Current K-pop Loves

Hey lovelies! Here are the songs I can’t get out of my head:

1. iKON – ‘죽겠다(KILLING ME)’
Every single day since I first heard this song, I sing it to myself. Also, the neon lighting in this video is spectacular.

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Upcoming Readings and Workshops

Hello lovelies!

I have decided to pursue my dream of becoming a writing worksop teacher and magnificent people in the El Paso community have reached out to me to help me teach my second workshop ever at UTEP next month. I am beyond thrilled. I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready to take on the challenge.    Continue reading

Itzá Review in Word Riot

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Itzá by Rios de la Luz via Broken River Books

Thanks so much to Laura Diaz de Arce for this gorgeous review of Itzá.

Itzá is not censored, nor does it hold itself back. It follows generations of water witches, shifting through time and narration while doing so. The book itself is a difficult read—not only because of its subject matter, but also because the language is deliberately poetic. The narrative moves around, and with short chapters, the focus jumps from one anecdote to another in rapid succession. It’s difficult to parse what is lyrical embellishment, what are fantastical elements, and what is “real” to the story. But the result is wonderfully organic, beautiful, and heart-aching.”

Read the entire review HERE.

Top 20 K-POP Songs of 2017

2018 is upon us. It has been a wonderful year for K-POP in my little Rios world. I want to share two of my fave K-POP moments from Texas: 1. I met Taeyang and I saw him live in concert! (Aaaaahhhh!!) 2. I was driving home from an interview and the radio was blasting a K-POP song! I screamed because I’m a dork but it was such a neat moment for me. (It was BTS: Mic Drop) It was so cool to hear it on the radio in Texas.

Anyway, this is my personal top 20 list for K-POP songs from 2017:

20. SEVENTEEN: (세븐틴) – 울고 싶지 않아 (Don’t Wanna Cry)

This song will get stuck in your head forever.

19. Apink: Five

This is such a lovely song. Their voices are delightful and Eun-ji, Bomi and Son Na-eun have won me over via K Dramas.

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Itzá is out now!

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Itzá: September 15th 2017 via Broken River Books

Itzá is officially out in the world ❤

You can get it on Amazon or my personal store, Interstellar Bruja

Here is what the Monique Quintana (Clash Media) had to say about Itzá:
“In this book, we meet Marisol, a girl and darkling who is becoming a water witch, inheriting the powers of her grandmother and great-grandmother. Marisol is a bruja who must grapple with sexual abuse and the realization that a woman’s body is a border and ultimately, it is she who contains its’ greatest power.”