“If art is for us all and about us all, why isn’t it by us all?” — Victorine

Today’s blog stop takes us to Bookish Ramblings. The headline of this post is a quote from Victorine the reviewer pulled out. I thought it fitting for today. Please stop over and enter the book giveaway and leave a comment. And many thanks to Bookish Ramblings!

Book reviewers are so important to books! They are unpaid warriors who read for the sheer love of it and sometimes a free copy of a book. By the time they read it and review it, they’ve invested hours. I don’t take that lightly. So thanks to everyone who has reviewed my book thus far!

The Railway by Edouard Manet, featuring Victorine Meurent.

I posted the above painting because I said today’s stop, as in on a blog tour, as if on a whistle stop train tour…:-) Too punny?

Day 12: The LAST Post in the 12 Days of Victorine

Here’s the last giveaway of this promotion. I’ve enjoyed sharing both items I’m excited for you to receive and items you can all enjoy whether you win or not.

This package will include an autographed copy of Victorine, a wine glass to enjoy the beverage of your choice while reading, and two vintage booklets. One is full of Renoir bookmarks. The images are gorgeous! I really want to keep them, but I want you to enjoy them as well, so I won’t. The second booklet is filled with stickers of Michelangelo’s art. (Looking through I discovered one is missing, so be aware. But you still get tons of fun stickers.)

It will all be wrapped in the pictured striped scarf and delivered right to your door if you win.

For those of you who have bought and read my novel, I can’t thank you enough. For those of you who couldn’t afford my book (write me at drema(at)dremadrudge.com and let’s see what we can do) during the pandemic but have taken the time to share my posts on social media, thank you.

I wrote this book to bring Victorine Meurent back into the public eye as an artist in her own right, and I hope these 12 days have helped the process just a little more while also providing you with holiday treats.

To be entered to win, all you need to do is be a subscriber to my newsletter list. (Again, sorry, but while you will get a free short story when you subscribe, if you’re not in the U.S., I can’t mail giveaway items to you.) Sign up today so you will be eligible not only for this giveaway, but future giveaways!

The winners will be chosen on or after Dec. 18, 2020, midnight EST. A list of winners’ first names will be posted here shortly after the contest ends. Winners will also be alerted via email.

You’re the best. Here’s wishing you the best holiday ever!

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Victorine: a Subscription to The Louisville Review

In this my penultimate post, I am offering you a one-year subscription to The Louisville Review. Featuring both a fall and spring issue, you want to get in on this. Check out their website here: Issue 87 is available to download for free, so take a closer look.

Maybe you remember that they published my first real story? And their press, Fleur-de-Lis, published my novel, so I am fond of them for many reasons.

To be entered to win this subscription, all you need to do is be a subscriber to my newsletter list. (Again, sorry, but while you will get a free short story when you subscribe, if you’re not in the U.S., I can’t mail giveaway items to you.) Sign up today so you will be eligible not only for this giveaway, but future giveaways!

The winners will be chosen on or after Dec. 18, 2020, midnight EST. A list of winners’ first names will be posted here shortly after the contest ends. Winners will also be alerted via email.

Thank you again for visiting, and best of luck to you! Please share this post with others. 

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Victorine: “Brooch” the Subject

Okay, go ahead and groan at the terrible pun in the title, but this is not at all a terrible brooch. I don’t claim to know anything about vintage jewelry, but this sweet cameo brooch caught my eye.

Did you know brooches have been used since the bronze age? I’m imagining some woman of the time clutching her gaping shirt and asking if any of her friends has something she can use. Maybe she created one out of her frustration. (I’m kidding, of course.)

I once was in dire need of a safety pin at college and none of my friends had one. You’d think I’d carry one everywhere with me evermore, but nope. At the very least you’d think I could carry a brooch with me, for heaven’s sake.

For some reason brooches catch my attention, as this one did. I have a mini collection of them without intending to. If you win this one, I’d love it if you’d send me a photo of you wearing it.

To be entered to win, all you need to do is be a subscriber to my newsletter list. (Again, sorry, but while you will get a free short story when you subscribe, if you’re not in the U.S., I can’t mail giveaway items to you.) Sign up today so you will be eligible not only for this giveaway, but future giveaways!

The winners will be chosen on or after Dec. 18, 2020, midnight EST. A list of winners’ first names will be posted here shortly after the contest ends. Winners will also be alerted via email.

Thank you again for visiting, and best of luck to you! Please share this post with others. 

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Victorine: Bel Canto

I told you I’ve done some of your holiday shopping for you. Here’s another item for you or the reader in your life. This is one it was hard not to keep for myself. I found this pristine copy of Bel Canto (hardback, no less) by Ann Patchett at a second-hand shop. (Don’t worry, I have my own copy, although it’s not as nice seeing as how I have marked mine all up.) That shiny cover made it difficult to photograph, so forgive the halo, please. 🙂

Here’s a summary of it from Wikipedia, in case you haven’t read it but are intrigued:

Based on the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (also called the Lima Crisis) of 1996–1997 in Lima, Peru, the novel follows the relationships among a group of young terrorists and their hostages, who are mostly high-profile executives and politicians, over several months. Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love.

Opera is a centralizing theme on many levels throughout the story; the operatic term literally means “beautiful singing.”

This book is important to me because my second novel (not out yet; details to come), Briscoe Chambers’ Southern Fried Woolf, employs the pressure cooker method of putting the principals in an impossibly tight, difficult state. In both books, the characters are trapped together in a house, although admittedly, my characters choose to be there.

It’s widely thought to be Patchett’s best novel to date. It’s very, very good, so if you haven’t read it, do, whether you win this copy or not.

