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! Today, McCallum has done another painting for his dream cast - this time of Balder - 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)!
Also, be sure to check out McCallum's Playlist & Top Steampunk Books, as well as the Portrait Reveal for Parsifal!
But before we get to Balder, how about a little information about A Hole in the Ice and McCallum, in case you missed it before?
About the Book
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
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
The guide for Balder’s painting is Eddie Marsan (he played Inspector Lestrade in Sherlock Holmes and Crawe in Jack the Giant Slayer). He’s a bit older than the role, but I think there’s something Balderish about him. I’m not convinced he’s the perfect actor for the role, my physical visualizations of Balder were pretty vague. Balder is the comic relief, but he also has his serious moments.
I had a lot of trouble with his complexion, it came out too rosy and then when I was trying to work in the shadows, there was some weird mixing going on…I had to repaint over the whole thing with a slightly more natural color. He turned out healthier looking than Parsifal and Lady Vasille at any rate.
Lady Vasille is the next painting, we’ll be revealing her on the 23rd. Thanks again Ashley and Paul!
--McCallum J. Morgan
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