Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Guest post ( Six-Word Post): Painted Boots by Mechelle Morrison

Title: Painted Boots
Author: Mechelle Morrison
Release date: July 4, 2013
Age Group: Mature Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
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Book Description:
When her father drags her to a new life in Wyoming, Aspen Brand doesn’t expect to fall for a cowboy named Kyle Thacker—but she does. At seventeen, Aspen and Kyle share unexpected ground: guitar, running, physics. And guilt. Aspen blames herself for her mother’s car accident, while Kyle can’t find a way past his brother’s suicide.
On their first date they open up to each other, forging an unbreakable bond between them. But Kyle has spent two years living with a vicious secret—one his ex-girlfriend will do anything to protect—and sharing his truth with Aspen makes her a target. Now if Kyle is to be her love story, Aspen must first win the fight of her life.


renew:  Aspen’s mother taught her to buy old things then ‘freshen them in a way that makes them her own.’  In an intuitive way, this is what Aspen does for Kyle.

love:  Aspen loves her boots.  They’re worn and soft and she personalizes the heels and soles by painting them to match her clothes.  Her boots serve as a metaphor for the effort she invests in her relationship with Kyle. 

rugged:  Cowboy boots embody the physical toughness required for doing ranch work.  Aspen isn’t physically tough, but she has her own brand of emotional stamina.  Her boots are a symbolic reminder of that idea.

commitment:  As I crafted Aspen’s character I looked back through my notes and realized: ‘that girl practically wears her boots to bed!’  Her commitment to her boots became synonymous with her commitment to a future with Kyle. 

resilience:  Death and grief can feel real personal.  Bullying is real personal.  But as her problems grow, Aspen stubbornly clings to her mother’s world-view: look through fair eyes that expect fairness in return.  Her boots emphasize her resolve to keep her mother’s perspective while trying to move forward.  She searches for them after being attacked; she thinks on how they sound as she leads Evvie into the hall; Kyle stations her boots with his ‘like guards’ against her bedroom door.

passion:  Painted Boots would not have felt true to me without Aspen’s decision to run with her feelings for Kyle.  Her choice stems from example—her parents’ relationship was open-minded and loving and started young.  Aspen’s passionate commitment to Kyle serves as a distraction from, and at times as a polar opposite to, her grief over her mother’s death.  Her boots play a major role in confirming the ‘rightness’ of her relationship—though to reveal how would be a bit of a spoiler. J
About the Author
Mechelle Morrison loves language--she's always wished she could speak and write them all.  She lives for chocolate, lazy summer days, spontaneously funny things . . . and family.  She's sort of scared of dogs.

When she's not reading or writing or wandering the world, she can be found in her backyard in Utah with her husband, their daughter and the bevy of quail that live behind their garage.

If she didn't write she'd make stop-motion animation shorts.  So she does that anyway.
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Tour Giveaway: 
2 Signed Copies of Painted Boots, 
3 ebook copies of Painted Boots

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