January 18, 2017


Buyer Beware! Cyber pirating is a serious crime against the artist, the reader and society at large. Luckily, we have some really great tips on how to safeguard against cyber pirating from paralegal and author Raquel Zepeda Fitzgerald. And, she’s even written a fun, imaginative novel, TORRENT TRAGEDY, about a cyber pirate who gets just what he deserves. Luckily, The Latina Book Club is able to bring you an excerpt of this novel.


By Raquel Zepeda Fitzgerald

Next morning around 10 a.m. Steve walks into his office to tell him about the surge they just had in downloads of that new book. Right before Steve came in, he heard a sound like something had been dropped into the urn sitting on his credenza.

When Steve looked at him he gasped and said what happen to your teeth?

What do you mean?

Your tooth, you’re missing a tooth,” he said.

“That’s crazy.” But then he could feel that he was missing one front tooth.

Freddie got on the phone immediately to his dentist’s office for an emergency appointment. The next day his teeth looked fine, he’s was wearing a fake temporary tooth.

At noon, Steve ran into Freddie’s office telling him that they just had a surge of about twenty downloads of the I Sorceress book. As he walked back to his desk, he heard some noise coming from Frederick’s office like something hitting a metal plate.

Frederick could feel about twenty of his teeth being pulled out of his mouth all at once.

“That sound!” he said to himself, “It’s the sound of my teeth in that urn!” He turned around and tried to open it. But it would not budge. It just sat there like it was glued to his credenza and the face of the man on it was laughing at him.

This could not be true. Curses are not real. Sorceresses are not real. He decided to let Steve go home early. He could not allow anyone to see him like this. He had to read the book. Maybe he could send her an email. ###

Excerpt printed with permission.  All rights reserved by author.

Book Summary:  Evil genius Serge Michaels was only 16 when he committed his first cybercrime. Later, he graduated to murder. With the advent of e-books, Serge has a new playing field. When he pirates a new book, I SORCERESS, the author sends him a cease and desist letter. When he doesn’t comply, he receives a decorative urn from an unknown source, and soon after he begins to lose body parts that end up in the urn. Cursed? Karma? Such is the tragedy of Torrent, cyber pirate.

Order your copy of TORRENT TRAGEDY by clicking here.


Q:  Pirates have become romantic figures over time. Is there anything romantic about Torrent Tragedy?
RAQUEL ZEPEDA FITZGERALD:  No. There is nothing romantic about Torrent Tragedy. Real pirates are not romantic. It’s simply a story about an evil cyber genius who used his skill and anonymity to rob people. Then he robbed a sorceress who cursed him. When I found seven sites offering my books for a free download, I wrote this book. I was overwhelmed with a passionate desire to find these pirates and torture them. So I did it in writing. Three days later, I finished Torrent Tragedy.

Q:  Do you believe in karma?
RAQUEL:  Most definitely I do believe in karma. Torrent Tragedy is about karma.

Q:  Do you believe that "payback is a bitch?"
RAQUEL:  I believe that payback should be a bitch! Pirating or stealing is a crime. People should be made to pay back what they stole.

Q:  How can one protect themselves from a cyber pirate?
RAQUEL:  I just created a page on my website that lists all of the authorized sellers for my works. I hope that will help. (http://bit.ly/2hfdTbV ) When you upload a book to a site like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you are given the choice to protect each download file. That would be the first thing.

Obtain a copyright. It’s very easy. You just go to the copyright website where you can file electronically for $35. When you find a website who is offering pirated copies of your work, contact them with Cease and Desist email. You can also send a hard copy, but the email should be sent immediately. When they claim that they are not selling your product, even though it is as clear as day on the url link you sent, prepare a DMCA notice. If they don’t respond to that, send out tweets exposing that they are selling your pirated content. That always works.

Never place unique art whether it is actual art or copy, music, etc. on the cloud. If you aren’t going to use your computer for more than an hour and it contains original work, turn it off. It’s like closing the door to your home when you leave.

You should use a separate browser to do your banking. Use a service like Paypal to purchase items online. There are many more things you can do. But the list is too long. When Micro Soft is calling upon the authorities to make stricter laws to fight cyber piracy, you know it is a serious problem.

This is what I believe is the psychology behind pirating: Cyber piracy is the crime of a coward because they don’t see their victims face to face. While the pirate may believe he/she is anonymous, they are not. Like anything, there is always a paper trail.

