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RECIPE: Mexican Style Roast Potatoes (and a book update!)

Okay, the title here is a bit misleading because I’m going to start with the book update. The publication date for the Evangelina Takes Flight sequel is October 31, 2021. Woo hoo! It’s now in the copy editing phase (3 … Continue reading

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Evangelina Takes Flight Sequel Coming Fall 2021 With an Afterword by John Morán González

The Evangelina Takes Flight sequel is set for publication by Arte Público Press–Piñata Books, in fall 2021. You may wonder why I refer to it as the “Evangelina Takes Flight Sequel.” When an author sells their manuscript to a traditional … Continue reading

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I’m Lost. Again. And Don’t Tell Me I Should Look at a Map!

Okay, this post has nothing to do with my author life. It DOES have to do with a little known psychological condition from which I suffer. It’s called: “ABSOLUTELY-NO-DAMN-SENSE-OF-DIRECTION-SYNDROME,” and to me, it’s as real as the bad taste you … Continue reading

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My Groundbreaking Publisher – Arte Público Press

Thought I’d share this terrific article from the Houstonian magazine about my groundbreaking publisher, Arte Público Press and its founder, Dr. Nicolás Kanellos. “As a child, Nicolás Kanellos couldn’t find books that accurately portrayed his Hispanic heritage. As an adult, … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Listen Or Do You Want to Be Right?

You may think you’re a good listener, but are you really? When someone is talking, are you listening to UNDERSTAND or to REPLY?   Think about it. If someone is talking to you about something emotional on a topic that … Continue reading

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Recipe – Zesty Chicken Soup

Hola from Houston, Texas! I am in Houston visiting my folks and doing the cooking while I’m here, which is fine by me! I love cooking and baking as much as I do writing. (First draft done of my sequel … Continue reading

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Grammarly, Copyediting Software/App

For those of you who need editing help—this is for you! It’s been weeks since I’ve written something on this blog. Between being overwhelmed by what’s happening at home and abroad with the health and humanitarian crisis and focusing on … Continue reading

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English Grammar & Punctuation Guide

Recommendation for Writers and Students As a writer, I consider myself mostly proficient with grammar and punctuation, but I still question myself on occasion, or I just can’t remember–like a permanent brain blip, e.g. lie vs. lay. I’ve used this … Continue reading

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What is “Latina” Enough?

I have been reading, with great interest, the heated controversy about Jeanine Cummins’ new book, American Dirt. While I have not read the book myself, I’ve read enough from proponents and critics of the book, that I believe I understand … Continue reading

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Historic Period of Racial Injustice and Terror Provide Backdrop to Evangelina Takes Flight Sequel

The excerpt below from the Refusing to Forget non-profit organization highlights a little known period of racial terror in US history perpetrated by ordinary citizens and law enforcement against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Their revealing, award-winning work provides the historical backdrop for … Continue reading

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