Surprise, surprise! My new book, Chroma Hearts, will be out at the 8Letters LitFest this April! I will be one of eight authors launching a book, and I'm thrilled and honored to be among them. Cindy dela Cruz of 8Letters has always been supportive of our endeavors, and I'm truly grateful for being a part… Continue reading Chroma Hearts is out!
Eighteen months ago, I saw you outside my favorite church's steps. You were crying, jilted at the altar. I ran to you, put my arms around you as you wept. Warily, you lifted your face to mine. I kissed the top of your head, making you feel that I will always be here for you. You sobbed harder… Continue reading Eighteen Months
I wrote a novella of 35,555 words in 90 days. Repeat 100 times. Until now I find it hard to believe it myself. But thanks to #romanceclass YA mentors Mina Esguerra, Agay Llanera and Ines B. Yao, I was able to write and finish a novella in just three months! I've always been more of… Continue reading Writing for #romanceclassYA
Author: Mina V. Esguerra eBook, 214 pages Bright Girl Books 4.5 Stars "Easy reading is damn hard writing." American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne must have Mina Esguerra in mind when he coined this phrase. Because if I were to describe my overall experience in reading her latest book, it's none other than, "Now, that was easy reading!"… Continue reading Review: Better at Weddings Than You
Falling in love can feel very much like a tornado, don't you agree? *** Swirling, whirling Round and round. Spinning, howling Violent frenzy. Havoc--untold--wreaked Breathless, mindless Tangled, twisted. Pulled into a vortex Drowned in passion Lost, gloriously In the tornado named you.
This is a poem in a finished manuscript of mine which I intend to self-publish next year (I hope!). Here's the blurb of that book, tentatively titled Chroma Hearts: A new bride suffering from catatonic depression. A loving and purposeful husband willing to sacrifice everything to break through the desolation and darkness of the black… Continue reading Her Poem
This is my winning entry for Bookbed Fictory, Bookbed.org's very first fic fest. Black Love, with 6,634 words, won first place. Prompt: Your (significant other) is rumored to be an engkanto. *** The brilliant red, odd-looking shape was what my eyes caught first. With each movement, it stretched out gracefully, much like a yawning mouth.… Continue reading Black Love
Disclaimer: There are too many firsts in this post. You have been warned! It was a pleasant surprise for me when my entry, Black Love, won first prize at Bookbed.org's very first fiction writing contest held this year. Writing a love story about Philippine mythological creatures like tikbalang (horse demon) and kapre (tree demon) was… Continue reading My ‘Black Love’ won first place at #BookbedFictory 2017!
This is not a spin-off from the best-selling book. Rather, it's my own original version using the phrase, Coffee, Tea or Me? as prompt for this surprisingly different story. I enter her room after a brief knock. It is pitch dark inside, with only the light of the full moon coming from the open… Continue reading Coffee, Tea, or Me?
Wish for someone to sweep you off your feet...and you might just get it. The month of March ushers in the start of spring in America and elsewhere. Here in the Philippines, it heralds the beginning of summer. But whatever season it is named, March will always be extra special to me. The third day, specifically. The day… Continue reading Something Like You