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My next book, The Artist,which is due out on August 8, 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. She also accepts his invitation to come and live at the house as his housekeeper. Theo is trying to resist seducing Lizzie until he has finished the painting, but he is finding it very difficult to restrain himself. (The snippet is slightly edited to fit the rules.)
He wanted to get back in the studio and look again at Lizzie’s soft, luscious body, even if it did send him mad with desire, and the sooner the painting was finished, the sooner he could make an attempt on her virtue.
He prepared his palette while Lizzie disrobed behind the screen and watched as she modestly tucked her undergarments beneath the dress, which was flung over the screen, so that they were not on view. Theo smiled to himself, as just the day before she had spread her drying clothes on the bushes behind the house, and he found her idiosyncrasies rather sweet and appealing.
He watched as she removed her robe and placed it on the end of the couch on which she lay to pose. He caught a glimpse of her beautifully rounded bottom before Lizzie lay down on her side facing him. He went, as usual, to slightly move her legs so that they were in the required position and longed to run his fingers through the soft curls that nestled between her smooth, white thighs, and almost groaned in frustration. The girl was driving him insane. He was a man to whom sex was an essential part of who he was, and celibacy had never been something he would ever consider. He was becoming frustrated with the act of self-pleasuring. Being tormented like this was the cruellest of punishments for a man such as him, and the time for action was fast approaching.
I am sure that you are probably thinking the same. When is Theo going into action? He really is resisting temptation well, isn’t he? Fear not, for his time is almost here. As is mine. My editor is almost finished, and we are on schedule for Aug 8 publishing. All I need now is the cover art. In the meantime I will once again call on the sexy TV actors from Poldark to fill the gap for me.
Introducing Juliette Banks:
As if my life was not complicated enough, after discussions with my publishers we have come to the mutual agreement that my next book The Artist will be published under a different name – the aforementioned Juliette Banks. It may well be that subsequent books will also be published under this name too. There are a couple of reasons why they think a change might be desirable, one being the opportunities for mis-spelling of de Vine (e.g. Devine, DeVine, De Vine) that makes it harder for people to find me, and also because when I first published with them two years ago, such mis-spellings occurred at Amazon, and they feel that they have adversely affected my Amazon algorithms. I have no idea about this, but I will rely on their expertise and take their advice. I intend to keep the pen name of Rachel de Vine for now, and will continue to blog and write short stories under that name. So I will continue to be Rachel for the time being, and will work on establishing Juliette as an alternative brand. I just thought I would let you know so that if you see The Artist by Juliette Banks advertised, you will not think that some one has pinched my work!