“Collioure Shall Always Be Collioure” about Olga Meerson, model to Henri Matisse By: Derma Drudge

What are you reading or what have you finished.  Here is my review on “Collioure Shall Always Be Collioure”

First a little about the book:

21226467This ekphrasic tale is based on the real life story of an obsessed model, Olga Meerson, and the artist, Henri Matisse who will not acknowledge his feelings for her but instead has her institutionalized. Olga Meerson, an artist in her own right, guides the reader through her life’s story with a piercing first person narrative that defies time, culminating in her tragic demise, all told from her static position as the painter’s model during the painting of Matisse’s Olga Meerson.

 

 

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Drēma Drudge suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction.

Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine, starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high that her classmates passed around literature class.

She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling. Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe. The pair has two grown children.

In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator. She’s represented by literary agent Lisa Gallagher of Defiore and Company.

For more about her writing, art, and travels, please visit her website, www.dremadrudge.com, and sign up for her newsletter. She’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon, or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You can follow Drema on Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/dremadrudge/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/dremadrudge?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/dremadrudge/

And now for my thoughts on this:

This is an amazing short story! When I was taking classes for my Associates degree in Medical Assistant, one of my classes was Appreciation of Arts, I wasn’t sure why that class, but after doing the class I was amazed with all the Artist and paintings.  I am glad that I had to take that class, as now I understand art a little more than I did.

Reading this book was awesome and I loved learning more about the obsessed model, Olga Meerson.

Derma Drudge’s book called Victorine comes out March 20, 2020.  I am looking into buying that.  Here’s the link for more information on Derma

Debut #historicalfiction, Victorine, March ‘20. Preorder now: https://amzn.to/2QoEqXM. Newsletter http://www.dremadrudge.com. Article: http://trbr.io/QAZ6viNdremadrudge.com

 

 

Debut Victorine By: Drema Drudge

Hello and welcome to my quarantine corner.  I hope that everyone is staying safe. 

Today I would like to share with you a new book that is debuting today.   Here is a little about the book.  

Debut #historicalfiction, Victorine, March ‘20. Preorder now: https://amzn.to/2QoEqXM. Newsletter http://www.dremadrudge.com. Article: http://trbr.io/QAZ6viNdremadrudge.com

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Book Description

My debut novel, Victorine, features Victorine Meurent, a forgotten, accomplished painter who posed nude for Edouard Manet’s most famous, controversial paintings such as Olympia and The Picnic in Paris, paintings heralded as the beginning of modern art. History has forgotten (until now) her paintings, despite the fact that she showed her work at the prestigious Paris Salon multiple times, even one year when her mentor, Manet’s, work was refused.

Her persistent desire in the novel is not to be a model anymore but to be a painter herself, despite being taken advantage of by those in the art world, something which causes her to turn, for a time, to every vice in the Paris underworld, leading her even into the catacombs.

In order to live authentically, she eventually finds the strength to flout the expectations of her parents, bourgeois society, and the dominant male artists (whom she knows personally) while never losing her capacity for affection, kindness, and loyalty. Possessing both the incisive mind of a critic and the intuitive and unconventional impulses of an artist, Victorine and her survival instincts are tested in 1870, when the Prussian army lays siege to Paris and rat becomes a culinary delicacy, and further tested when she inches towards art school while financial setbacks push her away from it. The same can be said when it comes to her and love, which becomes substituted, eventually, by art.

Blurbs

Victorine is a compelling rendering of the life of a model working for Edouard Manet in the 1860s, who longed to be a painter in her own right. In this book, you will feel paint flow onto the canvases of Manet, Monet, Degas, Morisot, Stevens, Meurent, and others. You will imagine life on the streets of Paris in all its beauty, harshness, and fragility. And you will see a relationship between painter and model unfold with remarkable clarity and sensitivity. Victorine Meurent s body is the vehicle for Manet s artistic vision, while her robust courage, irreverence and honesty, and her longing for her own agency, shapes the painter s vision. The intimate collaboration between two artists creates life-changing revelations on both sides this dance of color and light complicated, sensuous, and intense. –Eleanor Morse, author of White Dog Fell from the Sky

The model for great impressionist artist, Manet, the sassy, sexy, smart and artistic Victorine is as vivid as his best paintings. Yearning to paint herself, she questions Manet and his artist friends closely annoyingly about what they paint and how they paint it, treating the reader to a sequence of fascinating exchanges about art, its creation and demands. In a gallery of episodes, narrated in the gaudy, evocative voice of the protagonist, author Drema Drudge renders Victorine Meurent from flesh to soul. Applying bold strokes of language, Drudge animates the story of a life lived at high intensity sparkling, inventive, imaginative, ambitious a totally original life. You can t help but love them both. –Julie Brickman, author of Two Deserts and What Birds Can Only Whisper.

