April 22, 2009
In my next book (working title: Stripped Bare,
eventeenth-century painter Peter Lely comes back to life to settle the hash of Ava Stratford, the author of The Girl With a Coral Earring
, whose series of sexy, tell-all biographies is driving the dead art world nuts. Lely has earned fame and wealth as the royal portraitist to Charles II, but his reputation has been made in the lush, intimate paintings he paints of the women of the court, whose half-lidded eyes and barely secured dressing room gowns suggest he's won more than their admiration. Ava is intent on baring his secrets in her next biography, and he's determined to stop...