D. Pat Thomas

Exploring the Magic of the Written Word

Stone of Destiny

For years, Audrey believed her mother had committed suicide.

When she finds out the lie, she discovers her family's ancient covenant to hide Scotland's most sacred artifact: the Stone of Destiny. Audrey must decide whether she is willing to join in the effort to protect this storied throne. What she doesn't know is that her heartthrob will kill to get his hands on it.

Writing this novel has been a blast. The story of Scotland's Stone of Destiny fascinated me from the moment I heard about it. It is the throne used to coronate Scottish kings at the Palace of Scone near Perth going back to 843. It was stolen by English King Edward I in 1296 and taken to London where it spent most of its time in Westminster Abbey. In 1951, a band of Scottish University students broke into Westminster Abbey and sneaked the Stone back to Scotland. It was officially returned to Scotland in 1996 and makes the journey to London to be placed under the British throne for coronations.

There is a very real and lively controversy about whether the Stone on display in Edinburgh is authentic. The docents at the Castle of Edinburgh will say it's well established that the Stone is Devonian Old Red Sandstone from the quarries near Scone. But go to Scone, and they will tell you of course it is; the monastery there had fully six weeks notice of Edward's impending raid and more than enough time to dig up a substitute from the nearby quarries. The original Stone, you see, is recorded by ancient scriveners to have been transported to Scotland from Egypt by none other than the pharaoh's daughter, Scota.

W. H. Stacpoole said it best in 1902: "The element of uncertainty seems to enter into nearly everything that is connected with this stone." The Coronation Regalia.

The novel is finished and is being tweaked, polished and pitched to literary agents. Wish me luck!