Blog Tour~ MANscape by Manuela Cardigan

MANscapes Journey into the light 

By Manuela Cardiga’s 



Blog Tour 

 
 
About MANscapes 
” All women – from the most exquisite beauty to
the plainest drab – want to believe in the Cinderella myth. Even the
harsh-faced and sour-hearted, somewhere deep in their night-time struggles with
their bitterest reality, dare to dream some Prince could still see past the
dense veil of unkind nature and time, to the delicate, frail-hearted beauty
within.” 

But Clara wasn’t Cinderella, waiting for her
Prince, she was Sleeping Beauty poisoned by a deadly kiss. After 24 years Clara
awakens from a living nightmare of abuse and discovers her life unfolding
miraculously; but the true miracle is her own blossoming: the maturing of a
frightened abused girl into a strong woman capable of love, laughter and joy.
In Tahiti’s exotic landscape Clara finds her way from darkness to incandescent
light, embracing in herself the strength of choice, and the power of decision.

 

MANscapes is a powerful parable of
hope and renewal, a story of one woman’s discovery of herself and her journey
into love.
 
 
 
Manuela Cardiga was born in Mozambique and raised in South
Africa where she studied fashion design. She moved to Europe where she worked
as a fashion designer, then moved to the crazy world of advertising as a
graphic designer and copywriter. Manuela is a designer by profession, a cook by
vocation, and a writer by compulsion. She currently resides in Lisbon, Portugal
where she writes contemporary and historical fiction, designs book covers,
illustrates children’s books, and mothers a gorgeous daughter while juggling a
day job. She also dabbles enthusiastically in exotic, experimental cuisine,
much to the discomfort of family and friends.
 
 
 

 

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MANscapes
Clara is a young woman from a small town who
comes to Lisbon to study Art. She has just begun her adventure of
self-discovery in the extravagant bohemian world of the late 70’s, when her
journey is abruptly cut short by a brutal rape by an acquaintance.
In the aftermath, Clara finds herself pregnant,
and her family pressures her into marrying the man who assaulted her, and who
claims “she was willing”. Clara is plunged into a nightmare of abuse that is to
last two decades.
One day something changes. A chance encounter,
a word spoken in passing by a stranger, and Clara awakens. Wakes and takes
charge of her life. She frees herself of the nightmare and of her oppressor,
but can she heal herself of the scars years of abuse have left on her spirit?
Determined to continue her interrupted journey,
Clara goes to Tahiti to fulfill her childhood dream and “paint like Gauguin”.
On the magical island of Moorea, Clara enters a
world of endless possibilities where she starts to blossom as a woman, and an
artist. There, Clara meets the right man, and falls in love with the wrong one…
A return to Lisbon gifts Clara with
vindication, closure, and triumph over her abuser, and yet her trials have just
begun. She is about to discover the path of life rarely runs smoothly, and before
she can reach for happiness, Clara must grow.
She must shed the abused girl and become a woman,
capable of making the hardest of decisions, taking responsibility for herself
and a new life.  Setting out on the
difficult road that leads to maturity, Clara must complete her journey from
darkness into light.
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WHEN WERE YOU FIRST BITTEN BY THE WRITING BUG?
When I started reading. I was four years old.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER YOURSELF A WRITER?
Oh I don’t. I am a story-teller. I wouldn’t be so
presumptuous as to consider myself a writer. I am hopefully learning…
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC WRITING STYLE?
No, as a matter of fact, this novel is completely different
to the previous one. That was a romantic comedy, and this is a much darker
book. I think I tell the story in the character’s voices and each one is so
different!
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR READERS TO GET OUT OF YOUR NOVELS?
Love.
WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT PROJECTS?
It’s a secret…
DO YOU SEE WRITING AS A CAREER?
A career? No. It’s a life’s work; it’s a compulsion, a need.
WHO DESIGNED THE COVER?
Well, actually, I did, I designed it.
There is a story to this cover. I had a childhood friend, a
very gifted artist living on a tropical island, and I had always loved this particular
painting of his, and so I asked him for permission to use it, and his response
was that he felt it wasn’t good enough…
But I insisted, and it turned out incredably beautiful. I
sent him the final artwork for MANscapes, and he loved it. Unfortunately three
days later, my friend tragically passed away.
In a way, I feel this book has become a tribute to him. Not
just because of the cover, but because the story is about an artist finding her
way home on a tropical island… Journeying into light. As he did.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING YOUR BOOK?
Living Clara’s anguish, her struggle to leave her pain
behind, to grow.
I felt it, every bit of it: the oppression, the agony, and
the ultimate achievement when she becomes a free human being. It was terrible
and incredible. It was exhausting.”
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM WRITING YOUR BOOK?
So much! I am still learning how to write. I told you I am a
story-teller, so my “thing” would be sitting in front of someone spinning a
yarn. This writing is something I am still learning…
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER WRITERS?
Be passionate about what you do. Tell the story for
yourself, not an audience, not the critics. Do it because you have a story that
needs to be told; because you can’t help yourself.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING SPECIFIC THAT YOU WANT TO SAY TO YOUR
READERS?
Clara’s story is not unique. There are many Claras out
there. Many women are living in the hell of abuse, afraid to walk away because
it’s all they know.
Take that first step out of darkness. Once you do, you will
be surprised to find the light meets you halfway. Life is not punishment, we
all deserve happiness; but it’s not going to fall into your lap.
You need to fight for it.
The thing is, once you do act, decide to fight? Something incredible
happens: life, the universe –whatever you want to call it –
steps into your corner. But you have to choose. The essence of effective living
is choice. We choose.
Not all your choices will be right, not everything will work
out. But it is YOUR choice, YOUR life. You will no longer be a passive victim
things happen to; you will be a survivor, someone who makes things happen, who
decides, takes charge and responsibility for her own life.
And remember, the only power anyone has over you, is the power
you yield.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME
A PUBLISHED WRITER?
Submit, submit, submit, submit again; then submit yet AGAIN.
Never give up.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?
Please live. Don’t just survive from day to day. Make every
moment worth remembering. You don’t need to do huge things, change the
world.
Just make every day worthwhile.
Whatever you do it with it love, be passionately in love
with living.
Whether it’s making a meal for your family, punching
tickets, writing law; whatever it is, do it with love. Don’t take a single
moment for granted.

 

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