Hot romance for a cold winter night

Just in time for the holidays, The Three Kings: A Christmas Dating Story from Alisa Valdes-RodriguezNew Mexico designer’s Christy De la Cruz’s handsome husband has walked out her. Just in time for the holidays, her best friend Maggie produces “Three Kings”; Melchoir, Caspar, and Balthazar for Christy to date. 

The three men all bring very different backgrounds, personalities, and gifts on their date with Christy in this magical holiday tale. Christy also explores her family’s heritage and her own Mexican-American background, as she allows herself to look at love again.
Valdes-Rodriguez, the author of the best-selling Dirty Girls Social Club, is known for her strong female characters and her humorous, sexy, down-to-earth approach to modern relationships. Pick this one up if like your romance spirited, spicy, and sassy.

As much fun as Sex in the City

Alisa Valdes-RodriguezExciting new writer Alisa Valdes-Rodriguezanswers some questions about her two latest books. Alisa was named one of Time magazine’s most influential Hispanics, and has a deft touch with contemporary relationships.

She is the author of The Dirty Girls Social Club, a sexy sequel to her book Dirty Girls on Top. It’s as addictive as Sex and the City reruns.  It follows a diverse group of six college friends as they attempt to balance careers and love. The women are all professionals, attractive Latinas. This book is definitely hot, but it is also touching and very funny.
Her latest book, The Husband Habit, is set in Alisa’s native New Mexico. The novel explores how family patterns can affect choices about love and life. The main character, a chef, keeps falling for married men until she meets a man who can break her unconscious code and her history of bad choices.  
I couldn’t put down either of these two entertaining and very different books. They are perfect beach bag books – but be warned, your girlfriends will want borrow them.
DD: Your Dirty Girls books have been described as Sex in the City, Latina style. Do think it is fair description – and was it intentional?
AVR: I don’t know if it was fair or not. I have never read Sex in the City and have only watched the show maybe three times – and that was after my book was written. There is a long history of ensemble books about women. I’m more apt to have read Maeve Binchy’s version, or Terri McMillan’s.
DD: In your Dirty Girls books the six women characters do not seem to have any friends who are not Latina. Is that indicative of the culture?
AVR: It has nothing to do with culture. It’s a premise for a work of fiction.
DD:  You describe food a lot and very sensually in your books. In The Husband Habit, the main character is a chef. In Dirty Girls on Top, two characters use food self-destructively.  Can you discuss the role food plays in your books?
AVR: I try to be detailed about food because I think all humans can relate to it. I’m also an amateur chef. I hope someday to open the first upscale Cuban restaurant in Albuquerque!
DD: You write about professional women in your books – both Latina and non-Latina.  The women in your book seem to handle work pretty well, but men and relationships are much more difficult for them. Do you think that is the big challenge for bright woman today, to find man who isn’t a mess, married, or a womanizer who want to settle down?
AVR: Yes! I think women’s roles have changed a lot in the past 50 years, but that men’s expectations of us have not changed as much. Too many men still seem to be focused on the superficial with women. I have so many amazing, professional, educated friends who struggle to find men who can appreciate them as full and fascinating human beings. That said, there are men out there who get it. Paul, in The Husband Habit, is one such guy.
DD:In Dirty Girls on Top the sex talk is rather – unbridled. It was also pretty funny as opposed to really vulgar.  What inspired that?
AVR: You don’t really want me to answer that. I promise.
DD: Family and the past seem to play a role in all of your work. This is a very strong theme in The Husband Habit. Do you think the strong role of family in the Latino culture has influenced your work?
AVR: I think all families play a role in the psychological development of all people. I am interested in psychology, and in the different ways people within the same family interact, and why.
DD: Do you consider yourself a “Latina writer”?  I enjoyed your books and found the themes and humor universal.
AVR:  I think of myself as a person. Labels in general can be tools of marginalization, or tools of empowerment. It just depends upon who is using them and why.