SIGN UP: In the Jaded Grove by Anela Deen

Genre: new adult, portal fantasy

Diversity tags: author of color (biracial); poc representation (filipino main character); lgbtqiap+ representation (queer secondary characters)

Publication date: 15 April 2021

Publisher: Fine Fables Press

Cover artist: Jenny Zemanek

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Synopsis:


Simith of Drifthorn is tired of war. After years of conflict between the Thistle court and the troll kingdom, even a pixie knight known for his bloodlust longs for peace. Hoping to secure a ceasefire, Simith arranges a meeting with the troll king—and is ambushed instead. Escape lies in the Jaded Grove, but the trees of the ancient Fae woodland aren’t what they seem, and in place of sanctuary, Simith tumbles through a doorway to another world.


Cutting through her neighbor’s sunflower farm in Skylark, Michigan, Jessa runs into a battle between creatures straight out of a fantasy novel. Only the blood is very real. When a lone fighter falls to his attackers, Jessa intervenes. She’s known too much death to stand idly by, but an act of kindness leads to consequences even a poet like her couldn’t imagine.


With their fates bound by magic, Simith and Jessa must keep the strife of his world from spilling into hers—except the war isn’t what it appears and neither are their enemies. Countless lives depend on whether they can face the truths of their pasts and untangle the web of lies around them. But grief casts long shadows, and even their deepening bond may not be enough to save them from its reach.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Violence
  • Trauma
  • Torture
  • Grief
  • Death of a loved one (in the past – not on the page)

About the Author

A child of two cultures, this hapa haole Hawaiian girl is currently landlocked in the Midwest. After exploring the world for a chunk of years, she hunkered down in Minnesota and now fills her days with family, fiction, and the occasional snowstorm. With a house full of lovable toddlers, a three-legged cat, and one handsome Dutchman, she prowls the keyboard late at night while the minions sleep. Coffee? Nah, she prefers tea with a generous spoonful of sarcasm.

About the Tour

The tour for In the Jaded Grove accommodates book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to applicants who identify as Filipino. The tour’s official hashtag is #KindredRealmsTour.

The tour will run from April 26th to April 30th. You are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference. Digital review copies of In the Jaded Grove will be distributed.

Sign-ups will close within this week, and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

TOUR SCHEDULE: Songs of Insurrection by JC Kang

Genre: adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: author of color (chinese author); poc representation (asian-coded characters)

Publication date: 04 January 2021

Publisher: Self-published

Cover artist: Binh Hai

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Synopsis:


Princess Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.


Had she lived when the power of music could still summon typhoons and rout armies, perhaps Cathay’s imperial court would see her as more than a singing fool. With alliances to build and ambitious lords to placate, they care more about her marriage prospects than her voice.


Only the handsome Prince Hardeep, a foreign martial mystic, recognizes her potential. Convinced Kaiya will rediscover the legendary but perilous art of invoking magic through music, he suggests her voice, not her marriage, might better serve the realm.


When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan– Kaiya’s childhood friend Tian and his half-elf sidekick (or maybe he’s her sidekick?)– discover mere discontent boiling over into full-scale rebellion, Kaiya must choose. Obediently wedding the depraved ringleader means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Torture
  • Misogyny
  • Racism and racial microaggressions

About the Author

JC Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

He currently lives in New England, where he works remotely for a social justice theater company.

