  The book definitely had potential combining murders, secret compartments, missing jewelry, puzzles and lots of suspects but the characters fell flat, even Lee and O’Ryan felt like strangers. I doubt I would have finished the book if I wasn’t already a fan of the series. Throughout the book it becomes apparent that the killer will do anything to get the diamond but with so many suspects the police don't know where to look and neither did I. Her friend’s very convenient tarot reading warns her of a blond man leading you to consider Shea's estranged business partner? There is also Tommy Trent, Helena's husband newly released from jail? And of course Helena's stepson from her first marriage?  I usually enjoy a litany of options when it comes to the bad guy, but the scenarios were either drawn out or too vague. Lee begins investigating; using her developing psychic powers. The premise sounds wonderful unfortunately, the visions were boring—a woman on a beach with a dog. They weren’t particularly descriptive and nothing about them pulled me there despite being completely tied to the end. This is the opposite of how I felt when reading Carol’s first book in the series. Unfortunately, there were many unrelated and unnecessary elements to the plot that outright distracted and confused me. Things like the dream interpretation, the Feng shui, her new apartment, and of course the repetitive and stilted conversations.
The end was more interesting than the first three quarters but the two felt disconnected which is why I have to give it three witchy tarrot cards out of five. There were just too many elements that didn’t cohesively fit. I really did enjoy Carol’s previous books so I have high hopes for her next book.



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In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere--even in the furniture. . .
When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.

The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner's unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer--before the next one to be shut up is her. . .

Carol J. Perry knew as a child that she wanted to be a writer. A voracious reader, whose list for Santa consisted mostly of book titles, she never lost sight of that goal. While living in Florida, Carol was on assignment for Southern Travel Magazine, preparing an article on the world’s tallest sand castle which was being built near her home. That combination of events inspired her first young adult novel, Sand Castle Summer. That book was soon followed by half a dozen more. Always an avid reader of mysteries, Carol Perry’s debut mystery novel is set in Salem and involves a mysterious cat, several witches and some strange Halloween happenings. Appropriately enough, this Salem-born author celebrates her birthday on Halloween eve!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ready to Murder Some Words: Join Our Critique Group Starting Mid November

Calling All Writers in the Peterborough, Hasting & Campbellford area! I'm opening my home to a writers critique group that will begin Tuesday November 17th. Please drop a line if you are interested in joining on a biweekly basis. We are looking for supportive writers who can take and deliver constructive criticism, focusing on the things that work while making suggestions to strengthen and improve the piece and ultimately the writer.

Writing Circle: The Whodunnits: Writing To Kill For
City: Norwood
Location: Second Empire Victorian Home
Meeting day: Tuesday
Start time: 7 P.M
Meeting frequency: Bi-weekly (possibly weekly in the future)
Openings: Yes
Format: We currently have 3 members but we're open to a few more. Looking specifically for more mystery writers (cozies, historical, traditional). The plan is to send out a chapter (3500 words or less) for review a week ahead of time. This chapter will need to be printed and toted along for Tuesday's meeting where we will take turns reading aloud and providing feedback/editing. Don't forget to print your own chapter. Laptops and track edits changes are welcome if preferred.

Contact Name: Rachael Stapleton
Contact Information: raquelle.jackson@gmail.com 


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Vote Now: Who Should Be Solstice Publishing's Author of the Year?

Solstice Publishing will choose the Author of the Year, and they want to know what the readers think. Cast your vote for the author you most enjoyed this year. Click Here and scroll through the authors. Hope I make the cut.

Much Love,


Rachael Stapleton









Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Celebrating 11:11 Make a Wish!


OVER ONE THOUSAND BOOKS!


I once read that when you see 11:11 you should simply stop, and recognize the significance of the moment. So here I go.
In February Solstice published the second book in my TEMPLE OF INDRA series and for the first time since it was published I spent some time crunching numbers only to realize that as of August I hit the most magical number in the Universe.


