Prism of Purpurine

Mauveine Series

Book 2
Creative Gateway
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Scientist Victoria McKenzie and her best friend, fine artist Abby, are looking forward to organising their double wedding and leading new lives in West Lancashire now that the restless spirit of Mauveine is finally content. But a clearing out of historic family junk triggers unexpected events, alerting Abby to question whether all in Orsbrick Hall has returned to the state of normality assumed. A strange artifact of pagan origin is discovered, exhibiting unusual characteristics which Victoria can’t scientifically explain, but her mind is forced to focus on more pressing and personal matters.

Fifteen years on and Victoria’s life has evolved. Her dye business is flourishing, Abby runs her international art gallery and both families are nicely settled. However sixteen year old twins Maddie and Bel and their twin brothers Ned and Zac, out on a canal cycling trip, find a key to a local murder which sets off a train of peculiar happenings and confessions. Have the horrific, seventeenth century demons, over whom Mauveine had no influence, gone away or are they back for revenge? Abby quickly realises that the responsibility to confront the McKenzie curse lies with her and now Maddie. But have they the capabilities to overcome the myriad of ghostly, hideous challenges waiting, once the true and disarming nature of their friends and family comes to light?

Prism of Purpurine is the second book in the Mauveine contemporary ghost story series



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About the author

The author, Roy Baldwin, was born in South Lancashire and has lived and worked around the UK in various mathematical and scientific guises as an educationalist, night club owner, civil servant, musician, house conservator and management consultant. Prism of Purpurine is his sixth book. He is now a full time writer and women’s fiction publisher and regularly commentates on the book and publishing industry through Twitter.

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Publisher
Creative Gateway
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Published on
Feb 9, 2015
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Pages
368
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / General
Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Historical
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Aged sixteen, wayward Victoria McKenzie flees desperate and confused from home in West Lancashire to a commune in Amsterdam and never speaks to her parents again. Now aged thirty five, single and fancy free, she is settled as a senior polymer chemist working in the ailing Ahrendolie refinery in Rotterdam. Following a serious and unsettling plant incident, she is forced into a long recovery break and plans to take off on holiday with Abby, her best friend and designer flatmate, always up for a new challenge. But Victoria is startled to suddenly learn of an unusual inheritance, Orsbrick Hall, taking her mind back to childhood events and places alongside the Leeds and Liverpool canal she never hoped to experience again.

Intrigued by her news, she is summoned to a strange meeting with a Liverpool solicitor and bumps into the quaint Julian, an introverted steampunk writer, all grey hair and flying scarves. But what is it about the creepy Orsbrick Hall that nobody wants to talk about? Why does her past now unravel into an unexpected explosion of crazy scientific revelations and discoveries a hundred and fifty years before, which she would never have believed possible or credible? With Abby and Julian she must track down the source of past family secrecies and find out who the terrifying woman in the purple shawl really is. But will this unleash evil and powerful forces hell bent on her eternal destruction and damnation? And is Julian all he makes out to be?

Mauveine is a special novel. Conceived, written and published within the thirty days of November and a winner for the NaNoWriMo 2013 international writer competition.

Aged sixteen, wayward Victoria McKenzie flees desperate and confused from home in West Lancashire to a commune in Amsterdam and never speaks to her parents again. Now aged thirty five, single and fancy free, she is settled as a senior polymer chemist working in the ailing Ahrendolie refinery in Rotterdam. Following a serious and unsettling plant incident, she is forced into a long recovery break and plans to take off on holiday with Abby, her best friend and designer flatmate, always up for a new challenge. But Victoria is startled to suddenly learn of an unusual inheritance, Orsbrick Hall, taking her mind back to childhood events and places alongside the Leeds and Liverpool canal she never hoped to experience again.

Intrigued by her news, she is summoned to a strange meeting with a Liverpool solicitor and bumps into the quaint Julian, an introverted steampunk writer, all grey hair and flying scarves. But what is it about the creepy Orsbrick Hall that nobody wants to talk about? Why does her past now unravel into an unexpected explosion of crazy scientific revelations and discoveries a hundred and fifty years before, which she would never have believed possible or credible? With Abby and Julian she must track down the source of past family secrecies and find out who the terrifying woman in the purple shawl really is. But will this unleash evil and powerful forces hell bent on her eternal destruction and damnation? And is Julian all he makes out to be?

Mauveine is a special novel. Conceived, written and published within the thirty days of November and a winner for the NaNoWriMo 2013 international writer competition.

Following confirmation, scientist and Cassini Chairman Lauren Hind adjusts to the realities of becoming pregnant with triplets at the age of forty-three. But husband Philippe, struggling to return to normality after the trauma of Murmansk, loses communications on an extended hunting holiday in Siberia. Whilst her news filters out, he remains unaware of Lauren’s plight, adding to her frustration and growing alarm with unresolved dilemmas, as she falls back on past affections to try and come to terms and understand.

In the midst of this and grappling with continuing international success, Lauren suddenly finds her daughter, friends and colleagues making their own declarations of pregnancy as a veritable epidemic ensues, with major consequences  as daughter Charlotte announces it’s time to wed again and step-daughter Svet abruptly ends family ties.

When a mysterious Russian gas engineer, Olga, appears from nowhere into her life, she is reluctantly forced to reassess her foundering marriage and make an array of life changing decisions. An unexpected phone call triggers a journey to the darkest interiors of Central Africa. Why must she go, given her condition? And can anyone confront the murky plot and consequences that await and save her before the nightmare of the last nine months finally knits together for a devastating conclusion?

RHAPSODY OF SUCCESSION is the fourth book of the Rhapsody series, continuing the science adventures and romantic journey of Professor Lauren Hind

 

With baby triplets Magda, Eve and Geri, nuclear scientist Lauren Hind achieves her idyllic dream life on the Côte d’Azur with husband Philippe, finally released from a Russian prison. But she remains restless to return from maternity leave to the excitement of her company, Cassini, when a daunting series of complications and tension creep into her daily routine involving elder daughter Charlotte, struggling with her own new baby, and best friend Amélie. Philippe’s new political interests create unwanted problems of old, raising serious doubts about his true intentions. A long anticipated family maiden voyage, in son-in-law DG’s new super-yacht, turns into an unforeseen catastrophe, bringing Lauren’s doubts and uncertainties together with a dramatic climax.

Seven years on and Lauren’s life is transformed, having gained a renewed level of independence alongside her three girls. News of the death of a close friend and mentor throws her into a long needed reconciliation when she realises she may be falling in love again. She travels to the US to reflect on her feelings and celebrate the marriage of step-daughter Svet. However, Svet discloses a strange series of research results involving infrared pulses from the depths of the Milky Way, recorded secretly during her astrobiology work at Harvard. Lauren’s visit becomes an unexpected fun reunion of five female physicists, eager to jointly solve Svet’s unusual problem. But their conclusions become too close to the real causal truth and inexplicable happenings outside of their control suddenly unfold, leading to a devastating out of this world experience which will disrupt and permanently change all their lives forever.

RHAPSODY OF MOON is the fifth book of the Rhapsody Series, continuing a blistering pace of science and romance adventures for Professor Lauren Hind


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