Another serious problem is that people are under the impression that artists don’t have to pay for food, clothing and shelter. Since we are creating drama, music, and literature, we are just having fun. That is the assumption. People do not realize that creating anything takes a lot of work. People do not associate art with work. Therefore, it’s okay to steal it. That is their justification. This justification opens the door to billions of dollars in pirated works. When these pirates start going to prison, it will change.###

About the Author:  Raquel Zepeda Fitzgerald has authored several books.  In 2005, she published her first edition of THE EYE OF OSIRIS. MY BONE COLLECTION, a collection of three short stories was published in 2011. In early 2013, “Buyer’s Remorse,” a short story about getting away with murder was released. During the autumn of 2013, Raquel published a sequel to THE EYE OF OSIRIS, OSIRIS - THE SECOND COMING.  She has just published Osiris 333, which completes the Osiris Trilogy Mystery Series. A guidebook for this series is available. In addition to books, Raquel has also published a collection of greeting cards known as Think Blots, Shrink Blotz, and Luv Blots. Having held the position of CEO for many years, Raquel has also had a career in business and legal administration.  She currently works as a paralegal in the corporate securities industry. Visit her at www.raquelzepedafitzgerald.com.



January 11, 2017


The Latina Book Club wishes all our readers a
Happy New Year!

We began 2017 talking about creativity and purpose. We have let our imaginations take flight literally, and what better way then featuring an excerpt from Esther M. Soto’s new time traveling romantic suspense novel, BREAK MY HEART. But, first let’s meet the woman herself and find out whom she thinks is the Best Latin Lover in the world.

Q:  What is the most romantic gift you have ever given?
ESTHER SOTO:  Married to an engineer, most of my gifts are of practical nature. But I did surprise him once with a weekend getaway about 20 minutes away from home. It was pretty romantic. ;-). 

Q:  Who is your favorite Latin Lover? You can pick two. 
ESTHER:  That's Easy: My hubby! He's more than that. He's my best friend, my companion, my everything. As a writer, I do use pictures for inspiration, and one of those is Ryan Guzman. He's my muse for Rafael Reyes in the Heart Series. 

Q:  Your book is a time travel romantic suspense. If you could go back in time, what era would you go back to? And, would you like to stay or just visit? 
ESTHER:  I should love to go back to 1700s Scotland highlands! I'd visit, but not stay...I'm quite fond of gender equality and modern conveniences.  


By Esther M. Soto

As I slowly come to, warmth cocoons me, pushing away the panic. It takes me a minute to sort my thoughts, realize I’m in my bed, and Tommy is wrapped around me.

He’s holding on to me, keeping me from disappearing. I’ve never been so grateful for his presence, my heart bursting with joy.

“Hey,” he says huskily, his breath warming the back of my neck. My jolt must have stirred him awake. His strong arms anchor me, his frame engulfing mine. I don’t need to speak. Instead, I turn to face him without breaking our contact.

Burying my face in his neck, I inhale his scent. It rejuvenates me, the trip to Miami a bad dream.

This is heaven, right in Tommy’s arms. “You’re home,” I whisper, afraid the world might hear us.

“I missed you so much. I’m sorry I can’t stay long,” he whispers back, both afraid to disturb our own private haven right here in the darkness of my bedroom.

I raise my gaze up to his. Shadows dance over his features, sway around his beautiful emerald eyes. Pure love and affection pour over me.

Right now, in this moment, I am this man’s entire world, and he is mine.###

Excerpt is printed by permission. All rights reserved by author.

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Book Summary:  Ileana Harper is focused on her future with Tommy Colton, the man she fought so hard to get back to, but not everything is at it seems. Unable to confide in Tommy, Ileana holds tight to her last shred of sanity, struggling with inner demons that could jeopardize their relationship and her career with the FBI. Through it all, Ileana is intent on moving onward and never looking back. Too bad the past won’t stay in the past.  This is book 2 of The Heart Series.

About the Author:  Esther M. Soto grew up on the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico before meeting and marrying her soul mate. A former military wife, she is the mother of three boys, an explorer, avid reader, communications professor, knowledge hound, and Netflix junkie. An Army Mom at heart, Esther now resides in Florida where she teaches communication studies and writes about love, romance, fantasy, and life.  Visit her at http://emsotoauthor.blogspot.com and on:
Twitter: @emsotoauthor
Instagram: @emsotoauthor
Pinterest: @emsotoauthor


January 7, 2017


Ediciones Norte

Here at The Latina Book Club we continue our celebration of Three Kings’ Day/ Los Tres Reyes Magos.  We found another great book for our readers; this one in Spanish. 