I distributed 1,111 copies of CURSE OF THE PURPLE DELHI SAPPHIRE through Amazon. (Not including paperbacks sold through myself, stores or via the book launch.) Can I get a hell yeah!
These Canadians are not just celebrating the Toronto Blue Jays magical 2015 season, they are celebrating 1111 copies of Rachael Stapleton novels going out through Amazon. (Stay with me here.) I know what you’re thinking: “Holy Cow! Over a thousand books! You must be rich!” That’s what I was thinking, too! I'm no accountant but I’ve run the math and sadly I'm not. Still… it’s a milestone all the same. The fact that I’ve had 1,111 people download or purchase a copy of my book is a true blessing.

And in case you're wondering, I am still writing, albeit not nearly as frequently. Have no fear....I will be ramping back up...I just needed to spend a little quality time with my family while my husband focused on his career. I am happy to share that I have two books written, and I'm currently researching a third. I'm hoping 2016 will be a stellar year. Perhaps I'll be celebrating more milestones. Regardless, I'm doing what I love and I have all of you to thank for it. If you can count yourself among the 1,111 people who have gotten my book through Amazon, I am sincerely grateful to you. And if you’re one of the people who has come to a book signing or posted a review on Amazon or in any way expressed to me that you enjoyed my book – again, thank you so much. Surprisingly I don’t have the words to tell you how much it means to me.

Being a writer is a vulnerable job. I open my imagination as well as my heart and allow my readers to climb inside, I would be lying if I said it wasn't at times terrifying but it's also rewarding and if you’re among those 1111, I appreciate what you’ve done to help make it a little less so. The real reward isn’t making millions of dollars with my writing (although that would be nice...do you hear me Universe), the real success is having fans respond favorably to the things I’ve written. Thank you so much for making these last couple of years a success! Perhaps it's time for me to make another wish.


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Meet Joyce and Jim Lavene: This Week's Treasured & Tipsy Timeslip Travellers

Five Places We Would Like to go and why
By Joyce and Jim Lavene

What a fun way to say something about our new book, A Dickens of a Murder! As writers and readers we can travel places many people can never hope to visit. It’s as easy to go to Mars or explore under the seas as it is to go down the block to the grocery store. We’ve indulged our imaginations to travel around the universe which makes it hard to choose five places we’d like to go. But we’ll give it a whirl!



Note from the bloghost: It is with great sadness I report the passing of Joyce Lavene. She died Oct. 20th at the age of 61 not long after writing this post. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Joyce, I was honored that she stopped by my blog. It is a common sentiment that she was an intelligent, funny, talented woman born to write. My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Jim, her children and grandchildren. Please feel free to leave a message below and please enjoy some of her final thoughts and words.


1. Probably the first place we’d like to go would be Mars. We’ve been before with John Carter, courtesy of his creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, who also took us into the earth and into the deepest part of the jungle. We’d love to help John figure out all of the problems on Mars.


















2. We’d love to go under the sea with Captain Nemo in his wonderful submarine. We visited with him for a short time but it’s been years and we’re longing to go again. His creator Jules Verne was a revolutionary writer who foresaw so many things that we are just starting to create today.
3. We’d love to help Agatha Christie watch the goings-on aboard the Orient Express.  We both like hats so no problem with the period clothing. Hercule might be able to teach us a thing or two about solving mysteries and we love dark train tunnels!



















4. Who wouldn’t like to be with the first group of explorers to discover Egyptian mummies buried for thousands of years beneath the sand? Okay, so there was a curse, but its a small price to pay to be the first to walk through those ancient tombs in thousands of years. Sign us up for the expedition!

5. We long to hear the mournful cry of the hound on the moors and follow Sherlock Holmes as he solves the mystery of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle can bring the pipe tobacco. We’ll bring the good whiskey and a small revolver to keep ourselves warm and out of trouble.

Perhaps now you’re saying that those aren’t real places. Maybe so but they are as real to us as many places that we could drive or walk to right now. When you’ve been to such places as you can find in the pages of a book – it can take something away from those ‘real’ places.
Writing a book is the same experience. We’d love to live in our Renaissance Village with Jessie and Chase. We’ve been to Duck, NC but wish we could have visited Missing Pieces, our protagonist’s shop of the boardwalk. We’ve seen in our minds the three-story house in Old Towne Portsmouth, Virginia that becomes the Canterville Book Shop, but we’d love to walk in and talk to the ghost of Charles Dickens.
That might seem crazy to people who don’t read, but we know readers understand what we mean. Books have taken us everywhere. We hope you’ll have an opportunity to let our books take you somewhere special too!

