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Journal Entry: Wed May 4, 2016, 12:02 AM




 


                       

Hi guys! 

It's been a long time since I've checked in, but I've got good news. I have a new novel out called DOORS. It's a parallel universe romantic adventure, and a follow-up to to my time travel romance A QUESTION OF TIME!

Jackie Karam always knew her friend Orne was a weirdo, even before he enlists her help in opening a door to an alternate dimension. His theory is that if one could find a book one lost, a book one loved but can no longer remember anything about, it might open a door to another world. Jackie just happens to have such a book in her past. A science fiction novel her high school teacher had recommended to her before he died in a car crash.


Jackie loves hanging out with her handsome, charming, eccentric friend, so she agrees on a trip back to her hometown to look for Mr. Forrest’s book. She finds it in the White Springs library, and just as Orne hoped, opens a door to another dimension, one altered from the world she knows. Not just altered, but better. Her career is a success, her old teacher is alive and well, and her relationship with Orne is so much more intimate. Her own world is so drab and hopeless by contrast, she’s tempted to stay.

But does she truly belong in this other world? What happens to this world’s Jackie if she stays? And what will happen to her, if she refuses to go back through that door?


Doors is now available through Amazon, Champagne Books, All Romance Ebooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. You can read an excerpt here. You can also check it out on Goodreads.  You can read an excerpt here, and there are more extras here



    Also, commissions are officially open again. So drop me a note if you'd like something! 
 


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Joanne Renaud
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Joanne Renaud, who earned a BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design, has been writing, drawing and painting as long as she can remember. She went to college in a variety of places, including Northern Ireland and Southern California, and enjoys history, comics, children’s books, and cheesy fantasy movies from the ’80s. She currently works as both an author and a freelance illustrator in the Los Angeles area. Her novel "A Question of Time" was released from Champagne Books in November 2012, and her illustration clients include Simon & Schuster, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan-McGraw Hill, Harcourt Inc., Zaner Bloser, and GOS Multimedia.
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The Centurion's Unlawful Slave by suburbanbeatnik
The Centurion's Unlawful Slave
Here’s a new piece-- The Centurion’s Unlawful Slave. It’s for a romance about a senator’s daughter sold illegally into slavery in the 1rst century BCE, and bought by a handsome centurion, living in a Roman colony in North Africa.  More 1980s classic romance novel inspired goodness!
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Saint-Just and Therese Gelle by suburbanbeatnik
Saint-Just and Therese Gelle
An art trade with TheBrassGlass. These two don't show up in my romantic historical WIP, The Captive Heiress, but it's such an intriguing story that it captured my imagination. There's a lot of tantalizing circumstantial evidence that famous revolutionary Saint-Just, the so-called "Angel of Death," had a long-standing liaison with his married childhood friend, notary's daughter Thérèse Gellé. (Here's a pretty good-run down of the evidence, such as it is. lajacobine.tumblr.com/post/710… ) There's no existing portrait of Thérèse left, but Lenotre in "Romances of the French Revolution" -archive.org/details/romancesof… - describes her as "fair and freckled," so I ran with that.

More French Rev couples:

Eleonore and Maxime by suburbanbeatnik Xandrine and Jean-Christophe by suburbanbeatnik
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Eleonore and Maxime by suburbanbeatnik
Eleonore and Maxime
More Captive Heiress artwork! Yes, Eleonore Duplay is a major character in my French Rev romantic historical WIP, The Captive Heiress. And her fiancee Robespierre shows up a few times too. Here's a depiction of a scene where she runs into him on the staircase of her home.

Done originally as an art trade for TheBrassGlass.

Xandrine and Jean-Christophe by suburbanbeatnik Jean-Christophe by suburbanbeatnik Xandrine by suburbanbeatnik

And, a rough synopsis:

It's 1793. France, having recently deposed its king, now fights to preserve the fledgling French Republic. Marie-Alexandrine la Tour d'Auvergne-- better known as Xandrine-- is a poor aristocrat from the country with hardcore Republican sympathies. However, her entire world is turned upside down when her mother and stepfather are arrested for harboring refractory priests. Shortly after, she herself is abducted by a young revolutionary proconsul, Jean-Christophe Raset. He reveals to her that she's become a Person of Importance to the Republic because she's in direct line of inheriting Bouillon, a contested and highly strategic territory on the Flemish frontier. 

