Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

It's Sunday and I'm participating in the Weekend Writing Warriors mini hop! The deal is to post 8 sentences from a writing project, published or unpublished. 

This time I'm offering another small sampling from my award-winning Loving Leonardo (book1 in the series) ~ an idea taken from 2013's headlines and given a Victorian spin ~ a polyamorous romance written with an unusual touch of reader-interactive art history.

My 8, details follow:

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. 

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.


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  1. No one writes it better, Rose. Your choice of words, descriptions different from all others. I'm learning from you. At my age, way older than you -you're an inspiration.

    1. You're a sweetheart for the compliment, Charmaine. I am humbled. Thank you.

      Too bad you still don't live in this neck of the woods. We could do coffee at some little cafe and pick each other's brains.

  2. Ok WOW, that was excellent and held so many wonderful images and so much elegant prose - loved the excerpt!

  3. I really understood the chemistry between them. The part where she rubs the rim is a nice touch. Great, sensual snippet!

  4. LOVE the sensory details: moistened lips, darkened irises, and circling the rim of the glass with her fingertip. You've created a lot of delicious sexual tension in these sentences.

  5. Excellent details and great tie-in with the art. Great scene setting and tension building.

  6. Now that's quite a descriptive scene, painterly in its details. Desire so thick you can almost touch it!