Thursday, December 01, 2016

Make My Wish Come True Launch Party and Giveaway!



MAKE MY WISH COME TRUE
by: #romanceclass authors
Publication Date: December 1st 2016
Genre:Christmas Anthology



Goodreads Synopsis:Get ready for feels this holiday season with Make My Wish Come True, a Christmas anthology by #romanceclass authors. Join a Kris Kringle and receive the perfect gift, or learn how to survive your first Christmas in Manila and the steps you need to take to be with the one you love. Go to parties that will not go according to plan, feel the cold (and probably humid) December air as you explore city streets, and count down to five minutes to Christmas. Meet kind strangers and friends that remind you of home, and discover that the one who’ll make your holidays better has been beside you all along. With seventeen stories, there’s something for you here no matter what feels you want and need. Fall in love this Christmas with #romanceclass!The decision only took a second. Just a second.


Featuring stories from:

Ysa Arcangel * Ines Bautista-Yao * Racquel Sarah A. Castro * Suzette de Borja * Carla de Guzman * Six de los Reyes * Mina V. Esguerra * Tara Frejas * Dawn Lanuza * Chris Mariano * Bianca Mori * Chrissie Peria * Chi Yu Rodriguez * C.P. Santi * Kate Sebastian * Miles Tan * Ana Tejano * Jay E. Tria * Celestine Trinidad

Join the fun and celebrate with the authors this December 10, 2016! It's gonna be a Christmas party and book launch in one. Be sure not to miss this!




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About #romanceclass:
#romanceclass  is a community of authors who attended various writing workshops organized by Mina V. Esguerra, readers of books by those authors, and readers of English-language romance books by Filipino authors. Visit romanceclassbooks.com to see the full catalog of books!
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

6 Books I'm Thankful For...

Personally, 2016 has been a struggle, but I am definitely thankful for books that helped get through difficult episodes of my life. This year I am thankful for these books for giving me hope, for giving another perspective, for giving inspiration when I needed it most. To all the authors, you have no idea how much I love your books, how I wish everyone I know would read it. Thank you for sharing your story. Keep on writing! Forever thankful for your books~

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson | Add to Goodreads |

OH MY GOODNESS! I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

For those of you that would say that this is just another book written by a celebrity, you are definitely wrong! I'm really not into memoirs, but Mara's book is so real and authentic. I feel her pain and struggles. Her stories are very relatable. I listened to the audiobook, but I got a paperback to love and hug. Thank you Mara for reminding me that I am not alone. 
5/5 




Adulthood Is a Myth by | Add to Goodreads |

THIS IS SUCH A CUTE GRAPHIC NOVEL! Every adult can definitely relate to this funny, but true scribbles about adult life.

It's totally hilarious. It's totally so me. Great book if you are in a reading slump and do not know what to read next. You will see yourself smiling and agreeing with Sarah's Scribbles. Don't miss this exceptional book. Must read!
5/5 

 


 
Buffering by | Add to Goodreads |

Prior to reading the book, I don't follow Hannah Hart's Youtube and/or social media platforms. I read her book because she got nominated on the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards. I did not know who to vote so I listened to her book first.

I LOVE HER NOW. I WANNA BE HER FRIEND!
Her experiences were very relatable. And man, she can write! To those who doubted her back then, sorry, she's famous now. I hope she writes more books. Her memoir felt really raw and organic. Here you will see a genuinely honest Hannah sharing all her Hart.
 
5/5 

 



The Bye-Bye Bouquet by | Add to Goodreads |
OMG! So much love for The Bye-Bye Bouquet! If you are feeling down, this feel-good book will definitely make you smile. It's short, but sweet romantic read. An excellent debut that will make you feel all the feels! 5/5 

 

 




The Memory Book by | Add to Goodreads |

I admit I almost gave up on The Memory Book because I wasn't rooting for the main character and this guy, but then, it made sense in the end. So, I'm now crying happy tears for my ship! This book made me cry. I do not want to spoil anything so just go read this book. The main character has NPC and it's like Alzheimer's disease for younger people. She writes so she won't forget. Her narrative is very personal so you will definitely feel her struggles of slowly losing her memories. I told myself not to cry, but yeah, I couldn't help it. Lara Avery, what have you done to me?!   5/5 




Penny in London by | Add to Goodreads |

I really loved Fisher Amelie's latest offering. Penny in London is a light and entertaining read. Just what I wanted and I needed. Nothing too heavy! A perfect summer read!

Penny in London made me smile and it reminded me on the important things in life. You only need your family and friends. Besides, what's meant to be, will be. If you are a fan of contemporary books, do not pass this up! This book is something you can read again and again.