To be entered to win, all you need to do is be a subscriber to my newsletter list. (Again, sorry, but while you will get a free short story when you subscribe, if you’re not in the U.S., I can’t mail giveaway items to you.) Sign up today so you will be eligible not only for this giveaway, but future giveaways!

The winners will be chosen on or after Dec. 18, 2020, midnight EST. A list of winners’ first names will be posted here shortly after the contest ends. Winners will also be alerted via email.

Thank you again for visiting, and best of luck to you! Please share this post with others. 

Day 6 of the 12 Days of Victorine: A Reading Just for You!

I’m a fan of Christmas, always have been. Hubby and I married as close to Christmas as we could without interfering with our family’s traditions and travel plans, although I was campaigning for Christmas Eve.

We’ve been married for nearly 30 years, so it must have been a good time of year to marry.

Anyway, without realizing it, I have at least brief passages about Christmas in my novel, Victorine. I wanted to read them for you to let you know how very much I appreciate you.

I hope you enjoy it. You can listen here.

Day 5 of the 12 Days of Victorine: Brace(let) Yourself!

While this isn’t at all identical to the bracelet Victorine Meurent wears in Manet’s Olympia, it does seem like something she could have worn in the painting. Considering the painting’s theme, this would have worked nicely, having a real Garden of Eden feel. This vintage bracelet is today’s giveaway for one of my lucky subscribers. I’m excited about this one!

This hinged bracelet (it’s vintage, so predictably the hinge doesn’t line up perfectly with the rest of the bracelet, but it still works) is generously sized and would be absolutely perfect to rock on a Zoom call.  

To be entered to win this piece that is suitable for the temptress (or tempter) in you, all you need to do is be a subscriber to my newsletter list. (Again, sorry, but while you will get a free short story when you subscribe, if you’re not in the U.S., I can’t mail giveaway items to you.) Sign up today so you will be eligible not only for this giveaway, but future giveaways!

The winners will be chosen on or after Dec. 18, 2020 midnight EST. A list of winners’ first names will be posted here shortly after the contest ends. Winners will also be alerted via email.

Thank you again for visiting, and best of luck to you! Please share this post with others.  

Day 4: Add some music to your day! Win The Many Faces of Victorine.

Win some music! My hubby, Barry Drudge, musician extraordinaire, created an album, The Many Faces of Victorine, for my launch of the novel. Here’s one of the songs he wrote and recorded:

I enjoy it not only when reading Victorine, but it’s cool to play in the background while I’m doing chores, while I’m on my computer, and more. Five of you lucky duckies will win a code to download his album. Trust me, you’ll want to hear it!

To be entered to win, all you need to do is be a subscriber to my newsletter list. (Again, sorry, but while you will get a free short story when you subscribe, if you’re not in the U.S., I can’t mail giveaway items to you.) Sign up today so you will be eligible not only for this giveaway, but future giveaways!

The winners will be chosen on or after Dec. 18, 2020 midnight EST. A list of winners’ first names will be posted here shortly after the contest ends. Winners will also be alerted via email.

Thank you again for visiting, and best of luck to you! Please share this post with others!

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Victorine!

Today you have the opportunity to win this lovely one and her lamb that I discovered just for you (the winner, that is) at my local vintage shop. She reminds me of the little girl that Victorine paints in my eponymous novel. These photos do not do this piece justice. The pendant is about 2.5 inches long, with a nice length of chain. While there is no maker’s mark on it, it’s got a good heft, something I look for in vintage jewelry.  

She’ll come to you nestled in a holiday jewelry pouch.

To be entered to win, all you need to do is be a subscriber to my newsletter list. (Sorry, but while you will get a free short story when you subscribe, if you’re not in the U.S., I can’t mail giveaway items to you.) Sign up today so you will be eligible not only for this giveaway, but future giveaways!

The winner will be chosen on or after Dec. 18, 2020, midnight EST. A list of winners’ first names will be posted here shortly after the contest ends. Winners will also be alerted via email.

Thank you again for visiting, and best of luck to you! I know this shepherdess would be happy to be worn around your neck. Please share this post with others!

Day 1 of the 12 Days of Victorine! V’s First Christmas!

Vintage jewelry, books, and surprises…oh my! It’s Victorine’s first Christmas, and you’re invited to join in the fun!

Welcome to Day 1 of The 12 Days of Victorine! Each day from now until December 18, 2020 will bring a bonus or a giveaway.

Today’s treat for you is a podcast episode listing ten gifts for the readers and writers in your life, from my and my hubby’s podcast, Writing All the Things. We have so much fun over there.

I’m so glad you’re celebrating with me! As a thank you for being such wonderful people, I’ve done some of your shopping for you and will be giving away items right here in the coming 12 days. (But if you want to keep what you win for yourself, don’t worry, no one will know.)

I won’t tell you all of the goodies up front (think vintage! think jewelry! think artsy!), but let me say they end with a gift bundle I wouldn’t mind keeping for myself. (But I won’t, because I adore my readers and you deserve holiday fun. Especially this year.)

If you’re not on my newsletter list, go ahead and sign up so you will be eligible for the giveaways. When you do sign up, I’ll send you a free art in fiction story about another “forgotten” artist, Olga Meerson, student to Henri Matisse. (Sorry, but I can only mail giveaway items to the U.S. But there are going to be a ton of bonuses and fun links right here, not to mention that free story when you join my mailing list.) And if you’re already on my list, you’re already in on the giveaways. But I’ll love you forever if you tell your friends about this.

Check in every day to see what’s on offer. And Happy Holidays!