Tour Schedule

March 15
Brooklyn Blogs Books
@chaibooksandthemoon
@nessietwihard02
Shut Up & Read

March 16
China Sorrows
The Plot Thickens
The Reading Corner for All
YA on my Mind

March 17
@bookish_india
Bookish Trisha
Love Yo Shelf
Papertea & Bookflowers

March 18
Binded By Letters
It’s A Funny Story
☕ @lovelessdegrees: bookstagram & booktube
Melancholic Blithe

March 19
Books and Bookish
Discover Elysian
jea reads
Rarevenclaw
Theeuphoriczat

SCHEDULE: The Sword in the Street by C. M. Caplan

Genre: adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: disability representation (autism), neuroatypicality representation, lgbtqiap+ representation (gay, bisexual, m/m relationship)

Publication date: 03 March 2021

Publisher: Self-published

Cover artist and designer: Felix Ortiz and Ken Dawson

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Synopsis:


Trial by battle is a holy rite on Hillside. Hired blades bleed their foes in savage duels, settling everything from petty grievances to the corporate laws that keep their citizens in line. Embroiled in these cutthroat political games is John Chronicle, an impoverished swordsman with no better prospects, seeking the duel that will free him from the Dregs.


Meanwhile, John’s boyfriend Edwin, an autistic university student, befriends a fellow scholar who claims to study the arcane art of thaumaturgy. When she offers to teach Edwin this subtle magic, he hopes that he can use it to bolster John’s skill with a blade. But thaumaturgy is a dangerous magic, and the forces that drive it have other plans.


The couple soon find themselves entangled in the web of intrigue surrounding the swordsmen and their sponsors, and they’re forced to question how bloody they’re willing to get to escape poverty — and they don’t come away with the same answer.

Content/Trigger Warnings

Shown on page:

  • Profanity
  • Violence
  • Ableism
  • Self-Harm
  • Addiction/Withdrawal

Alluded to:

  • Abuse – Never shown on the page, but an important aspect to the backgrounds of each main character, and talked about between them
  • Rape –  It is never directly depicted, though the victim recounts the events during a monologue about halfway through.

About the Author

C.M. Caplan Is the author of The Sword in the Street. He’s a quadruplet (yes, really), mentally disabled, and he spent two years as the Senior Fiction Editor on a national magazine – while he was still an undergrad in college. He has a degree in creative writing from Salem State University and was the recipient of the university’s highest honor in the arts. His short fiction also won an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Writers of the Future Contest.

Caplan’s introduction to fantasy came through J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin. He has a tattoo that roughly translates to Valar Morghulis, as written in Tolkien’s Elvish script, in an acknowledgment of that fact. Other influences include Robin Hobb, Ellen Kushner, N.K. Jemisin, Katherine Addison, John Irving, Ann Petry, K.S. Villoso, and Neil Gaiman.

He currently lives in New England, where he works remotely for a social justice theater company.

Tour Schedule

March 8
Cracked Spines
Never Hollowed By The Stare
@stillreadingat4am

March 9
The Broke Book Blog
Melancholic Blithe
Rambling Mads

March 10
Bookish Brews
Nine Tale Vixen
Papertea & Bookflowers

March 11
Al-Alhambra
An Ode to Fiction
jonna and her wails

March 12
leosthetics
YA on my Mind
Your Tita Kate

SIGN UP: The Unbroken by C. L. Clark

Genre: adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: author of color (black author), poc representation (bipoc cast, north african-inspired world), lgbtqiap+ representation (f/f pairing, m/m pairing, nonbinary side character)

Publication date: 23 March 2021

Publisher: Orbit Books

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Synopsis:


Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought.



Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet’s edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne.



Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren’t for sale.


Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Depictions of colonial violence (physical and emotional) and destruction
  • Gore
  • Past attempted rape
  • Threats of rape
  • Threats of torture

About the Author

Cherae has been a personal trainer, an English teacher, and an editor, and is some combination thereof as she travels the world. When she’s not writing or working, she’s learning languages or reading about war and post-colonial history. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, FIYAH, PodCastle and Uncanny. The Unbroken is her debut novel.

About the Tour

The tour for The Unbroken accommodates both book bloggers and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international creators, with priority being given to those who identify as Black, African, wlw (f/f), and/or are from once-colonized countries. Its official hashtag is #TheUnbrokenTour.

The tour will run from March 29th to April 2nd. Reviews are required for this tour, regardless of platform. However, you are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference.

