#HeistClub: Behind “Chasing an ATM Schemer”

by Racquel Sarah A. Castro Conceptualizing a crime fiction story was a challenge for me because at the core of my writing objective is the aspiration to make people feel good about who they are. Therefore, I wrote romance and inspirational pieces. So, really, shifting genres to mystery or thriller never crossed my mind. I could not write about dark souls and examine their plights to further my writing career. And then Mina V. Esguerra published a call for a new online class: #HeistClub. And I found myself a part of the first crime fiction class organized by the #romanceclass guru….

Lessons from ‘A Triumphant Detour’

by Allana Luta In A Triumphant Detour, author Racquel Sarah A. Castro narrates her experiences in life with cerebral palsy, from birth to present. There’s a lot to learn from her story and here are the top three lessons I gained from reading her autobiography. Faith can give you strength. If there’s one overwhelming theme throughout Racquel’s story is that her faith in God, in her family, and in herself has helped her live a fulfilling life. Her faith in God, particularly, is admirable. Not once did it seem like she wavered in her belief that God had set her on…

#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…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Chasing An ATM Schemer’ by Racquel Sarah A. Castro

by KB Meniado Sometimes, I deliberately put off picking up crime fiction for fear that: 1) I will have nightmares about it, and 2) It will happen to me. But Chasing An ATM Schemer, the first book in The Fraud Haunter series by Racquel Sarah A. Castro, has been calling, and I thought it didn’t look like it would be triggering any uncalled-for paranoia. I was wrong. THE STORY Gabe Jacinto is assigned to capture a lady ATM Schemer, Teri Francisco. When Teri heard that he was dating the beautiful Carrie Rios, she plots on using her to trap the fraud hunter. Will Gabe risk his life…

Uncovering Crime Fiction (Part 1 of 3): An Interview with #HeistClub Authors

by KB Meniado Before I sat down to write this article, I tried out a little experiment. I asked some of my friends to recommend to me their favorite crime novels written by Filipinos. I wasn’t surprised that our exchanges were peppered with the recurring “Pero teka, crime fic ba ‘yun?” Coming from that, it’s a safe bet that crime fiction is not a popular genre among Filipino readers. Think crime rates, history textbooks, “TV Patrol,” telenovelas and animes. I wouldn’t exactly call out anyone who asks, “Do we really need more of those???” In effect, there is not much of it on shelf, and…

#buqoYA: A great option for Filipino authors and readers

by Racquel Sarah A. Castro Since the launch a year ago, Bookbed has featured five Filipino authors and their experiences in publishing their works in the country. We found that all of them had tried self-publishing at one point or another. And one of the ways a fledgling writer can introduce their story to the reading public is through #buqoYA. But what is #buqoYA? First of all, buqo is an e-bookstore for Filipinos, selling books, magazines and news. #BuqoYA, on the other hand, is the result of Mina V. Esguerra’s online writing class where participants were required to finish a…