So Good, So Dark

AlmaMia Cienfuegos is growing…

Our girl is mentally older, and her tale has grown into a short collection of three stories. Many of you read “Wishing upon Earth and Bones,” but “Corn Silk” is a new exploration into AlmaMia’s past. The original tale has an extended ending, and AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories comes to you wearing a new dress… and a new blurb:   

After attending a funeral, four-year-old AlmaMia Cienfuegos wakes up screaming about a man’s bloody face. The Cienfuegos’ charm bracelet—a frog, a book and a skull—banished the nightmares. But when Soledad, AlmaMia’s big sister, learns that the wearer of the charms also gets the family lands, she fights AlmaMia for the heirloom. The Cienfuegos sisters battle with hand, blade, rock, word, fire… One ends the war with death.

When I said to a friend (who loves AlmaMia as much as if he had birthed her himself) that the wild child’s tale was going to bring the conclusion of All Hallow’s Grim 2013… So Good, So Dark, he told me, “Finally! You’re going to kill Soledad. I hope her death is painful and nasty. By fire would be good. That will be enjoyable for everyone.” He was grinning like a lunatic when he said this.

I just looked at him, keeping my shock to myself. I mean, he isn’t the first person to wish for Soledad’s bloody demise, but wow! I was not expecting the ruthlessness of his desire. “Actually,” I said, “my post is going to discuss AlmaMia’s darkness. How I love that she is smart, fun, resourceful, sweet, loving and willing to crack someone’s skull if she has to.”

My friend and I spent more than one hour arguing: he telling me that AlmaMia is gentle and perfect… me saying to him that if AlmaMia was truly that way, I probably wouldn’t like her as much I as I do.

AlmaMia is an amazing child, my Wicked Luvs. The more I write her, the more I love her… and the more I see that her goodness comes from the fact that she dances with Light while kissing Darkness on the mouth. She is mean and kind, giving and selfish… she is human and real.   
cover art by SunshineShelle
Giveaway
a copy of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories by Magaly Guerrero
Dark Mangoes Painting by Gina Morley
Day of the Dead Drops Red Earrings by Brighid’s Fire
$13.40 Amazon Gift Card by Pagan Culture
To enter, do the following: Share the name of a literary character who you love because his or her relationship with Light and Darkness makes him or her human, and believable in your eyes. Give example(s) of how he or she dances between Light and Darkness.   
    
For Extra Entries – Worth one entry each
2. Tell Gina what you feel when your eyes explore her Dark Mangoes painting. 
3. Visit Brighid’s Fire and come back to tell me which item calls to you, and why.
4. AlmaMia’s charm bracelet has a Frog, a Book, and a Skull. After learning a bit about her, what else would you add to her bracelet, and why? (Read an excerpt HERE)
5. Be a Wicked Darling. Follow Pagan Culture (this blog).
* Open worldwide, unless prohibited by law.  
* Enter by Oct 24th at 5:13 pm EDT. Visit the Giveaway Rules page for eligibility and details. 


So Good, So Dark Partiers: Please leave the links to your All Hallow’s Grim 2013 entries as comments on the original announcement post. Links left on other posts will be deleted. Gracias!

54 comments:

  1. OWWWWWW......I can't enter lol...better get me over to Amazon :D And is that Shelle's art work on the cover? Awesome :D XXX

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    1. I've been saying those words for a week ;-(

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  2. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy...Phaedra no Delaunay from Kushiel's Dart. A spy, a teller of secrets yet loyal to those who have earned it. An anguisette which proves what yields is not always weak. You had better read that book when it arrives!

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    1. And now that I have the book *cough, cough* I will know why!

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  3. My favorite Dark to Light literary character is Batman. His "gray angst" is palpable.

    I cannot wait for Kindle to update my version of AlmaMia!

    I love GIna's "Dark Mangoes"

    Brighid's Fire's Dark Rose Earring are lovely https://www.etsy.com/listing/163515242/dark-rose

    AlmaMia's bracelet might also have a tree, showing her deep connection to nature.



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    1. It's that eternal frown, and the moody eyes, and the I will be my own man even if the world falls apart... Batman rocks!

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    2. A tree for the Wild Girl. Perfect!

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  4. Iris Kuusi, in Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld series. Iris is a house sprite. She is a loving, caring, & giving person. Strong & devoted to her family (hello, light). But, when needs must, has the power to fling a spell that, literally, turns a creature inside out (kind of dark, that). The ability & willingness to defend, while having the discipline to restrain oneself, is something I admire in a protective personality.

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    1. I'm beginning to love Iris myself. So much that I wrote a short story for All Hallow's Eve (about something that has nothing to do with her) but I named the character Irish anyway...

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    2. Ha! Not "Irish" Iris!

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  5. I don't see staggering or slipping in the mud. I see a person carefully gathering ripe mangoes, so that they don't go to waste. The person I see is strong as the tree. Has, in fact, been sent be the tree to gather the fruit.

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  6. Dance with the Dead bracelet, blue skull. Blue for Winter's approach.

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  7. I would add a croquet mallet charm. :) I follow you!

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  8. This is a tough one, all I can do is think about the "dark" things that I DON'T like about characters. Characters (male and female) views of women for example. Maybe I read the wrong books? Though, when I read crime, I find myself sympathizing with the killer pretty often :)

    I would love a copy of AlmaMia. Obviously Soledad is not the understandable creature I thought she was..?

    Ps. I love your random enter-before-time; 5:13. Or does it have some significance?

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    1. You and I sooo need to talk about female protagonists in crime novels. I find myself wanting to strangle them myself. My Piano Man finds it amusing...

      Soledad is a complicated girl. I feel myself feeling sorry for her many times. Then she scares me. Then she angers me. Then I feel terrible for her again.

