Saturday, March 19, 2016

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLOG HOP, Day 4: A Journey into the 18th Century and KINDRED (THE BIRTHRITE, #2) Excerpt

On this last day of the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop, I bring you the latest episode of The Parting of Veils, a journey into the 18th century (Thanks to William Max Miller for the beautiful thumbnail art). Also a new excerpt of Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #1). You can also get a free copy of the ebook Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) until April 15th (details below). Enjoy!

Also, thanks to Roma Gray for featuring an excerpt of Descent on her website, Trick or Treat Thrillers:

http://trickortreatthrillers.com/2016/03/19/excerpt-birthrite-series-1/






KINDRED Excerpt:


PREFACE
Florence, Italy
1856

An elderly artisan sat in the dim studio, looking over his most recently completed work. With this particular painting, he was quite satisfied, and it would be only a matter of time before his apprentice arrived to travel it to a Tuscan seaport.
The artist knew of the ship this portrait was to board. He also knew what La Suerte, was, newly built with only weeks at sea after being launched on her maiden voyage. She was no ordinary ship, and this would be her only year carrying his paintings to where they needed to be. La Suerte had a destiny, he knew, and would soon be changing ports and purpose. For now, though, she was what he and the subjects of his paintings needed. And she needed them.
With great care, the artisan packaged the newest painting, taking a moment to gaze once more into the eyes of the middle-aged man whose image was on the canvas. This particular work had not been commissioned, but he knew that the public figure in America would be most appreciative. In his mind's eye, he could see this new work hanging in the entryway of a library, one located in a little town just outside the city of New York. The same town for which he had been asked to create a statue displayed as a fountain in the park at the time of its founding. Of all his highly sought after works, the seraph statue was among his very best (even if he had to say so himself).
The artisan had just finished wrapping his parcel when he heard a knock at the door. He turned, bidding his visitor to enter. The door opened, revealing the old man's young apprentice.
No words were exchanged between the two; there was no need. Both knew what had to be done and why.
The artisan barely heard the door to his chamber close as the young man left. Alone again, he walked to the other end of his modest studio, toward three shrouded canvases. These three paintings were unfinished and he was in no rush. When the time was right, they would be complete. He knew well of the individuals whose images were being formed on the canvas, even if they knew nothing of him.
Once these portraits reached completion, he would paint three more of three others. Three individuals not from the world or time in which he dwelt.


Though, in a way, they are...



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