Friday, March 5, 2010


I hope everyone had a great Valentine Day and I hope you all have a happy St.
Patrick Day. First I have discoveries of the month. Then it's this month's Surf the Net column, on Steampunk videos and a sneak peak with blurb and excerpt of my Steampunk/Romance, As Timeless As Stone,coming in May.

Kents Cavern is a cave system in Torquay, Devon, England, notable for its
archaeological and geological features.

4000 years ago Balding Siberians Roamed Greenland.

Ancient Settlement in AndalucĂ­a. Lost city of Atlantis 'could be buried in
southern Spain.

Ancient timbers uncovered as part of engineering work and mistaken for modern
fence-posts could belong to a 4,000-year-old walkway across marshland on the
Norfolk-Suffolk border,

New evidence about the extent and sophistication of Britain's links with Europe
in the Bronze Age as well as the remarkable seafaring abilities of the people
during the period.

Steampunk Videos:

1. How to Make a Steampunk Outfit
This video hooks you up to Steampunk fashion so you can sew your own outfit.
Take an old shirt and steampunk it up with a breast plate and brass buttons.
Make bloomers out of an old sheet. So now all you need is the brass goggles.

2. Carrah Rossini's Amazing Airships
An airship opera. This is so beautiful, this fantasy photo montage of airships
are incredible. You feel like you are really there in the posh over the top
splendor of a steampunked Victorian age.

3. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters: Book Trailer
I read this book. Like most writers, I read quite a bit. The book isn't one of
my favorites but it is interesting and it's a fun read. The book trailer is fun

4. Abney Park - Airship Pirate remastered version – steampunk
Here is the foremost Steampunk rock group, Abney Park, singing about airship
pirates just like those out of Cherie Priest's Boneshaker or Kate Macalister's

5. 1884: Yesterday's Future Promo Trailer
This is so cute and so funny. I love this video. It is at a time like this that
the true British hero knows instincly what he must do, inwardly panic.

6. Steampunk Novel - The Table of Shadows - Trailer 1
Here's a book trailer for The Table of Shadows by A., J. Parker. Let this
trailer takes you to a world where science has made great leaps before its time.

7. Cup Of Brown Joy – Elemental
For the tea lovers. Here's a steampunk video about tea. It's fun and hilarious.
Victoria would have loved it. She acutely put scotch in her tea.

Coming in May from Lyrical Press, here is a sneak peak at my first

Title: As Timeless As Stone
Author: Maeve Alpin
GENRE: Steampunk/Romance
ISBN: N: 978-1-61650-151-8
Release date: May, 2010
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publisher web site:


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?

Ricard stepped back as his gaze devoured the entire woman, though stiff and
lifeless. The stone looked like lush, sun-warmed skin. Her oval face was dark
and delicate, with full, rosy lips. He admired her long lithe body, clad in a
sheer, white, sleeveless dress, held up only by two delicate linen shoulder
straps. He longed to roam his fingers and lips over her high perched breast and
the thin waist which flared into curved hips and lithe thighs. Then, down to her
pretty legs and her slender feet garbed in white papyrus sandals, of the station
she depicted, an Egyptian priestess of the Middle Kingdom.
He drank in her beauty, then he noticed the ornament lying in the valley between
her breasts, a thick ankh of gold hung from a chain. His fingers absently tried
to grab hold of the necklace but it was only part of the statue, no matter how
real it seemed.

"What is this?" He looked at the plaque in the statue's stone hands, held
beneath the ankh. The last hieroglyphic depicted the symbol for life, an ankh,
held up to the woman's nose. Ricard read it silently, sounding it out, Nce xarp
wt pwwne Ab etoot abrem... Toujo Abrem etoot pwwne ab... xarp wt au ai ankh qe,
and translated it under his breath. "God Horus, as you turned my flesh to
stone... God Horus, save me, make me whole...change my stone to flesh...give me
the nose breath of life, once more."

The room vibrated and an unnatural wind swirled within. Ricard's hair stood on
end, but he could not tear his eyes away from the statue. He grabbed the ankh,
and this time it gave way, lifting from the statue's chest. The curiosity that
drove him as a scientist, as an Egyptologist, caught hold and as strange as this
all seemed, he felt he had come this far, he had to see it through. Laying the
ankh against the statue's small nose, Ricard acted out the last hieroglyphic on
the plaque.

He shuddered at the sound of a gush of breath. A flash of light struck inside
the room. The shock knocked the breath out of him. The statue moved, but she
wasn't stone anymore.

Jean François gasped and stepped back.

Ricard couldn't move. It's a living, breathing woman. He dropped the ankh and it
fell against her chest, which now rose and fell with heaving breaths. Ricard
managed to step back on shaky legs. He gaped at her, unable to think or speak.

The priestess shrieked. Her brown eyes glowed with anger. "Come near me you
Hyksos cobra, and you will die!" she warned in Old Egyptian.

Druid Bride coming Summer of 2010

Timeless as stone coming from Lyrical Press 05/2010