{Blog Tour} Guest Post + Giveaway: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Friday, October 30, 2015

Can someone hold me now and just hug me tight? Huhuhu. THIS. NOVEL. I'll be reviewing it tomorrow but here's a guest post from Susin Nielsen on what attracts her to write contemporary MG / lower YA. Be sure to join the giveaway and you might win a copy so we can cry and laugh together.

We Are All Made of Molecules
Title: We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Date of Publication: May 12, 2015

Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless.
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.

“Susin Nielsen is one of the best writers working today. In We Are All Made of Molecules, her astonishing ability to combine insight, tenderness, poignancy, and uproarious humor is in full flower. Susin Nielsen is a genius, and kids and adults alike will adore this book.” —Susan Juby, author of The Truth Commission

“My, my, my what a skilled, gifted writer Susin is!… I was laughing so hard and unexpectedly that my wife asked if I was reading something I’d written. I’m embarrassed to think I’d laugh at my own stuff like that. Now, tell me: Who do I write to join the Susin Nielsen fan club?” —Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Medal–winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

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#SparkBooks Launch and Signing Recap + Giveaway

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Last Sunday, I went to the book launch and signing of the latest romance novels from Spark Books, an imprint by Anvil Publishing with Sab of Sab The Book Eater. And we had so much fun! And YOU GUYS, I FINALLY GOT TO MEET DAWN LANUZA. Here's a recap of what went down in the signing, yo. And I'm giving away a signed book!

Sab and I got to the event before it started so we first bought our copies. Precious wasn't able to go so I got some books for her too so all in all, I had 12 books and apparently I beat the record of six. MWAHAHAHA I am the overlord of Spark Books shopping AKA broke right now.

Look at this fancy arrangement of books!

And this less-fancy one...

Then we went to our seats and prepared our books!

Blog Tour Invite: Darkest Dreams (A #StrangeLit Anthology)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Here's the third paranormal/fantasy anthology by Filipino authors I'm touring!

#StrangeLit: Darkest Dreams

This is what happens you allow yourself to unlock your dreams: You may just find the darkness that lurks there. Explore the tragic, the romantic, and the comedic side of our darkness in these stories:

Majesty by Jay E. Tria
Dare to Dream by Madelyn Tuviera
Lagablab (or How L Came to Be a Warrior-Magician) by Myra Mortega
Sojourn by C.J. Edmunds
Trade by D.A.
Bayani by Motzie Dapul
When It Rains In Mystic River by Therese Barleta
In My Dreams by Yeyet Soriano
I Melt by Chen Cabaluna
Gamechanger by Mikael Javellana

#StrangeLit was a writing class held in 2015. For five weeks, participating authors wrote paranormal/fantasy stories, and this ebook bundle is a collection of work produced during the class. Read more #StrangeLit stories in the anthologies INCREDIBLE TRUTHS, FATEFUL TURNS, and KILLER SEASONS.

A novella by Jay E. Tria

What would you do if the ghost of someone you loved appeared in front of you?

Majesty is a beautiful ghost, with her hair of fire and eyes gray like smoke. That was Andy Fey's first thought when the ghost of her best friend Majesty Hall appeared in her bedroom, only two months since her death. Majesty doesn't know why she's there, why only Andy can see her.

Andy wasn't sure if she could tell Gale, that boy who claims that he and Majesty were in love. Funny, sarcastic, and a self-proclaimed serial heartbreaker, Gale is proving to be a good friend in grief, though his trail of broken hearts could soon include hers.

As Andy and Gale wade through their sorrow, Andy wonders if Majesty is here to help ease her into this new, complicated friendship, or if she has a mission all her own.

Dare To Dream
A novel by Madelyn Tuviera

Step one: devise.
Step two: develop.
Step three: dream.

Weaving dreams is one part creativity and two parts quick thinking, Ellen believes - you receive an assignment as soon as open your eyes and are expected to absorb every single detail within the next minute so that you can craft an exciting dream for your subject. You have to monitor your Dreamer the whole time he's snoring his heart out on his bed and going through the story you've made just for him. When your Dreamer rouses for a quick second then falls right back into a sweet slumber, you have to weave another dream for him that you're certain will keep him asleep as long as he has to be. Rinse and repeat until the alarm sounds off - both for the Dreamer and the Weaver - then you move to your next assignment. That's the routine. Easy as pie.

