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We love coffee and we love books. The two are made for each other. We’re Mocha Memoirs and we’re dealers of diverse speculative fiction. Like a favorite coffee house, we offer new flavors for every reader. Taste one of our delicious and daring titles today!

Found Family

One of the most often misunderstood and misquoted sayings is “blood is thicker than water”. The full version of the saying is “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb,” and means that the people you have chosen to be a part of your life

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Why Read Black Spec Fic

One of the things that isn’t really talked about enough is the fact that when people walk into a bookstore or a library, they tend to gravitate towards books with people who look like them on the cover. This isn’t necessarily wrong or bad, but it is a concept called

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Black Speculative Fiction Month

We’re now halfway through Black Speculative Fiction Month, and by now you’ve heard a few titles, seen a few write-ups, and maybe even watched a few movies or TV shows; but unless you already knew about Black Speculative Fiction, you may be scratching your head over why its important or

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Why Fantasy Captivates Me

Myths, legends, and fantasy stories – these have always captivated my mind, ever since I was a little girl. I wish I could pinpoint exactly what my first fantasy novel was, but I’m not sure I’ll ever know. What I can say is that when I was around ten or

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Flying High on the Wings of Dragons

“Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.” Always a good nugget of advice to follow.   I’m not sure when my first experience with dragons happened, but I imagine it was somewhere in my pre-teen years, when I was reading Tolkien’s The

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Do You Like Free Books?

Okay, so you’re a reader. You have piles of books on your ‘to be read shelves’, you’re subscribed to your favorite authors’ newsletters and blogs, maybe you’ve even met a few of them outside of the computer or the pages of their books. Now you’re thinking about writing a review

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August is National Wellness Month

Burnout happens.    It’s a fact of life, whether you’re an author, a reader, or just about anyone else in the world. We all have times where everything just hits us at once and we feel overwhelmed and at a loss as to how to manage our time, energy, and

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Japanese Spooky Stories and Urban Legends – Guest Blog

Today, keeping in line with our Hot Summer Horror theme, I’ve asked a guest blogger to join us. Please enjoy this terrific post about Japan and its “spooky season” – which will begin next month!   Japanese Spooky Stories and Urban Legends   By Alex Matsuo (@thespookystuff) | alexmatsuo.com  

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What Gives You Goosebumps?

When the Goosebumps books first came out in 1992, I was at just the right age to start reading horror books on my own. I hadn’t yet hit double digits at this point, but I had a library card and an unquenchable thirst for good stories, and it wasn’t long

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Residents of the Twilight Zone

One of the longest running sci-fi and horror franchises has to be ‘The Twilight Zone’. I can’t remember when I first began watching it, but there are some stories that have stayed with me (and not just because they are some of the most quotable): “To Serve Man”, “Time Enough

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