October is one of my favorite months. For one thing, I love how it starts of the holiday season. Maybe it’s also because my mom loved it and had lots of fun decorations. I know as a kid, dressing up and trick or treating was the reason. As an adult, I loved passing out candy. (I was generous and delighted in the big eyes of the beggers.) These days I take my kids begging, but it’s not the huge mass of kids ghosts and ghouls like I recall when I was a kid. Another great thing about fall is all the yummy goodies, and the colors of nature is that winter is coming!
I know that makes most people groan.
What are some of the things you like about October?
I’m currently reading:
I was lucky in that I got an ARC for this beauty. It’s a fun story so far. Our leading lady has spunk and wit. This book hits the shelves on November 6th.
Summer Henley is sick of playing it safe. Safe career path (accounting,) safe place to live (with her parents,) and a safe best friend (Mark.)
In her dreams she was a screenwriter with a home in a Malibu and a hot actor boyfriend, but that was saved in her someday file. For the moment, she’d play the part of a good worker, good daughter, and good friend. Even though her heart longed for something more, especially with Mark.
It wouldn’t be so hard to stay just friends if Mark would quit being so amazing to her. Knowing her dream, he’s secured her a spot as an extra in Korean television show⸺placing her directly in the path of the handsome lead actor. Now, two incredible men are vying for her attention and she has to decided if her dreams are really what she wants, or if her reality is better than she could ever imagine.
Hannah Reynolds travels to Korea in search of her own drama hero come to life. What she gets instead is gorgeous, but surly tour guide, Jae Lee. He seems determined to ruin every romantic location they visit with his snarky comments, but Hannah can’t deny the crackling tension between them.
As they travel around the country with a busload of wacky K-drama and K-pop fans, their chemistry keeps drawing the two together. Hannah sees the mountain of problems standing between her and a relationship with Jae. They live in different countries. She’s flying home in five days. And he always takes an emotional step back whenever they get closer. But her heart doesn’t want to listen to reason. All it can see is the flower boy tour guide.
Flower Boy Tour Guide is the first in the multi-author series, My Korean Crush. These authors love learning about Korea because of what we’ve been lucky enough to see of their dramas and Kpop music.
I was lucky enough to read this prior to release, and I’ve already purchased my ebook. (It’s only 99 cents of you act fast!)
The story sets out with a young American arriving in Seoul. She feels like she’s come home, and is excited to be there. When she meets her roommate for the tour, it’s instant best friends. And then there is Jae. He may look like a flower boy, but he has thorns. Romantic comedy ensues in this delightful debut by Shannon Kent.
Cinderella is a tale that is told in many cultures. Check out these two versions set in Korea.
From a life filled with heartache and hardship, comes an unmatched beauty destined for a fairy-tale ending: Pear Blossom, a young Korean girl, leads a happy life with her parents until her mother dies and her father remarries. Her new wicked stepmother and stepsister make Pear Blossom the victim of their cruelty. They give her the nickname Pigling, or little pig, and do everything they can to torture her. But soon, magical creatures come to Pear Blossom’s aid and one day, the girl meets a handsome magistrate. Will Pear Blossom’s luck change for the better? Or is she destined to suffer at her stepfamily’s hands forever?
This masterfully retold version of Cinderella presents real Korean customs and includes dramatic, brightly colored illustrations” (Children’s Literature).
This is an enchanting and magical variant of the favorite fairy tale. Publishers Weekly noted that “the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporation of Korean words.” Children’s Literature pointed out that “it should be noted that all the illustrations—from those depicting Korean rituals to the smallest clothing details—are the result of the illustrator’s extensive research and passionate interest in Korean culture.”
Like the tree planted to honor her birth, Pear Blossom is beautiful, and the pride of her elderly mother and father. But then her mother dies, and her father remarries. Pear Blossom’s stepmother resents her new daughter’s beauty.
Out of jealousy, she makes Pear Blossom perform impossible chores while her own daughter, Peony, watches idly. But fortunately, Pear Blossom is not alone. With the help of magical creatures—togkabis—she can accomplish each task, and triumph over her stepmother’s cruelty.
Jennie Bennett is a mother to four beautiful and crazy children, and wife to a handsome and kind husband. She found a passion in Korean pop culture in January of 2013 and she’s never looked back since. She currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, kids, and a cute puppy named Charlie. Twitter: @jabennettwrites Facebook: Jennie Bennett Instagram: @Jenniefire
As one of the authors sponsoring our event, For the Love of Korea, it is now time to share her delightful romantic comedies with you.
This exciting contest is offered by Jennie Bennett.
How to enter:
Either publicly share the contest post on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter–or Snap, Tweet, Insta, or post on Facebook about one of my books, and tag me in the post.
That post is on her facebook page. Sharing this blog post will not count towards an entry (although it is appreciated).
You’ll get one entry per social media share, per day.
Since writing a book is a huge undertaking, Jennie will not write it unless she gets 100 entrants (not entries, rather, individual persons participating. So the more you share, the better.)
When I started planning this event, I reached out to several authors. The one that got back to me was Love Journey. On her Amazon bio she states: LOVE JOURNEY is a brown girl that’s captivated by the world of Asian dramas, culture, food, and music. She writes to show the world that Asian men and Black Women (AMBW) Romance is alive and well.
Love Journey provided me with a list of books that was influenced by her love of things Asian/Korean.
BOOK 1 – Paranormal Tiger Shifter Romance
A life of obligation is the only thing Mika has ever known.
She is one of the last female tiger-shifter. Her future has been decided – marry the tiger-shifter prince, produce children, and save the race. She has always followed a strict code of conduct and played by the rules. That is, until she meets Seungri.
She didn’t expect him to understand, but she hoped to have this one affair of the heart before settling into her life of loveless duty. As Seungri finds his way into her heart, Mika’s must decide between betraying her people or her soul mate. Time to decide.
Her Unexpected Fate is a short but sweet romance novella, with no graphic content. This can be read as a stand-alone novella.
AMBW Paranormal Shifter Romance Series:
Book 1 – Her Unexpected Fate
Book 2 – His Unexpected Love
Book 3 – Their Unexpected Legacy
I’ve read the first in the series, Her Unexpected Fate. I’ve also grabbed the second one in the series. I thought Her Unexpected Fate sets the stage for part two. I won’t give any details, but I liked it enough to read on. The world is interesting, and I look forward to seeing the further world building While this book isn’t set in the real world, Mika does fall in love with a man whose culture will mirror Korean culture in some ways.
If you like shapeshifters, the check out this song from the Kdrama, Gu Family Book.
When Jaewon is assigned to partner with supersoldier Tera in Neo Seoul’s top weapons development division, he must decide where he stands: with the people his rebel father protected or with the totalitarian government that claims it will end all war.
With this book, I haven’t read all of it yet, so I can’t offer a warning about content. This is a dystopian book set in a divided Seoul.
I asked my Kdrama fan group for a song that would fit an dystopian novel to share, and I’ve selected this one by BTS.