Monday, May 31, 2010

Sketches Coming Soon

I had a huge itch to scratch during my writing session today. I've started thinking about drawing the covers of my novels in litho crayon for sketch purposes. I need to find some eager models desperately. Though they do have nude model sessions at some art galleries, it is almost always rare to have an ethnic one coming in. I guess I shall take my chances!
We'll see how it works out, but in the mean time here's some inspirartional images for me to look at. I wish I knew who the artist was. Perhaps Beverly Jenkins knows?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Romance Novels?

I'm not really making any art work right now. Perhaps not until I go to Denver for my two month house sitting gig!
In the meantime, I am simultaneously working on a three romance novel trilogy set in the 19th Century period. These are a combination of a love for Beverly Jenkins (a writer who specializes in African American historical fiction) and Virginia Henley (who uses such concrete description in her Caucasian centered ones, plus my penchant for British history (due to art pf course!), and the long Shakespearean tradition of forbidden opposites attracted by each other.
That is whenever I'm not disturbed and plus, it's very, very hot at Tien's house. I try not to be bothered by the constant sweat on my forehead. I keep telling myself it's the result of hard, brain operated labor! :)

Book 1
Captain Branson Gray is a free slave and notorious pirate of the sea. A womanizing rake and cheroot smoking man with an unforgivable past, he travels with his partner and ally, Thomas Crawford, Earl of Helford.
On a journey from the sugarcane fields of Savannah, Georgia back to the throes of splendid London, England, Branson finds himself in a strange predicament when he finds the nearly drowned body of a runaway slave next to his ship.
Anesthetic Maya cannot remember who she is or anything about her life, but finds herself intrigued by her handsome rescuer. Though she tries to be kind, she doesn’t understand his cold, hostile behavior towards her.
What will Maya remember? Will that jeopardize the love that she feels for Branson? And what of Branson…..what is the shady pirate hiding from her?

Book 2
Chastity Gregory, an innocent brown skinned maid and companion to her friend, Hannah Gregory Crawford, narrowly escaped the ravenous clutches of Hannah’s determined husband, Roscoe Crawford, Duke of Ashford.
Disguised as a boy, Chastity sneaks on board of Captain Douglas “Dark Dragon” Gray’s ship headed for places unknown. Falling in love with him in the midst of adventure wasn’t what she planned, but she wouldn’t dare expose the terrible secrets that she carried.
Douglas, Branson's younger brother, uses the sea as a means to forget his own dark past. He cannot understand his fascination with the seemingly innocent, soot faced Chase. Taking “him” under his protection, Douglas introduces Chase to the seductive world of pirating, cheroot smoking, and brothels. However, once he sees through Chase’s disguise, he does everything in his power to seduce her.
Hannah hurt that she has discovered that she is barren and that Roscoe is in a heavily obsessive pursuit of Chastity is easily influenced by her mother and vicious young sister and wants revenge.

Book 3
Jasmine, a free spirited, very wise, Southern belle is thankful that her sister, Maya has helped her escape from American slavery, but she carries a terrifying secret. The baby she carries is that of Thomas Crawford, Earl of Helford, and a result of their forbidden summer tryst.
Thomas, Roscoe's cousin, is a man who shirks his duty to play secondhand command to Pirate Branson Gray. When Thomas's father suddenly dies, he is bound by duty to return to London at once. Betrothed to the cold, calculating Anne Marie Gregory, he is torn by the honor to do what is right, but cannot deny the woman who has his heart.
Society would surely frown upon and destroy a man in love with an ex-slave, especially one he helped rescue!

Yes, I hope to make the painted covers for these books, but I highly doubt the novels will be finished this year. That could be my goal though......

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Her skin is dark as charcoal dust
Her skin also soft like silken red rose petals
Her face is the shape of man’s true heart
Her brows are arched graces of intelligence
Her eyes are liquid pools of cacao beans
Her nose is broad and flat as desert
Her full lips are ripe and plump strawberries
Her kiss is sweet, honey drenched wine
Her body’s curves are from the Nile
Her voice is rich, husky like an exotic
Her walk is agile and graceful, so panther like
And her name was Chocolate Beauty