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 theirContinue reading “Embracing Sex Positivity and Empowering Women: An Interview with Author Bianca Mori”

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 writersContinue reading “Lessons in Romance Writing, Self-Publishing and Community Building: An Interview with Author Mina V. Esguerra”

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 ofContinue reading “Writing, Feeling, Believing: An Interview with Author Betsy Gacutan-Ochosa”

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 isContinue reading “Chasing the Thrill: An Interview with Author Mayumi Cruz”

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. MelvinContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Chroma Hearts’ by Mayumi Cruz”

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,Continue reading “Bookbed recommends: Filipino romance author Tara Frejas”

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

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 setContinue reading “Bookbed recommends: ‘Summer Feels’”

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 ofContinue reading “10 Lines to Love from the #StartHere Anthology, No Matter Your Gender Identity”

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 pennyContinue reading “Experiencing the Romantic Times Book Convention 2017”