  • Paperback:362 pages
  • Publisher:Fleur-de-Lis Press (March 17, 2020)
  • You can purchase it HERE

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Author BIO

Drēma Drudge suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction.

Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine, starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high that her classmates passed around literature class.

She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling. Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe. The pair has two grown children.

In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator. She’s represented by literary agent Lisa Gallagher of Defiore and Company.

For more about her writing, art, and travels, please visit her website, www.dremadrudge.com, and sign up for her newsletter. She’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon, or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You can follow Drema on Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/dremadrudge/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/dremadrudge?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/dremadrudge/

Here is a preview of Chapter one

Book Excerpt

Chapter One: Portrait of Victorine Meurent, Paris, 1862

Chapter One: Portrait of Victorine Meurent, Paris, 1862

I am called The Shrimp, Le Crevette because of my height and because I am as scrappy as those little question-mark-shaped delights that I used to study when my father took me to Les Halles. I would stand before the shrimp tank and watch the wee creatures paw at the water, repeatedly attempting to scale the tank, swimming, sinking, yet always rising again. I hoped eagerly for one to crest the tank, not realizing until later that the lid was there precisely to prevent their escape. 

          So why am I reminded of that tank today?

            Today, while I am giving a guitar lesson in my father’s lithography shop, the gifted yet controversial painter, Édouard Manet, enters the shop. He gives me the nod.

            I cover the strings of my guitar with my hand to silence them.

Pѐre has mentioned Manet’s recent patronage of his shop, of course, but I have never been here when the artist has come by.

            “M. Manet, this is my daughter, Victorine. I believe you’ve. . . .”

            “We’ve met,” I say. 

            “And where is it we have met, Mademoiselle?” he asks, wincing as he looks in the vicinity of my nose.

Is this a snub? I run my hand over the swollen, crooked lump of flesh on my face.

            “I must be mistaken.” I turn away, smiling bitterly at my quick temper, at my trying to turn up a nose such as this. Of course he doesn’t recognize me.

            I motion for my student to put her guitar away: “That’s enough for today, dear.” Though she looks at the clock with a puzzled brow, she does as I say.

            My father graciously allows me to give lessons in his shop, claiming he loves to hear young musicians learning to play, though I suspect it’s more because my mother hates allowing anyone into our house besides her regular millinery clients.

Manet moves toward me, puts his face close to mine; I don’t pull away, but only because that is the way painters see.  I would have punched another man for standing so close. He snaps his fingers. “Le Crevette?” he exclaims, backs away.

             I raise my chin to regard the posters on my father’s wall. The Compagnie Francaise de Chocolats et des thes declares my father’s fine sense of color, his signature mingling of coral and scarlet. The other posters reveal his repeated twinning of these colors.

            Manet grasps my hand with frank friendliness that I almost believe. Want to believe. “It is you; I’ve seen you model at Coutoure’s. But what has happened to your nose?”

            I rise on my toes, though the height it gives me is minimal. I motion for Gabrielle to gather her music, and she shuffles the sheets.

            I move closer to him while withdrawing my hand from his, take out my emerald green enamel cigarette case (a gift from a wealthy student at Coutoure’s studio) and light a cigarette. I empty my lungs straight at the yellowing ceiling, though my torso is not a foot from his.

            My father frowns and waves the smoke away; how many times must I tell him that I am eighteen and I will smoke if I please? He smokes a pipe sometimes. What’s the difference?

            “I give guitar lessons now. Obviously, I’m no longer a model.”

            Manet’s eyes graze on me. I stand straighter. When I realize it, I relax.

            “I know just how I’ll paint you. Shall we say tomorrow at one?”

            My father runs his grungy shop cloth through his hands.

            I raise my chin, art lust in my eyes.

“We shall say two.”

            He crooks his eyebrow. “Wear something else, will you? That frock does nothing for your apricot skin tone, much less your eyes. And wear your hair down….” He touches a section of my red hair that flows forward, and I jerk away. “No. Better wear it up.”

            I glance down at my mud-colored calico dress, pick up my guitar case and make to lead my young charge out the door. 

            “Meurent?” he says. I smile, erase it before turning back.

“Do you know where my studio is?”

“You may leave your card with my father.”

I am well aware of the opportunity I have been offered. If it weren’t for this trouble with Willie, I would be ecstatic. As it is, I am just a flicker beyond moved.

Happy reading everyone.  Please let me know if you are reading this or plan on purchasing it, I would love to hear your comments of what you think.