That is, until Ellen finds a couple of things in the dream she'd woven that she's pretty sure isn't part of the plan: two chairs, a flying platypus, stardust in the air. A voice she can't recognize even if she's supposed to know this world inside and out. And a man who isn't her Dreamer changing the world she's made and rewriting her Dreamer's world altogether.

Lagablab (or How L Came to Be a Warrior-Magician)
A short story by Myra Mortega

If there's anything that L takes great pride in, it's the fact that she knows herself fully well. For example, she knows that she enrolled in law school because she just can't take injustice. She also knows that she can see beings--various shapes and forms and figures nobody else can see. She has also been dreaming of the same dream for 24 years, and it has been driving her mad.

But one night, a shadow appears over her bed and tells her things that make her question her idea of who she is.

Intrigued, she goes into a wild goose chase to find answers and meets a bevy of beings--the White Lady, a wakwak, a kapre, among other things--that give her bits and pieces of her past and give her a glimpse of a future that's far beyond her imagination.

A novella by C.J. Edmunds

Sometimes being a fish out of water can be a good thing. Only two things can happen. Either one adapts to the environment or simply peters out from intractability. Enter David Lansing, a half-Filipino call center trainer whose normal life took an unexpected turn when he suddenly woke up and is presented with visions and a spirit guide to boot! Why was he seeing these things? Who is the Guide and what did he want from him?

Peppered with appearances like the Tikbalang, Aswang and even the White Lady of Balete Drive, all part of Philippine folklore and urban legend, the story traces David's existential journey of becoming; from his naive acceptance of the world to his burgeoning skepticism, and his acceptance of what his life is and how it could be. And while he's at it, another Guide presents himself to him, one with a more pragmatic approach and outlook to the world of the supernatural; the same world that David is finally learning to accept and participate in.

But who is the better Guide or is he better off trusting his own instincts as he embarks on his journey to find that supernatural promised land; a place where people like him are common and living the most normal of lives; a place that is known only to a few; the magical community of the Dark District.

A short story by D.A.

Sacrifices have long reaching consequences for both the living and the dead as Carter discovers when Michael (yes, that Archangel) gives him a chance to be with his soul mate Alexa. He is tasked with being her personal guardian angel until the day she dies. But, when the end comes, Carter learns the hard way that life goes on no matter what.

A novella by Motzie Dapul

In the year 2050, Patrick "Paquino" Aquino: president of the Philippines, former superhero, and murderer--not necessarily in that order--deals with the consequences of his actions following four years of martial law and the raid that ended a bloody political dynasty in the far north.

With a death sentence looming over his head and a revolution rising against him, he begins to wonder if his bid to save the country, made back when he was the impetuous young bayani Lastikid, is worth dying for.

When It Rains In Mystic River
A short story by Therese Barleta

Whenever sirens sound off, Naomi is always worried that Seth is somewhere being chased by the police, if not already gunned down by rival gangs that pollute the south side of Boston. "Please help me just this one last time," Seth would always tell her, but Naomi just wants to live a normal life as a pretend human being, not Seth's Encantada girlfriend who always bails him out of his shady dealings. As soon as Seth finds an out from this life he's known forever, he takes the opportunity before Naomi can even say no. How could she when this is the exit they've both been waiting for? Or is it a shortcut to their doom?

In My Dreams
A novella by Yeyet Soriano

Welcome to Barrio Malaya!

Everyone in Manila will visit Barrio Malaya at least once in their lifetimes. It is a rustic yet picturesque town, with the sea in the north, thick woods in the east and west, and a train station in the south. It is one of the stops of a high-speed train system, which the dying board to go to their next destination.

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Roxas has a lifetime pass and has almost permanent resident status in Barrio Malaya. She first visited the place when she and her father met an accident when she was seven. They explored the town and rode the train together. But at some point, they got separated—she had to get off the train and her father continued his journey. She woke up to a reality without her father, and with an emotionally distant mother. From then on, Olivia was homeschooled and prevented from having any access to the outside world by an alcoholic mother who seemed to both hate her and love her too much to risk losing her.

In her dreams, Olivia has unlimited access to Barrio Malaya, and it is where she learned about everything, from how to make friends, to how to live, to how to fall in love. She also continued to board the trains, in the hope of finding her father.

