9.03.2010

Blasian Lit Thread #2

Adrienne by D. Renee Bagby
"He crossed dimensions to claim her as his queen-but her reign may destroy his world. A Bron Universe novel Adrienne Backett wants two simple little things this spring break: rest and relaxation. After nearly four years of slaving away for her college education, she deserves a holiday. What she gets is pulled into another dimension by a man who claims she's his rightful queen. Malik, King of Ulan, has until his birthday to find his bride or he must forfeit his throne. When a spell reveals her location, he will do anything, even cross dimensions, to claim her as his own. As if fending off a lusty king isn't enough of a headache, Adrienne finds herself a pawn in a rival monarch's plot to bring Malik's world to its knees. But is the real danger being stuck in the middle of a power struggle between rival kingdoms? Or the damage Malik could do to her heart?"
Amazon USA, Read an excerpt

Cornbread and Dim Sum: A Memoir of a Heart Glow Romance by Jacqueline Annette Sue
The personal love story between a Chinese man and  an African-American  woman set against the backdrop of 1960 San Francisco. This memoir is a wonderful   look at the lives of two people who are caught up in the racial tensions caused by their inter-racial relationship.  The story is a tapestry of romance that uses the threads of the wedding of the couple’s youngest daughter to create an emotional imagery of the times. The book is not so much about racial differences that tend to separate us, but about what it means to be a human being despite those differences.  This is a true account - where Asian and African-American meet, clash and finally meld into a beautiful story of the conquering power of love.
Amazon USA

Color Blind: Loving Jiro and Lakota Anthology by Jordyn Tracey
Loving Jiro - Kiara meets a sexy Japanese man at the community center where she teaches art. While Jiro promises if Kiara comes to him, he will never hurt her, he is also used to man-woman relationships from his culture, and Kiara doesn't understand the rules. On top of that, he is a cold-blooded assassin, and refuses to change. How can Kiara love a man as unyielding as Jiro coming from the abusive relationship she leaves behind? Lakota - Tawni's Native American boyfriend is a male model. He's sexy, rich and devoted to her, but all they do is fight. When Tawni begins dreaming of Lakota with the personality that matches her fantasies, she feels so guilty. To make matters more interesting, Tawni's dream lover calls her his wife, and pleads with her to forgive him for calling her back from the dead! Is it all a dream or is something else going here?

Amazon USA

The Alpha Promise by Hayat Ali
When Adina Carr is stranded in London by her ungrateful, not to mention philandering ex-boyfriend, she is about to call it quits and head back home to New York City with her tail between her legs, but through a bout of serendipity things are about to get a whole lot more interesting—and dangerous. On the very day she loses her job, she happens upon someone in trouble—and not just any someone. This someone is expected to become the high prince of all vampires, a centuries-old dispute notwithstanding. Jin, the vampire in question, has spent a lifetime being groomed to rule; yet, there is a tribe of rebel undead who will do anything to make sure he does not assume the throne. It is Adina who unwittingly gives him a second chance and finds herself in the middle of a bloody battle—and falling hopelessly in love
Amazon USA

Folklore and other stories by Ankhesen Mié
"Folklore"
When young Kazuya Kurosaki orders the disposal of a rival's favorite, beautiful Amisi Ryan shows up with a "'thank you'...from the dead". Her priceless gift, an approximately four-thousand-year-old solid gold mask, lures Kazuya into a world of myth and intoxicating fantasy, and with each telling of an ancient tale, he finds himself drawn further and further away from everything - and everyone - he knows.

"Echo"
Rory Zheng is a young traveler who arrives at Silver Wood Manor, an enchanting residence atop a mountain where he meets an array of characters. Among them are the mischievous old Irishman who designed the buildings and the chatty nine-year-old daughter of the beautiful, somber landlady of Silver Wood, whose husband is often away. To unlock the mystery and history of the manor and its people, Rory employs some magic of his own: the art of storytelling.

