On Best Beginnings: An Interview with ‘Before I Do’ Author Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla

by Twila Bergania When we first read Before I Do (BIDO), it was refreshing to find what Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla’s writing brought to our bedsides and shelves. As in our book review, it felt a lot like chatting with a really good—albeit brutally honest—friend over coffee. Heroine Kit Castille’s strong sense of growth made sense after her younger years in its prequel, What Am I To You, first released here on Bookbed. But after self-publishing fictionalized romance, the author decided to change course, and late last year, she released the BIDO Anthology, a compilation of love stories Filipino romance readers would love to sink their teeth…

Rewind Down: #WAITY Episodes 20-23

by Allana Luta and KB Meniado Welcome back to Rewind Down, where we sit back, relax and revisit stories. This feature series is inspired by The Rewatch Project of Forever Young Adult. This is the last session, so if you want to be on the same page when the next one arrives, catch up here and here. Now where were we? EPISODE 20, in which another bomb drops on Kit Kit escapes the island with the help of a certain Denver. And for someone who’s not really her, um, close friend (? she’s just cashing in a favor), Denver’s being pretty gallant, not…

Rewind Down: #WAITY Episodes 13-19

by Twila Bergania and Kat Petines Welcome back to Rewind Down, where we sit back, relax and revisit stories. This feature series is inspired by The Rewatch Project of Forever Young Adult. Caught up yet? Click here if not! If you’re done, let’s proceed to Episodes 13-19! EPISODE 13, in which Kit and Matthew treats us to a hot and cold 12 night So we know from the previous episode that Kit has somehow fallen—quite literally—into Matthew’s arms after a few rounds of drinks. (Kids, remember not to drink on an empty stomach… better yet, don’t drink at all.) This chapter opens with a scrumptious…

Rewind Down: #WAITY Episodes 7-12

by Cindy Wong Dela Cruz and Elaine Zapanta Welcome back to Rewind Down, where we sit back, relax and revisit stories. This feature series is inspired by The Rewatch Project of Forever Young Adult. Have you caught up with Episodes 1-6 yet? Click here for that session! If you’re done, then let’s proceed! EPISODE 7, in which we all meet another hot guy in Kit’s life You would think we’ve already met the man in Kit’s story. Oh no, ladies. Say hello to gorgeous, mister-architect Tristan, also known as the best friend from high school. Unfortunately, he was pretty much friend-zoned (how could you,…

Rewind Down: #WAITY Episodes 1-6

by Allana Luta and KB Meniado Welcome to Rewind Down, where we sit back, relax and revisit stories. This feature series is inspired by The Rewatch Project of Forever Young Adult. For our very first session, we’re returning to the episodes of What Am I To You by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla. If you’ve been reading this heart-racing serial here on Bookbed, you’ll know that the latest episode just left us with a major cliffhanger! WE KNOW, RIGHT? Some authors just love to watch their readers burrrn. But let us not despair; let’s use this waiting time to relish some of its greatest moments…

What Am I To You: Episode 23

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla In my heightened state, I walk the entire length of the parking lot looking for Matthew’s car. I feel like a madwoman, walking from one aisle to another, checking the car plates. I finally find the car on other farthest side of the lot, far away from where Denver and I parked. The lights and engine are off but I can see Matthew and Bridgette inside the car, clearly having an argument. When they finally realize that I am right in front of the car staring at them like a woman on the edge, Matthew starts the…

What Am I To You: Episode 22

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla “I need a date,” says Denver over the phone. “And you’re calling me because…?” I ask, checking my screen to see if it’s really Denver who called me and not Matthew. Or Tristan. “Because you owe me.” “Excuse me?” “I rescued you from ‘temptation island,’ remember?” “I was cashing in on a favor,” I reply. “I saved your ass that time with the blond model at Matthew’s launch remember?” “Really?” Silence. That’s a lie. I didn’t save his ass during Matthew’s magazine launch. I can imagine Denver on the other end of the line, wrestling with points…