Monday, September 14, 2009

Win A Book For Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept 15 is the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Over at authorslatino if you celebrate by reading or promoting a book by a Latino author you can win a book. There are some great prize books available so do check it out. Now I will take the oppurtunity to talk about three new novels by Latina authors. One if a mystery a read earlier this year. Two are new fiction releases I am looking forward to reading.

Sweet Mary by Liz Balmaseda - Maria Mary Guevara is a top real estate agent in Miami. Her world is turned upside down when she is wrongly accused of being a cociane queen. In order to clear her name get her life and son back, Sweet Mary sets out to find the real criminal. I really enjoyed this book. Sweet Mary is a great accidental sleuth. This is the authors first novel but its hard to tell. Balmaseda is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Read the first chapter

Daugthers of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa - "A lyrical, powerful debut novel about a family of Afro–Puerto Rican women, spanning five generations, detailing their physical and spiritual journey from the Old World to the New." Toni said it was one of the best books she's read all year. She doesn't they that often so now I am looking forward to reading it that much more. Read an excerpt

The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis
"From the verdant hills of Rio de Janeiro to Evita PerĂ³n’s glittering Buenos Aires, from the haven of a corner butcher shop to the halls of the United States Embassy in Montevideo, this gripping novel—at once expansive and lush with detail—examines the intertwined fates of a continent and a family in upheaval. The Invisible Mountain is a deeply intimate exploration of the search for love and authenticity in the lives of three women, and a penetrating portrait of the small, tenacious nation of Uruguay, shaken by the gales of the twentieth century."

A wonderful interview with the author at Voces, and do read the excerpt provided at the bottom. Its what made me want to read the book. Only read a few sentences before I decided I want more.

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