Saturday, January 17, 2015

BLOG TOUR: A Hole in the Ice by McCallum J. Morgan - Dream Cast #1 + GIVEAWAY!

Hello again! Today, we're back with another fun post as part of the blog tour for McCallum J. Morgan's debut novel, A Hole in the Ice! This time, McCallum has done a painting for his dream cast of Parsifal, and we're really excited for you to see it! The giveaway is also still going on, and it's still full of chances to win awesome swag, books, and a handmade Kindle cover. So make sure to enter for your chance to win via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post (especially if you haven't already)!

But before we get to Parsifal, how about a little information about A Hole in the Ice and McCallum, in case you missed it before?

About the Book

 Title: A Hole in the Ice
Author: McCallum J. Morgan
Publication Date: September 20, 2014
Publisher: Little Bird Publishing

Synopsis: Parsifal is a young man with an incredible secret – only, he isn’t quite sure what that secret is. All he does know is that it is something to do with a mysterious object that looks like a compass, but behaves like something from a different Realm.

As he sets off on a rich and decadent adventure across Europe with his eccentric, explorer uncle, Parsifal comes to learn one more thing about the mysterious object – there are people prepared to kill him to get their hands on it.

Accompanying on their epic quest for a mythical city inhabited by mermaids, is the bewitching Lady Vasille, unlike any woman, Parsifal has ever come across. Eloquent, beautiful and pistol toting, the Lady Vasille casts a spell over Parsifal that is both enchanting and destructive.

The question is, who can you really trust when the real world starts to slide into a fairytale?

A high epic Edwardian fantasy adventure, including Mermaids and other supernatural and fantasy creatures

Purchase Links: Little Bird Publishing | Amazon | Amazon UK 

About the Author

As a child, McCallum always wanted to write a book. He scribbled in notebooks, drew pictures, and lived largely in a world of make-believe. Into this fertile field a seed was planted. Notebooks began to fill and they didn’t stop. It was a soaring waltz with words among the silvery clouds and he loved it. He was thirteen. 

McCallum discovered the Institute of Children’s Literature and enrolled in their writing course, Writing for Children and Teenagers. For their second, advanced, course, he rewrote those bursting notebooks. Now McCallum is eighteen and working on the sequel, and enjoying every minute of it knowing that finally, it’s real. It’s not just a pile of notebooks anymore, it’s ‘A Hole in the Ice.’ 

McCallum still draws and occasionally attacks an unfortunate piece of fabric with a sewing machine. He may be spotted around his home town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, sporting his collection of bizarre clothing items, singing ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in French, or at the bakery near his home, drinking a caramel macchiato. His day job is log home finishing. He lives with his parents in a house perched on the hillside twenty miles south of the Canadian border and takes his tea with milk and sugar in a cup and saucer.

McCallum's Dream Cast for A Hole in the Ice

Parsifal Cephus Aesmir Keazund

My drawings (and paintings) of people turn out best when I draw from photos or live subjects. So this works nicely with a ‘dream cast.’ I used photos of my preferred actors as guides for these pictures. 

This one turned out a little crazy-eyed anyway.

The guide for Parsifal is William Moseley who played Peter in The Chronicles of Narnia. He’d have trouble passing as sixteen anymore, but this is a dream cast. If a movie actually happened I think some new actor would probably be the way to go. Talent would be the main requirement since hair can be dyed and there’s contacts: Parsifal has to portray the whole spectrum of emotion convincingly, joy, anger, sadness, fear, and even guilt. Moseley seems fairly competent (not that I know anything about acting) and in lieu of him, the new actor would have to be stunning. Of course :)

There will be three paintings in all: Parsifal, Balder, and Lady Vasille. The next two will be revealed on the 20th and 23rd. Thanks, Ashley and Paul, for agreeing to do this! You’re awesome.

--McCallum J. Morgan

The Giveaway!

So many awesome prizes here! Don't miss the opportunity to win! 

Thank you to McCallum for taking the time to actually paint this portrait, and thanks to you for supporting him! Also, be sure to come back in a couple of days for the second painting reveal!

--Ashley & Paul

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