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INAMORATA: a Novel ~Megan Chance

“Inamorata: a woman with whom one is in love or has intimate relations; to inspire with love.”  (dictionary)

“Succubus: A demon assuming female form to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep” (dictionary)

The artist’s muse has always been an important mythology and particularly during the 1700s in Italy.  Who inspired the great works of poetry, music, sculpture and paintings?  It could not just be the artist themselves, it had to be a god or a demon which freed the spirit and produced the fame and fortune of their work.  I personally believe this idea has been around for all the ages and I hear writers speak of it now and entrepreneurial spirits also.

INAMORATA is just one of those stories with some nice twists and turns to increase the historic romance qualities.  The beauty, sex, and expectations are all centered around Venice during this interpretation of the story because a stunning Courtesan is living within the city – Odile’ Léon.   Nicholas has figured her out and all the dead bodies floating by and is going to reveal her true nature to the world to cause her destruction.

Young twins arrive in Venice, one an artist the other a storyteller, to find fame and fortune and make a name for themselves.  They are intensely attractive and talented.  They were orphaned as children and only have each other to depend on for their livelihood.  Nicholas is trying to shield them and connect them to the proper sponsors and Léon is trying to find them to perpetuate her life.

One of my most favorite twists in INAMORATA is the Odile’ Léon, after 350+ years would like not to just give artists fame and fortune before she sucks the creativity out of them, she herself wishes for fame!    She has all the fortune she needs, yet she wishes to have her own abilities to remain a part of history and the mythology.  This tale gives her name to the world, but does the demon muse still live on today?

The demon muse theme has come to my attention numerous times in my studies and where as I love the romantic concepts it inspires I now see more where the theme brings along so much destruction of the human spirit and may even block a great mind in the current technological generation.  Steve Jobs comes to mind, his eating pure, meditation, and clean lifestyle allowed creativity to flow in huge bounds of energy release.

INAMORATA is definitely a good read if you like romantic historic fiction and it will capture your attention. I would recommend this book to young adult readers and creative people. How does your muse assist you in your success?

“Megan Chance is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of historical fiction.  Her novels have been chosen for the borders Original Voices and IndieBound’s Booksense programs.  A former television news photographer and graduate of Western Washington University, Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.”  (from press release)

Megan’s Official website
Also by Chance: Susannah Morrow, An Inconvenient Wife, The Spiritualist, Prima Donna, City of Ash Bone River

tlc logo TLC Online Booktours sent me an unproofed PDF copy of this book for review and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to read this book

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7 Responses to “INAMORATA: a Novel ~Megan Chance”

  1. Deborah Barker Says:

    Another for my list Patricia. I really need to hide away somewhere so I can get through all these books you keep tempting me with. I have missed a couple I fear so shall have to read backwards – if you see what I mean :-)

    Patricia Reply:

    I love reviewing the books because I don’t miss many this way, if only I could read a book a day – and I still could not keep up

    Good telling with a new twist on a myth about the muse.

    I would give it 3 stars Deborah…maybe because I read so many about these succubus in college?
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  2. Sara Healy Says:

    wow…I’m thrilled you reviewed this book. I’ve seen pop up on my Kindle and I have to admit it made me curious. I do like historical romances, especially if there’s some mystery involved. This one sounds very interesting now that I’ve read your review.

    I think I go to Amazon and put this one on my wish list.

    Great review, as usual:~) Thanks Patricia. Have a good weekend!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thanks for you lovely words and I am so happy this review resonated with you….
    It was an interesting book to read while recuperating from surgery.

    I am going to use it as a suggested book for my high school reading group discussion this Fall. I think the kids will enjoy discovering the muse of creativity myth in another way
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  3. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J

    I have been a bit slowed down on computer time and replies this past few weeks. Got a serious infection after my last surgery and reading and getting posts up is about all I am doing right now in my recovery
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