Due to.. uh… (gestures widely at everything), AAR’s Tropical Romance Book Club has been on hiatus for a long time. I’m very excited to bring it back with a conversation with Hana Sheik, the Somali-born, Canada-raised author whose debut for Harlequin – Second Chance To Wear His Ring – is set in Somaliland and Ethiopia. Welcome, Hana! […]
Welcome back to the Tropical Romance Book Club, a reading project to experience love around the world as written by local authors. In case you’d like to catch up, previous featured authors have been: […]
Welcome back to the Tropical Romance Book Club, where I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons (well, more my reading latitudes) by seeking out romances set in tropical countries, written by local authors and starring local characters. I started this project when it was summer where I live, but now that northern hemisphere January has rolled around, I need this more than ever. I swear I feel warmer just reading about sunshine.
Previously on the Tropical Romance Book Club:
For this installment, I read the Singapore-set novel Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.
The Tropical Romance Book Club is my project to literally expand my reading horizons by trying books by authors from and set in countries between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. After reading One Night at the Palace Hotel, set in the Philippines, and interviewing the author Bianca Mori, I shifted hemispheres to read books set in Trinidad and Tobago by Roslyn Carrington, written under her romance pseudonym, Simona Taylor. Mesmerized is a romantic suspense novel following two American expat oil and gas industry workers during a political crisis on Trinidad, and Everything to Me is a Harlequin Kimani category romance starring a music producer and music journalist attending a major international jazz festival on Tobago (where they find themselves staying at a sexy couples resort). Roslyn Carrington has graciously agreed to talk about her romance experience with me.
Welcome back to the Tropical Romance Book Club! The idea for this series is – for me, and hopefully you readers too – to explore some books which tell love stories set in places we in the Western publishing world don’t usually see much, told in the voices of people who live there. Our first book is One Night at the Palace Hotel, set in Manila, capital of the Philippines. The book’s author, Bianca Mori, has graciously agreed to join us to talk about reading and writing romance in the Philippines.
CR: Thanks for taking time to talk with me! I enjoyed One Night at the Palace Hotel. Let’s begin with your beginning – How did you first discover romance?
BM: In my teens my first exposure to the genre were Sweet Valley and Sweet Dreams books. I […]