Monday, June 4, 2012

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Author Tonya Macalino

Happy Monday Book Lovers! Thanks for stopping in!
I have an extra treat for you today! In cooperation with Bewitching Blog Tours I'm helping author Tonya Macalino promote her latest contemporary romance release, FACES IN THE WATER which is the first book in her THE SHADES OF VENICE series. Check out Ms. Macalino's guest blog below and then enter to win the fabulous giveaway she's offering via the rafflecopter below. Happy reading!

Welcome Ms. Macalino!

Lonely Makes Stupid

Lonely makes stupid. That’s a line Alyse from FACES IN THE WATER shares with her best friend Tamsin when she catches herself yearning after an ex. She’s a smart girl. She knows it’s wrong.

But it takes a huge force of will for her to walk away.

It’s hard to be single. Your hormones are running on high because they have no physical or emotional outlet and the charge of it all causes you to make stupid decisions, decisions you would never otherwise make. Worst of all: that relentless drive for connection can cause you to make decisions that run completely contrary to your beliefs and your self-definition.

It can be emotionally, even physically devastating.

As writers of romance and other stories of people on the threshold between solitude and belonging, we mine this conflict-riddled time of life. And we tend to glorify the transition from one state to another: the metaphysical moment of finding The One.

We (and our readers) tend to lift that romanticized view from the page and layer it over real life. Our single friend should have “known” he wasn’t The One. As though any union under a microscope isn’t more of an accidental convergence than Fate. The divorce rate should be the final death knell of any snobbery in that regard.

Alyse manages to walk away from that need to connect once. She’s strong and she’s smart. But that’s a powerful force. And nobody’s strong all the time.

I’ve often said I wouldn’t go back to my twenties for all the gold in the world.

Everyone does their best to battle the loneliness.

But a little perspective, a little empathy eases the road for us all.

Short 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 J├╝rgen, 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?”

Faces in the Water
Tonya Macalino

Available At:
Amazon | B&N

Back of the Book
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.
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
For news and events, drop by her Facebook page at

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Now for the giveaway! To enter just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter!
  2 Prize Packs (photo attached_
One Night in Venice gift pack
- 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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  1. Faces In the Water sounds like a fantastic read!

    Thanks for the excerpt and the giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  2. Thanks so much for having me by Talina! For free reads related to each of my paranormal thrillers/romances folks are welcome to visit my website at Here's wishing everyone best of luck in the giveaway!

  3. Rachel at theJeepDivaJune 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    This books sounds really great. The summary really sucked me in now I want more!!!

  4. Sounds like a very good book! Definitely intrigued and ready to read more! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. This is a great giveaway. The book sounds great!


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