Both print ARCs and digital galleys of The Unbroken will be distributed among all tour hosts, regardless of where they are based.

All tour hosts are required to provide their NetGalley email addresses. This will serve as a precaution for shipping delays, missing packages, among other issues outside our control. Hence, you must have a NetGalley account to participate.

Sign-ups will close within next week, and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

SIGN UP: Songs of Insurrection by JC Kang

Genre: adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: author of color (chinese author); poc representation (asian-coded characters)

Publication date: 04 January 2021

Publisher: Self-published

Cover artist: Binh Hai

☕ Add this book on goodreads


Synopsis:


Princess Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.


Had she lived when the power of music could still summon typhoons and rout armies, perhaps Cathay’s imperial court would see her as more than a singing fool. With alliances to build and ambitious lords to placate, they care more about her marriage prospects than her voice.


Only the handsome Prince Hardeep, a foreign martial mystic, recognizes her potential. Convinced Kaiya will rediscover the legendary but perilous art of invoking magic through music, he suggests her voice, not her marriage, might better serve the realm.


When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan– Kaiya’s childhood friend Tian and his half-elf sidekick (or maybe he’s her sidekick?)– discover mere discontent boiling over into full-scale rebellion, Kaiya must choose. Obediently wedding the depraved ringleader means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Torture
  • Misogyny
  • Racism and racial microaggressions

About the Author

JC Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

He currently lives in New England, where he works remotely for a social justice theater company.

About the Tour

The tour for Songs of Insurrection accommodates book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to applicants who identify as Asian. The tour’s official hashtag is #DragonSongsTour.

The tour will run from March 15th to March 19th. You are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference. Digital review copies of Songs of Insurrection will be distributed.

Sign-ups will close within this week, and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

TOUR SCHEDULE: Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: own-voices, authors of color (black author), poc representation (black american)

Publication date: 26 January 2021

Publisher: Simon Schuster

Cover artist: Taj Francis

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Synopsis:


“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue’s taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon—a hidden island of magic wielders.


Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.


Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon—an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Representations of gun violence (not graphic)
  • Reference to drugs
  • Reference to murder
  • Reference to genocide
  • On-page racism
  • Violence

About the Author

J. Elle was born in Houston, Texas, and is a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s in journalism and MA in educational administration and human development. An advocate for marginalized voices in both publishing and her community, J. Elle’s passion for empowering youth dates back to her first career in education. She’s worked as a preschool director, middle school teacher, and high school creative writing mentor. In her spare time, she volunteers at an alternative school, provides feedback for aspiring writers, loves on her three littles, and cooks up dishes true to her Texas and Louisiana roots.

About the Tour

February 15
Alissa’s booktopia
BookinItWithAhtiya
Signediza

February 16
Ecstatic yet Chaotic
Sage Shelves
Stories & Stardust

February 17
Curly Book Owls
Kerri McBookNerd
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf

February 18
H.K. Singh
Read With Katrin
The Tsundoku Chronicles

February 19
morena monologues
Starred Pages
Windows to Worlds

SIGN UP: The Sword in the Street by C. M. Caplan

Genre: adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: disability representation (autism), neuroatypicality representation, lgbtqiap+ representation (gay, bisexual, m/m relationship)

Publication date: 03 March 2021

Publisher: Self-published

Cover artist and designer: Felix Ortiz and Ken Dawson

☕ Add this book on goodreads


Synopsis:


Trial by battle is a holy rite on Hillside. Hired blades bleed their foes in savage duels, settling everything from petty grievances to the corporate laws that keep their citizens in line. Embroiled in these cutthroat political games is John Chronicle, an impoverished swordsman with no better prospects, seeking the duel that will free him from the Dregs.


Meanwhile, John’s boyfriend Edwin, an autistic university student, befriends a fellow scholar who claims to study the arcane art of thaumaturgy. When she offers to teach Edwin this subtle magic, he hopes that he can use it to bolster John’s skill with a blade. But thaumaturgy is a dangerous magic, and the forces that drive it have other plans.


