Passion, Madness and Muses

Novels about famous artists and their creations:

I Always Loved You      by Robin Oliveira    (Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas)

I Am Venus      by Barbara Louise Mujica      (Diego Velazquez)

The Secret Book Of Frida Kahlo     by F.G. Haghenbeck               (Frida Kahlo)

The Last Nude    by Ellis Avey     (Tamara de Lempicka)

Frida’s Bed    by Slavenka Drakulic     (Frida Kahlo)

The Forgery of Venus    by Michael Gruber    (Diego Velazquez)

A Rare and Curious Gift     by Pauline Holdstock    (Artemisia Gentileschi)

The Forest Lover    by Susan Vreeland     (Emily Carr)

In the Casa Azul:  A Novel of Revolution and Betrayal    by Meaghan Delahunt    (Frida Kahlo)

The Passion of Artemisia    by Susan Vreeland    (Artemisia Gentileschi)

Burnt Umber   by Sheldon Greene   (Franz Marc)

Frida   by Barbara Louise Mujica    (Frida Kahlo)

The Dark Clue    by James Wilson     (J.M.W. Turner)

Gould’s Book of Fish:  A Novel of Twelve Fish    by Richard Flanagan    (William Buelow Gould)

The Golden Tulip     by Rosalind Laker     (Johannes Vermeer)

A Name in Blood    by Matt Rees   (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio)

I, Hogarth    by Michael Dean    (William Hogarth)

Creation of Eve    by Lynn Cullen    (Sofonisba Anguissola)

The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals    by Michael Kernan    (Frans Hals)

Rainbows:  A Novel in Five Parts    by Wolfgang Schoellkopf    (Mark Rothko and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner)

Gypsy Madonna    by Santa Montefiore

The Other Side of You    by Salley Vickers    (Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio)

The Botticelli Secret    by Marina Fiorato    (Sandro Botticelli)

Madame Picasso   by Anne Girand     (Pablo Picasso)

Lisette’s List   by Susan Vreeland   (Cezanne, Pissaro, Chagall and Picasso)

The World to Come    by Dara Horn    (Marc Chagall)

The Agony and the Ecstasy    by Irving Stone     (Michelangelo)

Caravaggio    by Christopher Peachment      (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio)

Portrait of an Unknown Woman     by Vanora Bennett    (Han Holbein)

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper    by Harriet Scott Chessman    (Mary Cassatt)

Girl With a Pearl Earring     by Tracy Chevalier    (Vermeer)

The God of Spring    by Arabella Edge    (Theodore Gericault)

Girl in Hyacinth Blue    by Susan Vreeland      (Johannes Vermeer)

Loving Frank    by Nancy Horan     (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Claude and Camille    by Stephanie Cowell     (Monet)

Girl Reading    by Katie Ward    (Simone Martini and Pieter Janssens Elinga)

The Painted Girls    by Cathy Marie Buchanan    (Degas)

Lust for Life     by Irving Stone    (Vincent van Gogh)

Sacre Bleu     by Christopher Moore    (Toulouse-Lautrec)

Clara and Mr. Tiffany     by Susan Vreeland

Luncheon of the Boating Party     by Susan Vreeland     (August Renoir)

Dancing for Degas    by Kathryn Wagner    (Degas)

I am Madame X    by Gioia Diliberto     (John Singer Sargento)

The Painted Kiss    by Elizabeth Hickey    (Gustav Klimt)

Sunflowers     by Sheramy Bundrick      (Vincent van Gogh)

Leaving van Gogh     by Carol Wallace     (Vincent van Gogh)

The Miracles of Prato    by Laurie Lico Albanese      (Filippo Lippi)

The Ruby Ring    by Diane Haeger    (Raphael)

Leonardo’s Swans     by Karen Essex   (Leonardo da Vinci)

Signora Da Vinci    by Robin Maxwell

Artemisia    by Alexandra Lapierre      (Artemisia Gentileschi)

Tulip Fever    by Deborah Maggach     (Jan van Loos)

An Artist of the Floating World    by Kazuo Ishiguro    (Masuj Ono)

Zoia’s Gold    by Philip Sington      (Zoia Korvin-Krukovsky)

Be Inspired!

