Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Three Graces

4Word Press and Gliterary Girl Book Tours wants to introduce you to author Michele Wolfe and her debut novel,
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The day Jessie, Isabel, and Sara meet in a college humanities class, their lives take a sharp turn. Jessie hears music within a maze, Isabel descends into a damp, dark cave, and Sara feels invisible chains slither up her arms and legs. As these frightening events recur, the young women set out to discover how, but more important, why, this is happening to them. Decades earlier, in 1935, a statue of The Three Graces, inhabited by the spirits of Brilliance, Joy and Bloom, arrives at Hearst Castle. Everyone from staff to guests is enthralled by the sensuality and pleasure the Graces bring to their surroundings. As the years go by, The Graces search for three who will help release them from the confines of marble so they can return home.
Jessie, Isabel and Sara, meanwhile, are struggling with college, parents, boyfriends and what the next step in life will be. Isabel, forthright and artistic, is growing further apart from her close-knit Catholic family while trying to ignore her feelings for the first person to champion her talent. Sara is rich, smart and on anxiety medication with a secret she won’t even admit to herself. Jessie has beauty, vitality and two men she can’t let go of or forget.
On a winter break trip to California the young women explore the coast, ending with a visit to Hearst Castle. When Jessie, Isabel and Sara see The Three Graces and experience stone turned flesh, each young woman connects with one of the spirits: Jessie to Brilliance, Isabel to Joy and Sara to Bloom.
Back at home, as mysterious incidents escalate, Jessie, Isabel and Sara battle their personal crises. Jessie can’t get over the death of her musician boyfriend and the issues it raises over college life versus a musician’s life. Isabel wants to date the ex-priest who comes back into her life but is afraid of the repercussions on her artistic career. Sara’s confused feelings toward other women are surfacing with a vengeance after years of being pushed down. Each of them also experiences escalating conflict with their mothers.
When the Graces give each young woman a beautiful pendant to guide and protect her, the young women hesitantly begin to heed the Graces’ advice and enter into the ethereal world of the ancient goddesses. When the girls face their greatest fears and doubts, enigmatic messages from the Graces lead to answers as they work together in both worlds to choose the right roads to follow. The novel culminates as Jessie’s maze, Isabel’s cave, and Sara’s chains merge with the Graces’ world so that the choice each of them makes toward freedom from the past and into a future of their own making, ultimately becomes the Graces’ way home.
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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.
I 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. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Excerpt #1 from Prologue THE THREE GRACES

Italy 1814

The men gazed in appreciation at the only other object of interest. A lifelike creation in marble of three women adorned the center of the room.  They exhibited such a likeness to the goddesses themselves, The Graces were momentarily paralyzed at the sight. Shapely arms, hips and thighs crafted to perfection. Intensely beautiful, the intimate nature of their relationship evident in every feature.  

“When is the duke taking it?” Falier asked.
“Tonight, immediately following the ceremony,” Canova replied.
“He’s anxious to begin,” added Sartori. “That’s why he sent me to find you.”
“I hope you charged the old man enough,” Falier said, still mesmerized by the statue. “They’re exquisite.”

“High praise, indeed, coming from you,” Canova said, with a laugh. “Yes, he paid handsomely.” He lifted his glass. “Let us have a toast.”
 Falier took the cue and reached for the remaining glasses on a nearby table. The three moved in close, the sisters following, still touching each one, happy with the obvious camaraderie between the men. 

As one, flutes of champagne were raised in tribute.
 “A La Trez Grazie!” The men exclaimed in unison.
 A gust of wind through the open patio doors caused the candlelight to flicker madly and their shadows to dance. 

Canova continued, “May all who look upon them know… ‘their alluring eyes glance from under their brows, and from their eyelids drips desire that unstrings the limbs.’”
Exhilarated beyond measure, the sisters recognized the ancient song commemorating their beauty. So involved in their own spiraling emotions and those of the three gentlemen, they were caught unaware when a trembling force shook the room. Within moments, they were coiled and ensnared completely within the marble likeness. 

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