4.19.2011

Blasian Lit Thread #7

Since the last thread, I concluded that it was a good idea to actually read books before putting them up here. That idea turned out to be unfeasible (I'm only just reading Lotus Blossom Chronicles Book 1 from the third lit thread), I am too busy these days so I'll just keep on putting up books with Blasian themes as I find them.

Intimate Betrayal by Donna Hill
Reese Delaware is an investigative reporter with a burning desire to seek the truth. But one story eludes her—her own. Fifteen years before, she survived a tragic accident that robbed her of her family and left her with missing memories of her life. Now, determined to succeed despite the past, she accepts an assignment to profile Maxwell Knight, the millionaire computer wizard who is also fleeing a shadowy past of his own. The attraction between them is powerful, sparking a desire neither can deny. But it isn't until they have gone beyond professional boundaries and come closer to surrendering to a need greater than their willpower that Maxwell and Reese begin to uncover the shattering secret that links their lives.
Yes I know, the guy on the cover appears white. However the hero, i.e. Maxwell Knight is Blasian (half-Black and half-Japanese).


Steady by Ruthie Robinson
Katrina Jones is Hampton Heights' reigning gardening queen, leading the city to three consecutive competition championships. As she prepares for the next upcoming competition, she finds out that her spot has been given to Will Nakene, the new eco-friendly kid on the block. Swayed by his home's sustainable construction and adjacent Japanese-inspired backyard garden, the committee taps Will for what they hope is another victory, with Katrina's assistance, putting her in an even more awkward spot since she had tried her womanly charms on him with little success at a recent New Years Even party.Swallowing her pride and recognizing that she doesn’t hold the required qualifications to be a filly in his stable of beauties, Katrina begins to blossom before Will’s eyes, exposing a kind of beauty he had yet to find in a female companion. As Will’s interest and desire in her increases, Katrina fights the same urges, worried that a relationship between them could never work out.Will’s persistence pays off, and the eventually bring their friendship to the next level, but their love is threatened by Katrina’s insecurity, created by a childhood filled with abandonment, loneliness and a feeling of unworthiness. Through compassion, determination and love, Will proves to Katrina that their love can steady any storm.

Let's Get It On by Dyanne Davis

When Heaven, a registered nurse falls in love with Hamid despite religious and cultural differences she knows there will be problems. When her business takes off, fulfilling her dreams of financial independence she's not so ready to give it up.Hamid has given a vow to his family that he will not do as so many have done. He has come to America to become a doctor but his pledge to return to Pakistan and give back was not taken lightly. Falling in love with Heaven has brought its own set of problems.
In spite of the problems the couple marries and set about to compromise. Hamid returns to Pakistan to begin work in the clinic and Heaven remains in America to manage her business. After a year of this the constant separation isn't working. When it looks as if their fighting will eventually tear away at the seam of their love they realize something drastic must be done.

Hamid is tied to his vow to his father. Heaven is tied to a vow to herself. Will they find a way to bridge the continental divide and save their love or will they allow vows to keep them apart.

Wild Amber by Renee Gipson

1885 Oklahoma
Amber Tegan is nineteen and as wild and untamed as the Oklahoma frontier. Alone after the tragic murder of her loving family, she is determined to right a terrible wrong. Amber sets out on a trail of vengeance, creating her own justice as she tracks and kills each murderer while risking the love of the one man capable of saving her soul.
Three Rivers is the local shaman for a nearby band of Wichita. He understands Amber’s need for revenge, but he’s fallen deeply under her spell and will do what he can to help even as she jeopardizes their growing love.

Now for fiction that is not entirely romance (I am yet to read it), Andrea Hairston's  Redwood and Wildfire features an African-American heroine and a Seminole-Irish hero in a piece of speculative fiction boardly speaking


At the turn of the 20th century, minstrel shows transform into vaudeville which slides into moving pictures. Hunkering together in dark theatres, diverse audiences marvel at flickering images. This “dreaming in public” becomes common culture and part of what transforms immigrants and “native” born into Americans.
Redwood, an African American woman, and Aidan, a Seminole Irish man, journey from Georgia to Chicago, from haunted swampland to a “city of the future.” They are gifted performers and hoodoo conjurors, struggling to call up the wondrous world they imagine, not just on stage and screen, but on city streets, in front parlors, in wounded hearts.

The power of hoodoo is the power of the community that believes in its capacities to heal and determine the course of today and tomorrow. Living in a system stacked against them, Redwood and Aidan’s power and talent are torment and joy. Their search for a place to be who they want to be is an exhilarating, painful, magical adventure. Blues singers, filmmakers, haints, healers, and actors work their mojo for adventure, romance, and magic from Georgia to Chicago!

Then there is this book, Nihon Nights which could have been an awesome work of Blasian fiction except it isn't. I am linking to it because I've always wanted to read a story like Nihon Nights but with an Asian hero.

10 comments:

  1. Are these new? Some of the covers are starting to look a lot better.

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  2. That Intimate Betrayal cover is such fail. Wild Amber and Lets get it on sound interesting.

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  3. That Intimate Betrayal cover is such fail.

    Girl...in the worst way.

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  4. "That Intimate Betrayal cover is such fail"

    I too don't like the cover at all. I love the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover" but I hate misleading book covers. The original cover, which I own, looks better (though the guy looks more black and just being half).

    I bought "Steady" about a month ago and while I thought is was a good read, well written, and it had great set up there was too much derailing in the middle of the book that made it seem too long.

    One Book I would like to add is Imari Jade's new release "In deep Kimchi". I have to admit I'm a sucker for books with a J-pop/Visual-kei theme since I participated in the style while in Japan and sometimes in the states.
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10449992-in-deep-kimchi

    What was great about the novel was that the characters seem very real and though very sensual it didn't over power the reader with overwhelming sex scenes (I leave that to my erotica).

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  5. @Ankh, I don't know if Wild Amber is new but Redwood and Wildfire is very new (I believe it was released only a few months ago) and Let's Do It Again seems to have undergone a reprinting. Steady looks new though I'm not sure.

    @modest-goddess

    I only just found out that there are older covers for that book. That's such a blatant case of white-washing.

    @Kyo

    Thanks for that link! But what does kimchi have to do with J-pop and visual kei? (asks before she visits the link...)

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  6. @eccentricyoruba

    It's about a J-pop band. I'm more into visual-kei but this book definitely kept me interested 'till the end. ^_^ The link is the goodreads review.

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  7. @eccentricyoruba

    I also forgot to mention that the author is releasing a sequel to this story called "Saranghae" next month. It also features a Korean actor.

    http://www.sugarnspicepress.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=1&zenid=uv0pqit2pfmoepd00ehdp2g1f2

    Scroll down to see the blurb and release date.

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  8. @ Kyo

    Why is the title stating something that is apart of Korean culture and the people in the first book are Japanese? The second one is acceptable I guess since it features one Korean actor, but I think the author should have done more research.

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  9. Great site. To drinkorea: Author did do her research. In Deep Kimichi is just a term for characters getting their butts in trouble. All the books in this series will have funny sounding titles. Saranghae (I Love You) released today. Enjoy.

    Imari Jade

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