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FAVORITE LITERATURE BLOG!

We won!

The Latina Book Club has won the 2011 Favorite Literature Blog Award from Blogs by Latinas.  (See the beautiful new badge displayed on the left!)

A heartfelt Thank You to everyone who voted for us.  We are humbled and honored by your continued support and by this wonderful achievement.

The Latina Book Club was founded in 2005 with the simple intention of gathering with friends to read Latino authors.  Today, our goal has expanded to not only read Latino authors but to promote them, and to promote literacy in the Latino community.  Please join our quest and Read Latino.


The Latina Book Club also extends its Congratulations to all the other award winners.  For a complete list of the 2011 Award Winners, please click here.


For more information about Blogs by Latinas, please visit them at http://www.blogsbylatinas.com/.

THE SIN HUNTERS: Q&A with author Caridad Piniero

The Latina Book Club is excited about Caridad Pineiro's new Sin Hunters series.  Actually, she has two new Sin series.  Learn all about them below.  And check out her new book trailer for THE LOST, by clicking here.  THE LOST will hit the book stores on July 26.



Q: Congratulations on your new series—The Sin Hunters. Tell us about the Light and Shadow hunters and this new world you’ve created for us. How many books will there be? Will Bobbie and Adam be recurring characters?

I’m very excited about this new paranormal series because it’s steeped in the history of the Americas, filled with characters with amazing powers and very sexy and romantic as well. The premise of the Sin Hunters is that the Hunters are a race that has existed on this planet for millennia, gathering energy and possessing a wide range of abilities due to that power. From shapeshifting to travel at the speed of light, the Hunters possessed incredible powers that they have kept to themselves for centuries. Occasion…

CONQUISTADORA: Esmeralda Santiago

Best known for her memoir, WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN, Esmeralda Santiago conquered the crowded events room last night at the 86th Street Barnes and Noble.

Esmeralda began her book tour for CONQUISTADORA in Puerto Rico last week. If you missed her last night, not to worry she will be back. Esmeralda will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 18, and at El Museo del Barrio on September 28. For more information on Esmeralda visit her on http://www.esmeraldasantiago.com/.

Below are pictures from last night’s booksigning.  Esmeralda was happy to take pictures with me and my fellow Comadres, as she is a comadre herself.  (For more information on Las Comadres, visit http://www.lascomadres.org/.)

And do come back on August 1, for our review of CONQUISTADORA. ---mcf


Comadres Julia, Raquel, Esmeralda, Maria.
Esmeralda speaking about new book.
Store sign.

TOO HOT TO TOUCH: Q&A with NY Times Bestselling author….JULIE LETO

The Latina Book Club congratulates Julie on her new trilogy, all to be released this Summer!  It's three-in-a-row for this New York Times Bestselling author.  And, TOO HOT TO TOUCH, the first book in the series, is part of Harlequin's Blaze special 10th Anniversary Collector's Editon.  Run, do not walk, to your nearest bookstore for this book; then go home and enjoy!  I did!  


Q: Your books are hot, sexy and fun. Tell us about your new series and how you have incorporated those themes into it. What “legendary lovers” should we expect to “see”?

The heroes of this series are fictionalized descendents of Joaquin Murrieta, who was the bandit upon which the story of Zorro was based. Even before Antonion Banderas took up the cape and sword, I've been enraptured by this character! The skill, the finesse, the underlying sense of justice...it's just too romantic for a girl like me to ignore. In my stories, the brothers have inherited a ring that supposedly helps bring out t…

THE LATINA BOOK CLUB NOMINATED FOR 2011 BLOGS BY LATINAS AWARD

I am happy to report that The Latina Book Club has been nominated for a 2011 Blogs by Latinas Award for "Favorite Literature Blog.” 

As you know, my mission with The Latina Book Club is to promote Latino authors and literacy, which is why I am so honored by this nomination.

Blogs by Latinas is an online directory of Latina bloggers from around the world. Started in 2008 by Monique, this online directory has grown to 1600+ bloggers today.  To learn more about the Blogs by Latinas visit:   http://www.blogsbylatinas.com/.

Please vote for The Latina Book Club at: http://bit.ly/nYoYRX
(Make sure to press the finish button at the bottom right to capture vote.)

I would appreciate if you would help me spread the word, as well. Thank you.

And, as always, Read Latino.


Maria Ferrer
Founder
The Latina Book Club
http://www.latinabookclub.com/
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Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo!

Famous last words.....  "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." Frida also stated, "I was born a bitch. I was born a painter."

To find out more about Frida, visit her website at http://www.fridakahlo.com/.

Here are some of my favorite portraits of her:





BLOG TOUR: Q&A with Garen S. Wolff, author of THE GIRLZ OF GALSTANBERRY series

The Latina Book Club’s mission is to promote Latino authors. Now, we must add Latino characters to our mission statement. Ms. Wolff is not Latina but one of her main characters is – Lillian Garcia, a spunky girl from “New Yawk,” whom children of all ages and all races will fall in love with, along with Brandi, Fei, Nisha and Tabitha. Join me as we “speak” with the author about the series and the importance of having racially diverse characters.






THE GIRLZ OF GALSTANBERRY:  Book #2
By Garen S. Wolff
WolffHouseBooks & Publishing, July 2011
180 pages

Website:   http://www.galstanberrygirlz.com/


THE GIRLZ OF GALSTANBERRY Series is “a refreshing alternative to books about tween vampires, liars, and sensuous love; characters from this series experience reaction to real-life situations, exposure to new and different cultures, and most importantly, the process of learning and accepting who they are.” Book #1 was an International Book Awards Finalist.



Q: Tell us about your background and how …

BOOK OF THE MONTH: DARK WATERS by Gabriella Hewitt

DARK WATERS
Series: The ICE Files
By Gabriella Hewitt
Samhain Publishing

For the book trailer, click here.



DARK WATERS is a sexy Summer Sizzler set in the island paradise of Puerto Rico, complete with two stubborn lovers, wacky relatives and the legendary chupacabra. The action, romance and suspense of this book, all adds to the reader’s pleasure. This is the first book of a trilogy revolving around the men and women of ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement).

BOOK SUMMARY: Paradise has a predator and all leads point to a dilapidated old plantation and its sexy owner. Frankie Montalvo is settling into her new house despite the tales of witchcraft, missing girls and el chupacabra. When she and her home are attack, she enlists the help of an enigmatic and sexy beach bum. Special Agent Rico Lopez has returned to Vieques to forget an ICE mission gone wrong only to be caught up in the search for a neighbor’s missing daughter. He hires on with Frankie to investigate the rumors of her invol…