Nineteen-year-old Gabriel Sahagun first came to Barrio Malaya when he was twelve years old. Victims of a freak accident, he and his parents already had their tickets to ride the train, but at the last minute, someone pulled him back. He never saw the man’s face. He woke up in the real world discovering that his parents were dead, but he had developed the talent to transfer Death—he can take whatever is killing one person, take it upon himself, and then transfer it to another person.

Liv and Gab meet in Barrio Malaya. Gab visits Barrio Malaya whenever he is in mid-transfer, meaning, he is the one dying. They fall in love but have never met in real life. But that is about to change, because Gab has taken a terminal condition and has lost all strength to transfer it to someone else. As he lies dying in the real world, it is up to Liv to find him, find a person to transfer the condition to, and get that person to Gab before Gab dies.

Did we mention that Liv has never set out from her house alone in all her life?

I Melt
A short story by Chen Cabaluna

Rick is predictable, organized & doesn't like to take risks because of his condition. His clothes are color coordinated. His books are arranged by height. He only eats & drinks cold stuff. He's very cautious to avoid human touch because he might melt. But then he met Alice, his new too perky lab assistant who helped him to overcome many inhibition and open up more to the world. There's only one problem--he thinks Alice will melt him.

A short story by Mikael Javellana

Mxyzalne - or Mix - has found her new Other: a boy named Jacob Dela Rosa. As a Herald, she knows she must take the boy under her wing and train him - in spite of how glaringly average he seems to her - if the world is to be saved.

When a powerful Decayed One makes an attempt on Jacob’s life, Mix calls his True Name out and sets a chain of events that will either save the world, or destroy it completely.


Tour Details:

1. November 23 - 27, 2015
2. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, guest posts
3. There will be a tour-wide giveaway.
4. Electronic review copies will be provided.
5. You don't have to review each story. You can review it as a whole bundle or certain stories only.

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Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Friday, October 23, 2015

I'm so honored to be a part of the global blog tour for Mindy Kaling's latest novel, Why Not Me?, organized by Penguin Random House. Mindy Kaling just keeps on proving that she is awesome.

Why Not Me?
Title: Why Not Me?
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Date of Publication: September 29, 2015

From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

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Blog Tour Invite: Killer Seasons (A #StrangeLit Anthology)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

And the last anthology of paranormal and fantasy short stories by Filipino authors I'm touring!

#StrangeLit: Killer Seasons

A werewolf chef, a cursed family, a spell to forget. You'll meet these and more in the ten stories of the KILLER SEASONS installment of #StrangeLit, featuring:

Resto Rescue by Maita Rue
The Last Night of Her Wake by Chrissie Peria
House of Silver: A Cursebreaker Novel by C.P. Perez
The Myth Menagerie by Lana Garcia
Vengeance: The Awakening by Arlene Manocot
At The Wishing Well by Amae Dechavez
Intersection by Den Lim
Disappearing Act by Roselle De Guzman
The "Forget You" Brew by Tara Frejas
Aurelia by Japonicus

#StrangeLit was a writing class held in 2015. For five weeks, participating authors wrote paranormal/fantasy stories, and this ebook bundle is a collection of work produced during the class. Read more #StrangeLit stories in the anthologies INCREDIBLE TRUTHS, FATEFUL TURNS, and DARKEST DREAMS.

Resto Rescue
A novella by Maita Rue

All werewolf Rafe Redmoon really wanted was to cook real food not host reality food shows. Thirteen seasons in Resto Rescue has made him cranky and moody. Resto Rescue is a food reality show where Rafe uses his supernatural skills to ascertain what was wrong with the food and remodel the restaurant as a whole. His boss/alpha/aunt Vivian made him a deal. Make a killer season thirteen ender and she will personally fund the dream restaurant Rafe wanted. Easy, right?

Season thirteen doesn't go as planned when the restaurant in question was not a disaster. Food was good and the décor was quirky but it worked. So, why were things not going according to the scripts? For one, owner/cook Daria is averse to change. The little hottie was not the one who called for a restaurant make-over. But Rafe is very drawn to her. His aunt threatened to fillet him if this episode fails. Then, more trouble arises when a pack of gremlins wreak havoc in the kitchen. It seems everyone is conspiring for Rafe to fail.

