A Spark Unseen Blog Hop, Day 8

I am so excited to have Sharon back on the blog today for a playlist post! Music is so important to me and I love getting to see Sharon’s thoughts on music for A Spark Unseen.

The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

My job for this post was simple: Give a “playlist” song, music that means something to me and/or to A Spark Unseen. But because I never do anything simply, this post will instead be an exercise of your imagination. Or at least a glimpse into the mind of Sharon Cameron. Ready?

Setting the historical scene: In 1851, the Emperor Napoleon III was enamored with the new production of La Juive, an opera by Halevy, which included a ballet number where the women were dressed like bees. The Emperor attended the show several times, and the bee ballerinas were instructed to come and greet him afterward at the Imperial box. This is probably why, according to the memoirs of an anonymous member of Napoleon’s court, a “bee ballet” was performed at one of the lavish balls given at the Tuileries. This ballet came complete with antennae-wearing, stripey-tutu ladies bursting out of gigantic beehives to dance around an enormous papier-mâché violet.

So, is your imagination ready to participate? Combine these ideas:

These ballerinas

With these little cuties’ costumes

With this music from La Juive by Halevy

And now insert one huge, purple violet.
Have you melded all these things into a bee ballet of the mind??

See if you saw something like the scene I imagined for A Spark Unseen:

“The music swelled and I jumped as women burst from the bee-hives, breaking through the brown paper, dressed in stiff, short, black-and-yellow skirts showing all their legs and wearing bodices that looked like nothing more than corsets. I was a bit shocked by this, though no on else seemed to be. Wire antennae were attached to the ladies’ hair knots, and they immediately began to prance about, spinning on their toes, little skirts bouncing, all stretching arms and kicking legs. But always they circled the enormous violet adoringly, as if it were the sun of their universe, or a god they were compelled to worship.
“The bee,” Henri whispered, “it is the symbol of the Bonapartes, and the violet their chosen flower. The emperor, he is…” Henri must have taken a moment to look at my face because he paused his story. “Have you never been to the ballet, Miss Tulman?”
I shook my head, unable to take my eyes from the spectacle. It was the single most ridiculous thing I’d ever seen in my life.”

Once again it is proven that the best fodder for fiction is the truth. Or at least the truth as you imagine it.

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