Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Welcome December - Bienvenido Diciembre

Reflections by Maritza Martínez Mejía
For Christians, December is a time of preparation for Christmas. During four weeks of waiting period called Advent, we prepare an Advent Wreath. Each Sunday a candle will be lit. The first, second, and forth candle are purple and the third candle is pink color. These colors represent a time of preparation and joy for the birthday of Jesus; reason for the season. This year, I invite you to set aside the commercial rush and find the real reason of the season. Don’t forget to collect family memories not possessions.

Happy New Year!

Para los cristianos, Diciembre es un tiempo de preparación a la Navidad. Durante cuatro semanas o período de espera llamada Adviento, preparamos una Corona de Adviento. Cada domingo se enciende una vela. La primera, segunda y cuarta vela son púrpura y la tercera vela es de color rosado. Estos colores representan la espera y gozo de la celebración al Nacimiento de Jesús; razón de la Navidad. Éste año, los invito a dejar a un lado las congestiones comerciales de ésta temporada y encontremos la razón de la Navidad. No olvides coleccionar memorias familiares no posesiones. 

¡Feliz Nuevo Año!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Agradecimientos - Thank you!

Sintiéndome agradecida por un año exitoso. 
Created by Estella Mejia

Luz Del Mes está promoviendo la Literatura Hispana de:
Rosario Solares, Isabel García Cintas, Olga Muñoz, Pilar Vélez, Mery Larrinua, Janet Balletta
 ¡Feliz lectura!

Feeling thankful for a successful year. 
Luz Del Mes is promoting Spanish Literature for the Holidays!

Monday, November 28, 2016

The other side of Thanksgiving

The story that we all know about the First Thanksgiving is the gathering celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New Land, Plymouth, in 1621.  But rarely do we talk about the advocate who make this event a Holiday in North America. Do you know who?

Thank You, SarahThe Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

According to history, in the early 1800s, the only national holidays celebrated in the United States were Washington's Birthday and Independence Day. It was until 1863 that a woman called Sarah Hale made history changed and advocated for making Thanksgiving a national holiday in the United States. How did it happen?
For decades, Sarah Hale wrote letters to five Presidents of the United States: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln. 
Her initial letters failed to persuade the presidents; however, the letter she wrote to Lincoln convinced him to support legislation establishing a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. What had happened without Hale’s persistence?
1863 letter from Hale to Lincoln discussing Thanksgiving 
The new national holiday was considered a unifying day after the stress of the American Civil War. 
Are we facing a similar stress? 
Today, more than ever, we need to be unify and accept changes with dignity.

Let's celebrate with family and friends leaving behind divisions.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

I'm more than excited to participate for the second time in the Multicultural Children's Book Day where I review Children's Books as Author & Blogger.
Review and Book activity on Jan, 27/17

This event is organized by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom.

Objective: Raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves. Use #ReadYourWorld OR #MCBD 
Author participation interview, Visit:
For more information Visit

Thank you for your donations:
                              Erika M Szabo - Mark Albini - Gabriela Arellano

                                     Ricky and Bobo by 

...I'm waiting for more books...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

December Spotlight Interview with Pilar Vélez

President of XII EIDE, Pilar Velez
Pilar Vélez on Luz Del Mes Spotlight Interview by Maritza Martinez Mejia
I had the opportunity to be part of the XII Gathering of Women Writers 2016 in Miami AND to meet with the President of the event, Pilar Velez. Today, I had the honor to present to you a GREAT leader, poet and writer.
Welcome Pilar to Spotlight Interview! Tell me:

Q1.What makes you proud to be a writer in The United States?

Creo que ejercer mi trabajo de escritora en los Estados Unidos, me permite tener contacto con una comunidad multicultural que a la vez enriquece mi vida, aportándole nuevas perspectivas a nivel personal y profesional que se ven reflejadas en lo que escribo.

Q2. What or who inspired you to write "El  Expresso del Sol"?

Quizás la vida misma. Desde que era una niña descubrí el mundo de los lápices y las palabras. Mi madre y mi abuela me animaban a escribir…
Hoy sigue siendo la vida en su plenitud, la que me inspira a detenerme en los detalles, en las cosas que nos suceden y que no pueden pasar desapercibidas.  Escribo también para aprender y comprender el mundo que me rodea, el que siento y el que imagino.

Q3.  Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? 

Depende… en mi última obra, fue mi esposo el que me recomendó el título. En la obra que escribo actualmente, el título fue antes que el libro… y hasta tiene su imagen de portada.

Q4. What is your favorite writing style? 
Me inicié en la poesía y tendré siempre el corazón de poeta.  Tanto mi producción poética como mi trabajo narrativo se basan o se inspiran en hechos reales. Me gusta descubrir esas capas que se tejen tras bambalinas, sacudo la realidad y expongo a la luz los rostros, el mundo exterior y el interior en todos sus matices y formas. Cada personaje es un viaje a un universo inesperado, en el que mi pluma se libera y traza su propio derrotero.

Q5. What is your promotion strategy to promote your children book?
Siendo maestra normalista, me siento feliz de poder llevar mis escritos, mi sensibilidad y mi creatividad al mundo infantil y juvenil. He escrito varios libros de cuentos infantiles e imparto talleres de poesía y cuento; además, dicto el taller “Carta a mis sueños” que suma a la parte pedagógica y académica, la enseñanza de valores y el crecimiento personal. Ofrezco este trabajo de forma directa a las escuelas.

