Tour Schedule: A Mystery at Lili Villa by Arathi Menon

Cousins Arj, Tam, and Mira are spending their summer vacation in Elathoor, a little village in Kerala when their family home, Lili Villa, is broken into and some jewelry is stolen. The Terrific Three set out to solve the mystery but soon discover that there is no shortage of suspects. Is it Pinching Kodavis or Dumdumchecchi, the milking lady? Is it the mean fisherwoman who starves the cat or the retired nurse who owns a luxury car? Or is it Mani with his upside-down Russian secret? Who could the thief possibly be?


Inspired by her own childhood adventures in small-town Kerala, author Arathi Menon creates a cozy picture of village life, complete with a cast of memorable characters and a parade of mouth-watering food. Laced with tongue-in-cheek humor, this middle-grade charmer offers a window into a world where summer vacations are a magical time, free from rules and schedules, and where the only way to tell time is by keeping track of the snacks.

about the author

Arathi Menon is an author and a columnist, currently based in London. In She published her first book Leaving Home With Half A Fridge in 2015. She has received a highly commendable mention at the 2018 FAB Awards and was a part of a group exhibit at the Tate Modern, London in 2019 and 2020. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She loves a good story, all animals, and pink tuck

And finally, here’s the tour schedule for the tour! Check back on this post after the tour starts to see everyone’s updated post links!

Tour Schedule

July 31

The Bookworm Diaries

August 1

@_half.blood.reader

The Bibliophilic World

August 2

Brinda’s Bookshelf

August 3

@abooktrotter

Bohemian Bibliophile

August 4

My World of Books

Bibliosini

August 5

@ciea_does_stuff

@_theliteraryartisan

August 6

@lazyfeline89

@ecstatic_yet_chaotic

Book Reviews by Satabdi

TOUR SIGNUPS: A Mystery At Lili Villa by Arathi Menon

Cousins Arj, Tam, and Mira are spending their summer vacation in Elathoor, a little village in Kerala when their family home, Lili Villa, is broken into and some jewelry is stolen. The Terrific Three set out to solve the mystery but soon discover that there is no shortage of suspects. Is it Pinching Kodavis or Dumdumchecchi, the milking lady? Is it the mean fisherwoman who starves the cat or the retired nurse who owns a luxury car? Or is it Mani with his upside-down Russian secret? Who could the thief possibly be?

Inspired by her own childhood adventures in small-town Kerala, author Arathi Menon creates a cozy picture of village life, complete with a cast of memorable characters and a parade of mouth-watering food. Laced with tongue-in-cheek humor, this middle-grade charmer offers a window into a world where summer vacations are a magical time, free from rules and schedules, and where the only way to tell time is by keeping track of the snacks.

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about the author

Arathi Menon is an author and a columnist, currently based in London. In She published her first book Leaving Home With Half A Fridge in 2015. She has received a highly commendable mention at the 2018 FAB Awards and was a part of a group exhibit at the Tate Modern, London in 2019 and 2020. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She loves a good story, all animals, and pink tuck

about the tour

The tour will run from July 31st to August 6th and will be open to all bookish content creators. The main characters are South Indian, so first priority will be given to South Indians, but everyone is welcome to sign up!

Tour Sign Ups: The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale

In this witty and heartfelt rom-com debut for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Emily Henry, and Tessa Bailey, an Indian American woman signs herself and her boyfriend up for a matchmaking site to prove they’re a perfect match, only to be paired with her ex instead.

High school sweethearts Rita Chitniss and Milan Rao were the golden couple, until the day he broke her heart. Now, six years later, Rita has turned her passion for furniture restoration into a career and has an almost-perfect boyfriend, Neil. The last thing she needs is for Milan to re-enter her life, but that’s exactly what happens when her mother, an unfailing believer in second chances, sets them up. Milan is just as charming, cocky, and confident as he was back in school. Only this time, he actually needs her business expertise, not her heart, to flip a hard-to-sell house for his realty agency.

