joannBronzeWord’s Blog is moving. On Monday, May 18th, BronzeWord Latino Authors opened its doors to Top Ten Days of Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo. At the new BronzeWord Latino Authors, you will find the same insights and information on Latino/a authors and their books. Inquire about being highlighted in the Top Ten Days. Latino/a bloggers will be spotlighted each Saturday. Also email me for information about being a host once per month to an author for the first Latino Virtual Book Tour. Coming soon will be the BronzeWord Blog Carnival where you will have at your Clicktip, the top posts from many different Latino/a authors and bloggers. Learn about your favorite authors and enjoy all the news about the best of the best in Latino Literature. Also be sure to join @LatinoBookNews for the latest on Latino/a authors and their books; on contests, awards, and grants. Learn the news as it happens. Brag about your accomplishments and be supported by all. Join and spread the news about Latino/a news.

SINS OF THE FLESH November 2009 Grand Central PublishingNY TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller Caridad Pineiro was one of the authors featured in the June 2009 issue of New Jersey Monthly. To read the article online, please follow this link: http://njmonthly.com/articles/lifestyle/people/whole-lotta-love.html.  Caridad’s next release is SINS OF THE FLESH, her first single title paranormal romantic suspense from Grand Central Publishing.






A guest editorial by Raul Ramos y Sanchez, author of the upcoming Grand Central Publishing release AMERICA LIBRE, set a record for visitors at the Orlando Sentinel’s Hispanosphere blog and stirred a torrent of reader comments. Posted on April 27, “Getting beyond the A-word on immigration reform” drew passionate reactions, pro and con. “You’ve set the blog on fire,” wrote blog host Victor Ramos to the GCP author. To read the provocative article and reader reactions, follow the link below.

AMERICA LIBRE by Raul Ramos y SanchezIn addition, New York Times best-selling author James Rollins lauded Raul’s work and said: “In such explosive times as ours, it is rare to discover a novel that captures fanaticism in all its extremes and tells a story as thrilling and vibrant as Raul Ramos y Sanchez’s AMERICA LIBRE. Future and history collide in a cautionary tale of a new Civil War on American soil. A must-read for all, no matter where you draw your line in the sand.” AMERICA LIBRE will be released by Grand Central Publishing July 29, 2009.

Finally, Raul Ramos y Sanchez’s AMERICA LIBRE has been included in the USA Today 2009 Summer Reads list. To read more on this, please click here: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2009-summer-books-calendar.htm



SUNSTRUCK by Mayra CalvaniPuerto Rican author Mayra Calvani is the new National Latino Books Examiner for Examiner.com. She’ll be posting reviews, profiles, interviews, news and events to promote the work of Latino authors in all genres. Visit her at http://www.examiner.com/x-6309-Latino-Books-Examiner and consider susbcribing to her posts. If you’re a Hispanic author who’d like to be promoted, contact Mayra at mayra (dot) calvani (at) gmail (dot) com.

Mayra Calvani also has a new blog, Pets and Their Authors (http://petsandauthors.blogspot.com) where her dog, Amigo, interviews authors’ pets. Get the lowdown on your favorite authors, straight from their pets’ mouths! For more on Mayra, check out her interview on NY Times Bestselling author Marta Acosta’s Vampire Wire! Just follow this link: http://vampirewire.blogspot.com/2009/02/interview-and-book-contest-with-mayra.html

SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWINGTHE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING, co-authored by Mayra Calvani was nominated for an EPPIE 2009 Award under the Nonfiction Category and is a Foreword Best Book of the Year Finalist. The book was also a National Best Books Awards Finalist last October and is required reading at Loyola College, Kent University and Claremont University. To learn more about the book, please visit www.slipperybookreview.wordpress.com.





THE THROWAWAY PIECEJoAnn Hernandez’s THE THROWAY PIECE was named as a finalist for the THE ERIC HOFFER AWARD’s Montaigne Medal.


