Day 1 of the Naughty New Year’s Blog Hop!

hopStarting the year off with a bang, welcome to day 1 of the Naughty New Year’s Blog Hop!

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More than 200 authors are taking part in five days of fun and prizes. Visit the participating blogs and leave a comment and your contact email on that day’s post. Be sure to visit every blog on the list and comment each day to increase your chances of winning the grand prize: a $100 Gift Card to (an adult toy store), and a 10-book bundle of ebooks.

What’s more, every author is offering additional prizes on their blogs. Mine is an ebook copy of Loving Leonardo – An unusual polyamorous, bi, Victorian love story with a touch of interactive art history. It’s a win win!..or maybe even a win win win….  🙂

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People ask how I came to write Loving Leonardo. In many ways this story is a social statement, for love is a very large emotion with bn ROSE ANDERSONroom to spare. Believe it or not, this story came out of America’s mid-summer politics. The news was filled with women’s issues and talk of “progressives”. Where had I heard “women’s issues” and “progressive” before?  The Suffragettes. Before I knew it, I’d written a very American and very unorthodox Victorian progressive named Ellie.

Here’s the blurb:

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.

After the first three chapters I realized these characters might go beyond this story and solve crimes a la Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles. On a whim, I chose their names to go with that idea – Nicolas Halstead and Elenora Schwaab.

The main observer in this romantic tale is Nicolas Halstead, a man of means forced by society to wear a disguise. He’s the narrator here and it’s through his perspective that we see and feel his world. An art historian by profession, Nicolas can’t help but compare life to art. Because of this, he leaves many references to artists and artworks scattered throughout the pages.

Why did I create an interactive art history scavenger hunt in an erotic romance?
Thinking on that now, I suppose it’s because I grew up in Chicago. The city is famous for its museums and renowned Art Institute and I spent a lot of time in all of them. I’ve seen paintings in the Art Institute that so captured my fancy, I can picture them with clarity all these years later. Because artworks have the ability to evoke an emotional response as well as capture a moment, I’ve put art references in this story. If my readers would like to see what Nicolas sees when he mentions artworks, do look them up.  This interactive bit of art history isn’t necessary to the story, though to see what he sees will certainly add color to the tale. The titles and artists mentioned are not randomly picked off a list. I chose each carefully to reflect the moment and emotion I wanted to convey.

Where does Leonardo da Vinci fit into this tale?
I’m a huge informational reader and one person I find particularly fascinating is Leonardo Da Vinci. Because of his bastardy, Leonardo was denied traditional education. Self-taught for the most part, Da Vinci immersed himself in the world to learn. What else could my characters do but the same? Da Vinci was an artist. Nicolas is an art historian. Da Vinci was a philosopher. Progressive Ellie was a student of philosophy. Da Vinci was a grand inventor, much of his knowledge based upon processes that came before him. Luca is a historian. Before I knew it, these three were having the most amazing discussions! Certainly love had to follow such compatibility.

But no one likes a novel without a story in it. The Victorian era had a seedy side few people realize. It wasn’t enough just to have three people fall in love in a very unorthodox manner, I added obstacles and roadblocks to make the journey rough.
And for balance – I created a conscienceless adversary who’d do absolutely anything to get what he wanted. Yes, I freely admit I enjoy shaking the snowglobe.   🙂

Loving Leonardo – The Quest comes out early 2013. From there, my three lovers might have more stories to tell.

Rose Anderson – Love Waits in Unexpected Places


See you tomorrow for day 2!


About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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42 Responses to Day 1 of the Naughty New Year’s Blog Hop!

  1. Elie says:

    Thanks for the fun!

  2. What a fun hop. Will be following along the next couple of days. Love finding new authors and new blogs. Thanks for the chance to win.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  3. Joy F says:

    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  4. Trix says:

    I’m a former art history student, so this sounds fantastic!


  5. jdfaver says:

    Have fun with your hop, Rose. And a very Happy Naughty New Year.

  6. Jessi says:

    This sounds intriguing. Another for my TBR


  7. vera mallard says:

    thak you for hosting the hop. great giveaways

  8. Shadow says:

    Hi! Happy New Years! Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  9. Jillyn says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. kimmyl says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!!! I can’t wait for all the new books that will be coming out in 2013!

  11. laurie goudge says:

    Thanks for the great hop.

  12. Michele says:

    Happy New Year

  13. rhireading says:

    Have a naughty new year and thanks for the giveaway!

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

  14. How fun!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  15. pc says:

    I love the scavenger hunt/romancing the stone vibe…I’ll check this out! happy 2013!

  16. lisagk says:

    I loved the post. Thank you. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. vicky says:

    I don’t want to be naughtier, but I do want to make my hubby think I am being naughtier
    mrsbrinus at comcast dot net

  18. Stacey says:

    Happy New Year! Love the story, can’t wait to read it


  19. uilani25 says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  20. shar simms says:

    Happy New Year!


  21. Cindy Barton says:

    Happy New Year! Thank you for the giveaway. This is one of the most fun hops I have been a part of…..

  22. vicky says:

    I loved my lady gambler
    thanks. My resolution is to make my hubby think I am being naughtier 😉
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net

  23. pepper penn says:

    thanks for the hop. happy 2013!
    pepperpenn42 at gmail dot com

  24. Jennifer Rote says:

    Happy New Year!!

    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  25. jeannie platt says:

    Sounds like a great story… Anything with history,art and a scavanger hunt is great read by me throw in some hot sex and i am in… Thanks for being part of the blog hop and hope you have a great 2013.

  26. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy New Year!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  27. Kimberly Holgate says:

    thanks for the hop happy new year
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  28. Eva P. says:

    Loving the naughty blog hop! Here’s to some awesome good times for 2013 🙂

  29. Mer says:

    I love discovering new books via hop. This looks really good–I like the incorporation of art history!

    Happy new year!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  30. bn100 says:

    Happy new year!

  31. Stacy O says:

    Sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!


  32. jessiel62 says:

    Happy New Year!

    JessieL62 at comcast dot net

  33. April Holgate says:

    Thanks for doing the hop!! This New Year I resolve to be extra naughty and really earn my spankings!!
    So, many great new authors and book to add to my TBR pile and stalk after this hop! Gotta check this on out!

  34. Beth Wharton says:

    Rose- I live near Chicago and love the museums there! Thanks for the blog-hop! Beth

  35. readourlipslinda says:

    Love this, =) thanks for the giveaway & Happy New Year!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  36. Jo says:

    Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  37. Janea C. says:

    Happy New Year!

  38. kyla whitley says:

    Hi! Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing in the hop!

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