      I love the numbers 5 and 13, that's all ;-D

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  9. Literary character: Louis Pointe du Lac of Interview with a Vampire

    Dark Mangoes: I love the deep colors, there's really no light source and yet you can see. I love that she left the face blank and open to interpretation.

    Brighid’s Fire: Luna's Gift... the tiny little crescent Moon is so delicate.

    AlmaMia's Charm: A spider to remind her of Matias and that she's braver than her sister.

    Following Pagan Culture on GFC.



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    1. Have you seen Gina's "Bubble People"? They are awesome!

      I think AlmaMia would love a spider ;-D

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  10. Conflicted, truly human characters are so much more enjoyable to read!

    I've missed you! I fear that I have really been slipping from the blog world. But Pagan Culture is still one of my favorites!

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  11. Merry Gentry! Hello she is literally between light and dark. lol. I'm glad to see AlmaMia again though and of course she's a wild child she came from your brain!

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    1. Merry with Frost and Darkness by her side ;-D

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  12. First of all I definetly squeed when I found out you have more AlmaMia stories! Second, I think my favorite character battling dark and light is Pearl from the Scarlet Letter. I love her innocence and consequently her darkness that she gives off. I also love her obsession with the woods - she definetly inspired me to write Summer's Hollow.

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    1. I LOVE Pearl. I wrote about her when I was in high school. You know what? I might have to share that essay because I still find it yummy.

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    2. Please do; I'd love to read it!

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  13. Magaly, I have told you before, I really don't read. I have read the books I have won from you and I read your stories and other's in blog land, so what do I do???
    I truly have loved all your stories! You take me to another world with them! I see what you write and in some cases, you have me biting my nails! I love the way you describe your characters and put your words together ;o)
    I am so happy AlmaMia is back ;o) I love the painting Shelle did!!!

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  14. I commented on Gina's blog ;o)

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  15. I love Luna's Gift! It's beautiful, shiny and special!

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  16. I would have a mango on the bracelet ;o) When I see AlmaMia she is with mangoes ;o)
    Or I would have a fire charm, because AlmaMia is a fighter! Her soul is strong!

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    1. A mango would be awesome! A mango on fire? LOL

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  17. Yes, I do follow you ;o))))

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  18. It's been a while since I've read the kind of book that just stays with you. One of the first series I ever read as an older teen was by Anne Rice. Her Vampire Chronicles lost me after the 3rd one...but "Interview with the Vampire" captured my heart. Louis, the main character, fought his vampire nature, but used it when it was fitting to do so( the night he fed from little Claudia, for example. I believe it was not only his dark craving, but also his compassion and wanting to comfort her that made him succumb to her).
    I could never understand why Anne Rice favored Lestat over Louis. I guess he was a more interesting/bad boy character....but, he was hard to cheer for. I didn't like him.

    Anyhoo..... :)

    In Brigid's Shop I love the Skull earrings in white and red, too. They are so fun!

    I am a Follower!

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    1. Some characters are difficult to like. One of my favorite series, I read because of a secondary character. I always find myself wanting to strangle the protagonists.

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  19. "she dances with Light while kissing Darkness on the mouth"... ahhh, my turn to quote you Ms Wicked, perfect words for muse visions :)
    OK "Dorian Gray" danced between dark & lightness like the world was his ballroom... in the end, his 'humanity' realised he was a forsaken being, his deeds evil, and maybe regained his soul & it's original purity when plunging his knife into a monster of his own making, that monster of course, himself.

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    1. Poor, poor Dorian! You and I need to go and see a musical adaptation of that wonderful book when you come to NY. There are mirrors, paint, music, dancing... and all sorts of half-naked men *cough, cough* art, I meant art ;-D

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    2. Only half naked men?? that's half awesome LOL, I'm in :)

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  20. I feel at one with the tree when I gaze at Gina's amazing artwork, the tree feeds me I tend & admire it, it gives me shade & nourishes me, it is tactile it's hard wooden textured trunk, with lush leaf coverage and sweet gifts ready for me to pluck... love all Gina's work & this one has me lusting for it's yumminess!

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  21. HEY SENORITA!!! Those funky earrings of Brigid's Shop definitely called me!!! Also her Hidden Sparkle Bracelet
    has earthy appeal, with a touch of glam :)

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    1. I totally have a pair of the skullies. Aren't they precious!

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  22. AlmaMia’s charm bracelet has a Frog, a Book, and a Skull and a BLADE methinks, or a weapon of some-kind (rock?) definitely that girl has a way with payback... that bracelet would say, don't f-ing mess with me babe, I got the power!

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  23. sssssh, don't tell authorities... but still stalking, that Irish pub is hard to leave ;)

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    1. They know. They like it. Me too ;-D

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  24. Character : Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series.. She's deadly and will kill anyone who messes with the people she loves but she also has a heart and will do what she has to to protect the people who can't do it themselves. She's such a fantastic character all the way around.

    From Brighid's Fire - Definitely the white Day of the Dead drop earrings. I have a white skull bracelet that they match with quite well and I wear it ALL the time

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    1. "Gin Blanco"? What a fantastic name. I wonder how she would get along with J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels ;-)

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  25. I loved Charity Fische in the Charity Fish trilogy! She helps capture the guy who raped and murdered her before she goes into the light. It feels like you are right there with her in this book!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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  26. Dance With Death Bracelet seems like it was made for me! I love skulls and my favorite colors are black and blue!!!

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  27. GFC follower: MeganP
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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  28. Meredeth Gentry from Laurell K Hamilton as a Fae Princess she deals with all the fae creatures and is a bodyguard in the human world. Even her team has both light and dark.
    I like the purple and black Day of the Dead Drops.

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    1. That she does! I'm currently rereading Mistral's Kiss

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