Will the werewolf reality show host make a killer season thirteen ender or will season thirteen end him?

The Last Night of Her Wake
A short story by Chrissie Peria

There is a wake in Sitio Lumawig.
A young woman, barely seventeen, left her hometown, only to return home in a wooden box.
Brutally murdered, there are no witnesses. Nobody knows what happened. When it happened. Or who did it.
All they know is that there was pain - so much pain in her passing.

As her father keeps vigil over her battered body, a single question keeps him company.
Who is to blame for his daughter's death?

House of Silver: A Cursebreaker Novel
A novel by C. P. Perez

A long-enduring family curse sends twenty-five-year old Antonio Lucero, in truth an Immortal, in search of the Cursebreakers. His journeys lead him to two siblings, young orphans from a ghastly rebellion.

Ironically, only those of the Lucero bloodline have the potential to be a Cursebreaker. The siblings - Raul and Beatriz - possess it. If Antonio dares awaken that potential, only two things can happen: either they themselves would be doomed to Immortality, or would emerge a Cursebreaker, who was mortal and can be slain. Weaving through the changing times, Antonio and the siblings find themselves amidst family intrigue, creatures of light and shadows, and earning the trust of a boy who could finally end their chaotic struggle.

Will the Luceros be finally purged of the maddening curse, or will Antonio, Raul, and Beatriz fall into a pit of perpetual despair?

The Myth Menagerie
A short story by Lana Garcia

Vivian used to think the only connection she has with her mysterious and eccentric aunt is their crazy first name. She's as straight-laced as anyone can get: law school, steady boyfriend, part-time job. When her aunt dies and bequeaths her a sprawling house in New Manila, she finds herself suddenly being chased by kapres in grocery stores and dreaming of white ladies during daytime. Maybe, there's a connection there, if only she accepts her inheritance.

Vengeance: The Awakening
A novella by Arlene Manocot

Cleo Harwite, a simple college student, is aiming for a normal life. A life where she and her family can eat a complete set of meal three times a day. A life to live through simplicity.

Everything is going according to her plan. Graduating on the 4th year of her college is her main objective and finding a job will be her next, but not until Eve appears in her consciousness.

Eve, according to Cleo's judgment, is her conscience. An annoying conscience who is continually teasing and nagging her. Her disposition has lost its equilibrium ever since her existence. She has brought chaos in her life. And just when Cleo thought that there won't be anyone, "AS IN NO ONE", who's more annoying and disturbing than Eve, another one appears. Ikeda Takada.

Ikeda Takada, a Japanese exchange student for a week, has found a way to infiltrate the supposed to be Cleo's "NORMAL LIFE". Aside from being an exchange student, he is a model / actor who is just starting his career in Hollywood. Why would a Hollywood celebrity like him want in a public university? That is insanely ridiculous from her point of view.

With all these chaos and disturbance directed towards Cleo, would she be able to keep her NORMAL LIFE intact?

At The Wishing Well
A short story by Amae Dechavez

A Paranormal Fairytale. Angelo studies medicine - he's aspiring to become a priest. From the city to his countryside home, he falls in love at the forest well, with a ghost, and he still wants to become a priest! Now his father wants him to marry the Mayor's daughter, Marissa (aside from nudging him to become a physician), and girl-ghost Hinata scares Marissa so much, enough to ban her from The Bliss!

A novella by Den Lim

Anger. Pain. Guilt.
These feelings have haunted Epy Avenida for the past six years. Once an aspiring superhero, he had failed to save the life of Congressman Conrad Cruz. Now he roams the streets of Manila as something much darker, much less of a hero.

Need. Hate. Fury.
These are the feelings Kala Cruz has hidden and carried within since the dead of her father. She won't rest until she knows the truth of that fateful day. Now she seeks to find the superhero who had let her father die and exact vengeance.

Past and present collide as their two lives intersect one night and the sparks fly between them.

But how will their budding romance survive once they uncover each other's secrets?

Disappearing Act
A short story by Roselle De Guzman

Rhea De Los Reyes is in a situation that's unique in terms of teenager problems: no one ever sees her. Ever since high school, she's been stuck this way, always alone even in a crowded room. She's ready to just fade away, until an awkward, well-meaning boy with no math skills see her for the first time.