February News

ROGELIA'S HOUSE OF MAGICROGELIA’S HOUSE OF MAGIC by Jamie Martinez Wood a young adult novel, has been nominated for the Tomas Rivera Book Award and the International Latino Book Award.



ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFEBarbara Caridad Ferrer’s ADIÓS TO MY OLD LIFE was chosen to be part of the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults List at the Mid Winter ALA. The list is used by librarians throughout the country to promote popular reading amongst teens.


joannJo Ann Hernandez’s BronzeWord Blog is a new entry in the field of Latino news. The blog offers writers information on publishing news especially with an impact on Latinos/as, Latino/a book awards, Latino/a author’s new releases, agents and editors views and needs, writing techniques, contests guidelines and conferences information and marketing and promotional strategies. BronzeWord is passionate about helping Latinos/as maximize their writing potential. Articles will be provided to relevant writing news and to inspire and assist you to achieve your writing goals this year. For more information, please visit http://bronzeword.wordpress.com

HONOR CALLSCaridad Pineiro’s HONOR CALLS, a Silhouette Nocturne Bite novella, is now available at http://www.eharlequin.com. HONOR CALLS is Caridad’s 20th release and the 8th book in the popular THE CALLING Vampire novels.

DIRTY GIRLS ON TOPAlisa Valdes-Rodriquez’s DIRTY GIRLS ON TOP was selected as one of the top novels of 2008 by AfterEllen.com.

Alisa is also pleased to advise that registration for this year’s ChicaLit Club conference is live online. For more information on the ChicaLit Club, please click here or visit chicalitclub.blogspot.com!

LATINA IN WONDERLANDJennifer Prado is pleased to announce that the content of her blog, Emerge – New Authors, which features new and established authors will be reprinted on a weekly basis by a popular Arts and Culture website beginning in January 2009.

Starting New Years’ Day, check out our NuncaSola Member blog tour! Please visit Mary Castillo’s Blog for additional information on the blog tour! Here are the NuncaSola members who are participating:

Misa Ramirez
Jamie Martinez Wood
Lara Rios
Berta Platas
Mary Castillo
Alisa Valdes Rodriguez
Margo Candela
Barbara Caridad Ferrer
Gabriella Hewitt
L.M. Gonzalez
Tracy Montoya

Mary Castillo will be moderating a panel on Sunday, January 25th, 3-5 p.m. at the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Public Library. The panel includes Jamie Martinez Wood, Reyna Grande, Margo Candela, Sandra Lopez and Sarah Garcia. The library is located at 12700 Montecito Rd in Seal Beach, CA 90740. For more info, please call (562) 430-1048 or visit www.marycastillo.com.

LUCKY CHICABerta Platas has a fun new widget for her LUCKY CHICA release! Click here to see what you would do if you won $600 million dollars and to read an excerpt from Berta’s new book.

SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MANCaridad Pineiro’s SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN has been chosen as a Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read for December. To read the review, please click here!

The Accidental SanteraIrete Lazo is pleased to announce that actress Elizabeth Peña, who stars in this winter’s “Nothing Like the Holidays,” has signed on to direct the film adaptation of The Accidental Santera. Check back for updates on the project in the coming weeks and months.

Please also check out Irete’s Guest Blog on LatinaLista.net on President-elect Obama’s séance comment during his first press conference as well as this interview with Irete at UnderTheMicroscope.com.

SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWINGMayra Calvani is pleased to announce that The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, co-authored by Mayra Calvani has been nominated for an EPPIE 2009 Award under the Nonfiction Category. Winners will be announced on March 5th 2009. The book was also a National Best Books Awards Finalist last October. To learn more about the book, visit www.slipperybookreview.wordpress.com.

