Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Accolades

Just ten short months ago, Des Zamorano pioneered the Guest Author post here on the old blog with her novel, Human Cargo. Here's the book cover, to spark your memory:

In this mystery, Des' smart heroine, Inez Leon, is the private eye who tracks down some dangerous types and foils a heinous crime right here on San Gabriel Valley turf. It's an exciting read and now it's official: Human Cargo made the Latinidad List, Best Books of 2011. The list was created by Marcela Landres, former editor at Simon & Schuster and author of How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You.

In Landres' words, Human Cargo is: "A page-turner featuring a protagonist who could be your BFF—one who happens to be a PI with a black belt in Krav Maga."

You can download the ebook here and read it on just about any device, including a plain old laptop or desktop computer. You'll find more about Des and her work here.

It's exciting when our friends achieve. It's a thrill when they hit the heights. Congratulations, Desiree!

So, why the picture of the contemplative guy hanging out on the Caltech campus? Well, Inez has a boyfriend...

16 comments:

alex said...

ooo, sounds like quite a read. will have to check it out sometime.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Sounds like an eye opener of a book. As far as the photo: I like how u roll!. :-)

Petrea Burchard said...

I love discovering new authors and I especially love reading books set in our area. It's one thing to read a book set in Los Angeles--it's one of America's big cities, like New York, and all our lives we've been reading books and seeing movies that take place there. But a book set in Glendale--Pasadena--Altadena--etc.--is a little more intimate for me, and I get the fun of "I know that place!"

I'm glad you like the picture, Kalei!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Petrea: Have u heard of the book "Clay Walls"? that was written years ago... It can be compared to Joy Luck Club... Clay Walls was written by my mom's cousin.. she used a pen name, since then passed away.. I learned a lot about my family-... Its cool to see friends/family get public acknowledgment.

Steven said...

I like it when good things happen to nice people. Plus she is so darn good looking and she loves great food and wine. This gal has got it going.

Petrea Burchard said...

It sounds familiar, Kalei, but I haven't read it. I agree, though, seeing my friends hit the heights gives me a charge! It makes me proud of them and encourages me to try for the same.

Steven, I guess you looked at Desiree's website! She's definitely loaded with positives.

altadenahiker said...

My friends are a constant, over-achieving amazement to me. This is great and significant news, Des.

Desiree said...

Thanks, kiddos!
So, is THAT what Wallace looks like?
;)

Petrea Burchard said...

Well, I didn't have a photo of the LA river rushing wildly past the warehouses of Glendale.

Ms M said...

Congrats to Des!

Bellis said...

Congratulations, Des. I very much enjoyed the book, especially the local aspects, and especially especially the mentions of Caltech and the Athenaeum.

Clever of you to track down Wallace for the photo, Petrea.

Katie said...

Way to go Des! Very cool. I will definitely search out your book as it sounds like a fabulous read, and having just visited the Pasadena area, I know I'll like your book even more.

Desiree said...

Thanks Ladies!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'm going to borrow Margaret's Kindle to read it. Or when I buy a new computer with a really big screen.

I think Wallace is taller

Petrea Burchard said...

Maybe so, PA. This guy's kind of skinny, too. Wallace isn't skinny.

Susan Campisi said...

Congrats, Desiree! I was waiting to get a Kindle or a Nook before I got Human Cargo, but I keep procrastinating so I just bought the book and downloaded it to my computer. I'm excited to finally delve into it.