Thanks for reading!



Canterville Book Shop Mystery 1
Genre - Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 111 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (November 3, 2015)
ASIN: B015269QSI

Christmas at Canterville!

Lisa Wellman and Simon Canterville are surprised to find a dead man on their roof in the midst of rushing to open the Canterville Book Shop in time for the holidays. And not just any dead man – Ebenezer Hart – the man who opposed the book shop opening in Olde Town, Portsmouth, Virginia.
What might be more surprising is when Daniel Fairhaven – Lisa’s ex – turns up at the door of the three-story Victorian house to head the police investigation. She hasn’t seen him in years but the sparks start to fly as soon as they are in the same room together.

Simon and Lisa are obviously the best suspects for the murder. Each of them had something to gain by Hart’s death. Then an attempt on Simon’s life throws that theory into a tailspin.
But the biggest surprise yet comes when the ghost of Charles Dickens turns up to help Lisa with the murder investigation – and writing the mystery novel she has been working on for years.
Without a doubt, Daniel and Dickens in Lisa’s life means trouble. And there’s still the matter of trying to get the book shop open with a killer on their heels.

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Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.






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Monday, October 12, 2015

Adventures of a Bookish Foodie: Meet Guest Host Stella McLeod

Hi there I’m Stella McLeod. I write paranormal and contemporary romance but like all authors there’s more to me than that. I am a Clinical Psychologist and I’m also a trained chef. (Elizabeth Russell’s French Cookery School, London and The Cordon Bleu, London). 

My new release is a paranormal romance, Always Have and Always Will, about an Immortal ancient warrior and his long dead partner who has been reincarnated after 2000 years as a modern woman.

Some people say authors are born not made, I think authors are just people who decide they want to write. The only problem is that once you begin you don’t want to do anything else.  I decided I wanted to write when I was a teenager. I was abysmal at Maths, Physics and Chemistry but I was good at English so I entered competitions and started winning awards. And that old adage about positive reinforcement strengthening behaviour is true. But what I didn’t know and wasn’t to learn until I became a Clinical Psychologist was that intermittent reinforcement is the most powerful force human behaviour.






The biggest problem about being an author is it’s sedentary. You sit in a chair for hours on end and when you’re on a roll you don’t want to even get up for a loo break or a cuppa! And when it’s going slow or you’re editing or writing in the middle of the night you have to think a lot which requires sustenance, nibbles, coffee, chocolate, often alcoholic beverages. And then there are all your writer friends you have to keep up with or keep informed through emails, face-book, blogs, websites, launches, cover reveals, writing holidays, get togethers, etc etc. So there is a tendency for even the youngest, beautiful, tanned and slimmest of authors to get a little older, paler, tubby or bottom heavy as the years go by. It can be an occupational hazard which is why it’s better to have your author photography done early in your career, head shots preferably. (Romance authors love each other regardless of poundage but fans can be a little more sensitive to change especially the ones who confuse their authors with their favorite heroines!)

I have lots of pinterest boards including many food ones as well as book ones. You can find my one there for this book. (I also write a series of cook books under the pseudonym D & P Gramp which sell through Amazon).

My love for food is something that’s never going to change and I have a successful food blog with one of my daughters. It’s TheCulinaryLibrary.com, so you can also visit me there.

Rather than select a recipe today I’ve included some images from my food blog, ones that don’t need a recipe, ones that will hopefully inspire some creativity.
I hope you enjoy them while you’re reading Always Have and Always Will.
The digital download is available here:
The printed book is available here:



Kind regards

Stella Mcleod


Always Have and Always Will
The Omega Series
Book 1
Stella McLeod

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: October 1, 2015

ISBN: 1500270598
ASIN: 978-1500270599

Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 70,000

Formats available:         pdf

Cover Artist: Hang Le

Book Description:        

Reincarnation is easy until you have to face being murdered a second time. A life destroyed 2000 years in the past, a buried Greek temple with the secret to Immortality, ancient families torn apart by betrayal and a modern reincarnated woman who holds the key.

