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Sweet Mary, Dulce Maria

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I've had the pleasure and privilege to read two excellent books this summer - the first was Take Me With You by Carlos Frias, which, BTW, won the Mariposa Award from the International Latino Book Awards - and Sweet Mary, my good friend Liz Balmaseda's first novel.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pre-published, final editing version of Sweet Mary a month ago and I read it cover to cover in one weekend. Just couldn't put it down. Not only does Liz weave an excellent plot, but her characters come alive and you feel like you're actually part of the story. Once you start Sweet Mary, you are in it.

Sweet Mary officially releases tomorrow, but you can and should order your copy today:

Sweet Mary at Amazon

Sweet Mary at Barnes & Noble

In the book publishing business, how well at new book does on pre-release ordering and first and second day sales is super important, so I urge all of you avid readers out there to order your Sweet Marys today.

There's only a few weeks of summer left and I can think of no better way to enjoy the last few days of the vacation season than kicking back with your Sweet Mary while sipping on a mango sour or two.

8 comments to Sweet Mary, Dulce Maria

  • Orgullosa de ser Cubana

    Mine has been on pre-order now for over a week. Can't wait to get it and start reading it with a nice mojito in hand.

  • aar33178

    Oh, the irony of the best cuban blog around promoting the writings of a conservative-hating leftist! She still ai'nt gettin' my money. Next thing you'll be going to Sean Penn movies because of the great acting.

  • aar,

    Some conservative hating -leftists do see the errors of their ways at one point or another.

  • One of my indelible memories from the day Elian was snatched back in 2000 was seeing Liz Balmaseda on local TV fending off attacks to the Cuban-American community from the likes of Robert Steinback and Kelly Craig. Seeing her sticking up for the Cuban-American community at such a difficult time took a lot of guts and integrity.

  • asombra

    Well, it's a moot point, since I wouldn't buy this sort of book anyway (not my thing), but any book that shoves an endorsement by Carl Hiaasen in my face is extremely unlikely to get my money. I realize it's a marketing ploy (read business), and it may well have been the publisher's idea, but it's her book, and it definitely rubs me the wrong way. I guess I'm just not sufficiently "moderate".

  • Asombra,

    Ill admit, the Hiassen blurb bothers me tremendously as the guy is a racist asshole, but sadly a good writer as well. Unfortunately, Hiassen is known for his fiction work being based in Florida or South Florida and Sweet Mary is based here as well, thus for the publisher at least, its only natural to use a hiassen blurb as a marketing tool.

  • asombra

    Oh, I know it's totally a marketing move, and I'm sure the publisher would have pressured her if she'd objected, but I'm looking at it from my perspective. If it's my book, my first book, do I want to soil it with Hiaasen's name on the cover? Do I want to resort to his name to sell MY work? Should I have to depend on his approval to get somewhere? Of course, I don't have a book to sell; she does.

  • Notwithstanding the Hiaasen blurb, Dulce maria, Sweet Mary, the protagonist of the novel, is a Cuban-American conservative who carries a gun, believes in rugged individualism, and caricaturizes janet reno.