Can six evocative sentences capture imagination and inspire interest? I hope so! Without further ado — another six from my newest release — Loving Leonardo.
Sitting at my table was a statue carved in marble by Gian Lorenzo Bernini; an artist known for his remarkable ability to capture the essence of a narrative moment. And I found Luca Franco to be exactly that — a moment indelibly captured in time — a moment of meeting the mind could revisit in its entirety.
From every angle, he was beautifully made: black-haired, of medium build, and physically fit. He possessed a warm hue to his skin, his lineage no doubt stamped centuries past by the darker Moors or Turks. In startling contrast, and quite handsomely framed by black lashes, he had striking eyes the color one might see in a shadow falling across snow — not quite sky blue nor exactly steel gray, but a blending of the two in gradated rings.
I rose to shake his hand and felt the unmistakable current of compatibility.
Bound by limits dictated by society, Art Historian Nicolas Halstead lived a guarded life until a tempest in the form of Elenora Schwaab blew into his world. At first Nicolas can’t decide if the audacious American is simply mad or plotting blackmail for not only does she declare knowledge of his homosexuality, she offers him a marriage proposal.
After Ellie tells him of a previously unknown work of Leonardo da Vinci, a book of erotic love poems and sketches dedicated to the artist’s long-time lover Salai, Nicolas joins her in a race to save the book from destruction. Along the way they encounter Historian Luca Franco and discover a comfortable compatibility that comes to redefine their long-held notions of love. The trio embarks on an adventure of sensual discovery, intrigue, and danger. Little do they know Leonardo da Vinci’s book is far more than meets the eye.
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I lost some launch momentum going off to the east coast for a week like I did. In hindsight, launching Loving Leonardo’s free promotion days should have been postponed until my return. Ah live and learn. I was new to kindle and Amazon publishing and didn’t quite get how it all worked. I have a much clearer idea what’s what now. After a sluggish week, my book is finally seeing action again. Yay! And it received a terrific review just the other day:
I don’t normally like first person, but this book pulled me in from the start and wouldn’t let go. It was beautifully written. Also, when it comes to erotic, I’m a graphic kind of girl with a sextreme rating. Loving Leonardo was neither really, and yet, hands down, it was the most erotic book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I loved the ending and the way it signaled to a sequel. I can’t wait. Ms Anderson, please hurry up and write it. I’m first in the queue for a copy.
That’s exactly the kind of book I like to read! Pull me in, capture and hold both my interest and my imagination, warm me, and make me eager for the rest of the story. I love the absolutes in this review. I’m smiling from ear to ear. 😀
I’m 5 chapters from finishing Loving Leonardo: The Quest. The sequel goes to the editor in January and I expect an early spring release. I’ve enjoyed these three characters so much, that it wouldn’t surprise me if Nicolas, Ellie, and Luca knock on my imagination at a later date and tell me they want another adventure. The possibilities are endless for an art historian and a professor of antiquities both working for the esteemed Ashmolean museum at the turn of the last century. Given Ellie’s progressive American views, it wouldn’t be beyond the pale if she got them all involved in some great adventure. And of course Queen Victoria’s jubilee is coming up….oooh I feel a story coming on!
And speaking of stories, my edits are back and I’ve finished scanning all but the final three chapters of my soon-to-be-released first book entitled: The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo. My artists (yes I have two) have ideas. I know the cover artist will convey the story at a glance. That’s the sort of work he does. My other artist is a man of detail and is making me an inside map at the suggestion of my editor. I liked that idea! When I launch this one, I’ll post the impetus for the story. It’s a fascinating urban legend and many swear it’s true.
Here’s a teaser:
What does an immortal Native American shaman do when the grave he’s sworn to watch over for all eternity disappears under urban development? His purpose of guarding his wife’s burial mound is gone, Ashkewheteasu seeks to end his immortal existence. In his despair, he assumes the form of a wolf and steps in front of a moving car and into the life of Dr. Olivia “Livie” Rosalini. The veterinarian saves the animal’s life, and in the process saves the man within. Unbeknownst to Livie, the dog she’s taken into her home and grows to love is a magical being seeking to win her heart as a man. While Ash is learning a new world filled with new love, friendship, and happiness, an old menace makes plans to steal it all away — just as he had 3000 years before.