by Tara Frejas
Fi Legaspi is living the dream working in Seoul as a road manager for one of South Korea's hottest bands, East Genesis Project. Until she isn't.
When she finds herself in the middle of a scandal and a hostile fangirl witch hunt, Fi seeks the comfort of home, and to her surprise, not the person she had been pining for for years. All too suddenly it's no longer her career on the line, but also her heart. Will she walk away from everything that matters to her or fight to keep her dream alive?
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Fi is sitting alone in a meeting room, ear phones plugged into her ears, reading through EG Project’s schedules for the week and making notes in her planner. The opening riff of a song makes her pause.
So it’s like this, let me tell you how it is
I would hold you in my arms
say ‘I love you’ with a kiss, kiss, kiss
Our every single day would be
the very best, no less—but I guess
nothing is ever as it seems
every single thing is the stuff of daydreams
None of all the other EG Project songs have resonated so strongly with Fi like “Stuff of Daydreams” had. In fact, she had found herself wondering many times if Jo Yihwan had taken a peek inside her heart somehow and decided to write about the secrets it held.
That isn’t possible, of course.
How could he, when he has been so busy looking at someone else all this time?
“Noona....” Minchan disturbs her contemplation with a gentle hand on her shoulder. Fi is mildly surprised when she looks up at him; she didn’t even realize he’d entered the room. “Noona, look at this,” he says, sliding a tablet into her hands.
Her eyes are fixed on a picture of Yihwan and top actress Han Haera posted side by side on an article. Above them are the words: Are EG Project’s Jo Yihwan and National Goddess Han Haera Dating?
“No. No, no...” Fi looks up at the bearer of this news, brusquely pulling her earphones off. “Where’s Yihwan?”
“I saw him with Minja noona a couple of hours ago. They were discussing the upcoming tour, I think?”
Fi stands up, spaces out, and sits back down again. How could this happen? Yihwan dating Haera had been a closely guarded secret, something only a handful of people know. And while they have broken up a long time ago, news like this will definitely not die unless one or the other releases a statement. She gets up again.
“Where are you going, noona?”
“To find Yihwan. Or Gabriel. Whoever enters my line of vision first.”
* * *
News got to Yihwan before Fi could. She finds him alone in one of the rehearsal studios and confirms his distress in the way his eyes look unfocused, how he unnecessarily shifts his weight in front of the piano.
They don’t breathe a word to each other for a long while.
The silence is broken when the door opens behind her, Steven and Minchan quietly sliding in. Yihwan finally lifts his head. Fi could swear she saw the two boys flinch from the corner of her eye.
“Come on, you guys,” Yihwan says, attempting a tone of nonchalance. “It’s fine. It’ll be gone after a while.”
“Are you all right, hyung?” Minchan asks. He is a step behind Steven, and though he stands taller than both of his hyung-deul, to Fi he appeares to be a child cowering behind his older brother.
“Sure.” Yihwan’s fingers hit the keys. It’s a new melody, one Fi hasn’t heard before but could recognize potential from. He must have been trying to write a song before she found him. “Have you ever seen any news about Steven dating anyone last over a week?”
That’s a point right there. And it’s a hilarious one if not for the fact that Fi, Steven, and Minchan have all been sitting in the front row during the spectacle that was Han Haera breaking Yihwan’s heart. And although it has been almost two years ago, they know Yihwan has never really moved on. Haera became akin to an invisible imprint on all of his songs—a phrase here, a refrain there—and now that netizens have somehow brought this skeleton back to the surface, Fi wonders how Yihwan would deal.
And how she would.
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Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she's not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.
Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, Tara is very passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dancing, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.
Fun fact: She's a Piscean. Go figure.
Don't Forget the Parsley ( a sequel to Don't Forget The Soap)
Launch: Feb 15, 2016
by Marie Claire Lim Moore
Genre: Non-fiction memoir
Marie Claire Lim Moore builds on her first memoir, Don’t Forget the Soap, offering more entertaining stories about her family in this follow up. Like her first book, Don’t Forget the Parsley is a collection of anecdotes from different points in Claire’s life: stories from her second-generation immigrant childhood in Vancouver and New York City mix with recent expat experiences in Singapore and Hong Kong where she balances multiple roles as wife and mother, corporate executive and author. Her positively Filipino parents continue to have a big influence on her whether it comes to managing family and career, meeting heads of state and world leaders or simply making new friends.
