If you haven’t gotten the newest Spark Books yet, please join us as we launch the newest titles on October 25, 4pm at National Bookstore Glorietta 1. You can pick up your copies, freebies, and get them signed. A lot of the local indie romance writers are dropping by too (because we’re a happy supportive community!) so aside from the formal signing, you can get your other books signed, too!
Hope to see you there!
This announcement is a few days late, but remember that #StrangeLit workshop I took part in? The 41 stories that were finished during the workshop are now all live on ebook retailer Buqo. This mix of short stories, novellas, and full novels has been divided into four ebook bundles that contain a little bit of everything.
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.
The first week of the NCBD 2015 Book Tour asked participants about their favorite Filipino books. Aptly enough, the last week asks about our book wishlist.
Because even grown-ups read ChilFic & YA
Hulyo 20 – 25: Wish List
Anong Pilipinong aklat pambata o pangkabataan ang gusto mong mailimbag? (Maaaring paksa, uri ng aklat, o ng isang manunulat o ilustrador. Maaaring maglista nang higit sa isa pa.)
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July 20-25: Wish List
What Filipino children’s or YA book do you want to see published? (It can be a topic, kind of book, or by a particular writer or illustrator. You can list down more than one.)
I’m a firm believer in showering children with books because they open new worlds and educate, whether directly or indirectly. My own childhood was bookcentric. I grew up with fairytales, both Disney and European, bible stories, Aesop’s fables, Amelia Bedelia, and Blanche, the Blue-Nosed Witch. Eventually, I moved on to Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley, Sweet Dreams, and Christopher Pike.
One thing lacking in my reading education was Filipino books. The only times I would be exposed to Filipino books were in school, when we’d be required to read Filipino folktales and legends. Fortunately, there are a lot more Filipino books these days, so I’m able to play catch up. My daughter has a lot of Filipino books, too, written in Filipino, English, and sometimes with no words at all. And because the 32nd National Children’s Books Day is coming up, here’s my answer to the NCBD Blog Tour question about my favorite Filipino children’s books.
Been remiss with blogging, I know. Even my food blog is suffering from lack-of-attentionitis but on the bright side, I’m elbow deep in a new story that I’m crossing my fingers, can come out within the year. Wish me luck in finishing?
And in other news, here’s something we’ve been cooking up the past few months:
If you follow any of my social media accounts, there’s a good chance that you’ve caught me flail-spazzing the past few days. And for good reason, because The Kitchen When It Sizzles, the book I’ve been bombarding you guys the past few weeks, is finally out on Amazon and Smashwords, and soon, on Kobo, Sony, iTunes, Scribd, and other ebook retailers Smashwords services through their premium catalogue. It is currently priced at $0.99 for the whole month of August.
The Kitchen When It Sizzles also has a Goodreads page set up, so please add, shelf, rate, review, and recommend if you feel like sharing the love.