Chasing the Thrill: An Interview with Author Mayumi Cruz

by KB Meniado Local box office history tells us we like romance and suspense films—why not translate that level of investment into print too? Here, author Mayumi Cruz talks about what it means to write romantic thrillers, what she loves about engaging with readers and why she thinks self-publishing is worth it. Mayumi Cruz is an indie author of fusion fiction, writing stories that cross genre lines. Some of her writings have appeared in Philippines Graphic, Lit Up — Medium and AdHoc Fiction. Her short story, “Black Love,” won in Bookbed’s Fictory in 2017. She has self-published six books, as…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Chroma Hearts’ by Mayumi Cruz

by KB Meniado THE STORY Can love triumph over all—even catatonic depression? Can love defeat everything—even a diabolical evil? A new bride suffering from catatonia. A determined husband trying to break through the black pit in which her brain escaped to. And a ruthless abomination who will stop at nothing to tear them apart. Melvin and Erica are childhood sweethearts. Theirs is a love nurtured through the years. Everything is perfect. They are on the road to their happily ever after. Until their love is put to a series of tests: trials of fire. Erica is brutally assaulted, left for…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio

by Mayumi Cruz Wonder by RJ Palacio follows the story of Auggie, a 10-year-old boy with a severely deformed face, as he comes out of home schooling and steps straight into a proper middle school for the first time. Having been sheltered since birth, he now has to learn to interact with people who are either scared or turned off by his so-called ugliness. In this book, his adventures—wins and losses abound—are told in a mix of humorous and touching manner. Easy to read, the story is narrated not just by Auggie but also by his sister and his friends, which I loved….

#BookbedFictory 004: ‘Black Love’

by Mayumi Cruz Prompt: Your (significant other) is rumored to be an engkanto. The brilliant red, odd-looking shape was what my eyes caught first. With each movement, it stretched out gracefully, much like a yawning mouth. And then, just as slowly, I watched it deflate like a balloon, going back to its original form. I frowned, searching my mind for what it reminded me of. But however hard I tried, it eluded me. I shook my head. My brain was not the same as before. Fog, debilitating, had crept in. The legs came into view next. I cocked my head to…

Bookbed reviews ‘The Gangster and the Socialite’ by Mayumi Cruz

by Sheree Tagle THE STORY Marie Megan Montecillo’s glamorous, sheltered, peaceful life was shattered and turned upside down by a series of staggering events which took her in a dizzying, whirling, roller coaster ride of unbelievable proportions. Will she survive with her life and wealth… and heart intact? In this romantic comedy story with a crime/suspense twist, get ready to be plunged into a whirlwind of volatile emotions and non-stop action as two people from very different worlds collide, resulting in a spontaneous combustion that neither of them planned nor imagined. A beautiful, delightful love story borne out of a tragic…