World Book Night is Tonight

Tonight is a big night!

World Book Night!!!

Join Mocha Girls Read – Los Angeles Chapter tonight at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills (4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008)

Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23rd? I am.

On April 23, 2014, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially- printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers like myself will help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love, often to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of our local bookstores and libraries, we’ll be sharing them in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools, and more.

  •   This is not a random giveaway. I will ask people if they are readers first. If they are avid readers already, these free editions are not for them. Avid readers are asked to participate next year as a giver by signing up for the WBN e-newsletter for World Book Night 2015.
  •   World Book Night is making a short, free original e-book available to everyone at their website on April 23.
  •   All information, including FAQs and links to our social media —including giver experiences and photographs— at


    World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 —Shakespeare’s birthday— and is in its third year in the U.S., after the UK launch in 2011.

    As part of World Book Night, 2,300 bookstores and libraries serve as community organizers for the book distribution to the volunteer givers. WBN’s reach includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI, and overseas military bases.

    The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in Large Print. The assortment of 39 WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by booksellers, librarians, and givers.

    Bestselling author Scott Turow said: “I can’t imagine any greater compliment to a book —or an author— than to know his work has been selected to welcome people to the pleasures of reading.”


    Volunteers applied online to be givers by stating where they intend to seek out book recipients, and noting which of the special WBN Book Picks they’d like to hand out.

    The volunteer givers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, booksellers, students, parents, and more.

    Of note: It is too late to volunteer to be a giver this year, but anyone can sign up for the WBN e- newsletter in order to be notified when the giver application process begins anew in the fall for 2015.


May’s Book of the Month: A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner (by a landslide) for our new book of the month.

Mocha Girl Read  Book of the Month for May is A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey.  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.


18114185 The twenty-first novel from New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, a steamy thriller set in tropical Barbados

She is a woman of a thousand faces, an assassin who could be anyone, anywhere.

The Trinidad contract was supposed to be simple: to make a living man become a dead man. When the job goes bad under the watchful eye of a bank security camera, there is nowhere for agent MX-401, known as Reaper, to hide from the fearsome local warlords, the Laventille Killers.

Her employers, the Barbarians, send her to Barbados, the next island over, barely two hundred miles away, with the LK’s in hot pursuit of the woman who took many of their own. With the scant protection of a dank safe house, no passport, and no access to funds, an island paradise becomes her prison.

While she trawls for low-profile assignments to keep her skills sharp and a few dollars in her pocket, Reaper discovers that family ties run deep, on both sides of the fight. Will the woman everyone wants, who has lived countless lives in the service of others, finally discover who she really is?

In A Wanted Woman, New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey delivers an adrenaline-pumping rush of a read.

Meet the Author

Eric-Jerome-Dickey-credit-Joseph-Jones-PhotographyEric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey’s artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. Yet Eric quickly found out that writing was something he could do and do well. From creative writing classes to avidly consuming the works of his favorite authors, Eric Jerome Dickey began to shape a writing career of his own. Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, he started writing poetry and short stories. “The film work gave me insight into character development, the acting classes helped me understand motivation…All of it goes hand in hand,” Eric explains. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA’s Creative Writing classes. In 1994 his first published short story, “Thirteen,” appeared in the IBWA’s River Crossing: Voices of the Diaspora-An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, “Days Gone By,” was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.

With those successes behind him, Eric Jerome Dickey decided to fine-tune some of his earlier work and developed a screenplay called “Cappuccino.” “Cappuccino” was directed and produced by Craig Ross, Jr. and appeared in coffee houses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, “Cappuccino” made its local debut during the Pan African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles. (read more)

Author’s Website

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Feel free to leave comments below or at  I am looking forward to hearing what you all think of this month’s selection.

Keep the pages turning.

Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez

On my home today, I hear the news.  Author of Love in the Time of Cholera (among other books) Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away.  According to Wikipedia, he passed away yesterday from pneumonia in Mexico City, Mexico.  He was 87 years old and is (according to the President of Colombia) the “Greatest Colombian to ever live”.
The literary world has lost another great voice.
Thank you for bringing Magical Realism to us and giving diversity a beautiful background.

Books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Click on the covers to go to the Amazon page)
 and many many more.  All books are in English and Spanish as well as several other languages.
Thank you Gabo for leaving us Magical Shelves of Books.  You will be missed.
Goodreads list of books and author page (here)
Wikipedia page with bio (here)

Let’s Vote Mocha Girls


Man of Mystery!

(Books written by male authors in the thriller/mystery genre)

It’s that time ladies.  Time to Rock the Vote!  For the month of May we are going to read a book by a male author in the thriller and/or mystery genre.

As always there are some really great titles up for vote this time.

Here are the Rules for Voting.

1. You may vote for three (3) books.

2. All members get to vote only once.

3. Last day to vote will be April 20, 2014. (10:00pm Los Angeles time)

4. The book with the most votes wins.  But if there is a tie there will be a 48 hour death match. The two or three books will go into a head to head competition for only 48 hours. Whichever book is left standing (with the most votes) wins!

Below the poll you will find the title of the books linked to a brief description.  Now… may the best book win!!

The Bat (Harry Hole Series #1) by Jo Nesbo

Critical Conditions: An Alan Gregory Thriller by Stephen White

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

The Eye of God (Sigma Force Series) by James Rollins

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Series #1) by Stieg Larsson

The Hangman’s Daughter (Hangman’s Daughter Series #1) by Oliver Pötzsch

Innocence by Dean Koontz

Lightning by Dean Koontz

The Long Fall (Leonid McGill #1) – Walter Mosley

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

The Polished Hoe: A Novel by Austin Clarke

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas

A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey

The Warlord of Willow Ridge by Gary Phillips

Nominations Are Open for May’s Book of the Month

159084950Mocha Girls Read members it’s that time to pick a new book for the month of May.  The theme for May’s book nominations will be…Man of Mystery. (Any book of by a male author in the mystery/thriller genre.)

*Note:  If you are nominating a book in a series then only book 1 is allowed*

Nominations are from 4/7/14 – 4/13/14

For selecting our book of the month Mocha Girls Read uses a democratic system for monthly selections. What do I need to do? In the comments section below, tell us what you want to read next (author and title).  How many books can I nominate? Just pick 1 title off your TBR (to be read) list. Then what? We will put the list of nominations up for everyone to vote on.  Once the voting is over, the winner will be selected as the book for May. What if there is a tie? We will put the two books to a head to head competition. The two books will be re-posted and everyone will be able to vote again but only in a 48 hour window of time. When do the nominations start and end? The nominations start today and will close on April 13, 2014 at midnight.  Voting will start the next day.

Let us know what you want to read next in the comment section below. You can also email your nominations to us at

If you need some suggestions check out the titles below.  Click the book covers to read a synopsis and the reviews of the books.

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