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Connie Spenuzza MSEd., received First Place from the International Latino Book Awards for her novels Lucía Zárate (2017), Missing in Machu Picchu (2013) and Traces of Bliss (2012). The Association of American Publishers and the Las Comadres International organization selected her novels to the National Latino Book Club. In 2017, Foreword Reviews selected Lucía Zárate as Indie Book Finalist, Parisian Promises (2014) was the runner-up for the Paris Book Award and Gathering the Indigo Maidens (2011) was a finalist for the Mariposa Award.   Her children’s bilingual fables:   Olinguito Speaks Up, Lalo Loves to Help, and Howl of the Mission Owl have received numerous awards. Her pen name for the works above is Cecilia Velástegui.

Connie was born in Ecuador and raised in California and France. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California, speaks four languages, and has traveled to 125 hundred countries. Connie donates the proceeds from the sale of her books to the fight against human trafficking. She lives in Dana Point, California.

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