While Rita begrudgingly agrees to help, she’s not taking any risks. To prove she’s definitely over him, she signs herself and Neil up on MyShaadi.com, a Desi matchmaking site famous for its success stories and trustworthy enough to convince everyone that she and Neil are the new and improved couple. Instead, she’s shocked when MyShaadi’s perfect match for her isn’t Neil…it’s Milan. Ignoring the website and her mother is one thing, but ignoring Milan proves much more difficult, especially when she promises to help him renovate the beach house of her dreams. And as the two of them dive deeper into work—and their pasts—Rita begins to wonder if maybe her match wasn’t so wrong after all….

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about the author

Lillie Vale is the author of the young adult novels Small Town Hearts and Beauty and the Besharam (forthcoming from Viking Children’s). She writes about secrets and yearning, complicated and ambitious girls who know what they want, the places we call home and people we find our way back to, and the magic we make. Born in Mumbai, she grew up in Mississippi, Texas, and North Dakota, and now lives in an Indiana college town. The Shaadi Set-Up is her debut adult romantic comedy.

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about the tour

The tour will run from September 1st to September 7th. EARCs will be provided for everyone and limited physical copies will be available for US based readers. This is mainly a blog and booktube tour, so first priority for physical ARCs will be given to bloggers and booktubers with bookstagram accounts.


Tour Schedule: Sister of the Bollywood Bride

For fans of Morgan Matson’s Save the Date comes a charming novel about one teen’s summer tackling disasters including, but not limited to, family, romance, and weather—as she plans her sister’s Bollywood-style Indian wedding.

Mini’s big sister, Vinnie, is getting married. Their mom passed away seven years ago and between Dad’s new start-up and Vinnie’s medical residency, there’s no one but Mini to plan the wedding. Dad raised her to know more about computers, calculus, and cars than desi weddings but from the moment Mini held the jewelry Mom left them, she wanted her sister to have the wedding Mom would’ve planned.

Now Mini has only two months to get it done and she’s not going to let anything distract her, not even the persistent, mysterious, and smoking-hot Vir Mirchandani. Flower garlands, decorations, music, even a white wedding horse—everything is in place.

That is, until a monster hurricane heads for Boston that could ruin everything. Will Mini come through as sister of the bride and save the day? Goodreads | Storygraph

about the author

Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read.

She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she dabbled in corporate finance, business analysis, and fostering shelter animals, her first love is writing.

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schedule

May 19

Not Just Fiction

It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile

May 20

Amani’s Reviews

Emotional Medley

May 21

Absorbed in Books

May 22

Windows to Worlds

Starlight Strands

May 23

Stories & Stardust

READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA

May 24

The Bibliophic World

Love, Paola

May 25

Bohemian Bibliophile

For The Love of Fictional Worlds

Damsel in the Bookland

Tour Sign Ups: Sister of the Bollywood Bride by Nandini Bajpai

For fans of Morgan Matson’s Save the Date comes a charming novel about one teen’s summer tackling disasters including, but not limited to, family, romance, and weather—as she plans her sister’s Bollywood-style Indian wedding.

Mini’s big sister, Vinnie, is getting married. Their mom passed away seven years ago and between Dad’s new start-up and Vinnie’s medical residency, there’s no one but Mini to plan the wedding. Dad raised her to know more about computers, calculus, and cars than desi weddings but from the moment Mini held the jewelry Mom left them, she wanted her sister to have the wedding Mom would’ve planned.

Now Mini has only two months to get it done and she’s not going to let anything distract her, not even the persistent, mysterious, and smoking-hot Vir Mirchandani. Flower garlands, decorations, music, even a white wedding horse—everything is in place.

That is, until a monster hurricane heads for Boston that could ruin everything. Will Mini come through as sister of the bride and save the day?

Goodreads | Storygraph

about the author

Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read.

She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she dabbled in corporate finance, business analysis, and fostering shelter animals, her first love is writing.

Pre-order | Website

about the tour

The tour will run from May 19th to May 25th. Since the MC is Indian-American, Indian-American reviewers will be given first preference, but everyone is welcome to sign up. If you want exclusive information about our tours before we make them public, sign up to be a tout host!

