When a vain prince lands his family into trouble with the deities, it is up to his sensible eldest daughter Nada to soften the blow of the curse for her younger sisters. Nada doesn't mind too much—until it turns out that the curse ensures that whoever marries her expires shortly after the wedding. With a growing trail of dead husbands behind her, she accepts the chance to break the curse from a deity who probably shouldn't be trusted and finds herself sent to faraway land to marry its wicked Emperor. Nada has every intention of breaking the curse once and for all, but thanks to some ill-timed magic, and the Emperor's own irritating attitude, she may have just secured him as her eighth dead husband...
K.A. Montinola was born in Manila in 1990, to a family that encouraged her to read. Among her favourite childhood books were collections of myths, legends, and fairy-tales. She was also a ‘90s child who watched a lot of cartoons and looked for comic books. She does not remember a time when she did not like to write stories, though it was a long time before she could share them with any confidence. She took her B.A. in English literature at Providence College in Rhode Island. She currently works as a writer in between part-time jobs and maintains a steady book-reading diet. This is her first novel.
Nina is a proud graduate of UP College of Fine Arts, Bachelor in Visual Communication. When she’s not making art, she spends her time listening to Broadway musical cast recordings, reading on women’s and worker’s issues, tweeting, or lagging behind in Zumba class. She lives in Makati City with her family and two perfect dogs.
Hugging the Trees
Winner. 10th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards. 2016 - Youth and Children Category
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