The couple soon find themselves entangled in the web of intrigue surrounding the swordsmen and their sponsors, and they’re forced to question how bloody they’re willing to get to escape poverty — and they don’t come away with the same answer.

Content/Trigger Warnings

Shown on page:

  • Profanity
  • Violence
  • Ableism
  • Self-Harm
  • Addiction/Withdrawal

Alluded to:

  • Abuse – Never shown on the page, but an important aspect to the backgrounds of each main character, and talked about between them
  • Rape –  It is never directly depicted, though the victim recounts the events during a monologue about halfway through.

About the Author

C.M. Caplan Is the author of The Sword in the Street. He’s a quadruplet (yes, really), mentally disabled, and he spent two years as the Senior Fiction Editor on a national magazine – while he was still an undergrad in college. He has a degree in creative writing from Salem State University and was the recipient of the university’s highest honor in the arts. His short fiction also won an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Writers of the Future Contest.

Caplan’s introduction to fantasy came through J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin. He has a tattoo that roughly translates to Valar Morghulis, as written in Tolkien’s Elvish script, in an acknowledgment of that fact. Other influences include Robin Hobb, Ellen Kushner, N.K. Jemisin, Katherine Addison, John Irving, Ann Petry, K.S. Villoso, and Neil Gaiman.

He currently lives in New England, where he works remotely for a social justice theater company.

About the Tour

The tour for The Sword in the Street accommodates book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to applicants who identify as disabled (especially autistic) and/or queer (especially gay, bisexual, mlm). The tour’s official hashtag is #SwordInTheStreetTour.

The tour will run from March 8th to March 12th. You are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference. Digital review copies of The Sword in the Street will be distributed.

Sign-ups will close within this week, and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

SIGN UP: Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: own-voices, authors of color (black author), poc representation (black american)

Publication date: 26 January 2021

Publisher: Simon Schuster

☕ Add this book on goodreads


Synopsis:


“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue’s taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon—a hidden island of magic wielders.


Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.


Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon—an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Representations of gun violence (not graphic)
  • Reference to drugs
  • Reference to murder
  • Reference to genocide
  • On-page racism
  • Violence

About the Author

J. Elle was born in Houston, Texas, and is a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s in journalism and MA in educational administration and human development. An advocate for marginalized voices in both publishing and her community, J. Elle’s passion for empowering youth dates back to her first career in education. She’s worked as a preschool director, middle school teacher, and high school creative writing mentor. In her spare time, she volunteers at an alternative school, provides feedback for aspiring writers, loves on her three littles, and cooks up dishes true to her Texas and Louisiana roots.

About the Tour

The tour for Wings of Ebony exclusively accommodates book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to applicants who identify as Black American. The tour’s official hashtag is #WingsOfEbonyTour.

The tour will run from February 8th to February 12th. Although book reviews are required for this tour, you are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference.

Digital review copies of Wings of Ebony will be distributed through NetGalley. This means that you need a NetGalley account to participate.

Sign-ups will close within this week, and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

SCHEDULE: Please Pick Me by Reina Regina

Genre: poetry

Diversity tags: author of color (filipino author)

Publication date: 11 November 2020

Publisher: Moonchild Press Publishing

Cover artist: Straecy Li


Synopsis:


In a garden of a thousand other volumes, my little yellow book with its earnest plea and hopeful flowers on the cover sits waiting for you to pick it up. It’s got a heart it wants to give away.


These haikus, poems, and prose pieces are about


the miracle of being wanted back by someone we want,
the desperation of hoping they’ll fight harder when they waver,
the rawness of seeking reassurance that we are loved as we are, and
the tenderness we feel when we’re sending love out to others


—all those moments when we are making our need to be accepted plain and praying, please pick me.


