Bookbed reviews ‘You Only Need Reminding’ by Jay E. Tria (#summercrush Anthology)

by Twila Bergania THE STORY Beach. Love. Rock and roll. When life, love, and rock and roll come together on the sandy beaches of La Union for music festival Summer Crush, expect nothing less than the crashing of lips, bodies, and waves against the shore, against each other, and against your soul. Allow these three tales of love to take you away for an unforgettable weekend. Ana’s life as a corporate warrior, graduate student, and girlfriend to indie rock band boy Miki starts to spin out of control, and she wonders if it is love that has to give. (You Only…

Where A ‘Promdi Heart’ Goes (Part 3): An Interview with Jay E. Tria and Georgette S. Gonzales

by KB Meniado The start of April—which is tomorrow!—usually means vacation, and if you’re still looking for places to get away to, here’s Promdi Heart, a romance anthology set in different Philippine provinces. Did I say places? I meant, pages! Once you get your hands on this, you would definitely start planning your itinerary and looking at bus and plane schedules! (This book, by the way, is also good for #BookbedReadsPHLit!) In this interview, we talk to two of the authors, Jay E. Tria and Georgette S. Gonzales, about reconnecting with old friends and “ideal” dates! (Read Parts 2 and 3 here.) Hi Jay! One Certain Day…

#romanceclass: Love and Secret Identities

by Jay E. Tria I see a few of the previous #romanceclass articles featured confessions. So here is mine: I’m using a pen name. That won’t come off as a shock, I am sure, since I’ve been fairly open about it. When I first decided to venture into self-publishing, the next decision to make wasn’t even if I was going to use a pen name, but what pen name to use. I told myself I was doing it to separate my identities. I wanted my author self to be in this box, while the rest of me—the corporate girl, the teacher—to…

Now Playing: ‘The Songs of Our Breakup,’ ‘Songs to Get Over You’ by Jay E. Tria

by KB Meniado “I slipped from the edge and I’ve fallen Should have heeded the warning Do not cross the yellow line But it’s not too late And there’s no brake And I’m falling And you had no warning” “Slipstream” by Trainman, from Songs of Our Breakup (Playlist #1) There is a warning, all right. It says so in the titles—Songs of Our Breakup and Songs to Get Over You—and yet, I proceeded without caution, fell off the edge and crashed into some solid goodness of music, feelings… and *gulp* band members?? But that’s only scratching the surface. Jay E. Tria’s Playlist…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Blossom Among Flowers’ by Jay E. Tria

by KB Meniado With the raves I’ve come across online, I had high expectations of Jay E. Tria’s works. So when Blossom Among Flowers started out slow, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed. At first, I thought that maybe it was just me, that my brain was on holiday break. (I did read it during Christmas season.) After all, the story started on the right foot—opening inside a bookstore, slowly unveiling the characters without giving away too much. (Plus, it was set in Japan, only one of my—and a thousand others’!—favorite countries to visit.) Still, I needed a few chapters to…