Did any of you think that I’ve finally run out of blog tours for this year? Well, if I’m being totally honest, I thought so, too.
Initially, my blog tour for The Wolf of Oren-yaro was tentatively scheduled for 2020 so that it would be closer to the book’s release date. However, shortly after my author spotlight of K.S. Villoso (whom I love and adore because she’s been nothing but amazingly supportive of me and my book blogging), I came up with the brilliant — albeit, much more difficult and energy-consuming — idea of splitting the blog tour into two. Thus, this one’s going to be my most ambitious blog tour (or tours?) yet!
The Wolf of Oren-yaro is an adult high fantasy debut novel that’s led by a Filipino main character, which is a beautiful, beautiful first for Filipino readers like myself. While I’ve read contemporary and romance novels with Filipino main characters and while I’ve seen Filipino side characters in some fantasy books, I have never a fantasy story with a Filipino at its heart. I repeat: never. So, it comes as no surprise that K.S. Villoso’s debut novel means A LOT to me both as a Filipino and as an avid consumer of fantasy novels.
With all that said, I am very, very lucky and grateful to work with Orbit Books once more! I had previously worked with them for the huge international blog tour for Fonda Lee’s Jade War, which is another brilliant fantasy written by a woman of color. Orbit Books is definitely one of my favorite publishers to work with and to support!
If you’re interested in being the first to learn about blog tour announcements, then I highly encourage you to sign up as an official coffee bean, which comes with the perk of being the recipient of email invitations to events organized by Caffeine Book Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Genre: adult, fantasy
Diversity tags: authors of color (asian authors), poc representation (filipino)
Publication date: 18 February 2020
Synopsis: “They called me the Bitch Queen, the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and exiled my king the night before they crowned me.”
Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. But her upcoming marriage to the son of her father’s rival heralds peaceful days to come.
His sudden departure before their reign begins puts a quick end to those dreams, and the kingdom is fractured beyond repair.
Years later, Talyien receives a message, one that will send her across the sea. What’s meant to be an effort at reconciling the past spirals into an assassination attempt. Stranded in a land she doesn’t know, with no idea who she can trust, Talyien will have to embrace her namesake.
A Wolf of Oren-yaro is not tamed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K.S. Villoso was born in a dank hospital on an afternoon in Albay, Philippines, and things have generally been okay since then. After spending most of her childhood in a slum area in Taguig (where she dodged death-defying traffic, ate questionable food, and fell into open-pit sewers more often than one ought to), she and her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, where they spent the better part of two decades trying to chase the North American Dream.
She now writes fantasy with themes shaped by her childhood–stories of struggle, hope, and resilience amidst grim and grit. Her debut, The Wolf of Oren-yaro, will be released by Orbit in early 2020.
ABOUT THE BLOG TOURS
Unlike my past tours, The Wolf of Oren-yaro will have two separate blog tours — one for Filipino book bloggers, and the other for US-based and international book bloggers. Both tours will make use of the hashtag #HailTheBitchQueen.In line with this, both tours will follow my country’s time zone.
The PH blog tour will run from December 9th to 13th this year. Physical review copies or ARCs of The Wolf of Oren-yaro will be provided for each Filipino participant, with no need to cover any local shipping fees. However, digital galleys (via NetGalley) are also available upon request.
The international blog tour will run from January 10th to 15th in 2020 — with a spoiler-free Twitter chat as its culminating activity. Digital review copies of The Wolf of Oren-yaro will be distributed through NetGalley. This means that you need to have a NetGalley account to participate.
Sign-ups will close on the 1st of October, and the selected participants will be contacted via email a few days after. Although book reviews are required for these two tours, you are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference. It should be noted that the slots are limited, and filling out the form does not guarantee anyone a slot.
For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!
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