Confession: I have never been to the Manila International Book Fair. I never saw the need to troop there when I could be spending my money at the various bookstore sales that usually happen in September. Heck, I’ve been Cut-Price-Booksale-ing since I’ve learned to spend. But because
I have a book out of personal reasons, I dragged my family so we could recruit new additions to our bookshelves as a team. Family bonding and all that shizz, right?
Personal reason – translation: Ogling books with her name on it
Turns out that my idea wasn’t so bright. Because a family that book hunts together…SPENDS MONEY FASTER! Our collective wallet is now afflicted with thinandemptyitis, but our hearts are happy. We scored a lot of good deals, a shitload of good books, and good vibes from a productive day.
So, one of my favorite authors, Mina V. Esguerra, tweeted this yesterday:
My response was a resounding hell yeah. Because a little over a month ago, Mina started #StrangeLit, an online writing class for Paranormal and Urban Fantasy fiction. The goal was to come up with a paranormal or fantasy story in a month. Short story, novella, or novel, it didn’t matter as long as the participants finished. That’s the battlecry for most of Mina’s classes; finishing stories, because writers are a lazy bunch and we’d rather imagine than actually write. (True, writer friends, yes?)
What the title says, yes! I’ve been sitting on this bit of news since late last year, chomping at the bit to tell everyone. While there have been hints here and there, let me confirm it here for realsies.
The Kitchen When It Sizzles is coming out in paperback under Anvil Publishing’s Spark Books imprint this month. It will be available at the Manila International Book Fair and later on, at National Bookstore branches nationwide. It’s the same book you’ve read and love, but it has a brand spanking new cover by the awesome Clarissa Ines. Yes, she also did the cover design for All’s Fair in Blog and War.
Insanely pretty cover, don’t you agree?
Aside from Kitchen Sizzles, there are five other books coming out from Spark Books. You’re probably familiar with these. Like Kitchen Sizzles, Cla also designed brand new covers for them.