LAS ESTRELLAS DE LOS REYES MAGOS celebrates our Latino heritage and language.  It was a winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards. Readers of all ages will enjoy the enchanting tale about a boy and his grandfather sharing the importance of Three Kings’ Day.

Book Summary:  It was a beautiful night. The sky was clear and full of stars. Benjamin could distinguish three in particular that twinkled more than the others. With the help of his grandfather, Benjamin discovers the magical story behind these stars and the tradition of the Day of the Three Kings.

About the Author:  Tere Rodríguez-Nora is a school counselor, educational consultant, and children's books author. She is also the author of KIKIWI Y LOS DESPERDICIOS EN EL FONDO DEL MAR and EN BUSCA DE LA PAZ.  Friend her on Facebook

Happy New Year!

Happy Three Kings’ Day!

Read Latino Lit!

January 6, 2017



My visit to Puerto Rico had also shown me I wasn’t just a detective, or just 
a girl from the Northeast, or even Puerto Rican. I was all those things . . .—Detective Flaca

Piňata Books 
The Latina Book Club wishes everyone a Happy Three Kings’ Day. 

We too remember our holidays in Puerto Rico, putting grass out for the camels, and awakening to boxes of little gifts. We also remember the mosquito bites, the sun burn and the tongue twisters when speaking Spanish to our cousins.  But all that is part of our traditions and about family.

The Latina Book Club is happy to have found a great book that showcases the best of the holidays and of family in THE CASE OF THE THREE KINGS: THE FLACA FILES by Alidis Vicente.  This is book two in the Detective Flaca series but it stands alone.  We know our readers will fall in love with Flaca and look forward to reading more of her adventures, and her books are bilingual so you can read them in English and Spanish.  But first, let’s learn how Alidis spends her Three Kings’ Day.

Q:  Flaca learns of the Three Kings Day tradition on her trip to Puerto Rico. What do you remember from your childhood about the Three Kings? Where there any special rituals at your house? How do you keep this tradition alive?

ALIDIS:  We never celebrated the Three Kings holiday in my home, which is, in part, the inspiration for my book.  I learned about the holiday from my cousins in Puerto Rico.  They explained to me a lot about the celebration, the tradition, and the major impact it has on their holiday season.  I felt slightly left out and wished I had grown up celebrating Three Kings Day the way my family did in Puerto Rico.  It wasn't until a few years ago that I began to celebrate at home with my own children, so they could partake in the festivities.  It's my hope to take them to Puerto Rico for Three Kings Day so we can experience the holiday together with our relatives for the first time.  Until then, we'll be digging under the snow for grass in our winter gear! 

REVIEW:  THE CASE OF THE THREE KINGS: THE FLACA FILES is an enchanting, fun tale about a precocious pre-teen with a nose for mysteries and a love for family. Readers will love Flaca and share her enjoyment in discovering the culture and traditions of Puerto Rico.

Detective Flaca is a precocious pre-teen who enjoys solving mysteries. For Christmas she received great gifts – fingerprint kit, police tape and a plane ticket to the Island of Enchantment, Puerto Rico. Everyone is thrilled except Flaca. If she would have been consulted she could have warned her parents about the dangers of going to the Caribbean, but she wasn’t. Puerto Rico turns out to be the worst gift ever – her cousins make fun of her accent, the mosquitos feast on her until she is covered in bites, and her detective instincts tell her that there is more to the Three Kings’ Day celebration than adults are saying. Detective Flaca is on the case! But a heart to heart talk with her great grandmother teaches Flaca that the island has a heartbeat; that family traditions are important; and that not all mysteries need to be solved.###

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Alidis Vicente is a mother of two from New Jersey.  Currently, she is employed at a Montessori Preschool where she enjoys shaping the minds of young children.  She is also a Rutgers University alumni who is returning to her alma mater as a graduate student in the Rutgers School of Social Work. Alidis, the original Detective Flaca, continues to write stories from her New Jersey home, only now she uses a laptop instead of a notepad… at least most of the time. Visit her at www.alidisvicente.com.

HAPPY 2017!


January 4, 2017


Happy New Year!  

Every Wednesday The Latina Book Club features an excerpt from an exciting new book. This week we are highlighting 
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness, which has been turned into a movie directed by the Spanish director J.A. Bayona.  
We'd like to thank publisher Candlewick Press for copies of the book for our readers.
The movie opens on Three Kings Day, January 6, nationwide. 

