Smug Bull: Win Original Limited Edition Art from Laura Kinsale

Book CoverYou know what would look good on your wall? A smug bull, that’s what.

To celebrate the release of Lessons in French, Laura Kinsale is giving away a very limited edition print of an original artwork by Charles Rutledge. Inspired by the illustrated editions of classic Jane Austen novels, this sketch features the scene of Callie and Hubert in the kitchen, on the lam from the constable. To quote Kinsale, “It’s very much in the spirit of an illustration from a 19th century book.  As well-known comic book curator and art critic Cliff of Dr. No’s commented; “That is one smug bull.”

Have a look:


There were only 5 prints made, with 2 artist’s proofs, and Laura gave away one on her site in January. This is one smack of a collector’s item to someone who is a Kinsale fan, especially if you enjoyed Lessons in French – and if you didn’t win that one, here’s another chance. I have one limited edition copy on archival paper, signed by the artist and by Laura Kinsale, and an autographed copy of Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale to one random commenter.  (Note: All copyright in the artwork remains with the artist, and his permission is required for any copy or digital display.) The print will be unframed print number 5/5 and an autographed copy of Lessons in French.

What do you have to do to win? Simple: leave a comment and tell me which scene or line in a romance novel you’d love to see in an illustrated drawing such as this one. Comments close in 24 hours, so start pondering and making your artistic wishes! (Me? A tie between Merlin flying, and that scene in the beginning of The Duke and I where Daphne punches out that annoying guy, Nigel.)

Standard disclaimer: I’m not being compensated for this giveaway. Use only in a well-ventilated area. For a limited time only. No postage necessary if mailed in the United States. Parental advisory: explicit lyrics. Falling rock.

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  1. 1
    Lyssa says:

    I had to pick…so I went to one of my personal DIK series. That sort of artwork deserves two thinks. A wonderful image, and a good passage.

    So I chose a scene from Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series. In it the urbane Daemon (for those who have not read the series, imagine Roark with magic) how his back was injured. And he explains that Kaelas, the 800 lb white tiger-like magical cat became scared by his wife when he woke her before her coffee. She yelled at the cat. So the cat ran and tried to climb in Daemon’s lap. Who found himself:

    Lying there on the study floor, a little stunned, getting smashed between broken chair and anxious cat, whose huge paw- with claws thankfully sheathed- patted at his head while Kaelas’ thoughts batted at him. The lady was upset. Daemon was The Lady’s mate. Daemon would make things better.

      (page 42 of Tangled Web by Anne Bishop)

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    quizzabella says:

    Hmm, gotta be the scene in “Lover Avenged” where the sympath queen makes Rhevenge (her half brother) have sex with her in return for keeping his secret – he’s half sympath which is a big no-no in vampire society.
    The image of a tall, weird looking woman, in a venomous body stocking with scorpions as earrings making a great big bloke with purple eyes and a mohican haircut her bitch is just such an amusing image…
    (well to me anyway)

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    Tina C. says:

    You know, when put on the spot like this, to think of the perfect scene or line for something, my mind goes blank.  The only thing I can think of is the opening scene between Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane, when they meet the first time over her husband’s body.

  4. 4
    Philyre says:

    The hardened sailors making over the heroine scene from Charm School by Susan Wiggs!

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    Sycorax says:

    Pen from Heyer’s The Corinthian, dangling on the end of her knotted bedsheets, with Sir Richard standing underneath looking up at her.

  6. 6
    Bibliophile says:

    Damn, Sycorax, I was going to mention that one. Oh, well, I’ll find another one.
    *puts on thinking cap*

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    CharmedKim says:

    Two memorable scenes that come to mind are from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series:

    In Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, where the Valkerie, Reagan is throwing cars over the house because Bowen trapped Mariketa.


    In Dark Desires After Dark, when Holly grabs Cade’s horns.

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    SugarSpice says:

    The scene in Lord of Scoundrels when Dain and Jessica almost get hit by lightning. That would be an awesome image. But then again, anything from Heyer’s The Grand Sophy would also be really cool.

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    AgTigress says:

    I must be more bloodthirsty than I realised, because the scenes that spring first to my mind are those in Georgette Heyer where determined heroines shoot, or threaten to shoot, sundry villains and heroes:  the indefatigable Sophy confronting the moneylender or shooting poor Charlbury in order to make him appear more noble and ‘romantic’, or Mary defending her virtue against Vidal in the inn.  But some of the best scenes in Heyer are crowd scenes, and do not lend themselves to a single vignette.

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    Silverflame says:

    The scene from Lisa Kleypas’s It Happened One Autumn, when the girls are discovered playing baseball in their underthings by the stormy Lord Westcliff!

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    Kate Jones says:

    I’d love to see the scene in Garwood’s Guardian Angel where Uncle Harry is carrying Caine’s stepmother out of the house, because “Caine would want me to have her!”  Ha.

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    StacieH4 says:

    I’d pick the scene in Nora Roberts’ Sea Swept when 10 yr old Seth is hanging off the roof of what is to become Boats By Quinn with Philip and Ethan out of reach above him and Cam on the ground below, waiting to catch his fall.

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    Nadia says:

    I don’t remember which “In Death” it was, but the scene where Roarke is dangling off the top of the Statue of Liberty and Eve is desperately trying to pull him up would make an awesome illustration.  But that would probably look better comic-book style rather than pen and ink. 

    Here’s a funny scene I’ve always loved:  JAK’s “The Golden Chance” when Phila shows up at the summer party, mouths off to the security dude, and Nick hoists her over his shoulder.  As he’s introducing her to his cousin this way, that would be a cute drawing.

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    Diatryma says:

    Nadia, I’m pretty sure that’s Loyalty in Death.

