Spotlight: Love and Other Moods, by Crystal Z. Lee

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Join us for this tour from Feb 24 to Mar 10, 2021!

 

Book TitleLove and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 18 yrs +, 322 pages
Genre:  New Adult, Own Voices, Multicultural Romance
Publisher:  Balestier
Release date:   December 2020
Tour dates: Feb 24 to Mar 10, 2021
Content Rating:  PG + M for drugs (only two pages), suggested sex scenes (nothing explicit), some triggers (assault)

Book Description:

Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, discovering strength and finding one’s place in the world. Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country. Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai. This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships — familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships — in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.

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Meet the Author:

Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. ‘Love and Other Moods’ is her debut novel.

connect with the author: amazon ~ instagram


Tour Schedule:

Feb 24 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 24 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 25 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 26 – The Book View – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 1 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview
Mar 2 – The Paper Reels – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 2 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 3 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 4 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 5 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 8 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 9 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 9 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 10 – Deborah Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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Spotlight: It’s Me + Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12),  57 pages
Genre:  Children’s/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher:  EduMatch Publishing
Release date:   November 14, 2020
Content Rating:  PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.

Book Description:

It’s Meis dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let’s ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.

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Meet the Author:  Jeff loves children’s literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff’s first published children’s book. It’s Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. “Seeing” each other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He’s always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.

connect with author: 

website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:
Jan 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 – ’cause I said so & other advent in Parenting –review / guest post / give
Feb 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 8 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Feb 8  – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 9 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / auth interview / give
Feb 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Feb 12 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Feb 12 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book review

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Spotlight: A Curse of Roses, by Diana Pinguicha

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Check out my stop on the blog tour for A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha from Entangled Teen!
A Curse of Roses
by Diana Pinguicha
Genre: YA Fantasy – Own Voices, LGBTQ
Release Date: December 1st 2020
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With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies.

There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring the same pain.

If only it were possible to reverse her magic. Then she could turn flowers…into food.

Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help. But she is trapped by magical binds. She can teach Yzabel how to control her curse—if Yzabel sets her free with a kiss.

As the King of Portugal’s betrothed, Yzabel would be committing treason, but what good is a king if his country has starved to death?

With just one kiss, Fatyan is set free. And with just one kiss, Yzabel is yearning for more.

She’d sought out Fatyan to help her save the people. Now, loving her could mean Yzabel’s destruction.

Based on Portuguese legend, this #OwnVoices historical fantasy is an epic tale of mystery, magic, and making the impossible choice between love and duty…

Purchase links can be found HERE!

 

 

Advance Praise:

“This immersive, richly imagined queer love story set in medieval Portugal is
guaranteed to enchant. A skillful weaving of history and mythology, Pinguicha
will leave you rooting for her two headstrong heroines, brought together by
fate but separated by duty and the prejudices of their world.” – Ellen
Goodlett, author of the Rule series

 

“Brimming with heart, A Curse of Roses is magical, romantic, and impossible to put down. Yzabel and Fatyan’s love story will enchant you from the first page to the last. I loved it!” – Meredith Tate, author of The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly

 

“Pinguicha writes with such texture, creating an exquisitely detailed and vibrant world, full of color and energy. Yzabel and Fatyan are real and complicated characters, both vulnerable and strong in their own ways, reaching across time and space to find one another and to fight for a love that seems as impossible as it is inevitable.” – Emma Berquist, author of Devils Unto Dust and Missing, Presumed Dead

 

“A rich and captivating retelling of the legend of a Medieval saint, Pinguicha’s debut gripped me from its first page. An utter delight to read — meticulously researched, refreshingly queer and sharp as thorns!” —  Julia Ember, author of Ruinsong and The Seafarer’s Kiss.

 

Suspense, romance, compelling characters, and a unique setting make A Curse of Roses a strong addition to the growing body of folktale retellings for teen and crossover readers.” – Lyn Miller-Lachmann, The Pirate Tree Blog

 

“…a delicate queer romance between strong heroines propels the plot forward.” —Publishers Weekly 

 

About the Author

Born in the sunny lands of Portugal, Diana is a Computer Engineer graduate who currently calls Lisbon home. She can usually be found writing, painting, devouring extraordinary quantities of books and video games, or walking around with her bearded dragon, Norberta. She also has two cats, Sushi and Jubas, who would never forgive her if she didn’t mention them.

Her art can be found at Deviant Art.

Also publishes under Diana Pinguicha Connors.