Blog Tour: Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams

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  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...
  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Duo tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck! Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN. Learn more at  

Learn more about Aloha, Mozart's tour mate HERE.

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  1. Ahhh, I'm so glad you loved ALOHA, MOZART, Lydia, and I love how versatile you are when it comes to your reading choices. I agree that not enough books are written with a Hawaiian setting, especially in the historical/literary category.

    As always, thanks for joining this tour. Don't forget to cross-post your awesome review to Amazon and GoodReads, and don't forget to enter both the Rafflecopter and the random commenter contests!

    <3 Em

    1. I tell you Emlyn, my library is so eclectic it's crazy awesome! I just love reading good books! =)

  2. How interesting, Lydia, that you mentioned "The Red Shoes," as it was in the back of my mind while I was working on "Aloha, Mozart." As far as I know there is no opera parallel to that tale of beauty and obsession in the world of ballet. Of course Maile's story is quite different but I wanted to give a fresh story about the price of success and the unforeseen consequences of the choices that an artist must make. Thank you for your comments.

    1. Again, it was a brilliant work and you are most welcome! =)