Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Capturing a Moment in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life

Exiting News!!! Please join me for an EXTRA SPECIAL treat & magical giveaway with a guest post from my about to be (like really super close to being) published pal - Magaly! 

Hugs, kisses and a world of sisterly giggles to Shelle for letting me guest post at her blog, and an extra loving squeeze for capturing a moment in “AlmaMia Cienfuegos: a Story of Blood, Scars and Nightmares.”

I won’t post AlmaMia’s cover until the very end. I’m afraid if do, many will get lost in the colors and forget about reading the words—yes, Shelle’s artsy magic is that awesome. Her brush was able to illustrate the brightness of the Caribbean landscape, the darkness of AlmaMia’s tale, and the tension going on in the scene I chose for the cover.

This is the first time I go through this kind of creative process, and I’m both impressed and extremely pleased with the results. I won’t explain the meaning of every shade, shape and mark on the cover, but I will say that Shelle’s work portrays the sense of balance between light and darkness, love and hate, and disenchantment and hope, which lives in the words of AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ tale.

Before presenting Shelle’s AlmaMia Cienfuegos inspired masterpiece, I wish to invite everyone to enter a giveaway in celebration of the release of the short story. For a chance to win a copy of the ebook, leave a comment on this post. And to enter the AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Charm Bracelet Giveaway, please do one or all of the following:
1.  Read “When Life Throws Me Limes,I Make Mojitos” and leave me a comment. 
Share this post on your blog, Twitter, Facebook… and leave me a link to the post here (one entry per share).
Read AlmaMia Cienfuegos’excerpt and leave a comment with the first 13 words that come to your mind.
 4. Follow AlmaMia’s Blog Tour and leave comments (one entry per stop).5. Become a Wicked Darling - follow Pagan Culture and my writing site - (one entry per follow)

Now, rejoice in Shelle magic

AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Blog Stops
Day 1May 15th - Capturing a Moment in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - SunshineShelle
Day 2 - May 17th - Frogs, Books and Skulls – Miniature Witchy Book - Pagan Culture Weird, I know
Day 3 – May 19th - Truth in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Tale - Magic Love Crow
Day 4 – May 21st - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Wild Magic - Laura DeLuca 
Day 5 – May 23rd - Grandmothers Are Magical Creatures - Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts
Day 6 – May 25th - The Strong Women in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - Green Witch with Sprinkles 
Day 7 – May 27th - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Mango Tree - Daydream Believer

Magaly Guerrero writes, reads, and dreams dark fiction. She is the author of Pagan Culture, a blog about everyday life through the eyes of a dark fiction writer. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and at www.magalyguerrero.com.

Thanks Magaly for the guest post & so pleased to be a part of this collaboration! Now I'm looking forward to visiting the Blog Stops lined up to fully experience AlmaMia's Story (& maybe enter a giveaway or two) ;)


Magaly Guerrero said...

You wrote it so "really super close" that I can smell it and the scent is yummy!

You rock, Shelle. Now, I'm going to bed with "d & d" on my mind lol

*looks at our baby and feels so very proud*

Cameron said...

Nothing is better than a happy collaboration of friends with creative minds!! Congrats to you both!

Gina said...

Can't get over how we have both used the same colours in our art pieces for Magaly...when we didn't even know we were doing them!!! Fabulous image Shelle :D

Jenny said...

Big congrats to you both... how absolutely fabulous... and Shelle... love what you have done... the colors alone are spectacular...

Jenny x

Magaly Guerrero said...

@Cameron, that is so true. It feels so amazing to do something with someone you care for and trust.

@Gina, I have been basking on that for days! I can't wait until I get the original art of the cover, so I can put them side by side. I feel like I'm looking at the loveliest inner-bits of my own head and I LOVE the looks of it ;-)

@Jenny, Thanks a bunch, and yes, Shelle makes colors shine. Hm, I see where the Sunshineshelle comes from!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Congrats Magaly and Shelle! I am positive that this collaboration will be a very successful one!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

#3 suspense, sibling rivalry, anger, love, sadistic, revenge, strong, powerful imagery, disturbing, tormented, awesome!

Emi Brade said...

13 words? sounds fun!
mangos ,torment, abuse, unconditional, savior, island, healer, tradition, branding, intriguing, engrossing, honesty, relatable

Carmen Esposito said...

