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SIGN UP: Shadows of Our Sins

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Publication date: 5 June 2021

Publisher: Self-published

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Synopsis:


What is your deepest desire?


A strange phenomenon has given people the power to manifest their deepest desires. However, this blessing comes with an unknown curse: demons that manipulate aspirations into sin.


After losing her brother to a school shooter under demonic influence, seventeen-year-old Aliyah Dawn yearns for a better tomorrow in a city of violence and corruption. In hopes of protecting her family, friends, and her boyfriend, she is granted the power to purge demons and undo the curse before the city succumbs to its own sins.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  •  Attempted suicide
  • Mentions of rape and abuse
  • Bullying
  • Death
  • Vulgar language
  • (Gun) violence
  • Predator character appearance (no sexual content)

About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, N. Phillips spends his free time devouring horror movies like junk food and playing video games/watching anime with his fiancée.

While trudging through university to earn his MA in Digital Marketing, he wrote the Shadow Purgers series: stories that weave social commentary into fast-paced commercial fiction. It wasn’t until he worked as a new media consultant for an author did he muster the courage to hit that shiny Publish button, and the rest is now unwritten history.

About the Tour

The tour for Shadows of Our Sins accommodates book bloggers, booktubers, and bookstagrammers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to those who identify with the book’s representation. The tour’s official hashtag is #ShadowPurgers.

The tour will run from September 20th to September 24th. You are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference. Digital review copies of Shadows of Our Sins 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: TJ Young and the Orishas

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Publication date: 19 June 2021

Publisher: Self-published

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Synopsis:


TJ Young has been surrounded by magic his entire life, yet he has never tapped into it… until now.


Fourteen-year-old TJ grew up normal in a secret community of gifted diviners in the heart of modern-day Los Angeles. His powerful sister was ordained to lead his people into a new age of prosperity, but her mysterious death in Nigeria threatens to destroy the very foundations of TJ’s world.


Desperate to pick up where his sister left off and uncover the secrets behind her questionable death, TJ commits himself to unlocking the magical heritage that has always eluded him. So he enrolls in Camp Olosa—a remedial magic school for the divinely less-than-gifted in the humid swamps of New Orleans.


But little does he know, TJ is destined to cross paths with powerful spirits of old thought lost to time: the orishas.

About the Author

Antoine Bandele is an Amazon bestselling author in action adventure fantasy, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, African American fantasy, and African literature.

He lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and cat. You can find him producing videos all over YouTube, including his own channel (which you should totally check out). He is also an audiobook engineer.

About the Tour

The tour for TJ Young and the Orishas accommodates book bloggers, booktubers, and bookstagrammers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to those who identify with the book’s representation. The tour’s official hashtag is #TJYoungTour.

The tour will run from September 13th to September 17th. You are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference. Digital review copies of TJ Young and the Orishas 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: I Survived the Attacks by Lauren Tarshis

Genre: middle grade, graphic novel, historical

Publication date: 03 August 2021

Publisher: Scholastic

Cover artist: Pencils and Inks by Corey Egbert, Color Art by Chi Ngo

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Synopsis:


On the day that shocks the world, one boy just wants to find his family. A powerful addition to the gripping I Survived series.


The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad’s best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas’s parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan.So the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It’s a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle’s firehouse, everything changes — and nothing will ever be the same again.

About the Author

Lauren Tarshis’ New York Times bestselling I Survived series (which has over 34 million copies in print!) tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the attacks of September 11, 2001, and other world events.

Lauren is also the Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, where she oversees more than 25 classroom magazines. In her more than 25 years with Scholastic, Lauren has helped transform the company’s print magazines into the powerful learning tools they are today. In her current role, she is helping to expand the magazines’ deep connection to American classrooms and ensure their vital role in providing teachers and students with an understanding of the contemporary world.

About the Tour

The tour for I Survived the Attacks accommodates book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators. The tour’s official hashtag is #SurvivedTheAttacksTour.

The tour will run from September 6th to September 10th. You are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference. Digital review copies of I Survived the Attacks 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: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Genre: young adult, fantasy, historical fiction

Diversity tags: author of color (chinese american); poc representation (chinese-inspired world); lgbtq+ representation (bisexual; polyamory)

Publication date: 21 September

Publisher: Penguin Teen

Cover: Ashley Mackenzie (artist)

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Synopsis:


The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.


When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​


To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Violence and abuse, footbinding, suicide ideation, discussion and references to sexual assault (though no on-page depictions), alcohol addiction, and torture.

About the Author

Xiran Jay Zhao is a first-gen immigrant from small-town China who was raised by the Internet​. A recent graduate of Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, they wrote science fiction and fantasy while they probably should have been studying more about biochemical pathways. You can find them on Twitter for memes, Instagram for cosplays and fancy outfits, and YouTube for long videos about Chinese history and culture. Iron Widow is their first novel.

