Weekend Writing Warriors for June 19

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Welcome again to my weekly 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 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.

The Artist

21 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors for June 19

    1. Sorry everyone, late today. It’s Father’s Day in UK, so I have been on daughter duty!

      Thanks for calling Ed. It’s due out August 8, according to my Editor, who has several in list ahead of me. Re Amazon and writers – better not start in case they have spies!

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    1. Don’t know for sure about Amazon vetoing the cover, but they are getting quite touchy about nudity. I think they are on a moral crusade. Also, Facebook won’t allow such covers for advertising. Better to not risk it. Yes, I think you may be right about Lizzie.

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  1. Great story premise. I love it.

    The woman in your teaser has beautiful hair, but I think the overall graphic is too modern-looking for a historical. Maybe it’s the drapes. Too plain.

    And no, you’d never get a butt crack past Amazon or FB for that matter.

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    1. Thanks Cara. Yes, I agree that she is too modern. Waiting to see what Blushing’s art department come up with. Re the nudity, that’s exactly what my editor said. Sorry I haven’t got around to your book lately. Life is manic. Today is Father’s Day in UK, so on daughter duty. Will do some posting later.

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  2. With some manipulation you could probably keep the hair, but alas you will have to lose the buttocks. Still, it could be gorgeous with just the hair. I think he’s going to kill three birds with one stone–get a housekeeper, model, and lover all in one. Will Lizzie agree? Can’t wait to find out.

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    1. Yes, agree about picture. Will see what the art department come up with. It’s not due out until August 8, so time yet. I agree, having Lizzie under his roof would be nice for Theo, but will Lizzie accept? Come back next week.

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  3. I love the idea of her becoming the housekeeper! I’m wondering if the husband will be making an appearance at some point, as this arrangement gets increasingly cozy. He’s definitely a problem, yes? Great snippet.

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  4. This has a nice “period” feel to it. You’re setting this up well. I’m imagining Lizzie will take a while to work herself up to offering to be his housekeeper. It should be interesting when she does. Enjoyable!

    Marcia

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    1. Thanks for commenting Elizabeth. As he is painting her nude, he probably would prefer her to remain in that state. However, I am sure that Lizzie might object to that. He does actually buy her a new dress, thankfully, but not a French maid’s outfit. Yes, I fear you may be right about the picture on Amazon, although it did actually sneak it’s way on to FB without problem.

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