Thank you for your time to answer this question for LuzDelMes Spotlight Interview.

I had the opportunity to read her memoir "El Expreso del Sol" and felt connected with her story. This book clearly explains the problematic situation of Colombian refugees and narrates the story of three generations and their struggles to survive in a conflict difficult to resolve. 
I recommend this book!


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Poetry Marathon Challenge

I participated in the Half-Poetry Marathon 2016 and Complete Poetry Marathon 2015. The complete challenge consists on writing 24 poems in 24 hours and the half-marathon:12 poems in 12 hours. 
Every hour, you receive a prompt with images or even music to inspire you to write your poem. This phenomenal event is organized by Caitlin Jans (Thomson) and Jacob Jans, two writers and web publishers living in the Pacific Northwest. 

Half-Poetry Marathon Certificate 2016

This year, I learned about Haibun (Prose + Haiku) while writing a Persona poem about a Homeless. It hit me hard to think about a person without a home to sleep in... 
I enjoyed writing a Pantoum, a Gratitude poem and a few free style ones. I edited the poems and submitted two to the Poetry Marathon Anthology. Guest what? "Oatmeal in Heaven will be in the Anthology!

Full Poetry Marathon Certificate 2017

Last year Complete Poetry Marathon Challenge was exhausted, but rewarding. I edited the 24 poems over the following months. I sent the best poems for contests.  Two poems were selected to participate in one anthology for Authors Talk Book Show in November 2016.


The 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology 
Poem #18 Oatmeal in Heaven by Maritza Mejia

For details about the the NEXT Poetry Marathon

For my poems visit:

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Author's Talk Book Show @ Pinecrest Library

Author’s Talk Book Show presents LOCAL Authors and their Books at Pinecrest Library. 
Event organized by Maria Salvadora Perry.

Saturday, December 3er at 10:00 a.m. 
5835 SW 111th St
Miami, Florida 33156

*Refreshments, Admission & Parking FREE*
                                          Participando en el conversatorio con escritoras locales. 

Author getting ready for presentation

Receiving Certificate of Appreciation and Medal of Participation

Feeling blessed with this honor

Presenting my work at Author's Talk Book Show 2016
                                                My boks available at:

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Entrevista con Mery Larrinua para Luz Del Mes Spotlight Interview

The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984. 

I had the opportunity to be part of this Festival of Authors 2016 and present my poetry book with the “Academia Norteamerica de Lengua Moderna.

I present to you the President of ANLModerna Miami – Merry Larrinua.                                   
Entrevista con Mery Larrinua para Luz Del Mes Spotlight Interview Por Maritza Martínez Mejia en la Feria del Libro internacional de Miami, Florida 2016.

¡Bienvenida Mery a Spotlight Entrevista! Dime:

  1. ¿Qué le hace sentirse orgullosa de ser escritor en los Estados Unidos?

Me siento orgullosa de ser escritor en Estados Unidos como parte del mundo.  Nuestra tierra, poder llevar mensajes, reflexiones, distracción y amor.

  2.  ¿Qué o quién le inspiró a escribir Amor Eterno?

El amor, el deseo de traspasar corazones, fronteras, dimensiones.
 3.    ¿Usted crea su título antes o después de escribir el manuscrito?

Cuando comienzo a escribir tengo idea del título, cuando termino, lo defino.

 4.    ¿Cuál es su estilo de escritura favorito? 

 5.    ¿Cuál es su estrategia de promoción para promocionar su libro para niños?

No he escrito para niños, pero pienso que hoy las redes sociales es el
Medio más importante, y lo hago extensivo a los menores, y con mayor razón, ellos crecen con la tecnología, es parte de su desarrollo.

Gracias por su tiempo para responder a esta pregunta para Luz Del Mes Spotlight Interview.
Mi agradecimiento por permitirme ser parte de este importante proyecto.

Desde mi corazón al de ustedes,  

Mery Larrinua
"Que la pluma escriba
la palabra de tu corazon"

Friday, November 18, 2016

Miami Book Fair 2016 Experience

The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984. 
The highlight of the Weekend Street Fair is the Festival of Authors and I’M PART OF IT! 

                                                             My Participation:

With ANLModerna
With my Editorial Entre Lineas
With Mi Libro Hispano

With Don Daniels member of South Florida Association
                                                    Great success and lovely days at #MiamiBookFair 2016.       
                   All my bilingual books available at:

Friday, November 4, 2016

Author's Talk Book Show @ Barnes & Noble FIU

Author’s Talk Book Show presented EIGHT Authors and their Books at Barnes & Noble FIU on November 5/16 thanks to the effort and organization of Maria Salvadora Perry.

Program organized by Maria Perry:

Authors & Sponsors:

Event Photos Participants

Maria Salvadora Perry organizer
Mery Larrinua participant

Margarita Pedrozo Participant
Isabel Cintas participant
Rosario Solares participant

Olga Muñoz participant

Maritza Martinez Mejia participant

                                          Presenting Awards                                                                           
Receiving my participation awards

Receiving an Award for my work,
Author's Talk Book Show Award

Books and work available at:

Poetry Contest 
Presenting recognition to Poetry Judges


First Place: Loly Triana
Second place: Olga Muñoz
Third place: Rosario Solares

Congratulations to the winners!

Special Thank you to the organization and sponsors. 

Thank you Barnes & Noble FIU for selling our books.