Sunday, October 30, 2016

Era by Jesse David


Era is not a full romance novel I usually read based on the recent e-books and print copies I got, and not really something that I would write up for a review. But the story got me, had me, made me think - and feel something I always have whenever I read graphic novels. It has magic (not the supernatural though, more on scientific aspect with regards to Era), and mystery. Inquiries kept on popping out of my brain as the scene on every pages flashed in front of my imaginative eyes. And I so love the tinge of romance in the story, I don't know maybe I just have that thing about romance, or maybe the magic, mystery and romance combined together just really works on me. 




Characters that I love! Haha.


Era is such a sweet heart after having a family of his own.

Sam is the bestest of the best best friends, ever!

Bel is such a Bel, she's perfect for Era. Hahaha. 


Left with lots of feels about life, time, regrets, family, friends, love, taking risk, making a choice and choosing the most important thing in life. This is an inspiring read for everyone who believes that we should live and love life to the fullest. Fighting! ❤️

Friday, October 28, 2016

If I Knew Then by Elizabeth Galit



If I Knew Then is a light romance with a twist of mystery. A fast pace development of love between Rafa and Nicole was something I never want to happen if I was in a relationship, but then the story got me excited as I flipped pages over and over, the fast pace thing was justified and the answers to my inquiries transpired and satisfied  Rafa's act, being an asshole,  in the tiny bit part of the story, but all in all he's so sweet, and sexy. And the best ever awesome grandson to Josefita, so I really love him na. 😂

Nicole Alcaraz is a wtf! She fell in love too quickly with Rafa, but who wouldn't be? 
Rafa Argota is...
a Latino
a chef
a man with abs
a bilingual
a sweet grandson, best ever. ❤️



I love unrequited love, that's why it melts heart knowing that Rafa's grandma experienced such. I hope the author will write a story of Josefita and Miguel Antonio, that Fita was never unloved. Huhuhu. Please...

Meet the Author
My friends call me Beth. I write love stories, love poems and love letters to no one in particular. If I am not found curled up with a good book with a cup of coffee in front of me, I am most probably crouched somewhere plotting my own happily ever after, blogging about that good book, writing articles for website contents, composing academic essays, editing someone else’s manuscript, looking for a new place to eat, having coffee with my friends as we make stories about the other people inside the coffee shop or even about the passersby or just out there having fun.
Find out more about me by visiting these pages:
Website: http://bethgstories.com
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @bethgstories
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Drunken Heart at #FeelsFest ❤️





Lots of things happened during the recent #romanceclass event #FeelsFest last October 22, at Glorietta 5 Atrium in partnership with Ayala Malls.


Reunited with them... ❤️




#FeelsFest is my second Feels Day. Swooned again by the live readings, still in awe with the performances of Rachel Coates, Gab Pangilinan, Herv Alvarez and Gio Gahol.

Scenes read during live readings were from the following books:


The Hometown Hazard by Dawn Lanuza


Sweeter by the Second by C.P. Santi


Tempting Victoria by Mina V. Esguerra


What You Wanted by Mina V. Esguerra


Save the Cake by Stella Torres


Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano


When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao


'Holy kamote! He has abs now.' is a personal fave read by Gab Pangilinan with Gio Gahol from the book, Sweeter by the second of Ms. C. P. Santi, one of the stories in Maybe This Time short story anthology.This part of the live readings was hilarious and kakilig.

New Releases!!!


 
Me, given a chance to say something my book, fighting!
(Photo taken by Kim Derla, thanks!)







20 books were released and launched during #FeelsFest. How about that! Haha. One of my books, Once Summer Days, was fortunate to be one of those new books. Yay! 💕





Meet and greet, yey! Signing books made me blushed.



A cup of coffee before the day ended. Cheers! ☕️ Hehe.
Romance Stories Kuno. Hahaha. 😂😂😂

Drunken with all the feels, I look forward to the next event. February is the set date for another Feels Day. Who's coming?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Romancing October: #romanceclass FeelsFest at Glorietta 5


Buy some feels & listen to a little love at the #romanceclass FeelsFest on Saturday, October 22, at Glorietta 5

Ghosts, skeletons, and cobwebs might be decorating the windows of shops these days, but why give in to fear when you can celebrate love in October? And why drown your sorrows and stress in beer at Oktoberfest when you can go on a rollercoaster of emotions at #FeelsFest? At least that’s what the folks from the #romanceclass community of authors and readers figure!

Mark your calendars: The #romanceclass #FeelsFest will be on October 22, 2016, at Glorietta 5 in Makati. Authors will be on hand to meet readers and sign books. They’ll be selling indie romance books—many of which you won’t find in your typical bookstore. There will also be games, giveaways, the launching of over 15 new titles published by indie authors just this month, a book donation drive for Ayala Malls’ Little Free Library, and the much-anticipated live readings!

In fact, #romanceclass live readings are show stealers, thanks to the feels delivered by actors invited to read excerpts from romance novels. Previous live readings have been punctuated with shrieks and sighs. #FeelsFest will mark the fifth official live reading event, the last one held just last month at the Manila International Book Fair. #FeelsFest will feature new live readings from #romanceclass books. (Visit http://romancepodcast.com/ to get the audio versions.) 

The #FeelsFest live readings will feature performances by Gio Gahol, Rachel Coates, Hervin Alvarez, and Gabriela Pangilinan. Expect to hear scenes from books by Mina V. Esguerra, Ines Bautista-Yao, and more.