From stray observations (everything is funnier at church) and midnight anxieties (if Jessica Simpson gets to go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, why shouldn’t I?) to life mantras (don’t let perfection hold you back) and litmus tests (would you serve drinks at my mother’s art show?), Claire’s warm and honest storytelling will resonate with readers and leave them smiling.
I must say that this book was sent to me just in time. I'm currently struggling with something in my personal life and this book actually shed a new light. At first, I thought this would be the usuall boring memoir but it actually isn't. It's informative, with lots of helpful anecdotes that would be applicable to everyday life and it's funny at times. I found myself highlighting some of the quotes in the book. This is book is very much recommended whether you want guidance in life or you just want a breezy read. Her first novel, Don't Forget The Soap is already on my TBR pile.
RATING: 4 STARS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don't Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos, Isabel, and Sofia, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia.
Claire is regularly ranked among leaders in the Asian-American professional community and her experiences have been written about in The New York Times, USA Today, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping and People Asia. She enjoys juggling her thriving career and growing family, fundraising for Filipino community events and promoting work-family balance for women through her talks as well as her writing. Previous speaking engagements have been hosted by Standard Chartered Bank, The Financial Women's Association of Singapore, and MasterCard Asia.
In 2014, Claire received the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™) that recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields, and who are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, female mentorship and legacy. Claire is also featured in women's empowerment expert Claudia Chan's Remarkable Women Series along with female role models Arianna Huffington, Tory Burch and Zainab Salbi.
It's the classic one-night stand: Beach wedding, bridesmaid, groom's friend. When Andrea and Damon meet, sparks fly, and they give in to the attraction. Sounds simple, but Andrea's still getting over someone, and Damon thought he'd be hooking up with another person that night. It could still be simple, really, if they chalk it up to a weekend tryst and move on.
But one night becomes lunch the week after, and then dinner the next weekend...and before they know it, Andrea and Damon are still together, dealing with the feelings they know they might still have for other people. How hard can it be to get exactly what you want? How do you even know what it is?
I don't even know where to start. This book has a looot of feels and until this moment, I still keep on reminiscing the dialogues and scenes.
I am not the type to read novels or watch romantic movies in which the heroine have one night stand/s. In fact, I hesitated signing up at first to get the ARC of this novel, but then it's written by THE Mina V. Esguerra, so why pass it up?
Little did I thought, the book would suck me in starting from it's first chapter. When you say one night stand, the next day you act like nothing happened,that's it. But not with Damon and Andrea. And I really liked that Mina wrote it like that.
Getting to know Andrea's flaws, I like that she's neither black or white, that I can still say she is a good person. Damon on the other hand, didn't feel like a stud but one of the most sought after, bachelor for me.
How they were able to manage what they wanted with the main reason/s why they even hooked up in the first place aka the people who dumped them, but still ended up falling for each other, made me tear up a little bit. I liked What You Wanted. A LOT. And it's so hard to part with it but, what to do but wait for another book. This is already in my favorites pile. Slow clap for you, Mina!
RATING : 5 STARS
This harrowing mystery, winner of the Philippine National Book Award, follows two Catholic priests on the hunt through Manila for a brutal serial killer
Payatas, a 50-acre dump northeast of Manila’s Quezon City, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf.
In the rainy summer of 1997, two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands. Father Gus Saenz is a respected forensic anthropologist, one of the few in the Philippines, and has been tapped by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigations as a backup for police efforts. Together with his protégé, Father Jerome Lucero, a psychologist, Saenz dedicates himself to tracking down the monster preying on these impoverished boys.
Smaller and Smaller Circles, widely regarded as the first Filipino crime novel, is a poetic masterpiece of literary noir, a sensitive depiction of a time and place, and a fascinating story about the Catholic Church and its place in its devotees’ lives.
Where do I even start? I am at loss for words,truly. This book? It's a MASTERPIECE! I've read Dan Brown, Robert Galbraith and I can't believe I just knew about this book. Thanks to Mina Esguerra and the #Heistclub peeps, I was able to read something like these. It's like I was reading the adventures of The Winchester brothers, the only difference is, it's not paranormal and it is set in the Philippines.
Exciting and intense this book is. I would definitely want for F.H. Batacan to write more crime novels. Highly recommended! If I were you, I'd go and check my local bookstore if there are still copies left. I looked for this book back when I had my vacation in my hometown a month ago and it was out of stock. Good thing, my family and I went to Cebu and it was there, in Fullybooked that I got a copy.
