Guest Post and Giveaway: Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano

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Before marketing your book

When I finally decided to publish my book independently, I was told that going indie means we also had to work on the marketing. I knew it was going to be hard work, but I figured, hey why not? It should be fun, right?

A year after I published my first book, I took up a digital marketing certification course, which gave me a better perspective with regards to marketing. I never really had proper marketing training, even if I worked in the field so the course was eye-opening for me, and it helped me think of how I could use these lessons as an author.

So now that I’ve made myself credible (haha) – yay, you published your book! Now you want people – who are not your friends – to know about it. But before you start creating Facebook posts or tweeting up a storm on Twitter or adding all the #hashtags to your Instagram posts, here are some things that an author has to be very clear on first before jumping into everything:

Remember your WHY. Why do you write? Why do you want people to read your book? Your why will anchor all your writing and marketing efforts, so make sure you keep this in mind when you’re about to go out to the world with your book. People will buy and read your book because they believe what you believe. Or, they’re curious about why you believe what you believe. Knowing your why will also ground you, and help you to focus again when things don’t go your way.

Set your objectives and goals. And by this, it has to be something specific and measurable, and again, anchored to your why. Putting numbers on them will make it less lofty and will help you figure out how to reach it. For example – when I decided to put together this blog tour, my objective was to gain more reviews and create buzz for my book, and my goal is to have at least 20 bloggers to join. With those numbers clear in my head, it was easier to figure out what to post and when to post.

Understand your reader. Knowing your reader helps you to know how to reach them. While it’s tempting to say that your target market is “all readers,” remember that not everyone will like your book. Knowing your readers will help you know how to talk to them, find out where they are and then position yourself so they will be most receptive to your message. Knowing your reader is just like building characters: find out what they like, where they work, what are their online habits, what other books do they like to read? Once you have a pretty good idea of who your readers are – or who you want them to be – then it’ll be easier to strategize with your marketing.

Just like in writing, marketing your books can be a bit frustrating – but being hands-on with is a great learning experience. And just like in writing, don’t forget to have fun with it, too! Good luck, and happy marketing your book!

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Book Title: Keep the Faith

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Author: Ana Tejano

About the Book:

As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

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About the Author:

Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).

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Excerpt #1:

“Hi.”

I froze at the sound of that now all-too-familiar deep voice—now less sleepy—and my panic gave way to anger. I turned around slowly.

Nico’s expression was friendly, oblivious to my seething. “I just want to say sorry for sleeping on your desk. Alvin told me you were coming back but I thought it wasn’t until Monday so I didn’t transfer immediately.”

“Did you touch anything here?” I pointed to my cubicle’s walls, ignoring his apology.

“Huh?”

“You’ve been using my desk since you got here. Did you remove anything?”

He shook his head, his messy hair flopping on his forehead. He brushed it away with a hand. “No. Why would I remove anything? I only sleep at other people’s desks, but I don’t take anything.” He gave me a cheeky grin at the last part, an attempt to make a joke, but I was too worked up to play along.

“Then what happened to my pictures, huh?”

ktf-quote-02“What pictures?”

I felt a light tap on my shoulder. I turned, and there was April, holding out a small paper bag. “Hey. I almost forgot to give you this.”

“April, do you know—”

“I heard you. They’re in the bag,” she interrupted gently. “I took your pictures down, okay? It’s not Nico’s fault. He didn’t even see them.”

I took the bag from her and peeked inside, and found the smiling face of my ex-boyfriend looking at me, beside my own. I was unprepared for the stab of pain when I saw our matching grins, remembering exactly when that photo was taken (second year anniversary, right after he took me out to dinner).

“I thought it would help if I cleaned it up when you told me what happened. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you.” She squeezed my arm, and left to answer her phone that started ringing again.

Squashing the urge to sort through the photos and memories, I shoved the paper bag in my bottom drawer, shutting the drawer with a loud click. When I looked up, I saw that Nico was gazing at me intently, and my face burned with shame again. Twice now. I can’t seem to get off on the right foot with this guy.

