Friday, January 23, 2015

BLOG TOUR: A Hole in the Ice by McCallum J. Morgan - Dream Cast #3 + GIVEAWAY!

Hello again! Today, we're back with our last post as part of the blog tour for McCallum J. Morgan's debut novel, A Hole in the Ice! Today, McCallum has done a third painting for his dream cast - this time of Lady Vasille - and we're really excited for you to see it! This one might be the best yet!

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 and the Portrait Reveal for Balder!

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

 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

Lady Vassilissa Vasille

The model for Lady Vasille is Natalie Portman (Star Wars, The Black Swan, V for Vendetta). I have been in love with Natalie Portman since I was about five. To me, she’s the epitome of beauty and there’s a kind of sweetness to it, not so much the plastic overly sensual beauty that’s in all the beauty magazines (although she can certainly rock that, too). She’s how I imagined Lady Vasille from the very beginning. Plus, she’s an amazing actress, the depth that she’d give Lady Vasille…oh, it’d be good. If that didn’t work out, I might settle for the French actress Louise Bourgoin (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec ).

The rest of the cast: Daniel Craig (007 Skyfall) could be Sir Oaktree, with some bright green contacts. Possibly Gerard Butler (Phantom of the Opera, 300) with spectacles for Dr. Liam. Eva Green (007 Casino Royale, TV’s Penny Dreadful) with red hair for the Duchess. I love Christopher Lee (Star Wars, The Hobbit), so he’d appear briefly as Sir Laszliliescu and in the process further my nod to Dracula in that scene. The Estonian singer Kerli for the mermaid. I still don’t know who would play Lord Keazund. He’d have to be tall, and have a very commanding presence, and be very good-looking. I thought maybe James McAvoy because of his intense acting, but I’m not sure. Furthermore, (allow me to dream) Tim Burton would direct with music by Danny Elfman, of course. :)
Thanks again Paul and Ashley! It was fun.

--McCallum J. Morgan
Now, how about all three together? 
What do you think? Do you love them as much as we do?

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!

--Ashley & Paul

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