November 17, 2015

Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz

Book Title: Jesusita
Author: Ronald L. Ruiz
Genres: Literary, Fiction, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Amika Press
Published Date: May 2015 (275 Pages, Paperback)
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author and +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours
Author Interview: Ronald L. Ruiz
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Description: Jesusita is the story of immigrants—legal and illegal—trying to survive in California in the years after World War II. Jesusita, alone and impoverished, struggles to keep her four young children together. Though she finds support from Padre Montes at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, her faith won’t solve her problems, especially those with her daughter, Paulina. Far from home, Filipino laborers are denied by law any contact with white women. Angie, the young daughter of an illiterate and unmarried mother, knows only one way to make money. And Felix, abandoned by his mother and separated from his only brother, is placed in a foster home on an isolated ranch. The interrelated lives of these people provide a complex, sometimes violent, and often tragic image of American poverty within the nation’s postwar boom.

Jesusita is collection of stories about immigrants. The author mainly talks about a woman named Jesusita. All the characters mentioned end up with this Jesusita. Padre comes to California to help with the Mexicans and to help with the ministry. It's really a good book. The main story is about a woman and her children. The other stories that Ronald adds in are almost side stories.

Angie learns only one thing while growing up. She only knows how to make money one way. Filipino laborers want this from her. She agrees to do this to survive and to make money. Filipino laborers are not allowed to have any contact with white woman. What ever will happen to Angie and the Filipino men. She does meet a man at the theater at a young age. She does not want to do what her mother did for a living.

Felix is abandoned by his mother and placed in a foster home on an isolated ranch away from his brother. He worries about his little brother. When he a turns eighteen, he will need to learn to survive and can come and go as he pleases. When does he decide to walk to where his brother is staying and come back at night? He does this weekly.

Jesusita has to deal with her children and when she leaves and can not work cleaning offices she gets work though the government as a foster parent. She gets two little girls and a little boy to live with her. She deals with a little girl that seems to make her do strange things.

There is some abuse and sex that goes on throughout the book. I advise parents to only allow their children 15 or older to read this. I will let you decide what you want your children to read.


After reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment at the age of 17, I knew I wanted to be a writer. But I knew nothing about the craft. My first novel, Happy Birthday Jesús, was published 36 years later. Surprisingly, it received good reviews

For many years, I was a criminal defense attorney and at the end of my career a prosecutor, but I always managed to find time to write. What I saw and experienced during those years often serves as a basis for my writing. For me, learning how to write has been a long, continuous and, at times, torturous process.

Now retired, I try to write every day and I feel fortunate that I have found something in writing that sustains me. I’m glad I persevered during all those years of rejection. More than anything, writing about what I see and experience in life has given me a sense of worth.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

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Nov 3 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review / guest post
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Interviews around the Globe with Ronald Ruiz

Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Ronald Ruiz to Nighttime Reading Center. He here on a book tour. He is stopping by here on November 26. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about him books and giveaway.

I got the chance to read his book "Jesusita". It was different and nice. I would suggest that you read my reviews for "Jesusita". You got a chance to win a  - Win 1 of 10 of any of the author's signed books (choose from his 5 titles) 1 $30 Amazon gift card (international). Enter his giveaway Jesusita Giveaway

Let read her Bio and then go to her interview. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways #bookreview, #adultfiction #WWII #americanhistory #immigrants and @iReadBookTours

Author Heather Siegel at Nighttime Reading Center

After reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment at the age of 17, I knew I wanted to be a writer. But I knew nothing about the craft. My first novel, Happy Birthday Jesús, was published 36 years later. Surprisingly, it received good reviews

For many years, I was a criminal defense attorney and at the end of my career a prosecutor, but I always managed to find time to write. What I saw and experienced during those years often serves as a basis for my writing. For me, learning how to write has been a long, continuous and, at times, torturous process.

Now retired, I try to write every day and I feel fortunate that I have found something in writing that sustains me. I’m glad I persevered during all those years of rejection. More than anything, writing about what I see and experience in life has given me a sense of worth.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook
Nighttime Reading Center Interview, Author Interview
Describe your book in 20 words or less.

