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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Excerpt | Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas


Waiting in the Wings
by Tara Frejas
Genre: Romance / NA / Contemporary
Release Date: February 21, 2017

Synopsis

At twenty-three, theatre actress Erin Javier has yet to fall in love or kiss a boy offstage, away from the klieg lights. She is the perfect leading lady—whose heart men would fight for, win, and protect—unfortunately, only until the curtains fall and the lights go down. In real life, Erin is a certified NBSB whose heart has been hoping for a song to dance to for quite some time.

But when two (two!) men enter from stage left and right, Erin is confused. Who deserves to take center stage in her heart—Mr. Theatre Royalty whose attention and displays of affection make her pulse race, or a good friend whose steady support has helped steer her to success and fulfill her dream?

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Excerpt

Erin’s first kiss was a guy named Timothy Matias.

She and Timothy—christened Mots by Kai—were both Teatro Lakambini rookies three years ago, and Chronicles of a Breakup was their baptism of fire. Even so, he wasn’t new to kissing.

Thankfully, Mots was considerate. He noticed her apprehension about the stage kiss and offered to fake it instead. But the scene had to be staged in a way that a fake kiss would have been so painfully obvious, and Erin just went “oh what the heck” and decided to go for gold. Mots obliged, and was nice enough to “mentor” her without being all judgey.

“Don’t pucker your lips” was his first tip. “Loosen your jaw” was his second. There were more, and they came in unexpected moments, like when they waited in the wings and he told her to “Press your lips against mine a bit harder before I push you away.”

It was an Act Two breakup kiss, what they shared. Erin’s character was desperate to keep his, but his just wasn’t into hers any longer. As they went through the scene five times a week for eight straight weeks, Erin felt as if her heart wasted away every single time she kissed Mots goodbye.

The feeling stayed with her for weeks after the show had closed that she had to ask him to sit down and talk about it one afternoon.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “Sometimes I look at you and I can’t think straight.”

The look on his face prompted her to clarify. “I’m not in love with you, Mots. It’s just that I’ve been this character for a while and it’s difficult to get her out of my system.”

He got it, he said. They hugged it out, and that was that.

Five months later, she was kissing Andres San Vicente under a dim streetlight in Sa Kanto ng Kaimito at Santol. It was a more innocent kind of kiss, one that would reduce the females in the audience to squeals and giggles. Erin liked their once-a-show kisses better because they were hopeful and held the promise of a blossoming new love. And at the back of her mind, she allowed herself to fantasize over that kind of love too—until Andres brought his boyfriend to the cast party and crushed her dreams.

The distinction of sharing the most number of kisses with Erin goes to Brian Castro and Johann Rivera. Alternating as Erin’s long-distance boyfriends in Minsan Tayo, the average number of kisses she received per show was twenty, not including the ones that didn’t land on her lips. But even if Brian and Johann played the same character, their kisses were completely different.

Brian’s was playful and tentative half the time and tasted like Tic Tac. Johann’s was more intense and tended to linger a little more. They didn’t taste like anything remarkable, but Erin recalled the one time his lips tasted like ginger tea.

By the time she got to act alongside Nathan Zalameda for Karaoke Queen, the tables were turned: He was the novice, and she was the pro. Recalling every relevant moment in her kissing resume, Erin taught Nathan everything he needed to know.

And he was a fast learner. So fast, Erin actually found herself feeling flustered more than once.
Thinking about all those kisses made Erin feel a little dizzy. There were okay kisses, and there were kisses that, whether she liked to admit or not, completely rocked her world.

Is anyone going to measure up? she wondered. More importantly, is there anyone out there willing to?

About the Author

Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she's not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.

Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, this full-fledged Piscean (who cares what NASA says?) is passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dance, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.

In another life, she wishes to be a musical theatre actress. Or a director, maybe. But in the meantime, she’ll continue being an avid supporter of the local theatre scene...one show at a time.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Cover Reveal | Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas

Today, we get to see the cover for Waiting in the Wings, a new book by Tara Frejas.

The author has been posting snippets on her social media accounts, and I've been eagerly gobbling up every little morsel. You can tell how I excited I am for this book, can't you?

So, without further ado, here's the cover:


Isn't it pretty?!?!

