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: A Rendezvous to Remember + Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Feb 9 to Mar 1, 2021!

 

Title:  A Rendezvous to Remember: A Memoir of Joy and Heartache at the Dawn of the Sixties

by Terry Marshall, Ann Garretson Marshall
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +), 378 pages
Genre:  Memoir, Romance
Publisher:  Sandra Jonas Publishing
Release date:   Feb 2021
Tour dates: Feb 9 to Mar 1, 2021
Content Rating:  R. This memoir contains mature themes, explicit sex scenes, one f-word, and occasional profanity.

In June 1964, Ann Garretson skips her college commencement to tour Europe with Lieutenant Jack Sigg, a tank commander on the German-Czech border, with the hope of returning as his fiancée. A month into their rendezvous, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil.

Jack offers the military life Ann grew up with. Terry, a conscientious objector, will leave for the Peace Corps at the end of the summer—unless the draft board intervenes and sends him to jail. Her dilemma: she loves them both. Caught between the old mores and winds of change, Ann must make an agonizing choice.

In alternating voices, A Rendezvous to Remember presents firsthand accounts by the two who eventually married, enriched by letters from the rival, whose path led him elsewhere. Provocative and delightfully uncensored, this coming-of-age memoir, anchored in the tumult of the sixties, is a tribute to the enduring power of love and family.

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Meet the Authors:

Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall taught English in the Philippines as Peace Corps volunteers and later served as Peace Corps country co-directors in the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. Back in the States, they worked side by side as community organizers and activists in Colorado. Terry went on to write fiction and nonfiction works on discrimination, poverty, rural development, and intercultural conflict. Ann has thirty years of experience as a writer, editor, and community-government go-between for issues related to nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup. Always seeking adventure, Terry and Ann have traveled to forty-three countries. They live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

connect with the authors:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram


Tour Schedule:

Feb 9 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 9 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 11 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 12 – Splashes of Joy – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 15 – Read and Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 – Lisa’s Everyday Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 17 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 17 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 18 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 19 – Books for Books – book spotlight / author interview
Feb 22 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Feb 22 – Bookish Ramblings – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 22 – Book World Reviews – book spotlight
Feb 23 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 24 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 25 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Feb 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 1 – High Society Book Club & Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 1 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight

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Spotlight: The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola + Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Feb 1 to Feb 26, 2021!

 

Book Details:

Book Title: The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola – the most famous woman you’ve never heard of by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 345 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date December 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)

Book Description:

Set in the sixteenth-century, The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola tells the story of a woman’s passion for painting and adventure. In a world where women painters had little to no acknowledgment, she was singled out by Michelangelo and Vasari who recognized and praised her talent. Gaining the Milanese elite’s acclaim, she went on to become court painter to Spanish King Philip II and taught his queen to paint.

One can’t live such an extraordinary life without having stories to tell, and tell them Sofonisba does to Sir Anthony Van Dyke, who comes to visit her toward the end of her life. During their meeting, she agrees to reveal her secrets but first challenges the younger painter to find the one lie hidden in her tale. In a saga filled with intrigue, jealousy, buried treasure, unrequited love, espionage, and murder, Sofonisba’s story is played out against the backdrop of Italy, Spain, and Sicily. Throughout her life, she encounters talented artists, authoritative dukes, mad princes, religious kings, spying queens, vivacious viscounts, and dashing sea captains—even a Barbary pirate. But of all the people who fell in love with Sofonisba, only one captured her heart. The painter may have many secrets but the truth of her life is crystal clear from the beginning.

Always a strong, passionate woman with a dream, she was an intelligent artist who knew her self-worth and in the end, as Michelangelo had done for her, Sofonisba passed her brush to a new generation.

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Book Title: Eternally Artemisia—some loves, like some women, are timeless by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 305 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date March 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)

Book Description:

They say some loves travel through time and are fated to meet over and over again. For Maddie, an art therapist, who wrestles with the “peculiar feeling” she has lived previous lives and is being called to Italy by voices that have left imprints on her soul, this idea is intriguing. Despite her best efforts, however, proof of this has always eluded her. That is, until one illuminating summer in Italy when Maddie’s previous existences start to bleed through into her current
reality.

