Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from September, 2015

COVER REVEAL! WHITE LIGHT by Vanessa Garcia (Debut!)

The Latina Book Club invites you to check out our new Cover Reveals feature. Every Saturday, we'll bring you a new book cover from a Latino author.
Let us know what you think.  Enjoy.


This book made its debut September 23!



WHITE LIGHT by Vanessa Garcia Shade Mountain Press www.vanessagarcia.org

Read our review of WHITE LIGHT by clicking here.


SUMMARY:  Just before her father's sudden death, Cuban-American artist Veronica Gonzalez is offered her first gallery exhibit, a real chance to break into the art world. Torn between the need to mourn and the pressure to create new artwork, Veronica is propelled into a fever-dream of productivity and grief, amidst memories of her tumultuous relationship with her colorful but infuriating Cuban émigré father, a volatile man of outsize appetites and passions who never stopped longing for his homeland.

COVER REVEAL! ALBURQUERQUE by Rudolfo Anaya

HAPPY HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH!


The Latina Book Club invites you to check out our weekly Cover Reveals feature. Every Saturday, we'll bring you a new book cover from a Latino author.
Let us know what you think.  Enjoy.




ALBURQUERQUE by Rudolfo Anaya Open Road Media http://www.feedyourneedtoread.com/contributor/rudolfo-anaya/


Taking its title from the original spelling of the city’s name, ALBURQUERQUE is the story of a Chicano boxer’s quest for identity.

DEBUT! EVOLUTION BY STEPHANIE DIAZ (& EXCERPT)

The Latina Book Club starts off Hispanic Heritage Month with an excerpt that is out of this world.   We congratulate author Stephanie Diaz on her latest novel and look forward to more exciting books in her Extraction Series.


EXCERPT FROM
EVOLUTION (St. Martin’s Griffin) by Stephanie Diaz
I scurry off the boarding ramp. Flames in the grass lick at my boots, and I have to swerve to the left to avoid another laser from the sky. There’s smoke everywhere. Beechy told me to find Dean, but I have no idea where he is. All the soldiers look the same in their armor. Sam’s soldiers launch another missile and take down a raider. If they had more visibility and better protection from the raider fire—if they’d had time to dig trenches—they might actually have a chance of bringing down most of the swarm. But I don’t see how they’re going to survive for long the way things are. Soon there won’t be any part of the ground not covered in flames. Already, some of the soldiers are giving up, trying to escape …

COVER REVEAL! TRANSCENDENTAL TRAIN YARD by Norma E. Cantú & Marta Sánchez

The Latina Book Club invites you to check out our new Cover Reveals feature. Every Saturday, we'll bring you a new book cover from a Latino author.
Let us know what you think.  Enjoy.

transcendental train yard by Norma E. Cantú (author) & Marta Sánchez (artist) Wings Press http://wingspress.com/author.cfm?author_ID=164 www.artedemarta.com

This book is available September 15, 2015. It’s a collection of color serigraphs accompanied by bilingual poems,  in Spanish and English.

Q&A WITH AUTHOR AND “HISPANIC FANATIC” DANIEL CUBIAS

Happy Labor Day!
We begin such an exciting month with an interview with Daniel Cubias, author of BARRIO IMBROGLIO. It's a detective novel with a funny Latino character and a deep dark murder.


Q: You wrote your first autobiography at age six.  Did you know then you wanted to be a writer? When did you really know?
DANIEL:  When I was eleven, I wrote a story about astronauts landing on Mars and getting eaten by some giant alien plant-like thing. My friends liked it, and I thought, “Why not spend the next few decades trying to master this exceedingly difficult, madness-inducing craft?” So, basically, I decided to be a writer when I was eleven.

Q: When talking about your book, BARRIO IMBROGLIO, you said you wanted to write a funny Latino hero and a detective novel.  Who is Abraxas Hernandez?  What is his story?  Tell us about the book.
DANIEL:  Abraxas has played by the rules, getting a college degree and landing a corporate gig. But he finds that this version of success is hollow, and he’s …

COVER REVEAL! THE HYBRID BY VENUS MORALES (includes Video trailer!)

The Latina Book Club invites you to check out our new Cover Reveals feature. Every Saturday, we'll bring you a new book cover from a Latino author.  Enjoy!


THE HYBRID by Venus Morales Creativia http://authorvenusmorales.wix.com/authorvenusmorales
Winner of the 5-Star Silver Seal from "Readers Favorite"

The Ari is the hybrid daughter of the God of war, Ares. She is the one and only of her kind, half Goddess and half Phoenician. Ares raises his daughter in secrecy until her 18th birthday, when he is summoned to Olympus. Ari choses not follow after her father, and decides to venture out into the mortal realm. There, Ari crosses paths with an archangel named Julius, who bears a message from a seer. Only she suspects he is hiding his own dark secrets.
Ari must return to the Bayou to her late mother's coven to regain her family crown,  little does she know she is fighting for more than the crown, she is fighting for her life. Ari is fighting against her inner darkness that is try…

REVIEW: RUNNING IN HEELS: A MEMOIR OF GRIT AND GRACE BY MARY A. PEREZ

I am no longer that hungry, insecure little girl anymore. While I’ve managed to subdue my past, I believe my past hasn’t spoiled me, but has prepared me for the future. I may not be perfect but, whenever I stumble, I can wipe the crud off and walk on.       Life is precious.  Life is worth living.  As I choose to walk in forgiveness, to become better and not bitter…I am whole.  I am significant.  I am free at last.  ¡Wepa!    --- Mary A. Pérez



RUNNING IN HEELS is a story about child abuse, survival, forgiveness and redemption.
Mary Pérez’s first memory is that of her and her older brother being kidnapped from their kindergarten school by their mother and her latest boyfriend.  By the time Mary is three her parents are divorced and she alone is living with her mom.  Mary grows up a hungry child – hungry for food, but more importantly, for love and acceptance.  She finds peace and welcome briefly with her grandparents, but too soon she is returned to her mother. 
It’s not clear why her fat…

BOOK OF THE MONTH: BECOMING MARIA: A MEMOIR BY SONIA MANZANO

[I need to] "go, go, go as far away as I can from this place where nothing changes."  ---Sonia Manzano, Emmy award winning actress and Pura Belpre Award winning author


BECOMING MARIA: A MEMOIR Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

Passionate and Personal.  This is a story about the courage and strength to dream big, and making those dreams come true from a woman who continues to inspire.  Bravo, Sonia!


Sonia Manzano is best known as “Maria” from the eternally popular “Sesame Street” TV show.  BECOMING MARIA is her passionate and personal memoir.  Although, the book briefly touches on her iconic role, this memoir is more about her troubled childhood; the family’s struggle with poverty in the south Bronx during the 1950s and 60s; her father’s drunken abusive rages; her long suffering mother; and the despair of thinking she would be stuck in that life forever.  Television is her solace, her escape and her inspiration.  She dreams of becoming an actress and changing her fate.  With the …