Ana Black thinks a villa on a Greek Island will be the perfect summer holiday but her plans don’t include Alexander Petrakis. He’s an ancient warrior who thinks he’s Immortal, says he’s waited 2000 years for her to return and claims she’s his reincarnated lover, a woman he freely admits he failed to protect in her past life. Even if she believes him and gives him a second chance, what hope he won’t fail her again?

With a past she cannot escape and a future he cannot accept, all they have is the present. Will they find a way or are they both out of time?

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Chapter 1. Island of Monemvasia, Greece. Present day.

“I would rather be tied to the soil as another man’s serf ...than be King of all these dead and destroyed.” ~ HOMER, The Odyssey

When the last shutters close nothing moves but the wind in the trees and the thin fabric of my dress as it drums and billows in the air.
I knew it was a mistake, like my hair. When I’d left it had been neatly arranged in a loose knot and now it’s unraveling out of control. Like my life.
The streets are quiet and everyone is inside but I try not to think about the shitty weather, try to pretend it’s not a bad omen. The oppressive summer heat has given way to warm autumn days that gave no hint of the winter to come, the blue skies were bluer, the air cleaner.
Until today. Today the grey started and rain threatened.
A short while ago I felt safe, now my imagination creates danger where there is none. But it doesn’t matter, just like the rain and mist in the darkening streets don’t matter and the shutters closed against the coming storm don’t matter. The local villagers snug and warm behind those shutters though, are smarter than me.
But I have no choice. I have to meet him or the Greek authorities are going to burn my passport, lock me up and throw away the key.
I rub my arms, not for warmth but to brush away the goose bumps that thinking of Alexander Petrakis brings. I should be scared and I am, I should abandon my crazy plan but I can’t, and if I try walking any faster in these high-heeled shoes skipping the country is going to be a lot harder with a broken leg.
So I keep my head down, watching for rising cobblestones that might trip me up and see a scruffy dog instead. He’s too happy to see me, too sad to be anything but a stray. If he were mine I’d have him inside on a night like this. So I stop for a few minutes to give him a scratch behind the ears and a few words of comfort.
“Gotta go now,” I say shooing him off gently, making promises I can’t keep, watching him amble away with his hunched shoulders and limp tail in search of comfort and shelter he will never find. I walk away fast, think of other things but my hearts racing and breaking for not turning around and not doing the right thing. I should take a lesson from him, do a runner and take him with me. But it’s too late for me for that.
I pass an ancient olive tree that flashes its leaves to me in the wind, flipping them silver to green then silver again, sending me a thousand SOS’s. I ignore their warning and instead look out to sea at the jutting island with its crumbling relic and ancient ruins that fills tourists with awe. I shudder. It makes my flesh crawl and affects my mood. Dark weather stirs dark thoughts, and dark thoughts are perfect for dark deeds.
Across the narrow straight of choppy sea I estimate distance, current, and opportunity. It’s far, but not too far to steer a boat against the tide. I calculate the risk of missing the dock against the likelihood of being smashed against the rocks; glad I didn’t make that mistake.
That mistake I avoided by going the long way around and walking across the long causeway, but I’ve made plenty of others.
He’s chosen the place. I would have preferred the plush Chrisovoulo or the Kastraki for our meeting rather than his stuffy restaurant but he’s insisted, owns it evidently. I guess it doesn’t really matter in the end because I doubt I’ll feel safe anywhere in Greece at the moment. At the moment I just feel betrayed.
I walk along the waterfront then turn into the small lane and make my way carefully up the steps to the Bellagio. I don’t want to open the door. That fact alone should chill me to the bone, instead
I’m on fire, feel slightly sick, getting a temperature maybe. I take a deep breath, push harder and step across the threshold into my future and a blast of hot air where my skin is cold, then hot, then cold again; tingling with dread or excitement, I’m not sure which. My senses are confused. My life is confused. Same old, same old, nothing new tonight then for Ana Black.



About the Author:

McLeod’s books deliver exotic and interesting locations with characters flawed in quirky everyday ways and as a Clinical Psychologist, she draws on psychological insights into human behaviour and motivation to bring her story and characters to life. Published for over twenty years in a variety of media including television, books, electronic and print media, with additional qualifications as a London trained chef, food writer and lecturer means her readers will always find psychological complexity, tension and food written into her books. Stella McLeod is a member of the Australian Romance Writers Association.