“I told you I didn’t know about anything,” he said, amused.

Well thanks a lot for rubbing it in. “If you hadn’t been sleeping on my desk then I wouldn’t have asked you.”

“Didn’t you learn much from what you saw on my profile?”

“I wasn’t stalking you!”

A small line formed between his eyebrows as if I was a Math problem that he was trying to solve. I tried to stare back at him but his brown eyes were too intense. Then to my surprise—and frustration—I saw the beginnings of a smirk tug at the corner of his lips.

“Aren’t you going to say something?” I crossed my arms.

Then his lips stretched into a full-fledged smile, a dimple popping on his right cheek. “I’m sorry. I promise I won’t sleep on your desk again.”

“Good,” I said with a firm nod. Then I started to feel a little silly for my outburst, especially after he seemed so gracious. “I’m sorry, too.”

“Peace?” he asked, extending his right hand to me. I uncrossed my arms and looked at his hand warily before glancing up at him again. He was still smiling.

“Okay,” I said, just a little begrudgingly, and reached out to shake his hand.

“My name is Nicolas, but everyone calls me Nico.”

“Hi, Nico,” I said, trying not to think of how warm his hand was. “I’m Faith. Faith Alvarez.” I let go of his hand. Too much hand-shaking was weird.

There was that dimple again. “I know.”

Cover Reveal: Underneath It All by Ysa Arcangel

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Coming June 14th from Limitless Publishing
 

UNDERNEATH IT ALL by Ysa Arcangel
Cover Design by Wicked By Design
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A senior at Gates University, Agata Ferrero knows without a doubt that Reeve Gates is off limits…
Students can’t date faculty, and Reeve has been appointed by his father as the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. But when a near accident with the front end of Reeve’s sleek sports car brings her in close contact with him, Agata can’t deny the flash of desire that consumes her.

 

Reeve Gates is a man hell-bent on revenge…
Abandoned in the care of his step-mother as a child, Reeve accepts the position at Gates University for the sole purpose of ruining his father’s career. What he didn’t expect was to be sidetracked by the sultry eyes of a student.

 

Resisting temptation is even harder than it looks…
When a sorority pledging incident leaves Agata stranded on campus in the middle of a treacherous storm, her better judgment falters and she accepts help from the young Dean she can’t get out of her head. Certain there is a beating heart underneath his stone-cold exterior, she escapes with Reeve on a romantic retreat away from prying eyes.

 

Blinded by retaliation…
Reeve manipulates his dying father into handing over control of the university—and immediately threatens to shut down the school as a form of cruel payback. His scheme sparks a campus-wide protest that leaves one of Agata’s professors dead and her future hanging in the balance. 
Agata must fight to convince Reeve he is capable of forgiveness, and their taboo love is worth more than revenge.

 

But is there really a bright future awaiting…
Underneath It All.

 

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Ysa Arcangel is a Filipino author based in Manila. She works as a Spanish-English GDS Helpdesk by day and a writer by night. She is a loving partner to a chef and a mom to three amazing kids. 

She enjoys creative writing and uses her obsessive nature by writing contemporary paranormal and romance fiction with lots of laughs, tears and sighs showcasing sweet, funny and badass female leads with raunchy and hot male love interests whether human or supernatural.

She’s a lover of coffee, tattoos, and giant dogs. She is also an extreme sports enthusiast. When she’s not writing, you can see her spending time with her family, reading, or having TV series marathons.
 
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Cover Reveal: Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David

Today is the cover reveal for Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

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By Clarisse David
Genre: Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: July 7, 2016

Blurb:
Being perfect isn’t supposed to be this hard.

Alex dela Cruz has it all. Looks, money, and a killer sense of style.