    I’d like the bit in Heyer’s Cotillion where Freddy’s just punched Jack and everyone is amazed.  Dolph hiding somewhere, his fiancee being sensible, and Freddy’s expression of anger, pride, and sheer bafflement. 

    For even more ridiculosity, Julia Quinn’s What Happens in London has the Gothic novel and the Russian prince, lots of silliness there.

    I might go with another bit from Sea Swept, when the line is something like, “The Quinn brothers stood in the principal’s office like a well-mortared brick wall.”  I heart the Quinns so much. 

    Or Jennifer Crusie!  Anyone but You!  Trenchcoat, window, dog!  That’s probably the easiest to illustrate in this style.

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    Amanda from Baltimore says:

    The scene in Jennifer Crusies’ Fast Women when Nell, Gabe, Suze, Riley, Tim (Nell’s ex), and Whitney (Tim’s new wife) are sitting in the bar.

    Nell looks around and comments that she’s slept with everyone at the table except for Whitney. It is really funny. Tim and Whitney are first disbelieving, then disgusted. Riley and Suze are amused. Gabe is thrilled and winds up dragging her off for a romp. Classic Crusie.

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    Macaire Hill says:

    I like the scene in Julia Quinn’s What Happens in London when Lady Olivia and Sir Harry look into the drawing room and see Sebastian giving a dramatic reading from Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron to the Russian Prince, his bodyguard, the butler, the housemaid, and Edward, all of whom are positively rapt.

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    Phina says:

    The ball scene from Celeste Bradley’s The Imposter when Clare first sees Dalton posing as Sir Thorogood in all his highly flamboyant glory.

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    KimmieB says:

    Dammit, I was gonna say What Happens in London! You know what? I still will, except I am gonna say the scene in the park where Sir Henry and Olivia’s brother team up to taunt/tease her. I would love to see how the artist draws Olivia writhing with indignant rage, and the two men smirking.

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    kinipela says:

    At the beginning of Spell of the Highlander ( Karen Marie Moning), there’s a scene where Cian (your typical thousand-year old, just-released-from-an-enchanted-mirror Druid hottie) is standing in front of the heroine, Jessi, and protecting her from a baddie. Jessi, who concludes she must be dreaming all this decides to lick Cian’s back…and Cian is totally WTF.

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    Castiron says:

    The scene from Mr. Impossible where Daphne Pembroke is talking about Coptic to Rupert Carsington over coffee.  Some great stuff could be done with facial expressions there….

  21. 21
    Janet S says:

    I have 2 – my favorite – Lord of Scoundrels – the kiss in the rain under tha lamp post. or
    Dream scene in My Sweet Folly in the market in India
    or – make that 3
    Merlins flying machine – in the ball room complete with statuary and gilded mirrors.

  22. 22
    Amanda Blair says:

    Definitely the scene in Bet Me when Cal propose to Min by putting a donut around her finger with all of their family standing around.  With Min wearing only a comforter.

  23. 23
    Bianca says:

    Mary defending her virtue against Vidal in the inn.

    Oh, yes, yes!  I’ll second this one (hopefully, that still qualifies me).  That scene is awesome, the way Heyer writes it.  :)

    I’d also love to see that scene from Judith Ivory’s Black Silk, in the middle of the book, where Submit and Graham are out in the English countryside, chilling in a meadow.  It’s summer, and the the very beginning of their romance; it seemed so lovely the way Ivory wrote it.

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    Amber says:

    I’m thinking the scene in Laura Kinsale’s Prince of Midnight where the hero has taught the old, blind mare how to do tricks and is entertaining people in a barn, while the heroine is standing in the back trying not to show how touched she is.

    Or any of the scenes involving Nemo.

  25. 25
    Brooks*belle says:

    Midsummer Moon:

    The scene where Merlin’s little hedgehog curls itself around Ransom’s finger and quite literally pins it in place.  Ransom sends for Merlin to rescue him, but while waiting, has to endure conversations with several visitors to his office while being tortured by little spines in his finger.

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    Bibliophile says:

    I think I would like to see the scene in Jennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You, when Fred has just stolen Nina’s bra and embarrasses her in front of Alex.

  27. 27
    Sybylla says:

    I’m going to go with Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me also, except I’d choose the scene when Cal has just found Min’s long-missing snow globe and is holding it up to her.  I think the combination of delight and horror on her face would be priceless.

  28. 28
    Faye says:

    Oh lord, I can’t think of the title now, but the heroine is a hard riding, brusque, not-particularly beautiful, very high ranking woman who ends up with a roguish sort.
    In the scene I’m thinking of, she’s staying alone at an inn when an unknown but handsome man bursts into her bedroom, begs her shelter him, and hides in her closet. His pursuers enter and she screams for bloody murder before lecturing them like crazy about the insult and impropriety of invading her room.
    Later, she confronts him (in the Bath assembly rooms, I believe) and fully upbraids him, only to have him offer some particularly compelling reply and take all the wind out of her sails in front of a large and fascinated audience.
    Either one would make a great illustration!

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    Sarah McG says:

    The scene from Thief of Hearts where Lucy Snow asks Gerard Claremont aka Captain Doom, for his opinion on her seascape watercolour paintings would be my pick. Lucy expects him, like everyone else, to fawn over her paintings and is surprised by his response. I can just imagine a picture of the two of them talking over her technically perfect, but souless painting, while Gerard’s passionate description of sea creates another more powerful image alongside. My favourite line from the scene is when Gerard declares that “The sea at dawn is a cathedral, Lucy” .

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    Cheryl says:

    The scene in the Curtis’ Sunshine and Shadows where Susan attacks the movie monster and then she hears: “It’s a costume, lady. A costume.” The she meets Alan whose first words to her are, “Not a child, after all.” This is my favorite book.

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