The Other End of the Pen

Some fiction books where famous writers are characters:

Jane and the Ghost of Netley    by Stephanie Bond       (Jane Austen)

Not Quite Dead    by John Gray     (Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens)

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance    by Gyles Daubeney Brandreth   (Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle)

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste   by Valerie Martin    (Arthur Conan Doyle)

A Monster’s Notes   by Laurie Sheck    (Mary Wollstonecraft and Percy Bysshe Shelley)

Lord of the Dead:  the Secret History of Byron   by Tom Holland    (George Gordon Byron)

Dark Amelia:  A Novel of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady    by Sally O’Reilly    (William Shakespeare)

Martyr     by Rory Clements    (William Shakespeare)

Black Venus   by James MacManus     (Charles Baudelaire)

The Alchemy of Murder    by Carol McCleary   (Jules Verne and Oscar Wilde)

Mrs.  Hemingway    by Naomi Wood    (Ernest Hemingway)

Hemingway’s Girl    by Erika Robuck     (Ernest Hemingway)

West of Sunset    by Stewart O’Nan     (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Beautiful Fools:  The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald    by Clifton R. Spargo   (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril   by Paul Malmont   (Walter Brown Gibson)

Lillian and Dash    by Sam Toperoff   (Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett)

Bramwell    by Douglas A. Martin     (Patrick Bramwell Bronte)

The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte:  the Secrets of a Mysterious Family    by James Tully   (Charlotte Bronte)

Romancing Miss Bronte    by Juliet Gael    (Charlotte Bronte)

Adios Hemingway    by Leonardo Padura    (Ernest Hemingway)

Afternoons with Emily     by Rose MacMurray      (Emily Dickinson)

Bedlam:  The Further Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte    by Laura Joh Rowland   (Charlotte Bronte)

Farewell, Dorothy Parker    by Ellen Meisler    (Dorothy Parker)

Under the Wide and Starry Sky   by Nancy Horan   (Robert Louis Stevenson)

November is National Novel Writing Month

Writers rejoice! is the site for you.  On November 1 participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel, by 11:59 pm on November 30th.  It is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.  You will get pep talks, inspirational letters, written by well-known authors.  This year’s Pep Talkers are Jim Butcher, Kami Garcia, Tamora Pierce, Veronica Roth, Brandon Sanderson and Chuck Wendig.  There are forums to help you along the way, web badges, special offers from sponsors and in January/February they will take writers to the next level: revision and the publishing process.  To sign up go to and free your inner story!

Ultimate Game of Thrones Fans

While you are waiting for season 5 in the Spring of 2015, how about learning Dothraki?  David J. Peterson is a linguist who has created the alien languages for the Syfy series Defiance and Dominion and CW’s Star-Crossed.  He has written the Living Language Dothraki:  A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO series Game of Thrones which will be available in October 2014.  It is published by Living Language and it contains a book with over 3,000 words and a CD.  So amaze your friends and get ready for another exciting season.

Diana Gabaldon Fans

Outlander is going to be a new TV series on Starz.  It premieres on Saturday, August 9th at 9:00 pm ET.  The episode titles are:  August 9th “Sassenach,” August 16th “Castle Leoch,” August 23rd “The Way Out’ and August 30th “The Gathering.”

A New Thriller Debuts This Summer on Fox TV

It is called Wayward Pines  and it is about a Secret Service agent, played by Matt Dillon, who goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho in search of  two missing federal agents.  Wayward Pines seems like a perfect American town but no one ever leaves there and there is no contact with the outside world….The program is based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch and  directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Get a jump ahead by reading the series:  Pines, Wayward, and The Last Town.

Where have all the people gone?

Can life go on, when a bizarre global phenomenon causes the disappearance of friends, neighbors, colleagues and loved ones?  That is the premise of the new HBO series The Leftovers scheduled to premiere on June 15th.  It is based on the novel The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, for those who can’t wait to find out what’s going on.

Resurrection Fans

Resurrection, an ABC TV series, about dead people who return to life is based on the book The Return by Jason Mott.

Finally the 4th season of Game of Thrones is almost here!

Mark your calendar the 4th season will begin on April 6th.  You might want to take a look at Game of Thrones A-Z: An Unoffical Guide to Accompany the Hit TV Series by Martin Howden and Beyond the Wall:  Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire:  From a Game of Thrones to A Dance With Dragons edited by James Lowder to refresh your memory and to gain new insights about our favorite show.

Political Thrillers

Politics run amok in these fiction titles:

The American   by Andrew Britton

The Sixth Man   by David Baldacci

Against All Enemies   by Tom Clancy

The Last Refuge   by Ben Coes

The Last Man   by Vance Flynn

Trigger Point   by Matthew Glass

Covert Warriors   by W.E.B. Griffin

Red Cell by Mark Henshaw

Fly by Night   by Ward Larsen

House Blood   by Michael Lawson

The Facility   by Simon Lelic

Ice Fire    by David Lyons

Another Time, Another Life   by Leif G.W. Persson

The Accomplice    by Charles Robbins

The Tehran Initiative   by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Other Woman   by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The English Girl   by Daniel Silva

Black List   by Brad Thor

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