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…

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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.

Spotlight & Character Types: Mortal Sight + Giveaway

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Mortal Sight
by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: April 2020
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When Worlds Collide, Shadow Wrestles Light

Seventeen-year-old Cera Marlowe wants a normal life; one where she and her mom can stop skipping town every time a disturbing vision strikes. But when a girl she knows is murdered by a monster she can’t explain, Cera’s world turns upside down.

Suddenly thrown into an ancient supernatural battle, Cera discovers she’s not alone in her gifting and vows to use her visions to save lives. But why does John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost keep interrupting her thoughts? In a race against time and a war against unearthly creatures, will decoding messages embedded in the works of classic literature be enough to stop the bloodshed and protect those she loves?

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About the Author

Sandra Fernandez Rhoads is an author, born in Queens, New York to Cuban-Colombian parents. She grew up in Texas with a love for classical art and literature, particularly Renaissance artists and Late Romantic poets. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, she went on to earn an MA in her seventeenth century crush, John Milton. Sandra also has a background in acting, directing, as well as previous script writing experience for stage and short film. Every story she writes is linked to classical works, whether woven through the story or a modern retelling.

Sandra has a deep love for the artist community and is an active member of Art House Dallas. She dreams of one day learning to play the theme to Jurassic Park on her cello named Lysander. When she’s not dreaming up fantastical worlds or challenging her characters to over come impossible obstacles, she loves seeking new adventures to fuel her imagination and occasionally swings a tennis racquet without injuring herself or others.

MORTAL SIGHT is her debut novel with the sequel set to release in 2021.

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