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Virtual Blog Tour: Wallflower by Heidi Belleau

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Hello hello! I’m Heidi Belleau, and all week I’m touring the interwebs promoting my new novel Wallflower, which is book two of my New Adult m/m series Rear Entrance Video, all about a group of roommates working at a seedy porn store. Every day this week I’ll be stopping by different blogs with new tidbits, behind-the-scenes info, and of course a contest! Read on!

Today, I’m talking art! Wallflower, being the story of a couple of art students, references several works and styles of art. Here are just a few, from the traditional to the traditionally-influenced to the (post) modern:

 The Art of Wallflower 

 Inuit Soapstone Carving 

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Mother and Child, by Toona Iquliq

Sculpture produced by Inuit artists. The term “soapstone carving” often refers to any carved Inuit sculpture, whether it is from soapstone or not.

Coast Salish Art 

Legends, by Jody Wilson
Legends, by Jody Wilson

When I think “Native Art”, this is the first stuff to come to my mind. It might be yours, too, because Coast Salish art also includes totem poles. Coast Salish art refers to artwork (carved or graphic) produced by the Coast Salish peoples of the Pacific Northwest, which includes areas in British Columbia and Washington state. It incorporates the very traditional right up to contemporary reinterpretations, such as can be seen in the work of Louie Gong.

Ink Wash Paintings 

Shōrin-zu byōbu, by Hasegawa Tohaku
Shōrin-zu byōbu, by Hasegawa Tohaku

A traditional form of Chinese art that later spread to other East Asian nations (as seen in the Japanese example above) uses some of the same techniques and materials as calligraphy, where shape and form are suggested using varying densities of ink.

The Raven and the First Men 

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This massive sculpture by Haida artist Bill Reid (with contributions by several other artists) depicts the story of human creation according to Haida legend: Raven, an important figure, finds a clamshell full of human beings, whom he coaxes to come out into the wider world.

Jingoistic Comic Covers 

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During World War II, superhero comics got political (warning, link contains racist imagery and language), with popular heroes like Superman and Batman fighting the villains of the day. These covers were meant as propaganda to drum up support for the Allies and hatred for their enemies, and while there’s nothing wrong with painting Hitler as a villain, the racialized nature of the Asia-Pacific theatre of war meant that these images often took on a racist nature; not satisfied with just lampooning Emperor Hirohito, they stereotyped and dehumanized the Japanese people as a whole. Comics as propaganda has continued right into the current century.

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe 

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After her death, Andy Warhol made several silk-screen images depicting Marilyn Monroe, all sourced from the same publicity photograph, imperfectly reproduced in a myriad of colours and sizes. These images are probably some of the most famous of the entire Pop Art movement.

My Marilyn 

My Marilyn 1965 by Richard Hamilton 1922-2011

This image, by Richard Hamilton, like Andy Warhol’s above, was also produced following Marilyn Monroe’s death. It depicts a series of photos of Marilyn Monroe from one photoshoot, which she personally looked over and marked acceptable or not. The markings on the photo, as crass and almost disrespectful as they seem to us now, are her own marks.

Alternative/Indie Comics 

From Blankets, by Craig Thompson
From Blankets, by Craig Thompson

This doesn’t refer to an art style, per se, but an artistic movement: that is, comics (or graphic novels) created outside of the mainstream super-hero narrative. They can be dark or funny, sci-fi or autobiographical. They might even include super heroes . . . except reinterpreted. Some famous examples: Persepolis, Ghost World, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Walking Dead.

About Wallflower
This gamer geek has a lacy little secret.

Art student and MMORPG addict Robert Ng has always been a loner, but he’s recently made it his goal to make more (IRL) friends. Which is how he winds up working nights at Rear Entrance Video, shilling sketchy porn and blowup dolls as a favor to his roommate. The longer he works there, though, the more he realizes he’ll never be truly happy until he becomes the person he is online: his female persona, Bobby.

Bobby is cuter and funnier than Rob is, and a thousand times more popular with boys. Becoming Bobby IRL presents its own set of challenges, though . . . especially when you’re sitting on the fence between two genders, only one of which has caught the attention of your seriously cute customer/classmate.

Dylan Ford is a six-foot Inuit comic book artist who always says what’s on his mind, and screw anyone who doesn’t like it. As rough as he appears, though, Dylan has a soft spot for Rob. But will out-and-proud Dylan still want Rob if he’s not all man?