When the annoyingly gorgeous Adam Cordero calls her selfish, she decides to prove him wrong by transforming Christy Marquez from an invisible misfit into a ruling princess of Asia Pacific Academy. Great hair? Check. Flawless red lipstick? Check. Instant popularity? A slightly too big check.

But now, Alex is on the brink of losing the plastic tiara she’s supposed to get as prom queen, her best friend, and her heart to the unlikeliest of candidates. Too bad she isn’t letting anything—or anyone—get between her and that tiara.

You can find Prom Queen Perfect on Goodreads

Clarisse DavidAbout the Author:
Clarisse David is a Young Adult and New Adult author from the land of epic heat waves a.k.a. the Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and cannot survive without Taylor Swift songs, red lipstick, and books. When not hanging out on Twitter, she can be found working on her latest writing project.

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Author Interview: Marie Claire Lim Moore

Hello, Claire! I’m so happy to have you here at Cinderella Stories again. Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for granting me this interview. First of all, congratulations on your new book, “Don’t Forget the Parsley.”

1. Would you please tell us about your books: Don’t Forget the Soap and Don’t Forget the Parsley. What led you to write these books and how long did you write these?

Thanks so much for inviting me back to Cinderella Stories. And appreciate all the good wishes and support on my new book.

Don’t Forget the Soap and Don’t Forget the Parsley are family memoirs. In many 02e7c-czje9-yu8aaza2o2blargeways, Don’t Forget the Parsley picks up where Don’t Forget the Soap left off. Many of the stories from the first book were from my childhood and focused on early career experiences. While the second book still includes family anecdotes from when we were kids, there’s more I share about life after children, life after writing my book, etc. There are also a lot of fun stories about my father (and other family members) as well as my mother.

I’ve always wanted to document my parents’ story as new immigrants to Canada and the US, however, only when I had kids of my own did I have the inspiration and discipline to sit down and get it done. I wrote both books during maternity leave with my second and third child.

2. In a nutshell, what do you hope the readers would take away from your family memoirs?

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.”

3. What’s your most cherished family tradition? Why is it important?

Breaking bread! That is, family meals. This can mean big holidays when it’s with all our relatives and friends or every day with just the five of us. Sitting down for dinner together has always been the highlight of every day for me because it’s when family members get to talk and share with no other distractions. No smart phones, tablets, blackberries or TV.

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Don’t Forget the Soap by Marie Claire Lim Moore

4. In an interview, you mentioned something about legacy. You said, and I quote, “A legacy can come in many forms. In one way, my children are my legacy. In another way, my family memoir is my legacy. If I had to summarize, I would like my legacy to be that I lived my best life, learning from my past, living in the present, and building for the future.”

Each and every one of us long to leave a legacy, what is your message to readers who are currently struggling to make their own mark?

Don’t underestimate the importance of simply living each day to the fullest. The right attitude combined with an appreciation of one’s own roots and values will lead to a successful and positive life.

5. On to the writing side, what is your writing process, do you work on an outline first or just go write without one?

I start with a very rough (and flexible) outline and then try to build out as much as I can.

6. What are the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I’ve been delightfully surprised to learn how much the book has resonated with so many different people. Not just Filipinos and Filipino-Americans but all immigrants, women trying to balance it all, everyone who feels close to their family, etc.

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7. Do you have other works in progress? Say, a third book on the family memoir?

I’m currently working with a number of amazing Filipina women (fellow awardees of FWN 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World) on a book on women’s leadership.

8. We all have our own stories to tell. What do you think makes a good story? What are your tips to others who want to write their own memoir?

Agree, everyone has at least one book in them. “Write the book you want to read,” is a great piece of advice someone once gave me.

9. Your tips for aspiring authors?

  • Book writing time can be anytime. Many people associate writing a book with going to a secluded place for days maybe weeks and knocking out a book… I had to squeeze in book writing in the 45 minutes between a client meeting and pumping session. Even if you get just one paragraph done during that time, it’s progress. Those minutes and paragraphs add up…
  • Don’t be a perfectionist. In order to do #1 you can’t worry about sentences being perfect, tone being consistent… at least not as you’re in the book drafting phase. Plenty of time to clean up those things later.

