Friday, 30 September 2016

Blog Tour+Guest Post:The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy

The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy
Publication Date:  June 15, 2016
Publisher:  Rebelight Publishing

Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future-marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?


Brenda Joyce Leahy has travelled to France five times but finds there’s always more explorations awaiting her. She loves historical fiction and thinks she was born a century too late but can’t imagine her life without computers or cell phones. So, perhaps, she arrived in the world at just the right moment to tell this story.

She grew up on a farm near Taber, Alberta but now lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. After over 20 years practising law, she has returned to her first love of writing fiction. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): her profile there is The Art of Rebellion is also profiled on the Humber School of Writers’ website at Brenda is also a member of the Historical Novel Society:, and leads a YA/MG writers’ critique group in Calgary.

The Art of Rebellion is her first Young Adult novel, published by Rebelight Publishing, spring 2016.

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The Guest Post

The dream cast because I want to know how the author picture the characters in their minds?

Wow, this was a bit of a tough question because I’m less familiar with younger actors who could play the roles of my characters. I asked my critique group for some help on this. Once I gave myself over to the question, it was so much fun so thank you for asking!!
Here goes:

Gabrielle – I’d definitely ask for Lily Collins – I loved her in The Blind Side; more recently in Love, Rosie and The Mortal Instruments. She has a naïveté about her but passion and toughness, too. A close second would be Shailene Woodley, from the Divergent series because she has a softer, gentle side to her toughness.

Philippe -  OK so don’t laugh but I had in mind a younger version of Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, with that strong jaw and dark curly locks. But I think you were asking for actors, so I would love to see Scott Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s son) or Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters) as Philippe. Another great choice would be Sam Claflin (Me Before You, and Love,Rosie with Lily Collins!).

Maman – Judi Densch would make a daunting Maman but is probably too old for the role (Maman is in her late forties),so I’d say Toni Colette, Sandra Bullock or French actress Marion Cotillard (Academy award winner, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises).

Babette – There are many actresses who could play Babette. I see her as china doll pretty, yet something rotten lurking beneath her lovely exterior. So, I’d see Mila Kunis, Britt Robertson(The Longest Ride) or Katie Findlay (How to Get Away With Murder) as good choices. Eva Green (Casino Royale) could play this role fabulously but might be too old now for the part.
Gaston – Oh, this one is fun to cast! Either Johnny Depp or Robert Downey, Jr. would equally play this suave but dangerous man.
Papa – Ralph Fiennes. Can’t think of anyone else who fits the bill.
Genevieve – French actress Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Da Vinci Code), although she’s a bit older she could pull this off.

Bernadette – I think the French actress Clémence Poesy (Harry Potter – she played Fleur) would be perfect for Gabbi’s best friend.

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September 19-30, 2016
(Please note that tour posts must be up by 08:00 hours EST)

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Giveaway Information:  Contest ends September 30, 2016

·         Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (US/Canada)
·         Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (INT)

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·         Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (INT)

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