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SAPAHM Guest: Lisa on The Importance of Diverse Representation in Media

Hi everyone! Yes, APAHM is still going on, and today we welcome back Lisa!! I think this is a really interesting topic, and I hope you will too. 🙂 Without further ado… 

The Importance of Diverse Representation in Media

First of all, I want to thank Limecello for giving me the opportunity to guest blog and commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! I decided to talk about my favorite Disney movie, and Asian representation in media more generally.

The year was 1998. The new Disney movie Mulan had just come out. To say I was beyond excited would be an understatement. For the first time, there was a movie coming out that represented my culture, people with faces that looked like me. (Yes, The Joy Luck Club came out five years prior, but I was too young then, and hadn’t read the book yet). When I finally saw the movie, it lived up to my expectations, and more. Continue reading

Shoutout to May ALBTALBS Superstars!

Yes, I mean Cynthia Sax, Cathy Pegau, and Dorothy F. Shaw. You might have noticed their gorgeous covers to the right. These lovely ladies are also helping keep A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet (ALBTALBS) afloat with these advertising spots, so you know – I think they deserve a little love. <3 Continue reading

SAPAHM: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Hi friends! If you didn’t know, May is APAHM! (Yes, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.) Sometimes you might also see APIA (Asian Pacific Islander American). Anyway, I think you know I’ve mentioned how I’m going to just “low key” do the Smithsonian Heritage Months from now on. What I am trying to do though, is cultivate lists of [romance] authors. Ideally, people can come to posts like this and look for diverse romance authors to try.

This is definitely not a comprehensive list. It’s just romance authors I know – whether from meeting them in person, having them as guests previously on ALBTALBS, or crowd sourcing the hive mind(s) of social media feeds.  Continue reading

When You’re a Mess, You Need Help

Hi friends! I don’t even know what to say. ALBTALBS is up for now, and to stay up, which is good, since ASO took “all my monies!” … Which … come 2019 I’m thinking I need to have a new hosting company already in sight.

Anyway, I know I’ve been really absent for say, the past few years, even. I’ve got a lot going on. We all do, I know. But this year, I’ve been really out of commission, and this is part of it.

Elise Rome decided to take it upon herself to set up a GFM for me – which kinda details a bit of what’s been going on. I had no part of it, but was and am totally verklempt with the love and support from romanceland. I’m definitely still in the weeds though, so if you could find it in your heart (and wallet) to give, I’d be beyond grateful. I’d also be incredibly grateful if you’d share the link – because maybe some kind, and wealthy stranger would feel compelled to help out as well. https://www.gofundme.com/limecello

Thank you all, and hopefully once some of this is sorted I can be a more present [and useful?] blogger! <3

Shout Out to Cynthia Sax and Cathy Pegau for “Saving” ALBTALBS + A Sale!

Hi friends! Oh my gosh have I got a lot to say – but I’m not really in a place to do it – literally and figuratively. I’m also typing this flat on my back so excuse any typos please.

For a number of years I’ve been dealing with [hacking?] issues. Oftentimes the site bandwidth would exceed my monthly allotment, and I was able to “boutique” buy an extra gig or two to tide me over. The policy changed (without word or notice >:( ) so I had to upgrade my hosting plan, instead of leaving ALBTALBS down for the rest of the month. (And ideally preventing it from happening over and over.)

So … upgrading costs money. Which I don’t have. [More on that later…] And I decided to offer advertising space again at a discount. I’m offering ad space for $10/month if you buy three or more months. If you want to buy a full year I’m willing to discuss an additional discount. Otherwise, each ad space is $15/month for now.

I run the ad as a widget, so people will still see it even if they have adblockers installed on their browsers. Each image can also be linked to anywhere on the web you want it to go.

Because of Cynthia Sax and Cathy Pegau, I was able to offset some of the costs of bringing ALBTALBS back online, and I am so pleased and grateful. They deserve this shout out, and for their ads to be highlighted. 🙂

SWHM Guest: Beverly Jenkins on Apache Warrior and Prophet Lozen

Hi friends! I’m beyond excited to welcome super star author Beverly Jenkins to ALBTALBS with a guest post for Smithsonian Women’s History Month (SWHM).

Lozen is my right hand … strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people.”

This quote, attributed to the great Apache War Leader Vicotorio describes his sister, Lozen, remembered by the Apache as a kick ass warrior and one of the most powerful medicine people in tribal history. She was born in the late 1840s into the Warm Springs band of the Chiricahua Apache who made their home in the mountains of what is now New Mexico. Some historians believe Lozen means, “Little Sister”, while others say Lozen is a war title given to a person who steals horses during a raid. Regardless of what her name means she is a legend. At a young age, she eschewed the traditional female lessons of basket making and child care to ride horses and learn to fight. She also vowed never to marry. As she grew older, she was as good with a knife as she was with a rifle. She was also a formidable horsewoman. During her coming of age spirit quest, Useen, the Apache Creator God gifted her with not only the power to heal wounds, but the ability to sense the enemy; a sixth sense that would prove invaluable in the Apache fight to remain a free people. Continue reading

Mary’s Favorites of 2016

Gosh, I cannot believe it’s the end of 2016 already! Where did the year go? (Please, dear Lord, tell me the rest of you feel this way and it’s not just me!)

Anyway, I don’t always get a chance to write reviews for books I’ve read and loved, so this is a great time to do an end-of-the-year recap and share with all of you some of my favorites from 2016! There are a few so – far warning – you should hide your wallet if you don’t want to be tempted! Continue reading