Monday, June 16, 2014

"The Three Graces" Review & Giveaway Blog Tour

4Word Press and Gliterary Girl Book Tours wants to introduce you to author Michele Wolfe and her debut novel,

THE THREE GRACES!
Release Tour (1)
My Review
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A delicately painted portrait of both mythos and ethos, deftly drawn by debut author, Michele Wolfe. Rather than stumbling through a wide range of characters and perspectives, Wolfe manages to not only convey something meaningful and poignant, but to breathe life into her work. 
Ancient patrons of the arts aside, the college atmosphere and complex home lives and loves of each girl are believable. Wolfe has an obvious artistic eye in the way she offers constant Polaroid snapshots of fashion and scenery, in a style reminiscent of Derrolyn Anderson. I am always drawn to tales featuring art. I knew I was reading a novel based on a statue. What I wasn't prepared for, was this tribute to every aspect of art and its devoted practitioners. 
Occasionally I felt the mother figures to be a bit harsh in their desire for their daughters' success. All three seemed hell-bent on crushing their children's dreams. Being a former art major myself, while my own mother could be critical, she was constantly helpful and encouraging. I would have liked to see at least one parental figure/situation pan out for the best. Possibly because my parents grew to become my friends and wanted to see that joy given to the girls, too. However, they did provide ample adversity in these struggling artists' journey to discovery and adulthood. I particularly enjoyed Isabel's artistic mad fits and find myself itching to grab my charcoal and paper because of her.
And we mustn't forget about the Three Graces themselves. While I am still a bit unclear on their relationship with the three girls (were they muses, patrons?), I enjoyed their history. As well as the fact they act so deliciously not human. This made their snippet scenes stand apart in an ethereal sort of way. 
I gave four stars to newcomer Michele Wolfe for a strong voice and most especially, her understanding of the synchronicity of art, music and literature. 

About THE THREE GRACES


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College juniors Jessie, Isabel and Sara are linked in an unlikely friendship by visits to hidden places only they can see. Together on a trip to Hearst Castle in California an earth-shaking encounter with a stunning statue in the gardens binds them to the spirits of the Three Graces; Brilliance, Joy and Bloom.
Under the weight of school and family problems, Sara Jessie and Isabel grow to be fast friends as they struggle with who they are and what will become of them. Until the fateful trip where they are gifted three magical pendants. Through these gifts the girls must find a way to unlock a centuries old curse and free the graces from their stone grave.
Will Brilliance, Joy and Bloom find freedom through the girls or will they forever be entombed in the statue of The Three Graces?
The Three Graces is a deep and beautiful story of discovery, of admitting to truths that have been buried, and of letting go of a past that hinders the present.
You can purchase THE THREE GRACES at: Amazon | Barnes and Nobles | Smashwords

About MICHELE WOLFE
Growing up between the Rocky Mountains and the city of Denver in Colorado, gave me a life-long love of both. I suspect my experiences were similar to others my age then; summers in one-piece bathing suits; bicycle riding without a helmet; vacationing in the family station wagon; skiing down the local mountains. I was lucky enough to be the spoiled youngest of three girls and supported by friends and a loving extended family.
Copy of Michele Headshot 2I loved drama, singing, gymnastics and ice skating. And I was never without a good book, no matter where I went. Soon after finishing college and becoming a teacher, I decided I wanted to explore the world. I took long road trips, spent time at Martha’s Vineyard, and fell in love with the ocean and California, which eventually became my home.
Four years after moving to Los Angeles, I discovered two things that changed my life. My husband was the first. We fell in love hard and fast. Twenty-two years later, we are fully, after a lot of hard work, co-dependent and co-evolved, and very happy about both. The second discovery was a passion for teaching adults English as a Second Language in a poor immigrant community in East L.A. I’m still there, too.
My husband and I have two handsome boys, Caleb Justus and Joshua William. They are our pride and joy. Caleb is in the Army and Joshua is finishing high school. And I should mention our ‘girl’ Sophie, who loves running to and fro on our walks, dancing in the kitchen, her tail-wagging in joy.
Being a busy teacher, mother and wife made finding time to write a challenge. When I started my first novel, there was no space in our little home to write except at the kitchen table. I diligently carved out time on the weekends and eventually took my laptop to coffee shops and writers’ groups to finish it.
When writing, I let the story and characters come to me in their own time, in their own way. I am inspired by music and art, which often influence a scene or a conversation in my stories. I hope my writing inspires others and makes people think and feel. And of course be entertained.
I am working on my next novel, also about a work of art, this time a painting at the Museum of Modern Art in Rome. I am currently submitting two short stories as well to literary magazines.
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In appreciation towards her fans, Michele and 4Word Press will be giving away a $20.00 Amazon gift card to one grand prize winner, a signed hardback copy of THE THREE GRACES for the runner up and three lucky winners will receive an ecopy of THE THREE GRACES. Please check out each blog and enter the giveaway every day for more chances to win. All entries must be received by June 17th by midnight.

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