Tuesday, May 4, 2010

As Timeless As Stone by Maeve Alpin

Hi Everyone,

My Steampunk/romance, AS TIMELESS AS STONE, will be released May 17th. To celebrate I'm giving away a Steampunk Necklace to one lucky winner among all those who retweet my post on twitter. Drawing will be May 18th and the winner will be announced on a tweet and here.

As Timeless as Stone by Maeve Alpin is as timeless as the sand in an hourglass. I really can't contain myself. This short story was like uncovering a priceless artifact. It read like a full length novel. Both Ricard and Seshat were interesting characters. There was definitely passion between Ricard and Seshat. If you haven't tried a steam punk novel yet, then you should give As Timeless as Stone a try. I can't wait to see what Maeve Alpin serves up next." Reviewed by Cheryl at Maniac Readers http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=reviews&bookid=6563

"Seshat and Ricard are a cool couple. I liked Seshat's attitude and I felt like Alpin did her research. Ricard represented the dashing, intelligent scholar to a T. The writing is fluid and smooth." Reviewed by Ash at Rites of RomanceReviews


I (under my pen name Maeve Alpin) will be a guest blogger at TRS Blue's Blog http://trsblue.blogspot.com/?zx=2ad8520f9128e059 on May 19th – Please stop by and post comments. I appreciate it.

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
also. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jZVE5uF24Q

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
Steamed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri3zPE5OqJg

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.

Author: Maeve Alpin
GENRE: Steampunk/Romance
ISBN: N: 978-1-61650-151-8
Release date: May 17 2010
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publisher web site: http://lyricalpress.com/

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 Fran├žois 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.

If you live in or near Houston Texas please come out to the Houston Highland Games May 15th and 16th, I'll be there signing my books. http://www.houstonhighlandgames.com/