Sequels, Prequels and Interquels

Be careful, the note said, for I had found a phantom. Albert Price had been known across Europe for the past fifty years, although if he were real or a legend, no one knew. – The Alchemist of Rome

When your main character has lived for centuries, are your books sequels, prequels or interquels?

The Alchemist of Paris and The Alchemist of Rome – plus some coffee rings on the table, evidence of the many cups of coffee consumed during writing!

The Alchemist of Paris is set in 1820, and centres around a mysterious scientist called Albert Price. In one scene, he tells the heroine, Elise, that he had lived in Rome many years before. After I finished the Paris story, I began to wonder. What had happened to Price in Rome? Who had he met? Was there a villain who had pursued him – a bad alchemist, the opposite of Price?

Sequel – a story continuing or expanding from an earlier work but complete in itself (Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Twilight Series)

Prequel – a story describing events prior to the story

Interquel – a story describing events that takes place in a period between two other books

The Alchemist of Rome is therefore the sequel and the prequel to The Alchemist of Paris. It tells the story of Albert Price’s time in Rome in the 1760s – the era of the Grand Tour when European aristocrats were re-discovering the ancient world, and the elixir of life seemed entirely believable.

Being immortal, maybe some of Price’s acquaintances survived until this day. Perhaps a modern-day tourist would meet one of these immortals, and cross paths with some other characters from The Alchemist of Paris.

I hope readers can read the books in any order, as they are both complete stories.

Now I’ve finished, I realized three of my characters, Albert Price, Elise and Antonio, lived in England in the 19th century. Another sequel (or prequel or interquel) is forming in my mind – a gas-lamp mystery called The Alchemist of London perhaps?

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The ebook of The Alchemist of Paris is on sale for 99 cents until early next week.

Cover Reveal: The Alchemist of Rome

The Alchemist of Rome

Cover Design by Adriana Hanganu, adipixdesign.com

Beware when magic crosses your path. You may live, but you will live to regret it.

Almost one year ago, on 31 March 2017, I first set pen to paper on The Alchemist of Rome, the sequel to The Alchemist of Paris.

There’s some familiar characters and some new ones. The mystery begins in Rome, and then moves to the Amalfi Coast and Malta – I always love a book where the characters travel.

This wonderfully atmospheric cover was designed by Adriana at adipixdesign.com

Cover Reveal – The Alchemist of Paris

 

Cover design by adipixdesign.com

Cover design by adipixdesign.com

I am very excited to reveal the cover design of ‘The Alchemist of Paris’, created by the wonderful Adriana Hanganu of adipixdesign.com.

‘The Alchemist of Paris’ is a gothic mystery set in modern day and 1820s Paris.

A young woman searches for a forgotten mansion in the heart of modern Paris. The only clue to its location lies in an extraordinary nineteenth century diary, which reveals a tale of deceit, magic, betrayal and immortal love.

More to come in the coming weeks!

“Midnight in Dublin” – new cover reveal

 

Midnight in Dublin - cover design by adipixdesign.com

Midnight in Dublin – cover design by adipixdesign.com

 

Here is the amazing new cover for “Midnight in Dublin” created by Adriana Haganu at adipixdesign.com.

“Midnight in Dublin” is a supernatural thriller with magical realism elements, set in Dublin, Ireland. Here is the plot:

When Lizzy James flies to Dublin, all she wants is to forget her worries and have a relaxing weekend. But the mist-shrouded streets hold many memories from the carefree summer she spent as a student in the city, and she cannot shake off the feeling that something is unfinished. The past grows stronger when Lizzy receives a message from an old friend, the annoying and glamorous Alice, who has gone from one dazzling (and surprising) success to another since college.

But perfect Alice has a guilty secret – on their last night in Dublin seven years ago, Alice swapped destinies with Lizzy. The deal ends at midnight that very night.

Lizzy has no choice but to join Alice as they race across the city, unravelling the past and confronting their supernatural pursuers. Their fates entwined, the girls have one night to put things right and restore destiny to its proper path. If they fail, not only is their destiny and happiness at stake, but Lizzy’s very soul. Will what was meant to be, finally be? As the hour draws near, anything can happen at midnight in Dublin.

I need you! (If you’d like to be a book reviewer that is). If you’d like to read “Midnight in Dublin”, or know someone who might, please send me an email at mcdulac5 at gmail dot com so that I can send you a free review copy in return for an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads.

“Midnight in Dublin” is a short read at 51 pages.

11. Off the Scale

 

There are many invisible forces in the world, as real as the physical forms surrounding us. Some forces enhance life and some diminish it. Although held in balance, sometimes the forces can rush like a great tide, dousing the flames of hope and enthusiasm. These flows of energy are unnoticed by most people except when they experience a headache or extreme stress.

Janey, who was generally happy, had no idea of this as she sat in the bus, her head pounding and her spirit weighed down.

Unknown to her, she had been absorbing too much of the bad energy of the world. She had drunk in all the anger and unfairness and pain, until her sunny nature was almost crushed by a dark vortex.

Across the aisle, a mysterious stranger stared at the energy strands above Janey’s head. This amount of darkness was off the scale – an 11 at least.

The stranger wondered how on earth Janey had absorbed so much stress, but he guessed in this world of trouble and bad news, it was easy for humans to feel down.

The stranger cast a sharp look and the dark energy disappeared. Janey lifted her head. She suddenly felt better.

“Don’t take on all the worries of the world,” he said, as they stepped off the bus, “That’s our job.”

Janey blinked. She could almost believe she saw a pair of angel wings on the stranger, as he disappeared into the crowds, in a rush of positive light.

 

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