Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Paper Planes Back Home by Tara Frejas - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY




 

Paper Planes Back Home


Published on February 21, 2015
by Tara Frejas 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

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Synopsis

When Gianna wakes up on a cloud, she is disoriented yet fascinated. She thinks she's only dreaming until she gets a storm of paper planes—"They're thoughts of people who remember," a man on another cloud tells her—each pleading for her not to leave. The man tells her these planes are the key to get out of there, and while she thinks it's hard to believe, she decides everything is worth trying if it meant finding her way back home.








Excerpt


Skylar recognizes the grief, the denial on the newcomer’s face while he watches her unfold each paper plane and read the messages—the thoughts—sent her way.
“I need to go back,” she murmurs, finally breaking the silence between them. “I can’t stay here.”

“I tell that to myself often,” he says. His tone is calm, as though already resigned to his inevitable fate. And then he smiles. It’s the reassuring kind, one that makes her smile at him in return. “There is always a way.” He takes a small step to the side and glances behind him, jerks his thumb toward what she initially thought of as a paper sculpture, and says, “Ride back home.”

Her eyes narrow in curiosity. “What?”

“I’ve seen it before,” Skylar says. He drops on his cloud and sits comfortably until he’s poised to tell her a story. “There was an old man here. Sam,” he begins, pointing to empty space to his left. It’s only then that she takes the time to look around. Not that there’s much to see aside from the beautiful expanse of blue hues as far as her eyes can see.

“Might’ve been about fifty. Said he suffered a stroke while tending his garden.”

The brunette stares blankly at the space Skylar gestured to, and then she turns to him. “Where is he now?”

“He’s gone back home.”

The look on her face is quizzical.

“Home,” Skylar says with a smile. “What do you think of when you hear the word home?

There is a word in her head, just one. A name she doesn’t utter, but one that’s always brought about a familiar, warm feeling—like gentle morning sunlight against her skin.

“Anyway. You’d be surprised what those paper planes can do,” he continues. His voice is bright and encouraging, and she wonders how he could be so. She has only been sitting on her cloud for—How long have I been here, again?—a short while, and she already feels miserable. She wants to go back home. “That guy, he’s had millions of paper planes fly to him every single waking hour . . . It was an amazing sight, I tell you.”

“How long have you been here?”

He stops, the question taking away a shade of cheer from his face. He doesn’t seem to know the answer either. “A while.”

“Why don’t you go back home?”

Another shade of cheer gone, and she feels sorry she asked.

“I don’t get enough paper planes,” he replies with a shrug. There’s a short, uncertain pause that transpires between them—one unsure if she should ask why, and the other unwilling to reveal any more of his misery—before he finally says, “And that’s that.”

Without warning, a loud swishing sound is heard around them again, and a bunch of paper planes emerge out of nowhere. Skylar only watches as they all fall on the other’s cloud, and they exchange glances for a while. He sees the sorry flicker in her eyes, and he smiles. “It’s okay.”

She seems reluctant to unfold a plane, but when she looks back up at him, she sees a paper plane drop on his lap.

The look on his face is inexplicable.

“Someone thought of you,” she points out, feeling an ounce of hope for this man in front of her.

Skylar swallows a lump in his throat. Could it be—Jeannie, have you found me? He unfolds the paper plane quickly, brows knitting together when he sees a handwriting he couldn’t identify.

Be strong, soldier.


   

About the Author

 


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Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. By day, she works in project management and events, and she writes down her daydreams at night. She began publishing fiction for public consumption in 2004, posting her pieces on various online channels like fan forums and Blogspot, eventually exploring other avenues like Livejournal, Soomp!, Tumblr, and most recently, Wattpad.

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 6-month-old male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.

Paper Planes Back Home is her first novel.
 

Friday, October 9, 2015

#StrangeLit Bundles Launch Event is all set!

"THE LINES BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION ARE ABOUT TO BE BLURRED."

Discover this and more as...

The #STRANGELIT BUNDLES LAUNCH EVENT finally happens on October 24, 2015, 2 to 4 PM, at RECESSION COFFEE in Eastwood Mall, Quezon City (inside Digital Walker). 

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The long wait is over. #StrangeLit Bundles Launch Event is all set this coming October 24, 2015 at the Recession Coffee in Eastwood Mall, QC. Below are the details of the event:

Set of activities prepared for everyone:
  •  Encounter the fear and creep from #StrangeLit Bundles, as the authors read some of the quotable and worthy lines od=f their work. 
  •  Signing session is not possible on e-book copies, so instead a "Selfie with the Author/s" activity is an alternative for those who bought the bundle/s.  
  •  Some authors are preparing giveaways just for you.  

Here's the schedule:
2 to 2:10 PM Introduction/How to buy the bundles
2:10 to 2:30 PM Killer Seasons bundle
2:30 to 2:50 PM Darkest Dreams bundle
2:50 to 3:10 PM Fateful Turns bundle
3:10 to 3:30 PM Incredible Truths bundle
3:30 to 4:00 PM Selfie with the author/giveaways

So what are you waiting for? Mark that date and invite your friends, family, colleagues and the rest of the gang. Let's meet and greet the rest of the #StrangeLit Bundles Authors. See You!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#StrangeLit - Killer Seasons Bundle is out now for grabs!

#StrangeLit - Killer Seasons Bundle is out now for grabs on its introductory price of P 90 (Regular is P 250).


 KILLER SEASONS
A werewolf chef, a cursed family, a spell to forget. You'll meet these and more in the ten stories of the KILLER SEASONS installment of #StrangeLit, featuring:

Resto Rescue by Maita Rue
The Last Night of Her Wake by Chrissie Peria
House of Silver: A Cursebreaker Novel by C.P. Perez
The Myth Menagerie by Lana Garcia
Vengeance: The Awakening by Arlene Manocot
At The Wishing Well by Amae Dechavez
Intersection by Den Lim
Disappearing Act by Roselle De Guzman
The "Forget You" Brew by Tara Frejas
Aurelia by Japonicus 

Hurray! Don't miss this chance to get this bundle e-book with 10 awesome stories for a discounted price

Watch out for the book descriptions / excerpts of these 10 titles! 

You'll meet them one by one soon...