Blog Tour Schedule: The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Hello everyone! This week will be the blog tour for The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang! Below you’ll find the blog tour schedule!

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

Blog Tour Schedule:

February 12th

Harker

The Hermit Librarian

Rachel

Life of a Female Bibliophile

February 13th

Bhavya

Books N Calm

Naadhira

Legenbooksdary

February 14th

Lili

Utopia State of Mind

Ceillie

CandidCeillie

February 15th

Brooke

The Layaway Dragon

Imani

Introvert Problems

February 16th

Chloe

Blushing Bibliophile

Danielle

Poetry Books YA

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Book Blitz: The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes

We’re excited to announce the book blitz for The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes!

About the Book

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Author: Janelle Milanes
Publication Date: September, 22 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Inclusion of Diversity: Cuban-American protagonist

Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.

But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.

From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want.

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Upcoming Blog Tour + An Update

Hello Readers!

I know it’s been awhile since we’ve had blog tours and any news. I would like to apologize for that, when I first started this tour service I had really high hopes. I thought we would have tons of bloggers signing up and plenty of authors to promote, but sadly that hasn’t been the case. However, I believe we can still get back on track and continue to help marginalized authors and diverse books.

You may have already heard the news from our Twitter
account or from our newsletter I sent out earlier this week, but we have a new upcoming blog tour! Personally I am really excited to have a new blog tour coming up soon, I feel it will get us back on track.

The upcoming blog tour is for Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. The book features a half-Japanese main character and the book overall sounds wonderful!

This tour also comes with a special note. On Twitter it’s been mentioned that diverse books should be going to the groups they represent. This is why I’ve decided with the author’s permission, to make sure that Japanese (multiracial or biracial) bloggers get priority, so that when they sign up for the tour they automatically get to be apart of it. I still encourage those who aren’t Japanese to sign up, but we really want bloggers who are represented to get a chance to read the book they’re represented in.

In addition to the new blog tour, I have also changed the way we email out news. We now have a newsletter, so we won’t be using the Google forms anymore. If you still want to receive news about blog tours or beta and/or sensitivity readings sign up for our newsletter!

Thank you all for reading and thanks for supporting our tour company!

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Interview with Leah Vernon

​Hello readers! We’re here today with an interview from Leah Vernom regarding her new book Impure. Let’s get started!

What is your writing process like? 

It differs depending on if I’m writing fiction or nonfiction. Starting off a fictional story, I have to be completely rested and open to new ideas and inspirations. Writing nonfiction, I usually have some kind of emotion going on: anger, sadness, or pride. I harness those attributes and start to write in a stream of consciousness. Then I go back and edit for clarity and typos. 

Are your characters based off of people you know? 

Actually, not really. I feel like my characters are usually bits of myself at different points in my life. At one point, I was very naïve so I’ll create a character based of that. Now, I’m very sassy, so I’ll make another from that characteristic. 

Regarding your characters, do you relate to any of them? 

Oh, yes. With each of the characters I create, they must be relatable. I create characters that even though they are the ‘bad guy’ you still can understand why they might have fallen into a trap of bad decision making. Because, I believe, that in every bad person there is good and in every good person there is bad. I keep that in mind when I’m plotting characters. I want them to be life-like and complex. 

Did you have to do any specific research for your book? 

I did a lot of research. Some stuff I used and others I didn’t. The most research I did was for the world-building. I looked up so many photos to kind of etch these ideas in my head. I could no longer think of this world as the one we live in now, but one far, far into the future where the world was very so dissimilar and dark.  

How did you come up with your book’s plot? 

This may sound weird, but it just came to me. When I listen to music, sometimes story ideas form in my head. It starts with a voice, then a character pops up, then a situation that the character has to face comes into fruition. That’s how Impure began. I had this idea: what if the world in the future was like the world of the past and slavery was reversed. 

What was your favorite scene to write? 

My favorite scene was the war scene. I wanted the reader to feel the plates exploding, the carnage of war firsthand as if they were standing smack dab in the middle of it. 

Why is diversity in books important to you? 

It is important because this world is not black and white. And representation of ‘all’ people is needed more than ever. To see a Latino superhero or a fat heroine who isn’t the sidekick is important. We are not all straight, white males. Those aren’t the only people who enjoy speculative fiction or comic books. We need books to represent the world we live in today. And unfortunately, we have some ways to go. 

Is there anything you would change about your book?

I’d not so much change the story line, but it could probably be tightened up sentence structure-wise. I went over the beginning thirteen times and the end about four times. I think I ended up with what I wanted it to be. 

Can you share any plans for a new novel with us?

Right now, I’m working on a memoir about my life growing up fat, black, Muslim, and poor. So, all the other installments are on hold…for now. 

How can we keep up with you? 

You can see me everywhere!

http://www.leahvernon.com

http://www.beautyandthemuse.net

Instagram: Lvernon2000

Facebook: Beauty and the Muse 

About The Book

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Author: Leah Vernon
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Young Adult
Publication Date: July 21st, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Inclusion of Diversity: Features a biracial protagonist

Under the rule of a tyrant, Americans were divided by race and class. Hate and inequality reigned. Hispanics and Blacks had no choice but to overthrow the government and exterminate the Caucasian “Europe” race. The few Europes who managed to survive are now classified as Lower Residents and are used as slaves to rebuild the New America—The Southern Region.

Sixteen-year-old Saige, whose parents broke the “purity clause”, pays for their mistake far after their publicized executions. As an Impure, she now must escape the tyranny and sneak over the Border to freedom. Avi, who is destined to succeed her father as General, is conflicted by her loyalty to her authoritarian Elite family and her love for a Europe rebel. Leo, a Lower Resident worker who rebels believe God has sent, will lead them to salvation against the Union. These three teenage adversaries from different castes are forced to rely on one another to thwart a dictator’s plans for mass genocide.

And they’re about to start a revolution.

About The Author

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Leah Vernon is a twenty-something African-American and a proud Muslim from Metro Detroit. She loves Sailor Moon and X-Men and always tries to incorporate mystical elements into her fictional worlds. Her main focus is bringing diversity to commercial YA/NA fiction. Well, because it’s needed. Badly. She also has a B.S. in management, an M.A. in creative writing/fiction, and an MFA in publishing from Wilkes University. When she isn’t writing or eating tasty foods, she’s modeling and tending to her body positive style blog.

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