It´s about what hardship did to a woman who struggled to survive.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

Watching the struggles my mother and grandmother went through, as well as those of illegal Mexican immigrant farmworkers.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use any resources in assisting you to choose the names?

Very important. Jesusita was my grandmother´s name and just the mention of that name brings back so many things depicted in this book. But usually the name has to sound right for the character.  No, I don´t use resources to choose names.
Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Jesusita. Because, for me, she symbolizes the lives and struggles of so many illegal Mexicant immigrant farmworkers.
Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?

Two scenes were equally difficult for me to write. (a) Santiago´s molestation of Angie in the movie theatre
(b) the one beating of Paulina that puts Paulina in her room for days .



If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

(a) Jesusita: Marion Coutillard  (b) Angie:Natalie Portman (c) Felix: Eddie Redmayne

What was your favorite part to write and why?

Felix, the mentally retarded orphan boy, who despite all his travails, once he is 18 decides, contrary to all expectations, to walk seven miles into town on a Sunday morning dressed in his pathetic church-going clothes to visit his younger orphan brother.

Just as your book(s) inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

Fyodor Dostoevsky , William Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy have all inspired me to write.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

When I was 17 I decided that I wanted to be writer. I was first published when I was 53, after a multitude of rejections.  My advice:  Don´t quit.  Keep writing, but above all keep reading and learn from the great ones.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read my reviews.  I don´t respond to them, good or bad (occasionally I have said Thank you for a good one, but only Thank you). I don´t respond  because I think what a reviewer has said is an honest point of view and how can you challenge that?  The bad ones can be helpful once you get over the emotion of rejection. There can be validity to what they´ve said that you can learn from.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Two young cousins, 22 and 19, get involved in a big dope ring.  The older cousin is deeply involved, the younger only peripherally. The older cousin gets arrested and a few million dollars fall into the younger cousin´s lap.  And he runs and runs and runs.  Hopefully the chase will be entertaining, instructive and meaningful.

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?



Thank you for stopping by Nighttime Reading Center, Ronald. I hope to see you around here. I hope you stop by once in awhile. I started to laugh with some of the answers.


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November 4, 2015

The Peanuts Movie

Movie Title:The Peanuts Movie
Opens: Opens Friday November 6, 2015
Rating: G, 1 hr 26 min, Animated, Family            
Synopsis: The delightfully hilarious gang from The Peanuts returns after 35 years for their silver screen debut. Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and friends on a new epic adventure while Snoopy tracks down his nemesis, the Red Baron. Charles M. Schulz's iconic characters are brought to life in state of the art 3D animation from Blue Sky Studios, the creators of the Ice Age films. Directed by Steve Martino. Screenwriters include Craig Schulz, one of Charles M. Schulz's sons and Bryan Schulz, Craig's son and Cornelius Uliano. ~ Jennifer Lackman, Rovi Provided by Rovi
Cast Members: Noah Schnapp (Charlie Brown), Hadley Belle Miller (Lucy van Pelt), Alexander Garfin (Linus van Pelt), Mariel Sheets (Sally Brown), Bill Melendez (Snoopy/Woodstock), Anastasia Bredikhina (Patty), Noah Johnston (Schroeder), Rebecca Bloom (Marcie), Venus Schultheis (Peppermint Patty),  A.J. Tecce (Pigpen), Francesca Capaldi (The Little Red-Haired Girl), Marleik "Mar Mar" Walker (Franklin), Madisyn Shipman (Violet),  Micah Revelli (Little Kid),  William "Alex" Wunsch (Shermy), Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (Miss Othmar), Kristin Chenoweth (Fifi), Christopher J. Campbell, Holly Dorff, Kelly Michelle Mills, Al Nelson, Tessa Netting, Randall Thom, Randy Trager, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
Director: Steve Martino
Producer: Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Craig Schulz, Michael J. Travers, Paul Feig
Screenwriter: Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Craig Schulz
Animator: AJ Conrad, Bertrand Chung, Byoung Ho Kang, Carolyn Ee-Kaiser, Ed Fornoles, Eric David Anderson, Gianluca Fratellini, Glen Young
Production Manager: Anthony Nisi
Character(s) created by: Charles M. Schulz

The Peanuts Movie Trailer



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