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

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

by davincikittieMay 13, 2012

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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Do you think suppressing negativity in everyday life has drastic consequences?  How else, besides film and music, do you see it manifesting?

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
  • May 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I think people gain weight, die of heart attacks, have strokes, get cancer, all because they are forced to shove their emotions and stress down.

    We’re all repressed! Ahhhhh!!!

    No, seriously, we are. All the more reason to let your hair down and have some good athletic sex.

  • May 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Omg yes people are so stressed out all the time, They bottle it up then unleash it on each other in mean cruel ways. Get a massage, read a book or like The Captain says get your freak on.

  • Viki S.
    May 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

    You know, I look at people all the time especially driving and they next to NEVER have a smile on their faces. So I really don’t think negativity is repressed as much as some would think. Listen to people is stores – they’re nasty and rude. Because of this I always try to smile and be nice to all around me. I’ve had cancer and can honestly say I feel so much better AKA less stressed since I adopted a positive attitude.

  • May 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I am agoraphobic. I hardly ever go out in public, and when I do, it is only with my husband. When in a crowd, you can almost “feel” the tension and stress in people. As a mother of 4, it is hard to “keep my ducks in a row”. Depending on what action my child is doing, I’ll let it go. I’ve had people tell me to “mind my children”. What the hell is that all about?

  • Natasha
    May 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I think that it is not good to hold it all in, it will build up eventually. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey
    May 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Stress seams to be in everybody’s faces now a days.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  • May 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Oh yes….everyones repressed and stressed. If we don’t let it out how will we get passed it. I think we will end up with a knife in our back/chest/heart etc…you get the picture..lol
    Mary Keith

  • May 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks so much for all the great comments, ladies! I’m glad the post got folks thinking. It’s a complicated topic! Here’s wishing you gals best of luck in the drawing!

  • wanda flanagan
    May 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I think its important we all take at least a half hour a day relax and jut let go of the day not thinking about anything I find its a great stress reducer

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