Rating: 10 STARS
About this author
Maria Felisa H. Batacan is a Filipino journalist and a writer of crime and mystery fiction. Her work has been published in the Philippines and abroad under the name F.H. Batacan.
She was a fellow at the 1996 Dumaguete National Writers' Workshop.
Batacan worked in the Philippine intelligence community and then became a broadcast journalist. She attended the University of the Philippines, where she pursued a master's degree in Arts Studies. In 1999 her manuscript, Smaller and Smaller Circles, won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Grand Prize for the English Novel. This novel was published in 2002 by the University of the Philippines Press. Although most Filipino English-language fiction works garner a single print run of only 1,000 copies,Smaller and Smaller Circles had been reprinted four times by the year 2006, for a total of 6,000 copies. The novel was one of the first Filipino works of crime fiction.
The novel also won the 2002 Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award and the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award in 2003.
In 2008, she won 1st prize in the English short story category of the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards.
When Anthony found Flo dead, locked overnight in one of the reading rooms of the university library, he knew it must have something to do with Mary. Mary Prestosa, fourth year graduating Philosophy student, whom they had been investigating. Mary, who surprised her roommate one night by suddenly standing up from her bed, throwing the windows open, and jumping down, headfirst, to the dormitory grounds below. Mary, whose memory marked the trail of mysterious deaths and bizarre occurrences that followed her own fateful fall: the fifth-year Computer Engineering student who prowled the campus on all fours, thirsty for blood, believing he was a wolf; the revelation of an all-girls’ satanic cult; the demonic possession of a fourth-year student from the Department of Psychology; and now—Flo, dead.
The students traced it all to Mary. They believed Mary didn’t commit suicide. They believed Mary tapped into something dark, and released it, and was consumed.
And Anthony was determined to pry out the truth.
When I was a kid, I've never tried reading Goosebumps, mainly because I get nightmares when I watch scary movies, what more if I read it and the gory details'll get stuck in my head?
Up to this day, the only horror books I've gotten to read were the Philippine Horror Stories books. Then I saw posts from a friend (Hi, Kristel!) about Eliza's novels. Still I didn't give it a try. Not until I joined the #Strangelit writing class so I needed inspiration.
I love how beautifully dark Eliza's writings are. This book is about Flo, whom upon reading the first few pages made me believe she's not from this world but she is, normal, like the rest of us. Only that she is more curious, about the afterlife.
Another thing that I liked about this novel, is that I really didn't expect the ending. And to think I have read a lot of books already. This one blew my mind.
Eliza Victoria was born in 1986 and graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines - Diliman in 2007.
Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, including the Philippines Free Press, Expanded Horizons, The Pedestal Magazine, Stone Telling, Story Quarterly, High Chair, Kritika Kultura, Usok, Philippine Genre Stories, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology series.
Her work has been recognized by the Pushcart Prize, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards.
She lives and works in Makati City.
Previously known as: Rules We Like Breaking
Victoria Bennett is in control and in charge all day every day, but she needs help sometimes.
Organizing a romantic proposal weekend for her client in Mexico (she’s never been) would be that time – and the only person available to help her is Nathan Grant, notorious heartbreaker. She knows his past and shouldn’t want him, shouldn’t fall for guys like him, but that hasn’t prevented her from lusting after him for years. It’s just one weekend on the beach, away from people they know, alone with the guy who could cause her perfectly coordinated world to crumble. Shouldn’t be a problem, right?
I've read this novel a month ago so this is a late post but I was in a writing slump and wasn't able to blog about it but here it is:
The main character, Victoria Bennett is organized, follows the rules by the book and is awesome at organizing events. It's no wonder she didn't want to fall for gorgeous Nathan Grant who was notorious of being a heart breaker. I mean, she knew from a friend. I would do the same thing if I was in her shoes.
When they got a chance to work together in Mexico, that's when things started to heat up between the two. I liked how Nathan didn't actually push himself to Victoria but he let showed her that he is not the kind of person people say he is.
