🎧AUDIOBOOK BLOG TOUR: Paint the Sky, ♫ by Lily G. Blunt with a GUEST POST/AUDIO 🎧 EXCERPT/AND GIVEAWAY!!
WOW...I have an awesome treat for you, today. Lily G. Blunt is here with, Paint The Sky, her audiobook version that released on Sept 3, 2015.
Wait till you hear Joel Leslie reading an excerpt. OMG, his voice is amazing. One of the best I've heard, maybe even theeee best. I am honored to bring Paint the Sky to you and Lily has been so kind to include a special guest post.
She talks about finding the perfect narrator (and did she ever) and how art and music contributed to bringing Paint the Sky to life. It is a fantastic post so please check it out. There is also an awesome GIVEAWAY so don't forget to enter.
Again, thank you Lily for being here and opening my ears to Paint the Sky, narrated beautifully by Joel Leslie.
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Paint the Sky Audiobook Blog Tour
Ben is a confident person, yet prefers his own company. He is well liked by other students and can easily communicate with them. He’s wealthy because of his father’s business and wants for nothing financially. He’d rather have hook-ups in gay clubs than commit to a relationship and get to know someone (until he meets Vinnie). He wants to be a writer, but is compelled to help out his father. As the story progresses, he becomes more independent and considerate with regard to his finances. He is rather self-obsessed at first but by the end of the story he is a nicer guy. Vinnie has two elder brothers and a sister. He is quiet and reserved, shy with people and wary of getting involved with anyone because he has been hurt in the past. Vinnie has limited funds and isn’t impressed by Ben’s flashy accessories. Vinnie is a technophobe because he hasn’t been able to afford any devices or a computer, so in some respects he’s old-fashioned. He wants to pay his way, and gets annoyed when Ben wastes his money on him. He is rather naïve and doesn’t consider what his friendship with James will have on Ben. He is not really the aggressive or physical type when it comes to standing up for himself. Ben and Vinnie are more mature students (aged 23), having had a gap of two years before starting college, but are just coming to the end of their courses when the story starts. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that they have been attracted to each other for some time even though they hadn’t spoken. James is in his early thirties and becomes Vinnie’s possessive and abusive boyfriend in the middle of the novel. Notes from the text—tall with dirty blonde dreads with beads entwined, piercing in his bottom lip, grunge look, James’s face was striking, bulky rather than athletic. "His eyes were a pale blue, his skin sallow, with a fair amount of soft stubble. He had piercings in his eyebrow, the side of his nose and lower lip as well as two large tapered stretchers in his earlobes. He dressed similarly to Vinnie, in scruffy jeans and boots, and could have passed for Vinnie’s elder brother. He looked a lot like Finn in many respects."The other characters were more difficult to pinpoint and I was a little stumped for ideas. At the time of writing Paint the Sky I had no particular celebrity in mind, so my suggestions were retrospective. I used actors from the movie Magic Mike for some reason when suggesting actors to Joel! I think he did a wonderful job and made each voice their own.
Check out Joel's others works here.
I am often asked about the inspiration behind Paint the Sky and my research into art, especially Vincent Van Gogh's paintings. I've narrowed down the very beginning of my story planning to the following three inspiration prompts:INSPIRATION #1 The initial inspiration for Paint the Sky came from a line in Don McLean's Empty Chairs. I happened to be singing it over and over to myself one day while I was pottering about at home:
"I wonder if you know that I never understood that although you said you'd go until you did I never thought you would."
"Starry, starry night Paint your palette blue and grey Look out on a summer's day With eyes that know the darkness in my soul."
Paint the Sky
This was the beginning of something special.