Sunday, July 19, 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 Participants post 8-10 sentences from a writing project, either published or unpublished.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 another bit from The Leonardo Chronicles a bind-up of my award-winning, Victorian polyamorous series Loving Leonardo.

First my 10, followed by details~
Over the past two days, I’d barely eaten a bite nor slept more than a few hours at best. Nightmares seemed to come the moment I closed my eyes. Card-dealing gypsies played a prominent role, as did their cards of doom. Rolling, bone-crushing carriages carrying screaming women or led by screaming horses competed for vividness with the caved-in face of the man I’d killed in Venice. I saw Thomas and Ellie savaged while torches blazed, and books, paintings, and ossuary bones fell from shelves and walls in an avalanche. In one nightmare, Luca emerged from a mangled carriage like a marble nude streaked in blood. In another, Bruno laid dead at the bottom of the staircase with staring facsimile eyes painted on his closed eyelids, which then opened to reveal the pale cold stare of a corpse. Several times I woke in a panic, having dreamt everyone I loved was dead or gone. I missed Ellie and Luca desperately at night. While I’d had several nightmares since leaving Venice, usually I was able to fall back asleep by simply feeling their bodies against mine.

What just happened~
A telegram to Nicolas necessitates he leave their quest in Paris and return to London ahead of the others. It's bad news, the addition of which adds to the growing unease that has already manifested several nightmares. Away from his companions, the disturbing dreams return full force. He can't shake the fear that something is brewing...

What's at the heart of this unusual love story? 
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. Discover the story in The Leonardo Chronicles.

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  1. Great snippet, Rose! The description of those nightmares is quite vivid.

  2. Intense and scary. Definitely seemed nightmarish to me!

  3. Dreams like those could drive a man mad. I can't shake the feeling he's right--something is brewing.

  4. I certainly would not like to share in his dreams.

  5. Ugh! No wonder he hasn't had any sleep. I'd be afraid to close my eyes if I were him.

  6. Now those are some terrifying nightmares! SHUDDER. Such a terrific - if scary - excerpt! Glad I'm not reading this at bedtime...