My friend and Cuban American author, Chantel Acevedo is at it again.
She's just finished her latest novel, 'A Falling Star' and I know you will be anxious to read it. Here's the synopsis:
Daysy Maria del Pozo and Stella Maris Morales-Quinn both came to the United States as part of the 1980 Mariel Boatlift—Daysy settling in South Florida with her family and Stella starting a new life with her mother and step-father in Pittsburgh. Over time, they each find themselves haunted by their families’ complicated and painful Cuban pasts. As Stella deals with her mother’s suicide and it slowly dawns on Daysy that there are family secrets she must uncover, the reader hears the del Pozo family history, piece by piece, from Daysy’s mother. Soon it becomes clear that Daysy and Stella may share more than their Cuban-American heritage.
Chantel told me this is a very personal story for her and her family and, as she does with all her projects, she's poured her Cuban heart and soul into it. As is usually the case with all of our stories about leaving Cuba and making a life here in the U.S., it will strike a very personal chord with many of you.
Right now, the book can be purchased as an "Advanced Copy" via the Carolina Wren Press website exclusively. Here's the link:
Lucky for you, I have a couple of advanced copies to give away today (because I'm cool that way). Also, I just want to share the Cuban love and help support one of our own.
The beautiful cover image was shot by another Cuban-American, Elaine Palladino, a very talented photographer in Miami. (We are a supremely talented bunch, aren't we?)
Two winners will each receive an Autographed (!) Advanced Copy of A Falling Star by Chantel Acevedo.
1) To enter this drawing for one autographed, advanced copy of A Falling Star, please leave a comment on this post and answer one or both of the following questions:
- Where were you when the Mariel Boatlift happened?
- Did it affect your family personally?
Please leave your comments on this post and I'll choose a winner on Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 5 pm PST.
2) For extra entries, please "share" this giveaway on your Facebook page and come back and leave me another comment telling me:
- "I shared!"
3) If you're on Twitter, please Tweet about this and include this hashtag: #AFallingStar. Come back and leave me a comment telling me:
- "I tweeted!"
So that's not one, not two, but three entries. (Because I love you.)
I've saved the best part of this story for last: The Book Trailer for 'A Falling Star' was done by another Cubanita, whom you may recognize if you have spent any time here on my blog.
That's right. That's my girl, Lucy Darby, budding Graphic Designer and Book Trailer Creator.
I hope that you are as blown away by the book trailer as I was. (I swear I'm not just saying that because Lucy designed it or because my friend, Chantel wrote the book. I just kind of burst into tears everytime I hear that song, but that's not important right now.)
When you stop crying, leave your comments and share everywhere (please!) and do all the entry stuff. I'm so excited and pleased that I get to share it here with all of you first.
If you're in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chantel Acevedo will be doing a reading at Park Road Books on May 8th at 7pm. Here's the link: http://www.parkroadbooks.com/event/author-event-chantel-acevedo-falling-star