June 7, 2016

BOOK OF THE MONTH: NEVER TOO REAL BY CARMEN RITA

  
Congratulations to Carmen Rita on her debut novel.
The Latina Book Club is happy to name NEVER TOO REAL our Book of the Month.


 “Everyone bore witness to…the supreme power of love. Family love and the love of friends. It was all so real.”



Kensington Books
THEY ARE EVERY WOMAN!

Finally!  A book where today’s professional, savvy Latinas are represented.  

Latinas will be able to recognize themselves in these four protagonists -- educated, professional, hard-working women, who are proud of their heritage and sexual orientation.  Readers will find the book funny and heart-wrenching, and at the end wish they too could be part of this tremendous sisterhood.

NEVER TOO REAL is a “savvy and wise” novel by debut author Carmen Rita.  It’s awe-inspiring and very real.  It’s about fierce friendships that stay with you through lost careers, broken marriages, financial troubles and identity-crises.  It’s about the family you make for yourself and a sisterhood that lasts forever.

Cat, Magda, Gabi and Luz are today’s successful Latinas. They are at the top of their careers; living life on their terms; true to themselves and their sexuality. But life is not always a fairytale and happy ever after’s don’t last long.  So when your world crumbles, who are you gonna call?  These women call on each other.  For sisters stand together; and it is together that they come through everything, always.

If you can only read one book this summer, NEVER TOO REAL is the one! ###




BOOK SUMMARY:  In NEVER TOO REAL, four close friends who've earned the best of everything are forced to decide what they can afford to lose…

Cat, Magda, Gabi, and Luz. They've helped each other up the ladder with unshakable encouragement--and raw honesty--since forever. But lately, trouble is throwing everything these formidable women thought they knew into doubt.

When outspoken Cat's high-flying T.V. career crashes and burns, she's got to figure out which dream she wants to keep alive the most--her own, or someone else's.  Gorgeous venture capitalist Magda defied her traditional family to make her own way--in her personal life and her career--but an unexpected crisis could finally shatter her chance to resolve the past.  As a therapist, sensitive, supportive Gabi has all the answers. But when her own world falls apart, can she turn her compassion--and her trademark tough love--on herself?  And proud, wealthy Luz thought she knew everything about her upper-class family background--until a revelation she never saw coming threatens to be the one legacy she can't afford.

Now all four women will have to face the truths that make them vulnerable and the failings that give them strength to discover who they really are--and what real happiness means.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Carmen Rita is Carmen Rita Wong, CEO and Founder of Malecon Productions, a multimedia content company. A successful entrepreneur, she was one of the few Latinas on American television to host a daily national news program, CNBC’s On the Money and has been a national advice columnist for Glamour, Latina, Essence, Men's Health and Good Housekeeping, as well as an expert with NBC’s TODAY Show, MSNBC, CNN, CBS This Morning, a regular on ABC’s The View, ​and has written for ​The New York Times and PARADE​. A guest of the White House as a member of President Obama’s ‘Business Forward’ initiative to further African-American, Latino and Asian business owners, Carmen was also a faculty professor at New York University and is the author of two best-selling financial advice books, including THE REAL COST OF LIVING. A seasoned speaker, moderator and native New Yorker, Carmen serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations and most-importantly, is ‘Mami’ to a young daughter and rescue pooch. Visit her at www.carmenrita.com.  Follow and friend her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



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