July’s Book of the Month: Dido’s Prize

“Dido’s Prize is an entertaining historical romance novel…  The mix of action and romance, suffering and joy, bravery and cowardice, pain and happiness makes Dido’s Prize an interesting read.”     – The Jamaica Gleaner

After seven days of nominations and seven days of votes cast and a two day tie breakerMocha Girls Read July’s book selection winner is Dido’s Prize by Mocha Girl Eugenia O’Neal .  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.


Dido, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation, runs away to join Henry Morgan’s privateer fleet and find the treasure that will allow her to buy her family’s freedom. What she doesn’t bargain on is falling in love with El Negro, a pirate captain with no particular yen for a long-lasting relationship. As Morgan sails the Spanish Main, sacking first, El Puerto del Principe in Cuba, and then the great city of Porto Bello in Panama, Dido becomes a valued member of El Negro’s crew.

After the ships return to Jamaica, Dido thinks she will never see the pirate captain again but he comes to her rescue when she is in peril. They flee deep into the Blue Mountains but El Negro knows he will never be safe on the island. Together, Dido and her priate, head back out to sea to find a place where they can live and love in freedom.

About the Author

Image of Eugenia O'NealEugenia O’Neal lives in the British Virgin Islands and wrote her first poem at the age of 5 and her first short story when she was 9. Three of her short stories have been published in The Caribbean Writer and, in 1995, she participated in the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute at the University of Miami. One of her more recent short stories appeared in the Black Expressions Anthology, The Heart of Our Community. Her first book was From the Field to the Legislature: A History of Women in the VIrgin Islands, which was based on her master’s thesis for the University of the West Indies and was published by Greenwood Press in 2001. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and From The Heart Romance Writers.

Congratulations to Mocha Girl Eugenia O’Neal for becoming Mocha Girls Read book for the month for June 2012.

Feel free to leave comments and thoughts here as you are reading the book. I’m looking forward to reading this book and hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Keep the pages turning!

♥Mocha Girl Alysia♥

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  • BookReflections

    Yay!  Can’t wait to hear more.  I love the cover.