Echoes of the past . . .

I have always liked the attachment we – collectively, if not individually – have to the past. Even people who don’t like decorating with antiques still seem to have a fascination for things that were created long ago and are still with us. They are like echoes from a world that is like ours, but different.

When I began to plot the story of Lady in Waiting last year, I knew I needed some kind of tangible snippet of the past to unite the two Janes – the one living in current Manhattan and the one who lived as Lady Jane Grey back in the 16th century. I decided on a betrothal ring, a circle of gems on a band gold. And I gave my modern-day Jane a job in an antique store so that there would be a believable environment for her to come across it.
It had to have been hidden – for purposes of the story – but it also had to have been hidden for a reason. (Can’t tell you here what that was since that would be a bit of a spoiler.) Once I had that reason, I toyed with the idea of hiding the ring inside the binding of a very old Book of Common prayer. A pseudo-holy book; a safe place to hide away something precious.The idea seemed to hold water, so off I went with it.

The little book pictured on my blog today is a very old Book of Common Prayer, though not as old as the one in Lady in Waiting. This one was printed in 1847. To my complete joy, I found this on eBay, bid on it and won it. The cool thing is, I will be giving it away in a very cool Facebook event & drawing called Follow the Ring my publisher is putting together. Other things in the winner’s basket include a ring, an old onyx rosary (also found on eBay, will show that to you next week – an onyx rosary shows up in the book, too!), copies of my books, more books from other authors participating in in this “treasure hunt” and other wonderful things. If you are not on Facebook – and I know it’s not for everyone – maybe you could join just for this hunt! It will start in a couple weeks. And it will be pretty easy and fun. You just “follow the ring” from one author’s Facebook page to another for just a week, post as directed, and your name’s in the drawing.

All the details will be posted soon. Just wanted you to see this beautiful little treasure. I kinda hate to part with it. . .
So. stay tuned. . .
On Monday, I will chat about Bethany Pierce’s newest release, Amy Inspired, which I really, really liked.

Have a great weekend.

Author: Susan

This post has 5 Comments

  1. Clair on October 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Cool idea, even though I am not into facebook.
    Old stuff is cool-I have some of my grandma's teacups, which I will pass on some day to my nieces if I don't have any children.

  2. Danica/Dream on October 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    How very cool!! I covet that prayer book. Ooops, I'm in trouble now. 🙂

  3. Anonymous on October 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Ooh. I'm praying God lets me win the prayer book to help me with my sin of book lust…

  4. Cherry Odelberg on October 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    What a fun idea! I love old things. I love making up stories about old things…

  5. Anonymous on October 31, 2010 at 5:11 am

    The hunt sounds like wonderful fun. I haven't joined Facebook yet. Every time I get ready to, another story breaks of members' private information being compromised. I know I miss a lot (LOT) of cool interactions and fun giveaways–but haven't been able to get comfortable with that violation of boundaries. Will have to pray and try again. I don't want to miss this opportunity.

    How generous of you to part with such an old treasure as your THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. And, Susan, I must say, LADY IN WAITING is stellar! I loved it and may have a hard time letting a friend borrow it.

    Mary Kay

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