Tour Schedule

August 23
A Cup of Cyanide
Lyrical Reads
Solace in Reading

August 24
B for Bookslut
It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile
Kirsty’s Book Reviews

August 25
Books and Bookish
The Keysmash Blog
thisbellereadstoo

August 26
Binded By Letters
Kymiee tries to read
The Paper Reels

August 27
China Sorrows
meltotheany
Myths n’ Mis-adventures

SIGN UP: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Genre: young adult, fantasy, historical fiction

Diversity tags: author of color (chinese american); poc representation (chinese-inspired world); lgbtq+ representation (bisexual; polyamory)

Publication date: 21 September

Publisher: Penguin Teen

Cover: Ashley Mackenzie (artist)

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Synopsis:


The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.


When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​


To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Violence and abuse, footbinding, suicide ideation, discussion and references to sexual assault (though no on-page depictions), alcohol addiction, and torture.

About the Author

Xiran Jay Zhao is a first-gen immigrant from small-town China who was raised by the Internet​. A recent graduate of Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, they wrote science fiction and fantasy while they probably should have been studying more about biochemical pathways. You can find them on Twitter for memes, Instagram for cosplays and fancy outfits, and YouTube for long videos about Chinese history and culture. Iron Widow is their first novel.

About the Tour

The tour for Iron Widow accommodates book bloggers and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to applicants who identify with the following representation: Asian, bisexual, and polyamorous. The tour’s official hashtag is #IronWidowTour.

The tour will run from August 23rd to August 27th. 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 Iron Widow 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!

TOUR SCHEDULE: Across the Broken Tide by LaKase Cousino

Genre: new adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: author of color (black author); poc representation (black); lgbtqiap+ representation; religion representation (muslim)

Publication date: 01 June 2021

Publisher: Written in Melanin Publishing

Cover artist: Melissa Capriglione

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Synopsis:


In a world where the politics of court determines the future of every person in the kingdom, Dima has maneuvered her way not only into the good graces of the caliph as a tutor for his daughters, but into the heart of his son. However, when a prank goes a step too far, the childhood friends are separated in an effort to force them to grow into the people they are expected to become.


When a simple journey turns into a kidnapping, Dima is thrust into a strange land and must rely on a dark magical power that had been long buried in the sands of her home. But as her magic grows stronger and the tides of her new home rise, so do her darker temptations.


Caught between her heart and her magic, she finds herself struggling to choose who she will become. Through interactions with vikings, pirates, magical creatures who only speak in riddles, and forces hellbent on controlling everything she holds dear, Dima must discover who she is beyond the politics of the royal court.

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Battle violence

About the Author

LaKase Cousino is the author of historical fantasy, a musician, and Medieval History obsessive from the Midwest. Her debut novel Across the Broken Tide is forthcoming from Written in Melanin Publishing. When not writing, LaKase can be found reading about the 10th century or playing fetch with the family dog Ife.

Tour Schedule

May 31
A Cascade of Books
The Litt Librarian
@luna_reads_

June 1
@belvaandthebooks
The Bibliophile Thoughts
@the.b00kreader

June 2
Binded By Letters
@thebookoffaerie
SepiaReads

June 3
@her.bookish.diaries
The Moonchild Pages
@svnshine.reads

June 4
Blackbookishbabe89
@farrahlives
@read_before_you_sleep

TOUR SCHEDULE: Planet Dead by Sylvester Barzey

Genre: adult, horror, fantasy/paranormal

Diversity tags: author of color (black author); poc representation (black female lead; bipoc characters; lgbtq+ characters)

Publication date: 06 August 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Cover design: Ravenborn Covers

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Synopsis:


When the world goes to hell in a zombie handbasket, you find out that true evil hides among the living!


Catherine Briggs is having a messed up year. Her car got stolen. Her family thinks she’s dead. There’s an unwelcome late night visitor at her door.


Oh yeah! And the world’s become infested with zombies!


Catherine is on a mission to find her family, no matter the cost. Yet, fate seems to have other plans. Flesh eating zombies, Killer Clowns, and a number of other batshit problems await her in… Planet Dead: Bloodthirsty

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • Mature Language
  • Blood & Gore
  • Sexual Violence
  • Violence

About the Author

Sylvester Barzey is a best selling horror and fantasy author who grew up in Bronx, NY and was later transplanted to Lawrence, GA. A military veteran with an addiction to all things horror, Sylvester’s goal is to shine a spotlight on BIPOC characters within the horror/fantasy genre.

Tour Schedule

May 31
@svnshine.reads
The Reading Chemist

June 1
Starred Pages
@ram_reads

June 2
@curlytopreads
Scorpioreaderword

June 3
Mae the Dreamer
White Sky Project

TOUR SCHEDULE: Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance

Diversity tags: author of color (bangladeshi american); poc representation (bangladeshi-american mc; black, indian, and chinese side characters); religion representation (muslim mc); lgbtq+ representation; mental health representation (mc with anxiety)

Publication date: 04 May 2021

Publisher: HarperCollins

Cover: Samya Arif (artist), Gigi Lau (art direction)

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Synopsis:


A reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school’s resident bad boy.


