Winning Over Love and Writing: An Interview with Author Ana Tejano

by Inah Peralta When a favorite romance author tweets about a new novel, you take heed and action. I know I did! Here, I talk to Ana Tejano about her upcoming book Win Meah Over, plus her writing process and favorite characters. Happy month of love and romance! Win Meah Over, Mar 2019 (not gonna make it to 2018, oops)– She's hopeless romantic + everyone's friend + event manager– He used to be a playboy + loves dogs– They hooked up 3 yrs ago and she'd rather forget it– he gets assigned to her event, surprise!– Enemies to lovers~ — Ana Tejano (@itstimeana)…

Falling for Romance: An Interview with Author Ines Bautista-Yao

by KB Meniado Ines Bautista-Yao knows a lot about love—she’s a daughter, a wife, a mother, a teacher, and… an author and editor of romance fiction! To open the month of love ;), here she talks about writing kilig, learning from aspirations and living one’s passion. Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of young adult and contemporary, sweet romance books and short stories. Her first book, One Crazy Summer, was published in the Philippines by Summit Books in 2011. She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines, and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: The ‘Dark’ series by Christine Feehan

by Maita Rue While I found Christine Feehan’s Leopard and Torpedo Ink series too rough for my sensibilities, I love her other ones: the Dark series, the Drake Sisters, the Shadow Riders and the Ghostwalkers Series. I like Dark Celebration in particular because it light and dark at the same time, featuring several characters from different books in the series. What happens when you ask non-eating immortal Carpathians to cook food for humans?? A true-blue disaster waiting to happen! I recommend this only if you are above 18, and if you are looking for vampire romances. Enjoy 🙂 ☁️ We’re recommending…

Magic in Food, Magic in Words: Author Agay Llanera On Getting Writing Right

by Romy Peña Cruz Author Agay Llanera enjoys writing about food, and her readers are rewarded well for it. In her books like young adult novellas Choco Chip Hips and This Side of Sunny, she displays her talent for mixing topics of self acceptance, body image and family issues with scenes about baking confections and sampling Pinoy delicacies. Mango Summer, her latest release—an adult contemporary romance, doesn’t delve too far away. In it, Agay once again adds a food (and fantasy!) element to the love story: (magical!) mangoes from our shores. Magic is in the air…  For the first time…

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 kind of redundant but we’ll never get tired of it. Tara has a way of telling romance stories that capture our attention and imagination. And with the sequel to Scandalized on the way (scheduled to be released in December!), we’re ready to dive back into…

#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 the #romanceclassFlair imprint. Like her previous book Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions, this new novella deals with characters in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field—which definitely excites me as romance reader. Read on as she shares her thoughts on writing and mental…

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 that I thought I was entering into a world familiar and new at the same time. It made me miss the Philippines, my first home. When I found out she was planning on visiting Melbourne (my second home), I gladly took the chance to meet…

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 shelves, physical or digital.) Not surprisingly as well, several of them look for hot, sex positive romance. (Can we get a heck yeah?!) Good news: we can find some locally—and one in the form of Bianca Mori’s works. Here, she talks about why sexual agency…

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 in the radar of international readers. Here, she talks about experiences in eight years worth of independent publishing, championing fellow authors’ works and building safe spaces for romance writers and supporters. Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult and new adult novellas. When not…

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 Lizzie and Joseph. Read on to find out what she thinks about sustaining long-distance relationships, giving second chances and believing in the meant-to-be. Betsy Gacutan-Ochosa is a freelance writer whose works have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Action and Fitness, Mommy Academy and Female Network. She…