Booklife Review: Shade Under the Mango Tree

Journey (Margaret of the North) offers a globe-spanning voyage that explores heartbreak, budding love, growing up, and developing connections with others. Luna works at a bookstore and spends her life traveling between California and Hawai’i, but craves adventure. Lucien, a … Continued

San Francisco Book Review: Shade Under the Mango Tree

(Spoiler Alert) Luna grew up with her grandmother in Hawaii until the age of thirteen. Afterward, she moved to join her parents and brothers in California, where she continued her education and university studies. Her beloved grandmother gave her a … Continued

First Professional Review: The Shade Under the Mango Tree

Here’s the first professional review of my latest book by Self-Publishing Review, cross-posted on the Independent Review of Books. The book will be free for the next two days: November 17 and 18. Get your free copy. And if you … Continued

Getting Ready for a Book Launch: My Latest Novel

I’m getting ready for the book launch of my latest novel. Yes, I’ve finished it: my latest book, The Shade Under the Mango Tree. I started it more than two years ago but, in the middle of writing it, my … Continued

Downcast Eyes: A World of Meaning

The heroine’s downcast eyes in Welcome Reluctant Stranger (Book 3, Between Two Worlds), tell you she’s deep in thought. Leilani’s gaze darted between Greg and Elise; then, with downcast eyes and a tremulous voice, she said, “There was so much … Continued

The Fun of Researching a Book

Inside, the terminal was bouncing. That was the only way Leilani could describe it. Greeters jumped and shrieked their welcome at arrivals they had not seen in a while. Children squealed as they played, running through throngs of people. She … Continued

How Can You Boost Your KDP Free Days? Useful Data-Based Insights

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On two consecutive Fridays in June, I ran kdp free days for Hello, My Love! (HML), Book 1, and Welcome Reluctant Stranger! (WRS), Book 3, of my series, Between Two Worlds. I meant to test a couple of my suspicions. … Continued

Those Festering Issues: Race and Culture

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Has anyone who’s lived within at least two cultures not been tempted to weigh in on the broiling issue of being “transracial”? Rachel Dolezal, former regional president of the NAACP, claimed she was black, but was recently outed as white … Continued

Crossing Cultures With Good Eats

Writing the multicultural experience A famous chef, James Beard, once said: Food is our common ground, a universal experience. Who could dispute that food is a universal experience? But is it really a common ground? I have my own prejudices … Continued

Living and Writing the Multicultural Experience

I’ve lived in different places. Born in some far-flung place, educated at universities in the US West and Mid-west, and currently residing in multicultural San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve also “lived” a few months at a time in Paris (several … Continued