Whether you need an awesome beach read or you just need a wonderful book on a rainy day, this is for you! Go buy and hug this book!
5/5 

 


What books are you thankful for?
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Friday, November 11, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Infinity of You & Me by J.Q. Coyle (Interview)

When two highly talented writers team up to write a novel, magical universes appear. THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME (St. Martin’s Press; November 8, 2016) is no exception: written under the pen name J.Q. Coyle—composed of publishing veterans Julianna Baggott and Quinn Dalton. In the tradition of Baggott’s Pure trilogy, THE INFINITY OF YOU AND ME grounds a “multiverse” adventure in the very real world. Fast-paced with a tightly spun plot, this young adult novel will enthrall even the most reluctant readers.

THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME
by J.Q. Coyle

Young Adult - Fantasy (Multiverse)
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Publication: November 8th 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK:
What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?

Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.

INTERVIEW
The wonderful people at St. Martin's gave me a chance to interview the genius/es behind The Infinity of You & Me, J.Q. Coyle!

1. [Hello! Welcome to Carmel and Kyla, it's an honor to have you on the blog.] Anyway, your novel sounds really interesting. How did you come up with the idea?



  • I struck me that every time you make a major life decision, you full imagine both choices – as if they were real. What if in that moment of extreme decision-making pressure, both choices actually became real. This led me to quantum physics and alternate parallel universes and ultimately to a girl named Alicia who creates these other universes, falls for someone in another universe and has to save that world.
2. What was the best part of writing The Infinity of You and Me?


  • I really loved writing about Alicia and her best friend Hafeez. With some friendships you wonder if – in another set of circumstances – if you could be a couple. In this book, there are other sets of circumstances, other worlds with other choices. So I loved being able to play with that idea.
3. Why should readers read your book?


  • I think readers should read whatever the hell they want. But if they like a wild premise, an adventure with a little bit of love thrown in, I hope they pick up THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME.
Praise for The Infinity of You & Me!

A fantastically fun mind-bender from start to finish, THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME will thrill its readers and leave them hungry for more.”
Karen Akins, author of Loop and Twist

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J.Q. COYLE is the joint pen name of Julianna Baggott and Quinn Dalton. Quinn is an acclaimed writer who has published two short story collections and two novels. Julianna is the author of over twenty novels, including Pure, a New York Times Notable (2012).

This book is already out in the world, so make sure that you grab a copy right away!

You can get a copy on: Amazon || Book Depository
Add this book to your Goodreads shelf!

Big thanks to St. Martin's Press for making this possible! 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Release Day Blitz: THE TRUE STORY OF ATTICUS AND HAZEL by Fisher Amelie


THE TRUE STORY OF ATTICUS AND HAZEL
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:
It only took a second.

Overwhelming chemistry isn't something anyone ever prepares you for. It's not like your mama sits you down and warns you one day you might stumble upon someone impossible to resist, someone who sets your soul on fire. Combustible, explosive attraction is just the tip of the iceberg for Atticus Kelly and Hazel Stone. One touch between them can set them on fire, one word from their lips can send them careening, one look can cripple them to their knees. They are an inferno and they're approaching the end of their wick.

Burning too fast, way too fast.

Except there's nothing to temper the fever.

And the ramifications may be more than they can afford.

Everyone knows when it goes up in flames, there's no saving the kindling.

The decision only took a second. Just a second.

"Hazel, what happened?"




Come read the first chapter of The True Story of Atticus and Hazel! Start at Vilma's Book Blog for the first half and end at Natasha is a Book Junkie for the second!

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Click the book cover to watch the official book trailer.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LimmTtDL9ec&spfreload=5



Exclusive Excerpt


Get ready to get your heart broken.


I looked over at my equally beautiful friend. She was holding Simon’s hand, and I felt so happy for her. I looked down at Atticus’s hands as they swung at his sides. I found myself wanting one of his to take one of mine. My eyes followed up his arms, his shoulders, the side of his neck, over his tattoo of Juniper’s name, and settled on his face. I wonder, I thought, if we could ever be as we were, if it we could ever be simple, if he could ever love me. I wondered many more things as we followed the sinking path toward the open iron gates below, toward the stalactites and the stalagmites, reaching toward each other, desperate to connect, just like Atticus and me. They had much time to wait, though. I could only hope that wasn’t the case for Atticus and me. 

I didn’t know if I wanted to wait anymore. I was tired. Tired of suffering without him, tired of the weight of how I felt for him, tired of dragging it around with me, heavy, and begging to be lifted.

