Spotlight: Helen Scheuerer on her finishing her debut trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles

Spotlight: Helen Scheuerer on her finishing her debut trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles

Hello, Helen! Welcome aboard the third (and final!) blog tour for The Oremere Chronicles! Thank you very much for entrusting me once again with the huge honor and privilege of spearheading this tour — it truly means the whole world to me. And of course, I cannot thank you enough as well for taking the time to (virtually) sit down with us and to talk about the final installment of your debut fantasy series, wherein the third book is entitled War of Mist.

To kick off this interview, I thought it might be fun and interesting to prepare a couple of light, silly questions for you to answer.

What food and/or beverage would you pair off with each book of The Oremere Chronicles, and why do you think these would complement or go well with the books? (To clarify, you’re assigning particular food/beverage to Heart of Mist, Reign of Mist, and War of Mist.)

Heart of Mist: Anything you can cook over a campfire OR a lot of bread and cheese (which is what they mainly eat in the book when they’re on the road).

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Spotlight: Kathy Kimbray on her YA fantasy debut, A Shifting of Stars (ft. giveaway!)

Spotlight: Kathy Kimbray on her YA fantasy debut, A Shifting of Stars (ft. giveaway!)

Hello, Kathy! I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to stop by and to (virtually) sit down with us here in Shut up, Shealea. I am very excited to have this opportunity to talk about your debut novel, A Shifting of Stars, and I’m sure plenty of readers are looking forward to learning more about the book as well.

To kick off this interview, I thought it’d be fun to prepare a couple of silly questions for you to answer.

If I wanted to snack on something or have a drink in my hand while I read A Shifting of Stars, what food and/or beverage should I pair it off with? And why do you think these would complement or go well with the book?

Wow, what a fun question! Well, since Meadow lives in a kingdom that hasn’t tasted good quality meat, fresh produce or dairy products in a while, I would suggest a nice charcuterie board in her honor!

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Spotlight: Elizabeth Lim on her Chinese-inspired fantasy, Spin the Dawn (ft. giveaways!)

Spotlight: Elizabeth Lim on her Chinese-inspired fantasy, Spin the Dawn (ft. giveaways!)

Hello, Elizabeth! Thank you very much for the opportunity to (virtually) sit down with you and to talk a little bit about your upcoming Chinese-inspired fantasy, Spin the Dawn. It’s such a huge honor to have you on my blog!

I’d like to kick this interview off with a couple of silly questions. Consider it a warm-up of some sort.

A few months ago, Eugene Lee Yang from the Try Guys (a group of four male YouTubers) tweeted that one way to start a fight is by asking Asians which Asian culture has the best soup. Inspired by that tweet, here’s my question: in your opinion, what is the best Asian soup?

Ahh I could literally think about this all day. Like, soup with noodles, dessert soups, herbal soups, broths…? I’m going to cheat by giving a couple answers. My favorite dessert soup, hands down, is red bean soup (Chinese). My favorite noodle soups would be beef pho (Vietnamese) and curry laksa (Malaysian). And my favorite soup of all time is a fish broth with vegetables my Cantonese grandma makes. It has no name but it’s delectable.

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Unveiling the cover for Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth (ft. an INT’L giveaway!)

Unveiling the cover for Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth (ft. an INT’L giveaway!)

Today marks an extremely special day about a book that’s personally close to my heart. If y’all have been following my blog before it rebranded into the golden brown, sunflower-filled space it is today, then the title Secondhand Origin Stories might strike a familiar chord to you. I’ve gushed and lovingly screamed about this wonderfully diverse literary gem on more than one occasion. In fact, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to organize a blog tour for this book, the #SHOSPH blog tour with a huge bunch of talented, passionate bloggers.

There are honestly so many aspects in Secondhand Origin Stories (written by the amazing Lee Blauersouth) that I absolutely love — its family-centered superhero plot, its remarkable bluntness in tackling social issues, its heartwarming portrayal of friendship and loyalty among a diverse group of superpowered teenagers, and the list stretches interminably. With that said, I am genuinely overjoyed to inform all of you that Lee Blauersouth’s self-published YA debut is celebrating its first year! Yep, today marks the first book birthday of Secondhand Origin Stories.

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