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February Book of the Month: Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

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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.

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January Book of the Month: From Compton to Congress by Walter R. Tucker III

*** BIG NEWS! ***

Every single month we nominate and vote for a theme based book to be our Book of the Month. This month will be a bit different. This month we are not going to nominate and vote. Why? Well, for the month of January we are honored to have our first Sponsored Book of the Month. What is a sponsored book? The author and or publisher has agreed to pay Mocha Girls Read (non-profit) book club for the honor of being our Book of the Month. Along with this honor the book, author, and publisher are going to get some really great things as well.

The first Mocha Girl Read Sponored Book of the Month for January 2018 is From Compton to Congress: His Grace for My Race by Walter R. Tucker III.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

From Compton to Congress reveals shocking criminal charges, based on an FBI Sting, that send Congressman Walter R. Tucker III reeling, and changes his life forever. Against the great odds of overcoming the tough streets of Compton, young Tucker fulfills his goals of becoming valedictorian of Compton High School, graduate of USC with honors, graduate of Georgetown Law School, passing the California State Bar, and filling his father’s vacant seat as Mayor of Compton—all by age 33. During his meteoric rise in the political arena, at age 35 he becomes the youngest African-American from California to be elected to a U.S. congressional seat. However, the U.S. Attorney’s federal indictment against him shocks the nation. Tucker’s choice to fight the charges against him thrusts him into a criminal trial that tests the condition of his human spirit and provokes us to reflect on every man’s plight versus every man’s fight.

Meet the Author

Pastor Walter R. Tucker III

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from U.S.C. in 1978, and his Juris Doctorate  from Georgetown Law School in 1981, Walter worked as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, established his own law firm, served as Mayor of Compton, California, and was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1993–all by age 35.

While in his second congressional term, Walter was indicted for receiving bribes while he was Mayor of Compton. Walter fought the case against him, but was convicted in 1995, and sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison. After his conviction, Walter received his call to full-time ministry. He began his ministry inside prison, and upon release in 1998, he served as Manager of Helps Ministry at Crenshaw Christian Center (Los Angeles, CA), then as the Los Angeles Area Director of Prison Fellowship Ministries (Los Angeles, CA), and was finally ordained in 2003 as a pastor by From the Heart Church Ministries (Suitland, MD) in 2003.

In 2012, after pastoring From the Heart Church Ministries of Chicago for nine years, Walter returned home to the Los Angeles area and founded his own ministry, Truth and Love Christian Church, located in Carson, California. The church has over 300 members 40 different ministries and oversees churches in Africa.

Pastor Tucker has been called to help saints overcome their past and enjoy “daily

victorious living” through his teachings on “True Prosperity.” God has also graced him to train and equip ministers and church leaders to carry out the purpose of God, fulfill their destiny in Christ, and be a part of effecting a Great Harvest of souls in these End Times.

Walter has been happily married to Reverend Robin Tucker for 31 years and they are the proud parents of Walter R. Tucker, IV,  and Spencer and Autumn Tucker-Rodney, and have one wonderful grandson, Spencer Rodney, Jr.

Walter is still the youngest African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representative from the state of California. (read more)

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Congratulations and Thank you Walter Tucker III being our first Sponosred book of the month and the Book of the Month for January 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.

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December’s Book of the Month: Holiday Temptation by Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and K.M. Jackson

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our first book of 2017.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for December is Holiday Temptation by Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and K.M. Jackson. Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

A GIFT OF LOVE Donna Hill
Drama professor Traci Long spends her free time at the CoffeeMate café, pursuing her true passion—writing her own plays. Meanwhile, sexy barista Noah Jefferson is doing his best to distract her. But once they get involved, past betrayals make Traci wary. She’s right that Noah is keeping something from her—but it might be something that will make this Christmas as sweet as a rave review—and steamier than her favorite chai latté…

HOLIDAY SPICE Farrah Rochon
A Christmas-time tragedy took photographer Miranda Lawson’s holiday spirit with it. Since then, she’s traveled the world, determined to outrun her demons. This year she’s off to Istanbul. But the scenery isn’t the only gorgeous site she spots through her camera lens….Kyle Daniels loves Christmas, but he’s looking for escape too—and soon he and Miranda find it in each other’s arms. Yet their connection doesn’t end there. Maybe staying put isn’t such a bad idea after all—especially when there’s someone to celebrate with…

FROM HERE TO SERENITY K.M. Jackson
Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…

Meet the Authors

Donna Hill

My official writing career began in 1987 when my first short story was published. My first novel, Rooms of the Heart was published in 1990. Since then there have been a slew of books and short stories that I’ve had published, from romance to women’s fiction, chic-lit, erotica and mysteries. I enjoy them all. Three of my novels were adapted for television so that was exciting. I’ve had the honor of conceptualizing and editing several collections: After the Vows, Midnight Clear, Where There’s a Will, Indecent Exposure, and The Hot Spot. I currently write full time and live in Brooklyn, NY with my family.

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Farrah Rochon

A native of south Louisiana, Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine’s Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers series, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers’ Choice Awards.
In September 2010, Farrah joined the Kimani Romance family with the launch of her new series that follows the life of the fictional New York Sabers football team.
When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading her favorite romance novels, hanging around on Twitter, and trying to attend as many Broadway shows as her budget will allow. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.

K.M. Jackson

A native New Yorker, K.M. Jackson had two dreams for what she wanted to be when she “grew up”: 1. a fashion designer and 2. a writer.
After graduating from high school, she pursued her first dream and studied fashion design at New York’s FIT. She then spent ten years designing for various New York houses. But after years of jugging the oh-so-glam world of mid-market fashion along with being a mother of twins, K.M. took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other long held dream of being a writer.
She currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, teen twins, and her precocious terrier named Jack who keeps them keeps her on her toes.

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Congratulations Mocha Girls Donna, Farrah and K.M for being the December book of the month for 2017!

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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November Book of Month: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for a book for the theme, 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD NOMINEE.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for November is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

About the Author

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.

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Congratulations Mocha Girl Angie for being the winner of November’s book of the month for 2017!

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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