‘AMUSE BOUCHE’ … WORDS TO AMUSE THE MOUTH

LISA IS A BIG GIRL… She can speak for herself!

“My name, Lisabetta Buti was an affront to my existence. I was Leonardo da Vinci’s beloved kid-sister, his assistant and apprentice, and the mother he was denied. We were born six-years-apart, as close as twins, and when I was old enough to walk, my brother made me a promise that we would never be parted.

And so it transpired, in the particularly vexing season of 1503, while forced to paint the dreary wife of a silk merchant, Leonardo was overcome, as in his early years, by a new quest. And with all due haste, circumstances conspired that he was able to complete the Giocondo commission, and I was cajoled into posing for a new kind of portrait. But here, my identity crisis sprouted wings because both our names were Lisa.

It was the sort of portrait only a visionary would attempt. Leonardo believed he could capture the true essence of a human spirit in paint.

Not long afterwards, Leonardo kept his promise, for we remained inseparable even after my death, and I traveled with him as his sentient companion to the end of his days – a living icon painted on a small panel of poplar wood.

And as time progressed, a further humiliation was heaped upon my portrait by the title ‘Gioconda’ – one misspelled word is all it takes to confound history.” – Lisabetta (Lisa da Vinci)

SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU… OR DOES IT?

book one of four: ‘LISABETTA – a stolen glance’

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K6SBB78 

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A TASTE OF INDIGO

‘The INDIGO PEARL’ a novel by V Knox

A STORY OF YOUNG LOVE AND OLD SOULS

When the extrasensory abilities of Delphi Sharpe, an autistic girl who converses with paintings and birds, are transplanted into the circuits of an android designed to retrieve famous works of art lost in the past, intelligence is no longer artificial.

AI = autistic intelligence… ‘state of the art’ time travel just became transcendental.

Two rivalling ‘art whisperers’, become single-mindedly obsessed to consummate the love of Delphi’s life – a teenage boy in a 500-year-old portrait. But while the spirit of Delphi wants to rest in peace with her beloved, her artificial counterpart intends to exact revenge on the art syndicate that exploited them.

EXCERPT:

[When I was fourteen, I fell in love with a boy in a painting.

Leonardo da Vinci painted my Cecco’s portrait five-hundred years before we met as teenagers in 2001. We lived on opposite ends of the Italian renaissance, as close as twin sides of a gold florin.

And then there was the accident and I died for a while.

When I regained consciousness, fifty-two years had passed and my next incarnation had picked up the threads of my life and moved on. She is me and not me, and now she’s falling in love with my boy.

The new Delphi may have a physical body and the technology to whisk her to 15th century Florence… but I have the spirit to transcend the body and I’m not about to let the love of my life slip into another woman’s heart. I have no intention of receding into the shadowlands without a fight.

And so, my spirit followed the robin into the mouth of the cave, through the hall of the birds and past the paintings of horses on the walls into the light.]

Book one of two in the Pearl series. ‘THE INDIGO PEARL’

https://www.amazon.com/Indigo-Pearl-V-Knox-ebook/dp/B0195OA4QQ/

 

 

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‘ET OB HOC AD’… AFTER, BEFORE, AND BECAUSE OF IT

When one door closes, another door opens

And so, as ‘TOMORROW AGAIN’ closes ‘the Bede trilogy’ – a time-slip adventure for ages thirteen and up, I open up the before time: ‘AFTER, BEFORE, AND BECAUSE OF’ the trilogy in the prequel ‘SNOW BEHIND THE DOOR’.

The ghost named Snow has her own story to tell because she held her troubled thoughts and memories to herself and kept to the shadows during three books even though she was the driving force of an adventure begun thousands of years before her birth.

Snow befriended an unhappy nine-year-old girl named Beryl who wandered into the haunted cold spot in Bede Hall’s attic to ease a case of sunstroke.

Sixty years later, as old Lady Nan, the matriarch of the Bede dynasty, Beryl’s recurring dreams of her invisible childhood friend, plunges her twin grandchildren, Christopher (Kit) and Bathsheba (Bash), into resolving a land dispute between Pangea, ancient Egypt, and Mars, laid idle for eons that threatens to turn earth into a planet of blue ice orbiting the sun.

Snow deserves to come forward to shine in her own right. Lady Nan, Kit, and Bash all said so. 

‘TOMORROW AGAIN’ is scheduled for self-publication, October-ish. I say ‘ish’ because the final editing stage of a full novel can be a wishy washy ‘ishy’ time.

‘TWINTER’ and ‘TIME FALLS LIKE SNOW’, the first two books of the ‘Bede series’, are available in print and kindles here: https://www.amazon.com/V-Knox/e/B0094K0Q7Y

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FACES FROM A DREAM OF HISTORY

an original oil painting by the author V Knox

In ‘TOMORROW AGAIN’, the ancient magic of alchemy brings wall paintings and carvings in an Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb, to life.

