#SedStuds: Ardent


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Ardent releases in February 2017 and in honor of final edits and approved cover art and blurb (none of which I can show you yet) how about an excerpt?


High up on the scaffold, Benedetto touched the brush laden with lead white to the putto’s wings. Who could resist smiling at the fat limbs and faces of the messengers of Aphrodite? He had thought to put his heart and mind aright by setting thoughts of love aside, but the putto flapped his wings in Benedetto’s face and scattered all his good intentions to the wind.

I will love you, Angel …

Why can I not forget you, Morello?

“Benedetto,” Leo spoke quietly from below. “Little cat?”

Oh, no, Leo was not using his childhood pet name to soften Benedetto’s wrath toward him. Benedetto climbed off his ladder, stepped to the edge of the scaffold, and looked down at the master. “You’re late!”

The brush dropped from his fingers; end over end it flew and scattered white feathers of paint as it fell. The younger apprentices laughed, perhaps thinking he had thrown it in a fit of temper. Leo laughed with them, his face turned upwards.






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