SCHEDULE & GIVEAWAY: King of the Rising by Kacen Callender

Genre: adult, epic fantasy

Diversity tags: author of color (black author), poc representation (all-black cast), lgbtqiap+ representation (asexual)

Publication date: 01 December 2020

Publisher: Orbit Books

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Synopsis:


The second novel in the Islands of Blood and Storm series set in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression—perfect for fans of R.F. Kuang and Tasha Suri.



A revolution has swept through the islands of Hans Lollik and former slave Loren Jannik has been chosen to lead the survivors in a bid to free the islands forever. But the rebels are running out of food, weapons and options. And as the Fjern inch closer to reclaiming Hans Lollik with every battle, Loren is faced with a choice that could shift the course of the revolution in their favor-or doom it to failure.


Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Slavery
  • Death
  • Torture
  • Violence
  • Rape/sexual assault

About the Author

Kacen Callender was born two days after a hurricane and was first brought home to a house without its roof. After spending their first eighteen years on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen studied Japanese, Fine Arts, and Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received their MFA from the New School. Kacen is the author of the middle grade novel Hurricane Child and the young adult novel This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story.

Tour Schedule

November 30
Metaphors and Miscellanea
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf
Playita Reads
Will Read For Booze

December 1
Far Flung Readers
mac n’ books
My Bookish Banter
Pei Reads

December 2
Afrinomenon
Libri Draconis
Phrases & Pages

December 3
maritareads
The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Reading Chemist

December 4
Rarevenclaw
Roving Savant
Sohinee Reads & Reviews

Giveaway

For this tour, we are giving away one (1) finished copy of Queen of the Conquered and one (1) finished copy of King of the Rising by Kacen Callender! Both books will go to one winner.

This giveaway is open to residents of North America. It will be accepting entries until 10 December 2020 (12:00 AM, Philippine time).

SCHEDULE: Cute Mutants by SJ Whitby

Genre: young adult, science fiction

Diversity tags: lgbtqiap+ representation (pansexual main character, non-binary, bisexual, lebian, transmasculine)

Publication date: June 2020

Publisher: Self-published

Cover artist: Kassio

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Synopsis:


My name is Dylan Taylor, human incarnation of the burning dumpster gif, and this is my life.


I always wanted to be an X-Man. Except people and me never got along, and apparently you need social skills to run a successful team. Cue Emma Hall’s party. One hot make out session with the host herself, and I can talk to objects like my pillow (who’s far too invested in my love life) and my baseball bat (who was a pacifist before I got hold of him). Now there’s a whole group of us with strange abilities, including super hot ice queen Dani Kim who doesn’t approve of how reckless I can be. The bigger problem is a mysterious mutant causing unnatural disasters, and we’re the ones who have to stop him. Except trying to make a difference makes things blow up in my face and the team’s on the verge of falling apart. Can I bring them back together in time to stop the villain from taking revenge? Have I mentioned I’m not a people person? Magneto help us.


About the Author

SJ Whitby lives in New Zealand with their partner, as well as various children and animals. They are predictably obsessed with X-Men and spend too much of their free time writing.

Tour Schedule

November 30
mac n’ books
Lace and Dagger Books
Rainbow Reads

December 1
The Paper Reels
Luminosity Library
Paperback Wishes

December 2
jonna and her wails
regal leaves
The Reading Faery

December 3
El’s Book Reviews
Forever in a Story
Lizzy Writes Reviews

December 4
Bookingway Reads
Melancholic Blithe
The Queerblr

SCHEDULE: Thorn of the Night Blossoms by JC Kang

Genre: adult, fantasy, conspiracy, action

Diversity tags: author of color (chinese author), poc representation (east asian-coded characters), lgbtqiap+ representation (f/f pairing, pnasexual)

Publication date: 20 March 2019

Publisher: Self-published

Cover artist: Binh Hai


Synopsis:


She’s the emperor’s deadliest assassin… …who’s in love with her clan sister.


With a brewing insurrection threatening the realm, Jie must choose between love and duty.


Because when faced with a nascent rebellion, your decisions could save an empire.


Or topple it.


Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Magically coerced sex (rape)
  • Graphic combat with some gore
  • Sex work (portrayed in a positive light)

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.

Tour Schedule

November 23
being.myshelf
@ceej_writes
Previously unread
Wilder Girl Reads

November 24
Buried in Books
I can’t read straight
Pastel Goth

November 25
Book Geek Musings
Daily Dose of Books
Endless Pages
Tunnel of Books

November 26
leosthetics
Luminosity Library
Snow White Hates Apples

November 27
beyond a bookshelf
LovelessDegrees
☕ By my shelf: blog and booktube
☕ Polly Darling’s Books & Tales: blog and booktube

SCHEDULE: Privilege by Bharat Krishnan

Genre: adult, political thriller

Diversity tags: ownvoices, poc representation (all indian-american cast)

Publication date: October 12 2020

Publisher: Self-published

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Synopsis:


In this epic saga about privilege and power, Rakshan Baliga will have to choose between the American Dream…and his own.


