Children of the Revolución Documentary

The children of the revolucion title

In a post from years back, I mentioned how helpful this award-winning documentary was in providing context and historical details I needed for my book. Now you can watch the multi-part series online. I highly recommend it for learning about a revolution that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, and changed Mexican and American history forever. I interfaced over email quite a few times with the show’s creator, Lionel Sosa, during the early stages of my writing. He was quite supportive, and I am still grateful.


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Edmonds Bookshop Event Thursday 8/17, 5-6 pm

Edmonds bookshop logo

The Edmonds Bookshop in gorgeous downtown Edmonds, WA has invited me to stop by and sign books this Thursday from 5-6 pm only. If you haven’t bought your copy of Evangelina Takes Flight (or a copy for your friend/s) yet, here’s a chance to buy a signed copy. I would love to see you!

It’ll be Edmonds’ monthly art walk night. If you haven’t been before, I can almost guarantee you’ll thoroughly enjoy it. Edmonds is my favorite town ever – for it’s charm, friendly people, beautiful surroundings (water/mountains), shops, quaint restaurants, ferries gliding in and out, beaches, Saturday farmers’ market and on and on. The bookshop is small and independently owned. Support your local bookstore!

Edmonds Bookshop address:

111 5th Ave South
Edmonds, WA  98020


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Building Diverse Bookshelves **** Review

Very thankful for the beautifully written, comprehensive review of Evangelina Takes Flight by Jupiter Brown. Near the bottom of her post, you’ll find an excellent resource for more information about Texas/Mexico history during the Mexican Revolution.

Check it out!


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Black Bean Salad – Perfect for a Picnic or Potluck

Toss together in large serving bowl:

3 cans black beans, drained, rinsed (let as much water drain off as possible)

2-3 fresh ears of corn, corn cut off cob (leave it raw), or 1 c frozen corn, thawed

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1/2 c cilantro – well rinsed and chopped

1/2 jalapeño, de-veined, seeded and finely chopped

1 red or orange pepper, cored, seeded, de-veined, chopped

Whisk together and pour over bean mixture:

juice of 2 limes

1/2 c apple cider vinegar (red wine vinegar works as well)

1 T mustard (yellow, Dijon or coarse ground)

1 t ground cumin

2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced

1 t sugar

1 t salt or to taste

1/2 t ground pepper or to taste

dash red pepper chili flakes

1/3 c canola or corn oil

Stir dressing and bean mixture well, let sit for at least an hour before serving to let the flavors blend. SERVES 6-8.

You can also serve this with tortilla chips as an appetizer. Great with grilled meats (fajitas!) or to eat with cheese quesadillas.


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Texas Teen Book Festival October 7, 2017

Texas Teen Book FesitvalHonored to be in the lineup at the Texas Teen Book Festival this fall! Check out the other authors via the link below – looks like it’ll be a great event!

The Texas Book Festival is in November, and I’ll be a guest panelist there, too.


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Evangelina Takes Flight – 2 New Reviews

Book List Online and You Decide: Should I Read It or Not? (blog)

Check  “Book Reviews” on the menu bar above or click on this link:


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School Desegregation Landmark Case

The following is from Mimi Lozano, editor of “Somos Primos”, a free, online publication dedicated to past and present articles, events and information concerning Hispanic heritage issues. The 1946 case of Mendez versus Westminster is highly relevant to Evangelina Takes Flight, because her new hometown of Seneca, Texas also proposes segregation of all “foreigners and negroes” from the only school in the area.

Dear familia, primos y amigos. . . . .

2017 is the 70-year anniversary of the Orange County, California Mendez v. Westminster school desegregation landmark case. This WWII case involved five Latino families fighting against 4 school districts on behalf of 5,000 children who were being denied access to equal education and opportunity by being segregated to inferior schools and demeaned social status.  Mendez helped pave the way to the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education seven years later but most American, even among Mexican Americans and other Latinos have no idea that segregation took place all across America, targeting Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, as well as African-Americans.

8+ minute PBS video on the case:

The August Somos Primos Newsletter can be found here:

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