07 Oct 2013 Sneak Previews!Sneak Previews, The Red Lily Crown | Elizabeth Loupas
Today I’m starting a new feature—sneak previews of The Red Lily Crown, coming in April 2014. Sometimes the preview will be a few words, sometimes a sentence or two, sometimes a paragraph, and I hope they’ll give you a tiny, tempting taste of what’s to come.
Let’s begin with the opening lines…
The prince was a Medici, richer than Satan, and people said he loved only two things—women and alchemy. To feed her Nonna and her two little sisters, Chiara would have sold herself to him quick as a stray cat, but she wasn’t very promising concubina material—her chest bones stuck out and her wrists and ankles were knobbly as a colt’s fetlocks. True, she was fifteen and a virgin and had a braid of dark hair down to her hips, but on the other hand she had the curved scar on the left side of her head, just above her ear. Her hair covered the mark but she couldn’t always hide the headaches and the falling-spells. Sometimes she heard demons’ voices.
No, not very promising concubina material.