And so, within the pages of my fanciful trilogy for ages 12 and up, I endeavor to bring the boy king, Tutankhamen (to be politically correct… Tutankhaten) to life, as well.

Bede and Bede Hall are fictional places in the north of England, named for the ‘Venerable Bede’, born in the year 672 – a Benedictine monk from the twin monasteries of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow, celebrated as the ‘Father of English history’. Bede comes from the Latin ‘Beodan’ which means to bid or command. *In a timely historic note: At the age of 14, Bede was one of two monks who survived an outbreak of plague in 686.

Being a fan of the British Television series ‘Time Team’ planted my story’s seed. Since then, it has evolved into three books that take a pair of telepathic twins from Northumbria (near Hadrian’s Wall built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian from 122A.D. to 128A.D.) to Vincent Van Gogh’s French countryside, Roman Britain, Pangea, Mars, the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt, modern day Cairo, and the Valley of the Kings.

‘Tomorrow Again’ stars Bede Hall – a stately home in need of rescue and repair, its eccentric matriarch Lady Nan, her teenage grandchildren – telepathic twins, the elemental Green Man, several reincarnated historical figures, a pantheon of Egyptian gods and goddesses, a veritable host of ghosts, a family of animated topiaries that wander the Hall’s grounds at night, and a colony of dream-traveling cats.

In addition, it features the treacherous ‘Furies’ of Greek mythology, ‘Capability Brown’s art of landscaping an English county garden, and suggests the origins of British faeries.

The Bede Series of 3 books plus its prequel will arrive in due course. Book 3 is scheduled for release in 2 months, hopefully as a boxed set in time for Christmas. The prequel should follow in the spring of 2021.

Books one and two: ‘Twinter ‘and ‘Time Falls Like Snow’ are available here. https://www.amazon.com/V-Knox/e/B0094K0Q7Y  Book three will follow shortly.

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CATNAPPED

detail from the original painting ‘Catnapped’ by the author V Knox

‘TOMORROW AGAIN’, book 3 of the Bede Trilogy by V Knox – a middle-grade time-slip adventure where the present day cats of Bede Village, in England, dream travel to ancient Egypt through a cat flap in Sarah Goodman’s kitchen. There they monitor the fluidity of time as it progresses backwards or forwards according to the Great Sphinx and the mystical ‘Rule of Nine’.

Meanwhile, Bede Hall – a curmudgeonly stately home that houses the earth’s vast network of time portals, is haunted by a past clogged with murder and treachery, several ghosts, and developers who want to turn it into a hotel.  

The fate of Bede Hall, the Blue Nile, a Green Man, and a Golden Boy, hang in the balance as a pair of 17 year-old telepathic teenage twins, newly-separated by 5,000 years, face the same ferocious enemy in a battle between magic and science. Turning 18 isn’t going to be easy!

‘Twinter ‘and ‘Time Falls Like Snow’ are available here. https://www.amazon.com/V-Knox/e/B0094K0Q7Y  Book three will follow shortly.

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PILLOW TALK and THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE ATTIC

Let’s talk pillows… from extremely soft to incredibly super-hard Egyptian ‘memory foam’ – as in carved from stone

The alabaster pillow found in the teenager, King Tutankhamun’s, tomb (depicted in the painting, although I have shown the top half of the ka figure coming to life) was similar to the Great Pyramid of Giza in that it was a story recorded in stone. The deceased’s ka (we call them ghosts) is represented by a male figure holding both his arms over his head, as if, I like to think, he’s carrying the thoughts of the sleeper.

The ka parties on in the underworld fed by the deceased relatives’ offerings of food and beer. The constellation is of Leo, protected by Nut the goddess of the sky and heavens, shown bent over the earth with her head in the west and her feet in the east. Her mother, Tefnut, was the goddess of heat. Her father, Shu, was the god of vital breath.

On the flipside of time, housecats have protected the time portals of Bede, a mystical pocket of countryside nestled close to Hadrian’s Wall in Britain, for thousands of years. A cat nap is no minor undertaking, there, and a sleeping cat at dusk is almost always on an out-of-body mission, patrolling the liminal boundaries of Bede: Hadrian’s Wall, the Isle of Lindisfarne, and the wild rambling forests of the Green Man that connect them in a landscape that’s positively ancestral.

The haunted ‘Winter Room’, nestled in the cold spot of Bede Hall’s attic, houses the soft snow-white ‘Winter Pillow’ that imparts healing properties of cool soothing relief, ideal for taking the sting out of sunstroke and stressful headaches. The opposite of uncomfortable.