The "Forget You" Brew
A novella by Tara Frejas

For 20-year old Kyle Thomson, nothing in the world is more terrifying than the prospect of telling Allison Jeon that he loves her. That is, until he finds out that this mystical café in a peculiar place called Nowheretown had served her a cup of afforgeto - a brew for forgetting - a drink she ordered intending to forget him. Hoping to reverse the spell, Kyle reluctantly teams up with a bunny-eared hopeless romantic and a badass barista to retrieve Allison's memory jar from the Repository of the Intangible. But when stealing back forgotten memories doesn't quite turn out as expected, Kyle is left with no choice but to conquer his biggest fear. Can the magic of Nowheretown supply him a fixer-upper, or will the magic in his steadfast heart be enough to grant them their happy ever after?

A short story by Japonicus

Aurelia had never, at any point in her entire young life, been anyplace that could be called "fun". Not that it mattered, anyway, since she'd been devoid of life for quite some time.

A drowned child, her spirit now flows wherever the currents take her. Confused yet strangely unconcerned about her circumstances, she was quite content to just be - until one day a theme park's intake pump suddenly suctions her out of the bay and into "The Most Amazing Aquatic Experience Above the Sea!"

Now, for the first time in her afterlife, she finds herself in a happy place where everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, and she decides that she'd like to have some fun, too. Yet as she explores the ins & outs of this park, she notices that what happens after the park closes is not quite as joyful as during normal visiting hours, and she slowly comes to realize that one person's fun might have been paid for by another's misery.


Tour Details:

1. November 30 - December 4, 2015
2. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, guest posts
3. There will be a tour-wide giveaway.
4. Electronic review copies will be provided.
5. You don't have to review each story. You can review it as a whole bundle or certain stories only.

Sign up below!

#SparkBooks Signing Alert!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If you wish to finally meet ~moi~, I will be going to this event! Haha! Seriously though, you should go to this event and support Filipino authors! And fangirl with meeeee about 'em and their books!

This Sunday, Anvil Publishing's Spark Books imprint and National Book Store are launching the six newest Spark Books! These are romance novels that will surely make you swoon! (*ehem ehem The Boyfriend Backtrack and The Kitchen When It Sizzles ehem ehem*)

I'm so excited to go to this event and get my books signed by these authors! Admittedly, I have yet to buy the other books but I'm pretty pumped to get them as well. GUYS, I JUST CAN'T CONTAIN IT BUT I'M GONNA MEET DAWN LANUZA SOON. I've already met Chrissie but CHRISSIE PERIA! And I've already met Agay too but AGAY LLANERA! And I've already met Kate Evangelista but KATE EVANGELISTA! I'm sure the other authors are lovely as well so weehoo, sooooo excited!

So basic details for the event:

When: October 25, 2015 Sunday 4:00PM
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1

More info on each book can be found below!

Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Can Mindy Kaling be my best friend now? I now strive to be like Mindy Kaling.

Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Date of Publication: September 18, 2012

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

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#NBSColorPopFair: An Adult Coloring Book Event

Monday, October 19, 2015

Adult coloring books are now all the rage and now you can even attend a fair about it! Be sure to attend the Color Pop Fair hosted by National Book Store and its partners! And it's FREE!!

National Book Store, in partnership with Lifestyle Channel and SM Mall of Asia, will hold its first ever “Color Pop Fair” on October 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Main Mall Atrium, SM Mall of Asia. Admission is free for all events and workshops. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Enjoy a Saturday of free, fun-filled coloring activities especially designed for adults who are artists-at-heart. Learn basic adult coloring, shade selection, blending techniques, choosing the right coloring materials and other great coloring tips. Participate in the day-long art workshops. Choose from Zig Kuretake adult coloring demo by Iris Babao Uy, The Secret Techniques in Making your Coloring Look Professional by Alex M. Roxas, Mapedize your Bookmark – DIY Adult Coloring Bookmark, Creating Gradients with Chameleon Pens by June Digan, Sharpiefied Coloring with Carlo Arezza, Stabilo Adult Coloring Demo by Mark Dean Lim, The Art of Doodling and Stuff – A Create and Collaboration Workshop by Nelz Yumul, Coloring Tips from the Googly Gooeys by Tippy Go, Tips on Doodling and Adult Coloring by Kerby Rosanes, Marvy Uchida Basic Coloring Demonstration by Tepai Pascual, and many more.