“The #romanceclass community is all about encouraging each other to read, write, and publish books we love,” says author Mina V. Esguerra, whose books include Tempting Victoria, What You Wanted, and Iris After the Incident, all of which and more will be available for sale at the event. “#FeelsFest is our chance to give back to the community of readers and friends who’ve supported us. We get to have a little fun, and maybe meet some new people who love a good love story as much as we do.”

So if you like to hug your hugot close and are addicted to happy endings, drop by Glorietta 5 on October 22. Selling will begin when the mall opens, and the official program is scheduled for 2PM to 6PM.

For more information about #romanceclass, visit http://romanceclassbooks.com, where you’ll see a catalogue of the authors’ books along with other information about the community. #FeelsFest is brought to you by Ayala Malls.

CONTACT: Mina V. Esguerra
minavesguerra@gmail.com
Twitter, Facebook: minavesguerra

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Changing Partners: A Lovechild of Heartbreak and Music by Vincent De Jesus


Vincent De Jesus’ Changing Partners:
A Lovechild of Heartbreak and Music

Quezon City – The PETA Theater Center houses Vincent De Jesus’ newest production, CHANGING PARTNERS, a torch musical that explores the alchemy of relationships and  questions the nature of fidelity and the complex issues partners face regardless of gender.

Opening at the PETA Theater Center in October, CHANGING PARTNERS is an intimate peek inside Cris and Alex’s challenging May-December relationship. Though most people would glance skeptically at May-December romances, they also accept them, depending on the couple’s gender and who gets to be ‘December’ and who gets to be ‘May’.

THE WRITING PROCESS

CHANGING PARTNERS was a staged-reading entry for the 2016 Virgin Labfest last July. A multi-awarded composer and writer, De Jesus has lent his talent to many theater productions and movies in his 33 years in the arts, including the PETA’s hit musicals Skin Deep, Juan Tamad, Batang Rizal and Care Divas. “Many of my works for theater are commissioned pieces. Producers give me a theme and I work around that theme. Zsazsa Zaturnnah was a musical theater adaptation of Carlo Vergara’s highly popular graphic novel. Himala The Musical was a musical theater adaptation of the Ishmael Bernal’s highly-acclaimed movie. Most of my PETA productions required a lot of research because of the company’s many advocacies like Children’s Rights and Women’s Rights. You have to arm yourself with facts and information. You can’t just wing through topics like that.” But this piece is obviously a very personal project for him. Does that mean no research was required? “I’ve lived it. I know the topic very well,” he said, smiling.

It was his friend and mentor, the late Palanca Awards Hall of Famer and Writers Bloc moderator Rene Villanueva, who pushed him to write more. “I used to write only when I have the time or when I’m commissioned to write an original material. Rene told me that I should just keep on writing because ‘a writer writes’. That’s what a writer does. He writes. So now, even when I’m not commissioned to write a play, I write. Poetry. Song lyrics. One-act plays. Full-length plays.”

His most personal works focused mostly on LGBT issues, from classic coming out stories of self-acceptance to gay bullying. CHANGING PARTNERS is his first piece that weaves heterosexual and LGBT relationships in the most unpredictable way possible.

His inspiration for the play’s form and content stems from watching a theater rehearsal. “There I was, watching a run through. The male lead was absent. Naturally, the stage manager, who’s lesbian, read his part. It was a scene between a husband and his wife. The energy and dynamics of the scene felt completely different because of the fact that it was being read by two women. Very interesting, I thought. I could write a musical using this form --- one couple, played in different genders.”

Why call it a torch musical? “A torch song is a love song, a very sentimental love song. The singer usually tells a story about an unrequited love or a dying love or a lost love. The term comes from the saying, ‘to carry a torch for someone’, or to keep aflame the light of an unrequited love. Hashtag walang forever. Torch is not a music genre but more of a way of singing, a singing style which focuses more on the words and emotions rather than the melody of the song. That’s how I wrote the songs of the musical --- they are more ‘felt’ than ‘performed’.”

De Jesus did not only draw inspiration from his own experiences but also from people close to him as well. “I would go out with my dear friends and I would read them a few pages and get their opinion. I love it when they say, ‘That’s my story.’ They were very generous in discussing some issues and would share their own stories. They were very helpful. Through this musical, I hope to shed light into the fragile nuances of a relationship, the concept of fidelity and honesty, and the tension brought about by age gap and sexual politics.”

A STELLAR TEAM


Truly a passion project, De Jesus personally called up talented theater friends to join him in staging this production. The musical is directed by Rem Zamora, recently cited for his outstanding direction for Red Turnip’s Constellations in the 2016 Midyear Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards. Lighting design is by Ian Torqueza, also cited for his outstanding lighting design for PETA’s 3 Stars and A Sun.

The musical features an ensemble of accomplished theater, film and television actors composed of Agot Isidro, Jojit Lorenzo, Anna Luna and Sandino Martin.

But the real man of the hour is De Jesus who wrote the book, libretto and music for the play. He will also play his compositions live on the piano while the cast shed their emotional armor and sing their torch songs onstage.

CHANGING PARTNERS will have its limited run at the PETA Theater Center Studios on September 30, October 1 and 2 and on October 21, 22 and 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are Php800 (Regular) and Php1000 (VIP). Book your tickets through Ticketworld or directly at the venue. You may also call (725) 6244 or (0927) 3917379 for inquiries and reservations.