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.


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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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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Comfy Cozy Reading Weather Giveaway Hop

Hosted by Stuck in Books

Hi everyone and welcome to 2018!!


This is our first giveaway for 2018.

First of many!  I promise.

This giveaway is all about books you would curl up and read with the weather is chilly.  For me, I want a good story.  It can take place in any time period, or part of the world, or during anytime of the year.  As long as it’s a good story.  So for this giveaway, I will be giving away all three of the following books to one winner.

Yes!  THREE Books!  What are they you ask?  Well, keep reading.












To enter to win these great reads all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below.  Must be a US resident to enter.  Giveaway ends on 1/15/18.

Good luck and stay tuned for another great giveaway this month.  Don’t forget this is a hop so that means you can click on the buttons below and go to another great giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Take a Peak: Mocha Girls Read 2017 Yearbook







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