This book by the way is a companion novel of Playing Autumn and some of the characters also have cameos here. I've read both books and I can't choose among the too, but I can say that Tempting Victoria is one sizzling-hot book! Wait 'til you read the dialogues that will make you giggle and fell flushed! Boy, Mina's writing with those scenes was so good. LOL
Anyway, you can finish reading Tempting Victoria in a span of a couple of hours but tryst me, it won't disappoint. I enjoyed reading this novel and it has everything I want - fun story, witty dialogues and romance. Highly recommended! <3
RATING: 5 STARS
p.s. The Flirt Publishing standalone version will be out anytime soon this September so don't forget to grab a copy!
Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing.
When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.
Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).
Contact her at minavesguerra [at] gmail [dot] com / @minavesguerra on Twitter. Visit her Amazon Author Page. Find her books here. Join the Mysterious Mailing List for exclusive updates. Tune in to The Five By Five Podcast, which she co-hosts with Tania Arpa.
Hi Everyone! I just want to share with you excerpts from the #buqoYA 4 Bundle: Heart Choices.
Sometimes it’s hard to choose. Do you stay or do you let go? Should you become friends, more than friends, or stay strangers? Would you risk love for popularity? You’re invited to explore these stories and find out each character’s choice from the heart.
Until the Race is Over by Lyka Caparos
Rico wishes Lianne back in his life, but because of that viral article that Traecy posted on their school paper's website, it appears to be impossible for them to be together again. Traecy on the other hand, had only one wish for her birthday, to spend it with the one she admires since high school – Rico Avila. How can fate brings the two together in a race that would definitely reveal small discoveries that can lead to two choices: either to tear them apart or hope for a more unexpected relationship?
“When I see her, I always feel na gusto ko siyang kausapin. I want to keep her nearer and nearer to my world. It breaks my heart whenever I saw her talking to someone else. Na parang naka move on na siya in just two damn months.” He said laughing though I know he’s deeply hurt, then continued, “She doesn’t realize how hurt I was. She doesn’t even care about me anymore. Ang daling kalimutan para sakanya ang mga pinagdaanan namin. But for me, it hurts like hell.” Napayuko ako ng hindi niya makita ang reaksyon ko sa sinabiniya. Tama ngaTraecy, gumising ka sa katotohanan.
Gusto ko siyang samahan kahit ngayong araw lang. Gusto kong pasayahin siya kahit para sa kanya corny. Gusto kong kahit ngayong araw lang, makalimutan niya ang sakit na nararamdamn niya sababaeng ‘yon. Sa maswerteng babaeng siLianne na hindi man lang na appreciate ang lalakeng tunay na nagmamahal sa kanya.
“Mahirap ang maka move on. Mahirap ang makalimot. Mahirap ang magbigay ngpayo lalo na kung wala ka naman sa lugar. Pero gusto ko lang sanang sabihin sayo na… libre ang maging masaya Rico. It really takes a lot of time para makalimot, and it takes a lot of courage to stand up for yourself and to love yourself this time. Alam kong… hindi ako ang tamang taong magbigay sayo ng advice para sa ganyang bagay pero sana makatulong ako. Sana kahit hindi mo ako ganoon ka kilala, sana maalalamo man lang ang mga sinabiko…”
“Looks like you’re good at advising ha. Sig enga, can you give me your final blow?”
I smiled and cleared my throat before saying anything. “If you’ve given a great love to someone before and that person never gave it back to you… someone will.”
In That Summer by Jayen San Diego
Senior high school student Jane Enriquez is the ‘dream-girl’ of all male students at Southridge Montessori. Well, except the geeky student leader Sean Villamayor. Opposing from the start, Sean never expected Jane would become his partner for this year’s Summer Camp Immersion. Will this be their worst summer? Or will it turn out to be different?
“Ordinary? Are you really that blind, Sean?” Red asked.
Sean self-consciously adjusted his eyeglasses and added, “Well, she’s not that stunningly pretty. I even doubt if she still looks cute without her makeup on. She’s only here because she’s the chairman’s daughter.”
Red did not say anything, and Sean already knew that it was the end of their conversation.
“Are you done with the supplies?”
Sean was startled when he heard Jaine’s voice come from behind Red. He glanced at Red, who looked equally surprised by her presence.
Did Jaine hear what I said? Sean wanted to ask.
When neither of the guys answered her, Jaine added, “There are still a few boxes in the stock room. And Miss Darson said you should hurry up.”
“Yes, ma’am,” Red responded.
He gave Jaine a playful salute and his infamous smile. Other girls would have swooned at this. Sean noted that Jaine wasn’t even slightly affected. Maybe Sean was wrong. Maybe Jaine wasn’t like every other girl.
