Monday, 24 November 2008

Character Spotlight ~ Marlo Schalesky's Paul Tilden

Today the spotlight shines on.................................................................Paul Tilden

The lovely and amazingly talented Marlo Schalesky is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her fifth child and her first son as I prepare this post and unless he makes an appearance overnight I won't have news on that front!

Beyond the Night is Marlo's first book in her new Love Stories with a Twist series and Paul is an unforgettable character. We recently discussed this book at my Book Club - it was a great selection.


Brief physical description

Tall, lanky, athletic, sandy hair, green eyes. Think Paul Bettany.

Strengths and weaknesses:

Paul is funny, caring, a great friend. But he doesn’t want to commit, and he doesn’t want to fall in love. Not again. So what’s he going to do when he finds himself falling for his best friend – a girl named Maddie who’s going blind?

Quirk (if any):

Paul only dates blondes . . . and his best friend Maddie is a brunette.

Your inspiration for the character:

For Paul, I wanted a guy who didn’t take himself or others too seriously, someone who could joke and laugh, and yet would be a good friend when Maddie started to go blind. The character of “Charles” that Paul Bettany played in the movie A Beautiful Mind seemed to be just that sort of guy – someone who wouldn’t walk away when friendship got tough, yet someone who would bring laughter and perspective to a friend suffering from a physical malady.

Background to the story:

They say love is blind. This time, they’re right.

A poignant love story . . .

A shocking twist . . .

Come, experience a love that will not die.

A woman lies unconscious in a hospital bed. A man sits beside her. Between them shimmers a memory, so gentle, so precious that even darkness cannot dim it. Together, they remember a girl losing her sight, and the boy who learned to love her. They remember the beginning of darkness, the edge of fear. They remember an evening at the symphony, a wild night in Yosemite, a walk beside the Charles River in the starlight. They remember the first time he kissed her. And the night that changed everything.

But time has passed. Change has come. Now, life takes its final breaths. Darkness deepens. And mystery awaits… beyond the night.

Thanks Marlo ~ praying your little one arrives safely and soon! Break out the blue clothes - LOL!

Don't forget to comment and encourage Marlo!

On Thursday I am spotlighting another male lead character from one of my all time favourite authors ~ Elizabeth White and her intriguing Gabriel Laniere from her latest novel, Redeeming Gabriel.

Relz Reviewz Extras

Review of Beyond the Night

Visit Marlo's website and thought provoking blog

Buy Marlo's books at Amazon or Koorong


Fiona said...

Marlo writes so beautifully, I had tears in my eyes by chapter one. A fantastic novel!!!

All the best to Marlo with the birth of number five!!! Five is a truly wonderful number!

Jewelz said...

I really liked this book! Marlo wrote so well, and the twists and turns in it were brilliant. I totally didn't expect them, and that is what makes a good book in my opinion :)

Tracy said...

I was going to say the same: beautifully written story and completely unexpected twists.

All the best with the newest little one Marlo. Having one little boy last is truly precious. Surprising, often seeming as though they are from another planet after having girls. But oh so yummy!!!!!

Ausjenny said...

love the the background of this story.
I enjoyed reading the book and reading the spotlight.

Kim said...

This story was very poignant! It sort of lingers with you. I was blown away by the ending though!!


Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...

This is a wonderful story, and I loved Paul. He's so much warmer than Bettany!

Congratulations on your newest blessing Marlo! We have 3 girls so far :).

Deena said...

That story blew me away! Can't wait to see what Marlo cooks up next:-)

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