Hello and Welcome to First Line Friday

Happy Friday everyone hope that your week was event full.  My week was a hectic and Friday could not come fast enough and I am still trying to get over this nasty flu bug, which just doesn’t want to leave me.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

She wasn’t at the Halloween block party.  Neither were any of her friends since their parents had grounded them all.  None of the teenagers living in the neighborhood of Shadow Hill were present when it happened, but they all heard screams in the night.  At first Jazmine thought, it was just the grown-ups partying, yelling, and maybe finally have too much to drink, maybe even fighting as usual.  But as the screams didn’t die down, she realized this was a lot more serious.

“Oh, dear God!” someone exclaimed.

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Have you read it, if so what were your thoughts, I would love to hear them.

Happy reading everyone.

Glittering Death: An Alyssa Chalmers mystery By: Carmen Radtke

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1862:  A group of brides from Australia have arrived in British Columbia, and love is
in the air – until their new-found happiness in the prospectors’ town “Run’s End” is
shattered when the hotel-owner is murdered. To make matters worse, something is
wrong with the stored gold at the hotel, and an epidemic makes it impossible for
anyone to leave town.
The brides set all their hopes on their friend Alyssa Chalmers to find the murderer
and restore peace in their new home. But the killer is cunning, and desperate …

 

 

  • File Size:1817 KB
  • Print Length:249 pages
  • Publication Date:January 7, 2020

You can purchase it HERE

93m2nea5qiau1bfgi455p842e9._US230_About Carmen Radtke

Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner.
Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany, but had planned on emigrating since she was five years old. She first moved to New Zealand and now lives in York, UK, with her family, including a cat and a leopard gecko.

You can Follow Carmen on Social Media

Links:
Website – https://www.fantasticfiction.com/r/carmen-radtke/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/Carmen-Radtke-1958399947738868/
https://twitter.com/CarmenRadtke1/status/1168529365925355522

Email – Carmenradtke01@gmail.co

My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Cafe – Review Group and publishers for an honest review – Thank you

Not a normal choice of book for me however I was pleasantly surprised with this one.  Although I wished I had read the first one just to know the characters a little before reading this one.  I did take me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

Glittering death is set back in the 1800’s, a group of women were sent from Australia to a small gold prospecting town in America to find themselves husbands. Alyssa our main character is hard not to like, a well educated lady helps her new found friends find love and settle.  There is a mystery in this volume as well once they arrive in Canada.  Alyssa, our heroine, also is at an important choice… Doctor Mark or Mr Kendrick. She’s spoiled for choice! She makes the decision of life-time while solving a crime. It was well-written and a joy to read.  I am looking forward to read the next one.

 

All About Heaven By: David Oliver – Blog Tour

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Many people understand that, at the end of all things, Christ returns, God will create a new heaven and a new earth where those who have trusted in Christ will live with him for ever. But what about those who have “passed on” well before this? Where are they now? What does heaven look like? What will occupy us there? When David Oliver faced the death of his son Joel, at the age of 38, following a short and brutal fight with cancer, he set about researching and writing this powerful short book on heaven and committed to write whatever he discovered. Through a thorough examination of the relevant Bible texts, David provides us with a thrilling view of the future and a destiny well worth preparing for, which will enrich our vision and faith.

  • Paperback:208 pages
  • Publisher:Malcolm Down Publishing (November 8, 2019)

You can purchase it HERE

About the Author

David Oliver is the founder of Insight Marketing, an international trainer, speaker and author of 13 books in 29 languages, including ‘Work Prison or Place of Destiny?’ He is part of the Salt & Light UK Team and a member Basingstoke Community Church, England.

My Thoughts:

Thanks to the Love Books Group, the publisher and Author for a ARC copy.

This is the first that I have ready anything from this author.  I enjoyed his writing style and how he uses the bible for texts to get him through.

David Oliver has written a timely and necessary insight into the whole process of both living and dying, heartwarming and accessible.

Much of what we think about heaven is ill-informed at best and myth at worst. I appreciate his biblical stance and encouragement it brings every believer. It certainly brought clarity to much of my thinking.

 

 

 

January Wrap Up

This was actually quite a diverse reading month for me in terms of genres. We have a Family Life Fiction, a few Mystery / thrillers and even a self-help book.  I finished the month of January with seven books.  So what have you finished?  Have you read any of these and what are you reading now?

 

Happy Reading everyone, until the next post.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Five-Star Predictions From My Unread Shelf

This is my first post since I have followed Top Ten Tuesday, but today’s topic, Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads, caught my eye. As I participate in The Unread Shelf Project 2020, I find myself thinking a lot about the books on my physical to-read shelf and trying to figure out which ones will be worth reading.  The books I have included on this list all seem likely to be favorites for me – I hope I’ve guessed right!

Have you read any of these? Did you give any a 5 star?

