Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Faces in the Water By Tonya Macalino Book Spotlight + Review

Welcome back to my blog! I've got another book spotlight for you today, plus a review of the book. I hope you'll hang around, drop a comment, and most of all, enjoy today's post! :)

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One Night in Venice gift pack
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- 1 Paper Mache Venetian mask - Colors May Vary

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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.


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?”

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

For news and events, drop by her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TonyaMacalino.com

The Story of Place Blog: www.tonyamacalino.com/page10.php

Amazon Author Page:

MY REVIEW:   Faces in the Water is an intriguing story, a mixture of science fiction, suspense, and so much more.  Ms. Macalino really went all out with created the world that's featured in this story.  It's unique. Alyse is an interesting lead character. The story is from her point of view, in the first person, and we readers are taken on a wild ride, full of twists and things so unexpected and wild it takes your breath away.   I stayed up a bit too late, not wanting to put this book down and find out what happens next. Ms. Macalino is on my watch list! I can't wait to read more from this author. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

Storm Goddess

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  1. I am certainly looking forward to reading Faces in the Water. I hopped over to check it out further and it is wonderfully priced and it looks like the budget gods just might be persuaded :) Thank you for you lovely review and for this fun giveaway opportunity.

  2. Dear Ladies--

    Thanks so much for your kind words! It always helps to have that little extra push when you are slugging your way through the manuscript of book 2. ;-p

    Take care and best of luck in all your own endeavors!

  3. Loved the excerpt for this book! Definitely adding this book and this author to my kindle list. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. loved this excerpt. The prose are really very beautiful and the descriptions captivate. Thanks for sharing another great author.

  5. You gals are so sweet! (Storm Goddess, you have a really great audience!) I will definitely let the cover artist know you enjoyed her work. She's such a talented lady. I hope you enjoy the book when you get that far and best of luck in the contest!

    1. I DO have a great audience! and I am thankful for them all. But they are right, your cover is stunning, haunting. I'm so drawn to it!