The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing
Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?
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“One photograph in exchange for a portrait.” I stuck out my hand once again, and we shook firmly on the deal.
Philippe grinned broadly. “Bien. Now, how do you want me to pose?”
“Perhaps you could gaze out the window with your hand under your chin, like this.” I showed him what I wanted.
He took off his glasses and slipped them into his jacket pocket, then sat in the position I’d demonstrated.
My hand hovered over the sketchpad before beginning. I fantasized Berthe Morisot whispering in my ear, tutoring me in the art of portraiture. “Sketch in the outline lightly, paying close attention to the underlying facial structure....”
I flipped to a fresh page and roughed in Philippe’s profile, then his neck and shoulders. I studied his features between each stroke on the page: a sharply defined jaw with faint darkish stubble, prominent cheekbones and curly, dark hair that flopped over his forehead. Combined with his full, carved lips, he could have been the model for Michelangelo’s David, if not for the pale scar from his temple to his jaw.
He straightened his shoulders slightly and rolled his neck. “Can we talk while you work?”
I sketched in his dark eyelashes, straight nose and wide brow. “Certainly, except when I’m drawing your mouth.”
“Can you hold that smile?”
He spoke through gritted teeth. “How’s this?”
I laughed. “Terrible. Go back to your serious look.” I tried to correct his mouth, softening the line of his lower lip. “Tell me, are you a photographer by profession?”
He shook his head. “Photography is my hobby.” He shifted again, forcing me to re-adjust his shoulders in the sketch.
I shaded in the faint indentations left by his spectacles on the bridge of his nose. “Then what is it that you do for a living?”
“All I can say is that discretion and secrecy are at the heart of what I do.” He smiled slightly, as if it were a private joke.
“So, police or government work, perhaps?”
He grimaced. “Surely you don’t think I’m as boring as that? No, something much more exciting.”
I softened the line of his scar with my gum eraser. Discretion, secrecy and excitement? “You’re not a master criminal, are you?” A nervous laugh shook my hand and created an uneven line along his shoulders. I would have to cross-hatch the background to cover it up.
About the author:
Brenda Joyce Leahy has travelled to France five times but finds there’s always more explorations awaiting her. She loves historical fiction and thinks she was born a century too late, but can’t imagine her life without computers or cell phones. So, perhaps, she arrived in the world at just the right moment to tell this story.
She grew up on a farm near Taber, Alberta, but now lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. After over 20 years practising law, she has returned to her first love of writing fiction. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): visit her profile there. The Art of Rebellion is also profiled on the Humber School of Writers’ website. Brenda is also a member of the Historical Novel Society and leads a YA/MG writers’ critique group in Calgary.
The Art of Rebellion is her first Young Adult novel, published by Rebelight Publishing, spring 2016.
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