Art, Love, and Murder: Ardent by Heloise West

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This cranky Yankee has been singing and smiling around the house and grocery store for two days now…

The wonderful Ladies of Manifold Press have accepted my renaissance murder mystery Ardent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To borrow a phrase: I’m chuffed!

Translation: WICKED PSYCHED! 😀

We may see publication as early as November or perhaps mid 2017, but I will keep you informed.

If you follow the Seductive Studs blog hop, you’ll see the unedited bits and scenes.

Here’s a work-in-progress blurb:

Ardent:

Benedetto Tagliaferro works hard as the manager of the painter’s workshop in the competitive atmosphere of life in strife-ridden Medici Florence. He still has feelings for his old lover the master painter Leo Guisculo, though Leo has long outgrown their affair. Benedetto would do anything to have Leo’s love again.

In the small village of Torrenta, master painter Morello has invented a color that mimics the most expensive pigment of all, the crimson red. Master Zeno from Florence comes to advise him that the color might give him a competitive advantage in Milan or Florence, though he must be careful. Fraud is ever-present in the dye and pigment markets, and Zeno fears the color might be abused. Master Zeno brings his assistant with him, a young man of uncommon beauty and intelligence, Benedetto Tagliaferro.

Deeply attracted to Morello now, who is falling in love with him as they work to complete the restoration of a church, yet still yearning for his old love, When Benedetto’s old love dies in what at first appears to be a terrible accident, Master Morello comes to Florence to replace Leo Guisculo in the workshop, though they had thought never to see each other again. But Benedetto almost loses everything in his quest for the truth and to find justice for Leo, even Morello.

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