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February Book of the Month: Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our February book of the Month.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for February is Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

Charley Bordelon, an African American woman and single mother is struggling to build a new life amid the complexities of the contemporary South.

When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. She soon learns, however, that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart.

Meet the Author

Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award, was a co-runner up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Novel-in-Progress competition, and excerpts were published in Cairn and ZYZZYVA. She has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation where she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Mission at Tenth, and in The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9. She is a former fiction editor at The Cortland Review, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Natalie grew up in Southern California and lives in San Francisco with her family.

Author’s Website: http://nataliebaszile.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nataliebaszileauthor

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Congratulations Mocha Girl Natalie for being the February book of the month for 2018!

Feel free to leave comments below or at Goodreads.com.  We are looking forward to hearing what you all think of this month’s selection.

Keep the pages turning ladies.

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Let’s Vote: February’s Book of the Month – Historical Black Fiction

For the month of February, we are going to read a HISTORICAL BLACK FICTION.  As always there are some really great titles up for the 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 JANUARY 21, 2017. (11:00pm 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 more information on Amazon.

*Note: If a book is found to have accumulated fraudulently votes, it will be disqualified and the second runner up will be our book of the month.*


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From Compton to Congress Virtual Book Tour

As part of the sponsorship, our book of the month gets a virtual book tour with Enchanted Book Promotions.  From Compton to Congress will be on several blogs from today to January 22.  Below is the schedule.  Take a minute to stop by these blogs and show your support by leaving a comment or two.

January 8th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 8th: Promo Post @ Nesie’s Place

January 11th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

January 12th: Promo Post @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

January 13th: Promo Post @ T’s Stuff

January 15th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

January 17th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

January 19th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

January 20th: Promo Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

January 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

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Nominations for February’s Book of the Month: Historical Black Fiction

Welcome to 2018 ladies!

It’s that time to pick our first book of the month for 2018.

              The theme for February’s book nominations will be…

Historical Black Fiction. 

(Hint:  Slavery is not our only history)

Note: If you are nominating a book in a series then only book 1 is allowed. And all nominations should be published in e-book and physical form.

Nominations are from 1/8/18 – 1/14/18

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 of the month. 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 January 14, 2018 at 11:00pm. Voting will start the next day.

Let us know what you want to read next in the comment section below.

Here are some suggestions.  Click the book covers to read or buy the books on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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