COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Adrianna Cuevas, author of The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

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If you follow me on any of my platform, you know that I’ve gotten into and fallen in love with middle grade this year (which was one of my goals, so yay!), and THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ reinforced that love for me. It follows a boy who talks to animals as he tries to solve the disappearance of some of them in the forest and well as defeat the witch responsible for it. It’s fun, funny and so heartfelt with some important themes mixed in there. Now I will shut up and leave you with my interview with Adrianna Cuevas, the author of the book, to convince you that you need to pick it up.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Wayne Santos, author of The Chimera Code

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I’m bringing you an interview today with Wayne Santos, author of the upcoming THE CHIMERA CODE, which is a science-fantasy book set in a non-binary age (the 22nd) where magic and science mix (or don’t, depending on how you look at it) and magic is for hire. We follow and eclectic crew of mercenaries as they get up to shenanigans and many things go wrong and…explode. Wayne Santos makes so many interesting points about the book that made it all the more intriguing and fascinating, and I’m happy to be sharing them and the book with you today! Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Chantel Acevedo, author of Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse

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Today I’m here to bring you an interview with Chantel Acevedo, the author of MUSE SQUAD: THE CASSANDRA CURSE, a very cute middle grade story about friendship, doing the right thing and what it means to be a hero. Centering a Cuban American twelve year old and laced with Greek mythology. This interview was so fun and I’m sure that if you didn’t already have this book your TBR you’ll now put it on it, and if you do, well, you’re gonna want to read it ASAP.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Lyla Lee, author of I’ll Be the One

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I’m so excited to be bringing you an interview with the author of one of the loveliest, softest books I’ve read so far this year. Lyla Lee, author of I’LL BE THE ONE, a book about a fat Korean girl who wants to be one of the first plus-size k-pop stars in the industry. She enters a competition and drama and swoony romance ensue. The romance is between a bi girl and a bi boy and it’s so sweet and tender, it made my heart ache. Not only that but the themes of unrealistic beauty standards, queerphobia and fatphobia are all tackled in this story. This is a very special treat for k-pop fans, but believe me when I tell you (as someone who knows zero about all of that) that there’s something for everyone to love in this book. Now, enough of me and more of the author. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Leah Johnson, author of You Should See Me in a Crown

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You have NO idea how excited I am about today’s post. I read YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN a few months back and absolutely adored it, I also had the pleasure to chat with Leah before this interview and adored HER. She is such a kind, funny and beautiful person and ALL of that shows in her book: a rivals to lovers YA sapphic romance set around prom that subverts tropes, is funny, witty, heartfelt and emotional. It filled my heart with joy, which I think we (Black people) need after the more-than-usual hellish few days we had. I’ll speak on that in a post coming in the next couple days, whenever I find the energy to put my thoughts into words but TODAY we’re here to celebrate Black joy and to chat with Leah about her new release and everything wonderful about it. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Swati Teerdhala, author of The Archer at Dawn

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A couple months ago, I read THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT by Swati Teerdhala and had an absolute blast with it! It was such an immersive cat and mouse romance fantasy story, with intrigue and adventure so I couldn’t help but enjoy it. Now imagine how happy I am, that after reading it, I am able to interview the author about it as well as about its newly released sequel THE ARCHER AT DAWN, which I -for obvious reasons- am dying to get my hands on. Especially with how many possibilities the ending of the first book brings to the table, I! Must! Know! So, without further ado, I will cut my babbles short and leave you with the actual interview. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Roseanne A. Brown, author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin + EXCERPT

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Today’s post is one that means a LOT to me, not only because it packs a lot of meat and we are being fed (mayhaps I’m hungry) since we have BOTH an excerpt and an interview. But the real reason it means a lot to me is because I had the honor to interview Roseanne, an African author who wrote a West African inspired fantasy (Morocco included heh, because we’re at the northern most part of the west) talking about her experiences writing said book. Said book is A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN which sounds absolutely brilliant. And said experiences resonated deeply withing my soul and made me want to read the book even more. Now, I will stop talking, because you’re not here for me, and leave you with the excerpt first and the interview after that. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Writing my own representation – by Adiba Jaigirdar

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Today’s post is by one of my favorite people, Adiba Jaigirdar, who is the debut author of the amazing and equally fluffy and angsty THE HENNA WARS! Adiba might already be familiar to you on the blog, because she’s the delightful human I collaborated with last year to bring you all the #MuslimVoicesRiseUp, a series of guest posts and conversations centering Muslim authors and bloggers. But today, I’m here to bring you a guest post she wrote about writing her own representation into books when little to none of it exists, especially when she first started writing her stories. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: in conversation with Julian Winters, author of The Summer of Everything

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I’m so over the moon to share with you today’s post, because 1/ it features one of my favorite people, Julian Winters and 2/ it’s a type of post that I’ve never done before for this series, and suspect, won’t be doing again. At least not this year. Julian and I sat down to discuss the importance of books by authors of color, representation, the kinds of books with like to see and even talked about some of our favorite books! And of course, let’s not forget about his upcoming book, THE SUMMER OF EVERYTHING, which just from the synopsis sounds like a book that’s going to own my heart and wrap me in a warm fuzzy blanket, which seems to be common with Julian’s books. Continue reading

Judging MORE books by their covers

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I’m back on my bullshit again and am making a 2020 version of this post I did last year. Am I turning this into a tradition? Maybe. I had a blast doing this post last year and it turned out being one my favorites/funniest so why not make a habit of it? We’ll see if I remember to do it again next year. Continue reading