There you have it, guys! One of my favorite authors, Marie Claire Lim Moore! I hope you enjoyed the interview. I sure enjoyed writing the questions. If you enjoyed this, you are bound to enjoy her books, too.

Happy reading! ❤

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Don’t Forget the Parsley ( a sequel to Don’t Forget The Soap)

by
Marie Claire Lim Moore

Genre:
Non-fiction memoir
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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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.

Excerpt and Giveaway: Surrender to Love by Jessica E. Larsen

Summary:
Power of love, bulong ng isang bahagi ng isip ni Pamela na agad niyang isinantabi. Power-of-love… bullshit! No money, no honey. Iyan ang madalas na nangyayari sa mga nagmamahalan kapag naghihirap. Money makes the world go round!

Simula nang magpakamatay dahil sa pag-ibig ang Aunt Julie niya, “stick to reality” ang naging personal motto ni Pamela, na walang naging ibang ambisyon kundi ang makahanap ng mayamang mapapangasawa. Okay lang sa kanya kung hindi kagwapuhan ang isang lalaki; what’s important is that he has lots of money. Subalit nagbago ang lahat ng iyon nang makilala niya ang French fiancé ng matalik na kaibigan at kinaiinggitan niyang pinsang si Liberty. Agad tumaas ang pangarap niya. Gusto na rin niyang makahanap ng isang mayaman at gwapong lalaki. Pero matutupad kaya iyon kung may isang charismatic na taxi driver na palaging umaaligid at sumisira sa mga plano niya?
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About the Author:

Jessica E. Larsen is an author of contemporary romance, YA, NA and Paranormal stories. She’s a hopeless romantic, who will forever be young at heart. She enjoys traveling a lot, drawing inspiration from places she visits and interesting people she encounters. She loves to read and write in different genres and spends hours arguing with her characters. At times, she likes playing the villain and gives them a taste of hell when they refused to listen to her demands.

Jessica was born in the Philippines but has lived in Spain and Norway since she was eighteen.

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Excerpt

“You know, hindi magandang habit ang pagkagat sa kuko,” puna ni Rio sa dalagang hindi lang kagat ang kuko sa hinlalaki kundi panay rin ang pag-uga ng tuhod.

“Shut up. I’m stressed, okay?” she hissed. “I just want to get home!”

Ngumiti siya sa dalaga. “You’re like a cat, especially when you’re angry.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?!” singhal nito. Kulang na lang, magkaroon ito ng pangil at para na itong malaking pusa sa paningin niya, na lalong nagpatawa sa kanya.

“Besides, hindi ko naman kinakagat lahat ng kuko ko. Just my thumbs!” patuloy nito sa malakas na tinig. “And I’m doing it without damaging my nails—” Tumingin ito sa kuko ng hinlalaki at kumislot nang bahagya ang itaas na labi. “…much,” anito, at tahimik na humalukipkip at tumingin sa labas ng bintana.

A sulking cat, nangingiting isip ni Rio habang papasok na sila sa loob ng subdivision.

Pagkahintong-pagkahinto ng taxi na minamaneho niya sa harapan ng bahay nito, binuksan agad ni Pamela ang pinto at agad sanang aalis nang maagap niyang mahawakan ang kamay ng dalaga. “Hey, what’s the hurry?”

Tumingin ito sa kamay at pumiglas. Dinampot ang katabing bag at nagmamadaling bumaba ng sasakyan.

Huh? Sobra ang pagkalitong sinundan niya ito ng tingin sa paglalakad paikot ng sasakyan. Malapit na ito sa gate ng bahay nang maisipan niyang hindi pa siya nakapagpapasalamat sa pagsama nito sa kanya nang araw na iyon.

