February’s Book of the Month: The House Girl

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner.

Mocha Girl Read February Book of the Month is The House Girl by Tara Conklin.  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.

Synopsis

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Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.

Meet the Author: Tara Conklin

tara-conklin-final-author-photo_vert-1b832e97254c9cb31dfc0ee656892049b181b914-s6-c30Tara Conklin is a writer and lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, WA. Most recently, she worked as a litigator in the New York and London offices of a corporate law firm but now devotes herself full-time to writing fiction. Prior to law school, Tara worked in a variety of jobs in a variety of locales. She dealt cards at a casino in Costa Rica, planned events at a press center in Moscow, taught English at a school in Madrid and waited tables at a hotel in Montana.  Her short fiction has appeared in The Bristol Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe. Tara was born in St. Croix, USVI and grew up in Massachusetts. She holds a BA in history from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tufts University).

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

Movie Trailer: Divergent

divergent-poster-fullJanuary’s Book of the Month Divergent is coming out in the theaters March 21, 2014.  The book is a hit and more than likely the movie will be too.  Long lines. Screaming fans!  The whole 9 yards just like Twilight, Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

And just like those books this one is book #1 of 3 which means there will be at least 2 more films to come.

I thought you would enjoy watching the trailer as you are reading this book.

What do you think of the casting?  Does Tris look like the Tris you imagined as your were reading?

Voting for January 2014′s Book of the Month is Open!

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Future Fiction!

(Books that are setting in 2015 and beyond)

It’s that time ladies.  Time to Rock the Vote!  For the first book of 2014.  For the month of January we are going to read a book that have are set in the future. Time to look ahead.

As always there are some 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 December 22, 2013. (Midnight 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 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Divergent by Veronica Roth

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

Legend by Marie Lu

The Running Man by Stephen King

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Nominations Are Open for November’s Book of the Month

books-and-moviesMocha Girls Read members it’s that time to pick a new book for the month of November.  The theme for November’s book nominations will be… Books to Movies (Books that have been made into feature films.  Upcoming releases as well.)   That’s right any book, any genre, anything goes as long as it has been on the BIG screen!

Nominations are from 10/7/13 – 10/13/13

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.  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 November. 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 October 13, 2013 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 mochagirl@email.com.

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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August’s Book of the Month: A House Divided

The Member’s Have Spoken!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner.

Mocha Girl Read August Book of the Month is A House Divided by Kimberla Lawson Roby.  This is the second book by Mocha Girl Kimberla to make it on our book list.  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.

“Lively, action packed and full of sassy sensuality, Roby once again has created a story that grabs the reader’s attention and holds it until the very end.” (Las Vegas Review)

Synopsis

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Life is close to perfect for the Reverend Curtis Black and his wife, Charlotte–except their son Matthew and his girlfriend, Racquel, are about to become parents at the tender age of eighteen. Even though Curtis and Charlotte wish Matthew could focus on Harvard instead of fatherhood, they are determined to welcome their new grandson with open arms. But for Charlotte, welcoming her future in-laws is another story. Try as she might, Charlotte can’t stand Racquel’s mother, Vanessa–and the feeling appears to be mutual.
When the tension between Charlotte and Vanessa finally erupts, the stress sends an already-fragile Racquel into early labor. Everyone is quick to blame Charlotte, including Matthew and Curtis. That her own husband would side with someone else infuriates Charlotte and strains the relationship they’ve only recently been able to repair. Her one ally is Racquel’s father, but that brings problems of its own.
While Charlotte schemes against Vanessa, Curtis is consumed with his own concerns about Deliverance Outreach. A mysterious figure from his past has been sending Curtis cryptic messages threatening to take away Curtis’s coveted position as senior pastor and destroy everything he has worked so hard for. But who could hate Curtis that much? And how can he fight an enemy he can’t even name?
Times of trouble are descending upon the Black family in more ways than one. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and stand together against someone who could take it all away? Or is the Black family finally out of miracles?

Meet the Author: Kimbela Lawson Roby

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New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 19 novels which include A HOUSE DIVIDED, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, THE REVEREND’S WIFE, SECRET OBSESSION, LOVE, HONOR, and BETRAY, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR, and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press.  She has sold more than 2,000,000 copies of her novels, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few, and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000.  BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997.

Kimberla is a 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and in 2001, Kimberla was inducted into the Rock Valley College (Rockford, IL) Alumni Hall of Fame.

Each of Kimberla’s novels deal with very real issues, including corruption within the church, drug addiction, gambling addiction, infidelity, social status, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry and jealousy, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, overweight issues, and drug addiction to name a few. (Read more)

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Congratulations Mocha Girl Kimberla for becoming Mocha Girl Read book of the month for August 2013.

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

Keep the pages turning ladies!

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