Read an Excerpt of “Soul Makers”

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My book “Soul Makers” is published! Time to break out the Champagne – or at least the soda! If you’re into crime and murders, check out chapters 1 – 2 of the story. You might just like it 😀



An ordinary twenty-one-year-old college student wouldn’t have taken an online crash course on lock-picking. An ordinary sophomore wouldn’t even be sneaking into a young man’s apartment in the middle of the night.

But tonight, it was more than just her obsessive-compulsive disorder that set Sabrina apart from most young women she knew. Her best friend was in trouble. Ergo, she had a very valid reason for trespassing.

“Bart,” she called, breath ghosting over the darkened window.

A tricycle roared by, and she ducked behind the potted plants that dotted the entrance to Bart’s apartment.

She pressed her lips together and pushed open the door, glad her picks worked, yet frustrated that Bart hadn’t installed two more locks. How many times had she told him to make sure all his locks could keep out criminals? What if she were a thief? A cold-blooded murderer?

Cagayan de Oro wasn’t exactly a safe place, despite its golden name. Sabrina was about to call Bart again, when she slipped on something. Her first thought was of killing her best friend. Didn’t he know what a mop was? What if someone had slid on this and broken their neck?

But when she brought her wet hands to her face, she recoiled. It smelled like rust, like iron…

“Oh my God.”

She closed her mouth, gritted her teeth, and fished for her cell phone. She flashed a light down her front.

Her hands, her jacket, her jeans, her sneakers – all drenched in scarlet. Her eyes followed the trail of blood, and just a mere inch from her was the open-mouthed, wide-eyed corpse of a man.

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#HeistClub Launch: Filipino Authors Write Crime

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by Chi Yu

‪#‎HeistClub: The Launch

Let’s write Crime! Filipino writers were challenged to write tales of dark pathways and mysterious psyches, misdemeanor and trouble, dread and doubt.

#HeistClub was an online workshop facilitated by Mina V. Esguerra in the last quarter of 2015. The class was organized by Bronze Age Media and sponsored by Buqo and Enderun’s The Study.

Each crime story had to be set in the Philippines, and it had to be written in English. Each story should pave the way for a series, so it should be Case #1, with the next cases in the works for subsequent release. A foreign language needed to be incorporated into the story, with our sponsor, Enderun providing the writers free translation services. Continue reading “#HeistClub Launch: Filipino Authors Write Crime”

10 Things People Who Live With Bookworms Can Relate to

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I’m a bookworm. I looooooooove books. Unfortunately, I live with some people who aren’t as passionate as me. So it’s not always a booklover’s paradise at home. If you’re reading this post, you are either the bookworm people have to live with (and you are laughing maniacally at the torture you inflict on others) or you are the poor soul who lives with someone whose books take up nearly every space in the room.

If you’re the former, keep laughing like an evil villain. If you’re the latter, I virtually pat you on the back in semi-genuine sympathy because these are probably the things you have to live with: Continue reading “10 Things People Who Live With Bookworms Can Relate to”

Blogging Goals: 2016

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Blogging Goals 2016

I’ve not been blogging lately, for reasons involving illness, work, and writing. After I recovered from nearly a week of being sick, I found myself feeling too tired to write and to read a book to review. I had to dive back into work immediately.

So when I finally realized that the only way I was going to get out of this slump was to force myself to write and give time to other things, like this blog, I was suddenly faced with a problem: What on earth was I going to blog about?

Enter Bookish Serendipity’s 50 Blog Post Ideas to Renew Your Creative Juices. Read it and bookmark it. You’ll need it someday, I swear. Continue reading “Blogging Goals: 2016”

Long Break and Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Is a Beautiful Greek Tragedy

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So my last post was February 2016, which meant I disappeared for a month and a few weeks. I had a new job and things were a bit hectic while I tried to relearn the ropes, and I had some writing projects in the works. But I miss the bookish community and I was finally able to get the time to read and leave reviews, so here I am again! Onto the review:


I bought The Song of Achilles when it was on sale via BookBub. I didn’t really mind it because I thought it would just be another rendition of the Trojan War, only that it would, of course, be more about Achilles’ life. Boy was I wrong.

The story is actually told in Patroclus’ point of view. He’s our narrator, our eyes, the mere mortal in the presence of a (demi)god.

As someone who already knew the story of the Trojan War and Achilles’ fate, I was intrigued. How will Miller spin this tale?

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Discussion: Do You Like Cliffhangers?

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Do you like cliffhangers

According to H2’s America’s Secret Slang, the term cliffhanger came from serial films that ended with a suspenseful ending meant to bait the viewers to going back to the cinema in a few months’ time to watch the next installment. Since most of the films were about cowboys or rangers, many of the scenes ended with their protagonists dangling off a cliff; thus, “cliffhanger”.