The sun had disappeared as we nestled deeper and deeper into the recesses of God’s earth and we found each other in the dull light of the scattered lanterns in a part of the caverns where the ceilings were barely eight feet high. Etta and Simon had gone ahead about a hundred yards where the cavern lifted a hundred feet into the air, studying the nature surrounding them more quickly than Atticus and I could absorb it.
We came upon a stalactite and a stalagmite separated by mere inches. They too looked tired to me. We circled them twice, each of us on opposite sides. Atticus bent his head to peer at me through the gap. I leaned forward and smiled at him but the smile quickly fell.

So close yet so far,” I told him quietly, my whisper betraying me and echoing against the cavern walls. It bounced off our ears over and over.
“At least another thousand years,” his answer repeated.
“Such a long time to wait,” I said.
“They’ll get there,” he said.
“Will they, though?” I asked him.
Atticus’s eyes softened and he stood upright. He followed the base of the stalagmite around until he was standing about a yard away from me. He stuck his hands in the pockets of his jeans, his T-shirt straining against his shoulders and biceps.
“You know something, Hazel?” he asked me.
“What’s that, Atticus?”

When they meet, those two points, when they finally come together after the wars, the battles, the wrong that has surrounded them in the ripples of their existence, after the longing, the misery, the torture of seeing each other as their future complete, that moment, that second, that instant will be their most vindicating time. It will be quiet; it will be unassuming. No one who sees it will be aware of their perfect collision, but it will be an explosion amongst themselves, for only them to know, for only them to feel. It will be proof they can weather anything, absolutely anything that comes their way. Even if it meant the end of the earth, Hazel Stone, it would not mean the end of the world. They are perpetual. They are forever.

My heart pounded. He took a step closer to me. Another. Another. Until the chasm between us matched theirs.

“I have missed you more than you could possibly comprehend, Atticus.”
His eyes filled with something, an emotion. “I think I could,” he revealed.
Tears spilled over my cheeks. “But I don’t deserve you.”
He shook his head back and forth slowly; the backs of his fingers found my cheeks and dragged across. I turned my head into his skin, desperate to feel him for as long as possible. “No, I don’t deserve you.”
I shook my head in disagreement, tears coming stronger. “But I pushed you away.”
“You were trying to protect yourself, protect Juniper. I don’t blame you for any of it, Haze. It was what it was and it made us who we are.”
I nodded, knowing exactly what he meant. “Can you forgive me, still?”
“Only if you forgive me?”
“Of course. Of course I do. You know I do.”
He placed my face in the palms of his hands. “All is forgiven. All of it. All, Hazel.” He took a deep breath.
“Do you still hate my face?” I asked him.
His head lolled softly side to side. His thumbs started at my forehead and dragged down the sides of my face. “No, Hazel, I no longer see my pain there. I only see my future happiness, our future hope.”
I let out a groan of emotion, unable to hear that without a physical reaction. “I feel guilty admitting this—”
“Don’t. Juniper wouldn’t want that for us, Haze.”
I nodded. “I don’t feel the despair anymore. I feel calm now. I feel the memory without the searing pain. I think— no, I know it’s because of you.”
Atticus brought me into him, wrapping his arms around my shoulders, and I wrapped mine around his neck.
“You’re my best friend, Hazel,” he whispered to me.
“You’re mine, Atticus, my favorite friend, my forever friend."


About Fisher Amelie:
Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first 'mama' patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, 'Jonah', and her Beta, 'Whale'. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn't mind all that much because life isn't worth living if it isn't entertaining, right?

Fisher grew up writing. She secretly hid notebooks and notebooks of dribble in a large Tupperware storage container in her closet as a kid. She didn't put two and two together until after college where it suddenly dawned on her, "Hey, I like writing". She's a bit dense. "No, I'm not." "Yes, you are. Put down that Oreo, your butt can't take any more." "You're rude." "Yeah, yeah." Anyway, she likes to write and has finally beaten her self-esteem into submission enough to allow herself to be scrutinized under the 'other readers' microscope. "No! No! Not a cover slip! Last time it gave me a ra...." (mumbling)

Rescue Fisher from her metaphorical specimen slide at www.fisheramelie.com

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Backlist Revival Project 10: (un)breakable by Kesh Tanglao

October is #FeelsFest month and Halloween of course! Follow #romanceclass for the latest about all the feels. You probably know by now that Mina Esguerra and I are doing Backlist Revival Project to help bring attention, new reviews, and new readers to books that are a few years old. We will feature a book per month and the featured book of the month is a contemporary romance that was published in 2014 or earlier. So, if you are interested to REVIEW books by Filipino authors, please let us know.
  The book of the month is (un)breakable by Kesh Tanglao.


