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Dina Yuen 

dina yuenDina is author of Indonesian Cooking: Satays, Sambals and more 

Hailing from a mixed background of Chinese and Russian, Dina Yuen has spent most of her life traveling and living all over the United States, Asia and South America. Though she is an Industrial Engineer and classical musician by education, Dina has followed in her father's footsteps of entrepreneurship by founding several successful companies. As CEO and founder of Asian Fusion, she has created the world's leading portal and multi-media company that celebrates the best of everything Asian, including its cuisine, travel, people, culture, history, fashion, entertainment and technology.

Dina yuen - indonesian cookingThrough Asian Fusion, Dina has become a widely respected food and travel critic, a sought after consultant and journalist focusing on Asian and women's issues. Her articles have been published in several magazines and can also be found on the Asian Fusion website. Her growing number of followers have nicknamed her "The Asian Fusion Girl."

Carlos Harrison:

 "The Ghosts of Hero Street" to Berkley — for May 2014 release. 

Told in the rich story-telling style of Flags of Our Fathers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Carlos Harrison, details the nearly forgotten heroics of a group of WWII and Korean War Mexican-American soldiers from Second Street — a rutted dirt road in Silvis, IL, merely a block-and-a-half long.   Turns out that that insignificant stretch of road sent more of its boys into battle than any other place its size in the country.  The distinction has been recognized by the Department of Defense, earning Second Street a more distinguished name:  today it’s known as Hero Street.

Carlos Harrison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor and writer of more than a dozen books in English and Spanish. A former national and international correspondent for the Fox News Channel, Harrison also has written two award-winning television documentaries and seven feature-length screenplays, as well as hundreds of newspaper articles and dozens of magazine pieces.

More about Carlos at: www.carlosharrison.com


 

 

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John Lantigua

John Lantigua is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Edgar Award nominated novelist who shares his love and knowledge of Miami, South Florida and Latin America through his mystery series featuring the wise-cracking Cuban-American detective Willie Cuesta, who salsas dangerously close to death with a mango daiquiri in one hand and always a beautiful woman on the other.    So far, enthusiastic readers have followed Willie Cuesta  through three mysteries : Player's Vendetta, The Ultimate Havana and The Lady from Buenos Aires                                           

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carolina_garcia-aguileraCarolina Garcia-Aguilera

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is the author of the much-lauded One Hot Summeras well as the Lupe Solano mystery series. She was a private investigator for more than fifteen years before turning to writing full-time in 1996, The recipient of the Flamingo Award in 1999 and the Shamus Award in 2000, Ms. Garcia-Aguilera lives in Miami Beach.

 

 

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JOHN LANTIGUA

 

John Lantigua is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who shares his love and knowledge of Miami, South Florida and Latin America through his mystery series featuring the wise-cracking Cuban-American detective Willie Cuesta, who salsas dangerously close to death with a mango daiqueri in one hand and always a beautiful woman on the other.    So far, enthusiastic readers have followed Willie Cuesta  through three mysteries :   Player's Vendetta, The Ultimate Havana and The Lady from Buenos Aires. 

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Lantigua was an Edgar Award nominee for his debut novel, Heat Lightning, a  Shamus award nominee for his Willie Cuesta short story, The Jungle, published in the anthology And the Dying is Easy, and winner of the 2008 International Latino Book Award for Best Mystery for The Lady from Buenos Aires.

 

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Lantigua shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Goldsmith Prize from Harvard's Kennedy School for the Miami Herald’s reports on a tainted mayoral election.  In 2002, he shared a National Magazine Award and The Overseas Press Club Award for his work with Newsweekcovering the presence in Florida of the 9/11 hijackers.  In both 2004 and 2006 he won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Award for Investigative Reporting for his work on migrant laborers in the United States (2004) and on the dangerous misuse of pesticides in the fields of Florida (2006).   He also shared the 2004 World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Award for his articles on farm laborers and has also won various journalism awards from Florida journalistic organizations.  He is currently a reporter for The Palm Beach Post.  ultimatehavana

 

Lady_from_Buenos_AiresReview: After an absense of almost six years, Cuban-American private investigator Willie Cuesta returns in The Lady from Buenos Aires, the third mystery in this series by John Lantigua.

This is the heart-felt story of Fiona Bonaventura’s twenty year search for the child of her younger sister, Sonia, who was killed in Argentina’s “dirty war." Sonia was captured as a rebel to the cause while she was still pregnant. She was put in a special area and allowed to give birth, but then she was sent to her death. The baby was given to Manuel Navarro, a member of the military, and his wife, Felicia. When the war ended Manuel left the country. He did not want to be tried as a war criminal. Now, Fiona finds out he and his family is somewhere in Miami. She hires private investigator Willie Cuesta of Little Havana to find them. All Fiona gives Cuesta to go on is a picture of Sonia when she was twenty years old, the age of Sonia’s daughter now and the name of Manuel Navarro. He gets information from his computer, asks for help from a friend, a detective on the Miami Police Force, and a lawyer who deals with immigration issues. He finds people who knew people in Argentina during those horrible days. When he thinks he’s getting close, some of those to whom he has spoken to are killed or else mysteriously disappear. He, too, is shot, beaten up, shoved in the back of an SUV and stomped on. The men and women now he talks to either lie to him, or are afraid to talk to him, or they send him on wild goose chases. Notable among these is a priest who was a chaplain in Argentina during the war, now a real estate dealer in Miami, and the vice council at the Argentine consulate in Miami.