All coloring sheets and materials will be provided. Plus! Get 20% off on all imported adult coloring books at the event only. Color your world and join the fun at National Book Store’s Color Pop Fair.

The event is made possible in partnership with Artline Stix, Colleen, Dong-A, Faber Castell, Marvy Uchida, Stabilo, Sharpie, and Zig Kuretake.

See posters or follow National Book Store on Facebook for more details. Shop online and buy eBooks at For reservations, call 8888-NBS (627) for calls within Metro Manila, 1-800-10-8888-NBS for calls outside Metro Manila, or text 0998-8888-NBS and 0917-8747-269. The National Book Store hotlines are open Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert). Tag #NBSColorPopFair to join the discussion

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Blog Tour Invite: Incredible Truths (A #StrangeLit Anthology)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Here's the second paranormal/fantasy short story bundle I'm touring!

#StrangeLit: Incredible Truths
Beware the tale that distracts you with the telling -- it's planting a truth in your mind, and you may find yourself believing in the incredible too. Sit back and let it happen, while reading:

Bloodline Maharlika by Anne Plaza
Shake-Ups by Elea Andrea Almazora
As The Night Ends by Alveel Kaith C.
31st by Cindy Dela Cruz
Stormy Hollow: The Hunt for the Divine Necklace by LC Mills
A Sky of Wishes by Kristel Ann Cruz
The Secret Society by S.J.M Fuertes
Talulikas Chronicles by Clark Feliciano
Nexus Book 1: Anathema by Ysa Arcangel
Viva Voce by DJ Paraguya

#StrangeLit was a writing class held in 2015. For five weeks, participating authors wrote paranormal/fantasy stories, and this ebook bundle is a collection of work produced during the class. Read more #StrangeLit stories in the anthologies DARKEST DREAMS, FATEFUL TURNS, and KILLER SEASONS.

Bloodline Maharlika
A novella by Anne Plaza

There's nothing ordinary about Owenn Magpantay the moment awareness seeped through her consciousness. A demi-goddess born from the line of maharlika and Bathala himself, Owenn is the hope for peace between mortal and the divine. But when the god Apolaki decried Bathala's love for humans, Owenn became his ultimate target. Together with her half-sister, the bathaluman Mayari, they travel to present day Manila where Owenn must eventually face the evil of Apolaki with the help of Companions descended from the warrior nobility.

A short story by Elea Andrea Almazora

25-year-old Rosie Rivas worries about a lot of things - her father's health, her desire to fix everything, and her own social anxiety. The last thing she wanted on a day when the rest of the world is dealing with earthquakes is to deal with strangers claiming to be family. She wanted a grand destiny even less.

But sometimes, what you don't want is exactly what you need.

As The Night Ends
A novella by Alveel Kaith C.

C is the one you go to when your life needs saving.

Need to pass an entrance exam? No sweat.
Girlfriend's birthday approaching and you don't have a gift? She'll have it before the day ends.
Sex tape needs to be deleted in boyfriend's computer? Can you give her something more challenging than that?

C cleans up your mess, and that's practically all you need to know.

The job was supposed to be simple. Pretend to be a high school classmate's girlfriend for the weekend, look pretty, and answer all questions appropriately. But then she finds herself awakened in the middle of the night and brought to a clearing where said classmate started spouting words like monsters, redemption, war, and savior.

Has C finally gotten herself into more trouble than she can handle?

A novella by Cindy Dela Cruz

Felicia just moved to Spring City, a thriving city which has surpassed the grandeur of any city in the Philippines. She was hoping to forget bad memories and to pick herself up again. The city was majestic and people she met were friendly, there's the helpful guard named Kanor and the good looking botanist next door, Chris. She also met a self-proclaimed witch with an eccentric hairstyle named Carlotta, who warned her never to open her door whatever happens on the 31st of October. Felicia was cynical, and she eventually forgot about the warning.

One evening after a nice date with Mr. Botanist, the doorbell in her apartment rang. Without even thinking of Carlotta's advice, she opened the door and found no one. Instead, she felt a gust of wind in her face. When she turned around, she almost fainted when she saw two weird looking creatures sitting in her living room.