Buy it now or read an excerpt at Riptide Publishing!

Check out my Review

About the Author

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada, but now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband and daughter. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies. Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms. Visit her online at www.HeidiBelleau.com, or chat with her on twitter: @HeidiBelleau.

Contest

Win an e-copy of Rear Entrance Video #1: Apple Polisher! All you have to do is leave a comment on this or any of the other Wallflower tour posts. Each comment counts for another entry, so be sure to follow the entire tour. Just make sure your comment includes a way for me to contact you, be it email, twitter, or facebook. On October 27th, I’ll randomly draw a winner from all the entries who will receive a copy of Apple Polisher in their choice of format. Good luck!

Wallflower_150x300October 21 ~ Cup O’ Porn – Spotlight Stop

October 21 ~ Book Reviews & More by Kathy

October 22 ~ That’s What I’m Talking About

October 22 ~ Pants Off Reviews – Spotlight Stop

October 23 ~ The Jeep Diva

October 24 ~ LeAnn’s Book Reviews

October 24 ~ Mrs. Condit & Friends Reads Books – Spotlight Stop

October 25 ~ Words of Wisdom From the Scarf Princess

Blog Tour: Soulless by T. Baggins

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Welcome to the Soulless Blog Tour

Below you will find all the relevant information about T. Biggins’ Soulless, a historical, vampire novel. Don’t forget to click on the giveaway link below for a chance to win:

  • 2 x $25 Amazon gift cards
  • 3 x Signed copies of Soulless
  • 5 x ebooks of Soulless

All prizes open internationally

Publisher: Lyonnesse Books (July 28, 2013)

Genre: M/M Romance, Historical, Paranormal

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, Smashwords

Synopsis: A Man of Science

Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.

A Creature of Darkness

Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master’s wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.

A Love Predestined

Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.

You can thank event organizer, Sinfully Sexy on Tour, for the opportunity to win.

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Don’t forget to stop along the tour and visit these stops.
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About the Author: Orphaned at birth, T. Baggins was raised by wolves until age fourteen, when the pack moved on one night without a forwarding address. Returning to human society, Ms. Baggins taught herself to read and write by studying fan fiction. Cutting her teeth on Kirk/Spock (Star Trek: The Original Series, baby!) she soon began slashing rock stars and X-Men. Despite a lifetime spent in the southern U.S., T. Baggins considers herself a citizen of the cosmos and a freethinker, which is good, because no one has offered so much as a penny for her thoughts. In her spare time she enjoys blogging at Shades of Gay, emptying gin bottles and tweeting into the void as @therealtbaggins.

You can also check out her Facebook page and author profile on Goodreads.

Spotlight Stop: Bump in the Night Virtual Book Tour

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Welcome to the Spotlight Stop in the Bump in the Night Virtual Book Tour.

Join editor Rachel Haimowitz and authors Heidi Belleau, Ally Blue, Kari Gregg, Peter Hansen, Laylah Hunter, Brien Michaels, Sam Schooler, and artist Vongue as they spend two weeks bringing you chills and treats celebrating their new dark erotic anthology, Bump in the Night!

BumpInTheNight_400x600Turn off the lights . . . and turn on your darkest fantasies.

Demon pacts. Ghostly possessions. Monsters lurking in the depths. The things that go bump in the night frighten us, but they also intrigue us. Fascinate us. Even turn us on.

Join us as fan favorites Ally Blue and Kari Gregg bring over-amorous aquatic beasts to life with their mythic twists on the Siren and the monster in the lake. Erotic horror pros Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler, and Brien Michaels show us just how sexy scary can be with a pair of demon deals destined to curl your toes and set your heart thrashing. And literary masters Laylah Hunter and Peter Hansen weave haunting worlds where ghosts and dead lovers can touch our hearts (and other, naughtier places too . . .) and teach us lessons from beyond the grave.

By turns exciting, evocative, and exquisitely explicit, the stories in Bump in the Night are sure to scratch your sexy paranormal itch. Explore your wildest fantasies with us in this collection of dark erotic tales.

You can read all six excerpts and purchase Bump in the Night here.

Don’t forget to comment on the blog stops below.
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing gift certificate! Entries close at midnight, EST, on November 2nd, and one grand prize winner will be contacted on November 3rd. Contest is valid worldwide.

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