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About DM Denton
DM Denton's third novel, "Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit", about Anne Brontë, the youngest sister of Charlotte and Emily, was published November 2017 and contains her original illustrations. It is available in print and for Kindle. DM Denton's first and second novels, "A House Near Luccoli", about an unexpected intimacy with the legendary if now rather obscure 17th century Italian composer Alessandro Stradella, and its sequel, "To A Strange Somewhere Fled", set in late Restoration England, were also published by All Things That Matter Press, and are available in Paperback, for Kindle and as Audio Books. Her three Kindle short stories, "Escaping Ziegfeld", "The Library Next Door", and "The Snow White Gift", and an illustrated flower book, "A Friendship with Flowers", are also available.
DM Denton is a native of Western New York. She finds her voice in poetry and prose, in silence and retreat, in truth and imagination. Through observation and study, inspired by music, art, nature and the contradictions of the creative spirit, she loves to wander into the past to discover stories of interest and meaning for the present, writing from her love of language and the belief that what is left unsaid is the most affecting of all.
Her educational journey took her to a dream-fulfilling semester at Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England, and she stayed in the UK for sixteen years--in a yellow-stoned village with thatched cottages, duck pond, and twelfth century church and abbey turned Jacobean manor house. She lived, for better or worse, right off the pages of Fielding, the Brontës, Austin, Hardy, DH Lawrence, and even Dickens, surrounded by the beautiful hills, woods and fields of the Oxfordshire countryside, and all kinds of colorful characters. This truly turned out to be a life-changing experience that resonates in her personal and professional endeavors to this day.
She returned to the US in 1990, to a rural area of Western New York State where she still resides in a cozy log cabin, caring for her mother and a multitude of cats.
DM Denton is currently writing a novel focusing on the Victorian poetess Christina Rossetti. Also an artist, DM Denton has done the illustrations for the covers of her own novels and others, as well as interior illustrations. Please visit her website: http://www.dmdenton-author-artist.com/ and blog: http://bardessdmdenton.wordpress.com/
Titles By DM Denton
This book gives us Anne. Not Anne, the 'less gifted' sister of Charlotte and Emily, nor the Anne who 'also wrote two novels', but Anne herself, courageous, committed, daring and fiercely individual: a writer of remarkable insight, prescience and moral courage whose work can still astonish us today.
~Deborah Bennison, Bennison Books
What Denton has achieved is a portrait placed in a time very different from the jangling present, but that resonates in a way that suspends years and centuries ....
~Thomas Davis, author of The Weirding Storm
... meticulous, poetic, luminous, and powerful ... I can't think of anyone better suited to bring us into the world of the sensitive, creative, and quietly courageous Anne.
~Mary Clark, Author of Tally, an Intuitive Life, Miami Morning, and Racing the Sun
Donatella moves from Genoa to join her parents in a small village in Oxfordshire, England.
The gift of a sonnet, 'stolen' music, inexpressible secrets, and an irrepressible
spirit have stowed away on her journey.
Haunted by whispers and visions, angels and demons, will she rise out of grief and
aimlessness? Her father's friendship with the residents of Wroxton Abbey, who are
important figures in the court of Charles II, offers new possibilities, especially as
music and its masters ~ including the 'divine' Henry Purcell ~ have not finished with her yet.
The fingering and pedaling of the Mozart piece required her absolute attention. What could be more important than effecting the appoggiaturas, the upper half of her torso leaning and lifting like a dancer, her elbows slightly bent, her wrists almost imperceptibly rolling side to side, her fingers always in touch with the keys and lightly en pointe?
Irene had been a little unnerved by the Italian’s ice-blue eyes, but how could he compete with the possibility of her following in the footsteps of Lillian Lorraine, the Dolly sisters, Marilyn Miller and Fanny Brice?
Donatella, still unmarried in her mid-thirties, is plainly irrelevant. Yet, like the city she lives in, there are hidden longings in her, propriety the rule, not cure, for what ails her. She cares more for her bedridden grandmother and cats than overbearing aunt, keeping house and tending to a small terraced garden, painting flowers and waxing poetic in her journal.
At first, she is in awe of and certain she will have little to do with Stradella. Slowly, his ego, playfulness, need of a copyist and camouflage involve her in an inspired and insidious world, exciting and heartbreaking as she is enlarged by his magnanimity and reduced by his missteps, forging a friendship that challenges how far she will go.