Archive for 'art'

O Russet Witch

Now that’s a book signing.

Art by Ryan Schude: "O Russet Witch!"

Actually this is an amazing photograph, “O Russet Witch,” by Ryan Schude. Inspired by a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it was created in 2015 at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. More about Schude here.

 

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Feline masterworks

Thinking about the personality-plus cat we had when I was a kid, this seems just about right.

"Feline Masterworks": a comic by John Atkinson

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This is totally me

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

"The Complete Journey" by Jonathan Wolstenholme

“The Complete Journey” by Jonathan Wolstenholme

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The Wedding Dress

What a sad image! Still, it would make a wonderful illustration for an opening chapter in a romance novel, wouldn’t it? Things look bad for the heroine. But we know — for sure — that it will all end up OK. No, more than OK: it’ll be great.

"The Wedding Dress" by Frederick William Elwell, 1911.

“The Wedding Dress” by Frederick William Elwell, 1911

Which is just one reason why I love reading (and writing!) romance.

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How grapes are made

I’ve always wondered, haven’t you? ;)

Photo via Minimiam: how grapes are made

 

More whimsy from the Minimiam artists here.

 

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Dragon bed

This image floated across my Twitter feed, and I had to stop and stare at it in admiration.

Photo: a miniature dragon bed made by Michael Reynolds.

Via Traceyanne McCartney on Twitter

Of course, I spent some time wondering if I could somehow write in a bed like this into one of my books. Nothing immediately springs to mind, but you never know . . .

Then I had to learn more. This is an amazingly teeny-tiny little bed, the artist is Michael Reynolds, and he is evidently a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans which has a bewitchingly fascinating Instagram. Enjoy!

 

 

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Scotland, sheep and my next book

The second book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, The Laird Takes a Bride, takes place in Scotland. So, yes, there are sheep. Toward the end of the story, sheep play a small and (if I may say so) delightful role. I imagine them looking rather like this.

Painting by Seren Bell: "Hardwick Ewes."

“Hardwick Ewes” by Seren Bell; more about her here. This image was posted on Twitter by Helen Warlow.

You can preorder the Kindle edition of The Laird Takes a Bride here. It’ll be available on August 29, 2017. (More info about other formats coming soon.)

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Bow wow for these doggy portraits!

Saw on Twitter how the Humane Society of Utah creates “photo-booth” portraits of their adoptable dogs. Which is so brilliant and so artful and, most importantly, really successful. Have to share a few of them with you.

A "photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah."Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

"Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

"Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

These photos via Animal Life and Beautiful Pictures on Twitter; also themindcircle.com

More about the Humane Society of Utah here.

 

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The Museum of Broken Relationships

I was fascinated to read an article about the Museum of Broken Relationships, which houses “artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. A single stiletto heel. A wine opener. A worn old Snoopy doll. But when isolated in a glass case or hanging on a white wall and accompanied by a caption, the objects become imbued with heartache or regret. Or freedom.” As an avid museum-goer, I’d love to visit.

A photograph taken at the Museum of Broken Relationships: visitors looking at a display of "brokenship" artifacts.

via the Museum of Broken Relationships

Of course, one of the great joys in my profession is to ensure that no matter what obstacles my protagonists encounter, all will end well. Hmmmm. Maybe they should stock some romance novels in the gift shop . . . ?

More about the “brokenships” museum here.

 

 

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Some beautiful images from Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice plays a small role in You May Kiss the Brideso I was especially delighted to come across these images from the Folio Society’s recently published edition of P & P. Aren’t they spectacular?

An illustration of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy dancing, by Anna and Elena Balbusso. From Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (The Folio Society)

An illustration of Elizabeth Bennet being confronted by Lady Catherine, by Anna and Elena Balbusso. From Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (The Folio Society)An illustration of Elizabeth Bennet looking at a portrait of Mr. Darcy, by Anna and Elena Balbusso. From Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (The Folio Society)

 

The artists are Anna and Elena Balbusso. More here.

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