Red left, enthusiastically roping other basketball team members into helping him on his way to the stock room. Sean turned his attention back to his task. He expected Jaine to leave, having accomplished her task. But she stayed and stared at him.
He wanted to ignore her, but he was surprised to find he felt self-conscious. He then reasoned to himself that it was just because he wasn’t use to working with someone watching him.
“Do you need anything else?” he asked without looking up from his checklist of supplies.
He waited, but Jaine just continued to stare. Irritated, he finally stopped working and gave her the attention she wanted.
“Do you need anything else, Miss Jaine Enriquez?” he asked again, giving emphasis to his formal way of addressing her.
To his bemusement, Jaine smiled. Her whole face brightened up when she did. And Sean was reminded of this season, of summer. He knew she wasn’t ordinary. But Sean would never admit he’d been wrong.
On the Outside Looking In by Claire Du
Seventeen-year-old Freya Mahilum has always been in love with football hotshot Ezra Montelibano. Ezra, who’s too caught up with family pressures and his so-called girlfriend to pay attention to a geek obsessed with him. Freya knows she'd never stand a chance with him, but then fate conspires to bring them together. Will getting to know each other prove that love knows no boundaries or will they find that they're better off existing in two separate worlds?
“Come on! We need those points! Run for it!” someone shouted from the benches. I knew that was Ezra’s ever-supportive dad who cheered for him at every game. I’ve been to all of them, too.
“Duck!” another spectator shouted.
My eyes followed Ezra, and I saw that he was running toward me. He was looking right at me! I wondered why.
A football hit me in the face, blocking me from seeing the love of my life.
“Oww! That hurts!” So that was how people in Tube’s Funniest Videos felt. It wasn’t funny at all.
I held my face in my hands. It hurt so much that I thought my head cracked and I’d feel blood trickling on my arms. The football was there, lying innocently next to my feet.
“Hey, can you throw the ball back?”
Oh my freakin’ ball of fire. That was HIS voice. I composed myself and slowly raised my eyes. Unconsciously, I batted my eyelashes, so he could see how long they were. His hair was ruffled, his forehead glistened with sweat, and he had these lines between his eyebrows as a result of him frowning. But that face, with the thick brows, piercing brown eyes, and those lips that looked better when he smiled—that was the face I couldn’t seem to get tired of staring at.
“Here you go. And don’t worry, it’s totally okay. These things happen to people,” I mumbled.
I couldn’t stop from smiling widely even though I knew I had a big, red splotch on my forehead. Add to that my uncombed hair and the tears that were about to fall due to pain, and you have a good idea how pretty I felt right at that moment. Not.
What About Today by Dawn Lanuza
Aiden's stuck working for his family's amusement park, Funtastic World, for the whole summer. Nothing amuses him, until he met this terrified girl.
Gemma's stuck in Funtastic World thinking she could handle the park's rides. She couldn't. Good thing she met someone to guide her.
As the day comes to a close, Aiden and Gemma ask themselves if one day is ever enough to decide if they were better off as friends or strangers.
Gemma glanced at her watch and remembered that she was supposed to catch the bus heading back home at 7 in the evening. It’s already 5. Did she really spend a lot of time staring at The Big Red Dragon earlier? Or did she take too much time at the gift shop to buy nothing?
She started feeling like two hours wouldn’t be enough to complete everything. Could she maybe extend? Then again, how would leaving play out exactly?
“Alright, I need to go” isn’t going to cut it. She and Aiden already had moments. Now they’re in this limbo between being strangers and friends. They weren’t exactly strangers, but they weren’t friends just yet.
Plus they’re in an amusement park. They just met. Did it count for something?
She wished this could be more of a train incident where people smiled at each other when one offered a seat and that’s the end of that. They all get off their stops.
And if she and Aiden were ever going to be friends, in the real sense of the word after today, how’s that going to work? They’re going to stay in touch by texting? Chatting online? It all seemed superficial. It was not like meeting someone in school; she’s required to see that person almost everyday, which made being friends with someone almost compulsory. But meetings like these...what did one do with them?
File them to chance encounters.
Gemma betted that if they lived in a different time, this is the kind of thing that would produce a pile of letters, mailed back and forth within long intervals. It could take days, weeks, and months even. But people were cool back then. Now, relationships could completely end over a person forgetting to text or call overnight.
She didn’t want that.
