Wednesday 27 May 2015

Blog Tour Character Casting & Giveaway - Flintlock by Ashley Nixon

Flintlock is the second book in the Cutlass Trilogy. It continues Barren and his crew's story.

Author: Ashley Nixon

Book Description:
Barren Reed hopes to protect the Orient from his tyrant uncle, but his plans to make the King’s life a living hell aren’t supported by the Elders of the pirate community. As it stands, Barren has earned the Elders’ disdain for his carelessness, and they threaten him into exile if he makes one more mistake.

Barren’s not the only one feeling the Elders’ wrath—they don’t trust Larkin either. Worse, Barren can’t comprehend Larkin’s wish to have a relationship with her father, and the secrets she’s forced to keep create a tension that may pull them apart forever.

When the Pirates of Silver Crest begin to die, bullets laced with dark magic are to blame. With more and more of these weapons infiltrating the Underground, discovering who’s behind the dissemination is no easy feat. As fear and tension mount among the people of the Orient, Barren and his crew find themselves in a race against time to stop the spread of dark magic before the world of Mariana spirals into collapse.

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We are thrilled to be bringing back this amazing author! Her first book in the Cutlass Trilogy was absolutely loved by our followers and we know that this book will be to! So first lets get to know a bit more about this Author: 

About the Author
Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren't used as much as she'd like. She has a Bachelor's in English Writing and a Master's in Library Science and Information Technology. When she's not writing she's either working out or pretending she's Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she's loved everything Fantasy--resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the 'geek' tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.
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Character Casting

Hi all!
So, you want to know about casting for CUTLASS and FLINTLOCK, yeah? Well, I'm terrible at this. There are a couple of people I've always seen as certain characters (I'll point them out below). Mostly, I don't know many actors, I guess, but I'm going to give this a shot!

First, my main character Barren Reed. What does he look like? Well, of course he's handsome in that rugged sort of way. His hair is probably light brown, but appears lighter because he's always in the sun, his skin is bronzed and scarred. He has brown eyes, and I've always imagined a charming smile. Oh, he's also half-elf. Basically what will follow are pictures of some attractive men who might look like Barren, or sort of convey what I'm trying to covey...maybe. Or they could just be hot men.

Like this guy:
And this ambiguous male who has muscles but could be Barren:
Or this man standing in shadow at the head of his ship:
Okay, so Barren's love interest is a pretty girl named Larkin Lee. She's also half-elf. She's also beautiful--long dark hair, green eyes. What's even more awesome about here is that she knows how to fight, and she's equal, if not better, than most of Barren's crew (and, Barren himself, just don't tell him). This is how I imagine Larkin when she's about to defy some order Barren has thrown her way:
This is also a good picture that conveys her anger when someone tries to challenge her:

She might be a pirate, but Larkin was born of noble blood--also, it would be a book by me if there weren't pretty dresses involved. In FLINTLOCK, Larkin wears something that looks like this:
Then, there's one of my favorites, Cove Rowell. Oh, Cove--you're so handsome and mysterious...those dark eyes and that dark hair...and all those secrets and stealth. There has been only one person I've ever wanted as Cove Rowell, and that is Ben Barnes, practically everyone's all-time-favorite-book-to-movie-cast-man! But he just looks so great in EVERY setting! *sigh*

If not Mr. Ben Barnes, then this guy will do well as 2nd:
Also, in the books, I refer to Cove's ambassador uniform. It looks something like this:
Then, there's Sara Rosamund who I also love. She's Cove's love interest, and while she doesn't have my sense of style, I truly adore hers!
I'll move onto Em next--the assassin who once sailed with Barren's father. She's only ever been one person in my mind and that's Michelle Pfeiffer:
Then, the new girl-on-scene is Aethea Moore. She's fierce, angry, and sorta evil. She could easily be played by Gemma Arterton: 

Next, I found this guy--I guess his name is Mario Blanco, but this pic conveys the creepiness of Prince Datherious Reed.
Then I found these cool pics and thought this one really looked like Leaf:
And this really conveyed the 'spirit' of the Elves of Aurum--ya know, basic bad asses:
Last, there's a masquerade in this novel, so I thought I'd share some inspirational pics:
Want to view more inspiration?
Flintlock (Cutlass #2)
Cannon (Cutlass #3)

Okay! That's my casting for FLINTLOCK.
What do you guys think?

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