When she is introduced to the Crociani family—a noble clan with ties to the seventeenth-century Medici court that boasts of ancestors with colorful pasts—she finally meets the loves of her life. One is a romantic love, and another is a special kind of passion that only women share, strong amongst those who have suffered greatly yet have triumphed despite it. As Maddie’s relationship develops with Artemisia Gentileschi—an artist who in a time when it was unheard of to denounce a man for the crime of rape, did just that—Maddie discovers a kindred spirit and a role model, and just what women are capable of when united together.

In a journey that arcs back to biblical days and moves forward in time, Maddie encounters artists, dukes, designers, and movie stars as well as baser and ignoble men. With Artemisia never far from her side, she proves that when we dare to take control of our lives and find the “thing” we are most passionate about, we are limitless and can touch the stars.

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Book Title: Waking Isabella—because beauty can’t sleep forever by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 271 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date November 2018
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi for Kindle, epub), and audiobook (audible download
Tour dates:  Feb 1 to Feb 26, 2021
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)

Book Description:

Waking Isabella is a story about uncovering hidden beauty that, over time, has been lost, erased, or suppressed. It also weaves together several love stories as well as a few mysteries.

Nora, an assistant researcher, is a catalyst for resolving the puzzle of a painting that has been missing for decades. Set in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town, the plot unfolds against the backdrop of the city’s antique trade and the
fanfare and pageantry of its medieval jousting festival.

While filming a documentary about Isabella de’ Medici—the Renaissance princess who was murdered by her husband—Nora begins to connect with the lives of two remarkable women from the past. Unraveling the stories of Isabella, the daughter of a fifteenth-century Tuscan duke, and Margherita, a young girl trying to survive the war in Nazi-occupied Italy, Nora begins to question the choices that have shaped her own life up to this point. As she does, hidden beauty is awakened deep inside of her, and she discovers the keys to her creativity and happiness. It is a story of
love and deceit, forgeries and masterpieces—all held together by the allure and intrigue of a beautiful Tuscan ghost.

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Meet the Author:Melissa Muldoon is the author of four novels set in Italy: Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella, Eternally Artemisia, and The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola. All four books tell the stories of women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future for themselves.

Melissa is also the author of the Studentessa Matta website, where she promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog written in Italian and English (studentessamatta.com). Studentessa Matta means the “crazy linguist” and has grown to include a podcast, Tutti Matti per l’Italiano and the Studentessa Matta, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Instagram feed. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Programs, which she co-leads with Italian schools in Italy to learn Italian in Italy.

Through her website, she also offers the opportunities to live and study in Italy through Homestay programs. Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history, and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has also studied painting and art history in Florence. She is an artist, designer, and illustrated the cover art for all four of her books. Melissa is the managing director of Matta Press

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Tour Schedule:Feb 1 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 1 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – spotlight of all 3 books
Feb 2 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 2 – Books for Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 3 – Books for Books – review of Isabella
​Feb 4 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – review of Sofonisba
Feb 8 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Sofonisba / author interview / giveaway
Feb 8 – Literary Flits – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 9 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – review of Artemisia
Feb 10 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Gwendalyn’s Books – review of Sofonisba / author interview / giveaway
Feb 11 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – review of Isabella
Feb 11 – Books for Books – review of Artemisia
Feb 12 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 – Stephanie Jane – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 15 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Sofonisba / guest post / giveaway
Feb 17 – Gwendalyn’s Books – review of Isabella
Feb 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 17 – Splashes of Joy – spotlight of all 3 books / author interview / giveaway
Feb 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 18 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 19 – 30-something Travel – review of Sofonisba / guest post / giveaway
Feb 19 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Sofonisba
Feb 22 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Isabella
Feb 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 24 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 25 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 26 – High Society Book Club & Reviews – review of Sofonisba + spotlight previous books / guest post / giveaway
Feb 26 – 30-something Travel – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 26 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Artemisia

 

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