Embracing Sex Positivity and Empowering Women: An Interview with Author Bianca Mori

by KB Meniado “You read those stuff?” is something romance readers commonly hear from other people—and let’s be real, it often comes along with strong judgment. Funnily enough, when you drop by bookstores, chances are the romance section is usually the most packed. (And most likely, many people you know have “romance stuff” in their shelves, physical or digital.) Not surprisingly as well, several of them look for hot, sex positive romance. (Can we get a heck yeah?!) Good news: we can find some locally—and one in the form of Bianca Mori’s works. Here, she talks about why sexual agency…

#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for April

Welcome to the fourth book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit this 2017! In this challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. However, this report is a little different from our previous ones. Here, we recommend some books from the Bookbed Store for you to add to your TBR pile this coming long weekend—or whenever! (Reading is eternal!) Feel free to pick up one (or some/or all) for the challenge, too! *** 1. Bayawak’s Trail by Justin Camacho-Tajonera What you’ll like: Getting in the middle of a murder mystery in the hinterlands of Surigao del Sur, soaking up Manobo folklore and…

Going for Takedown: An Interview with Author Bianca Mori

by Nina Arquiza Bianca Mori’s first novella, One Night at the Palace Hotel, was published in 2014, and this was soon followed by Tame the Kitten. In Too Deep, published in 2015, marked the start of the Takedown trilogy, her first series. Now, over a year later, the final book, entitled Scorched Earth, has been released! Bianca Mori’s earlier published works are steamy, and with the trilogy, she blends that steam with action and suspense. A definite bonus are the varied locales she takes us to in the series! In this interview, we’ll find out more about the author, her inspiration for the…

Uncovering Crime Fiction (Part 3 of 3): An Interview with #HeistClub Authors

by Allana Luta and KB Meniado You’ve probably seen the teasers for the upcoming film adaptation of F.H. Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles, the award-winning book, also tagged as the first Filipino crime novel. You’ve probably already bought a copy, to have and to read, right before the movie comes out. And now you’re probably also wondering where you can get more of that hair-raising thrill.  Well, #HeistClub’s got your back! More crime fiction is coming your way tonight as sixteen (!) crime stories will be launched tonight at The Study by Enderun at the Podium in Mandaluyong. We featured the authors of the Why We Run and What We…

Bookbed reviews: ‘In Too Deep,’ ‘Peyton Riley’ by Bianca Mori

by Nina Arquiza THE STORY In Too Deep A private island….an exclusive guest list…a hot, friendly guy who’s more than willing to have that proverbial summer fling…it’s the perfect getaway. Or is it? Mary Shaw works hard and plays harder. Off a difficult project that doesn’t go quite according to plan, she heads off on a solitary vacation to recharge her nerves and get things together. That there’s a dimpled man-candy who wants to take things up a sexy notch? Perfect bonus. But all is not what it seems, and the things that Mary seeks to escape have a way of…

#romanceclass: Romance’s wide, open spaces

by Bianca Mori Here’s what I know: I love romance. I love all the trope conventions: the meet-cute, the escalating tension, the conflict, the love-making (THIS) and the all-important happily ever after. It’s a pleasure to read, and a well-done romance can be satisfying like nothing else. A well-constructed romance can also deliver smart social commentary. Some of the strongest and most affirming statements about agency, consent and diversity I’ve read were between the pages of a so-called fluffy book about boy-crazy ladies. (Riiiight.) I love action. Heists, mysteries and thrillers just do it for me, whether it’s Cormoran Strike limping through…