Friday, August 13, 2021

The Shade Under the Mango Tree ~ Book Blog Tour Guest Post, Book Trailer, & Giveaway!

The Shade Under the Mango Tree
by Evy Journey

Book Details:
Genre:  Adult Fiction 18+
Categories: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction
Publisher:  Sojourner Books
Pages: 396 pages
Release date:  November 2, 2020

Book Description:

Gold Medal, Contemporary Fiction,  2021 Global Book Awards (formerly New York City Book Awards)
Finalist, Multicultural Fiction,  2021 International Book Awards

After two heartbreaking losses, Luna wants adventure. Something and somewhere very different from the affluent, sheltered home in California and Hawaii where she grew up. An adventure in which she can also make some difference.

Lucien, a worldly, well-traveled young architect, finds a stranger's journal at a café. Though he has qualms and pangs of guilt about reading it, they don't stop him. His decision changes his life forever.

Months later, they meet at a bookstore. Fascinated by his stories and adventurous spirit, Luna goes on a Peace Corps stint to a rural rice-growing village in Cambodia. There, she finds a world steeped in ancient culture and the lasting ravages of a deadly history. Will she leave this world unscathed?

An epistolary tale of courage, resilience, and the bonds that bring diverse people together.

Guest Post:

A Letter to Potential Readers—The Shade Under the Mango Tree

Dear Reader,

Luna, the heroine of The Shade Under the Mango Tree, decides to write about her experience in a foreign country. Not only to tell the world about it, but also to help herself heal. Can writing help you heal? Yes, it can. And if you want to know more about it, try this post: WriteTo Save Your Life (or, at least, your psyche). It’s one of my inspirations in writing the book.

This type of writing can take many forms. A journal like Luna does. A letter to no one in particular. Or a book—fiction or nonfiction like a memoir.

In The Shade Under the Mango Tree (SUMT), my characters reflect a little part of me. I think it’s inevitable even when you write fantasy or sci fi. I also pay homage to grandparents. In these times when both parents often work, it’s not unusual to turn to them for help in looking after children. Both Luna and Lucien were (more or Less) raised by grandparents. My own grandmother figured significantly in my growing-up years.

Love is at the core of all my stories. Aren’t they in everyone’s life if you allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to another? Love strips you bare to both hurt and happiness. Love demands surrendering your control. Still, my novels don’t fit neatly into the romance genre. Because, ultimately, they’re about life, about our messy, complicated, wonderful lives. So SUMT includes some narrative of a foreign country’s deadly history and a suicide.

I hope the book speaks to you in some way.

All the best,
Evy Journey

Meet the Author:
Evy Journey writes. Stories and blog posts. Novels that tend to cross genres. She’s also a wannabe artist and a flâneuse. Evy studied psychology (Ph.D. University of Illinois) so she spins tales about nuanced characters dealing with the problems and issues of contemporary life. She believes in love and its many faces. Though she has traveled to many places, she has one ungranted wish: To live in Paris where art is everywhere and people have honed aimless roaming to an art form. She visits and stays a few months.

Connect with the Author: websitefacebook ~ pinterest ~ twitter

Enter the Giveaway:
Enter to win a signed copy of Evy Journey's THE SHADE UNDER THE MANGO TREE, plus $25 Amazon Gift Card 
(3 winners; USA only; Ends 9/3/2021)


Tour Schedule:
Aug 2 –
 Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 2 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 3 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 3 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Aug 3 - Working Mommy Journal - book review / giveaway
Aug 4 – @twilight_reader – book review
Aug 4 - Kam's Place - book spotlight
Aug 5 – Talk of Tales – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 - A Mama's Corner of the World - book review / giveaway
Aug 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 - Literary Flits – book spotlight
Aug 9 - Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 10 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 10 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 - Rajiv's Reviews - book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – @booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 13 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 17 - Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book review
Aug 19 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Aug 19 - Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 19 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Read with Me – book review
Aug 23 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
Aug 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 25 –Falling Into A Good Book – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 27 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 27 - Adventurous Jessy - book review / giveaway



  1. Sounds interesting!

  2. It's a glorious cover to host on my blog, and it sounds like the story within is wonderful, too. I look forward to reading it some day.