Monday, December 10, 2018

Book Excerpt Tour: Song of the Boricua by Olivia Castillo


by Olivia Castillo 

Fiction, 335 pp., 
$18.95 (paperback) $.99 (kindle)

Author: Olivia Castillo  
Publisher: Independent  
Pages: 335  
Genre: Fiction

Puerto Rico an island of contradiction, serves as an enchanting backdrop following three generations of women.

Elena:  Resilient and ambitious, but trapped by duty to her children.

Maria:  Passionate and headstrong, but married to a man she does not love. Josephina: Optimistic and romantic, but in love with an alcoholic.

Isabella: Clairvoyant and spiritual, but denies her heritage and roots.

Like the land these women are held hostage, unfulfilled and unable to find their happiness. Each generation like the land is cursed. Can they defy the powerful bond of the curse and free themselves to find love everlasting?

New Author, Olivia Castillo, like the jibaros of the past weaves a tale of sorrow and joy. Castillos’ fiction is timely, offering a glimpse into the islands rich history and offering insight into the story that has plagued women for all of time, the search for true love and acceptance of self.



She watched her father, Miguel, with his wide-brimmed straw hat, giving the two field hands instructions as he sat on his horse. He was still a dashing figure even in his mid-fifties. She admired Papi so much. He had suffered tremendously the last few years with the loss of his parents, but through it all he was a pillar of strength and resilience.
            It was still early in the morning, and, throwing the stalk into the field, Elena ran to go feed Guillermo, the chicken, and the pigs. When she was done, she rushed into their clapboard green house to greet her mother, Catala.
            “Good morning, preciosa,” Catala said as Elena walked in. She had made her husband and Elena a large Puerto Rican breakfast consisting of eggs, ham, and platanos, along with sliced mango and Puerto Rican coffee.
            Elena sat down at the small wooden table decorated with tropical flowers. Her mother smiled and gave her daughter a kiss. “Eat, mi amor. We need to get ready to study.”
            Catala had been homeschooling Elena since Elena was twelve. Having grown frustrated with the education at the public school near them in Bayamón, Elena had taken matters into her own hands.

Olivia Castillo is a New York native. After going to the prestigious Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, she went on to study graphic design at Otis Parson's College in Los Angeles.

Along with being an entrepreneur, she is the mother of three children, and grandmother of two. When not writing or spending time with her family, she travels the world and paints.

Song of the Boricua is her first novel.

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