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With more than a dozen students finishing contemporary romance novelist Mina Esguerra’s #romanceclass in the middle of last year, it’s not surprising to see the variety of stories that these fledgling authors have now made available on different platforms online.
Readers looking for an international romance between a plucky Filipino and a Brit pop star can get their fix with Kesh Tanglao’s “The Real Score,” which tells the ups and downs of the friendship that develops between exec Caitlin Tan and boybander Marcus Wayans.
For a story with a dash of social media and a tour of the lesser known attractions of the city of Macau, readers can look to Chrissie Peria’s “All’s Fair in Blog and War,” which chronicles the attraction that blossoms between bloggers Five Cuevas and Jesse Ruiz.
Another #romanceclass product that offers something different from the norm is Miles Tan’s novella, “Finding X.” Set in Tagaytay and Manila, “Finding X” brings together IT frontend developer Carlisle Santiago and Matteo Villegas in a story replete with humor, adorable interactions, and bad geology puns.
Back in the first half of 2012, Jennifer A. Nielsen came out with “The False Prince”, the first book in her new series named “The Ascendance Trilogy”. In it, we are introduced to the young orphan Sage as he finds himself drawn into a plot that intends to install an impostor on the vacated throne of the kingdom of Carthya. Along with two other orphans — Roden and Tobias — Sage is made to live in the residence of the nobleman Conner, who molds them to look and act like Jaron, Carthya’s lost prince.
With its blend of political maneuvering, interesting characterizations, and the witty, wisecracking, and wonderfully fleshed-out voice of Sage providing the narration, “The False Prince” became a runaway hit. The New York Times called it “a page turner”, while Publishers Weekly called it an “impressive, promising story” in a starred review.
It’s no wonder that its sequel, “The Runaway King”, was eagerly awaited for by fans. But with so much acclaim and goodwill attached to the book that came before it, will “The Runaway King” live up to expectations, or will it prove to be a victim to the sophomore slump?
Those who knew me from an earlier life know that I used to write fiction. Way back in high school, I used to write fanfiction (Hanson), which used to be up on Fanfiction.net. You’ll never find them now, because the site pulled out all of the Real Person Fic (RPF).
After Fanfiction.net, I migrated to Fictionpress.com, basically changing the names on my fanfic and re-uploading them up there. If you know the names of my fanfic, then you can probably search for them there.
When I was in college, I entered a writing competition where, thankfully, my story won second place. There were no other winners named, so it was one instance when second best was good enough, ha ha ha!
But you’re only as good as your last story, and I frankly haven’t finished any fiction for almost a decade now. That’s why it’s with a little trepidation and nervousness that I invite you guys to the launch of “Luna East: Kids These Days”.
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Friday is the Chinese New Year, and you guys better keep your eyes peeled for a bag like the one pictured above at your local National Book Store branches! It’s the bookstore chain’s latest Limited edition Ang Pao Bag, and it’s only going to be available in select National Book Store branches.
When “The Raven Boys” came out two years, it was yet another feather added to the already crowded cap of young adult novel author Maggie Stiefvater.
Not only did “The Raven Boys” wow critics — who called it “compulsively readable” and a “compelling human drama” — it also hooked readers, who propelled it up the New York Times Bestseller list and the USA Today Bestseller list.
All this is in addition to all of the books in her “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” trilogy ending up on the New York Times Bestseller list and her standalone novel “The Scorpio Races” being awarded a 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Honor. The Michael L. Printz Award highlights works of literary excellence that are written for a young adult audience.
With so many accolades that came before it, it’s no wonder that “The Dream Thieves”, the second book in the planned for of Stiefvater’s “The Raven Cycle” series, has been so eagerly awaited by Stiefvater’s fans and readers. But will “The Dream Thieves” continue Stiefvater’s winning streak? Or will it spoil her so far perfect run?
Way back in 2012, I interviewed Filipino author Kate Evangelista about her break into the international publishing scene and the release of her debut novel, “Taste”. As far as I can remember, it was her first time to be featured in a local publication.
Fast forward two years later. Evangelista has certainly gone a long way from her days as a debut author. After “Taste”, she came out with even more books, such as the paranormal romances “Reaping Me Softly,” “Unreap My Heart,” “Til Death,” and new adult novel “Romancing the Bookworm”. She’s even set to make her debut on local bookstore shelves this year, as Macmillan publishes “Til Death”.
I was lucky enough to be given a review ebook copy of “Savor”, Evangelista’s latest book with Crescent Moon Press. This review was supposed to go up a couple of weeks ago, but real life and my day job got in the way. But it’s better late than never, right?
Ever since contemporary romance novel writer Mina Esguerra’s #romanceclass concluded in the middle of last year, more than a dozen people who have taken the class have gone on to finish their own novellas and self-publish on different platforms.
One of the earliest to finish was food blogger Chrissie Peria, who came out with All’s Fair in Blog and War,” a romance that happens in the Philippines, in Macau, and on the world wide web.