Monday, June 1, 2020

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours: Tales of Ming Courtesans




Tales of Ming Courtesans by Alice Poon

Publication Date: June 1, 2020

Earnshaw Books

Paperback; 354 Pages




Genre: Historical Fiction






From the author of The Green Phoenix comes a riveting tale of female friendship, honor, and sacrifice for love, set in 17th Century China and featuring the intertwined stories of three of the era's most renowned courtesans, escorts skilled in music, poetry and painting who could decide themselves whether or not to offer patrons bed favors.

Inspired by literary works and folklore, Tales of Ming Courtesans traces the destinies of the three girls from the seamy world of human trafficking and slavery to the cultured scene of the famously decadent pleasure district of the city of Nanjing, evoking episodes in Memoirs of a Geisha.

The girls all existed - Rushi was a famous poet, Yuanyuan became the concubine of a general who changed the course of Chinese history by supporting the Manchu invasion in 1644 and Xiangjun challenged the corruption of court officials to try to save her lover. Rushi's daughter, Jingjing, gradually pieces together the stories of the three from a memoir left to her by her mother.

Betrayal, tenacity and hope all come together in a novel that brings to life an important era in China's history, and particularly highlights the challenges faced by independent-minded women.


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Praise for Tales of Ming Courtesans
"In Tales of Ming Courtesans, Alice Poon masterfully brings to life three fascinating women who had a lasting impact on China's culture and history. This beautiful telling of their turbulent lives and devoted friendship is a reverential testament to their memories." - Kelli Estes, bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

"Tales of Ming Courtesans is a poignant and captivating exploration of the lives of three extraordinary women.... Ultimately an enduring tale of the power of sisterhood and the bonds between women." - Jeannie Lin, USA Today bestselling author of The Lotus Palace

"Tales of Ming Courtesans is a brilliant, 'own voices' alternative to Memoirs of a Geisha....An exquisite reading experience. Highly, highly recommended." - M. H. Boroson, author of The Girl With Ghost Eyes

"Alice Poon's excellent Tales of Ming Courtesans follows the intertwined lives of three seventeenth-century courtesans..... Poon's real achievement is to create believable depth to her characters' known histories....She has clearly written Tales from the heart." - David Leffman, author of The Mercenary





About the Author
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Alice Poon steeped herself in Chinese poetry and history, Jin Yong’s martial arts novels and English Literature in her school days. This early immersion has inspired her creative writing.

Always fascinated with iconic but unsung women in Chinese history and legends, she cherishes a dream of bringing them to the page.

Her new historical novel Tales of Ming Courtesans will be released by Earnshaw Books on June 1, 2020.

She is the author of The Green Phoenix and the bestselling and award-winning non-fiction title Land and the Ruling Class in Hong Kong. She now lives in Vancouver, Canada and devotes her time to writing historical Chinese fiction.


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Review:  Years ago I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan with a friend who was reading it for her book club. I loved it.

Tales of the Ming Courtesans ranks right up there was that book for me. Like that book, I was instantly pulled into the story and the trials and triumphs of the characters and they do have both.

Its a story to be read at a leisurely pace. Each word should be savored though you will want to devour them.

This was a perfect change of pace read for me as I had been reading more than my share of new adult fiction lately. It was great to go back in time for a "meatier" story, one that made me think.



Rating: 5 flowers


Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, May 25
Excerpt at Journey in Bookland
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, May 26
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Wednesday, May 27
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, May 29
Review at Reader then Blogger

Monday, June 1
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, June 3
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Friday, June 5
Review at YA, it's Lit

Monday, June 8
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 10
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, June 12
Review at Passages to the Past


Giveaway
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of Tales from Ming Courtesans! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 12th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
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– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

Tales of Ming Courtesans


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Forever Write PR Cover Reveal: Cherish


Cover Reveal for Cherish by Evelyn Sola
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We are excited to share the cover for CHERISH by Evelyn Sola! Readers who love the unlucky in love trope will enjoy this diverse, light, and steamy romance. Keep reading for more details about this upcoming read!


Alexandra
I thought I finally had my life figured out. Fate? Destiny? I know mine. But one afternoon questioned everything I thought I knew.
Then it happened. Dr. Jason Dupree crashed into my life.
His eyes linger on me longer than they should in polite company. You see, there is nothing polite about him. 
He’s arrogant and overconfident. His touch? It’s my undoing. 
I let him know in no uncertain terms that he is not the man for me. 
He is not my destiny.
And his reaction? Totally unexpected.

Jason
The things in my life that matter to me? It’s a short list. My career, a handful of family and friends. To call myself unlucky in love would be a gross understatement. Hence my list. It’s how I keep it all figured out. 
Then one morning, that safe little list collides with my future.
Her eyes follow me everywhere, and they see through me like a soul x-ray. But it’s her touch that nearly brings me to my knees. 
She doesn’t see it, though.