Waiting in the Wings

Tara Frejas
Genre: Romance / NA / Contemporary
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Book Cover Design by: Miles Tan
Synopsis:
At twenty-three, theatre actress Erin Javier has yet to fall in love or kiss a boy offstage and away from the klieg lights. She's the perfect leading lady—whose heart men would fight for, win, and protect—unfortunately, only until the curtains fell and the lights went down. In real life, Erin's a certified NBSB whose heart's been hoping for a song to dance to for quite some time.

But when two (two!) men enter from stage left and right, Erin is confused. Who deserves to take center stage in her heart—Mr. Theatre Royalty whose attention and displays of affection make her pulse race, or a good friend whose steady support has helped steer her to success and allowed her to fulfill her dream?

Add Waiting in the Wings on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34102210-waiting-in-the-wings

About the Author

Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she’s not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.

Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, Tara is very passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dancing, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.

Fun fact: She's a Piscean. Go figure.

Get in touch with Tara!

Facebook: http://facebook.com/authortarafrejas
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Website: http://tarafrejas.com
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About the Artist

Miles Tan likes inhabiting imaginary worlds, from fantasy books to sci-fi shows to cheeky mysteries to role-playing games. She works with websites, plays with graphics, and is now currently painting with words.

Finding X is her first published novella. Her short story, Something Real, is included in the YA Luna East anthology, Kids These Days.

Get in touch with Miles!

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Website: http://milestanbooks.com

Monday, February 6, 2017

Release Day | Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David is HERE!

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Do you guys know what today is?

It's release day for Keeping the Distance! *throws confetti*

Where do I even begin to tell you about how amazing this journey has been? Keeping the Distance is the second book I released, but it feels so much like the first one in so many ways. I started writing it first (way back when I was a clueless nineteen-year-old). It's the first book in my first-ever series. Lots of firsts.

Anyway, before I start babbling, you can purchase Keeping the Distance right here. It's still $0.99 (I think). By the time you read the blog post, I've probably updated the price to $2.99, so I'm not sure how long it takes before the price changes.

I'm working on a few extras for Keeping the Distance--a 5 facts post, a playlist post, and maybe more. Haha. You'll see them soon enough.

If you've already read the book, all reviews will be highly appreciated. Thanks!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review | Someday With You and Other Stories by Ines Bautista-Yao

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Note: The author kindly provided me with an ARC I decided to review.

Let me take a deep breath before I start, because I have a whole lot of love for this book.

*inhales*

Okay, I’m ready.

Someday With You and Other Stories contains three short stories by Ines Bautista-Yao, all told from the points-of-view of the male central characters. Patrick comes first. He pines over the same girl throughout and even after college. What happens when he meets the one who got away again after all these years?

Next is Toby. He has a lot of unfinished business to deal with. I’m not going to say anymore. In my opinion, it’s best to go into Toby’s story knowing very little about it.

Andrew comes last. Like Patrick, he’s been pining over the same girl for years, but his story has a much more glamorous showbiz backdrop.

Ines Bautista-Yao’s stories often stand out for me for one reason. She creates characters and worlds that seem a little more perfect than ours. The settings are lush. The boys are cuter and definitely more romantic. The love stories have the best endings.

But they’re still grounded in reality. Despite the tint of perfection, you still get the sense that this—whatever wonderful thing her fictional boys say or come up with—can happen to you, too. You feel that these characters are people you’ll meet in real life. The shy boy from that one class in college who didn’t have the guts to talk to you. The rich boy with the fancy car who didn’t know how to change a flat tire. This only serves to make her stories more swoon-worthy than ever. I don’t know how she does it, but I wish she’d tell me her secret. Haha.

Toby’s story was by far my favorite. As a writer, I highly admired seeing his character growth in a few short pages. I’ve always struggled with pacing when it comes to character development and used to think I’d need tons of scenes to show how a character is changing. Ines Bautista-Yao’s writing smashed that belief into smithereens. It showed me that you don’t need a ton of pages to portray character growth. You just need a few key scenes.

This short story collection made me laugh, grin like a fool, and tear up. All in one sitting. I highly recommend this book if you want ALL THE FEELS and are looking for a short read.
© Clarisse David
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