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INTERVIEW WITH DEBUT AUTHOR LINDA LAROCHE

The Latina Book Club congratulates Linda LaRoche on her first book.   DUST UNTO SHADOW is the story of immigrants returning to their homeland and not being as welcomed as they thought they’d be.   Linda has gracious shared an excerpt with us via video.  Enjoy!


EXCERPT!  To hear an excerpt read by the author, click here.

Q: Congratulations on your first book. We understand your grandmother and mom inspired the book. Tell us how? What is the book about?
LINDA LAROCHE:  My mother inspired the book and her immediate family. From the time I was a child I had an interest in genealogy and would ask my parents and grandmothers questions about their growing up years. In the early 1990's while living in Berlin, I had the opportunity to explore my creativity- I trained as a method actor and made a living from having a small part on a television series and commercials, A friend suggested that we do our genealogy through the LDS church. I thought it was far-fetched that the Mormon Church, a young A…

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ED CARDENAS

The Latina Book Club welcomes author, musician and counselor Ed Cárdenas We admire his fortitude, his productivity and his love for his family and 16 grandchildren.  It is for them that he writes and composes.




Buenos Dias! Yo soy Ed Cárdenas. I was born in Taos, New Mexico, and raised on a small farm by my maternal grandparents. Growing up in a traditional home - where the only language spoken was Spanish - my grandparents taught me old traditional virtues, like respect and cariño, which set the foundation for my chosen field of social work. I am blessed to have roots in Taos. The land has presented a serene and wholesome milieu from nature; and its amable gente, that still practices cultural virtues like respect.

LOVITO Inspiration for LOVITO began in 1999, when I developed heart disease. My cardiologist told me, “only love can save you.” I asked myself, where I could find such love? The answer came from my 16 grandchildren.  I spent two weeks visiting with them and absorbing their si…

REVIEW: ALL THAT GLITTERS: A TALE OF SEX, DRUGS AND HOLLYWOOD DREAMS BY LIZA TREVIŇO

Timing--everything always came down to timing. It seemed to her that her timing had always been off. Not crazy off, just that extra millisecond that pushed everything either too early or too late. And now, she understood that it was too late....she couldn't even bear to go through with the whole charade of her life any longer.----Alex Moreno


Captivating and Original. ALL THAT GLITTERS is a well-written rags-to-riches tale, with a quick pace and engaging characters. The novel was inspired by Jackie Collins’ Hollywood sagas and Treviño’s five-year stint as a script girl in L.A.
Alexandria Moreno is a powerful, complex heroine, who is any and every woman. She represents woman’s thirst to excel and determination to shape her own destiny.  We love that Alex is flawed but courageous; selfish but loyal; scarred but free.  We love the sexy cover; it’s so Audrey Hepburn-ish. And, best of all we love that this is book 1 of a forthcoming Hollywood trilogy.  This is definitely a writer and ser…

BOOK OF THE MONTH: SPANISH COFFEE: BLACK, NO SUGAR BY A.B. LUGO (DEBUT)

The Latina Book Club is pleased to announce it's August Book of the Month -- an emotional and heartfelt collection of poems that will touch everyone's heart.




I’m stuck in my life suspended animation feeling powerless ---Insect Trapped In Amber (15-21 April 2016)



Tearful. Fearful. Hopeful. Powerful.  A.B. Lugo’s first collection of poetry -- SPANISH COFFEE: BLACK, NO SUGAR – is a bittersweet mezcla of heartbreak and hope.   
In 2015, the award-winning actor and playwright lost both his parents within months of each other. To cope with his grief, he dedicated himself to writing a poem a week in 2016.  SPANISH COFFEE: BLACK, NO SUGAR – named for the way his Dad liked his coffee – chronicles a year of his life, his grief, and his hard journey forward. 
Lugo wrote his poems in all forms – free verse, haiku; in English, Spanish and Spanglish. Some of his poems span several pages; others mere lines.  Through his dated poems, readers watch as Lugo emerges from his cocoon of sorrow. A “form…

EXCERPT: HISPANICUS: THE APOSTATE LIFE OF ANTONIO PINTERO BY EDDIE CISNEROS

The Latina Book Club welcomes back author Edward Cisneros aka Eddie C.  He has revamped and revised his old book, HIS-PANIC, to bring us the new improved version – HISPANICUS: THE APOSTATE LIFE OF ANTONIO PINTERO.  It’s the dirty, gritty story of a 15-year old drug dealer who rules the streets of New York.  Before we share an excerpt from his book, we asked Eddie C about how New York City inspires much of his writing.--mcf



Q:  How does New York City and its dark underbelly inspire you?
EDDIE C:  I think for visualization purposes, you can easily move away from the neon lights of Times Square and perhaps move a little further uptown, soak in a totally different atmosphere. Maybe journey out to the Bronx, Brooklyn, certain parts of Queens. It’s not to say that New York in general is this entire rotten apple, but there are parts that can give you that grime and realness, in order to authenticate what you write about. I've always said that I was fortunate to have been raised in a let&#…

INVITATION. AUGUST 1. ELVIRA: THE IMMIGRATION PLAY FUNDRAISER

The Latina Book Club is happy to share the exciting news about this new play from Jessica and Jennica Carmona -- Elvira: The Immigration Play.  It's a play whose time has come and needs to be showcased.  All are invited to attend this fundraiser or make a small donation.   Thank you for your support.


Si Se Puede Productions, LLC is excited to announce Elvira: The Immigration Play's Chicago Debut! We are collaborating with the Chicago theater company "Collaboraction Theatre" to present this play this August 2017.

This is an exciting project for us, and in order to get the show to Chicago, WE NEED YOU!

We truly believe in this project, it's relevance to current events surrounding immigration, and the power of theater to give voice to oppressed communities.

Please join us on Tuesday August 1st, 2017 as we present an evening of community building, live entertainment, food,  non-alcoholic drinks, raffles and more. All proceeds from the event will go towards the cost of …