Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday - Masked Ball: Jacques D'amond


Zut!

'scusi ' scusi Signore

That pin surely did not have to poke just there. No it did not! If only Jacques would keep still for a minute. When the final alterations to his trousers were completed, he would be able to leave the dressmaker's shop and seek refuge at Caffè Carinci for a much needed espresso.

Thankfully his mask was a perfect fit. The only alteration to it at the request of his Maman, the Marquise. The mask maker was to incorporate a diamond at the right temple. This, as an inside joke between the two and so that she could identify him amongst the party revelers at the...

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Masked Ball
hosted by the Charmed Circle
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Invitation ~ Programme

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Jacques' mind was on other things. Namely an upcoming trip to America. It would be his first. Being the last child of a family of three boys and one girl, he plans to seek his fortune in the New World.

But before he sails, he will please the Marquise by his attendance at the Ball.

The D'amond family, the Marquise, Jacques and sister Camille, have been on holiday in Veniche for the past month to visit with relatives and to attend the Ball. For Jacques, it is a time to say goodbye to old family and friends.

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Jacques sets the empty demitasse alongside the empty biscotti plate. The day is not quite done. He must visit the Libreria Internazionale Marco Polo to pick up some books for his sister. Camille has been homebound for the past two days nursing a cold. She is in a dreadful state and in need of entertainment.

Jacques walks about the busy Libreria and picks up a book of maps. Flipping through the pages, he overhears a conversation.

My dear, Enzo. I seem to have missed these during our last visit.

Si Signora. We just received these today. I believe you may enjoy these too. No?

Yessssss, Mother! These will do perfectly. Our customers will simply swoon over these.


Jacques looked up to see two finely dressed gentlewomen. The younger of the two was loaded down with shopping bags and attempting to reach for a third book to add to an already book-filled hand.

As could be foreseen, the other two books fluttered to the floor during the retrieval efforts. Jacques, quickly came to the aid of saving the books.

OH! Grazie, signore. Faustina deposited the shopping bags at her feet to accept the fallen books.

Ce n'est pas un problème. No harm done. Excusez-moi, may I ask, what swoon-worthy books are you admiring? You see, I have a sister who is in need of swooning.

Here are Faustina's books which I happen to be waiting on...

Claude and Camille
by Stephanie Cowell
Release date: April 6, 2010

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Mozart's Blood
by Louis Marley
Release date: June 29, 2010
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The Blind Contessa's New Machine
by Carey Wallace
Release date: July 8, 2010

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Jacques raised an eyebrow at one of the cover illustrations and titles of these particular books.

Faustina finds herself blushing at the handsome young man.

Oui. Yes, these will do. I believe, my sister could inhale these by tea time tomorrow.

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French historical:
The Queen’s Dollmaker
by Christine Trent
Release date: January 21, 2010

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* image source costume

* image source of diamonds card

* on my want list ;-D

* part of Masked Ball

* Waiting on Wednesday
was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine
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7 comments:

  1. Some fun looking books there! Tres risque!

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  2. Mozart's Blood just went on my wishlist! What a great find.

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  3. Great picks. I love historical fiction.

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  4. mozart's blood looks sooo interesting!! I'm intrigued! I've been wanting to read the queen's dollmaker for awhile!

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  5. I think I'll be adding The Queen's Dollmaker to my reading list :)

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  6. V, the idea of a demi-tasse of fiction as you post a blog is fabulous. When we at Mesmered started our back-stories for the Ball, we had no idea they would escalate into posts that became chapters. It has been an extraordinary excercise in writing and complete fun!

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  7. Claude and Camille is on my wish list!

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