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I am again taking a snippet from my upcoming 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. Unaware that Theo had earlier been spying on her, Lizzie is on her way to his house for her third day of modelling for him.
Lizzie strode up the bumpy road towards the artist’s house. She was anticipating the sandwich he had promised her, her first food of the day. Her belly ached for the lack of it. To distract herself from her hunger she thought about the man who would be looking at her naked body all day. She had never met such a man before; a man who could see her bare skin, yet resist the urge to paw her and make vulgar comments as her husband had done. She hadn’t even realized that men did such a thing for a living, never having seen a painting of a naked woman before.
When she had first heard that Mr Harper was seeking a model she had been very reluctant to approach him for fear that he would see her as a common prostitute, as others did. But he was different from other men. He did not try to impress or flatter her. In fact he had hardly conversed with her at all in the two days that she had worked for him, but just looked at her in an intense way as though he was seeking an inner part of her, in her brain perhaps, or maybe her heart?
Lizzie clearly has no idea yet that Theo is struggling to keep his hands from her lovely body, and that the thoughts in his head are far from pure. I expect she will find this out in due course. If you wish to read previous excerpts, links are below.
In the interests of honesty, I should say that this, like all my books that I publish through my current publisher, contain quite explicit sexual behaviour, but out of respect for the authors who take part in the link, most of whom do not write erotica, I have deliberately only shared the less explicit sections of my book. If anyone would like to take a look at my published books, they can be seen on my Amazon Author Page at http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-de-Vine/e/B00N58ULQW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Not yet having a front cover to show you, here is another picture of an artist painting a nude model.
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