Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Spring! A sneek peek into FORBIDDEN PLEASURES

For those of you who may not know, when an author goes AWOL for copious amounts of time, it usually means they are holed up writing. Such has been the case for me, amongst creating costuuming for a high school musical and preparing for the upcoming Romantic Times convention)

For those interested, TORIN"S story--FORBIDDEN PLEASURES-- Is nearly finished..which is to say the first draft is nearly finsihed and already I know that there will be some snipping to be done as I've gone clean over my word count;) Thats okay though, the revising is always easier once the words are on the page!

Torin, for those who may not know, is Sierra's younger brother, who is banished and left for dead when the two are captured and taken to the evil Lord Aeglech. Believed to be dead, years later Sierra will discover that a new prisoner--a roman warrior by the name of Dryston--holds the secret to Sierras' past and her hope for the future. But when at last the two siblings meet, so much as happened to separate their lives, that Torin is left with notyhing but mistrust for her. Only by the help of his longtime friend and lover, Alyson is Torin able to see past his anger, embrace his past and so move forward with what the fates have in store for him.

Torins story , goes back to when he first meets Alyson and the circumstances surrounding the forbodden blossoming of passion between them. Set near Baden and the sacred Roman pools believed to be the gateway to the Underworld, Torin and Alyson must face the dangers concieved by hatred and jealousy and overcome the demoinc spirit that threatens to split them apart for all eternity.

Those of you who know me, understand that I am a visual type of person. Art inspires me, costuming, setting, exotic time periods--all get me excited to the possibilities and "what if's" of storytelling...here are a few pics that have inspired my images of FORBIDDEN PLEASURES


My image of Alyson-a druid witch, servant to General Ambrosius and his niece Tulia. Bewitches Torin completely!












My image of the dangerously jealous , Roman Niece of Genreal Ambrosisus--Tulia.  She is a wicked, spoiled  little wench, whose sights are cast on Torin and she means to have him, no matter what the cost!










and of course, my inspiration for Torin has always been the easy on the eyes-Henry Cavill ;)










Watch for FORBIDDEN PLEASURES  releasing  in September 2010 in a special extended length Spice Briefs!

I hope you are all enjoying warmer temps and no flooding dangers where ever you live!

Personally , Im ready for spring! One of my fav stations on itune radio is the Ambient station and the Birdsong station--it's like sitting on the front porch on an early morning--coffee in hand, listeing to the sounds of the birds waking around you.Absoultely amazing if you're into that kind of thing;)

If you take a listen, let me know what you think!

Back to the writing desk!

Amanda

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Roads, Rodin and Romance

There are lots of songs that tell about people's journeys. The Long and Winding Road comes to mind when I think of how to describe my life since Januaray 20. Not meant to solicit pity-no, hindsight is always much clearer than when you are walking through the valleys, eh? The experience has taught me a great deal.

For those who may not know , my mom suffered a stroke which left her fine physically, but unable to speak clearly.She is home now, and in the days ahead will be receiving much therapy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, they have helped. And while the road ahead no doubt has a few potholes in it, she is getting better. Getting rid of all this snow and warmer temps will certainly help the overall disposition around here I'm sure!

Meantime, I am preparing for the RT Convention in April , my twins musical, "Into the Woods, " here next weekend, and snatching some writing time in between all else. And so it goes....

THE MASTER AND THE MUSES IS AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW;)

I awaken everyday to a poster of Thomas Rodin staring down at me with encouraging (albeit smoldering eyes) and I am inspired  with the utter joy I had in writing this book. I love art anyway. Museums are some of my favorite places to replenish and nurture my spirit. Looking at a painting and imagining what that artist was looking at, what they were thinking as they painted it.

I took my inspiration for The Master & the Muses, from the real life artwork of the PreRaphaelite Brotherhood. Somewhat medieval (perhaps another draw for me;) I began to delve further into the real life women that sat for these young and rebellious artists for their time.

Many refused to be "taught" what the Royal Academy was teaching at the time, and went back to the methods /colors and style of painting before the famous Raphael. They developed their own techniques, textured canvas and revered nature in everything they did. Some were more eccentric than others-Dante Gabriel Rosetti, for one was a brash , but brilliant artist, who exemplified the term "defying gravity." He went his own way in a very straight-laced time in Victorian England. And though his intentions were noble, he had a hunger , a restlessness that he never fully was able to control and yet IMO, it is what became the very aspect of his creative genius.

He was charismatic, handsome, bold. He had an arrogance that many either admired or detested--there was never very much *in-between* for this man. And yet, he  had a vulnerable side that few understood. So is the case for many creative types when you look closer;) He was a poet, a lover, a dreamer for his day--he had a way of making women feel they were beautiful, no matter what their social standing. When others were saying, "You can't!" Rosetti would responde, "Why not?"
As was the case in most instances, it was is this idea of "rescuing the damsel in distress" that fueled the type of women they sought to model for them, feeling they were offering them a better life--and for some that weas true, for others they became shunned for prostituting themselves for money, and for others , it sparked a freedom with a finacial independance that allowed them an education and marriage in circles they would nver have known otherwise.

"Respectable" women did not sit for artists and be compensated, unless it was for a personal portrait and only then if accompanied by a guardian. As such, the women that the brotherhood  artists often sought ought were those who worked the public social gardens at the time--the Cremhorne and the pubs and burlesque theaters.


Regardless, of the many women that over the years posed for the Brotherhood artists, the experience undoubtedly changed their lives forever. They became what we would consider the "Sports Illustrated" cover models in celebrity status. But inside of being looked upon with admiration, they were often considered whores for what they did. It must have been  very complicated for those who wanted to break out of their poverty and yet could still not overcome the social stigmas of the day.

(* shown here Rosetti's Ghirlandata)

I chose aspects of a variety of  *real-life* PRB models as essence to creating my characters for The Master & the Muses, and infused a healthy dose of Victorian protocol to the mix.


Passionate, sensual, complex--three women, each told from her POV of the  story of her experience, being "discovered," falling under the enchantment of Thomas Rodin and discovering life after modeling for this brilliant artist.

And what about the rakishThomas???
Well, you'll have to read the book to see how that turns out;)

Have a wonderful day!
Amanda