Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week began in honor of the memory of Kiki Camareno, a man who dedicated his life's work to fighting the drug trade in Mexico and the United States.  Unfortunately, he was murdered for his convictions, but thanks to his efforts, now kids are more aware than ever how dangerous drugs can be.

The truth is, kids still get involved with drugs, addiction still ruins lives.  I know because I see it in the students I teach.  I see it in my own brother.  Plain and simple, addiction is a preventable disease, and though I'd like to think we wouldn't forget what we've learned from our past if we didn't have reminders like Red Ribbon Week, the reality is history shows we often repeat the same mistakes when we don't remember.

What I wouldn't give to be able to go back and show my young brother how his life was going to turn out.  Maybe, just maybe, that would have been enough to make him stop and think.  Every year, I use his experience as a warning to students, but I know some of them still believe that won't happen to me.  But the reality is, my brother didn't take that first hit with his heart set on becoming addicted.  He just wanted to have a good time.  Yeah, he stopped having a good time a long time ago.

Thank you to those who still uphold anniversaries like Red Ribbon Week.  Here's hoping it saves lives that would have otherwise been lost to drugs.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Cherie Marks

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Valentina Goldman's Immaculate Confusion $100 Book Blast

About Author Marisol Murano

When she was 18-years-old Marisol Murano moved to the United States to attend school so that afterwards she could return to her native Venezuela to get married and have kids. None of this happened. Instead, she ended up getting a Master’s degree which eventually landed her a boring job in an exciting city: New York.

After a few years running the corporate rat race, Marisol woke up to this one day, "Even if you win the race, you're still a rat." That was the end of her banking career and the birth of her first novel: The Lady, The Chef, and The Courtesan.

Marisol was the first to be surprised when her first novel was named Latino Book of the Year, Original Voices from Border’s and was picked as a BookSense selection. She was further surprised when it was translated into several languages.

A second career detour led her to become a chef and the author of a cookbook, Deliciously Doable Small Plates from Around the World. Between novels, Chef Marisol now travels the world conducting culinary demonstrations on exotic cuisine. In fact, Valentina Goldman's Immaculate Confusion was born at sea in a split-second of confusion when during a culinary demonstration a woman raised her hand to ask: “Did you always know you wanted to be a chef?”

Life is stranger than fiction, indeed.

Title: Valentina Goldman's Immaculate Confusion
Author: Marisol Murano
Publisher: Hipso Media
Released: August 1, 2012

Since her arrival in the United States from Venezuela, Valentina Goldman isn’t exactly living the American Dream. She’s living the American Nightmare.

Her late husband, Max, has left her a young widow, a step-daughter whom Valentina didn’t want, and a bi-polar ex-wife. And oh, having given up her dream job in New York, Valentina is also unemployed in Arizona.

Part "Bridget Jones Diary," part "Modern Family," "Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion" is the story of a woman trying to get a handle on her whacky life in America. In breathless, blog-like snippets, Valentina compares her own story with that of her eccentric sister, Azucena, who has bizarre troubles of her own down in the tropics.

"Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion" is a funny and moving story about what happens when a passionate South American woman moves to the USA and, like so many of us, ends up with a life she never imagined.

"A funny and quirky mix of anecdotes and life lessons. This is imbued with such a distinct personality -- one that begs you to laugh at nearly every page."
~ Emily from Goodreads

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