Saturday, July 6, 2013

Something new!

I'm participating in something new this weekend -- the Weekend Writing Warriors mini hop. The deal is to post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. My unusual Victorian romance Loving Leonardo won the OKRWA International Digital Award this week and I'm working on book 3 in the series, I thought I'd start there.
Setting the stage: At this point in the story, the new friends Nicolas, Ellie, and Luca are aboard a steamer to Venice and Nicolas realizes their interest in Leonardo da Vinci isn't the only thing they share in common.

I believe we were all aware of a sexual tension growing in the intellectual-rich loam. There were little things at play now: the way Ellie moistened her lips and looked at us with eyes that lingered from one to the other. The way Luca’s irises had darkened from snow shadow to moon shadow as he looked upon her. The way I’d catch myself with a reminder to breathe as my eye was drawn to these small distinctions. Like da Vinci’s sfumato, our mutual attraction hung in the air, and I was struck by the notion that the smoky quality depicted in his art was desire. Desire like this.

“Ah.” Ellie nodded in understanding and circled the rim of her wine glass with her fingertip. 

I could feel the gears turning in the perfect machine of her mind. 

Loving Leonardo -- a polyamorous Victorian love story with a touch of reader-interactive art history.

Here's the story

5-StarsI don't normally like first person, but this book pulled me in from the start and wouldn't let go. It was beautifully written. Also, when it comes to erotic, I'm a graphic kind of girl with a sextreme rating. Loving Leonardo was neither really, and yet, hands down, it was the most erotic book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I loved the ending and the way it signaled to a sequel. I can't wait. Ms Anderson, please hurry up and write it. I'm first in the queue for a copy. --Author Marie Jermy

There is a sequel!  Loving Leonardo - The Quest 


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  1. That is glorious! Sfumato as desire is such a wonderful thought and all the little details ... I really like your writing style *goes off to find the first book in the series quick smart*

  2. Loved all the descriptive phrases! Excellent excerpt!

    1. Thanks Kizzia and Veronica. :)

      Kizzia, I know I thanked you earlier. Looks like Blogger is playing a joke.

  3. I like the way your narrator thinks, so refined.

    1. Thanks Linda. That's my Nicolas. He's a Victorian gentleman and an art historian for the Ashmolean museum. Everything he sees he compares to art. Nicolas has by far the most personality of any of my heroes...very easy to fall in love with. :)