The idea is to post just 150 words to capture the imagination. Today, I'm offering a small sampling from my unusual Victorian polyamorous romance written with a touch of reader-interactive art history: Loving Leonardo - The Quest (book 2 in the series)
Setting the stage: At this point in the story, Nicolas, Ellie,, and Luca are in Paris following clues from Leonardo da Vinci's book. A gypsy fortune teller read their tarot cards and one portends their future:“The king of cups tells of a powerful man—” Nicolas finds it very unsettling.
After Luca cut the deck into three piles, she laid them out as before. The first was the two of cups. “Your recent past shows harmony, man of Venice.” Luca nodded, apparently missing the fact the woman knew where he was from. I hadn’t missed it. There was nothing in his accent that hinted at a particular region of Italy. She set the next card beside the first. It was the eight of wands. “There is jealousy in your life now,” she told him.
He looked at me and then at Ellie. There was no jealousy between us. Proof again these mystic pastimes were nothing more than parlor games. Her eyes rose to Luca’s face and for the first time I realized she had a glass eye that didn’t quite move with the other. The real eye looked him up and down, and the perusal made me very uncomfortable.
Here's the story
"Written in a style that evokes literature of the period in which this story is set, Loving Leonardo is an erotic thriller, and an enjoyable adventure of three lusty young people striving to save both themselves and a work of art that is in itself a declaration of love."
~Author Toni Sweeney
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