SOLDIER'S SECRET CHILDCaridad Pineiro is pleased to announce that her December 2008 release, SOLDIER’S SECRET CHILD, was a Harlequin Top 10 “Giving” book in November. Also, it received 4 Stars from Romantic Times and
4.5 Stars from Cataromance who said SOLDIER’S SECRET CHILD was “(i)ntriguingly suspenseful plus overflowing with conflicting emotions, SOLDIER’S SECRET CHILD is poignantly compelling.”

In addition, copies of Caridad’s novella DESIRE CALLS from the popular THE CALLING Vampire series were released as free samplers to students at colleges and universities throughout the United States as a promotion for Harlequin’s Nocturne line.

SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWINGTo promote the release of her nonfiction work, THE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING, Puerto Rican author Mayra Calvani will be touring the blogosphere during the month of November. Informative interviews and guest posts on the timely, popular subject of book reviewing. Details on her website: www.MayraCalvani.com.  Mayra is also pleased to announce that THE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING is a National Best Books 2008 Awards Finalist!


Irete Lazo is pleased to announce the launch of the official website for THE ACCIDENTAL SANTERA.  Please visit Irete at www.theaccidentalsantera.com


DESIRE CALLS NovellaCaridad Pineiro was featured on Romance Novel Television as part of RNTV’s 13 Days of Halloween.  Click here to read the interview with Caridad and click here to view the video where she discusses her upcoming releases in THE CALLLING vampire novels series.  For more information on Caridad’s novels, please visit www.caridad.com.



Please check out these upcoming events from our NuncaSola authors!

November 1, 2008
Irete Lazo
The Accidental Santera Book Tour
    Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Garden District Book Shop 2727 Prytania St New Orleans, LA 70130 504-895-2266

November 18
Jamie Martinez Wood

    Presentation Orange County Public Library Association Fall meeting

November 20, 2008
Irete Lazo
The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Thursday, 7:30 pm
    Readers Books 130 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 707-939-1779

November 24, 2008

Irete Lazo
The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Monday, 7:30 pm
    Capitola Book Café 1475 41st Ave # G Capitola, CA 95010 831-462-6297

December 3, 2008

Irete Lazo
The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 pm
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts First Wednesdays Book Signing Event 1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10456 418-681-6000

NuncaSola News for October

LA HEREDERA DEL MARSandra Rodriquez Barron’s LA HEREDERA DEL MAR (Rayo/HarperCollins June 2008) is on Críticas’s list of “Top Picks for Hispanic Heritage Month—Titles to Celebrate”. As per their website, “This list consists of titles reviewed in Críticas since September 2007 that successfully explore themes relevant to Hispanics living in the United States and is meant to help librarians, booksellers, and educators plan their festivities. As with our “Best Books” selections every year, it is impossible to pick every single good book, and thus we have chosen the ones that stood out the most to us.”

    LA HEREDERA DEL MAR is a translation of THE HEIRESS OF WATER, which won the 2007 International Latino Book Award for “Best First Book”, was a Borders Original Voices Selection and was the first Las Comadres National Book Club selection ever. About HEIRESS, Isabel Allende wrote, “Barron’s exuberant prose yields an immensely entertaining reading experience. You are fraught with the certainty that she is the gatekeeper of the secrets of the sea.”Visit Tinta Fresca.com for this month’s review, namely, “En esta magnífica novela se entrelazan las pasiones humanas y los elementos naturales. . .” Please visit this link for the complete review: http://tintafresca.us/index.php?/FICCION/LA-HEREDERA-DEL-MAR

Caridad Pineiro just received the cover for her December 2008 release, SOLDIER’S SECRET CHILD, from Silhouette Romantic Suspense. To see the video trailer for this novel, please click here.

Also, in October, Romance Novel Television will be featuring Caridad in their 13 Days of Halloween event. For more information, visit www.romancenovel.tv.

Multi-genre author Mayra Calvani was recently interviewed by Norm Goldman for BookPleasures.com on the subject of book reviewing. Please click here to read the full interview.



