Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #8sunday (RO)(ER)

It's Sunday and time for the Weekend Writing Warriors. Participants post 8-10 sentences from a writing project, either published or unpublished. Today it's a bit from The Leonardo Chronicles a bind-up of my award-winning, Victorian polyamorous series Loving Leonardo.

First my 10, followed by details~
Our quarters faced the fountain with its Egyptian obelisk in the center, and the ancient Pantheon just beyond. Luca procured a room two doors down. 

Rome was a bustling place with beggars and pilgrims packing the streets like so many sardines in a tin. Human nature being what it is, we decided to remove temptation and paid to have Ellie’s entire trousseau and my trunk brought into our rooms. There may be pious devotion here, but as we witnessed a half-dozen pickpockets in action, we were certain the counterbalance had a strong footing too.

I stood at the window looking down upon the busy street while Ellie attended to her toilette. I’d been in Rome on my grand tour and this visit, as the last, filled me with the same dichotomy of emotion. My eye was caught by a shriveled slovenly woman begging on the street below who had a babe in arms and no fewer than seven hungry, filthy children in orbit around her skirts. Within a few feet, a rotund cardinal with his bright red robes and matching wide-brimmed biretta walked by happily devouring his pastry. He didn’t give the starving children a second glance, not even the toddling child who held a beseeching hand out as he walked by.

What just happened~

On the hunt for fanciful declarations of love from Leonardo da Vinci to his long-time lover Salai, my companions have just arrived at their hotel in Rome. They plan to visit the Vatican Museum. Clues in Leonardo's book suggest a particular painting has da Vinci's message to his lover worked into it somehow. Nicolas has been to Rome before. As a sensitive soul, the stark contrast between the haves and have nots sits heavy on his heart.

What's at the heart of this unusual love story? 
Love knows no boundaries. Loving Leonardo has a message of tolerance between the lines. Aside from that, it's an exciting, sexy romp through Victorian Europe on a quest for a book written and illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci for his homosexual lover Salai.

There are two books in the ongoing adventure series and more to come. I invite you into the decadent Victorian world of Loving Leonardo and adventure to come. Discover The Leonardo Chronicles. Available for pre-order on Amazon and it costs less than buying separately!

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  1. Your detail and your impressions are wonderful. What a strong way to show a character's heart!

  2. Great use of the setting to show us more about the character.

  3. Felt as if I was there watching the passersby too - excellent descriptions! Enjoyed the realism of the excerpt...

  4. Always best to avoid temptation... except, of course, when it's more fun not to!

  5. Very nice personification of the contrasts between wealth and poverty, need and greed.

  6. Wonderful. I like the juxtaposition between the Cardinal and toddler. Excellent excerpt, Rose. :-)