SCHEDULE: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

Diversity tags: authors of color (filipino-chinese author), poc representation (chinese)

Publication date: 04 August 2020

Publisher: Berkley Romance

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Synopsis:


Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way.


Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves.


Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.


The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.

About the Author

Roselle Lim was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada as a child. She lived in north Scarborough in a diverse, Asian neighbourhood.

She found her love of writing by listening to her lola (paternal grandmother’s) stories about Filipino folktales. Growing up in a household where Chinese superstition mingled with Filipino Catholicism, she devoured books about mythology, which shaped the fantasies in her novels.

An artist by nature, she considers writing as “painting with words.”

Schedule

July 27
clairefy
Ishiee Mouie
Tea Books Magic

July 28
Enthralled Bookworm
Litfae
Reads and Thoughts

July 29
Pages In Waves
Readlogy
Yna the Mood Reader

July 30
Love Yo Shelf
mybookcastle
Read By Tiffany

July 31
Bookevin
The Baroness of Books
Musings of a Bookish Teacher

SIGN UP: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Genre: young adult, historical fiction, science fiction

Diversity tags: own-voices, poc representation (chinese), lgbtqiap+ representation (trans, gays, m/m side romance)

Publication date: 17 November 2020

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Cover artist: Billelis

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Synopsis:


Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.


The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.


A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.


But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

About the Author

Chloe Gong is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, studying English and international relations. During her breaks, she’s either at home in New Zealand or visiting her many relatives in Shanghai. Chloe has been known to mysteriously appear when “Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best plays and doesn’t deserve its slander in pop culture” is chanted into a mirror three times.

About the Tour

The tour for These Violent Delights is exclusive to book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bloggers, with priority being given to Asian (especially Chinese and Chinese American) creators. Its official hashtag is #DelightfullyViolentTour.

The tour will run for seven (7) days, from November 16th to November 22nd, which falls within the book’s release week. Although book reviews are required for this tour, you are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference.

Physical review copies (ARCs) of These Violent Delights will be provided for US-based tour hosts (7 slots), while digital review copies will be distributed among international-based tour hosts (14 slots) through NetGalley. Either way, your NetGalley email address will nonetheless be collected. 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: The Bookweaver’s Daughter by Malavika Kannan

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: own-voices, poc representation (indian)

Publication date: 08 September 2020

Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing

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Synopsis:


In the ancient Indian kingdom of Kasmira, stories don’t begin with “once upon a time.”


Instead, Kasmiris start a woman’s story with those who came before her: her parents, grandparents, ancestors. For fourteen-year-old Reya Kandhari, her story always starts the same: with the fabled line of Bookweavers, tracing centuries back to the lost Yogis—the mythical guardians of Kasmiri culture who created the world itself. As a result, Reya’s entire life has been shaped by words. Words of mystique and mythology. Words of magic that allow her father, the Bookweaver, to bring his stories to life. Words of power that make him the target of tyrants who will stop at nothing to destroy magic in Kasmira.


Living in disguise as a peasant in the fields, Reya’s sole focus is protecting the Bookweaver’s secret. But when her father is taken, Reya must flee deep into the jungle, alone with her best friend Nina and one ancient book. Grappling with Reya’s newfound magic, the two girls find themselves in the center of a war of liberation where magic reigns unchecked, and destiny takes a dark turn. As the stakes get higher, Reya realizes that her father’s legacy contains more power than she ever imagined. For Reya Kandhari is more than just a fugitive—she is a symbol of revolution. And that makes her a threat.


In a tale of magic, Indian lore, and radical female friendship, Reya must pass the final test: the Bookweaver’s daughter must weave her own destiny. The fate of Kasmira depends on it.

About the Author

Malavika Kannan is an Indian-American novelist (#OwnVoices), feminist writer, and political activist raised in the suburbs of Central Florida. She wrote her award-winning debut novel, The Bookweaver’s Daughter, when she was seventeen years old. Malavika is currently an undergraduate at Stanford University.