New York’s drug problem is Rakshan’s solution. Getting his hands on a super drug called WP could earn him glory, power, and a chance to win back his ex. But stealing it from the Top 1% is costly, and if Rakshan isn’t careful he’ll pay with his life.


Discover how Rakshan’s journey sets off a chain of events that changes his city, his country…and the world. This ensemble political thriller is perfect for fans of Ocean’s 11 and House of Cards.


About the Author

Bharat calls himself a professional storyteller and amateur cook. After 10 years of working in politics, he tried to explain how the country went from Barack Obama to Donald Trump by writing Confessions of a Campaign Manager. Then he wrote Oasis, a desert-fantasy novel that examined what makes a family and how refugees should be treated. Bharat is always looking to make a political statement with his writing because he knows politics seeps into every aspect of society and believes we can’t understand each other without a firm, constant understanding of how politics affects us in all ways.

Tour Schedule

November 16
Bibliophile On Loose
Polly Darling’s Books and Tales
Scorpioreaderword

November 17
Damsel in the Bookland
Laurenspageturnerz
Reading Flamingo

November 18
Jea Reads
readingatmypace 🙂
Snowflakes & Spidersilk

November 19
A City Girl’s Thoughts
In Want of Books
thr4sam

November 20
BooksDramas&More
decklededgess

SCHEDULE: The Chimera Code by Wayne Santos

Genre: adult, science fiction, thriller

Diversity tags: author of color (filipino author), poc representation (filipino-irish lead), lgbtqiap+ representation (nonbinary lead)

Publication date: 23 July 2020

Publisher: Solaris

Cover artist: Gemma Nicole Dawn Sheldrake

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Synopsis:


Neuromancer for a non-binary age: an action-packed techno-thriller with a side of magical realism.


Everything’s for hire – even magic.


But when they’re hired by a virtual construct to destroy the other copies of himself, and the down payment is a new magical skill, Cloke knows this job is going to be a league harder than anything they’ve ever done.



Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Violence
  • Murder
  • Implied sexual assault

About the Author

Wayne Santos has been an ad copywriter, a TV scriptwriter, a magazine contributor, an editor, and a freelance writer for too many things on the Internet to count. He grew up in Alberta, lived in Singapore, and settled down in Ontario with his wife and an ongoing rotation of two household cats. He is a multi-disciplinary geek with a double major in science-fiction and fantasy, specializations in novels, comics, anime, TV and film, and a minor in video games. Under no circumstances should he be approached to discuss 80s pop culture unless you are fully aware of the toll this will expend on your remaining lifespan.

Tour Schedule

November 9
Books Beyond Binaries
@Bluescapebooks
@leanreadsandwander

November 10
@books_n_sunshine
@booksnkoffee
Isobel’s Book Corner

November 11
Rainbow Reads
vcreative – books and writing
The Youngvamp’s Haven

November 12
The Bookling
Grim Reader Online
The Paper Reels

November 13
mac n’ books
Polly Darling’s Books & Tales
Wilder Girl Reads

SCHEDULE & GIVEAWAY: In Tune by Yeyet Soriano

Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary

Diversity tags: author of color (filipino author), poc representation (all-filipino cast), lgbtqiap+ representation (not specified), miscellaneous (low income)

Publication date: 13 November 2020

Publisher: Self-published

Cover artist: Janus Aragones-Zate


Synopsis:


FIRST SET:


Between fulfilling family obligations and navigating the tricky social climate at her private school, Sydney Mendoza tries hard to keep a balance.


Himig Raymundo, on the other hand, knows the feeling of living in the shadow of his successful parents and the agony of being with schoolmates who won’t let him forget.


When Sydney and Himig get “volunteered” to be the stars of High School Night by their batchmates who want to see them fail miserably, they band together to prove everyone wrong, and, in the process, find the one silver lining in the prank—each other.


SECOND SET:


In the midst of college applications and entrance exams, Sydney finds herself at a crossroads: work abroad to earn money for her family or continue on to college on an all-expense-paid scholarship. Ironically, Himig, the school campus’s reluctant star, becomes the rock that anchors her so she won’t get lost in the fray.


No longer bound in anonymity, Himig gets a chance to finally step out of his famous parents’ shadow and show everyone who he really is, as Sydney reveals to him her most hidden secret.


Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Bullying in private school due to social status, sexual orientation, physical appearance
  • Slight family bullying where kids are pressured to do what parents tell them to to
  • Teen pregnancy and single motherhood (MC’s sister)
  • Working while underaged (MC)

About the Author

Yeyet Soriano is a multi-genre author who writes speculative fiction, crime fiction and contemporary romance. She started writing first as an angst-ridden teenager, then continued to do so as a single working woman, then as a married working woman with kids. Though the themes of her written works have changed over the years, she held on to one truth—she needs to write to keep the voices in her head at bay.

Tour Schedule

November 9
The Moon Who Listens
@mugglethatreads
teatimelit

November 10
heartflipped.
@nessietwihard02
Your Random Wanderer

November 11
a cup of mouie
☕ Polly Darling’s Books & Tales: blog and booktube
With Love, Chloe

November 12
herbookishside
☕ Yna the Mood Reader: blog and booktube
Your Tita Kate

November 13
Bookish Trisha
moonlightscrawls
Ysa, not Bella.

Giveaway

For this tour, we are giving away one (1) finished copy of In Tune by Yeyet Soriano.

This giveaway is open worldwide! It will be accepting entries until 17 November 2020 (12:00 AM, Philippine time).

SIGN UP: 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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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

About the Tour

The creative tour for Unspeakable accommodates book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international creators, with priority being given to those who identify as asexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian, non-binary, pansexual, and trans.

The tour will run from December 7th to December 11th. Reviews are optional, while you are encouraged to produce creative or promotional content of your preference.

Digital galleys of Unspeakable will be distributed among all tour hosts, regardless of where they are based.

Sign-ups will close within a few days, 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: 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.

About the Tour

The tour for Please Pick Me accommodates book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international creators.

The tour will run from December 7th to December 11th. Reviews are optional, while you are encouraged to produce creative or promotional content of your preference.

Digital galleys of Please Pick Me will be distributed among all tour hosts, regardless of where they are based.

Sign-ups will close within a few days, 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 & GIVEAWAY: The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

Genre: adult, epic fantasy

Diversity tags: own-voices, author of color (black author), poc representation (all-black cast), disability representation (severe burns, mobility, vision, permanent loss of health), lgbtqiap+ representation (queer)

Publication date: 10 November 2020

Publisher: Orbit Books

Cover artist: Karla Ortiz
Cover designer: Lauren Panepinto

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Synopsis:


Desperate to delay an impending attack by the indigenous people of Xidda, Tau and his queen craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all-out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the ‘true’ Queen of the Omehi.



If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne and reunite her people, then the Omehi might have a chance to survive the coming onslaught.


Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Graphic violence
  • Depictions of death, loss, and grief
  • Depictions of PTSD and other mental health issues
  • Depictions of suicide/suicidal behavior
  • Depictions of chronic pain/suffering

About the Author

Born in England to South American parents, Evan Winter was raised in Africa near the historical territory of his Xhosa ancestors. Evan has always loved fantasy novels, but when his son was born, he realised that there weren’t many epic fantasy novels featuring characters who looked like him. So, before he ran out of time, he started writing them.

Tour Schedule

November 2
Justice For Readers
The Reading Chemist
The Bookwyrm’s Den

November 3
bibliofleur
☕ BookinItWithAhtiya: blog and booktube
Eat Travel Read

November 4
Naija Book Bae
☕ Starred Pages: blog and booktube
The Book Monster

November 5
Allthestories
Kerri McBookNerd
Motif by Tanya

November 6
☕ FictionalFates: blog and booktube
Phrases & Pages
Q&TG

Giveaway

For this tour, we are giving away one (1) finished copy of The Rage of Dragons and one (1) finished copy of The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter! Both books will go to one winner.

This giveaway is open worldwide. It will be accepting entries until 11 November 2020 (12:00 AM, Philippine time).

SIGN UP: Thorn of the Night Blossoms by JC Kang

Genre: adult, fantasy, conspiracy, action

Diversity tags: author of color (chinese author), poc representation (east asian-coded characters), lgbtqiap+ representation (f/f pairing, pnasexual)

Publication date: 20 March 2019

Publisher: Self-published

Cover artist: Binh Hai


Synopsis:


She’s the emperor’s deadliest assassin… …who’s in love with her clan sister.


With a brewing insurrection threatening the realm, Jie must choose between love and duty.


Because when faced with a nascent rebellion, your decisions could save an empire.


Or topple it.


Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Magically coerced sex (rape)
  • Graphic combat with some gore
  • Sex work (portrayed in a positive light)

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.

About the Tour

The tour for Thorn of the Night Blossoms accommodates book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international creators, with priority being given to those who identify as East Asian or sapphic (i.e. any f/f). Its official hashtag is #NightBlossomsTour.

The tour will run from November 23rd to November 27th. Reviews are optional, while you are encouraged to produce creative or promotional content of your preference.

Digital galleys of Thorn of the Night Blossoms will be distributed among all tour hosts, regardless of where they are based.

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!

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