Posted May 13, 2012 by davincikittie in Informational

Book Tour & Giveaway (US): Tonya Macalino on the darkness within

Please help me welcome Faces in the Water author Tonya Macalino!

Writers are students of the human condition. What is story, after all, but a grand thought experiment, pitting a certain personality against a certain adversity to speculate on the most likely outcome. We writers stand in the middle of the crowd and wonder, what if, what if…

Lately, I’ve stood in the middle of a crowd at the local elementary school. Mothers and fathers picking up their offspring from a long day of school. Elder to younger standing nose-to-nose: Please lower your voice. Was that an appropriate thing to say? We’re all friends here. No rough-housing. Please Calm Down! My children live in a world so emotionally sanitized; it bears no resemblance to the world I grew up in.  I stand in that crowd and I wonder, what if, what if…

And I worry.

I worry what will become of a generation of children who are constantly taught to suppress their negative emotions, of children who are taught that the darkness within is bad. Instead of anger and fear and hurt being a natural part of living—the shadows that highlight the joy and the love—they are immediately, brutally amputated the moment they appear. And I stand there nose-to-nose as one of those surgeons.

How can there be no backlash?

Is it any wonder books and movies grow ever darker?  They’ve become a refuge where emotions can live out loud, where we can vicariously raise our voices without losing our jobs, where we can right wrongs without being told that our outrage is inappropriate behavior, where we can punch and kick and scream and sob in the aftermath.

In FACES IN THE WATER, Alyse Kate Bryant finds herself abruptly removed from the sanitized corporate world she’s been straining against. She comes nose-to-nose with raw emotion, primal myth incarnate, and—like those sanitized children from my mid-afternoon thought experiment—she does not know how to fight back.

But she will learn.

Or she won’t last through the night…

Shades of Venice: Episode 1

Who created that slide of silk across your skin as you reached for your cinematic lover? Who recorded the crushing weight of the grizzly as you fought for your life in the fictional wilderness? It is Lone Pine Pictures’ Alyse Kate Bryant who wraps your body in the story only your mind was privy to before.

A brilliant sensory immersion artist and a wild daredevil, Alyse will do almost anything for the perfect sensory file, but the violent death of her father has her teetering on the very edge of reckless sanity.

For just one night, Alyse seeks refuge in the arms of a beautiful stranger.

And her recklessness finally has consequences.

Now Alyse finds herself trapped in the flooded ruins of Venice, a quarantine camp for the carriers of Sleepers’ Syndrome. But it can never be that simple. Because the Sleepers’ Syndrome carriers who populate the camp are no longer as human as they seem.

The city of legend is bringing its legends back to life.

They come now, Alyse.


Buy Links: Amazon (ebook, paperback), B&N

Read an excerpt

But this time the gate had a guardian.

I felt her before I saw her, that same surge of power I’d felt from Jürgen, but more elemental, more penetrating. Both Matteo and I stopped abruptly. His grip on me tightened.

She took form from the shadows that clung to the structure where the light couldn’t penetrate the fog. The delicate lines of her face took shape first, upward sloping eyes, cheeks, and jaw. Her skin had the same pale hue as the clouds around her and her eyes were a ghostly blue, narrowed coyly. She stepped forward and Matteo went completely still beneath my hands. Her long, long silvery hair danced around her face and her glittering gown flowed in the same mysterious storm. My whole body screamed a warning at a mind that had long since gone numb.

Then she laughed, a light airy sound, completely at odds with the seductive threat I felt coming off her.

“Ah, Matteo, are you going to hide her from Hadria? Keep her for yourself?”

Matteo jerked into motion.

“Get lost, Cirena.”

Again the tinkling laugh. She tossed her head back, her hands clasped in merriment. Matteo’s arm turned to steel as he held me against him and pushed his way around her. She floated easily aside, her glee never faltering as she watched us.

“Oh, little Matteo, but what if I want her for myself?”

About the author

Tonya Macalino lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with her husband and two children. She is an avid collector of folklore and folk history, far too many to fit comfortably within the pages of any given book. When not working on her latest novel, she enjoys coaching other writers through the How to Build a Book workshops at Jacobsen’s Books & More. To read more of the little folklore gems she unearthed during her research, please visit her blog at www.tonyamacalino.com

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Tonya is giving away two (2) tour-wide Venice-themed prize packs.  Here’s what you can win…

  • 1 pot of Crimson Lip Dew with Lip Wand
  • 1 bar of Sparkle of First Light Shimmer Bar
  • 1 bag of Chocolate Sin Bath Salts with Wooden Scoop
  • 1 bag of Rose Milk Bath Salts with Wooden Scoop
  • 1 Paper Mache Venetian mask – Colors May Vary

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