October’s Book of the Month: Fledgling

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our new book of the month.

Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for October is Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler. Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.

Synopsis

9780679723165_custom-73821098f001c7bca124cefad545a20be024a3a0-s99-c85Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s new novel after a seven year break, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted–and still wants–to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human.

Meet the Author

Octavia E. Butller

Octavia Estelle Butler, often referred to as the “grand dame of science fiction,” was born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947. She received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena Community College, and also attended California State University in Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. During 1969 and 1970, she studied at the Screenwriter’s Guild Open Door Program and the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop, where she took a class with science fiction master Harlan Ellison (who later became her mentor), and which led to Butler selling her first science fiction stories.

Butler’s first story, “Crossover,” was published in the 1971 Clarion anthology. Patternmaster, her first novel and the first title of her five-volume Patternist series, was published in 1976, followed by Mind of My Mind in 1977. Others in the series include Survivor (1978), Wild Seed (1980), which won the James Tiptree Award, and Clay’s Ark (1984).

With the publication of Kindred in 1979, Butler was able to support herself writing full time. She won the Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story, “Speech Sounds,” and in 1985, Butler’s novelette “Bloodchild” won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and an award for best novelette from Science Fiction Chronicle.

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Nominations are Open for October’s Book of the Month

VampireFangsWithBloodMocha Girls Read members it’s that time to pick a new book for the month of October.  The theme for October’s book nominations will be…Monster Mash!. (A Book with witches, werewolves, shape-shifters, vampires or anything a bit supernatural.) 

*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 9/8/14 – 9/14/14

For selecting our book of the month Mocha Girls Read uses a democratic system for our 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 for October. 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 September 14, 2014 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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October’s Book of the Month: My Soul to Keep

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner.

Mocha Girl Read October Book of the Month is My Soul to Keep by Tananarive DueTake a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.

Synopsis

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When Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man: brilliant, attentive, ever youthful. Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach. Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost. Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami. Instead, David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever.

Harrowing, engrossing and skillfully rendered, My Soul to Keep traps Jessica between the desperation of immortals who want to rob her of her life and a husband who wants to rob her of her soul. With deft plotting and an unforgettable climax, this tour de force reminiscent of early Anne Rice will win Due a new legion of fans.

Meet the Author: Tananarive Due

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Tananarive Due is the Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2013), where she teaches screenwriting and journalism.  She also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. The American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award recipient is the author of twelve novels and a civil rights memoir.  In 2010, she was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University.

Due’s novella “Ghost Summer,” published in the 2008 anthology The Ancestors , received the 2008 Kindred Award from the Carl Brandon Society, and her short fiction has appeared in best-of-the-year anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. Due is a leading voice in black speculative fiction; a paper on Due’s work recently was presented at the College Language Association (CLA) Conference.

Due collaborates on the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with her husband, author Steven Barnes, in partnership with actor Blair Underwood.  Due also wrote The Black Rose , a historical novel about the life of Madam C.J. Walker, based on the research of Alex Haley – and Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights , which she co-authored with her mother, the late civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. Freedom in the Family was named 2003’s Best Civil Rights Memoir by Black Issues Book Review .  (Patricia Stephens Due took part in the nation’s first “Jail-In” in 1960, spending 49 days in jail in Tallahassee, Florida, after a sit-in at a Woolworth lunch counter.) (read more)

Author’s website: www.tananarivedue.com          Author’s Blog: www.tananarivedue.wordpress.com  

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Congratulations to Mocha Girl Tananarive Due for becoming Mocha Girls Read October Book of the Month.

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.

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Voting for October’s Book of the Month is Open!

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Monster Mash!

(Books with Vampires, Ghost, Shapeshifters, Werewolves and Stuff)

It’s that time ladies.  Time to Rock the Vote!  For the month of October we are going to read a paranormal/ horror book.  Books with Vampires, Ghost, Shapeshifters, Werewolves, Zombies and all the scary stuff.

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 September 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!!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Desper Hollow by Elizabeth Massie

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill

Fiend by Peter Stenson

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) by Patricia Briggs

My Soul To Keep by Tanarive Due

Rotters by Daniel Kraus

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Wildseed by Octavia Butler

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

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Nominations are Open for October’s Book of the Month

VampireFangsWithBloodMocha Girls Read members it’s that time to pick a new book for the month of October.  The theme for October’s book nominations will be… Monster Mash! (Books with Vampires, Witches, Ghost, Werewolves, Shapshifter)   That’s right any book, any genre, anything goes as long as it’s scary!

Nominations are from 9/9/13 – 9/15/13

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 October. 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 September 15, 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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