Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?

Monday, April 3, 2017

One Day Blitz Spotlight For LUZ: A Novella by Leslie DJ

Luz: A Novella
Leslie DJ
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Sinister Girlz
Date of Publication: Mar 24, 2017
ISBN: 978-0998127828
Number of pages: 160
Cover Artist: Michele Catalano

Tagline: He’s going to propose. She’s going to tie up loose ends.

Luz Vargas is a promising young Latina writer from Washington Heights, a predominantly Dominican neighborhood in New York City. Who upon receiving top honors for her short story, "Here and There" from the prestigious Quisqueya Writers of Tomorrow Association, Luz's boyfriend, Luke, suggests a couple's getaway to the Dominican Republic where he plans to propose. But when the trip to the Island brings her face to face with a past love, Luz is torn between honoring her commitment to Luke and revisiting an island romance.

The story is told through a series of vignettes that chronicle Luz's struggle to reconcile her American identity with her Dominican side.


Luz awoke to the sound of roosters crowing. Her eyes fluttered as they adjusted to the sunlight that crept through the tangerine-colored curtains. As she sat up and reached
across the bed, familiarizing herself with her surroundings, the man beside her
stirred. She placed a hand over her mouth and looked down to the tiled floor
while she recalled the events of the previous night. For a moment, she had
forgotten where she was. Luz had been vacationing in her mother’s homeland, the
Dominican Republic, for the first time in over a year, the longest she had gone
without paying the island a visit. She traveled there so frequently that she
knew the immigration officers by name and the female officers often came from
behind the glass partition to give her a hug. She steered clear of the male
immigration officers because they were known to get a little too friendly,
especially with foreign-born Dominicanas traveling on their own.
Usually she went to the DR alone, but this time Luke, her boyfriend of seven months, was
accompanying her. Luke was the complete opposite of Luz. He was short, stout
and fair-skinned with light-colored eyes that changed depending on his mood or
the color of his shirt. Luz was tall with sizeable hips but a slender figure.
She spent most of her mornings on a treadmill or punching and kicking Tae
Bo-style to old VHS tapes. She had long, jet-black hair and a tan complexion.
They rooted for opposite teams—he for his home team, the Red Sox, while Luz was
a seasonal Yankees fan — which meant they were bound to break up during the
post-season depending on whose team made it further into the playoffs and how
much gloating the other could withstand. Luke enjoyed his scotch neat while Luz
preferred a cold cerveza now and then and only resorted to hard drinks when in
desperate need of a pick-me-up. They were such opposites, in fact, that many of
their friends often joked that the only thing they had in common was the first
two letters of their names.
Even so, Luke was kind and understanding and ‘got’ Luz. He especially understood and
respected her need for writing, encouraging her and even submitting discarded
manuscripts to local contests behind her back. He was handsome, well-mannered
and the first real American boy to pursue Luz. She appeared to be living the
American Dream.

Leslie DJ is a Dominican-American writer and radio personality who resides in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

She is the writer and founder of, an online publication that features written and audio music related content. She hosts Sinister Girlz Live on WBMB Baruch College Radio 94.3 FM New York on Fridays at 4pm EST.
Her debut novel, “That Girl” was released in September of 2016 and is available on
She graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Playwriting from Marymount Manhattan College and received her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction from The New School of General Studies.

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