Stormy Hollow: The Hunt for the Divine Necklace
A novella by LC Mills

Stormy Hollow, Georgia.

A land filled with willow trees, trellises, and flowers of every kind. Beautiful. Enchanting. But never what you imagine it to be.

For in Stormy Hallow, witches lives. Witches, who are the descendants of the survivors of the Salem Trial who decided to build their own community and call it Stormy Hollow. They kept it protected from the outside world, but not to their own breed.

The Divine Necklace

Centuries ago, a war ensued over the original batch of witches that prompted them to be divided into two: the coven, and the alliance.
The alliance had the Divine Necklace to protect them - the necklace that's considered as the most powerful thing in the wizarding world.


Sixteen years ago, members of the coven, and the alliance, had an argument that led to the worst fight they had in years, killing members of the coven, including the Hazels - leaders of the coven, and prompting the survivors to cast a spell on members of the alliance, saying that they'll never be allowed in Stormy Hollow again.

But Hera Miller, leader of the alliance, cast a curse, saying that by the time the last witches turn sixteen, a new war would ensue. She also took half of the divine necklace with her, without the coven's knowledge.


Alexandra and Achelois Hazel have finally turned sixteen.
Little did they know that their celebration wouldn't really be a celebration, but a sign of things to come.
For their birthday marks the new wizarding war.
And nothing is going to stop the alliance now.

A Sky of Wishes
A short story by Kristel Ann Cruz

A world governed by logic and rules does not have time for childhood fantasies like wishing stars, or so we thought. After Stella gets diagnosed with a terminal illness, Aries turned to the sky and pleaded for his mother to be healed. Imagine his surprise when a Star manifests itself to him, willing to give him anything he wishes for. There is only one rule: Everything comes with a price. With his mother's life on the line, how far could he go? In a battle between fates and wishes, what would Aries be willing to give up?

The Secret Society
A novella by S.J.M Fuertes

Eighteen-year old, Maxine Drew is in search for the real reason why her dad died 8 years ago. As she begins her journey, she bumps into Seth, a guy from the Modern World who eventually takes her to LocHelm Academy, where everyone has a unique ability to help save the people of the Cosmos from the gruelling hands of the Government. Will she be able to discover herself and survive the future?

Talulikas Chronicles
A short story by Clark Feliciano

For buddies Allan and Isagani, this semester would be just the same as the last. Notes to take, exams to pass, and projects to be submitted. Plus of course there was Lillian, who behaved like a diva almost every morning making them rush to class and beat the bell. When Marissa, Lilian's childhood friend arrives and decides to enroll at the same school, things take an unexpected turn. A warrior, a damsel in distress and an overwhelmed companion. What else could possibly go wrong?

Nexus Book 1: Anathema
A novella by Ysa Arcangel

When the world was young, supernatural creatures walked among mankind freely. Chaos reigned as the supernatural beings sought supremacy. The human race was nearly wiped out of the face of the earth. Dark creatures preyed on the weaker. Demons inhabited human bodies and angels fell in love with them, hence Nexi, the cursed, were born.

Anathema has always seen strange things but never knew exactly why. Despite the pain, misery, agony and suffering it brings her, she has learned to accept her unique ability. As she strives to find out the reason for being able to travel through different realms and being a magnet to spirits of the dead, she realizes how little she knows about the truth of her existence.

When she is thrust in the middle of a war, a war that had been going on since the beginning of creation, she is joined by her longtime friend Alex, and a dark, mysterious stranger named Calix, who seemed to know more about her than she does herself.

Now Anathema must make a choice -- one that will save one world and destroy the other. Will she turn her back to the light she had always known and embrace the darkness within her?

Viva Voce
A short story by DJ Paraguya

When life give you lemons, you make lemonade. But when life gives you immortality, you literally will be going to live the tale. Even tale as old as time. Enter Artemio Katigbak, or Art for short. He writes and tells stories. Stories that which have been passed from generations to generations; be it word of mouth or writings on the cave. Traditions, alamats or hearsays, Art has tons of it. But when the death of a close friend linked to the source of the end of history, Art must take matters into his own hands, even if it will cause to break some laws; laws that made him into what he is right now.


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