Continuing the Legacy: An Interview with #HeistClub New Blood Authors

by Allana Luta In June of 2016, Bookbed published a 3-part interview series with crime fiction authors from the newly established #HeistClub. Their voices were fresh and exciting, introducing crime fiction with a local flair to Filipino readers. Two years on, #HeistClub is back with an anthology titled The Secrets That We Keep, featuring five short stories from new authors and three short stories from the original batch. This interview features #HeistClub’s new blood: Liam Blunt, Amae Dechavez, I.P. Lanz, Buñag Manlapaz, and Celestine Trinidad. Here we learn what their motivations were for writing crime fiction and the secrets they’re willing…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Ghost of a Feeling’ by Celestine Trinidad

by KB Meniado With mentions of failure, bullying and suicide (not to mention, a great pretender~) on the blurb, readers might think twice adding Ghost of a Feeling to their reading list. I know I did. Because if you’ve experienced these things yourself, it’s a little scary to be going into a story that could possibly mess with your head big-time. This book did get to my head—and to my heart. THE STORY All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Finale Part 2

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Girlie held his gaze. Every fiber of her being screamed for her to avert her eyes, keep them on the ground or the ceiling or the wall, anywhere other than on his own—like she always did ever since their breakup. This time, she did not look away. “Drew,” she said, forcing herself to sound calm, even though her heart beat so fast and loudly and in her chest, she could have sworn he could actually hear it. “How are you feeling?” “Well, I’ve been…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Finale Part 1

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. “That was some stunt you pulled,” Phil said as he sat by Drew’s bedside. They both laughed. The others had already gone back to the resort to fetch their things. Phil volunteered to stay with Drew at the hospital as there were still a few tests that he needed to go through. “I’m sorry, Phil, I didn’t know how to tell you guys about my condition,” Drew said, sitting upright. His face was still ashen. “It scared me the first time I learned…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 14

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Brenda and Girlie strolled along the seashore, feeling the waves touch their feet. “I feel like a kid again,” Brenda said excitedly. “It has been such a long time since I felt this relaxed and carefree.” Girlie smiled at her. “In spite of?” “In spite of.” Brenda nodded her head. “We have been planning this outing for so long, and I’m just happy to be here in spite of everything.” She took Girlie’s hand in hers. “From here on, let’s enjoy it…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 13

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Phil was surprised by how Dimitri appeared to be, restless and intense. It looked like his friend had something big to tell him. “So,” Dimitri began, sitting up to face him. “Do you think you can talk to Brenda and Girlie?” Phil swallowed a sigh, relieved it seemed to have nothing to do with him. He pushed his sunglasses back to his head. “Why, what’s up?” “Just…” Dimitri paused to lick his lips, a sign Phil knew his friend was about to ask a favor….

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 12

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. “You’re the real fucking monster!” Brenda’s voice kept ringing in Girlie’s head as she traversed the boulders by the edge of the falls, as fast as her legs could go. The water gushing down the rocks was a reflection of the turmoil in her heart. She stopped, her heart beating out of her chest. She was half-hidden in a natural crevice, her feet submerged in the cool water. And then she saw that Drew had followed her. “Girlie…” said Drew, panting. He waded…