Tour Schedule: Rea and the Blood of the Nectar

Summary:

It all begins on the night Rea turns twelve. After a big fight with her twin brother Rohan on their birthday, Rea’s life in the small village of Darjeeling, India, gets turned on its head. It’s four in the morning and Rohan is nowhere to be found.

It hasn’t even been a day and Amma acts like Rohan’s gone forever. Her grandmother, too, is behaving strangely. Unwilling to give up on her brother, Rea and her friend Leela meet Mishti Daadi, a wrinkly old fortune-teller whose powers of divination set them off on a thrilling and secret quest. In the shade of night, they portal into an otherworldly realm and travel to Astranthia, a land full of magic and whimsy. There with the help of Xeranther, an Astranthian barrow boy, and Flula, a pari, Rea battles serpent-lilies and blood-sucking banshees, encounters a butterfly-faced woman and blue lizard-men, and learns that Rohan has been captured. Rea also discovers that she is a princess with magic. Only she has no idea how to use it.

Struggling with the truth her Amma has kept hidden from her, Rea must solve clues that lead to Rohan, find a way to rescue him and save Astranthia from a potentially deadly fate. But the clock is ticking. Can she rescue Rohan, save Astranthia, and live to see it all? Goodreads


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about the author

Payal Doshi has a Masters in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School, New York. Having lived in the UK and US, she noticed a lack of Indian protagonists in global children’s fiction and one day wrote the opening paragraph to what would become her first children’s novel. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and two-year-old daughter. When she isn’t writing or spending time with her family, you can find her nose deep in a book with a cup of coffee or daydreaming of fantasy realms to send her characters off into. She loves the smell of old, yellowed books. Rea and the Blood of the Nectar, the first book in the Chronicles of Astranthia series is her debut middle grade novel.

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schedule

May 25

Debjani’s Thoughts

May 26

Not Just Fiction

May 27

trishawantstoread

Starry Eyed Enigma

May 28

Ambivert Words

May 29

Damsel of the Bookland

read_before_you_sleep

May 30

Lost in the Bookstacks

Sagarific

May 31

For the Love of Fictional Worlds

The Bookish Dweeb

June 1

Love Paola

Book Reviews by Satabdi

Tour Schedule: American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar

Rani Kelkar has never lied to her parents, until she meets Oliver. The same qualities that draw her in—his tattoos, his charisma, his passion for art—make him her mother’s worst nightmare.

They begin dating in secret, but when Oliver’s troubled home life unravels, he starts to ask more of Rani than she knows how to give, desperately trying to fit into her world, no matter how high the cost. When a twist of fate leads Rani from Evanston, Illinois to Pune, India for a summer, she has a reckoning with herself—and what’s really brewing beneath the surface of her first love.

Winner of SCBWI’s Emerging Voices award, Anuradha D. Rajurkar takes an honest look at the ways cultures can clash in an interracial relationship. Braiding together themes of sexuality, artistic expression, and appropriation, she gives voice to a girl claiming ownership of her identity, one shattered stereotype at a time.

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about the author

ANURADHA D. RAJURKAR is a teacher by day and a YA writer by night, who holds two degrees from Northwestern University. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two sons. American Betiya is her first novel.

schedule

March 3rd

Starlight Strands

What Irin Reads

Bookshelf Life

March 4th

Endless Pages

Your Favorite Book

March 5th

The Wordy Habitat

My World of Books

March 6th

Ecstatic yet Chaotic

Paperbacks and Pen

March 7th

Wilder Girl Reads

Atharv’s Pages

March 8th

It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile

Empty Kingdom

March 9th

Diary of a Bookgirl

Absorbed in Books

Tour Sign Ups: Rea and the Blood of the Nectar

Summary:

It all begins on the night Rea turns twelve. After a big fight with her twin brother Rohan on their birthday, Rea’s life in the small village of Darjeeling, India, gets turned on its head. It’s four in the morning and Rohan is nowhere to be found.

