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:
This is the part where I’m supposed to say, “Thank you!” and “Holy flying camote, Batman! It’s an 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.
Now that the #KitchenSizzles book tour is over, it’s back to the grind for me as I plot what I’m hoping is my next story. But first, let me take a break to congratulate the following winners of the book tour giveaway.
Winning an ebook each of The Kitchen When It Sizzles are Alison, Iya, Laura, Mai and Tina, while the grand prize goes to Mina. Winners have been / will be contacted by Dianne of Ooops I Read A Book Again Book Tours for information on claiming their prizes. All winners were chosen using Rafflecopter.
Thank you for everyone who joined, read, and supported The Kitchen When It Sizzles. I hope it brought you as much joy reading as it did me writing.
Here’s to new books!
If you follow me on Facebook (hint, hint), you’ll know that The Kitchen When It Sizzles is now on its book tour with Oops I Read a Book Again Book Tours. Running from September 29-October 3, we’ll be hopping from blog to blog, featuring reviews, interviews and guests posts, excerpts, and a tourwide giveaway!
Because I know what’s important, let’s talk about the giveaway first, shall we? (HA! You agree don’t you?)
One lucky winner from the Philippines will win a swag pack containing:
• A paperback copy of The Kitchen When It Sizzles
• A matching eBook (for you to keep or share with a friend)
• A 500PHP GC to Ippudo Ramen
• A pair of tickets to Best Food Forward
• A Re-Ment Miniature Cookware Set (A kitchen in your pocket!)
Five international winners will get a personalized ebook of The Kitchen When It Sizzles.
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!
The Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards is wonderful because it showcases Filipino books published the previous year. It allows readers to discover books they haven’t heard of, and share books they love with other readers.
It’s doubly wonderful because free copies of the nominated books abound, and free books are always good, right? Here’s a round-up of free books from the Romance in English Category, aka The Hunger Games. (Sidenote: It has to be the most fun, friendliest category yet.)
Free Book Round-up!
• All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (whossat?) – Smashwords | Buqo | Wattpad
• Finding X by Miles Tan – Free on Amazon (from September 1-3 as part of the ebook bundle Love is the Answer)
• The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao – Free with coupon code HP72D on Smashwords | Free on Amazon (from September 1-3 as part of the ebook bundle Love is the Answer)
• Vintage Love by Agay Llanera – Free on Buqo
• Welcome to Envy Park by Mina V. Esguerra – Free on Buqo
If you’d like to read the other nominees (Katrina Ramos Atienza’s Well Played promo expired 2 days ago, drat!), you can still purchase them from Amazon, Smashwords or Buqo. They’re all well worth the cover price.
Don’t Forget to Vote
The voting period for the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards is until September 10. Check out the ballot on their official site. It will only take a few minutes and you’ll get to share your book love.
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.
More seasoned authors would say I should plan the cover reveal and build buzz around it with teasers and all that shit. But I am a giddy schoolgirl (who’s too hopped up on caffeine) with low emotional quotient, so I’m throwing conventional wisdom to the wind and just sticking my new book’s cover here a couple of minutes after it’s done with not much fanfare other than SURPRISE!
Whew. What was a mouthful.
Say hi to Nate and Olivia, guys! I hope you’re just as eager to meet them as I am to release this book.
Thank you so much to Cla and Miles for the cover consult, and Gail for her handy dandy credits. (Marc, too!)