Filipino American Novelist Garners Glowing Review from New York Times Best Selling Author

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New York Times Best Selling Author, Ellen Tanner Marsh gives a glowing review of award-winning POD Author's second novel "Promising Skies".

"Go behind the scenes in the extraordinary life of a brilliant singer in Amapola’s semi-autobiographical novel, Promising Skies. Janeera Vivioni grew up in a violent home. Beaten by her father and unprotected by her mother, her only refuge lies in her singing. As soon as she is old enough, she escapes with a man named Tony to launch her singing career. But her plans of making beautiful music with the man she adores quickly sour when Tony proves as brutal as her father was. Now Janeera must find a way to escape him, but can she ever really escape her troubled past?

In moving prose, Amapola takes us from Mexico to Hawaii to the foggy shores of San Francisco as Janeera Vivioni’s star begins to rise. Managers seek to make her the most sought after star in the firmament, but while Janeera is lucky at singing, she continues to be unlucky at love—so much so that she eventually attempts to take her own life. Despite the glamour and the satisfaction of her successful career, she is plagued by a deep yearning she can’t seem to fill, not until a final terrible secret is revealed.

Amapola writes like a dream, showing us the high notes and the low points in a beautiful young singer’s life. Richly atmospheric and full of intriguing insider information, Promising Skies is a smart and moving portrait of a young woman struggling to find her own happiness. The truth might be shattering, but in this brave and endearing novel, it eventually serves to set her free. " (Reviewed by ELLEN TANNER MARSH)

AMAPOLA established herself as an entertainment icon in her country, receiving recognition for her excellence as a television host, recording artist, as a motion picture actress (playing feature and lead roles plus others as a child star, & singing the musical scores for many others), as an instrumentalist (playing 8 musical instruments & excelling as a classic pianist), & as a TV & Radio personality - hosting "Amapola Presents" on KEMO-TV 20 in San Francisco, California.

Included among her US performances to date are headliner appearances at:

The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, The Union Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, The Kahala Hilton, Honolulu, Hyatt on Waikiki, Honolulu, Stern Grove, San Francisco, The Town Hall, New York, Waikiki Shell, Honolulu, The Miyako Hotel In Japan Town, Honolulu International Concert Hall, The Grand Hotel, Washington DC, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, among others.

She has toured globally, performing concerts and cabaret at, among others:

The Shangri-La International in Singapore, Manila Hotel in the Philippines, Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Kahala Hilton in Honolulu, The Hyatt Regency in Bali, The Hong Kong Hilton, The Song Of Flower, Royal Viking Star, Royal Viking Sky, Royal Viking Sea, Royal Viking Sun, The Hanseatic, The Gripsholm, and QE2.

“Promising Skies” is Amapola’s 2nd Novel and is now available online on and Soon it will be an available Print on Demand book in your traditional booksellers world-wide.

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