Over to you, Andrew...
Artistic Pursuits is the third story in the Art series and I was inspired by a newspaper article I remembered reading when I was living in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is located in an old mansion on Milwaukee’s lakefront, and a number of years ago, they needed money to renovate the building. It had been used for decades and was getting run down. The cost to complete the renovations was about four million dollars and at the time they had no idea how to raise that much money. They discussed a number of options including selling their Tiffany windows to raise the money they needed. Those windows were irreplaceable and the thought of selling them galvanized the board and everyone at the school. Thankfully they developed a plan to renovate the building by raising money and through donations. Working tirelessly, they raised the money they needed to renovate the building and save their windows. A call went out to the community and they responded with money, materials, and donations of all kinds. I can still remember the pictures in the newspaper of the finished renovations. Years later, the idea hit me and I decided to use that as a basis and explore what would happen if, after all that work, the windows they’d raised money to keep from selling, were stolen. That idea was the basis for Artistic Pursuits.
Blurb: Frank Jennings is an FBI agent looking for redemption. Leslie Carlton is an Interpol agent looking for a thief. Attraction flares from the moment they meet on a case searching for a stolen triptych of unique Tiffany windows, but after a single night of stunning passion, Leslie is called back to London to continue his search there.
Andrew's Bio: Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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