This is my snippet for Weekend Writing Warriors (www.wewriwa.com) where writers share 8 – 10 lines of their work, for others to see and comment. Please follow and comment about others on the list.
I am again taking a snippet from my new book, The Artist. This book has been accepted for publication and is in the process of being edited. The expected publication date is August 8. This is an historical erotic romance, based in England in the 1850s. Theodore (Theo for short) is the son of a Viscount, but has rejected the life of an aristocrat to live as a rather bohemian artist. He has an eye for pretty girls, whom he likes to paint in the nude. Lizzie is a poor village girl who made a disastrous marriage, from which she has fled, and is destitute. When Theo asks her to be his artist’s model, she swallows her natural modesty and accepts. Last week we heard how Lizzie is sleeping in the barn at a nearby farm, but she does not reveal this to Theo.
Theo rose earlier than usual the next morning, having turned in early the night before. He regretted telling Lizzie not to come until mid-day now, anxious to make use of the bright morning sunshine, but could do nothing about it, as he had no knowledge of where the girl was living. He decided to take a walk instead.
It was pure chance that he picked Oak Lane to walk down. It was a pretty walk, with magnificent, fully-grown oak trees that gave it its name, and had a stream meandering in the dip by the side of the road amongst the trees. Just before he reached the farm entrance he spotted movement below him. Creeping a little closer he realized it was Lizzie, having her morning wash in the stream, and he darted behind one of the trees to watch without being seen. It was foolish to hide, he told himself, when he could look at that wonderful body all day, while he painted her. But there was something wonderfully erotic in spying in secret his little flame-haired model, performing her morning ablutions. She clearly thought herself completely hidden from prying eyes, for there was not a trace of inhibition in her movements.
So, as you see, Theo is becoming very attracted to Lizzie, and I don’t think she will be sleeping in the barn, with the cattle, for much longer. (Yes, Theo is a voyeur, but I have allowed this little flaw in his character, as he didn’t set out to spy on her.)
I don’t have a cover picture yet, but here is a picture of a painting in a New York art gallery to keep you in the mood, although this model does not have flame-coloured hair unfortunately.
If you are unable to find the comment box at the bottom of this blog, click on the title line of the blog (above) and then scroll down. You should then find a comment box. To look back at previous posts, click on my name at the top, and scroll down. Thanks.