Wednesday, 9 May 2012

BLOG TOUR!! The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee

At the Other End

The Sculptor was alone. The world was gray, as it always had been.
And then the Sculptor said, “It is time…
Time for color,
Time for more,
The beginning.”
With a word, three sculptures became aware. And they needed to paint.
There was Ocean, Sky, Land, and Life all painted into place.
Then it ended, just as quickly as it started. Then the painters were no longer needed.
(Original Cover)
But they were still…AWARE.
And it was in this awareness that the battle began. And continues.
When a self-conscious young woman discovers the boy in drama class is actually the immortal who painted the world into being, she becomes the target of another painter who could shatter not only her new sense of hope, but her world, as well.

First Impressions Last

Intriguing story. When I first read the blurb of course I wanted to read this, it is something that I haven't seen before. 110% ORIGINAL.

Shhh....... Don't Tell:
 I got to drama a little late because my AP history class ran over. Ms. Jones walked to the middle of the stage. Paint splattered overalls replaced her normal dressy style “Listen up everyone. Our scripts still aren’t here so we are going to get busy painting scenery. We have canvases ready for painting. If you are talented in art, you can work on the forest backdrop. If you are not good with a paint brush, you are not excluded from helping. You will work on the stones walls for the castle. All you do with those is paint the whole canvas gray. Then later someone from the art department will go over it to make the stone outlines.”

She was about to walk off when she remembered something. “Oh and because of her excellent performance, Holly Scruggs will be performing her monologue for the parent teacher night scheduled next week.”
I stood there for a second while people half clapped and half chanted they were glad I’d done a good job instead of them as they got busy putting on paint smocks and heading to different painting stations.
I trudged up the steps to the stage and looked at the canvas destined to be stonewalls. I sighed grateful they had something simple I could work on. Surely, I could manage painting the whole thing gray. It was bad enough when my mom yelled at me at home. I didn’t want that here in front of everyone.
I grabbed a painting smock and snapped it up before grabbing a brush to dip in the bucket of gray paint.
“Why are you painting a gray wall when you could be painting a forest?” Theo asked from behind me.
I turned around so he could see me roll my eyes. “Um…because not everyone can paint like you.”
“Tsk…sure you can. All you need is a little guidance.” Theo took my hand and dragged me to the larger canvas no one had started on. I followed without protest. I didn’t mind Theo showing off to impress me. It was kind of flattering. My heart skipped a beat.
But instead of me standing back to watch him, he stood behind me, and took hold of my right hand while nuzzling his face by my ear.
“First, let’s start with green. The forest is made of different shades of green. Green means growth and life,” he whispered. His breath tickled my earlobe. Goose bumps pimpled down that side of my body in response. He guided my brush into the paint and then across the canvas with soft gentle strokes. My eyes fluttered when he tucked strands of my hair behind my ear. I’d never been held by a boy before. The feelings and thoughts were more than I could comprehend.
 “If we mix the green with a touch of black, mix white for gray, we can create shadows.” He mixed the colors on a piece of cardboard box he held for a pallet.
We moved from side to side, up and down, covering the blank canvas with gentle strokes. His words still tickling each time he spoke. My heartbeat quickened and my breathing became a little more labored. I watched in amazement as my brush changed the canvas from white to shapeless shades of green and then into a forest thick with vegetation.
As the brush glided along the canvas, I breathed in deeply, the scent of pine trees rushed up my nose. I shook my head and tried to focus on the trees we were painting. The flat painted trees suddenly became three-dimensional. A brown and white bunny hopped into a bush and stirred the leaves, causing me to turn my head towards the motion just before a squirrel scurried up an oak tree carrying a nut in its mouth.
I swallowed and my breath caught as the trees began to surround me. For a second I was sure I was in a real forest. I could smell it. I could hear the leaves rustle while at the same time I could feel Theo still holding me guiding my brush across the canvas. My knowledge of what was true and my senses were in conflict.
Was the room spinning? My stomach was moving with it, or at least it felt like it. My mind couldn’t process what I saw or thought I saw while painting. I was sure the paint fumes were making me high. I had to get away from them. I stepped back from the canvas to get a grip on myself.
The dizziness continued and my stomached tightened. My breathing became quick and shallow. The room grew dim while stars sparkled over me. I was afraid I might faint or throw up. I pulled out of Theo’s grasp and bent over to catch my breath. Ms. Jones and some of the other students looked up to see what was wrong with me. It was bad enough to feel sick, but it would be too embarrassing to throw up or faint in front of the class.
“Holly, did you paint that?” asked Ms. Jones—her eyes wide with wonder.
I looked up at the painting. The forest was immaculate, but just a flat painting, not the real one I was sure I’d just been in with Theo.