“Wait, Pamela!” tawag niya habang binaba ang bintana ng sasakyan. Nang tumigil ito sa paghakbang, binuksan niya ang pinto at lumabas. “I was thinking of dating you—” Iniling niya ang ulo. “Of thanking you for being my date today.”

“It’s nothing.” Nilingon siya ni Pamela at ngumiti. He didn’t know how, somehow he could tell that it wasn’t her genuine smile.

Magsasalita sanang muli si Rio nang mapansin niyang may tinitingnan ang dalaga. Sinundan niya ang direksyon kung saan ito nakatingin at napangiti nang makita ang isang black-and-brown striped cat. Nakaupo ito sa tabi ng daan na hindi kalayuan sa gate at walang-kurap na nakikipagtitigan kay Pamela.

“Pusa ninyo?”

“No. It’s a stray,” sagot ng dalagang hindi siya nililingon at patuloy na nakikipagtitigan sa pusa.

“You understand that you’re challenging it, right? Kapag ang mga pusa ay nagtitigan nang walang kurap, ibig sabihin kalmutan ang susunod nilang gagawin.”

“I know. Pero sa tuwing magpapakita ito, eh, dahil hihingi lang ng pagkain.”

“And you’re feeding it?”

“Yes.” Hinarap siya ni Pamela na nakakunot ang noo. “But that cat is an ungrateful one. She never thanked me. Not once!”

“But that’s the reason it keeps coming back—because you keep feeding it.”

Walang sagot na umiwas lang ng tingin si Pamela.

Rio smiled inwardly. He found it kind of sweet to know, na sa kabila ng kasungitan na pinakikita nito, pinapakain ni Pamela ang isang pusang gala na madalas balewalain ng karamihan. Naupo siya para kunin ang pansin ng pusa, pero saglit lang siya nitong nilingon at muling ibinalik ang pansin sa nakatayong dalaga.

“We have lots of cats at home, and all of them used to be strays. But now, they laze around like fat housecats,” natatawang sabi niya at lalapit sana sa pusa nang pigilan siya ni Pamela.

“Don’t! Kakalmutin ka niyan. Walang kahit isang tao ang nakagalaw niyan.”

Tumayo siya at tumingin nang tuwid sa mata ng dalaga. “It’s wild now, but I’ll tame her,” makahulugang wika niya at nakangiting muling tumalungko nang makita ang pamumula ni Pamela sa kabila ng pagiging morena.

“Hmph! Ikaw ang bahala. Huwag mo lang sabihing hindi kita binalaan kapag nakalmot ka,” anito na umalis na papasok sa gate. Samantalang ang pusa na susubukin sana niyang dakpin ay ilap na tumakbo palayo.

I’ll get that cat, sabi niya sa sariling nakatingin sa likod ng dalagang walang-lingon na pumasok sa loob ng bahay.

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To celebrate the release of Surrender to Love, Jessica has an international giveaway. To join, simply click the rafflecopter image shown below:

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This international giveaway ends in seven days. Good luck! ❤

Currently Reading: The Last Wish by Tsina Cajayon

The Last Wish by Tsina Cajayon

The Last Wish
by Tsina Cajayon

 

Paano mo ibabalik ang nakaraan at itatama ang mali?

Paano mo tuturuan ang puso na huwag ng magmahal dahil hindi rin ito magtatagal?

When Franco De Guzman found out that he has a rare heart problem na posibleng ikamatay niya ng kahit anong oras ay agad siyang nabahala tungkol sa dalawang bagay: Una, mawawalan ng isang guwapong lalaki sa mundo at pangalawa ay hindi pa siya nakakahingi ng tawad kay Georgina Escudero sa mga kasalanan niya noong nasa high school sila.

Nang muli niyang makita si Georgina ay nagbago ang lahat. Ang puso niyang may expiration date ay tila gusto pang humingi ng extra life para lamang makasama ito ng matagal. Ang puso niyang hindi naman marunong umibig ay tila gustong kumuha ng crash course para lang matutunan niya kung paano siya mamahalin ni Georgina kahit alam niyang ikakasal na ito kay James.

