Review from Cheryl McEnany

20th December 2020 Ah… those showbiz types love the book! “Hi Marcus! Just finished reading your book this morning. A fine and engaging read; I really enjoyed it. Nicely developed characters and a story that kept the pages turning. My university degree is in art history and I’ve always loved the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts movements, so the cultural context of Nancy (and … Continue reading Review from Cheryl McEnany

Grave accident – Collision de tramway à Nancy

Here is some inspiration for my follow-up to Sculpted Love. Research is under way. Thank you to Blandine Otter, Responsable de la documentation-photothèque, Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy for pointing out where the local paper can be searched day by day and downloaded in jpeg and in OCR text. Wonderful fun. But what horrors confronted the poor inhabitant of Nancy at the end of the … Continue reading Grave accident – Collision de tramway à Nancy

Wide eBook distribution

Sculpted Love has been published via Draft2Digital to 15 eBook outlets in addition to Amazon Kindle… Scribd – Published on August 21, 2020, 17:44 PMTolino – Published on August 21, 2020, 17:45 PMVivlio – Published on August 21, 2020, 17:46 PMKobo – Published on August 21, 2020, 18:39 PMBarnes & Noble – Published on August 21, 2020, 21:06 PMApple – Published on August 21, 2020, … Continue reading Wide eBook distribution

Sculpted Love – audio book

Sculpted Love will be available as an audio book in time for Christmas presents. I have just finished putting together, editing and uploading the narration by Charlotte Worthington. That has been a two week effort because each file must … measure between -23dB and -18dB RMS have -3dB peak values a maximum -60dB noise floor be at 192kbps or higher, in MP3 format, and Constant … Continue reading Sculpted Love – audio book

Those reviews: a selection

I have been preparing the audio version of Sculpted Love for publication and went through the reviews to fill out part of the information given to prospective buyer. Not bad… Hi Marcus! Just finished reading your book this morning. A fine and engaging read; I really enjoyed it. Nicely developed characters and a story that kept the pages turning. My university degree is in art … Continue reading Those reviews: a selection

Birth Control, Natalie and Cécile

Several social issues rear their heads in Sculpted Love, including war, death, mental illness, psychiatric cure under hypnotism, the nude in sculpture, the industrial revolution and art nouveau. Because the two young women in the novel each find love with their chosen man, and because Cécile is more nervous about unwanted pregnancy than Natalie, I did have to tackle the subject of contraception. The three … Continue reading Birth Control, Natalie and Cécile

“Full marks”: review of Sculpted Love by writer Geoffrey Gudgion.

“Full marks. Two intertwined love stories in Belle-Epoque France. Two young women come of age in late 19th Century France, a time of growing sexual liberation and the flowering of artistic ideas in the Belle Epoque. Full marks for painting a vivid, even erudite portrait of the time, and for introducing us to two charming protagonists. Both of the girls are attractive, intelligent, and seeking … Continue reading “Full marks”: review of Sculpted Love by writer Geoffrey Gudgion.

More reviews for Sculpted Love

Reviews keep coming in from readers of Scultped Love from round the world. I am endeavouring to publish bad reviews as well as the good ones, but there have been few bad ones. A handful have said there’s too much listing of people (at the funeral, at the opening at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, at the unveiling of the Count’s statue). One person was uneasy … Continue reading More reviews for Sculpted Love

The eroticism of Those Pesky Little Critters

I have had a fruitful exchange about one of the most iconic of the Emile Friant paintings displayed in my book Sculpted Love. “Les Oiseaux Familiers” features a scantily clad lady on page 240 of my book and is often translated as “The Familiar Birds”. This does not do justice to the humour that Friant has built into the scene, that is, a bird on … Continue reading The eroticism of Those Pesky Little Critters