Book Tour: Daughter Of The Boricua, by Olivia Castillo

I’m happy to participate in the book tour organised by Shalini and her Digital Reads PR.

BOOK AND AUTHOR DETAILS 

Blurb

The clouds above were dark and ominous. Moctezuma lay there bleeding, tears rolling down his swollen, bloodstained face. He thought of his firstborn, Isabella, at the mercy of the murderer of his people, Hernán Cortés, and it made him tremble with anger and loss. In a last act of defiance, Moctezuma murmured his revenge:
”Oh powerful god, I ask you to avenge my people. I ask that the next daughter of Hernán Cortés and her seed be cursed.”
With that he closed his eyes and destiny was set in the stars above him.

Daughter of the Boricua continues the saga of the award winning book, Song of the Boricua, and follows the story of Puerto Rico, told through the lives of three generations of women.
Liani; a Taino torn between her loyalty to her people, and her love for a Spanish officer.
Isabella; direct descendent of Aztec princess Isabella Moctezuma, cursed as her grandmother was.
Josephine; daughter of Isabella, afraid to love, but finding herself caught between love or career.
Are they cursed? Will they succeed or will their lives converge and end with the storm of the century?

BOOK LINKS 

AMAZON USA: https://amzn.to/3xVifOd

AMAZON UK: https://amzn.to/3xUbFaF

GOODREADS:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61055722-daughter-of-the-boricua

AUTHOR BIO

Olivia Castillo is a New York native. After going to the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, she went on to study graphic design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Along with being an entrepreneur, she is the mother of three children, and grandmother of two. When not writing or spending time with her family, she travels the world and paints.

Song of the Boricua is her first novel in her trilogy series called Songs of the Boricua. Daughter of the Boricua is her second book.

SOCIAL MEDIA DETAILS 

INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/OliviaCAuthor/

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/songoftheboricua

GOODREADS www.goodreads.com/work/be

TWITTER Twitter.com/OliviaCAuthor

WEBSITE www.oliviacastillo.org

Excerpt #1

“Isabella lived in a daily state of fear. She was so tired. She had gotten up early and was dressed by her servant. Today she wore her huipil, a closed tunic, with gold hummingbirds embroidered on it. On top, she wore a cloak trimmed with rabbit fur. Her ears were adorned with plugs of jade, and on her feet were elaborate sandals that tied up to her calves.

The hummingbirds gave her courage. It was the hummingbird god that led them to find Tenochtitlán. Her father had told her the story many times while they walked the elaborate palace gardens filled with exotic fruits, and many-colored hummingbirds flying to and fro. How she missed him! She had been much closer to her father than to her cold and distant mother.”

Excerpt #2

“Cristobal Vega Alta, 

Puerto RicoApril 2015

 The past is only a shadow emerging from nowhere. (Julia de Burgos, “Farewell from Welfare Island”)

  Cristobal felt the darkness growing within him. He didn’t know what was happening to him, but as the months went by, he felt the dark cloud grow over him and over his marriage.

  He would catch Isabella staring at him when she thought he wasn’t looking. He felt terrible, sad, and melancholy, but he couldn’t stop the growing feeling of impending doom.

  He worked on his import-export business from the home office. His window overlooked the beautiful sea and the lush avocado trees they were growing.

  Even with the paradise before him, he could not shake the feeling that something was going to happen.

  He had read about the multigenerational curses in Valvina’s book, Secretos del Palo Alto.”

Excerpt #3

“Liani

Ponce, Puerto Rico

November 1898

 The Puerto Rican WomanWoman of the earth Venus and at the same time MaryIndian of the west I come to sing poetry (Luis Lloréns Torres, “For Puerto Rico”)

Liani began her ride from her village in Cerro de Punta near Jayuya, to the town of Ponce. Her father’s caneye was high in the mountains and to get to the town of Ponce, it was a bit of a trek. She didn’t mind. It was early in the morning. The early dew had settled on the ceiba trees, giving the jungle a green, misty haze. She followed along the route. Her long, black hair flowed behind her and as the sun began to rise higher in the sky, it lit her long, wavy hair into a fiery glow. She had tied a large burlap bag to the side of the horse that was filled with the mangos her father grew.”

Excerpt #4

“Cristobal and Isabella

 Hotel San Castillo de Felipe, 

Puerto Rico-

April 2014

I love you, because in my thousand and one nights of dreams, I never once dreamed of you. I looked down paths that traveled from afar, but it was never you I expected. Suddenly I felt you flying through my soul in quick, lofty flight, and how beautiful you seem way up there. (Luis Lloréns Torres, “Love Without Love”)

  She stood by the emerald sea. The seagulls above soared and swooped into the water, then flew up high again, circling them.

  Then they were looking into each other’s eyes and Isabella felt the love of a thousand nights crash into that one moment. She would soon become Mrs. Cristobal Carrasco.