What is one book you think is going to be a 5 star?

Tell me below, or drop your own TTT link!

Weekly Wrap-Up

01/26/2020

This week has been quiet not much reading. I’m feeling exhausted after coming down with the flu.  I am slowing in back into the swing of things.

Thanks to everyone who has followed and commented on my posts recently – I’m sorry that I haven’t managed to reply.

I have finished The Fathers, The Sons and The Anxious Ghost Blog tour, and The Longest Farewell by Nula Suchel this past week.. Not My usual amount of books this week.  I hope that next week will be better.

TV wise this week I’ve been really enjoying Ozark on Netflix.  It’s about money laundering.

It’s been a slow week on the blog this week as I’ve only posted a few times.  I hope to blog more next week.  I am planning and scheduling some new post next week.  I am also looking into remapping my blog, maybe a fresh look.

How has your week been? I hope you’ve had a lovely week and had time to do some reading. If you’ve shared a wrap-up post please feel free to leave your link before and I’ll make sure to visit your post.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Happy WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on Sam’s website, or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

The three questions (Ws) are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

51coYyBn6xL._SY346_I am currently 50% through The Bond Woman. By: Janice Dembosky It’s good so far! The quality of prose is stunning and I am quite enjoying the premise as it unfurls. Growing Up in Pennsylvania makes this book more interesting. A little about the book.  When, at age fifteen, Hannah Miller goes to work “on the Outside” of her Old Order Amish community in Pennsylvania, she promises her parents that she will not be tempted by the fancy lifestyle of “der Englischer.” Two years later, she has kept that promise, but she is now admitting to herself that it is not the English lifestyle that draws her. It is her love for her employer, Abram Goodman.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

51Vx9gLoUXLSay You Love Me is a series of books by Rose Willow.  This is the fourth book in the series.  Former FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas is back and embedded in a true nightmare reaching deep into her own family.

 What would you do if your brother was accused of a horrible crime, and you were certain he didn’t do it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Final TrailThe Final Trail By: AA Abbott is 5 and final book in this series.  A little about the book.. Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.
To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page-turner.

 

 

 

 

 

51mqKgOAwTLLet Me Go By: Rose Willow is the fifth book in this series.  I am looking forward in starting this and will be looking into her other books.  I have really enjoyed her books.

NEW RELEASE from multi-million-copy best-selling Author Willow Rose.

What if a stranger told you that she believed your child is about to be killed? What if that woman was an ex-FBI profiler with a disputable reputation?

Would you believe her?

Eva Rae Thomas is chasing down a vicious killer, but no one will believe he even exists. If there are no unexplained dead bodies or missing persons, then how can there be a killer on the loose?

What they don’t understand is that the perfect murder is the one that doesn’t look like murder.

Can Eva Rae convince local law enforcement to help her with this case before the killer strikes once more? Or will she have to take matters into her own hands – again?

LET ME GO is the fifth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.  

Thanks for reading this week’s WWW on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done a WWW on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

BOOK REVIEWS, CRIME THRILLER, FAMILY DRAMA

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The Final TrailThe Final Trail By:  A. A. Abbott Book Review

Blurb

Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.
To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page-turner.

Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/2BJmoHg

 

About AA Abbott

Who doesn’t love a cracking crime story, full of twists?

I’m British crime thriller writer A.A. Abbott – known to friends as Helen – and I believe a good read is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

I write fast-paced suspense thrillers set in the British cities of London and Birmingham.

I would like to thank https://lovebooksgroup.com/, the publisher and author for an ARC copy of this book.

Twitter handles

@AAAbbottStories

@LoveBooksTours

My Review

This is the first book that I have read by this author and its #5 in the series, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone, although you do miss out a little on the back story; but I didn’t have a problem catching up with getting to know the characters, I felt it was easy to catch up, I will be looking into ready the first one at least.  There are several main characters in this book, I loved how they were all used in this book.

Set in Birmingham.

Kat is the creator of Starshine Vodka and is in a business partnership with Marty, a shrewd businessman.

 Erik is Kat’s brother and is researching a cancer cure, he is also in a business partnership with Marty.

 Ben, who had shot and killed his gangster father, who had been planning on killing Kat, is in love with Amy, Eric’s girlfriend. Ben’s brother, Jon, wants revenge for his father’s death, but he’s in prison….!

 The story is a family drama, with plenty of action. There’s family betrayals, lies, love, politics and corporate dealings all set against the background of Vodka production. A fast paced, twisty, gripping and thoroughly entertaining read.  And who doesn’t have family drama in their family.  I can honestly say there is some in my family.

I loved the authors’ style of writing, and I will be looking for more from this author.

Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours https://lovebooksgroup.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest review.