Top Five Reasons To Read Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

25760151Since I’ve started reading romance I’ve head so much about Beverly Jenkins, Her newest novel Forbidden is about Eddy Carmichael, a traveling cook. She catches the eye of wealthy saloon owner, Rhine Fontaine, who is a former slave secretly passing as white. Here are five reasons you should check out Forbidden.

1. It’s a brand new series 

Even though our hero Rhine Fontaine first shows up in Through The Storm, this book is part of Jenkins’  brand new Old West Series. Making it a great place to start if you, like me, want to follow a series.

2. Come to learn, stay to fall in love

A part from telling a good romance Jenkins also manages to work in little facts about American history into her writing. Like did you know in the late 1800’s The Oblate Sisters of Providence became the first order of Black Catholic nuns in America ?

3. This book will make you hungry

Eddy Carmichael is a talented cook who enchants the town with her food. Everything from her fried chicken to her delicate straw cookies will make you want to get in the kitchen. Jenkins mentions that the 1881 book What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking was her source for Eddy’s cooking. You can find the full text online. . . granted antiquated language and measurements don’t bother you.

4. Virginia City, NV

The setting for this forbidden romance is based on the real town of Virginia City, NV. In the book it’s A town and community that celebrates and sticks by one another. We also get glimpses of all sorts of gossip, history and family drama to be had.

5. Romance comes in all colors

Looking at mainstream romance, it can be hard to find historical fiction by and about women of color. Jenkins is one of the few traditionally published historical authors doing African-American hero and heroines.

March Nominations Begin Today

Women PictureMocha Girls Read members it’s that time to pick a new book for the month of March.  Since March is Women’s History month let’s read a book about an Inspirational Woman. (non-fiction) 

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 2/8/16 – 2/14/16

For selecting our book of the month Mocha Girls Read book club 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) based on the monthly theme.  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 nominated books up for everyone to vote on.  Once the voting is over, the winner will be selected as the book for 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 February 14, 2015 at 11:00pm.  Voting will start the next day.

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

If you need some suggestions, check out the titles below.  Click the book covers to read a synopsis and the reviews of the books.


Favorites Giveaway Hop

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This giveaway hop is for the love of favorites.  What is your favorite book?  Now share it with the world in the form of a giveaway hop.

But since we are a book club with a wide range of likes and dislikes we are going to do it a bit different.  There are few books we have read that are considered all time favorites and others that were total bombs.  We won’t mention those.  This month one luck winner will be able to pick one book from the list of books we have read (Our Library).


One book in paperback from Our Library (listed under Books tab above)


Fill out the rafflecopter form and you will receive one entry per item you fill out.  Must be 18 years old to enter and a US resident.  Giveaway ends 2/19/2016.

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Now check out the other blogs in the hop and enter to win some great books.

Book Blogger Hop: Your Significant Other and Reading

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Happy Friday everyone.
*doing the Friday dance* I am so happy it’s Friday because tomorrow is the best day ever.  Book club meeting.  YEAH!  If you would like to join us look find the meetup sticker for your city and click it.  It will take you straight to the meeting page so you can RSVP.  If you can’t make it no worries join us on Goodreads.
1tumblr_lgp6q5NhE21qcjtu8o1_500What is Book Blogger Hop all about?
Each week the host at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted writer will prompt a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers. You should join us! It’s quite fun!  No really it is!

This Weeks Topic/Question

Feb. 5th – 11th – Does your significant other share your reading passion? (submitted by Elizabeth)

Our Answers

Mocha Girl Alysia

My significant other was not a book reader but a newspaper read when we started dating.  Now 2 years later I am happy to day he reads the books I bring him back from BEA (Book Expo America).  Last year he read a total of 5 books and I think he has completed one already this month.

Mocha Girl Classy

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! My husband does not like to read, but he does honor and respect my “need” to buy, read and listen to books. He has bought books as presents and even bought my wonderful Kindle.

Mocha Girl Juawanna 

To answer the question would be no. My spouse does like to read a short article on a person or sport team from time to time, but overall he is not a reader and does not share my passion for reading.

Books to help you significant other get into reading more










Your Answer

Does your significant other share your reading passion?


Books on the Small Screen

mgr book newsSeeing a favorite book portrayed on the big screen is nothing new. I was surprised, however, to learn how many shows on the small screen are based on books. Below are a few that I discovered and am eager to watch.

fpoThe SyFy channel, not surprisingly, turned to science fiction and fantasy books for inspiration. In December it unveiled a new show called The Expanse, a space opera set hundreds of years in the future. It is based on a series of books by James S. A. Corey. In late January, The Magicians made its debut on SyFy. This show is based on Lev Grossman’s trilogy about a Brooklyn teenager who discovers magic is real when he is invited to matriculate at a college for magicians (think Harry Potter plus Narnia but for adults).

For those who can’t get enough of fantasy, there is The Shannara Chronicles and Shadowhunters. MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles is based on a series of books by Terry Brooks. There are all manner of fantastical beings, including elves, demons, a druid, and a magical tree. Shadowhunters, on Freeform (the new name for ABC Family), also boasts array of magical creatures: from warlocks, to werewolves to the aforementioned shadowhunters. It is based on the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and centers around a girl who discovers there is a secret society that protects humans and hunts down the demons who would do them harm.

fpoIn addition to Shadowhunters, Freeform looked to the world of books for two of its other series. The long running Pretty Little Liars is based on a series by Sara Shepard – think mean girls plus murder. Late January saw the introduction of Recovery Road. Based on a book by Blake Nelson, Recovery Road focuses on a young woman trying to get sober while dealing with the trials and tribulations of teenage life.

fpoLooking for something that is neither fantasy nor young adult? Then try Younger on TV Land, a comedy (with some drama thrown in) about forty-year-old woman who decides its time for a do-over. Unable to get a job in publishing after her divorce (no one wants to hire her for an entry-level position but she has too little experience for something better), she tells a little white lie about her age and lands a twenty-six year-old boyfriend and the kind of job she had before becoming a full-time mother when she really was in her twenties. The show is based on a book Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran.

Discovering a new book through a television show isn’t usually how I find new books, but I’m always open to finding new things to read. Thanks to these shows I’ll be adding a few more books to my TBR (to be read) pile.