It’s amazing when an artist can bring to life the creative images inside an author’s mind. You’ve both done a great job not only individually but you were able to integrate your talents and work effectively as a team. Good work!

Sunshineshelle said...

Really chuffed to have been a part of the process, thanks for the kind words Cameron & Jenny :)... Hey Deb & Emi - love those 13 words, they sound like you are describing an AWESOME read!!! Carmen - lucky I done the cover BEFORE I had the lime & the Coconut brew ;) Gina, can't wait to see what you have created, we must be in tune with some cosmic Magaly rays she's giving off LOL ;)

Magaly Guerrero said...

I think I've read the sets of 13 words more than five times. I love them. Carmen, that is so true. Hm, "cosmic Magaly rays" me likes lol

NatashaMay said...

I'm really excited about this blog hop. :) Ok, let's see if I can do this right. I did the 1, the 2 is here: https://twitter.com/#!/MayNatasha/status/202529774608977922
3. shaving soledad's eyebrows off because she made her piss her pants with tickling - there's my 13 words. :)I'm doing the 4. and 5. as well.

Fallingladies said...

Oops, i put my 13 words on a comment on the excerpt post! It reminds me so much of the way my mom and her sister fought... Now they don't speak at all!

Magic Love Crow said...

Yeh Shelle! You talented girl you!!! You are for sure the cookie and Magaly is the tea ;o) Hugs ;o) So happy and proud of you! And, I am so happy and proud of Magaly ;o)

Magic Love Crow said...

Oh, I forgot to say, love the changes to your blog ;o)

Magic Love Crow said...

I did number 1 ;o)

Magic Love Crow said...

number 3
sad, family, tragedy, fear, loneliness, detachment, powerful, struggle, suspense, revenge, hate, anger, love

Magic Love Crow said...

I follow Pagan Culture ;o)

Magic Love Crow said...

I follow the writing site ;o)

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited this worked!
I was seriously bouncing up and down waiting for my copy to download on my phone and then I didn't do literally anything else for like four hours!

Mags that is a great pic of you and this story rocks my face off so hard core.

I drank an entire six pack of peach beer and ate an entire pineapple while I read.


Magaly Guerrero said...

You guys make a witchy writer feel all warm inside. AlmaMia couldn't have better audience. She deserves this; I'm so happy you are getting to know her. Can't wait to share more!

And Militant Queer, all peach beer and pineapple sounds like the best combination for this reading... maybe some mangoes, too ;-)

IrelandBrady said...

Wow, I read the beginning and it is spell binding ... leaves the reader wanting more right now!

13 words? The one's that come to mind are: fear, dread, confusion, hate, self-determination, steadfastness, love, pain, distrust, stuborness, sorrow, resentment, devastation, mistrust .....

Sunshineshelle said...

Thanks everyone for joining the fun... next stop is Magaly's blog & then Stacy at MagicLoveCrow before the train moves on to the others (check out the list & please join in).... all aboard... WOO....WOOOOOO

Simona Cordara said...

Tasty, juicy, spell-binding, sorrow, freedom. The excerpt makes you looking forward to reading more.

Anonymous said...

This is so freaking exciting! Not only do I know the hot author of this amazing book, but I also know and proudly own) some of the art created by this outstanding artist. Honestly, people will not be able to speak to me for days. ;-)

You both are super talented and this is a fabulous collaboration. I love the story and the cover takes me right into Magaly's world. My love to both of you.

Magaly Guerrero said...

@IrelandBrady, I hope you get the chance to read the rest. I love your 13 words.

@Shelle, you are too awesome. Thanks so much for having. No, Big F, calm down, I'm not talking about 'that kind of having' although, um.. better be quiet, huh?

@Simona, Sorrow and Freedom, seeing those two words together does something for my heart.

@Mina, It was so amazing to do this with Shelle. We had an incredible exchange about the meaning of the colors, shapes, body postures... which we probably share some day. I always grin when I see our names together. You have my love right back, Mina ;-)

Texan Zombie Goddess said...

Art of the mind and art of the hands creates art of the heart.

Stunning collaboration!


Magaly Guerrero said...

And when the art is created by friends, the piece has soul!