Paano niya sasabihin kay Georgina na huwag na si James at siya na lang?

 

The Last Wish by Tsina Cajayon

The Last Wish
by Tsina Cajayon

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The Last Wish by Tsina Cajayon published by Lifebooks is available in local bookstores near you.

 

Currently Reading: Real Life by Dolly M. Palisada and M.J. O’Shea’s Don’t Look and Midnight

Photo was taken from Kcat's Facebook account

Photo was taken from Kcat’s Facebook account

My husband and I went to Ms. Dolly Palisada’s book launch in UP Balay Kalinaw yesterday. Her book, Real Life, features the stories of various “ordinary Filipinos” who all lead extraordinary lives.

One of these people featured in the book is our friend, Kcat Yarza.

I first heard of Kcat years ago when her life story was featured on a local TV show. I very rarely watch TV because I favor reading so much more. But that night, for some reason, I did. A year later, we will be introduced by a common friend and the rest is history.

I’m already halfway through the book and just like Kcat’s, the other stories featured in the book are as inspiring.

Below is the gist of every story in the book copied from its Goodreads account:

Pagpag for Breakfast (story of Ramil Sustento) & Box of Dreams (story of Nene)

• Take a peek into everyday life in Metro Manila’s poorest communities. Do their choices justify their appalling condition?

Leaving This Home is Water Under the Bridge (story of Lilia Dalmacio)

• What kind of mother would allow her children to sleep with a literal bridge over their heads?

Journey On A Wheelchair (story of Gaspar Salem)

• Born without hands and feet, Gaspar Salem of Zamboanga City dreams big — going to college and having his own business. But with war in the

Captured image of Ms. Dolly's dedication on my book.

Captured image of Ms. Dolly’s dedication on my book.

city, his limitations, can he?

A Heart for Animals (story of Renee Tupas Leoness from South Cotabato) 

Renee Tupas Leoness is a Filipino working in Thailand takes on an unlikely cause — animals. Will she be their voice?

Story of Hope In Singapore (story of Dahlia Rivera Supnad -an OFW in Singapore who is from Bacolod) & Let’s Meet Jamie (story of Jamie del Rosario Martinez)

• A tale of two women whose personal circumstances and life’s lessons pushed them to pursue happiness for others. 

Life Must Go On (story of Kathrina Yarza)

• Kcat Yarza, who has Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors on nerve tissues, still walks in stride and looks forward to what life has to offer.

The Heart of What We Do 

• This small charity has a big heart, but why did Workshops@IbaPa Charities Inc. chose the inmates of Iwahig Penal Colony as their beneficiary for Summer Pamasko Project? 

• Kaeskwela is taking leaps and bounds to send school supplies and books to the hinterlands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao for the poor school children in public elementary schools. Find out how they do it.

You can get a copy at CentralBooks or email dm.palisada@gmail.com or rdapitan@yahoo.com. It is also available on iOs and Kindle Fire.

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Concurrently, I am also reading two of my favorite MM writer M.J. O’Shea’s free reads:

Don't Look by M.J. O'Shea

Don’t Look by M.J. O’Shea. Book cover was taken from its Goodreads account.

Christian and Sean had been in love for as long as they can remember. They’ve been living their happily ever after when their lives were rudely interrupted.

What are you willing to do and what are you willing to let go of just to be with the one you love? 🙂

You can download this free story from her site: http://www.mjoshearomance.com/Site/Free_Reads.html and you can review it here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10254213-don-t-look

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Midnight

Midnight by M.J. O’Shea. Book cover was taken from its Goodreads account.

It only has three words of description on its Goodreads account: A ghostly romance. Hmmn, it sounds pretty exciting. Lol! You can download this for free and review it at the same time here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10233916-midnight.

Happy reading! 🙂