Ever Afters in “Once Upon a Player” by Agay Llanera

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This is one of the sweetest, most engaging, and amazing contemporary romance stories I have ever read. Before I get ahead of myself and squeal with delight, here’s the blurb to whet your appetite:

Gorgeous college senior Val Fabian is a player in every sense of the word. She’s the star spiker of her university’s volleyball team, and she never runs out of dates. But it seems that this year, she has finally been bitten by the commitment bug. She sets her sights on an unexpected target–the unassuming yet ultra-cute Jake Clementia. Val is used to getting what she wants, and is sure she’ll snag him before graduation. But in the process of winning his heart, she is sideswiped by a surprise move that sends her tumbling from her pedestal. Continue reading “Ever Afters in “Once Upon a Player” by Agay Llanera”

Foray Into Danger: Snakehead by Bianca Mori

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Where do you run when blood cannot be trusted?

A retired investigator. A single mother. A rebellious son. A murder that rocks the uneasy peace between an informal settlement and a crowded, urban street. The race is on to find the killer – and to protect a small community’s most vulnerable members from harm.

Continue reading “Foray Into Danger: Snakehead by Bianca Mori”

5 English Contemporary Romance Reads From Filipino Authors

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Interim Goddess of Love (series) by Mina V. Esguerra

interimA YA urban fantasy set in a college campus in the Philippines, featuring gods and goddesses of Tagalog folklore:

Hannah Maquiling doesn’t know why people keep telling her their love problems. They say they just feel like they can confide in her. Turns out that Hannah has been chosen to be the interim goddess of love, because the original love deity has gone missing! Continue reading “5 English Contemporary Romance Reads From Filipino Authors”

A Travel Blogger Finds Love in “All’s Fair in Blog & War” by Chrissie Peria + Excerpt!

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allsfair_500px copyWINNER, Best Romance in English, 2014 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards

Five Cuevas @5travels
Three guesses to where I’m going next. Starts with an M. Ends
with a U. Has a lechon named after it. #travel
Travel blogger Five thinks she has hit the jackpot when the
Macau Tourism Board invites her over for an all-expensepaid
blogger tour in exchange for blogging about Macau.
But while she happily signs up for the trip, she didn’t sign
up to be travel buddies with the infuriating Jesse. Will her
dream vacation turn into a nightmare junket? Or will falling
in love be on the itinerary? Continue reading “A Travel Blogger Finds Love in “All’s Fair in Blog & War” by Chrissie Peria + Excerpt!”

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 😀

CHAPTER 1

 

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.

Continue reading “Read an Excerpt of “Soul Makers””

#HeistClub Launch: Filipino Authors Write Crime

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‪#‎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 a 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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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:

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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?

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

Discussion: Do You Like Cliffhangers?

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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””