She’s full of denial and sass, and her stares are indignant. She’s a liar too. Telling me she’s interested in another man. 
My reaction? Let’s just say she never saw it coming. 

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About Evelyn Sola


A Boston native, wife, mother, and wine enthusiast. If she’s not writing, thinking about writing, you will find her with a book in her hands. While a new publisher, she’s been writing for years, and she will continue to write for many years to come.  

Evelyn is obsessed with assertive and confident men who will stop at nothing to get their woman. Her stories are filled with love, passion, and humor. 

She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.





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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Modern Princes Release Day Blast: Bookish Princess




New Release Tour for Bookish Princess by
C. Lesbirel


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Bookish Princess by C. Lesbirel is a contemporary Beauty and the Beast. Fans of enemies to lovers and angsty love stories will devour this new adult romance. The next installment of the Modern Princess Collection is now LIVE!

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Desperate to escape the responsibility that came with her gypsy roots, Bella buries her head in books and does everything she can to hide her true identity.  
Hunter was born to fight and win, but fighting for Bella is a losing battle from the very beginning. 

When she is forced to marry a monster, will she take a chance on love and see beneath the beast, or will she run away and turn her back on everything she knows?

If you enjoy angsty love stories and need to know what happens when love is unrequited, you’ll love this new adult, Beauty and the Beast retelling.

Review: Bookish Princess was probably the story I was most looking forward to reading. I wish I could say it lived up to its expectations for me, but it didn't. I'm not saying that its a bad story, but it didn't do justice to  "Beauty And the Beast" the tale that it is retelling.

For me Hunter wasn't a beast..and Bella/Imogen wasn't the Belle I imagine. To be perfectly honest, I hated Bella/ Imogen and her secrets. I couldn't quite wrap my head around it. It takes part of the original Beauty and the Beast and melds it with the Disney version in some aspects. Basically it goes Belle and her love of books, meets Beauty who must marry a man not of her choosing. In the modern world?

I was confused at first by Hunter. His profession made me think he was going to be the "Gaston" of the story. He was really in no way a "Beast." Mostly he was the typical romance novel "alpha male."

Then there's Addy, who is an absolute jerk. I can't imagine why Bella even went out with him, bff dating his friend or not.

I kept on, because I couldn't figure out how the love/hate thing with Bella and Hunter was going to play out. I wanted something romantic. It didn't deliver there either.

I'm not saying its a bad story, because it did have its moments, or I wouldn't have finished it. It just didn't work as well for me, especially as I have loved almost all of this series.

Rating: 3 flowers



About C. Lesbirel
Clare Lesbirel is a lover of all things pink and fluffy with a huge obsession for Happy Ever After's. This includes most romance novels, country songs, and Hallmark movies. She lives in England where she spends most of her time reading or dreaming up new love stories. She first published with her best friend under the pen name, Autumn Ruby in 2018 and won a handful of indie author awards. It is the love and support of the friends she has made along the way that has led her to follow her dreams of publishing sweet, sexy stories that celebrate the relationships of the perfectly imperfect.
Clare loves to befriend those who are equally as obsessed with hot alpha’s as she is, so be sure to catch up with her on social media.



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Once upon a kiss, a modern romance becomes a fairytale.

The prestigious Camelot University comes fully equipped with elitist guys, a castle, and a Glass Ball, but these self-proclaimed princesses don’t need crowns to prove their worth. They’ve taken love and life into their own hands and written their own fairytale. 

Follow seven of your favorite fairytale heroines as they find their happily ever after, in these standalone, contemporary romance novels. The ladies of Cam U are a dangerous combination of cute and badass, full of attitude and imperfections, and an innocence only fairytales can convey.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Modern Princesses Release Blast: Rebel Princess



REBEL PRINCESS by Lynn Stevens is a modern romance retelling of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Fans of military romance, sweet love, and coming of age stories will enjoy this new adult romance. The next installment of the Modern Princess Collection is now LIVE!

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I was born to rebel.

Against love. Against authority. Against myself.

Perfect precision, that’s how I planned my life. Dancing was my whole world. I wanted to be in the spotlight with all eyes on me, but recently, my heart’s pulled me in a different direction. Writing for the school paper has excited me in a way dance never has. Exposing truths trumps pirouettes and countless hours in the studio and being true to myself is more important than keeping dangerous secrets hidden.

Getting close to Colin and his lacrosse buddies allowed me access to their secrets—but I had no idea how deep they went. On the brink of exposing them, I was set back. No sources, no


boyfriend, and no way to get justice. No matter which angle I pursued, my story kept getting shut down.

Until I met the guy with the scars. The one who helped me when I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to. He came into my life out of nowhere, saved me, and taught me to believe in myself. Then, when I finally did, he didn’t believe in me. I had to stand on my own two feet, fight for my values and for what I needed—for what I had earned—and learn that justice always comes with a cost.


Review: I have to say this was a really great read. Its a retelling of the Hunchback, but to me its more a good story, because I didn't quite see a lot of the connections with the original book..and also..Victor Hugo and fluffy romance....not exactly good bedfellows.