The Lady from Buenos Airesis an extraordinary story that compels interest throughout. The historical background adds credibility to the plot which itself is relentless. It is an exciting, frequently scary, ride that Lantigua takes the reader on as Cuesta pursues his investigation. Reading this excellent mystery is time well spent.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of for contributing her review of The Lady from Buenos Aires and to Arte Publico Press for providing a copy of the book for this review.   Review courtesy of Mystery Books News.

More at:  www.johnlantigua.com   

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  CAROLINA GARCIA-AGUILERA

 

carolina_garcia-aguileraCarolina Garcia-Aguilera is the author of the much-lauded One Hot Summeras well as the Lupe Solano mystery series. She was a private investigator for more than fifteen years before turning to writing full-time in 1996, The recipient of the Flamingo Award in 1999 and the Shamus Award in 2000, Ms. Garcia-Aguilera lives in Miami Beach.

ONE HOT SUMMER

Now a Movie on the Lifetime Movie Network

 

Synopsis

A sizzling summer of sexy fun in Miami Beach, where anything can happen . . . and does.

Margarita Maria Santos Silva is a woman adamant about making her own decisions in a family that seems to have the future, as well as the rules, neatly laid out for her. After the birth of her son, Margarita is at the end of taking a year off from her stressful legal career and trying to decide whether she should go back to work or stay home and raise her son—the latter being the choice both her overachieving husband, Ariel, and old-fashioned family desperately want her to make.one hot summer

But when her old law school boyfriend-the handsome Luther Simmonds—shows; up out of nowhere, all hell breaks loose . . . Now she has more than one critical decision to makeand only one hot summer to do it in.

Publishers Weekly

On her way to a wake in Coral Gables from her Miami Beach home one July evening, 35-year-old Margarita Solana savors her purchase of a new black dress with practical joie de vivre. Margarita has the proverbial everything: she enjoys a successful career as an immigration lawyer and a good marriage to a handsome, successful self-made Cuban lawyer who adores her; their life in the upper-class Cuban-American enclave is enviably comfortable. The only question troubling her is whether she should resume her career now that she's reaching the end of parental leave following the birth of her son. Her husband, Ariel, and her mother are encouraging her to have another child, but what does she truly want? Things heat up when Luther Simmonds, her gorgeous, Anglo college boyfriend and first love reappears, intent on winning her back. Even after a visit to her psychic, Margarita can't decide whether to change her life, but soon questions about adultery and other moral choices are inevitable. Meanwhile, her best girlfriendsVivian, an attorney, and Anabel, an architectare facing decisions of their own. Garcia-Aguilera perfectly captures the conflicts of these cosseted Cuban-American women. Her tongue-in-cheek humor enlivens the situations she describes with intimate familiarity, and she treads gently around other aspects of the exile experience (including the Eliyn Gonzalez case). Despite Margarita's emotional conflicts, the outcome is never seriously in doubt, but no matter, it's how she reaches it that provides this zesty tale with its sparkle. Garcia-Aguilera's Miami sleuth, Lupe Solano (Havana Heat and Bitter Sugar), has won her the Flamingo and Shamus Awards. By sticking to a world she knows well, the author has produced another crowd pleaser. (June 18) Forecast: The Cuban-American demographic Garcia-Aguilera writes about here will gleefully recognize themselves, and snap this upexpect exuberant sales in Miami and in affluent Hispanic communities around the country. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

 Excerpt from an interview on NPR: Full text here with link to audio:

bloodyshameCONAN: Describe Lupe for us, if you will. Ms. GARCIA AGUILERA: Well, when I decided to write a detective novels featuring a Cuban-American female private eye, I wanted somebody who was totally out of the mainstream of what had been done before. And being Cuban-American, I decided that was obviously the way to go for me. It was what I was familiar with. Lupe Solano is 28 years old, and she will always be 28 years old. So, obviously this is fiction. And she's 28 years old, and she's five feet tall if the wind is blowing right. And she is more concerned about having manicures and pedicures than anything else, although she's seasoned and hardened private eye. She always carries a Beretta in a Chanel bag, but she – it was very difficult to find just the right Chanel bag so that the gun would fit. And once, unfortunately, she had to shoot somebody, through the bag… CONAN: No! bitter sugarMs. GARCIA AGUILERA: You know, yes! And it made a hole in the Chanel bag, and I was thinking that maybe from France, you know, the Chanel Company would write me, but no, that was the case. So, she's really fun, and she likes to go to restaurants and she has a very active love life. But she's a very serious private eye. I mean, she works at it diligently. CONAN: Now, I know that you worked for many years as a private investigator yourself. Which came first, the fictional detective or the real one? Havana Heat                  

 

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