This book was born after twenty-six years of learning that it’s okay to want to be wanted, that vulnerability is merely throwing open the gateway to honest connections, and that fighting to be loved the way you deserve is bravery and not weakness.


I hope you open it. I hope it invites you to be open too.


Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Mentions of anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, and a suicide note.

About the Author

Reina Regina is a writer, professional tarot reader, Instagram creator, and former nurse.

She is published online as Reina Bambao on 8List, The Manila Times, Play Without Apology, and the Fully Booked First Look Club.

Reina resides in Manila, Philippines, and is the lady of the house for a doctor and two dogs.

Please Pick Me is, to her great and pleasant surprise, her first book.

Tour Schedule

December 7
@ceej_writes
Spines in a Line
Woven From Words

December 8
Bookingway Reads
@fictional_booktique
Jessica C Writes

December 9
@theengineerisreading
Pretty Little Bibliophile
Reading Flamingo

December 10
@bookish_india
Pastel Daydreams
Tami Tales

December 11
☕ By my shelf: blog and booktube
Melancholic Blithe
This Bookish Life Of Mine

SCHEDULE & GIVEAWAY: Unspeakable edited by Celine Frohn

Genre: adult, speculative fiction, supernatural, gothic

Diversity tags: author of color (filipino author), lgbtqiap+ authors, lgbtqiap+ representation (asexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian, non-binary, pansexual, trans), miscellaneous (filipino folklore)

Publication date: 28 February 2020

Publisher: Nyx Publishing

Cover artist: Jenni Coutts
Cover designer: Charlie Bramald

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☕ Purchase on amazon


Synopsis:


Unspeakable contains eighteen Gothic tales with uncanny twists and characters that creep under your skin. Its stories feature sapphic ghosts, terrifying creatures of the sea, and haunted houses concealing their own secrets. Whether you’re looking for your non-binary knight in shining armour or a poly family to murder with, Unspeakable showcases the best contemporary Gothic queer short fiction. Even dark tales deserve their time in the sun.


Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Let Down by Claire Hamilton Russell: imprisonment, non-consensual sex
  • Moonlight by Ally Kölzow: death of loved one
  • An Account of Service at Meryll Point, as recollected and set down by C.L.: societal transphobia (narrator is accepting, however)
  • The White Door by Lindsay King-Miller: violence, murder
  • Doctor Barlowe’s Mirror by Avery Kit Malone: none
  • Laguna and the Engkanto by Katalina Watt: death of parent
  • The Moon in the Glass by Jude Reid: murder, hallucinations
  • Brideprice by S.T. Gibson: mention of sexual assault, murder, blood-drinking
  • Lure of the Abyss by Jenna MacDonald: some people get eaten by a sea monster
  • Hearteater by Eliza Temple: none
  • Quicksilver Prometheus by Katie Young: hallucinations, mention of death of children
  • Homesick by Sam Hirst: none
  • Rodeo by Ryann Fletcher: homophobia, domestic violence, murder
  • Lady of Letters; or, the Twenty-First Century Homunculus by Heather Valentine: cheating
  • Taylor Hall by Jen Glifort: panphobia (challenged)
  • The Ruin by E. Saxey: threat of the apocalypse
  • The Dream Eater by Anna Moon: illness of loved one
  • Leadbitter House by Mason Hawthorne: body horror

Tour Schedule

December 7
The Baroness of Books
PuzzlePawsBlog
Struck by Stories

December 8
Metaphors and Miscellanea
The Reading Fairy
Twirling Book Princess

December 9
grimreaderonline
Rainbow Reads
The Tattooed Librarian

December 10
leosthetics
Melancholic Blithe
Tomes and Thoughts

December 11
Maisie Rose Reads
Read by Roe
Wilder Girl Reads

Giveaway

For this tour, we are giving away one (1) paperback copy of the Unspeakable anthology edited by Celine Frohn.

This giveaway is open worldwide! It will be accepting entries until 14 December 2020 (12:00 AM, Philippine time).

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