She's taken to Paris for an arranged marriage, where she is plunged into politics. She has fallen in love with Jean-Christophe, and they have an intense and passionate affair, but it looks like their relationship is doomed, since she has to marry another man. Jean-Christophe is good friends with radical journalist Camille Desmoulins, and he takes his side in his effort to free all the people imprisoned during the Terror. Now Xandrine finds herself in the middle of the two big factions of the Jacobin club, the Robespierrists and the Dantonists, embarking on a deadly feud that might destroy the Republic itself. 

Can Xandrine survive the Reign of Terror? How can she save herself and her family and her love? 

DRAMATIC CHORD! 

It'a going to be a long book, but I'm very excited about it. It should be done early next year. Watch this space for more info! 
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Xandrine and Jean-Christophe by suburbanbeatnik
Xandrine and Jean-Christophe
Here's a passionate clinch between Jean-Christophe and Xandrine, the hero and heroine of my French Rev novel WIP, The Captive Heiress. Here are the sketches of them: 

Jean-Christophe by suburbanbeatnik Xandrine by suburbanbeatnik


And, a rough synopsis:

It's 1793. France, having recently deposed its king, now fights to preserve the fledgling French Republic. Marie-Alexandrine la Tour d'Auvergne-- better known as Xandrine-- is a poor aristocrat from the country with hardcore Republican sympathies. However, her entire world is turned upside down when her mother and stepfather are arrested for harboring refractory priests. Shortly after, she herself is abducted by a young revolutionary proconsul, Jean-Christophe Raset. He reveals to her that she's become a Person of Importance to the Republic because she's in direct line of inheriting Bouillon, a contested and highly strategic territory on the Flemish frontier. 

She's taken to Paris for an arranged marriage, where she is plunged into politics. She has fallen in love with Jean-Christophe, and they have an intense and passionate affair, but it looks like their relationship is doomed, since she has to marry another man. Jean-Christophe is good friends with radical journalist Camille Desmoulins, and he takes his side in his effort to free all the people imprisoned during the Terror. Now Xandrine finds herself in the middle of the two big factions of the Jacobin club, the Robespierrists and the Dantonists, embarking on a deadly feud that might destroy the Republic itself. 

Can Xandrine survive the Reign of Terror? How can she save herself and her family and her love? 

DRAMATIC CHORD! 

It'a going to be a long book, but I'm very excited about it. It should be done early next year. Watch this space for more info! 
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Jean-Christophe by suburbanbeatnik
Jean-Christophe
This is the hero of my French Revolution historical romance WIP, The Captive Heiress-- his name is Jean-Christophe Raset. Here's a quick synopsis:

It's 1793. France, having recently deposed its king, now fights to preserve the fledgling French Republic. Marie-Alexandrine la Tour d'Auvergne-- better known as Xandrine-- is a poor aristocrat from the country with hardcore Republican sympathies. However, her entire world is turned upside down when her mother and stepfather are arrested for harboring refractory priests. Shortly after, she herself is abducted by a young revolutionary proconsul, Jean-Christophe Raset. He reveals to her that she's become a Person of Importance to the Republic because she's in direct line of inheriting Bouillon, a contested and highly strategic territory on the Flemish frontier. 

She's taken to Paris for an arranged marriage, where she is plunged into politics. She has fallen in love with Jean-Christophe, and they have an intense and passionate affair, but it looks like their relationship is doomed, since she has to marry another man. Jean-Christophe is good friends with radical journalist Camille Desmoulins, and he takes his side in his effort to free all the people imprisoned during the Terror. Now Xandrine finds herself in the middle of the two big factions of the Jacobin club, the Robespierrists and the Dantonists, embarking on a deadly feud that might destroy the Republic itself. 

Can Xandrine survive the Reign of Terror? How can she save herself and her family and her love? 

DRAMATIC CHORD! 

It'a going to be a long book, but I'm very excited about it. It should be done early next year. Watch this space for more info! 

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KingVego Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, i really love your artwork, im glad i came across you. I recently just started to draw and write characters in a pre Victorian time.

Anyways, im happy i found your artwork. 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope you enjoy the new work that I'll be posting. :) 
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KingVego Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will.
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ariesnopatty Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016   Traditional Artist
Hi! Waiting to post a video about french revolution. In the meanwhile please check my youtube channel
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Waiting for you!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I was able to find your Youtube channel... unfortunately I'm having trouble finding the video in question. Do you have a link? Thanks!
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ariesnopatty Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016   Traditional Artist
here it is! You can select the "anime" folder
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Hadlees Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ah! I just can't look away! Your art is beautiful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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AloCreate Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! You've mad amazing work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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