COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath the Rising

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I’m joined here today by Premee Mohamed, author of the recently released BENEATH THE RISING, a novel mixing science and ancient otherworldy forces in a horror setting with an increasingly creepy vibe. We’re going to be talking about all things behind the scenes of the creations of the story, from concept to research and a few other things you might wonder about when you read the book, or even if you just read the synopsis. So I hope you enjoy the answers, because I sure did! Continue reading

10 romance authors I want to try out in 2020

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So uh… you know how I am self-proclaimed romance trash? Well, I recently came to two realizations that aren’t very pleasant to me and make it harder to hold onto that title, which are as follow:

  1. Out of all my reading this year so far, romance makes up a whooping 8%, which is a grand total of two books. I’ve read two romance books in the past three months. And I hate it.
  2. I tend to circle back to the same authors and rarely if ever branch out.  Talia Hibbert, Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai, Rebekah Weatherspoon, and a couple others. But that’s it. I mean they’re phenomenal, but I’d like to see what else is out there.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: The inspiration behind “Forbidden Promises – by Synithia Williams

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The minute I read the synopsis for FORBIDDEN PROMISES I knew two things: 1/ it sounds exactly like the kind of romance book I’d gobble up, full of angst and drama and 2/ I needed to have the author over on the blog to chat about the book. And I definitely did not regret that decision. Having Synithia Williams talk about soap operas, drama and the inspiration behind FORBIDDEN PROMISES made the need to have it between my hands and devour the story inside of it intensify. Like, what else could I need in times of stress than a woman in love with her sister’s ex-husband fighting those feelings while he simultaneously fights the ones he has for her? Nothing, me thinks. Especially if you add a backdrop of rich people to it. So enough ramblings on my part, here’s what Synithia has to say: Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Prerna Pickett, author of If You Only Knew

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Today’s interview is with Prerna Pickett, the debut author one of a YA contemporary story I’m really excited to read, IF ONLY YOU KNEW, which is  a story about a boy coming out of jail, a girl plagues by guilt, teens messing up, redemption and second chances. Full of secrets, said secrets coming to light, and maybe even a cute romance thrown in the mix (and by maybe I mean definitely). I had a lot of fun asking the author questions and her answers only made me want to read the book more, and hopefully it’ll convince you to pick it up as well! Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: A “Island Affair” soundtrack – by Priscilla Oliveras

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*takes deep breaths to tame excitement* Do you ever read the synopsis of a book and know immediately you’re going to love it so you’re brain starts chanting NEED! THIS! NOW! This is what happened when I came across ISLAND AFFAIR! It’s the story of a social media influencer recovering from an eating disorder who starts a fake dating scheme with a paramedic when her boyfriend is a no-show. FAKE DATING!!!! This trope is my kryptonite, the build up of sexual tension that comes with it and the budding feelings are *chef’s kiss. And add to that some mental illness exploration? You’re sure to win me over. And today’s, I have invited the author over to share the book soundtrack with you and the story behind each song, which is only going to make you read it more. Trust me.

(I might or might not have been listening to it while typing this post up)

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Mayra Cuevas, author of Salty Bitter Sweet

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I’m presenting you today a book that released only a couple days ago, SALTY BITTER SWEET by Mayra Cuevas, which is a story about family and grief filled with delicious food and messy teenagers trying their best to reconcile the different aspects of their lives…in Paris. The entirety of it is set in Paris, following a French-Cuban American main character whose dream is to become a chef, so it’s guaranteed to make you dream of beautiful sights and mouth-watering delicacies. And the author is joining me to talk about all of that and more, so without further ado, here’s what we chatted about: Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with K.S. Villoso, author of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

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Today I’m here to bring you an interview with the author of THE WOLF OF OREN-YARO, an amazing book I read earlier this year. K.S. Villoso joined me today to talk all about her new book, a character driven, high fantasy story set in a Filipino inspired world, and let me tell you, I cannot wait for you all to read it because it’ll be different from anything you expect and it’ll blow your minds. Full of political intrigue, character development and complex layers, this book filled my head with questions to the brim, most of which were spoilery, but I managed to select a few that won’t spoil the book for you but will still give you a taste of what it is about. Continue reading

15 Series I want to read in 2020 – starting, catching up & finishing

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Today I’m here to share with you a list that has been plaguing my thoughts and overwhelming my every waking moment because of its sheer size, and that’s the list of series I want to start/catch up on/finish before the end of 2020. Now, the list I’m sharing on this post today is considerably shorter than the one inside my brain (and hope it will alleviate some) because I wanted to keep this post reader friendly, so I gave myself some guidelines for these books to fit to make it into this list: Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Sandhya Menon, author of Of Curses and Kisses

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Today’s author is one that I’ve followed and admired for years now. Ever since her hilarious debut When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon has become, for me, an author to keep on my radar and to read whenever I get the chance, and she has become in my eyes and those of many I’m sure, the queen of YA rom-coms. From the sassy main characters, the great banters and funny situations she puts her characters in, Sandhya just knows how to do rom-coms.

So when she agreed to do this interview with me, I was over the moon happy. Especially after reading her newest release, Of Curses and Kisses, and having a lot of fun with it. Although this book is a change of tone from her previous ones, being a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast with topics that are a bit more serious, it still has all the qualities to the author’s writing that we’ve come to know and love and I can’t wait for all of you to find out more about it in this interview! Continue reading

BLOG TOUR: Review of Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

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Today I’m here to share a review I’ve been sitting on for MONTHS and I’m very excited to do so because Foul is Fair is a book that left a lasting impression on me and I found myself coming back and think about it often. This book released yesterday (February 18th) and I urge you all to go pick up a copy for yourself if you’re able to, it’s a viciously fascinating story of revenge and taking back your power. And it’s wild. So before I turn this introduction into a review itself, I will shut up and leave you all with the actual review.

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