My next book The Artist is due out on August 8, and at the suggestion of my publishers, I have decided to release the book under the author name of Juliette Banks. I love the name of Rachel de Vine, but agree with the publisher that there is opportunity for it to be mis-spelt (Devine, De Vine, DeVine) which apparently affects the algorithms used by Amazon , and my book may not be getting the exposure it deserves. So I have decided to release The Artist under this new name and see what effect, if any, there is. I am not saying goodbye to Rachel de Vine, however. For the time being, all my back catalogue will continue to be available under her name, and I will continue to publish my short stories as Rachel. But I just wanted you to know that if you see Juliette Banks attached to a story, then it will be me.
I am excited about The Artist and looking forward to it's release. I don't yet have the cover art, so, in the meantime, here is a rather attractive redhead posing in the nude, and below is the blurb for the book.
by Juliette Banks
Lust. Murder. Love.
Lizzie is a pretty, but quite simple village girl when circumstances lead her to the artist, Theo.
She made a bad marriage to Lionel, a man who mistreated her, and who then threw her out when she refused to sell her body on the streets for him. Now she is trying to make her way alone.
Theo is the rebellious son of a Viscount, who left his privileged background to pursue his chosen
career as an artist. His favourite subjects are pretty young women whom he paints in
the nude. He is delighted, therefore, when the beautiful Lizzie knocks on his door one day and offers her services as a model.
It is only a matter of days before the mutual attraction ignites between them and they become
lovers. Despite village gossip, they are happy. Until Lionel, hearing that his wife is now
living with the artist, erupts in a jealous rage and snatches her back while Theo is away and unable to protect her.
Upon finding Lizzie gone, Theo sets off in hot pursuit, determined to find the model for whom his feelings are growing daily. He soon catches up with Lizzie and Lionel, but during the hot-headed rescue, things take a tricky turn with an unexpected consequence.
Lionel is dead.
Unwilling to be charged with murder, and possibly hanged, Theo and Lizzie flee to Italy, where they try to start a new life together. But the past has a way of catching up with everyone, and they are no exception.
Can the love between a son of a Viscount and an illiterate country girl survive after such a troubled start? And will they have to face justice for the murder of Lizzie’s husband?
This is an erotic tale of a young couple in mid-nineteenth century England and Italy, with some explicit themes, including spanking.
This will be available from Blushing Books on or around August 8, and I will release the buy links and cover art as soon as they are available.