A relentless advocate for girls changing the world, Malavika uses stories to speak truth to power and disrupt narratives. Malavika’s writing has won accolades from Scholastic Art & Writing, YoungArts, and the Library of Congress, among other places.

Beyond the page, Malavika is a nationally-recognized activist for women’s rights and youth empowerment. She has organized historic political campaigns for Women’s March, Giffords, and March for Our Lives, including #NationalSchoolWalkout, the largest single-day youth-led protest in American history. She is founder of The Homegirl Project, a girl-led organization that empowers female-identifying youth of color to become political leaders.

About the Tour

The tour for The Bookweaver’s Daughter exclusively accommodates both book bloggers and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to Asian (especially Indian) readers. Its official hashtag is #BookweaverTour.

The tour will run from August 31st to September 4th, which is the week prior to the book’s release date. 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 The Bookweaver’s Daughter will be distributed through NetGalley. This means that you need 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!

How Tour Hosts Are Selected

Hi hey hello, coffee beans! ☕🌿 I’ve been organizing book tours since 2017, and if I’m being perfectly honest, one of the hardest tasks is actually having to select a handful of participants out of a large pool of potential tour hosts.

As a long-time blogger myself, I have firsthand experiences of rejection and exclusion, especially in terms of book blogging opportunities. I’ve felt feelings of insecurity and inadequacy due to countless experiences of getting swept aside in favor of more privileged bookish influencers. That’s not the kind of environment I want to foster in Caffeine Book Tours. In fact, I do not believe in pitting hard-working individuals against each other nor do I believe in measuring an influencer’s worth based on the size of their following.

Many of my personal projects are geared towards inclusiveness and accessibility, and while I relentlessly strive to do the same with Caffeine Book Tours, the very nature of book tours makes the issue of inclusiveness far more complicated to deal with and much more difficult to resolve.

What do I mean by that? The first and foremost purpose of a book tour is to effectively promote and market an author’s featured work. By the end of the day, a book tour serves the author and benefits the publisher. Not the tour hosts. Not the readers. And certainly not me.

This is the blunt truth. While I cannot personally speak for all book tour organizers and companies, it is my personal opinion that any self-respecting book tour organizer will not mislead you into believing otherwise. While tours can (and should, honestly) benefit readers and reviewers, they’re deliberately designed to serve authors and publishers first.

A book tour is a tool for targeted marketing and strategic promotion. It is not any of the following:

  • A randomly drawn giveaway of ARCs and books
  • A shortcut to accessing early copies of unpublished or upcoming book releases
  • A fallback after you’ve been rejected on NetGalley and/or Edelweiss
  • An event or activity that you are entitled to

I want to make it extremely clear that, here in Caffeine Book Tours, ARCs and books are not randomly given away to people; ARCs and books are entrusted to bookish influencers whom I believe are capable of effectively promoting them. As much as I’d love to welcome and include everyone in my tours, all my decisions are — and need to be — guided by the question, “What would be best for the author’s book?”

It is no secret that Caffeine Book Tours has grown so much in a relatively short amount of time. The average number of applicants per book tour is around 100, and usually, I can only accommodate 15 tour hosts.

This means that I need to be both fair and strategic in selecting tour hosts. For me, fairness requires taking into consideration the relative privileges afforded by other bookish influencers (e.g. US-based influencers are more likely to receive ARCs and e-ARCs from authors and publishers), while strategic thinking involves calculating how the author can garner the most benefits from the tour.

Thus, while other tour organizers select their hosts based on platform/follower size or according to who signed up first, I came up with my own system and criteria for tour host selection.

Own-Voices Priority System

Most of the books featured in Caffeine Book Tours are diverse, which means that they offer written representation of marginalized groups (e.g. people of color, LGBTQIAP+ or queer people, people with disability or neurodiversity, people belonging to minor religions). As a rule of thumb, own-voices readers and reviewers are given priority specifically for these tours.

The own-voices priority system involves assessing applicants (i.e. individuals who filled out the book tour’s sign-up form) in sequential batches, and these batches are largely based on two things: (1) their own-voices status, and (2) their location. In simpler words, all applicants are categorized into the following groups:

  • Batch 1: own-voices (OV) and international-based
  • Batch 2: own-voices (OV) and US-based
  • Batch 3: non-OV and international-based
  • Batch 4: non-OV and US-based

As an example, for a Filipino-led fantasy novel, all applicants will be assigned to these batches:

  • Batch 1: Filipino and international-based
  • Batch 2: Filipino and US-based
  • Batch 3: Asian (but not Filipino) and international-based
  • Batch 4: Asian (but not Filipino) and US-based
  • Batch 5: non-Asian and international-based
  • Batch 6: non-Asian and US-based

Batch 1 applicants are assessed according to the major criteria for tour hosts, as well as the minor points of consideration. Afterwards, if there are still tour slots left, Batch 2 applicants are then assessed using the same standards. If there is still room in the tour, I proceed with the subsequent batches until all the slots are full. Thus, own-voices and international-based applicants are given the highest priority, while non-OV and US-based applicants receive the least priority.

Major Criteria for Tour Hosts

Aside from own-voices status and location, there are two major criteria that I actively look for in the tour hosts I select.

1. Quality of book reviews

Writing a good review is a nonnegotiable ability that a tour host should possess. You cannot effectively promote a book if you’re unable to properly express your opinion or your thoughts about it.

It is also worth noting that my book tours involve a Twitter thread where I share links to tour stops and feature excerpts taken from tour hosts’ reviews as the tours progress. Admittedly, a pet peeve of mine are reviews that are nearly impossible to quote in a tweet.

While the quality of a book review is arguably subjective, I believe that the following elements are indicative of a review’s substance and quality:

  • Clear and concise writing with minimal grammatical errors
  • Reader-friendly format and length
  • Identifiable thesis statement (or thesis statements)
  • Well-articulated reasoning and presentation of evidence to support main points
  • Blunt recommendation (“for fans of…” or “recommended for readers who…” or “if you like…”)

I also appreciate efforts to mention relevant content or trigger warnings, as well as efforts to acknowledge the specific representation featured in the book.

2. Ratio/Number of reviews for diverse books

I want to work with like-minded individuals who feel strongly about the same advocacy. I want to work with bookish influencers who are genuinely passionate about diverse books and who actively support authors of diverse books — and I believe that this passion is reflected in how often and how consistently you read and review them.

Unfortunately, in my many years in the community, I’ve encountered several people who view and treat diversity as a trend, fad, or lip service. And honestly, I don’t want those people in my tours. At all. So, I think a good, quantifiable indicator is an applicant’s number of reviews for diverse books, especially when compared to the number of non-diverse books they’ve reviewed.

Minor Points of Consideration

While the major criteria are iron-clad and nonnegotiable, there are other factors that may help sway the direction of my decision into your favor!

1. Blog/Site navigation

Personally, I’m very particular with a site’s or an online platform’s layout, cleanliness, and organization. However, I believe that the navigability of your platform is inarguably important, especially for a book tour.

First, if there are approximately 100 applicants who want to be on the same tour, I’d want to assess all of them efficiently. I’m not going to dedicate an hour of my time to exploring your platform and trying to figure out where everything is. (Plus, if I’m confused by your platform’s navigation, chances are that I’m not the only one struggling.) If I open up your homepage and I can’t find your book reviews within 15 seconds, I’m closing the tab and moving onto someone else. Is it mean? Maybe. But is it efficient? Definitely.

Second, the navigability of your platform affects the visibility of your content, including your book reviews. And it goes without saying that ideally, your book review for the tour should be the most visible post on your platform during your assigned date.

2. Audience reach and engagement

Testimonials from my tour hosts will tell you that extremely large followings aren’t a requirement for my tours. Nor do I dismiss “small” bookish influencers in favor of those with thousands of followers. However, I do prefer tour hosts to have a loyal following — that is, an audience that consistently engage with their content.

For obvious reasons, I can’t just give ARCs or books to someone with only 5 followers, and similarly, I also can’t give them to someone with 5,000 followers but with virtually nonexistent engagement (e.g. likes, comments, shares and retweets). Again, a book tour is a promotional tool meant to benefit the author and their book, which is why I cannot entirely dismiss audience reach and engagement in my decision-making.

3. Creativity

In most of my book tours, selected tour hosts are given the option to add creative content and features to their assigned tour stop. In any of my sign-up form, the following options are enumerated: creative feature post, creative photos, cover-inspired aesthetics/moodboard, own art (e.g. custom bookmarks, wallpapers, fan art), own quote graphics, and own playlist.

But here’s a little-known secret: you are allowed to suggest creative content outside of these options. At the end of the sign-up form, there is an “Anything else I need to know?” item where you can pitch an out-of-the-box concept or an idea that you’d like to add to your tour stop. If I like your pitch, it increases your chance of getting selected.

In addition, when past tour hosts demonstrate exceptional creativity for a tour, make no mistake: I remember them forever. So, all of this is to say that Caffeine Book Tours encourages creative freedom, and you should never hesitate to make the most out of it.

4. Age (Occasionally)

This does not necessarily mean that adult applicants are barred from participating in tours for Young Adult books. Instead, a bookish influencer’s age plays a significant role in tour selection in cases wherein the book is either age-specific or inappropriate for certain ages.

For example, younger applicants may be excluded from tours for Adult or upper Young Adult novels with graphic content or explicit content warnings. In contrast, younger applicants may be prioritized in tours for Middle Grade books.

5. History with Caffeine Book Tours

As mentioned in this page, tour hosts with a consistent track record of adhering to guidelines and instructions are more likely to be selected in future book tours. Likewise, consistently poor performance as a tour host may result in a temporary ban from book tours.

6. Ability to correctly follow instructions

All sign-up forms come with this particular disclaimer:

“Kindly take note that answering this form DOES NOT guarantee you a spot in the blog tour. On the other hand, incorrectly filling out this form DOES guarantee that you will not be selected for the tour SO PLEASE READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY and double-check your answers.”

As a research major, nothing boils my blood quite like respondents incorrectly filling out my survey form. In all my major subjects, we were expected to remove incorrectly answered survey forms from our sample — and I strictly apply this lesson when selecting tour hosts. Incorrect responses are indicative that the applicant did not read instructions carefully and thoroughly enough.

Here are some common mishaps and mistakes done during sign-ups:

  • Incorrect URLs to platforms
  • Invalid or misspelled email addresses
  • Providing a Kindle email address instead of the email address linked to their NetGalley/Edelweiss accounts
  • Answering “No, I don’t have a review copy” when asked to provide a NetGalley/Edelweiss email address (please just leave your email address)
  • Providing a booktube/bookstagram link when asked for a book blog link

And that’s how tour hosts are selected for book tours! To recap, Caffeine Book Tours uses an own-voices priority system and evaluates applicants through a combination of major criteria and minor points of consideration.

I hope that writing this post and consequently arming you with this knowledge can help you — not only in increasing your chances to work with Caffeine Book Tours, but also (and perhaps more importantly) in improving your platform and content. I also hope that I was able to explain all the processes clearly and that you can understand the rationale behind everything. 💛

SCHEDULE: Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: own-voices, authors of color (puerto rican author), poc representation (puerto rican MC)

Publication date: 06 October 2020

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

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Synopsis:


Experience the World Cup with dragons in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which riders and their steeds compete in an international sports tournament.


Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.


But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.

About the Author

Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical.

Schedule

September 28
clearly, meta.
My Honey Reads
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile

September 29
geowandersss
Latinas Leyendo
Love Yo Shelf

September 30
Behind that Story
Nikkie Reads
Vee Reading

October 1
Playita Reads
Reading with Rendz
Word Wonders

October 2
Bookathon
Musings of a Bookish Teacher
Your Tita Kate

SIGN UP: Iron Heart by Nina Varela

Genre: young adult, fantasy, science fiction

Diversity tags: own-voices, lgbtqiap+ representation (lesbian characters, f/f romance)

Publication date: 08 September 2020

Publisher: HarperTeen

Cover artist: David Curtis

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Synopsis:


An unstoppable love between two girls—one human, one Made—both set on destroying the Iron Heart.


For too long the cruel, beautiful Automae have lorded over the kingdom of Rabu, oppressing the humans who live there. But the human revolution is on the rise, and at its heart is Ayla. Once handmaiden, now fugitive, Ayla escaped the palace of Lady Crier, the girl Ayla had planned to kill . . . but instead fell in love with. Now Ayla has pledged her allegiance to Queen Junn, whom she believes can accomplish the ultimate goal of the human rebellion: destroy the Iron Heart. Without it, the Automae will be weakened to the point of extinction.


But playing at Ayla’s memory are the powerful feelings she developed for Crier. And unbeknownst to her, Crier has also fled the palace, taking up among travelling rebels, determined to find and protect Ayla.


As their paths collide, neither are prepared for the dark secret underlying the Iron Heart.


In this stunning sequel to acclaimed author Nina Varela’s Crier’s War, the love that launched a revolution must now pave the way for a whole new era . . . and the ultimate change of heart.

About the Author

Nina Varela is a nationally awarded writer of screenplays, short fiction, poetry, and novels. In May 2017, she graduated magna cum laude from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a BFA in Writing for Screen & Television. Crier’s War was her debut, and this is the sequel. She is originally from Durham, North Carolina, where she grew up on a hippie commune in the middle of the woods. She now lives in Los Angeles.

About the Tour

The tour for Iron Heart is exclusive to book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bloggers, with priority being given to sapphic readers and LGBTQIAP+ or queer readers. Its official hashtag is #IronHeartTour.

The tour will run from September 7th to September 11th, which falls within the book’s release week. 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 Heart will be distributed. Also, it must be noted that Iron Heart is a sequel. If you haven’t read the first book yet, digital galleys of Crier’s War will not be provided by Caffeine Book Tours.

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: The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Publication date: 13 October 2020

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

Cover artist: Laura Benton

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Synopsis:


“Listen well. Soon, the blue moon, the rarest of all moons will be on the rise. At its waxing offer up one of your creations and by moonlight they will be given breath. Choose wisely who to awaken.”


With her puppet-maker father imprisoned and the land of Tavia on the brink of war, Pirouette does not have a choice other than to follow the ruler’s whims. But when he discovers her secret – that she was once a puppet brought to life by the magic of the blue moon—he demands that Pirouette create an assassin out of wood and then make it come alive.


Fighting against forbidden magic and racing against the rise of the next blue moon, Pirouette cannot help but wonder, if she is making a masterpiece…or a monster. And if she is making a monster, what does that make her?

About the Author

Lisa DeSelm lives happily with her husband and two daughters in the wilds of suburban South Bend, Indiana. When she is not writing, you will find Lisa working as an art director and designer, most likely daydreaming with a cup of tea in hand. The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice is her first novel.

About the Tour

The tour for The Puppermaster’s Apprentice is exclusive to book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bloggers. Its official hashtag is #PuppetmasterTour.

The tour will run from October 12th to October 16th, which falls within the week of book’s release date. 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 The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice will be distributed through NetGalley. This means that you need a NetGalley account to participate.

Sign-ups will close within the 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: Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: own-voices, authors of color (puerto rican author), poc representation (puerto rican MC)

Publication date: 06 October 2020

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

☕ Add this book on goodreads


Synopsis:


Experience the World Cup with dragons in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which riders and their steeds compete in an international sports tournament.


Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.


But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.

About the Author

Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical.

About the Tour

The tour for Blazewrath Games is exclusive to book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bloggers, with priority being given to Latinx reviewers (especially those who identify as Puerto Rican). Its official hashtag is #BlazewrathGamesTour.

The tour will run from September 28th to October 2nd, which falls a week before the book’s release date. Although book reviews are required for this tour, you are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference.

Physical review copies (ARCs) of Blazewrath Games will be provided to all tour hosts. Specifically, ARCs will be sent out to nine (9) international bloggers and (6) US-based bloggers. However, your NetGalley email address will nonetheless be collected. 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.

As mentioned in our statement, since another tour company is holding their own book tour for Blazewrath Games, we will not be accommodating any of their hosts in the #BlazewrathGamesTour. This decision was made due to several reasons, with our foremost concern being that allowing individuals to participate in multiple tours for the same book will rob other deserving people of the opportunity. With that said, please do not sign up for our tour if you’ve already committed to someone else’s.

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: Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Genre: young adult, science fiction

Diversity tags: own-voices, authors of color (moroccan author), poc representation (moroccan-inspired world, moroccan characters, biracial lead), lgbtqiap+ representation (lesbian lead)

Publication date: 06 August 2020

Publisher: Flatiron Books

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Synopsis:


Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?


After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.


Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

About the Author

Somaiya Daud is the author of Mirage and holds a PhD from the University of Washington in English literature. A former bookseller in the children’s department at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., now she writes and teaches full time.

About the Tour

The tour for Court of Lions is exclusive to book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bloggers, with priority being given to Middle Eastern and North African readers (especially those who identify as Moroccan). Its official hashtag is #CourtOfLionsTour.

The tour will run from August 3rd to August 7th, which falls within the book’s release week. 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 Court of Lions will be distributed through NetGalley. This means that you need a NetGalley account to participate. Also, it must be noted that Court of Lions is a sequel. If you haven’t read the first book yet, digital galleys of Mirage can also be provided.

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!

Welcome to Our Website!

Hi hey hello! I’m Shealea, and if I’m being perfectly honest, it’s been quite a while since I last wrote a blog post. It’s been nearly a year, I believe.


My embarrassingly rusty skills aside, it brings me so much joy and pleasure to introduce all of you to the official website for Caffeine Book Tours!


Some of you have been right by my side and have worked with me since my first blog tour in 2017 (and yes, I’m talking about the one for Helen Scheuerer’s debut novel, Heart of Mist), while some of you joined me after I formally launched Caffeine Book Tours as a company and book tour service in early 2019.


Regardless, whether you’ve been with me since Day 1 or whether you accidentally stumbled upon CBT this year, welcome! I truly appreciate you being here, celebrating this milestone with me. 💛


After a year of tirelessly establishing CBT’s presence on social media and in the book community, I finally found the time, energy, and above all else, the motivation to work on an official website. In just a year, Caffeine Book Tours has grown so much(!!!), and I’d like to believe that my smol brainchild has evolved into something far bigger and more impactful than I could’ve ever imagined. I’ve received so much positive feedback and heartwarming stories from both authors and bloggers alike. And because of all your overwhelming support, it finally felt like the right time for me to legitimize CBT as a company.


So, for that and for all the things that I cannot possibly mention in a single sentence, thank you very much! Truly, none of this would have been possible without you.


I know that this site, in its current form, is far from fancy or extravagant — and I know that you probably expected a lot more from me. But unfortunately, as a recent college graduate without a job, I cannot afford the luxury of a self-hosted website with a paid, sophisticated-looking theme. (Plus, I’ll be frank with you: A book tour company focused on own-voices and diverse books? It’s difficult to make a significant profit from it, especially since majority of the time, I organize blog tours for free.)


Nonetheless, I’m already proud of the fact that this little space on the Internet finally exists. I’m proud that I’ve taken a huge step towards further establishing Caffeine Book Tours and its vision within the online book community.


This is only the beginning, and I’m cautiously optimistic about CBT’s future. ✨


Please take a look around, maybe check out CBT’s upcoming book tours, and enjoy a cup of coffee with us. ☕

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