It hasn’t even been a day and Amma acts like Rohan’s gone forever. Her grandmother, too, is behaving strangely. Unwilling to give up on her brother, Rea and her friend Leela meet Mishti Daadi, a wrinkly old fortune-teller whose powers of divination set them off on a thrilling and secret quest. In the shade of night, they portal into an otherworldly realm and travel to Astranthia, a land full of magic and whimsy. There with the help of Xeranther, an Astranthian barrow boy, and Flula, a pari, Rea battles serpent-lilies and blood-sucking banshees, encounters a butterfly-faced woman and blue lizard-men, and learns that Rohan has been captured. Rea also discovers that she is a princess with magic. Only she has no idea how to use it.

Struggling with the truth her Amma has kept hidden from her, Rea must solve clues that lead to Rohan, find a way to rescue him and save Astranthia from a potentially deadly fate. But the clock is ticking. Can she rescue Rohan, save Astranthia, and live to see it all? Goodreads

Preorder here!

About the Author

Payal Doshi has a Masters in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School, New York. Having lived in the UK and US, she noticed a lack of Indian protagonists in global children’s fiction and one day wrote the opening paragraph to what would become her first children’s novel. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and two-year-old daughter. When she isn’t writing or spending time with her family, you can find her nose deep in a book with a cup of coffee or daydreaming of fantasy realms to send her characters off into. She loves the smell of old, yellowed books. Rea and the Blood of the Nectar, the first book in the Chronicles of Astranthia series is her debut middle grade novel.

Website | Twitter

about the tour

The tour will run from May 25 to June 1 and is open to book bloggers and booktubers. EARCs will be distributed to all participants. Indian reviewers will be given first priority, as the main character is Indian. If you want to receive info about future tours before we make them public, sign up to be a tour host here!

Tour Schedule: First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

Hey everyone! Here’s the schedule for our upcoming tour, First Comes Like by Alisha Rai! Please be sure to follow all of our tour hosts!

The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes…

Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.

There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.

The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. As much as he’d like to focus on his Hollywood fresh start, he can’t get Jia out of his head. Especially once he starts to suspect who might have used his famous name to catfish her…

When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family. But as the whole world swoons over their relationship, Jia can’t help but wonder: Can an online romance-turned-offline-fauxmance ever become love in real life? Goodreads

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about the author

Alisha Rai pens award-winning contemporary romances, including The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral in her Modern Love series. Her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling or tweeting.

schedule

Feb 15th

What Irin Reads

The Wordy Habitat

Feb 16th

It’s a Funny Story

Endless Pages

Feb 17th

shelovestoread

Ambivert Words

Feb 18th

Heart’s Content

It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile

Feb 19th

The Word Glutton

My World of Books

Feb 20th

Wilted Pages

Book Reviews by Satabdi

Feb 21st

This is Lit

Diary of a Bookgirl

Tour Sign Ups: American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar

Rep: Indian-American

Rani Kelkar has never lied to her parents, until she meets Oliver. The same qualities that draw her in—his tattoos, his charisma, his passion for art—make him her mother’s worst nightmare.
They begin dating in secret, but when Oliver’s troubled home life unravels, he starts to ask more of Rani than she knows how to give, desperately trying to fit into her world, no matter how high the cost. When a twist of fate leads Rani from Evanston, Illinois to Pune, India for a summer, she has a reckoning with herself—and what’s really brewing beneath the surface of her first love.

Winner of SCBWI’s Emerging Voices award, Anuradha D. Rajurkar takes an honest look at the ways cultures can clash in an interracial relationship. Braiding together themes of sexuality, artistic expression, and appropriation, she gives voice to a girl claiming ownership of her identity, one shattered stereotype at a time.

Goodreads | Preorder

About the Author

ANURADHA D. RAJURKAR is a teacher by day and a YA writer by night, who holds two degrees from Northwestern University. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two sons. American Betiya is her first novel.

Twitter | Website

About the Tour

The tour will run from March 3rd to March 9th. All book bloggers and booktubers are welcome to sign up (priority given to Indian-American teens). Sign up below and don’t forget to fill out the tour host form to receive tour signups early!