Waiting for Whatever by Fay Sebastian
Denise knew pain at an early age. She has been waiting for her true love since she was 11, but she never gave up, knowing she'd meet him someday.
What she didn't know was that she already met the man she's been waiting for, and that he's sitting beside her at the airport. The thought never crossed her mind because she's seated between two guys who broke her heart before.
I’m not a big fan of waiting. Ayokosamgataonglaging late, samgamahahabangpila, sakahitanong delayed—flights, release dates, pag-ibig...
Ayokosa delayed napag-ibig, peronaghihintay pa rinako. At maghihintay pa rinako. Kahitgaano pa katagal, hihintayinkosiya. Si TL, si The One, sisoulmate, siano, whatever you’d like to call him. Bastakungsino man siya, kung sino man anginilaan para sa’kin, hihintayinkosiya.
At dahilngaayokongnaghihintaysakahitanongbagay, ayoko ring nagpapahintay. Nasa airport ako, naghihintaysapagbubukasng check-in counters. Maagakasiakongnakarating, maaga pa samaaga. I came here early because I’m extremely excited for my flight and because if there’s one flight I can’t miss, it’s this one.
I don’t want to be late for Paris.
Tita Mel gave me a roundtrip ticket to Paris as a gift for my 18th birthday. I’ll stay in the city of love for two weeks. Part of me wants to believe I’ll meet him there. Maybe while staring at the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, someone would say hi and poof. Let the magic begin.
Nagdalaakongbabasahinkungsakalingmatagal-tagal pa anghihintayinko. Dinalakoyung novels sa reading list ko, peronasamaletalahatyun. Isa langanginiwankosa shoulder bag ko. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen—may nagsabisa’kinna ‘di raw ‘to nakakasawangbasahinnangpaulit-ulit. We’ll see if that’s true. Let’s put this book to the test.
There’s a vacant seat between two boys near the check-in area. I wanted to take a seat and start reading the book, but when I saw who the two boys were, something inside me made me think twice.
Barely Even Friends by Kristel S. Villar
For pretty and athletic Emily Fonseca, nothing’s better than getting invited to join Luna East Arts Academy’s most popular crowd, the Elites. She only has to fulfill a list of dares to prove that she’s got what it takes. But will it cost Emily her rekindled friendship with language tutor and childhood friend Noah Calderon?
“Someone’s coming!” he announced, walking towards me in panic.
I quickly stuffed the paper inside my pocket and closed the drawer in haste. I watched Noah scan the room to look for a place to hide, and tugged me on my elbow when he saw a door at the corner of the room. He pushed me roughly inside just in time the front door opened.
We were in a dark and tiny broom closet. The air stank of floor wax, dust, and wood, making my nose itch. I reached up to rub my nose, but my elbow caught one of the shelves and it made a soft clatter. Noah seized my arm and cupped my mouth with his other hand, hushing me to keep me still.
“Hello?” the female voice asked. I recognized it as one of our substitute teachers, but I couldn’t remember her name.
We stood there for God knows how long as we listened to the shuffling of papers. I felt Noah’s chest rise and fall, and his hot breath on my forehead. I felt the way my small frame measured to his lean build, and the warmth of his hand holding my arm. I closed my eyes, feeling the skin of his palm on my lips and inhaling the scent of his cologne amidst the stench of the closet.
Stop it, Emily, I scolded myself.
The room fell silent a few minutes later. I pulled his hand away from my mouth and leaned over the door to get a better hearing but Noah pulled me back in his arms, perhaps afraid that I would make another noise.
“Do you think she’s gone?” I hissed at him.
“I dunno. I haven’t heard the door open yet. Keep still,” he whispered back.
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Jayen San Diego
Who I am?
I'm Jayen San Diego, a twenty-something who write stories mostly about love. I'm a news archivist by day, fiction writer by night and a self-confess Fangirl in between.
Why I write?
“In order to write about life first you must live it.” ― Ernest Hemingway
They say when we want a moment to last, we close our eyes. Well, for me, I prefer to write it down. Reliving the moments through writing is what I do.
What I write?
Sharing my thoughts about life and love and writing.
From personal anecdotes to life opinions, you can read it here. When my melancholic side is on, you can read poetic post but generally it is a mirror of what’s happening in my daily life.
Claire has been a bookworm ever since she can remember. Her passion for reading started when she met Archie Andrews at the Airport Bookshop. Aside from writing short stories, she also enjoys reading and reviews at http://thebookjunkie.weebly.com, playing the keyboard, and just cuddling with her dog Frou. She's the author of He Loves Me... Not?, one of the short stories in an anthology called Luna East Vol.1 : Kids These Days.
