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Coming Soon! the new novel Night Crossing starts…

In London

Tower Bridge as seen by Alexander Wainwright from his studio overlooking the Thames.

Tower Bridge as seen by Alexander Wainwright from his studio overlooking the Thames.

The story starts with Alexander Wainwright, Britain’s finest landscape artist with the starring role in The Trilogy of Remembrance. In fury, he flings his palette of paints across his studio at his most recent canvas. He shouts, “Disgusting, stupid and trite!”

What he then sees freezes and silences him.

The palette did not strike the canvas but veered willfully off in a wild arc of its own creation taking aim a mannequin he sometimes used for still-life drawing. Struck with full force, the mannequin clattered downward onto a tin of bright red paint which then spilled from the table to the floor where it congealed in a massive red pool. The mannequin displayed a bloodied nose. Alexander rushed to sop up the mess with a rag. Even inanimate objects seemed to mock him. Although, there was nothing to do but laugh, he did not.

At that moment, a stunningly beautiful vision appears before Alexander shimmering like the purest sunlight with beautiful gems—diamonds, rubies, sapphires amber and emeralds. It pulses with life as if containing all the energy in the world. It’s the seed heralding new creation and new life.

Reminiscent of a fabulous Faberge Egg, Alexander’s vision of the cosmic egg floats before him in his studio. It sends him on a search to Paris and then to St. Petersburg.

Reminiscent of a fabulous Faberge Egg, Alexander’s vision of the cosmic egg floats before him in his studio. It sends him on a search to Paris and then to St. Petersburg.

At lunch next day at the Savoy, Alexander’s art dealer, James Helmsworth, shows him a painting which makes him gasp in awe. What an amazing “coincidence”! The painting is exactly the same as his vision of the night before.

At lunch next day at the Savoy, Alexander’s art dealer, James Helmsworth, shows him a painting which makes him gasp in awe. What an amazing “coincidence”! The painting is exactly the same as his vision of the night before.

But the artist has not signed the painting. The only clue is its dedication to H. Dumont…Parisian pianist. Consumed with the need to find the painter of the egg, he decides to track down the pianist in Paris. He must know who the painter is. The main question? Has this artist actually seen the very same cosmic egg? If so, then it must exist for real in the outside world.

Intent on his search, Alexander leaves London by train for Portsmouth to catch the ferry to Caen on the northern coast of France. On the train, he meets an elderly woman, Miss Maureen Trump.

Marjorie Deighton Miss Trump is off to Paris on her own search. She asks Alex an an intriguing question which occupies  him throughout the journey. How does an artist create something new from nothing?

Marjorie Deighton
Miss Trump is off to Paris on her own search. She asks Alex an an intriguing question which occupies him throughout the journey. How does an artist create something new from nothing?

Rogue waves lash the ferry. Alex saves both Lia and her daughter, but he cannot save Miss Trump from drowning.  But why on earth does Alex feel responsible for her remains?

Rogue waves lash the ferry. Alex saves both Lia and her daughter, but he cannot save Miss Trump from drowning. But why on earth does Alex feel responsible for her remains?

On the ferry crossing, Alexander meets a tarot card reader named Lia and her baby daughter, Celestine.

In Paris

Alexander strolls along the Seine wondering how best to locate the Parisian pianist.

Alexander strolls along the Seine wondering how best to locate the Parisian pianist.

In search of the mysterious H. Dumont, Alex strolls through the Luxembourg Gardens as if guided by an unseen hand. He enters a cafe.

In search of the mysterious H. Dumont, Alex strolls through the Luxembourg Gardens as if guided by an unseen hand. He enters a cafe.

Inside the cafe beautiful Chopin melodies float upon the air. Alex orders lunch and listens. When the pianist is finished his set, he appears at Alex’s table and strikes up a conversation saying, “Actually, I prefer Gershwin myself.” Then he sits down. He is none other than Henri Dumont, the Parisian pianist.

dumontMeeting Henri Dumont, the Parisian pianist, is an incredible, jaw-dropping “happenstance” for Alexander, which makes him believe there are mysterious and miraculous forces at work.

To St. Petersburg via Berlin

Henri tells him that Anton Chekhov painted the cosmic egg as a gift to him. Alex must see this painter and sets off by train to St. Petersburg on the Persephone. Persephone is the goddess of life, death and the underworld. As the train passes through the vast Russian steppes, Alex hears stories that will change his life forever.

Henri tells him that Anton Chekhov painted the cosmic egg as a gift to him. Alex must see this painter and sets off by train to St. Petersburg on the Persephone. Persephone is the goddess of life, death and the underworld. As the train passes through the vast Russian steppes, Alex hears stories that will change his life forever.

St. Petersburg

Of course, this city on the Black Sea is grand and gorgeous.

The colours are stunning and the detail ornate. Much like a wedding cake for the Tsar.

The colours are stunning and the detail ornate. Much like a wedding cake for the Tsar.

But before he sees any sights, Alexander will be thrust into a foreign and frightening world where he will be put to three tests.

A dream-like trip for Alex through the back alleys of St. Petersburg with Fyodor, his cab driver as his guide.

A dream-like trip for Alex through the back alleys of St. Petersburg with Fyodor, his cab driver as his guide.

Next day, he is taken to the painter, Anton Chekhov, at his residence near the Peterhof Palace.

The drawing room of classical proportions where Alex meets Anton Chekhov and learns the secrets of Henri’s life and the heart-stopping connections woven by some master creator.

The drawing room of classical proportions where Alex meets Anton Chekhov and learns the secrets of Henri’s life and the heart-stopping connections woven by some master creator.

It is from Anton Chekhov that Alexander learns the incredible “by chance” connection between Henri Dumont and Maureen Trump. A profound connection of art, love and life, which redeems one life and opens a new one filled with art and love for Alexander.

Night Crossing is about…

Love so strong it transcends life and death.

…about fathers and sons and cruelty and compassion.

It’s about art, life and love and the magic of making something from nothing.

…about finding that balance between love and the passion to create. Can an artistic genius find time for love?

It’s about that yearning within all of us for what lies
beyond.

Join Alexander Wainwright, Britain’s finest landscape painter and protagonist of The Trilogy of Remembrance. Night Crossing is the third in that trilogy and will be published in 2014.

Although each novel in the trilogy stands alone, you might want to catch up with Alexander and read the first two in the trilogy, The Drawing Lesson and The Fate of Pryde. It’s just a click away!

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