"The Collection"
The divorce between Jason Rang and his filthy rich, soon-to-be ex-wife Mireille is actually going well. Or at least it does until Jason lets his new fiancée Maribel actually meet Mireille. Invited to Mireille's newly inherited mansion (fully furnished with all manner of beautiful shirtless young men), Jason and Maribel find themselves lulled into a sensual world where they learn that sometimes - but only sometimes - an entire divorce proceeding can be just another lovers' quarrel.

Wasteland Books, Book depository

25 comments:

  1. Ankhesen's "Folklore" is already on its way to me. Yea! Finally!

    "Cornbread and Dim Sum: A Memoir of a Heart Glow Romance" by Jacqueline Annette Sue is a must-read for me.

    "Color Blind: Loving Jiro and Lakota Anthology by Jordyn Tracey" - Question - Should I be afraid now or later? Somebody please tell me this book isn't as horrible as it sounds.

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  2. Is it common for the exotic men in these books to be sheiks, chiefs, other princes or kings? What about a professor, a fisherman (who are ripped just like the firemen over here), a tax agent, an athlete, or something else more ordinary? I'm just curious, not passing judgment. If it's the norm, I just wonder why.

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  3. Is it common for the exotic men in these books to be sheiks, chiefs, other princes or kings?

    I don't think so. I hope not. Contemporary lit's a little more necessary at this juncture.

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  4. @Ankhesen

    I read some covers over at Amazon and there were enough royal guys to be noticeable. I don't really mind, it's just weird in this day and age. Maybe I should have peeped at the genre. There are vampires doing their things, after all. :D

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  5. I read some covers over at Amazon and there were enough royal guys to be noticeable.

    Dear God.

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  6. This book sounds like something i would really want to read. I wonder if I can get this shipped to China?

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  7. Hateya, i've actually got a problem when the 'exotic' man is a sheikh or chief etc but the good thing is that it doesn't happen all the time. i roll my eyes when all the Asian guys in any book know martial arts. i'm also fed up with vampires, i went through the vampire craze in my late teens.

    personally speaking, i wouldn't read or purchase the Color Blind anthology. i really want Ankhesen's book and Corn Bread and Dim Sum but it takes so long for books to be shipped over here. not to mention i'll probably have to pay duty fees or something.

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  8. People...seriously....

    Just give me your mailing addresses and I'll ship you a signed copy free of charge.

    I didn't write that book for the money; LOL, this America.

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  9. @eccentricyoruba

    I hear you about that martial arts business. Although there are many dojos around here, the martial arts are done for spiritual cleansing, exercise or sports. Hollywood's still trying pretend Asian lack in testosterone and other manly attributes; therefore, martial arts is the only way they can beat out other men. Riiiigggghhhhtttt!!!

    I suspected Color Blind anthology was a piece of crap before I read the comments. Apparently, we're supposed to believe that in a normal Japanese relationship, it's acceptable for a man to beat his woman. Good gods! Women here stab and kill their bastard husbands/boyfriends (for lesser reasons) on a regular basis. The news always blows my mind.

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  10. @Ankh seriously? do you ship to Nigeria by any chance?

    @Hateya what? i think i should really start finding out more about books before i put them up here!

    that news blows my mind as well, the sad thing is that i've come across works that want to portray all East Asian cultures as inherently anti-woman. this sort of leads back to what you mentioned on the other thread on Blasian books written by authors who have not been in Blasian relationships or who don't care enough to actually learn more about the cultures they are supposed to be working with.

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  11. @ eccentricyoruba

    Yes, I'll ship to you. Just send me your complete address via email and I'll try to get out to you this week.

    that news blows my mind as well, the sad thing is that i've come across works that want to portray all East Asian cultures as inherently anti-woman.

    A tactic which conveniently makes Eastern women desirable in America, but not Eastern men.

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  12. thanks Ankh! will send you an email by tomorrow!

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  13. ive been lurking around here for a few days. Im glad theres a blog like this. I didnt know there was so many blasian lits.