We love series, right? Harry Potter, The School for Good and Evil, Percy Jackson… Series allow us to bond with fictional characters and live in a made-up world for a few years. More and more books are being sold as series now, as it allows more time for character bonding and more adventure! Thing is, what if each book ends in a cliffhanger? Continue reading “Discussion: Do You Like Cliffhangers?”

#HeistClub Bundles: Phil. Crime Fiction! (and My Book’s Out and About)

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HeistClub bundlesA few months ago, I joined a workshop/writing event sponsored by Bronze Age Media, a publishing house. It was titled #HeistClub, and its theme centered on crime fiction in the Philippines, a genre Mina V. Esguerra, published author, wanted to cultivate and encourage in mainstream fiction.

So I joined it and submitted my manuscript, and it’s now live on the online bookstore, Buqo in a #HeistClub bundle along with other thrilling and suspenseful novelettes from first-time and veteran Filipino authors! Continue reading “#HeistClub Bundles: Phil. Crime Fiction! (and My Book’s Out and About)”

Guest Post by Author Bianca Mori: On High Society Romance and Inspiration for “One Night in the Palace”

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One Night in the Palace was a bold, glittery, and sexy read. So let’s hear what romance author Ms. Bianca Mori has to say about her inspiration and her thoughts on the life of the demimondes. Continue reading “Guest Post by Author Bianca Mori: On High Society Romance and Inspiration for “One Night in the Palace””

“Crossed” by Evelyn Blackwell: Seriously Twisted and Scary – It’s Not Even Horror

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“Twenty-four years ago, we began our work together, drawing back the veil of ignorance that conceals the world’s cruelties. We hoped to inspire our audience to become less cruel, less harmful. This is not what has happened.”

Su lit a fire.
Rayen taught her friends how to kill.
Julia’s ex started an epidemic.
But the Crosses are greater than the sum of their parts.

Among the jaded youth, a new ideology is gaining popularity, one that poses a threat to all humanity.

The revolution will be global, panlingual, and single-mindedly merciless.

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#Backlist Revival: “One Night at the Palace Hotel” by Bianca Mori is Short, Sweet, Sexy

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It’s the night before The Palace Hotel opens, and the entire city is abuzz with what everyone is calling a throwback to the Gilded Age. Everyone, that is, except Consuelo De la Red. Faced with a destiny picked out for her and a dream she just can’t forget, she confronts the choices she has made and the man she was forced to reject. When the past comes crashing into the present, will she listed to her duty, or give in to the urging of her heart?

One Night at the Palace packs a sweet and passionate story into a short book.

Consuelo had grown up doing everything her affluent Filipino family tells her: what to do, what to say, what to wear. She’s basically a doll. But when she legally became an adult, she decided to study abroad in Chicago. With her grandmother paying for her tuition, Consuelo thought she could finally live her life – away from her family’s controlling clutches. Continue reading “#Backlist Revival: “One Night at the Palace Hotel” by Bianca Mori is Short, Sweet, Sexy”

A New Year for Stories and “Black Blood” by John Hennessy Review

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 Black Blood, Book One by John Hennessy

From Goodreads:

Vampires, witches, magic—no one in the Sanctuary, home of the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, believes in such imaginary creations, including Aberdeen Dareday. That is until the day Abby wakes up with black veins bulging under her skin. The day she learns everything she’s been told about the world is a lie. Forced to flee humanity’s last refuge because of her abnormality, and the corpses left in its unexplainable wake, she finds herself on the run in an entirely new world. A world in which darkness reigns, full of supernatural creatures bent on her execution.

When all seems lost and facing certain death, Abby is saved by Ash, a quiet yet striking young man who shares her black blood, and her mysterious powers. Unfortunately Ash, like Abby, doesn’t know how to wield them, but he might know someone who can help, if they can find her before it’s too late. Now hunted by everyone from vengeful humans, to the alluring vampire Prince of Texas, to the Lord Alpha of the largest werewolf pack ever to exist, Abby must discover what is so special about her black blood if she hopes to live and fight another day, but time stands against them as their enemies close in for the kill.

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Giving You “What You Wanted” by Mina V. Esguerra

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Mina’s got great, sexy, and smart characters that don’t fall into similar patterns. Another Chic Manila story, What You Wanted is sweet and romantic without being filled to the brim with sugar cubes and ants.

A beach wedding one-night stand was all Andrea thought it would be, but then she and Damon went out for coffee. And then they kept seeing other again. On Saturday football. Outside nearby restaurants. The one night stand was turning into something more. And Andrea’s not sure what to expect.


Andrea is a smart woman, and she’s chill and laid back enough to accept that the man she loved “let her go” because he knew she was the type to leave a man after two months (yes, that was her record), because why would she stay if she didn’t love him anymore? Continue reading “Giving You “What You Wanted” by Mina V. Esguerra”