Woman Crush Wednesday:
Sienna is the leading lady in my Art of Love books, Model Position and Private Internship. She is spirited, talented, beautiful and yet still struggling with some issues, like her OCD neatnik tendencies and her insecurity around relationships. Since most of us struggle with one thing or another it makes her relatable, someone you want to root for. Here are a few snippets from my two novels that illustrate these traits. See what you think.
Two passages from Model Position showing Sienna’s pluck yet insecurity:
“Sienna, you’re so incredibly sexy, I can’t take my eyes off of you.”
“That’s a good thing,” I jibe, “because you need to study me to be able to paint me.”
I felt so out of control yesterday trying to get comfortable around Lydia Hightower that it’s reassuring to line up my brushes and then my paints in perfectly straight lines on my palette. Though I know that in the process of painting, they’ll end up in multi-hued blobs. I wonder if I’ll feel compelled, as I usually do, to keep realigning them.
And one from Private Internship showing Sienna’s power and allure:
I get up and walk away from Caz, stand in front of my digital print still clipped on the drawing line. “You told me earlier that you liked my work. Was that bullshit? And what about your work? What are you really trying to say with it? Because, if that Tarot reading was on the money, you play a lot of clever games, but distract yourself from what your heart really needs to express.” I spin around and stare at him. The candlelight lends everything a witchy, theatrical flair. Figures, after all, it is Halloween.
His face is a fast moving flurry of emotion: fury, that elusive, unnamed sadness, and could it be—a glimmer of sudden lust?
My chest fills with waves of unexpected, guilty desire. “Am I close?” I whisper, mirroring his words.
“Close,” Caz whispers back, his voice thick. He rises and stalks slowly toward me, locking onto his quarry, the inked panther on his neck rising and falling. “Sienna, beautiful, strong artist. My lord, woman, what are you doing to me?” His expressive hands reach out and lightly graze my cheekbones, the vulnerable sides of my forehead.
Private Internship launches on Sept 29 but preorders are open now: Here
The first in the series, Model Position is on sale at Amazon: Here
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Kitsy Clare hails from Philly and lives in Manhattan. A romantic at heart, she loves writing about the sexy intrigue of the city and of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We learn things about art & painting. A colorful story from a promising author.” The next in The Art of Love series, Private Internship launches Sept 29 with Inkspell.
Kitsy also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen.