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Goddess Fish Promotions has organizing a Virtual Book Tour for SONG OF THE BORICUA by Olivia Castillo, a fiction available now. The book will be on sale for $0.99.

Olivia Castillo will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.







Song of the Boricua
by Olivia Castillo


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GENRE:   Fiction


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BLURB:

Puerto Rico an island of contradiction, serves as an enchanting backdrop following three generations of women.

Elena: Resilient and ambitious, but trapped by duty to her children.

Maria: Passionate and headstrong, but married to a man she does not love. Josephina: Optimistic and romantic, but in love with an alcoholic.

Isabella: Clairvoyant and spiritual, but denies her heritage and roots.

Like the land these women are held hostage, unfulfilled and unable to find their happiness. Each generation like the land is cursed. Can they defy the powerful bond of the curse and free themselves to find love everlasting?

New Author, Olivia Castillo, like the jibaros of the past weaves a tale of sorrow and joy. Castillos' fiction is timely, offering a glimpse into the islands rich history and offering insight into the story that has plagued women for all of time, the search for true love and acceptance of self.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

1. How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

In Song of the Boricua my least favorite character is Henri. He is sociopathic and abused women.


2. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

I would not have as many characters. It worked for the story, but it was complicated trying to get it all to fit together, which made it time consuming. 


3. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book:

The inspiration for my book was my children.


4. What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

I loved Gabriel Garcia Marquez's book, Love in the Time of Cholera and Alex Haley's, Roots. Both are books that span a person's life and include cultural references. I tried to do the same with Song of the Boricua.


5. What's the strangest thing you've ever had to research online for your book?

I’m a new writer, so don’t have a lot of experience here. The most would be exploring the curses of Santería and Palo Mayombe.


6. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

My tip is to know that this is a very time consuming and involving process. 

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EXCERPT:


Josephina

Yauco, Puerto Rico, February 1932

A young man Josephina had never seen was toiling alongside the workers. He had black hair and was very tan. She watched him work and felt an unfamiliar feeling come over her.

It was something she had never experienced before. She heard Marie chuckle beside her. “Il est beau,” Marie said with a knowing little smile.

Josephina’s cheeks turned as bright as a Poinciana flower. “Mon enfant, he’s like you, an orphan. Le petre asked if we could hire him. How could I deny him, fille?” Marie asked, shaking her head wearily.

“We have nothing, but when our priest speaks, how can we refuse direction from up high?”

Marie kissed the rosary she had around her neck and made the sign of the cross. She closed her eyes, fanning herself.

Josephina peeked at him, trying not to be obvious. The young man stood up, wiping the sweat from his brow, and took off his hat. He looked toward the house and spotted Josephina staring at him.

She quickly turned away, embarrassed. Again, with telepathic clarity, Marie spoke gently beside her. “His name is Alejandro. He is such a nice boy. I will introduce you aprés mon somme—after my nap.”

A flushed Josephina quickly protested “Mère, no, you must not.” Marie chuckled louder, the wrinkles around her eyes deepening. “Listen to your old mère.

You need to be with people your own age, not us vieux gens, old people.”




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Olivia Castillo is a New York native. After going to the prestigious Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, she went on to study graphic design at Otis Parson's College in Los Angeles. Along with being an entrepreneur, she is the mother of three children, and grandmother of two. When not writing or spending time with her family, she travels the world and paints. Song of the Boricua is her first novel.





Author website and blog:  www.oliviacastillo.org
Buy on Amazon now:  https://amzn.to/2P63Wh9


The book will be on sale for $0.99.
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Olivia Castillo will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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7 comments:

  1. Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

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  3. This sounds really interesting, thanks for sharing

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  4. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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