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Backstage Pass, Too: Author Tara Frejas on Sequels and Growing as a Writer

by Allana Luta Tara Frejas is a name that’s familiar to Bookbed readers who have been here for a while. We’ve done a couple of reviews of her works, recommended her to our readers, and had her as a featured author as part of the #romanceclass column. So to say that we’re fans would be […]

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#ProjectSavingNoah, #GaleWatchCon and Other Stories of Hope: An Interview with Author Six de los Reyes

by Romy Peña Cruz It’s always great to find new stories and find yourself cheering for the characters who live in a world so unfamiliar but also interesting. This was how I felt after chatting with author and marine scientist Six de los Reyes about her latest book, Project Saving Noah, the second release from […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘Beyond Light and Darkness: A Kathbute Anthology’

by KB Meniado THE STORY The 11 stories in this anthology showcase the interpretations of the Kathbute writers to the theme of light and darkness in the genres of Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Mystery. The Watch Repairman’s Son – H. Bentham Can I Stay? – Nigel Libranages Potion Lunacy – Irina Jean Etienne and […]

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Bookbed recommends: ‘Heartstruck’ by Angeli E. Dumatol #romanceclassFlicker (plus an interview!)

by KB Meniado In November 2017, #romanceclass launched Flair, an imprint dedicated to bringing 🔥 steamy 🔥 contemporary romance written in English by Filipino authors. The first release was You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria, about a younger man and older woman (noona, if we may) falling in lust—then in love, with beautiful Seoul in autumn as […]

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On Becoming Our Best Selves: How Romance Author Carla de Guzman Likes It

by Kristin Carao I first encountered Carla de Guzman on Twitter. I had just discovered #romanceclass, a community of readers and authors of Filipino contemporary romance, which she is a part of. I remember feeling excited when I first started reading their books. The settings and characters were so realistic and easy to relate to […]

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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 […]

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Lessons in Romance Writing, Self-Publishing and Community Building: An Interview with Author Mina V. Esguerra

by KB Meniado It’s hard to miss Mina V. Esguerra, especially if you’re looking at Filipino romance authors in English. With over 30 published novels and her fantastic work with #romanceclass, she has been helping make major breakthroughs in revolutionizing how the romance genre is recognized and appreciated among Filipino readers, and putting Filipino writers […]

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Poetry Submission: ‘My Polaris’

by Christian Loid Valenzuela   It all happened like this: The night sky requested someone So it’ll no longer be alone.   And then there you came.   You became The Star In the darkest of days. You became Daylight Through the blackest of heavens.   It all happened like this: A “being” wished to have […]

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Bookbed recommends: Island-based Filipino Children’s Books

by KB Meniado My beautiful country, the Philippines, is made up of about eight thousand islands. To portray, let alone discuss, the abundance and diversity of our people’s experiences is a challenge so great it might just take another hundred of lifetimes before we get to the bottom of it. But there’s always trying, and […]

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Writing, Feeling, Believing: An Interview with Author Betsy Gacutan-Ochosa

by KB Meniado Most authors I’ve had the privilege to meet tell me it had been their dream to write and publish a book since they were young—and often because they were a reader first. Here, author Betsy Gacutan-Ochosa talks about the same, including what inspired her novella Twenty Years in Between… The Love Story of […]