Sunday, September 17, 2017

$50 Amazon gift card & children's author Tonya Macalino

If you saw the previous feature of this author, you probably know she's a paranormal author. But Tonya Macalino is a children's author too.

Tonya is a wife, mother, and author of futuristic thrillers and children's chapter books. An avid collector of folk history and folklore, she weaves the colorful tales of times past into a rich tapestry giving depth to the fast action of her stories.

Where does Tonya get her ideas?

Images from daydreams, leftover moments from the realm of the Sandman, impressions of what places must once have been. Ironically, the scene which inspired the book generally becomes the most wooden and awkward of the whole piece. Things that look beautiful as mental paintings don’t tend to flow all that well when populated by beings that are expected to behave believably.

For children, Tonya's highly acclaimed urban fantasy adventures, The Gates of Aurona series, remind readers of the magical family secrets from Spiderwick Chronicles as well the legendary call to heroism of Chronicles of Narnia and the Dark Is Rising.

The first book in the series, Into the Hare Wood, is a story that turns everyday life into something magical and full of possibility. Tonya Macalino weaves together our everyday world with mythic reality. Illustrations are done by Maya Lilova, which are reminiscent of Disney character art in my opinion.

The family curse just slipped out of the shadows and into their backyard...

Instead of spending summer break splashing in the pool, Hannah and Cameron Troyer find themselves solemnly guarded by ranks of neighborhood cats and haunted by a madman from the woods.

Did Dad forget to tell them something about their ancient Italian ancestors?

And can Hannah and Cameron unravel the secret on their own before the madman takes his revenge?

"Clang, clang, clang:
The sword against the golden gate.
The treasure waits within."

So who wants to win something? Tonya Macalino and I have partnered up to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Everyone gets a sneak peek of the first chapter of Into the Hare Wood!

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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