Dawn Lanuza started writing stories when she was just a kid (the drafts weren't good or even finished). She works for the music industry by day and writes meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. She currently lives with her family and an adopted dog.
Fay started writing stories since she learned how to write with a pencil, but she only rediscovered her love for writing when she was a high school freshman. Since then, writing has become her life.
Now a Speech Communication student at the University of the Philippines, she writes even during the busiest of days because writing prevents her from being a college zombie.
Why she holds writing instruments in an odd way will always be a mystery to the world.
Kristel S. Villar
Kristel S. Villar covers sporting events for a national broadsheet by day and tries to write fiction by night. In between, she takes care of her husband and son. She has penned "Blast from Two Pasts". a contemporary romance novella, and "The Rumor About Me", her first short story for the Luna East anthology. He second Luna East short story, "One on One" is featured in the quarterly online romance journal, Clara (www.clararomance.com).
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Title: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing
Date of Publication: November 29, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance
When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.
Besides, it didn't really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.
But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.
Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.
Always been a fan of bestfriends-who-fell-for-each-other type of stories? I know I am!
Here's a 'kilig' excerpt From MAKING MY WAY:
When Katie entered the living room in her midnight blue gown that showed off her shoulders and clung to all the right places, places he had never noticed before, his breath caught in his throat. Her hair was all wavy and loose down her back but it looked like she had done something to it because it looked shinier. And she was radiant. Her eyes were sparkling, her lips were glossy—it could have just been the illusion brought on by makeup, but still, he felt as if he were standing next to someone else. Someone he had asked to the ball, not because she was his best friend, but because there was something about her that he wanted to get to the bottom of—because there was something about her that was slowly reeling him in. And at that moment, he realized he wasn’t just anticipating the hype, he was already living it.
Craving for more? Here's what Ines is giving away:
For Philippine residents:
One (1) winner will get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, a gift card from FILA, and a back issue of CAST comic book
Two (2) winners will each get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, light up laces, and back issue of CAST comic book
FIve (5) winners will each get an ebook of ONLY A KISS
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Also,if you want to follow the tour,here's the link to the tour stops schedule: http://oopsireadabookagain.blogspot.ae/2014/12/blog-tour-invite-only-kiss-by-ines.html?m=1
About Ines Bautista-Yao
Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.
She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com. She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head: http://theeverydayprojectblog.com/inesbyao-author-project/
She posts on Instagram and tweets @inesbyao and her author page is facebook.com/inesbautistayao.
Blog - http://theeverydayprojectblog.com/inesbyao-author-project/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/inesbyao
Instagram - http://instagram.com/inesbyao
Facebook - http://facebook.com/inesbautistayao
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5359512.Ines_Bautista_Yao
Title: The Beginning of Everything
Author: Robyn Schneider
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Published: August 27,2013
Pages: 335 Pages
Source: Bought own copy
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.
No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.
But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?
Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.
Okay, I know I'm a bit late reading this but better late than never,right? I had been on a reading slump lately but one day I decided I wanted to read something light to get back on track and so, I picked this book because I've heard good feedbacks.
This book's plot is typical, to the point that when I told a friend about it he just shrugged and said he already watched movies with the same plot. But it didn't stop me from finishing this book.
I liked the plot,really, although yes, it is typical. The main character of the story, Ezra Faulkner was a Tennis superstar who got into an accident and was informed by the doctors that he cannot play Tennis anymore. A-hole friends? Check. Selfish ex-girlfriend? Check. Who comes to the rescue? Good 'ol buddy Toby whom Ezra 'outgrew'. Toby made Ezra join his debate team and also introduced him to his friends.
And of course, there's the love interest,right? New girl Cassidy Thorpe who is carefree and adventurous and all things a guy could ask for in a girlfriend. Did it end in happily ever after? Let's just say the reason why I liked this book the most is not only because there are life lessons that you could learn (about who your true friends are,for example) and that not all the time everyone has a happy ending. Sometimes a person just passes through your life to help you know your self more, move on from a tragic event or maybe you were just meant to know each other.
As I finished reading the novel I understood why a lot of people loved this book.
P.S. It's cool that the author used words that you'd be curious enough to google.
Rating: 3.5/5 STARS