Happy Reading. Happy Viewing.


By Patrick Ness
Candlewick Press

The monster showed up just after midnight. 

As they do. Conor was awake when it came. 

He’d had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he’d been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from his grasp, no matter how hard he tried to hold on. The one that always ended with – 

“Go away,” Conor whispered into the darkness of his bedroom, trying to push the nightmare back, not let it follow him into the world of waking. “Go away now.” 

He glanced over at the clock his mum had put on his bedside table. 12:07. Seven minutes past midnight. Which was late for a school night, late for a Sunday, certainly. 

He’d told no one about the nightmare. Not his mum, obviously, but no one else either, not his dad in their fortnightly (or so) phone call, definitely not his grandma, and no one at school. Absolutely not. 

What happened in the nightmare was something no one else ever needed to know. 

Conor blinked groggily at his room, then he frowned. There was something he was missing. He sat up in his bed, waking a bit more. The nightmare was slipping from him, but there was something he couldn’t put his finger on, something different, something – 

He listened, straining against the silence, but all he could hear was the quiet house around him, the occasional tick from the empty downstairs or a rustle of bedding from his mum’s room next door. 


And then something. Something he realized was the thing that had woken him. Someone was calling his name. 

Conor. ###

A MONSTER CALLS. Text copyright © 2011 by Patrick Ness. From an original idea by Siobhan Dowd. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Jim Kay. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

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BOOK SUMMARY:  The bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   PATRICK NESS (Screenwriter; Author) 
In June 2012, Patrick Ness’ novel A MONSTER CALLS, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd and illustrated by Jim Kay, became the first book to win both of the U.K.’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustrations. Mr. Ness became only the second author to win two consecutive Carnegie Medals. A MONSTER CALLS also won The Children’s Book of the Year Award at the Galaxy National Book Awards; the Red House Children’s Book Award; Germany’s Jugendliteratur Prize; and the U.K. Literary Association’s Children’s Book Prize.

His much-praised “Chaos Walking Trilogy” is being developed by Lionsgate as a feature film series. The first book in the trilogy, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, won The Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize in 2008 as well as The Book Trust Teenage Prize. The second book, THE ASK AND THE ANSWER, won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2009; and the third book, MONSTERS OF MEN, brought Mr. Ness his first Carnegie Medal in 2011. 

His books have been translated into 37 languages. His novel for adults THE CRANE WIFE was inspired by a Japanese folk tale and was selected for Oprah’s Book Club in the U.S., with Mr. Ness then being shortlisted for UK Author of the Year at the 2013 National Book Awards. His novels also include MORE THAN THIS (first published in 2014) and THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE (2015), both for young adults; the latter is to be issued in paperback in the U.S. in September 2016. He wrote Tip of the Tongue, a Doctor Who short story, as part of the anthology celebrating the Doctor’s 50th Anniversary in 2013. Mr. Ness has created and scripted the new BBC series Class; the eight-episode show is a young adults-themed spinoff of Doctor Who. 

He taught Creative Writing at Oxford University for three years. Mr. Ness is a native of Virginia, raised in the U.S., who now makes his home in London.

Movie opens January 6
J.A. Bayona’s most recent feature film as director was The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland; it was based on the powerful true story of a family’s survival of the tragic Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. The Impossible grossed more than $180 million at the worldwide box office and brought Ms. Watts Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award nominations. Mr. Holland received honors including an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. The Impossible won five Goya Awards, which are Spain’s Oscars equivalent, including Best Director; and six Gaudí Awards, including Best Director.

Prior to making A MONSTER CALLS, Mr. Bayona directed the first two episodes of Showtime’s series Penny Dreadful, starring Eva Green, which instantly attracted a loyal following. Having completed A MONSTER CALLS, he will next direct the new Jurassic World movie, for release in June 2018.

Born in Barcelona, he grew up with a passion for film. This led him to become a journalist and later to study directing, at the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC).  

After directing two short films, My Holidays and The Sponge Man, Mr. Bayona met screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez, who gifted him with the script for The Orphanage, which became his first feature as director. The Orphanage world-premiered at the 2007 Cannes International Film Festival to a 10-minute standing ovation. It was then released nationally in Spain, and its opening four-day box office was the highest of the year and at the time the second-highest ever for a Spanish film. The Orphanage was nominated for 14 Goya Awards, winning seven including Mr. Bayona’s for Best New Director.