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Celebrating A Curse of Roses with Diana Pinguicha in Conversation with Julia Ember

Event date: 
Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Charis welcomes author Diana Pinguicha for a celebration of her new YA novel, A Curse of Roses, in conversation with author Julia Ember (Ruinsong).

Based on Portuguese legend, A Curse of Roses is an #OwnVoices lesbian historical fantasy and an epic tale of mystery, magic, and making the impossible choice between love and duty.

With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies.
There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring the same pain for years.
If only it were possible to reverse her magic. Then she could turn flowers into food.
Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help. But she is trapped by magical binds. She can teach Yzabel how to control her curse—if Yzabel sets her free with a kiss.
As the King of Portugal’s betrothed, Yzabel would be committing treason, but what good is a king if his country has starved to death? With just one kiss, Fatyan is set free. And with just one kiss, Yzabel is yearning for more. She’d sought out Fatyan to help her save the people. Now, loving her could mean Yzabel’s destruction.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don't hesitate to reach out to info@chariscircle.org. We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

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Born and raised in the sunny lands of Portugal, Diana is a computer engineer graduate who currently lives in Lisbon. She can usually be found writing, painting, devouring extraordinary quantities of books and video games, or walking around with her bearded dragon, Norberta. She also has two cats, Sushi and Jubas, who would never forgive her if she didn’t mention them.

Julia Ember is the author of The Seafarer’s Kiss duology and Ruinsong. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Bustle, Book Riot and Autostraddle, among many other prominent outlets. Julia has a lifelong appreciation for history and classic literature, and holds an MLitt in Medieval Literature from the University of St. Andrews. She currently lives in Seattle with her wife and two very fluffy cats.

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A Curse of Roses Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781682815090
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Entangled: Teen - December 1st, 2020

Based on Portuguese legend, this #OwnVoices historical fantasy is an epic tale of mystery, magic, and making the impossible choice between love and duty…

With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies.


Ruinsong Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780374313357
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 24th, 2020

In Julia Ember's dark and lush LGBTQ+ romantic fantasy Ruinsong, two young women from rival factions must work together to reunite their country, as they wrestle with their feelings for each other.

Her voice was her prison…
Now it’s her weapon.


The Seafarer's Kiss Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781945053207
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Published: Interlude Press - May 1st, 2017

The Navigator's Touch Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781945053702
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Published: Interlude Press - September 1st, 2018

Event Summary: 
Based on Portuguese legend, A Curse of Roses is an #OwnVoices lesbian historical fantasy and an epic tale of mystery, magic, and making the impossible choice between love and duty.