People often ask where I get the ideas for my stories. Well, the inspiration for the Stoddard School of Art Series literally hit me square in the nose! Smell is such a strong memory. Aren't there smells in your past that immediately conjure a place? Or a scene? The aroma of turkey roasting. The tang of sea air.
For me, Art School, has a certain smell. A wonderful blend of paints, and clay, paper and canvas, Gesso and turpentine. It's very unique, and totally universal.
When I visited several art schools a few years ago, the smell upon entering returned me immediately to rainy afternoons with my sketch pad and charcoals. It reminded me of creativity!
I hope you'll enjoy my artists in this uniquely New England contemporary romance!
“I love discovering new authors...talented, intuitive new authors. Lisa Olech is a discovery I'm going to be talking a lot about. I love her style and voice. She drew me into the art school world within a few pages and kept me there, laughing at the banter between the students, drooling at the models--sigh--and hating the ex-boyfriend. Both the heroine and hero had baggage, but I totally enjoyed watching these polar opposites helping each other embrace their strengths. As their past slowly unfolds, so does the romance in many sigh-worthy moments. A great read... and an author to watch. Remember the name: Lisa A. Olech.”
Z. Z. Lambert wasn't born uptight, but someone needed to be the adult. Zee's a "color-inside-the-lines" artist with a hippy mother, a mostly dead grandmother, and a cat named Isabella Rossellini. Add to her life's palette a stunning new life model, Jagger Jones. Is it just her, or does all the air leave the room when he shows up? Good thing he's just passing through. This is no time to fall in love, especially not with her model, no matter how perfectly knee-melty he may be.
Australian Jagger Jones is a rolling stone. Living with nothing to tie you down takes talent. Posing without your britches is a piece of cake. He's three years into his walkabout with only his dead father's ashes for company.
But Z.Z. Lambert stops him faster than a croc in the mud. Her paintings of him are incredible. She sees past all of his posturing, past the flesh and bone and uncovers his heart. Zee understands the promise he made his father, and comes to love him enough to let him go. But does she love him enough to let him stay? His only other choice is a future without her. And he can't picture that at all.
“ROCK SOLID is amazing! The characters are perfectly developed, the dialogue raw and honest while still being pleasingly intelligent, the story absolutely believable...and beautiful right down to the last page. Author Lisa Olech has done it again!”
When the illusion of celebrity crumbles, the only thing rock solid is their love.
Maximo Vega is a “rock” star! The media proclaimed him 'The Sculptor for the New Generation,' but he’s a reclusive artist ensnared by fame. Driven and intense, his isolation only adds to his mystique. Couple that with his smoldering good looks and rich Italian accent… Fans sigh his name.
Emily Baskins is a gifted graduate student at the Stoddard School of Art. To land an internship at the Vega Studio is her golden ticket. All she has to do is follow the rules. And stay out of trouble. Two things Emily has never been able to do.
As Max becomes trapped in the glare of the limelight, he discovers his greatest muse. He teaches Emily to breathe passion into clay and give marble a soul. But is their fiery relationship as rock solid as they believe? Or will a lie shatter the illusion?
“I loved it! The narration was great and kept me entertained. The author did a great job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last. I look forward to reading more books in this series. I was given a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
Do you believe in fate?
Kay Winston is a muralist and a runner. Not a break-the-tape-at-the-finish-line runner, but at the first sign of relationship trouble, she's gone. No need to hang around for the post-mortem; no need to make the pain last any longer than necessary. She isn't a sadist. She's practical and can be packed in less than three hours. Since the age of eight, the place she runs to is Bell Harbor, Maine.
Barrett "Bear" Coulter is more of a long distance runner. After selling his ex half of their architectural design business in LA, he ran until he literally ran out of land. Bell Harbor, Maine was a far as he could get and remain in the country. His friends said he was crazy. After all, what sane person moves to Maine in mid-February?
Painting the lobby at the Bell Harbor Inn would come with some amazing benefits for Kay—financial independence, internship credits from the graduate school, and seeing its handsome, incredibly sexy owner on a regular basis. One important snag: "Whatever you do, don't sleep with the man!"