For our first Waiting on Wednesday, we are happy to share a teaser from the upcoming book, Blind Obsession by Ella Frank, scheduled for release April 2013. Enter using Rafflecopter below for a chance to win an ARC of this amazing book!
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“Ok then, let’s start at the beginning.”
He takes a deep breath and for some reason I hold mine before he finally blows it out. “Go ahead.”
Shifting in my seat I begin, “What inspired you to paint your critically acclaimed series?”
He lifts a hand to stroke the stubble lining his cheeks and chin before he replies so softly I almost miss it.
“Beauty.” There’s a pregnant pause before he repeats louder, “Beauty inspired me.”
Scribbling this down I question without looking up, “Beauty of the world?” and without missing a beat he replies.
“No. Beauty of woman. One woman.”
Looking over at him I instantly know he means her and I feel myself swallow deeply. I now understand the reason for the focus on every stroke of the painting that is hung center stage, lit up as though it is the pride and joy of the house. That painting is beauty, and she is the one woman. The woman that had captured the attention of the entire world and brought their probing questions to this man’s door.
Urging my brain to catch up, I remind myself to be professional. To ask only what I need to, to build up to the parts of the story I so desperately want to know from this very private man, but instead of following my own directions I blurt out. “What moves you?”
He seems to think about this question longer than I expect him to, before he deflects with one of his own. “You don’t want to ask me the most obvious question first Miss Harris?”
Immediately I know what question he means, but I’m not ready to ask that yet. I’m here to learn about the vision behind the images and his side of this terrible nightmare. So no, I didn’t want to ask him the obvious, yet.
“I thought we decided on you calling me Gemma.” I point out, trying to keep it light.
Narrowing his eyes he tilts his head in a mock bow. That’s my signal to continue.
“What moves you?” I ask again.
For some reason I anticipate him having an answer at the ready, but as he sits there in thought, I picture the woman in the painting knowing he is thinking of her.
“What moves me?” he repeats my question.
I nod and wait, gripping the edge of my seat, and this is only my second question.
“The answer to that is the same to your first question Gemma. Beauty moves me.”
Scribbling that down I then bring my eyes back to his, “And beauty is one woman?” I clarify just to be sure. His eyes remain steadfast on mine as he tells me without a shred of doubt.
“Beauty is Chantel.”
Obsession, defined as the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image or desire….
Chantel Rosenberg’s passion for music and life had never shone brighter than the time she spent in Bordeaux France. It’s a time when feelings arose and desires ran deep, a time that fundamentally changed her life.
A man living in seclusion, Phillipe Tibideau is haunted and plagued by memories he cannot disregard. Choosing to live a quiet life in his Chateau surrounded by the vineyards of France, he’s left his passion for art behind.
However, the time has arrived to tell his side of a tale. A tale that has depicted him as a ‘beautiful monster’ and he’s finally allowing someone close.
Close enough to ask questions. Questions he’s not sure he wants to answer. Questions about her.
For up and coming journalist Gemma Harris, the pursuit of truth is what drives her and when a job of a lifetime presents itself there is nothing in the world that will stop her from taking it.
Even if it does mean leaving her home for several months to stay at Chateau Tibideau, with him.
This is a story of what happens when three passionate lovers collide and the desire for truth, art and music merge.
Chateau Tibideau is a place full of unanswered questions, dark sinful desire and a beauty so hauntingly sad it will have you wondering how you will ever leave the same…..
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