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

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

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

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Alechia Dow, author of The Sound of Stars

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Today’s interview is one I’m really excited to share because I had a lovely chat with Alechia Dow, the author of the upcoming THE SOUND OF STARS! A debut I read a couple months ago and fell head over heels for. It’s an exploration of humanity and an ode to arts that stroke a chord with me, a book and music lover, and I have no doubt it will do the same for many, many of you. It also brings to the table a different twist on aliens, different species of aliens that I had a lot of fun getting to know, and it was just all around a really soft and hopeful book that put a crack in my heart and filled it with light, thus restoring my faith in humanity with just a little over 400 pages. But enough of me waxing poetry about this book and let’s dive into the interview: Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: A “The Worst Best Man” dream cast – by Mia Sosa

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If you know me, you know that romance is my comfort genre, the one genre that I never get tired of and that I’m never in a slump from. My brain can consume ridiculous amounts of it without ever saying enough. So knowing that, you really wouldn’t expect this feature to come and go without featuring a romance author, in fact I have a few of those cooking up. But for today, I have joining me, Mia Sosa, the author of the upcoming THE WORST BEST MAN, which is an enemies to lovers romance that sounds super sexy and right up my alley. So I’m really happy that Mia is going to be sharing with us today, her dream cast, the actors she would love for her characters to be played by in a hypothetical movie. And said dream cast is very melaninated (is that eve a word?) to my greatest joy!! So without further ramblings on my part, I’ll let her take over, and introduce you to them.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Exclusive excerpt of CONQUEST by Celeste Harte

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I am so excited today to be hosting my first sneak peek of the series and it’s for none other than CONQUEST by Celeste Harte, the first installment in a Black Fantasy/Science-fiction series about a girl who wants to escape the ruler she’s meant to marry by spying on him for his enemies just to find out that the two of them share more than she ever imagined. This sounds like the angsty romance filled SFF to win my heart and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! And hopefully, you will be feeling the exact same as me once you read the first chapter of the novel. So, without any further delay or ramblings on my part, let’s get the goods and dive into this excerpt. Continue reading