(UN)BREAKABLE
Publication Date: July 14th 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:
Lorin Perez's life is finally back on track after almost losing it six years ago. She knows meeting and dating sizzling hot professional rugby player Spence Clarke is a huge part of her healing process. But with her father starting a new family, she decides to follow her best friend Caitlin to UK--Spence's home country--and start a new life.

However, moving to UK brings certain complications in the form of Gezellig band member Nigel Whitmore, a.k.a. the one who didn't follow through three years ago. And even though Lorin is very clear about her no commitment rule, Nigel ignores this and pursues Lorin like never before.

Caught between the man who made her feel safe and the one who makes her feel alive, will she finally be able to set her heart free and make the right choice?



|| Add (un)breakable on Goodreads ||

Interview

Tell us what (un)breakable is about in 140 characters or less.
(un)breakable is about starting over, life decisions, hot rugby player, and equally hot band member. :)
 
Promote (un)breakable.
Hi everyone! Inviting you all to read (un)breakable, the 2nd book in the Gezellig series, which focuses on Caitlin's best friend, Lorin. If you're looking for something with music, sports, romance, family, and friendship, this one takes the cake. Read to know who Lorin chose: the one who made her feel safe or the one who made her feel alive?

What made you write the book?
I always thought of (un)breakable as one of the stories that I really needed to write. It was something I did for myself, because I was going through something in my personal life and I needed to put words on paper. And then there was something about Lorin--I really liked her character. It nagged me a lot, and there were a lot of plot bunnies for her popping up in my head. Some readers also wanted to know what happens to the other Gezellig members, so I just put two and two together.

What can the readers expect upon reading (un)breakable?
If you pick up (un)breakable, expect join Lorin on her starting over journey, which may or may not include: celestial beings, View-Master, The Hangover, Serendipity, and parties. And oh, if you've read The Real Score, there's a bit of Caitlin and Marcus here, too!
Since it's Halloween, can you share your fave horror movie?
I actually stay away from horror movies, unless family and friends would really push me to watch! And if I ever say yes to watching, I do so with my eyes closed, or I scream a whole lot. I haven't seen Insidious or finished The Ring yet, and Lotus Feet from Feng Shui scared the hell out of me. When I was younger, Final Destination (the one with Devon Sawa) caused me a couple of sleepless nights. I'm a wuss when it comes to those movies. :(


About Kesh Tanglao:


K
esh Tanglao is a full-time market researcher. When she’s not crunching numbers, she spends most of her free time watching TV shows, listening to music, and reading. Also a self-proclaimed fangirl, she likes cheering for her favorite sports teams and supporting her favorite artists. The Real Score is her first published novella.



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Friday, October 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: THE TRUE STORY OF ATTICUS AND HAZEL by Fisher Amelie


THE TRUE STORY OF ATTICUS AND HAZEL
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:
It only took a second.

Overwhelming chemistry isn't something anyone ever prepares you for. It's not like your mama sits you down and warns you one day you might stumble upon someone impossible to resist, someone who sets your soul on fire. Combustible, explosive attraction is just the tip of the iceberg for Atticus Kelly and Hazel Stone. One touch between them can set them on fire, one word from their lips can send them careening, one look can cripple them to their knees. They are an inferno and they're approaching the end of their wick.

Burning too fast, way too fast.

Except there's nothing to temper the fever.

And the ramifications may be more than they can afford.

Everyone knows when it goes up in flames, there's no saving the kindling.

The decision only took a second. Just a second.

"Hazel, what happened?"




Come read the first chapter of The True Story of Atticus and Hazel! Start at Vilma's Book Blog for the first half and end at Natasha is a Book Junkie for the second!

Subscribe to Fisher Amelie's release newsletter! www.fisheramelie.com/newsletter




About Fisher Amelie:
Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first 'mama' patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, 'Jonah', and her Beta, 'Whale'. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn't mind all that much because life isn't worth living if it isn't entertaining, right?

Fisher grew up writing. She secretly hid notebooks and notebooks of dribble in a large Tupperware storage container in her closet as a kid. She didn't put two and two together until after college where it suddenly dawned on her, "Hey, I like writing". She's a bit dense. "No, I'm not." "Yes, you are. Put down that Oreo, your butt can't take any more." "You're rude." "Yeah, yeah." Anyway, she likes to write and has finally beaten her self-esteem into submission enough to allow herself to be scrutinized under the 'other readers' microscope. "No! No! Not a cover slip! Last time it gave me a ra...." (mumbling)

Rescue Fisher from her metaphorical specimen slide at www.fisheramelie.com

CONNECT WITH FISHER AMELIE:


 
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