Category Archives: the book scene

A Summary of Feels: #AprilFEELSDay 2016

“Full house!” were the first words out of my mouth upon setting foot in Pegi Waffles. It was April Feels Day, an event that was part book fair / part #romanceclass meet-up. I had just come from the sweltering heat of the Manila summer commute and I was hoping to step inside the cooling comfort provided by the cute little cafe.

My bayong and I on our way to #AprilFEELSDay #romanceclass @romanceclassbooks

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Boy, was I wrong. First, it was hot inside the cafe, an effect of the weather and the airconditioning not being able to keep up with the number of warm bodies in the shop. And two, it was hardly a little meet-up. It was an honest to goodness romance convention and wow, it was an absofarkingtasticalutely wonderful surprise.
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Talking Filipino Romances in English on Art 2 Art

A couple of weekends ago, Kate Evangelista and I found ourselves sitting in front of TV cameras while being interviewed by prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. Say what? It was surreal on so many levels. We met Filipina singing legend Pilita Corrales—she was interviewed before us. We chatted it up with a Filipina ballet luminary. Heck, just the fact that I was in front of a camera and not behind it was surreal enough for me.

I was way more nervous than I should be, but thankfully, Kate was there to save the day. That woman is a pro, I tell you. It’s the second time I got to do an interview alongside her (the first time was during the our joint Spark Books launch) and I still get distracted when she starts talking because I end up all riveted, listening to what she has to say.

Anyway, we talked about writing, books, #romanceclass (which I stupidly forgot to mention by name) and Fifty Shades of Gray. So if you can look past the ghetto video quality (It’s literally a video of the show as it was screening on the TV; thank goodness for tripods), please do watch, especially if romance—and seeing you’re on my blog, I bet it is—your kind of thing.

SIDENOTE:
#AprilFEELSDay on April 17 at Pegi Waffles in Greenhills. See you?

Two Launches, One Weekend
(Or How I Kept My Sanity In Spite of All the Bookishness)

The last weekend of October was an explosion of bookishness in my life as I attended two book launches in one weekend. It’s probably no big deal for big name authors who tour the world signing books, but for a little indie author in the Philippines, it’s insane nutso bonkers. Heck, I couldn’t even imagine having to do one launch, but two? IN A FREAKING ROW?

#StrangeLit Class Picture

#StrangeLit Class Pic! And that’s not all of us yet

Saturday: #StrangeLit Book Launch at Recession Coffee
I went to the #StrangeLit launch with a toddler dressed as Alexandra Trese, a red poodle dressed as a bat, and a classic palengke bayong in tow. The bayong held packages holding 3-in-1 coffee, biskwit (choose from SkyFlakes, Marie, and Prima), and candies—your classic Pinoy wake fixtures. I labeled them Lamay Survival Kit as a nod to my story The Last Night of Her Wake. Saw what I did there, didn’t you?
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Spark Books Launch and Signing

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!

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MIBF 2015 Damage Report: Wherein my Wallet Grieves

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?

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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.
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The Kitchen When It Sizzles Is Now a Spark Book

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.
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My Filipino Book Wishlist

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.)

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My Favorite Filipino Children’s Books

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.

Hey Girl, I won't take this book out...

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.
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All’s Fair in Blog and Award Thingies

This is the part where I’m supposed to say, “Thank you!” and “Holy flying camote, Batman! It’s an award!”

FRCA Award

Aki and Junpei channeling Five and Jesse. Note the Lubitel in Junpei’s hands. So Jesse, right?

HOLY FLYING CAMOTE, BATMAN! It’s—well, you get the picture. A few days have passed and I’m still overjoyed about All’s Fair in Blog and War getting awarded the Filipino Readers’ Choice Award for Best Romance in English. I guess that kind of thing will be hard to forget on my happy life experience checklist.
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All’s Fair in Blog and War is an FRCA Finalist!

Have I thanked you folks already? I have? Well, I still want to thank you again. I don’t think I can ever thank people enough for the love and support this little indie story called All’s Fair in Blog and War has received. Proof is how it made it to the finals of the 2014 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards.

There I was, flailing over something trivial on twitter when the congratulations started pouring in. Which made me flail even harder, spazzing like Giorgio Tsoukalos in the middle of a worldwide alien landing. It was better than egg tarts. It was better than potato chips. Goddamnit, it was better than BACON!

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