How do you make one month last a lifetime?


Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything.


Karina is my girlfriend.


Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can’t help but start counting down the days until her parents come back.


T-minus twenty-eight days until everything returns to normal—but what if Karina no longer wants it to?

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • In-depth discussions of mental health (specifically anxiety) and mentions of parental abuse (emotional and psychological)

About the Author

Tashie Bhuiyan is a Bangladeshi American writer based in New York City. She recently graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, and hopes to change the world, one book at a time. She loves writing stories about girls with wild hearts, boys who wear rings, and gaining agency through growth. When she’s not doing that, she can be found in a Chipotle or bookstore, insisting 2010 is the best year in cinematic history. (Read: Tangled and Inception.)

Tour Schedule

May 17
beyond a bookshelf
Literary Delirium
This Bookish Life Of Mine

May 18
legenbooksdary
Sunshine N’ Books
thr4sam

May 19
Heart’s Content
MissMaddyChats
READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA

May 20
A Book and Chai
A Logophile’s Love
The Mind of a Book Dragon

May 21
KymieeTriestoRead
Love, Paola
With Love, Saoudia

TOUR SCHEDULE: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Genre: adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: authors of color (indian author), poc representation (indian, south asian), and lgbtqiap+ representation (lesbian, f/f pairing)/p>

Publication date: 8 June 2021

Publisher: Orbit Books

Cover art: Micah Epstein (illustrator), Lauren Panepinto (designer)

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Synopsis:


Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.


Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.


But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.

Content/Trigger Warnings:

  • Explicit violence including immolation and self-immolation
  • Colourism, xenophobia
  • Gender-based violence/violence against women (this does not include sexual assault)
  • Homophobia and internalised homophobia
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-mutilation
  • Abusive family dynamics
  • Child murder
  • Body horror (plant-based, cosmic)
  • Forced drug use and depictions of addiction/withdrawal

About the Author

Tasha Suri was born in Harrow, north-west London. The daughter of Punjabi parents, she spent many childhood holidays exploring India with her family, and still fondly remembers the time she was chased around the Taj Mahal by an irate tour guide. She studied English and creative writing at Warwick University, and now lives in London where she works as a librarian. To no one’s surprise, she owns a cat. A love of period Bollywood films, history and mythology led her to begin writing South Asian influenced fantasy. Tasha Suri has won the British Fantasy Society Best Newcomer Award and Starburst Brave New Words Award.

Tour Schedule

Week 1

June 7
Chasing Faerytales
Specks Of Thoughts
Sun and Chai

June 8
In Want of Books
Open Pages

June 9
Bookathon
Paperbacks & pen
The Doc Reads Too Much

June 10
It’s A Funny Story
Rainbows and Sunshine Book Blog

June 11
Book Rambler
Miss Maddy Chats
Writers & Typewriters

Week 2

June 14
Not Just Fiction
Sapphire Bubble
Stories & Stardust

June 15
Mabookyard
Sunflowers and Stories

June 16
A Book and A Dream
ivy’s nook
My Bookish Banter

June 17
Pretty Little Bibliophile
Sohinee Reads & Reviews

June 18
Div Reads
Books.Bags.Burgers.
The Urban Reader

TOUR SCHEDULE: Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Genre: adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: own-voices, authors of color (nigerian author), poc representation (black, african), lgbtqiap+ representation (nonbinary, pansexual/polysexual), and disability representation

Publication date: 11 May 2021

Publisher: Orbit Books

Cover art: Dan Dos Santos (illustrator), Lauren Panepinto (designer)

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Synopsis:


A young scholar’s ambition threatens to reshape an empire determined to retain its might in this epic tale of violent conquest, buried histories, and forbidden magic.


In the thriving city of Bassa, Danso is a clever but disillusioned scholar who longs for a life beyond the rigid family and political obligations expected of the city’s elite. A way out presents itself when Lilong, a skin-changing warrior, shows up wounded in his barn. She comes from the Nameless Islands–which, according to Bassa lore, don’t exist–and neither should the mythical magic of ibor she wields. Now swept into a conspiracy far beyond his understanding, Danso will have to set out on a journey that reveals histories violently suppressed and magic only found in lore.

Content/Trigger Warnings:

  • Ageism
  • Bones
  • Colourism/discrimination
  • Emotionally manipulative relationship
  • Fire
  • Misogyny
  • Pain
  • Pregnancy and miscarriage/abortion
  • Violence, blood and murder

About the Author

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of speculative fiction inspired by his West-African origins. He is the author of David Mogo, Godhunter and his shorter works have appeared in Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons and other periodicals and anthologies. He lives between Lagos, Nigeria and Tucson, Arizona where he teaches writing while completing his MFA in Creative Writing. He tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies and is @suyidavies everywhere else.

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