    @Ankhesen Mié I couldnt find your email.

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  14. @eccentricyoruba
    i think i should really start finding out more about books before i put them up here!

    No! You shouldn't go through this hassle. You've agreed to track down the books and we'll decide for ourselves if they're nutty.

    For example, I was told that "Come to Me" wasn't all that special, but I actually like it for one very important reason: the author takes care of her characters. I don't care if her smut isn't up to par or if the story isn't the most exciting on Earth. Her black female protagonist is not a drama queen and she is a full well-rounded character with a family and an ability to make good friends. Her Lakota Hunk (who is not accurately represented by that not-quite-there-guy on the cover) is not stereotypical in any way, shape or form. His ornery ass is wonderful! Miss Homeland Security did her homework.

    For someone who doesn't particularly care for over-the-top romance, this story is perfect for me. "Chayton's Tempest" is god-awful to me, but great for everyone else. As you can see, there's no way to read our minds and choose the books according to our tastes; therefore, please continue as is and we'll do our parts, too. Thank you very much.

    I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. I was away for awhile and I'm trying to recover from it.

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  15. @Hateya, i felt your absence and i believe i was the person who said 'Come to Me' was not special :D

    but when you put it the way you did, things make sense. i try to put aside personal preferences and bias when compiling these lists and i think that'll be for the best!

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  16. @eccentricyoruba

    It's easy to miss me, isn't it? No one else is offering insignificant details that have no bearing on the actual conversation. ;)

    On a funny note, despite pulling my hair from the roots, I cannot stop reading "Chayton's Tempest." It's weirdly addictive. hahahahaha. As for "Come with Me," I'm not disagreeing that it isn't special. It isn't exciting; however, it appeals to me on a non-romantic basis. Jesse Ruth is mainly calm and doesn't spend all of her time screaming unless Cloud Walker is giving her the goods. I like that. ;)

    Geez. I can't believe I'm discussing romance novels. **the world ends**

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  17. If you are interested in a good Blasian lit. Then I totally recommended buying "A Drummer's Beat to Mend" by Kei Swanson.
    It all begins when Tetsuro Takamitsu, a japanese drummer, has devoted his life to Taiko drumming, sacrificing family for performing. Mckenna Stafford an African-American doctor, has given her life to medicine, abandoning hope of marriage and children. Brought together by a freak accident, McKenna finds her heart repaired as she mends Tetsuro's hand.
    Sure the summary really doesn't say much but once you read this book it would be well worth the money.
    Ad if you decide to buy the book i also recommend seeing an actual Taiko performance. I saw a Taiko group called The Yamato The Drummer's of Japan at Chico State, California 2 years ago. Its worth going and inspirational.

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  18. Looking a back at this post I'm surprised no one has said more about "The Alpha Promise".

    I'd have to say it has to be the one of the best vampire stories I have ever read, not to mention AMBW story and I'm anxiously waiting for the second installment(which might be this year).

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  19. I'd have to say it has to be the one of the best vampire stories I have ever read

    Really? I'll have to check that out.

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  20. "Really? I'll have to check that out."

    Yeah, I was weary of reading it because many recent vampire novels sucked to much, but I took a chance because of all the good reviews on amazon and now I can't get enough of it. The writer is going to release the second book by this fall.

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  21. The writer is going to release the second book by this fall.

    Then I've got some serious catching up to do!!!!

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  22. The Alpha Promise was a great book. Lot's of action and the supporting characters were just as interesting as the main characters. I can't wait for the sequel.

    I read Adrienne as well and I didn't enjoy the characterization. The heroine was so annoying. I really couldn't get into the character at all. I left a detailed review on Amazon. The world of Bron was intriguing but Adrienne ruined the story for me.

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  23. @Ank, can we still send our mailing address to get the book, or is that over?

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  24. MCP is actually about to release an unabridged ebook version, so bear with us for a moment.

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