Blog Tour: Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams
Would you risk your life--or your soul--for the sake of art? Born into an impoverished Hawaiian family in the 1960s, Maile Manoa's quest for a life in music lures her to the high-stakes world of European opera. In Salzburg, Austria she attracts the attentions of powerful men and falls in love--with a troubled young musician, with the city, and the intrigue that surrounds her. When Werner von Wehlen, the famous conductor at the center of Salzburg's glamorous music festival, offers her a leading role, she is forced to confront the Nazi heart of the classical music scene and von Wehlen's treacherous past. With Soviet tanks threatening to invade the city on the evening of her much-anticipated premiere, Maile must choose between recognition on the world stage or leaving the city with her life--and her conscience--intact. This debut novel hits all the right notes--following in the spell-casting footsteps of Ann Patchett's Bel Canto. Pick up your copy of this Literary/ Historical through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.
This book was wonderful. Williams transports you to the beautiful worlds and makes you feel like you are going through Malie's journey right along side her. I love that Williams first hand knowledge of these worlds, Hawaii, Austria/Germany, and opera, really pours through her wonderful words.
The whole story reminded me of The Red Shoes, but with opera instead of ballet, a bit which was great because that is one of my top favorite movies and to translate it into the world of opera was even more great.
It's a brilliant book and I can't wait to read more from Williams. Plus even though it was set in Hawaii for only a bit, I would love to see more historical Hawaiian fiction. I've never really experienced that genre fully yet and it seems very intriguing and up my alley.
This has been yet another great blog tour hosted by Novel Publicity and as always there are prizes a foot for you!
Welcome to Novel Publicity's latest publishing house blog tour. Join us as two new titles from Luminis Books--we're calling them the Luminis Duo--tour the blogosphere in a way that just can't be ignored. And, hey, we've got prizes!
About the author: Originally from Hawaii, Waimea Williams spent a decade in Austria and Germany as an opera singer and has received fiction awards from Glimmer Train, The Lorian Hemingway Competition, and Salamander Review. She has enjoyed the honor of a writing residency at the Ragdale Foundation, and her short story “Vienna Quartet With Dog” received First Prize from the Charlton Review in 2012. She currently lives near Honolulu. Connect with Waimea on her website, Facebook, or GoodReads.
About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray. Here's what you need to do...
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog.