February 24, 2016

REVIEW: LONG HILL HOME BY KATHRYN PINCUS (DEBUT)

 
Koehler Books
The Latina Book Club congratulates Kathryn Pincus on the debut of her novel, LONG HILL HOME.  It’s fast-paced, suspenseful, heart-wrenching and grabs the reader from the very first page.

LONG HILL HOME is actually about three protagonists:  Kelly Malloy who is attacked; Chad, a Good Samaritan falsely accused; and Maria, a reluctant witness.  All our protagonists turn out to be victims, but despite the odds and the town’s prejudices, all are survivors and, most importantly, victors in the end.

All the characters are well-written, but it is Maria who captured my attention.  Here is this young woman who has survived much to get to America and to start a new life for herself and her unborn child.  She witnesses a horrible crime but is scared to come forward.  The town has not been kind, but there is a young man’s life at stake and she must do the right thing.

I think LONG HILL HOME is a snapshot of our times.  “Illegal” immigrants are abused, cheated and mistreated because people fear them, but most immigrants want the same thing as everybody else – a safe place to live, to work and to bring up their children.  

LONG HILL HOME should be on everyone’s TBR pile.


BOOK SUMMARY:  Kelly Malloy is a wife, a mother and a successful lawyer whose world is shattered when she is brutally attacked while running along the banks of the Brandywine River. Chad McCloskey, a lonely teenage boy from a dysfunctional home, stumbles upon Kelly Malloy’s unconscious body immediately after the assault, and he is falsely accused of the crime after he tries to help her. Maria Hernandez, a young woman who emigrated illegally from Mexico, is reluctantly thrust into the role of witness to the crime, putting her in jeopardy of deportation only weeks before she is to give birth to her child. Kelly, Chad, and Maria all suffer tremendous adversity in the wake of the crime, and they ultimately discover that their lives and their fate are inextricably and permanently connected. LONG HILL HOME is a story of crime, mystery and the legal process―but it is also a story about the human condition, and how, regardless of vast differences in background or circumstances, all people strive for the same things―love, security and a fulfilling life.###



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Kathryn Pincus was raised in the New York metropolitan area, received her undergraduate degree, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Delaware, and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kate honed her writing skills in her law practice, presenting complex factual and legal matters in clear, compelling and persuasive writings. Since her “early retirement” from the practice of law, she has filled her days taking care of a busy household and family, supporting numerous charitable and community causes and writing fiction. LONG HILL HOME is her debut novel, and another novel and a collection of short stories are in the works. When not engaged in all of the above, Kate enjoys running, biking, traveling, reading, cooking, and watching her sons compete in sports. Visit her at www.kathrynpincus.com.

February 15, 2016

CELEBRATING VALENTINE’S DAY AND 10 LATINA ROMANCE NOVELS WE LOVE

  
  
It’s Valentine’s Week and here at The Latina Book Club we believe in celebrating love and romance every day of the year with family, friends and lovers.  Our celebration can be as simple as hugging a niece and nephew to giving chocolate covered cherries to our favorite aunt to dinner for two in bed to reading a romance novel.

And we love romance novels! 

We’ve been reading them since high school and they continue to be our favorites because of the guaranteed happy ending.  And, it certainly helps that romances come in all categories -- suspense, paranormal, historical, science fiction, etc. – so the thrill is never gone.

The Latina Book Club is happy to welcome award-winning romance writer Mia Sosa as our Valentine’s Day guest blogger, who shares with us her thoughts on romance and why February 14 is just another day in her house.

And for your reading pleasure, we’d like to share some of the romances on our shelves by award-winning Latino authors:



1.      CONVICTED by Dee Tenorio (www.deetenorio.com)
Book 1 in Deadly Secrets series. Small town sheriff and undercover DEA agent are on opposite sides of the law. Passion and truth will prove dangerous for them both.

2.      EMBRACE THE NIGHT by Caridad Pineiro (www.caridaspineiro.com)
Award winning author writes about two scarred veterans who find peace and passion in each other’s arms.

3.      GHOST OF A CHANCE by Ani Gonzalez (www.anigonzalez.com)
Hexes and magic and ghosts…Oh my!  Real estate agent and local tycoon are on opposite sides over the town’s spookier residents.

4.      HER SWEET SEDUCTION by Sabrina Sol (www.sabrinasol.com)
Her tell-all novel captures the attention of her ex-lover, and that was all he needed to come around again. Love can be sweeter the second time around.

5. HOLD MY HEART by Esther M. Soto  (www.emsotoauthor.blogspot.com)
The Heart Series Book 1 is a paranormal romance about two FBI agents after a serial killer who fall into a ripple in time that plays havoc with their loves and their lives.

6.      LUCK ON THE LINE by Zoraida Córdova (www.zoraidacordova.com)
Tension and chemistry heat up the kitchen as Boston’s sexy head chef goes head to head with the boss’ spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter.

7.      METROPOLICKS by Felicia Lin and Victor Scott Rodriguez (www.metropolicks.com)
A sexy romantic comedy chronicling the dating and relationship adventures of five New Yorkers, male and female. The book has launched a self-help/travel guide, THE METROPOLICKS: WE CALL NEW YORK CITY, which offers dating advice and tips on where to meet significant others in the Big Apple.

8.      THE BOOK OF HOURS by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra (www.mariaelenawrites.com)
This romantic suspense has former lovers fleeing a psychopath out to destroy their newfound love.

9.      THREE PLUS THREE by Cindy Flores Martinez (www.cindyfloresmartinez.com)
Cute romantic comedy about two widowers who find love thanks to a spunky bichon frise.

10.  UNBUTTONING THE CEO by Mia Sosa   (www.miasosa.com)
Who says you can’t mix business and pleasure? A no-strings-attached fling proves hot and dangerous for this CEO bad boy and his sexy new boss.


Happy Reading and Happy Valentine’s Week.###


February 14, 2016

GUEST BLOGGER: MIA SOSA ON VALENTINE’S DAY: THEN & NOW

  
The Latina Book Club welcomes author Mia Sosa as our first guest blogger of the New Year.
She gives us the scoop on her Valentine’s Day traditions and her new romance novel. Happy Reading!



Romance shouldn’t start and end on February 14. – Mia Sosa



Mia Sosa
I’m a romance author, and today is Valentine’s Day, so on this day in particular the conditions are ripe for smoking-hot romance in my life, right?

Wrong.

I have a confession to make: Valentine’s Day is just another day in our household. Hopefully you’re not gasping in shock, because that would be, well, a bit dramatic. But if you’re surprised, stick with me and I’ll explain why my confession shouldn’t be all that surprising.

My husband and I are college sweethearts. Which means we did what many people do when they’re young and in love (and nauseating). Even though we saw each other nearly every day, we sent each other several love letters each week—and because this was before the age of texting, we hand wrote them. Crazy, no? We took several of the same classes, because, you know, spending twelve hours a day together wasn’t enough. We spent hours on the telephone, discussing everything and absolutely nothing. And when Valentine’s Day rolled around, we lost our minds.

Valentine’s Day was our special day, of course. I mean, c’mon, think about what Valentine’s Day is: a day reserved for celebrating romance and experiencing all the joys of being in love. Finally, finally, we’d been given license to proclaim our love and shout it from the rooftops. Teddy bears? Check. Chocolates? Check. Pretty flowers? Check. Multiple Valentine’s Day cards? Check. Dinner at a nice restaurant? Check. A romantic movie? Check, check, check. If it weren’t for Valentine’s Day, my husband, who’s a die-hard fan of action flicks, would have never seen the movies Pretty Woman, Boomerang, or Sleepless in Seattle. Okay, maybe he would have watched Boomerang because . . . Eddie Murphy.

Let’s fast forward two decades. (Wow. That was painful to write.)

I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere in those intervening years, Valentine’s Day lost its appeal. Maybe it was the fact that our lives had changed dramatically – we now have two daughters and busy careers. Maybe it was our dissatisfaction with the commercialization of the holiday. Or maybe it was the fact that we realized what Valentine’s Day is: a day reserved for celebrating romance and experiencing all the joys of being in love.

A single day, everybody. Think about that.

I love romance. Not on a single day, but every day.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but in my humble opinion, romance shouldn’t start and end within that 24-hour period, as though the clock hits 12:01 a.m. on February 14, and you hear the voice of James Earl Jones commanding you to “go forth and be romantic.”

I suspect some of you are nodding your heads as you read this. Others might be scratching their heads, saying to themselves, “Every day? Is she serious?

I assure you it can be done. It’s as simple as a kiss on the forehead before you head off to work. A text letting your partner know you’re thinking of them. A smile and a warm hug reserved for that special person in your life. The possibilities are endless—and some of them are well beyond the scope of this post. Ahem.

So have fun on Valentine’s Day. Be romantic. Be loving. Show someone you’re thinking of them. And when February 15 arrives, do it all over again. As for me, I’m going to convince my hubby to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Perfect, right?


Forever Yours /
Grand Central Publishing

INTERESTED IN A SEXY ROMANTIC READ?

My debut, UNBUTTONING THE CEO, the first book in The Suits Undone series, is available now from Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Yours imprint. Library Journal called it “a sparkling debut romance.”

Intrigued yet? If you aren’t, go back to bed. If you are, here’s the blurb:

As the CEO of a large tech company and a semi-reformed bad boy, Nicolas Ethan Hill is used to calling the shots. But when he’s sentenced to work two hundred hours of community service—for reckless driving, of all things—this chief executive needs to keep his real identity under wraps. Which gets increasingly difficult when he can’t stop thinking about his sexy new (temporary) boss.

The moment Graciela Ramirez meets Ethan, she’s tempted to throw all professionalism out the window. She can’t afford to get emotionally involved, but after a steamy session behind office doors, a no-strings-attached fling might be exactly what they need. He'll protect his secret. She’ll protect her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

UNBUTTONING THE CEO is the first book in my Suits Undone series, and it features a Latina heroine, of which there are few in recent contemporary romances. Other writers, including the fabulous Sabrina Sol, are filling that void, and I hope to do my part, too. The second book in the series will be out in May.  

Happy reading, everyone!♥



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mia Sosa is an award-winning writer and 2015 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Finalist. She writes contemporary romances that are funny, flirty, and a little dirty. Mia once dreamed of being a professional singer, but practical considerations (read: the need to generate income) led her to take the law school admissions test instead. She practiced First Amendment and media law in the nation's capital for a decade before returning to her creative roots. Now, she spends most of her days writing love stories about smart women and the complicated men who love them. Okay, let's be real here: She wears PJs all day and watches more reality television than a network television censor--all in the name of research, of course. Mia lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters and will forever be on the hunt for the perfect karaoke bar.  Learn more about Mia by visiting her website: www.miasosa.com, following her on Twitter (www.twitter.com/miasosaromance), or liking her author page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/miasosa.author).

  

February 8, 2016

BOOK: JUGOSA Y FIT BY CLAUDIA MOLINA (SPANISH)



Atria Books
Spanish

Today is the Chinese New Year.  We welcome the Year of the Monkey.

Now, whether you started your New Year in January or now in February, we are sure one of the things that has crossed your mind – maybe to add to your “New Year’s Resolutions” – is to get fit.

Univision Nutritionist and Fitness Trainer Claudia Molina and her new book on juicing and exercise can help you get started.  JUGOSA Y FIT may be in Spanish, but fitness in any language is important.  The book is full of wonderful and nutritious recipes, as well as exercise routines for everyone.  (English translation is in the works.)

Claudia encourages everyone to drink natural juices because they are easier for your body to absorb and are quick to energize you. Besides, if you want a killer body like hers, then you want to juice and exercise.

I got a Nutra Bullet for my birthday in November and I am loving juicing.  I add a hint of ginger to all my juice combos, or when I need something sweet I add a tablespoon of peanut butter.  I am looking forward to trying some of Claudia’s recipes and the exercises. I'll let you know which of Claudia’s suggestions turn out to be my favorites. 

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthier New Year!---lbc



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Claudia Molina was born in Colombia.  She is an expert in nutrition and fitness.  She is also a journalist and TV announcer.  Claudia works for Univision on various programs, including Republica Deportiva, Sabado Gigante and Despierta America.  Learn more about Claudia at www.claudiamolina.com.




PRESS RELEASE IN SPANISH…..

Empieza el 2016 de una manera natural y saludable de la mano de la reconocida nutricionista y entrenadora de Univisión, Claudia Molina, y su libro de jugoterapia y ejercicios JUGOSA y FIT, disponible a partir del 2 de febrero (Atria Español).

Descubre el beneficio de los jugos, la importancia de las proteinas, los carbohidratos, las vitaminas y minerales así como cuales jugos ayudan a eliminar grasa abdominal, desinflar el vientre, eliminar liquidos retenidos, combatir la celulitis, e incrementar los niveles energéticos a través de las deliciosas recetas incluidas en esta guía.

“Cuando bebes jugos naturales, todos los nutrientes están ahí, vivos, listos para ser absorbidos. Tu cuerpo no tiene que luchar para extraerlos o descomponerlos”.  –Claudia Molina

La jugoterapia consiste simplemente en hacer jugos de frutas y vegetales crudos para incorporarlos en la alimentación diaria y obtener los beneficios de sus poderosos nutrientes. De igual manera es una alternativa ideal para hidratarte sin necesidad de acudir a saborizantes ni endulzantes artificiales. En Jugosa y Fit, Claudia comparte su plan de desintoxicación de tres días, los medios de intoxicación o hábitos que debemos eliminar y como reemplazarlos, así como la función de los principales órganos encargados de desintoxicar y las propiedades curativas de los ingredientes que usa para sus jugos. Podrás obtener las recetas de sus jugos favoritos, el modelo de alimentación que ha seguido desde su adolescencia y los ejercicios que ella practica con frecuencia.  Se trata del método que incluso ha implementado con las concursantes de Nuestra Belleza Latina y que ha revelado por años a la audiencia de Despierta América.

SOBRE LA AUTORA: Claudia Molina es experta en nutrición y en preparación física.  Es graduada en Comunicación social y periodismo y está certificada por la Federación Nacional de Entrenadores Profesionales (NFPT, por sus siglas en inglés) en nutrición deportiva y en diferentes disciplinas del entrenamiento físico.  En el 2001, Claudia se mudó a Miami e inmediatamente comenzó a trabajar para la cadena Univisión en varios programas. Ha trabajado como reportera y presentadora en los programas República Deportiva y Sábado Gigante, y también como nutricionista y entrenadora física para Nuestra Belleza Latina. Actualmente se desempeña como asesora de vida saludable en el show matutino Despierta América.


    FELICIDADES, CLAUDIA.


Y Feliz Año Nuevo a Todos!









February 4, 2016

EXCERPT: HIS-PANIC: EXIT TO BOOGIE DOWN BY EDDIE CISNEROS



The Latina Book Club congratulates author Eddie Cisneros 
on the second book is his HIS-PANIC trilogy.  
We are happy to share an excerpt with our readers.



HIS-PANIC: Exit to Boogie Down
By Eddie Cisneros

Excerpt


"I sluggishly walked around the neighborhood. The last few days had been disheartening to say the least. I was starting to second guess whether or not this whole drug life I'd become a part of was really something worthwhile anymore. There were mixed emotions running through my head. I felt lost and confused. That simple infatuation of selling drugs and making money had turned against me, betraying me. More so, was the fact that I now had a great deal of trust issues swirling. I remember talking with Taz while hanging out at Jerome Park one night. I was able to open up about a lot of things, about my argument with Duckie and the whole situation with Rosemary and her brother. I explained to him that I really thought my life had no meaning. That I felt like I was lost at that particular time in life and had to find myself, find something that would validate who I could really become. Taz was kind of hurt. He felt the group was finally breaking off. I agreed with him. I told him that all shows must eventually come to an end. It was a tender moment that we shared that night in the park. In the end, we did both agree that no matter what, we would always be friends. Taz also agreed to let me stay with him. I told him I would need a week, after that, I was gone."







SUMMARY:  In 1991, Jerome Avenue in the Bronx belonged to Antonio Pintero and his Foo Crew. They were the talk of the neighborhood, going from peddling nickel and dime bags to pushing drugs and money across town in packaged book bags.
      Antonio was only 15.
      But some things in life are often short lived.
      Antonio slowly begins to unravel. He begins to feel the pressure of the drug game, especially his step-father’s sudden shady disappearance, cops in hot pursuit and possible trust issues amongst his own group. With nothing left, Antonio wants out. His word has spiraled out of control and the only answer is to ultimately…
            HIS-Time…
            HIS-Life…
            HIS-Story…
            HIS-PANIC.


Click here for our interview with Eddie last year.  His book, HIS-PANIC, was The Latina Book Club’s June 2015 Book of the Month. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Employed as a doorman for over twenty one years, Edward Cisneros “Eddie C.” has been quoted as saying, “I am not a doorman who chooses to write, but a writer who happens to be a doorman.” Apart from his novel series, HIS-PANIC, Eddie has two finished screenplays under his belt. A stylized thriller titled BEND about New York City homicide detectives on the trial of a serial killer and its sequel. He also served as contributing writer for a real estate website with bi-weekly posts entitled, “A Doorman Speaks.” Eddie has resided in Queens, New York, for much of his life, and it is where he continues to live with his family. He is currently setting up a website, but he can be found on Twitter @eddiecauthor; readers can connect by searching @EddieCauthor  (Eddie C Author). And, he can be found on Amazon as well.
  

February 1, 2016

BOOK OF THE MONTH: SOFRITO BY PHILLIPPE DIEDERICH




Cinco Punto Press

The real Cuba—the one that existed between the cracks, the one that was full of poverty, suffering and hopelessness—was revolting. It angered him that people allowed it to exist. – Frank



SOFRITO is a fun, entertaining and suspenseful novel that is bound to become a favorite with foodies and readers alike. This book has everything – mystery, espionage, romance, and an exciting trip to Cuba. Each chapter starts with an actual quote from celebrities which adds flavor and authenticity to the book. Readers are in for a favorable treat.

SUMMARY:  Frank Delgado, his brother and cousin own a restaurant in the Bronx that is going belly up. They are desperate for a solution to save their father’s legacy, when a crazy idea comes to them – go to Cuba and find a secret chicken recipe guaranteed to bring in customers. It’s supposed to be an easy trip, Frank would bribe one of the kitchen staff to sell him the secret ingredients and then return home. But the trip quickly takes a turn for the worse. Suddenly, Frank is embroiled in a Yames Bond-like adventures with secret messages, thugs with hard fists, and clandestine meetings in seedy parts of Havana. The only saving grace is Marisol, a jinetera with a heart of gold and a wicked kiss. Her support invigorates Frank and helps him accomplish his mission. But secret ingredients are not the only thing Frank finds in Cuba, he also learns secrets about his father that will change his life and family forever.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Born in the Dominican Republic, Phillippe Diederich was raised in Mexico City and Miami. His parents were kicked out of Haiti by the dictatorship of Papa Doc Duvalier in 1963. He spent his youth listening to his parents and friends talking politics and nostalgically dreaming of the day they would return to Haiti. In 1980, the family moved to Miami, where they joined a community of exiles from all parts of Latin America. Diederich traveled to Cuba as a photojournalist throughout the 1990s. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of South Florida and lives in Florida. Visit him at http://www.phildiederich.com/.