Thursday, February 13, 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 another 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:
The story is told in Nicolas' view. Nicolas and Ellie invite Luca to discuss Leonardo da Vinci, and realize they have more than one interest in common. Here they discuss the artist's homosexuality and opinions held in the times in which he lived, specifically the return to the classical ideals of the ancients. A popular theme in Da Vinci's era regardless of the opposition of the church. 

The Taste:

Luca met her eye. “Did you know the ancient Greeks didn’t consider sexual proclivity to be a social characteristic? They didn’t distinguish a person’s sexual desire by biological sex, only by the role that he or she played in the act.”

Ellie took on her lovely blush, and for the first time I realized both desire and discomfiture lie within the hue. She asked plainly, “Do you mean to say all that mattered in ancient society was whether someone played the active penetrator or the passively penetrated?”

Bold-as-brass. I chuckled.

Luca’s smile widened and his shadow-blue eyes sparkled. “Yes.”

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.


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  1. Beautifully romantic. I'd love to read more

    1. :) Thanks Naomi. I wrote them to have many adventures. Readers are asking so I'll have to start another Loving Leonardo soon.

  2. Yes, I agree, romantic. I love their discussion about love in reference to ancient Greeks.

    1. Thank you, Pablo. A good portion of the story involves history like that.

  3. I absolutely love the manner in which you write. I truely FEEl, smell, sense, respond exactly as you want me to. Your descriptions are masterful and artistic. I cannot image trying to improve upon the string of pearls you present for our pleasure. I love this line, "Ellie took on her lovely blush, and for the first time I realized both desire and discomfiture lie within the hue." Simply splendid. xo

    1. I'm taking on my own blush. Thank you for those generous words.

  4. Interesting little tidbit to hid in there. The Greece thing really caught my attention. Great taste.

    1. Thanks Summer. I love tucking real tidbits here and there.

  5. Oh, my... I LOVED this! I agree with Summer, the real-details tidbits lend an incredible amount of authenticity to these sorts of stories. I think you gave a beautiful tone and atmosphere to this, as well. I'm intrigued!


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