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INAMORATA: a Novel ~Megan Chance

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

“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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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Quartet is a movie I have wanted to see ever since I saw Dustin Hoffman, the director, introduce the movie on the Stephen Colbert Show.  Actually, I don’t have a TV and I do not usually watch the Stephen Colbert Show; I decided because I knew the music and the performance that the movie was highlighting therefore it must be providence that I see this movie and that I had been on at the right place a the right time to learn of it.  It is Hoffman’s debut movie as a director.

Wonders never cease – or coincidences! – about a month later the movie was reviewed on one of my favorite reads the blog  WONDERS IN THE DARK.  The movie was open and showing in New York City and the surrounding areas.

I called the two theater groups in my town and the Film Society theater and none of the folks had ever heard of the movie and it was not on the calendar what so ever.

Many months later, my neighbor, a 50+ years piano teacher, said she drove north to the next big city and the movie was playing for 5 days at the Arts Theater there.  She wished she could see it again because she enjoyed it so very much.   I was jealous.
I could not afford the gas money and a theater ticket also.

I put it on my Movies at Home queue and hoped for the best.  I kept searching for it on the online streaming venues.

AT LAST!   Quartet showed up in my queue, I immediately moved it to the top of my list and there it was in my mailbox.   Hip Hip Hurrah!  I watched it right away.  It was a glorious look at the changes folks were making as those who had been musicians on the top of the world’s queue were settling into a life in a musician’s pensioner’s home.  They were physically changing, psychologically changing, and they no longer held their esteemed status.

It was 95’F (35‘C)  and I took Quartet  to the cool, cool downstairs and enjoyed the beauty of the music again.  The locations were quite stunning and with an “all star” cast like Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, and Billy Connelly included it made a lasting impression.  So many of the musicians in the story were actually playing themselves and it was grand to see the “tried and true” talents emerge in this story.

I loaned my DVD to one neighbor and she watched it 3 more times with different family members.  It is now at the house on the other side and being enjoyed there. Dustin Hoffman did a grand job on his first time out, and the actors and story were worth the retreat.  I can highly recommend Quartet to you.  I believe Quartet is cooler than the tinkling tunes of the ice cream truck.   One can now find it on a number of streaming venues also.
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Related watching recommendations:
Julie and Julia
Temple Grandin
Momma Mia
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and the Beautiful