Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday Tasters

Today, I'm trying something new -- Thursday Tasters -- for writers who want to show short excerpts of their work.
I'm offering a 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:
In this scene newlyweds Nicolas and Ellie are on a steamer to Venice to find the book of love Leonardo da Vinci created for his lover Salai. Here they meet Luca. It's just the beginning.

I sat Ellie and pulled a chair for Mrs. Ormont as she waited for her husband. A moment later, Colonel Ormont brought the historian to our table and made introductions. Luca Franco, late of Florence, was a Professor of Antiquities returning from London. I found the Italian quite the attractive fellow, impeccably dressed as he was. 
When in the presence of true beauty, my mind often imagines the person unclothed as the artists of the ages might have seen him. Sitting at my table was a statue carved in marble by Gian Lorenzo Bernini; an artist known for his remarkable ability to capture the essence of a narrative moment. And I found Luca Franco to be exactly that — a moment indelibly captured in time — a moment of meeting the mind could revisit in its entirety. 

From every angle, he was beautifully made: black-haired, of medium build, and physically fit. He possessed a warm hue to his skin, his lineage no doubt stamped centuries past by the darker Moors or Turks. In startling contrast, and quite handsomely framed by black lashes, he had striking eyes the color one might see in a shadow falling across snow — not quite sky blue nor exactly steel gray, but a blending of the two in gradated rings. 

I rose to shake his hand and felt the unmistakable current of compatibility. If this man weren’t forward in his mutual attraction, it was there nonetheless. I watched him bow over the ladies’ hands and found it curious that he lingered over Ellie’s fingers a tad longer. It made me smile. I had the distinct impression I was in the presence of a fellow dual-nature like myself.


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  1. I love the depth you have in your writing- good job.

  2. I love the visual, palpable descriptions you use in your work. And phrases like, " lashes, he had striking eyes the color one might see in a shadow falling across snow..." are seductive and haunting in and of themselves!! I could eat you up!! Wonderful; thank you so much for joining our group. You will add to our inspiration...! xo

  3. Wow!! great description of LUCA i want to see this guy up close and personal what a great vibe to the taste... love this thanks Hugs T

    1. Thanks. In my mind's eye he had a very particular appearance.

  4. The depth of your descriptions and historical accuracy are without very excellent writing. I, especially, like this description of his eyes: "striking eyes the color one might see in a shadow falling across snow — not quite sky blue nor exactly steel gray, but a blending of the two in gradated rings."

    1. Thank you, Pablo, That's very nice of you to say. :)

  5. I love the term dual natured that he uses. its fits the time period and added a dash of extra. great taster

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed that, Michelle. :)


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