L.M. Gonzalez is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th through October 15th) by hosting a number of authors who have Hispanics/ Latinos as primary or secondary characters in their books. Please click here to visit her blog and check out the interviews with the authors.

L.M. Gonzalez is also pleased to announce that she sold a short story, A LOVE FOR ETERNITY, to The Wild Rose Press for their Vintage line. A LOVE FOR ETERNITY is a time travel story where the heroine goes back to 1955.


Rogelia’s House of Magic by Jamie Martinez Wood has been nominated for the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.




Also check out these upcoming events with our NuncaSola members!

October 4, 2008
Caridad Pineiro and fellow author Rayna Vause


October 5, 2008
Jamie Martinez Wood at the LA/Orange County Pagan Pride

    Title of the talk: The Role of Play in Magic and Ritual
    Description: At its heart, magic is play – a childlike dance with symbols, intuition and nature. All too often the realm of magical practice has become rigid and serious with implications that you can do something wrong. With the Fool’s enthusiasm and Fae energy, we hold lightly to our desires, allowing the joy of happiness to flow through us. In this way, magic becomes real, not imagined; fun, not work; a joyful expression of the light essence that lives brightly in each one of us.

October 10-12, 2008
Meet Jamie Martinez Wood at the FairieCon

    A fantasy conference and tradeshow about all things faerie and fantastical. There is a Good Faeries Ball and a Bad Faeries Ball (which I’ve heard is held at a haunted brothel!).
    Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA
    Booksigning and tarot/numerology readings at my booth, which will be in the Realm of the Muse pavilion. I’d love to meet my East Coast sisters and to prove it, I’ll send five best customer passes to the first five ladies who contact me at jamie@jamiewood.com

October 14, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Tuesday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    The Cigar Bar & Grill (Tour Launch Party)
    850 Montgomery Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133

October 16, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Thursday, 7:00 pm
    Eso Won Books
    4331 Degnan Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90008
    (323) 290-1047

October 20, 2008
An Evening With Margo Candela, Mary Castillo, Reyna Grande and Jamie Martinez Wood

    Come spend an evening with these dynamic authors who will talk about their inspirations and paths to publishing, as well as answer your questions! The panel and book signing starts at 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 20 at the Signal Hill Public Library, 1770 E. Hill Street in Signal Hill, CA. For more infomation please call (562) 989-7323 or visit http://www.marycastillo.com.

October 21, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Tuesday, 5:00 -7:00 pm
    Nuyorican Poets Café
    236 E 3rd St.
    New York, NY 1009

October 22, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    Hue-Man Bookstore & Café
    2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
    Between 124th and 125th Streets
    New York, NY 10027

October 24, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Friday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    Book People
    603 N. Lamar
    Austin, TX 78703

October 25, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Saturday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    The Twig Book Shop
    5005 Broadway
    San Antonio, TX 78209

October 25, 2008, 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Caridad Pineiro will be signing books and meeting fans at the
New Jersey Romance Writers Literacy Book Fair

    New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book Conference
    Woodbridge Hotel and Conference Center
    515 Route 1 South & Gill Lane, Iselin, New Jersey (NJ) 08830
    Phone: 732-634-3600 Fax: 732-634-0258 www.hotelwoodbridge.com


October 28, 2008

Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Tuesday, 8:00-10:00 pm
    Books & Books
    265 Aragon Ave.
    Coral Gables, FL 33134

October 30, 2008, 7pm
Latina Panel and Booksigning with Jamie Martinez Wood, Mary Castillo, Margo Candela, and Sandra Lopez

    Libreria Martinez
    110 N Main Street Santa Ana, CA
    Free hologram bookmarkers by Get Flipped.

