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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 awaiting 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. Theo’s housekeeper, who normally cooks for him, is away, visiting her sick sister, and while Lizzie is there, he receives a message from her which irritates him.
“Damn that woman – there’s no home cooking coming for you and me Lizzie. Mrs Jones’ sister has taken a turn for the worse and is not expected to survive, and Mrs Jones tells me that she will be staying there for the foreseeable future.”
He glared at Lizzie as though she was personally responsible for the bad news.
“It looks as though we will be eating at the tavern for a while.”
Lizzie heard the word ‘we’ and wondered if it was a slip of the tongue by the artist. There was no way that she could afford to eat at the tavern, and she could not partake of Mr Harper’s charity any more than she had already.
Theo returned to his easel, muttering under his breath from time to time and the conversation between him and Lizzie ceased for a while. Eventually the light began to dim and Theo’s eyes began to ache from the strain of peering at the canvas.
“That will do for today – best go and get your clothes before somebody comes and steals them.”
It was his attempt at some humour, because he was certain that somebody would have to be desperate to steal her threadbare garments.
Theo is not used to looking after himself, hence his irritation about Mrs Jones. Now I wonder who might step into the breach as his housekeeper? Tune in next week to find out. Here is a little teaser I made to publicise the book. I just adore the model’s hair, but my editor tells me there is no chance of getting this picture past Amazon’s cover police. Shame.