'Section I and Section II of this book, begins with a dance performance by each of the lead characters and then retraces their lives to an earlier period. This is because of the importance of the dance to these two women, Isadora and Lola. It moves swiftly through chapter to chapter, telling the story of either highlights or lowlights of these two lives. The reader needs to take note of the date of each chapter, in order to understand the point the narrative is at.
'Isadoralola is an historical fiction book based upon the lives of Isadora Duncan and Lola Montez–two famous dancers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Both lived and danced throughout many countries around the world. They were outspoken and passionate about democratic rights for all. They were often frustrated at the subservient roles, that society deemed appropriate for women, during this period. Isadora and Lola loved freely and travelled widely, but also experienced great tragedies in their lives, and died far too young.
'This tale is written from an imagined point of view, written in the first person. It is not a biography. It is, however, written after detailed research into the lives of the two women and endeavours to portray their personalities, as well as relate their experiences within the relevant historical context. As the writer resides in Ballarat, Australia, there are several chapters on Lola Montez's visit to the Ballarat goldfields. The writer calls upon her own experiences of theatre, to get inside the heads of the dancers. This book also features a Sonnet at the start of each chapter, which can then be reread at the end, for it's a poetic précis of the narrative, or feelings, contained within the chapter.' (Publication summary)
'The Sultry Life of Sonnets is the second book in the Trilogy relating to love and dance. 29 sonnets are from the author’s novel, Isadoralola, and there are 28 new sonnets. The relationship between performances of love and dance may be of a symbiotic nature, or other times oppositional. In the 17th century, Lady Mary Wroth wrote sonnets from a female perspective. Instead of being a passive Muse or Beloved of a male-voiced sonnet, she found her own voice. Sonnet 6 is a tribute to her. The sonnets are written to be read in iambic pentameter, soft beat loud beat, 10 to a line, creating a musical quality. Actors and speech and drama students may enjoy reading as monologues or anyone else so inclined. ' (Publication summary)
'Sonnets' Whimsical Realities is the third book in the Isadoralola Trilogy relating to love and dance. These 55 original sonnets also weave in topics of mythology, psychology, and the politics of power in relationships. However, there are 4 sonnets that directly address contemporary politicians of the nation state. It seems to me that many politicians do indeed lead the public in a not so merry dance. ' (Publication summary)