November 1, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Garden District Book Shop
    2727 Prytania St
    New Orleans, LA 70130

November 18
Jamie Martinez Wood

    Orange County Public Library Association Fall meeting

November 20, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Thursday, 7:30 pm
    Readers Books
    130 E. Napa St.
    Sonoma, CA 95476

November 24, 2008
Irete Lazo The Accidental Santera Book Tour

    Monday, 7:30 pm
    Capitola Book Café
    1475 41st Ave # G
    Capitola, CA 95010

Click here for more information on South Beach Chicas Catch Their ManOn August 6, 2008, NPR featured Caridad Pineiro’s SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN on their ALL THINGS CONSIDERED broadcast. NPR found that Pineiro’s “novels are as wild and sexy as mojitos. . . South Beach Chicas Catch Their Man is the story of four female amigas, all smart, sexy professional women who love their jobs, adore their men and put their families first. The dialogue is crisp, edgy, filled with Spanish phrases — and the “chicas” are irresistible.” For the full broadcast and story, please visit: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93352152


BRIDE OF CASA DRACULALoveVampires.com gave THE BRIDE OF CASA DRACULA, the third book in Marta Acosta’s CASA DRACULA series, 5 stars and noted “Fast paced, funny and hip – Marta Acosta’s inimitable writing style makes The Bride of Casa Dracula a must read for vampire fiction fans. It also has a wide cross-over appeal and I would recommend this novel to anyone, even readers who wouldn’t normally choose paranormal romance, since it has such a wide entertaining appeal.”

FAB & FURIOUS also gave Acosta‘s THE BRIDE OF CASA DRACULA 5 stars and said “The Bride of Casa Dracula is a great read . . . It’s unconventional, hip, fun, and exhilarating! Women who are used to standing up for themselves will be able to relate to Milagro’s spunky character. Acosta has drawn a heroine who can hold her own and it’s a refreshing change from the damsels in distress we usually associate with vampire novels. The fabulous guys in the story are not so bad as well.”


2008 Golden Heart Finalist Priscilla KissingerPriscilla Kissinger is pleased to announce that her manuscript TRUST IN ME was a finalist in RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart contest earlier this summer. The series contemporary novel features a strong latina heroine and a sexy, southern police chief who learn about commitment, love and family, with a dash of Spanglish thrown in for fun. To read more about Priscilla, please visit www.wetnoodleposse.com


Margo Candela's MORE THAN THIS


Margo Candela‘s MORE THAN THIS (Touchstone, 08/08) is the Las Comadres & Friends National Book Club pick for September at Borders Books. MORE THAN THIS is also Bookmarked Breakout Book at Target.


 FINDING HIS CHILD by Tracy Montoya

 Tracy Montoya‘s FINDING HIS CHILD, an April 2007 release from Harlequin Intrigue, is a finalist in the Long Contemporary category of the Georgia Romance Writers MAGGIE Awards. For more information on the MAGGIEs, please click here.




SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWINGMayra Calvani‘s nonfiction book, THE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING, is currently being used as textbook for a book reviewing course at Loyola College, Maryland. The book was released by Twilight Times Books (www.twilighttimesbooks.com) in June 2008.




DARK LULLABYMayra Calvani‘s supernatural thriller, DARK LULLABY (Whiskey Creek Press, Sept. 2007), was a finalist at the Eight Annual Dream Realm Awards. Learn more about the book here: http://thedarkphantom.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/dark-lullaby-is-a-dream-realm-award-finalist/



PHANTOM’S TOUCH, the second in Julie Leto’s Phantom series for Signet Eclipse, releases on December 2, 2008.  The Phantom series includes a popular secondary storyline involving a Latina paranormal researcher, Catalina Reyes, and her treasure-hunting lover, Ben Rousseau.  The novel with Ben & Cat’s first appearance, PHANTOM PLEASURES, was released in April, 2008.


DARK WATERSCome meet Gabriella Hewitt in person and have your copy of DARK WATERS signed.
Date–September 6th, 2008
Time–1:00 – 4:00 pm
Place–Borders Books Music Movies & Cafe: Farmingdale – http://www.borders.com
231 Airport Plaza Blvd, Farmingdale – (631) 752-0194