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BOOK LAUNCH: WOMEN ARE LIKE CHICKENS by Annette Sandoval (includes excerpt!)

   HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!      As you know, May 5 th is the Anniversary of the Mexican Army’s surprise victory over the French forces in the tiny town of Puebla. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.   (Viva Mexico!)  Our guest today is author Annette Sandoval , a Mexican American, who is happy to share her story with us.  This is our second interview with Annette and we are happy to welcome her back. Q:     Was getting published difficult? Heck yeah! My last book, SPITFIRE , was rejected by all of the big six publishing ​​houses. They claimed it had "No mass-market appeal."   ​That perplexed me. I could not believe that a novel about a Latina office drone who suspects her Dockers-wearing, Hootie and the Blowfish loving boss of being a serial killer, wasn't worth a read. ​Why wouldn't a female protagonist with an acid wit not have mass market appeal?   When Amazon started a mystery imprint calle


by Maria Ferrer Founder, The Latina Book Club   It’s been all over the news this week how Dartmouth College’s “Phiesta” charity fund raiser by two of the school’s Greek organizations was cancelled because one Mexican-American student was offended by the party’s theme and she made her displeasure widely known. Has Cinco de Mayo become another day and excuse to drink and party?   Can the same not be said of St. Patrick’s Day and Puerto Rico’s Independence Day? Whether you think the “Phiesta” is offensive or not, let’s use this incident to get away from the Mexican stereotypes.    Mexicans are more than sombreros, fat mustaches, tequila shots and guacamole. Mexicans are a proud people.   Their culture dates back way before the Pilgrims ever settled in Jamestown.   Mexicans had already tamed the Wild West before Texas was Texas.     Their aqueducts rivaled those of Rome; their alphabet and mathematical skills were equal to those of ancient Egypt and China.   Mexico has sur