Behind the 213 Pages

Starting out strong, we learn about Holly's life as it is. We start where she starts in the novel and we constantly grow with her. Her mother's controlling nature falls onto us as well, as we start to realize how controlling she is and we react with Holly. We start relating to her, act as she would act, do as she would do. We get so caught up in this book, turning page after page after page. The story is just so unique, something so new and unexpected, that we can't help but naturally want to know what happens to Holly and with her dilemma with Tom. We start to feel for her, with her troubles at home and how unaccepting of her true beauty. Although, we are set in this day and age, we are captured in this new world of theirs. Theo's world and the Sculptor's world. As Holly, becomes friends with Theo, we see her change from the shy, slightly girl into the confident young woman, who expresses herself as well as is confident in herself. We see this mainly over her mother, Heather, a controlling ex-most-popular-girl-in-the-school/universe-blah-blah-blah.

All new ideas, yet old ideas were brought into a new light. We see some things in this novel, that we wish were here as they were in the story because we think of how life would be so much easier. Overall, we just relate our life straight back to the novel, it captivates us that much that we feel the need to compare it to our world. Ultimately as the novel went on, I want Holly to end up with Theo, you can see it might happen. HOWEVER! I should not expect it to be like many other YA novels, where the love that cannot be, will find a way to be. No, I should've known that from this novel's unique perspective and plot that this was not going to be the same kind of love ending for the characters. No, no, the ending shocked me. It fits oh so well together, yet leaves you wanting so much more details. Yes, we are told everything about it throughout the novel, as well as get another recap when we find out. I completely underestimated this novel and it's comparison to others and their love woes.

We start thinking about the most bizarre things, because of what this book brings our mind to. We start thinking "why" for everything. Why do we need this for, or why is this like this, or why does this have this? A complete and total mind-blowing sensation.

Random Fact Alert: I love the reference to Kindle's in this novel! (even though I don't particularly like Kindles, I still like the reference. YAY FOR SONY EREADERS!)

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What's Next:

The Man Painter (#2 Painter Series)



Author Bio:

Melissa Lee is a wife and stay-at-home-mom of 3 young boys. 

She’s been making up stories in her head for as long as she can remember but only got serious about it in 2007, after reading Twilight and rediscovering her own dreams to write. 

Finally, she put her Journalism degree to use and started writing and hasn’t stopped since. She has studied fiction writing at various conferences, and from numerous writing coaches. 

She signed her first contract with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing in 2011

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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:

1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)

The Earth Painter was a self-published book before Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing picked it up.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Ask me again in a week.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I was putting away laundry in my sons’ room and suddenly had a vision of a battle going on in a high school involving two immortals and an average girl getting in the middle of it. As I thought about it, there were painters and other beings in my head and I knew I had to write it all down

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

When The Earth Painter was self-published I did get one negative review. I was expecting to be torn up about it but I wasn’t. I don’t love every book I read. All popular books have negative reviews. I cannot please everyone.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
It took about 9 months to write.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?

I love my cover by Para Graphic Designs. She used part of my original cover a friend had made for me. I’m not an artist so I really had no ideas about a cover.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
The sequel to The Earth Painter is what I’m currently working on. Then there is a book called Spark that will be next. It is about a spark from space that lands on a candle belonging to a sad little girl in a foster home. They sort of grow up together and we will see. 

8. Top 5 books
·          Guardian by Gillian Joy
·          Ember by Madison Daniel        
·          Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy
·          The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
·          Graceling by Kristen Cashore

9. Recommended books

All of them
10. Why read your novel?
The Earth Painter is not like any paranormal romance out there. No vampires, angels, witches. 100% original. We have the much needed hot supernatural hero named Theo and a host of other characters you have heard of before but never ever like this.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for having me on your blog. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm hoping to have The Man Painter out around Christmas if all goes well.


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