Friday, September 6, 2013

Seductive Studs & Sirens!

I'm participating in the Seductive Studs & Sirens mini hop.

The idea is to post just 150 words to capture the imagination. Today, I'm offering another small sampling from my unusual Victorian polyamorous romance written with a touch of reader-interactive art history: Loving Leonardo (book 1 in the series)

Setting the stage: At this point in the story, Nicolas and Ellie have built a comfortable friendship with Luca based upon common interests, namely Leonardo da Vinci. After days of coming to know one another, all parties can feel something growing in the air -- an undeniably mutual attraction.

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. She said,
“Why Signore Franco, I do believe you’ve evaded my original question.”

Here's a story recap


Book 2

"The lush language and wonderful descriptions drew me in and kept me spellbound as I read the progressively adventurous escapades of Luca, Nicholas and Ellie. The art history was obviously well researched and the tension in the plot deepened upon the trio's arrival in Italy. I was intrigued by the first person male point of view."
~A Reader

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  1. Very nice--love the voice in this snippet.

    Welcome to SSnS, Rose! :)

  2. beautiful scene. I love the detail... the "smoky quality" of desire :) very intriguing scene