I hope the Egyptian ‘headrest pillows’ were intended to prop up the heads of mummies. If not, the living must have had some horrific sleepless nights, but leaving neck problems aside, two lions back-to-back represent yesterday and tomorrow – the perfect place for laying one’s head if they’re intending to sleep for eternity or a few thousand years before an Egyptologist invades their space.

Which brings me to the ‘Mummies’ Curse’ begun in book one ‘Twinter-the first portal’ and revealed in book 3 ‘Tomorrow Again’ via the artful logic of alchemy. And if you’d like to know the sinister reason why ‘the boy king’s’ name changed from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun at the last minute before his coronation, that is disclosed too.

The lion’s share of ‘Tomorrow Again’ takes place in the yesterdays of Egypt’s 18th dynasty and way… waaaay beyond.

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A STORY IN A GRAIN OF SAND

an original oil painting by the author V Knox

Every story begins with the grain of a premise – a first grain of sand idea, and like an oyster, a writer has to grow characters and plot and events from it into a pearl. Not just a single pearl but a pearl necklace of chapters.

‘Tomorrow Again’, book three of the Bede trilogy time-slip adventure for middle-grade (and up) is now a rough draft of 300 pages. The hard work begins. This day, the chapters are beads but the beads have to be pearls before it can go public.

I hope to self-publish soon. My painting, ‘The Hourglass of Time’ is a snapshot of what to expect.

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HELLO KITTY

Close observation of the nurturing aspect of domestic cats in the land of Kemmit (ancient Egypt) grew into the worship of the Goddess Bast.

In ‘TOMORROW AGAIN’ – book three of the Bede Trilogy time-slip adventure for middle-grade, Bast is a short-haired cat the size of a brontosaurus. Not a creature to cross.

Bast’s most docile form resides in a living cat but she is equally powerful as a small statue or amulet, as seen here in my painting titled ‘Kemmit’.

In her true goddess form, Bast manifests as a woman with a cat’s head. The Temple of Bast that houses a strain of sacred royal cats cared for by priestesses, is a main character featured in ‘TOMORROW AGAIN’ – now in manuscript, awaiting several editing stages and will be published in print and Kindle formats in the Fall, available as single books or a boxed set.

 

https://www.amazon.com/V-Knox/e/B0094K0Q7Y

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THE HOTTEST SEAT OUT OF TOWN

Please pull up a time machine and be seated as the time-slip adventure continues through the time portals of Bede Hall, built atop the successive ruins of prehistoric Britain.

As the final book of the Bede Trilogy ‘TOMORROW AGAIN’ unfolds, teenage telepathic twins Christopher (Kit) and Bathsheba (Bash), once deeply divided by science and mythology, are separated by three-thousand-years. And as steeped as the twins’ great uncle’s replica of King Tut’s Egyptian throne was reputed to be in the tradition of mindful relaxation, to Kit, the chair is nothing short of a dodgy time machine.

Kit’s back is literally against Hadrian’s Wall, but in a bid to save his family from a self-centered stately home, manipulating its tenants in its continuing mission to save itself, he reluctantly accepts a dangerous time travel mission to ancient Egypt.

While Bash defends the home front under siege from the unleashed Furies of the Bede Prophecy, Kit must confront his childhood nemesis the ‘face on mars’, defy the curse that split the continent of Pangea, and prevent a global catastrophe. So… no pressure.

Thankfully, the royal Egyptian cats of the Temple of Bast are a timely ally.

As the last bastion of time’s eternal gateways, Bede Hall has no intention of fading into history without a fight.

‘Tomorrow Again’ is scheduled for launch September-ish… I mean, since when has a schedule been foolproof during turbulent times!

 

Book one: TWINTER – the first portal

https://www.amazon.com/Twinter-first-portal-footprints-silence-ebook/dp/B00GQG583G/

 

Book two: TIME FALLS LIKE SNOW

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H7C11VK/

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THE TUNNEL CALLS

From ETERNAL SUMMER to INFERNAL WINTER, the time tunnel calls

Book three of the Bede Series, ‘TOMORROW AGAIN’ is nearing completion.

I have enlisted a team of beta readers, so if there is anyone here who wants to join me in presenting the finishing touches to a complex time-slip adventure for middle-grade, please let me know.

Now, right there, I’ve presented two mighty untruths because I have already begun a prequel, titled ‘SNOW BEHIND THE DOOR’, and technically, as the main characters (who were twelve in book one), are eighteen in book three, I suppose that advances the genre to ‘Y/A’.

In any case, whatever the powers in publishing fiction decree, the Bede Trilogy is for all ages. https://www.amazon.com/V-Knox/e/B0094K0Q7Y

Here is the opening sentence of ‘Tomorrow Again’:

[Kit reached towards a chink of sunlight that discharged scorching heat as a hand adorned with wide cuffs of gold pulled him to safety – a handshake that welcomed him into the ancient land of Kem and fresh air.]

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