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: Filipino romance author Tara Frejas

by KB Meniado I’ve always been a reader of romance. Started when I was in high school, and I’ve never looked back. All those Precious Hearts Romance and historical fiction with covers that could make judgmental onlookers uncomfortable. Some people, even friends, have questioned why this is one of my favorite genre choices, and sometimes, I actually consider explaining myself. But must not help contribute to the shame game. The better thing to do instead is to, of course, recommend romance other people can read. Tara Frejas is a Filipino romance author I’ve been following since 2015. She writes in…

Bookbed reviews: ‘What Kind of Day’ by Mina V. Esguerra (plus an interview!)

by KB Meniado THE STORY It’s a bad day for Ben. After years of earnest work, he’s been fired from his job as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator. Name tarnished and bridges burned, he steps into what he thinks is a shuttle ride home, and accidentally joins a tour of his own city.  It was supposed to be a good day for Naya. Her passion is traveling, her hobby is discovering cool things to see and do, and taking people on tours of Metro Manila is her only job right now. An extra person at the last minute isn’t…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Summer Feels’

by Maria Criselda Santos I was not at all prepared for the heartbreak, the yearning and the heat levels that Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology threw my way. From the onset, I knew this was going to be a huge treat. I have read most of the authors, which made it easy for me to set my expectation. Yes, it was high, and yes, it has been met. While the anthology contains tropes that we may be familiar with—friends-to-lovers, one-night stands, summer flings, each story brings something new. What’s more is that it’s also part travel journal, featuring noteworthy destinations across…

10 Lines to Love from the #StartHere Anthology, No Matter Your Gender Identity

by KB Meniado Been wanting some Filipino LGBTQIA+ romance? Celebrate! The book you’ve been looking for is here. Featuring M/M, F/F, F/NB romance stories with happy endings (and heat levels), the Start Here anthology is ready to serve you—yes, you, whatever pronoun you use—some real feels and maybe, also a few happy tears~ Check out this list of some of the most memorable lines from each of the story in the collection! 1.“To loving ourselves,” Ezra repeated with a smile, holding up his glass of water that by now, Caleb knew was all he ever drank. “I hear it’s the greatest love story ever.”—In…

Experiencing the Romantic Times Book Convention 2017

by Maita Rue Last May 2 to 7, I attended the Romantic Times (RT) Booklover’s Convention for the first time. The said event is the largest single-genre book convention in the United States, focusing on romance and all the other sub-genres that fall under it. It took me a year of savings, but it every penny was worth it. I got to Atlanta without much fuss and quickly got registered as an author, to whom they issue green badges to. The specific events I signed up for were packed with other participants. I stepped into the venue, my breath shortened. This…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Ghost of a Feeling’ by Celestine Trinidad

by KB Meniado With mentions of failure, bullying and suicide (not to mention, a great pretender~) on the blurb, readers might think twice adding Ghost of a Feeling to their reading list. I know I did. Because if you’ve experienced these things yourself, it’s a little scary to be going into a story that could possibly mess with your head big-time. This book did get to my head—and to my heart. THE STORY All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident…

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…

Bookbed reviews ‘The Bookshop Back Home’ by Catherine Dellosa

by KB Meniado I signed up for the blog tour because I’ve read an older work by this author (and beta-read an upcoming one) that I enjoyed. Naturally, I had expectations. Expectations that were only made bigger because of three things: ‘bookstore’, older guy, a dreaded homecoming. These were things familiar to me, and so I was a little anxious to see how the story was going to go down. THE STORY When Anna ran away to the big city, she was happy. Sure, she brewed cheap coffee, scrubbed frat toilets, and stood in the middle of a basketball court with…