COVER REVEAL: Vivir el Dream

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Vivir el Dream, my Latino Christian fiction novel, is set to release on Amazon in book print and ebook on May 20th.

It’s been over five years and literally thousands of hours of work to get it┬áready for this moment. And it’s starting to feel real! I got the cover, I’m picking out dingbats and fonts for formatting, and I’m only six chapters away from the end of the final edit. One day soon I will hold the completed book in my hand (I’m sure there will be a post for that day as well!)

I am thankful for my husband for painting the picture for my cover. He did an awesome job! ­čÖé

If you want to follow what’s going on with my book more closely and find the buy links, head over to my Facebook author page.


La Cultura Latina: Why Most Latinos Have Two Last Names…

So, this is a question I get all the time. Why do Latinos have two last names? Are they supposed to be hyphenated or what? Why can’t they just have one?

Well, my friends, here is the reason!

Mexican culture, being collective and not individualistic, values family a lot, so children take the last names of the mother and the father.

Wait? But, don’t mothers and fathers have the same last names? I thought Latinos were traditional? Well, generally speaking Latinas don’t take their husband’s name when they get married. I think they used to, but now it’s seen as old-fashioned.

Long story short, it goes back two generations instead of one. Example: Maria’s has two last names, Vasquez Ponce. Vasquez is her father’s first last name and Ponce is her mother’s first last name.

So, really you’re taking your paternal grandfather’s first last name as your first last name and your maternal grandfather’s first last name as your second last name.

That’s so simple! Now you understand!

I think it’s neat because you’re more tied to your past, at least by one extra generation.

Here’s a real-life example of my name (if I hadn’t taken my husband’s last name when we married):

My name would be Allison Kathryn Baggott Quagliato

My dad’s name would be Thomas Irving Baggott Britton

My mom’s name would be Janet Quagliato Buxton

My hubby’s name is Julio Cesar Garcia de Alba (the Garcia’s from his dad, and de Alba from his mom)

One day if God grants us children, they would be named __________ Garcia Baggott, but thank goodness for their sake they won’t have to live with a name that rhymes with bad words!

Really, it’s just tacking on an extra generation and passing on that heritage to your children. Kind of cool, if you ask me!

Comment and let me know what you think, or if you have more topics you’d like to learn about! Also, tell me what your name would be if it were Latino!


Thought for the Day…

Instead of making fun of someone because of how they dress, how they look, how they sound, where they’re from, or just because they aren’t like you…try sitting down with them and getting to know them. You might find you have more things in common than you think. And if not, just remember, it’s our differences that make us unique. Notice those differences, embrace them, and love them. I think you’ll find the world’s not as bad as you think.