#rainbowsnippets: Ardent #1


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Good Heavens, I actually have a new release! On February 1st, Ardent, my gay historical romantic suspense, will be released, thanks to my wonderful editor Julie Bozza and Manifold Press. I’ve been offline due to a weird and stubborn injury to a disc in my neck, but finally I can work full time comfortably and spend time with you all again. Also, I marched last Saturday in Boston with my oldest and dearest pal, and I feel like the fear and sadness since the election has lifted somewhat.
So here’s the opening to Ardent and something momentous is about to happen to Master painter Morello of Torrenta…
Tuscany, June 1475
Chapter One

The sun thrust warm fingers into the ancient Tuscan earth. The gray-green leaves of the olive trees shimmered, and the woods beyond beckoned Morello to abandon the painters’ workshop for their cool refuge.

In the growing heat the apprentices inside settled into an afternoon nap, curled on benches in dark corners behind him. The harsh fumes of linseed oil and varnish had irritated Morello all morning, and he was unable to sleep in the miasma. Perhaps before their visitors from Florence arrived, he might escape the heat. A long tramp in the woods pulled at his bones.

Some prerelease links and more of this chapter: http://manifoldpress.co.uk/2017/01/ardent/
The first review of Ardent is here: http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/ardent-by-heloise-west/

10 thoughts on “#rainbowsnippets: Ardent #1

  1. kathyg2016 January 28, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Oh, I like this–very vivid. I can almost smell it all 🙂


  2. Jana Denardo January 28, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Congrats on the release. Love the vivid description.


  3. AM January 28, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    I love all the details. It’s so sensory.


  4. rhodrymavelyne January 28, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Ooo, what beautiful description! I love your setting! Congrats on your release!


  5. louiselyons013 January 29, 2017 / 3:23 am

    Lovely description. Good luck with your new release 🙂


  6. debbiemcgowan February 4, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Congratulations on your new release, and what a lovely opening scene!


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