I will say I loved Emmy and her ideals. She has a reckless pursuit of a story no matter what the cost be it to her or to other people and that includes herself as we see from the start of the story. She's working on a story to expose the schools lacrosse team, one of which is a very nasty ex boyfriend.

As her relationship with Quinn develops, she starts to really uncover her passion, which is journalism, not dance. These two were perfect together. The only thing that didn't really fit for me was the placement of the sex scene between these two. It didn't gel with me, at least at the part of the story. It felt like it was there just so the story would have a sex scene

I think of all the books in this series this one is probably one of my favorites.

Rating: 5 flowers






About Lynn
Lynn Stevens flunked out of college writing her first novel. Yes, she still has it and no, you can't read it. Surprisingly, she graduated with honors at her third school. A former farm girl turned city slicker, Lynn lives in the Midwest where she drinks coffee she can't pronounce and sips tea when she's out of coffee. When she's out of both, just stay away.

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About the Modern Princess Collection

Once upon a kiss, a modern romance becomes a fairytale.

The prestigious Camelot University comes fully equipped with elitist guys, a castle, and a Glass Ball, but these self-proclaimed princesses don’t need crowns to prove their worth. They’ve taken love and life into their own hands and written their own fairytale.

Follow seven of your favorite fairytale heroines as they find their happily ever after, in these standalone, contemporary romance novels. The ladies of Cam U are a dangerous combination of cute and badass, full of attitude and imperfections, and an innocence only fairytales can convey.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Modern Princesses Release Tour: Book Review: Right Princess






Autumn Archer’s modern Princess and the Pea retelling follows Ada in her search for the right guy in RIGHT PRINCESS. Readers who love friends to lovers will love this new adult romance. The next installment of the Modern Princess Collection is now LIVE!

 
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Ada is the daughter of jewelery designer royalty. An age-old contract stipulates that as she is the next in line to take over the family legacy, she must marry wealth. Ada goes to Camelot for both education & to find a suitor. She attends incognito as doesn't want people to know who she is.

Theo Hunter is the bar manager of The Reef and becomes her best friend. They do everything together. He dates a string of women bc he can’t find the right girl... even though he knows Ada is that girl ... but she’s infatuated with her roomie's big brother, Ro Huxley.

Ro Huxley will inherit billions. He’s the captain of the football team and drop-dead gorgeous...the ideal candidate for marriage but is he the right one for Ada?

 Review: Back at Camelot U we have another wealthy girl on the lookout for her prince charming. In a take on the Princess and the Pea, Ada is well...a bit irksome, but also her shallow weirdness is suitable as a college age girl, in that can't see your nose in front of your face kinda way that young girls often are.

She has an insane crush on her roomie's brother, and said brother is really a douche canoe, albeit a hot one. Theo is her boss at the bar, and just a few years older. Its obvious that he has feelings for her too, yet getting Ada to change her focus from one guy to the other is kinda like talking to a brick wall.

She's obsessed with Ro.

Again, that's typical young girl behavior, so I won't fault it, too much. I think we've all been there.

This is a friends to lovers romance, but I have to say, the characters are all a bit hard to like at times. Ro is a douche but this near 46 year old remembers her 20 something self and I know that at that age, you oftentimes only care about a guy being gorgeous and not about the important stuff, like, is he a nice guy or is he a neanderthal. 

Theo is a tad more likable, but he is prone to tantrums which got to be annoying because he never told Ada how he felt. 

Of the Modern Princesses books, I'd say this one is definitely geared more towards a younger audience. Yes any group can read it, but its hard to identify with these prince and princesses.

Its still a fun story if you are a new adult fan and if you really love fairy tale retellings.


Rating: 4 flowers




About Autumn
A Northern Irish #1 Bestselling Romance Author who thrives on gin and the written word. She's a mother to two cool kids, two cute dogs and has a fluffle of wild rabbits in the back garden. Between working in the city during the day, entertaining the brood, feeding the husband and cuddling with the pups, she somehow manages to write romance.

She delves into the darker element of life at times giving her romantic suspense books a curious edge, with alpha men who have to work hard to win over strong women. That being said, she also loves to write sweet and swoony books that make you fall hard. The stories always have a heap of sexy scenarios that are best enjoyed by adults.


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About the Modern Princess Collection

Once upon a kiss, a modern romance becomes a fairytale.

The prestigious Camelot University comes fully equipped with elitist guys, a castle, and a Glass Ball, but these self-proclaimed princesses don’t need crowns to prove their worth. They’ve taken love and life into their own hands and written their own fairytale.

Follow seven of your favorite fairytale heroines as they find their happily ever after, in these standalone, contemporary romance novels. The ladies of Cam U are a dangerous combination of cute and badass, full of attitude and imperfections, and an innocence only fairytales can convey.

Want to keep up with all the Modern Princess Collection news? LIKE the Rewritten Fairytales Facebook page! 




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