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"Fast-paced, erotic steampunk!"

Jean Francois Champollion is the current conservator of the Louvre Museum in Victorian times. For quite some time, he's been itching to dig into the boxes of Ancient Egyptian artifacts left from the time of Napoleon and now is the time. So with his assistant, Ricard Dubois, the two begin. The first crate they decide to open is quite a large one. When they open it, they find the headless statue of a beautiful woman. The head is also in the box and so Ricard puts the head on the woman and is even more entranced by her beauty. The statue doesn't even look like stone, but rather it looks alive. Then Ricard finds a papyrus in the crate and follows the directions on it. As he finishes reciting the incantation, the statue comes to life. A real live beautiful Egyptian priestess is standing in front of him.

When the temple at Djeba is about to be overrun by Hyksos troops, Seshat does the only thing she can think of—she uses magic to turn herself into a statue, hoping her friend will know to turn her back. When Seshat comes back, she finds herself in a strange place with strange people. Not only is their clothing strange, but also their appearance, the building she's in and she can't understand their language at all. At least the two men can speak her tongue and they can converse. Of course, she's shocked to learn that centuries have passed and she is now in Paris.

So Ricard takes charge of Seshat and decides to take her home with him. The more time the two of them spend together, the more they realize they were meant to be together.

Will Seshat be able to adjust to the current time? Will people accept Seshat if Ricard marries her? Is there a possibility the two of them could back to Seshat's time?

AS TIMELESS AS STONE is a wonderful erotic steampunk romance. Maeve Alpin has filled her story with all kinds of wonders, from steam servants to a steam-powered carriage. I enjoyed the mixture of new inventions with the historical time period. Very interesting to see how Ricard had come up with the idea of steam-powered servants. I loved the way Maeve Alpin dealt with the problems of an Egyptian Priestess coming back to life in Victorian Paris and how she copes. An interesting story I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to all lovers of erotic romance.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted May 17, 2010

SUMMARY

Though society stands in their way, can love transcend time with the aid of robotics and ritual? 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 glamor 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?

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As Timeless as Stone
by Maeve Alpin

Lyrical Press, Inc.
May 1, 2010
Available: May 17, 2010
ISBN #1616501510
EAN #9781616501518
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