Milo was to be her escort down the aisle. He was so handsome at twenty-four—tall like Calix, but he had Isabella’s features. He wore an off-white tux with a blush boutonnière made of a small sweetheart rosebud, a succulent, curly willow, and white hyacinth.”

Book Tour: Daughter Of The Boricua, by Olivia Castillo

Ethakka Cutlets. Kerala Banana Cutlets Using Asahi Kasei Cooking Sheet.

Asahi Kasei Cooking Contest
Contestant: Kurian Jacob
Dish: Nenthrakaya Cutlets (adopted from preparation of famous chef Pillai)
I’m thrilled that I could adopt a recipe which foodie icon chef Pillai has asked us to try in his video. It’s dear particularly to Keralaites as the banana, the key ingredient is from Kerala.
I found this Nenthrakaya cutlets while browsing through the post of Instagram friend Sreesha Nair. She said it’s from famous Chef Suresh Pillai.
That’s when I realised that I haven’t been following him and quickly followed. Perhaps it was due to the fear that I may not be successful in trying out a dish by him. Now I am thanking him for it and urge you to follow him for unique items like this.
As such this is a fitting entry to the Asahi Kasei contest.
Try this out, it’s very good. Baking is made super simple with the cooking sheet of Asahi Kasei.
Start using Asahi Kasei products for easy and healthy cooking.

Ethakka Cutlets. Kerala Banana Cutlets Using Asahi Kasei Cooking Sheet.

Peanut Butter Cookies Using Asahi Kasei Cooking Sheet.

Asahi Kasei Cooking Contest
Contestant Name: Kurian Jacob
Dish: Peanut Butter Cookies
I’m using Asahi Kasei Cooking Sheet for baking the cookies. Equal quantities of freshly and homemade (without preservatives) peanut butter and brown sugar are mixed well. One egg is beaten and mixed with a few drops of vanilla essence and added to the mix.
The cooking sheet is taken from the Asahi Kasei roll using it’s self cutter and spread on the baking tray. The oven is preheated for 15 minutes at 200 degrees.
The tray is placed inside the oven and baked for 15 minutes. When done it’s taken out and three almonds each were immersed into the half done cookies.
It’s then baked for another 5 minutes to have crisp almond crowned peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies Using Asahi Kasei Cooking Sheet.

Fry Fish Without Oil. Use Asahi Kasei Frying Pan Foil.

Entry into Asahi Kasei Cooking Contest.
Entry by: Kurian Jacob
Frying Fish Using Asahi Kasei Frying Pan Foil.
When it comes to frying, fish frying is the queen of all frying. I have here a big piece of Kalanchi (sea bass) fish to fry. It’s pre marinated and just place it on the frying pan foil on the tawa and it just get fried on it without any oil.
It’s not only avoiding oil, we don’t have the dilemma of whether non stick is healthy or not, or should we go back to cast iron tawas.
Thank you Asahi Kasei for bringing in this amazing Japanese technology, particularly the frying pan foil which is silicone coated and healthy.

Fry Fish Without Oil. Use Asahi Kasei Frying Pan Foil.

Fry Eggs Without Oil or Nonstick Pan. Use Asahi Kasei Frying Pan Foil.

Asahi Kasei Cooking Contest:
Entry by Kurian Jacob (@kjacob125).
Fried Eggs using Frying Pan Foil of Asahi Kasei.
It’s non stick with silicone coating. No oil used and it’s healthy cooking.
Pan is intact. It doesn’t matter if it’s nonstick which could be unhealthy or cast iron which is healthier.
No need even to clean the pan after cooking.
This is new style cooking, new technology and healthy.

Fry Eggs Without Oil or Nonstick Pan. Use Asahi Kasei Frying Pan Foil.

How to Make Dosa Without Oil! UsAsahi Kasei Frying Pan Foil.

Oil Free Dosa

Asahi Kasei Cooking Contest
Contestant: Kurian Jacob
Dish: Dosa using frying pan foil.
Dosa is not a joint winner with Idli in world’s healthiest breakfast title, because of use of oil or unhealthy nonstick materials.
Asahi Kasei’s frying pan foil resolves it. No oil or no use of unhealthy cooking vessels.
Here I’m making dosa on easy to use and clean Asahi Kasei frying pan foil, the real revolution in frying or cooking.

How to Make Dosa Without Oil! UsAsahi Kasei Frying Pan Foil.

Virgin Coconut Oil

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Virgin Coconut Oil

Crab Walk. Kerala Beach

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Crab Walk. Kerala Beach

Jackfruit

Jackfruit

The Smallest Mango Tree

It was happiness. We fought together some severe pest attack and survived.

This little budded tree on my balcony gave a real tasty naadan (local small variety) mango.

Enjoyed, just like in the traditional way. First tasted the remains left on the andy (seed). Then had the two thin ones called palaka pool (plank pooled portion) and finally the best parts the metthha pools (the thick bigger cuts). Bliss.

What if I grow a new one from the seed.

The Smallest Mango Tree