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The Not-So-Literary Heiresses (that's us!) are two sisters and their cousin who share a passion for reading. We are nieces of multi-awarded Filipino author Jose F. Lacaba and the late Eman Lacaba, who is considered the only poet warrior of the Philippines (and whose biopic is being released late this year!).

You would think being related to literary geniuses would sprinkle a little bit of writing talent and ambition our way, but one of us is a bank executive, another one is a broadcast tech on a cruise ship, and another one is in business school. The one thing we've all inherited is an undisputed love for books. This blog is our way of sharing our passion. More?

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31 October 2013

Amir's eReader Clean-Out Challenge! #COYER


Challenge accepted!

When I stumbled upon this challenge, I thought it's a great way of finally pushing myself to read the pile of Kindle Freebies (or nearly free) I've one-clicked (damn, that one click button >_<)  and NetGalley eARCs I've requested. So here I am, pushing and challenging myself with a list of books I'll be reading this month!

For more details, please go to the Clean out your E-Reader  Challenge page.

From NetGalley

 

Kindle Freebies (or Nearly Free)



My goal is to read all of these...do you think I can do it? I sure hope so!
Hello November! Let the challenge begin!



22 October 2013

POPtastik Pinoy! a 2013 Philippine LitFest Event

LitFest turns folk, pop!
Press Release

Filipino writers will discuss folk and popular literature as shown in komiks, TV, and film as the National Book Development Board (NBDB), Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), and Ayala Museum hold POPtastik Pinoy! this November.

The event is part of the 4th Philippine International Literary Festival. Titled Text and the City, the LitFest will take place in the major universities in Metro Manila from November 11-14 and culminating at the Ayala Museum on November 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Promotional activities will also be held at the Makati Ayala Malls from November 17 to 24.

The November 15 event is a whole day series of talks which will cover the following topics: “Folklore in Pop Literature (komiks, graphic novels, novels, short stories, and TV);” “Kuwentuhan on Komiks;” and “Writing in Different Genres.” Among the panel discussants and moderators are comic artists Manix Abrera, Noel Pascual, AJ Bernardo, Karen Francisco, and Budjette Tan; novelists Eros Atalia, Luna Sicat Cleto, and Edgar Samar; scriptwriter Suzette Doctolero; fictionists Sarge Lacuesta and Yvette Tan; journalists Ruel de Vera and Kristine Fonacier; and Prof. Patrick Campos.

Celebrated writers Tony Perez and Rolando Tolentino will open the POPtastik Pinoy! program of activities with talks of writing and the city. Korean-American writer Krys Lee will then discuss her short story compilation Drifting House. Lee will be joined by Sarge Lacuesta, Andrea Pasion-Flores, and Kristine Fonacier for a flash fiction writing masterclass, “City Fiction 100,” while other pocket lectures are being held in the Ayala Museum function rooms.

From 5:00 pm, writer and educator Isagani R. Cruz will hold another seminar on “How to write a book” for professional and amateur writers. Garitony Nicolas will also share his experience of publishing his own books with the help of Central Books, the first publisher-on-demand in the Philippines.

The LitFest will stretch to the following week at the Ayala Malls. On November 17, a marathon of GMA films will be held at the New Glorietta Activity Center, along with a mini fair for indie komiks creators and sellers and small or independent publishers. The public can also view GMA 7 telefantasya costumes at Ground Floor Greenbelt 3 from November 18 to 24.

POPtastik Pinoy! is supported by Ayala Malls, GMA Network, Brother Philippines Inc., Intercontinental Hotel, the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), the Korea Copyright Commission (KCC), Fully Booked, and McDonald’s. For inquiries, contact Verne Ahyong at the Ayala Museum at 759-8288 local 46 or ahyong.vy@ayalafoundation.org. To register, call Marj Villaflores at 759-8288 local 25, or email litfest@filipinaslibrary.org.ph. (/fjc1013)


City Fiction 100: A Fiction Writing Masterclass
Press Release


As part of the POPtastik Pinoy! program of activities held in celebration of Text in the City: The 4th Philippine International Literary Festival, Ayala Museum will hold City Fiction 100, a flash fiction masterclass, on November 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m. This workshop is open to professional and budding writers of all ages. Participants will get feedback from acclaimed writers Sarge Lacuesta, Andrea Pasion-Flores, and Krys Lee, with Kristine Fonacier as Moderator.


Write about a city, real or imagined in 100 words or less.
                                                                       
City Fiction 100: A Fiction Writing Masterclass
15 November 2013
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Open to professional and budding writers of all ages. Get feedback from writers Krys Lee and Sarge Lacuesta, and literary agent Andrea Pasion-Flores, with travel writer Kristine Fonacier as moderator.

Presented by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with Filipinas Heritage Library and Ayala Museum

Guidelines:

Submit your works of flash fiction saved in .doc format to Camille Dela Rosa (cvdelarosa@nbdb.gov.ph) and Verne Ahyong (litfest@filipinaslibrary.org.ph).

 Multiple entries are allowed.

E-mail must have the subject heading “City Fiction 100 Entry,” and include the writer’s full name, cellular phone number, and short bio (3-4 sentences only).

Only 25 slots are available. Early submissions will be given priority.

Deadline for submission is on 2013 November 8. Final list of participants will be announced on November 11.

A Php 1,000 workshop fee will be collected from the 25 chosen participants. Fee includes a copy of Krys Lee’s short story collection Drifting House. Fee also includes access to all panels for the rest of the day.

Only one story per participant will be discussed during the masterclass. The decision of the NBDB screening team is final.

For inquiries, e-mail Camille Dela Rosa (cvdelarosa@nbdb.gov.ph) or Verne Ahyong (litfest@filipinaslibrary.org.ph). You can also call Verne at 759-8288 loc. 46.

About the Facilitators:

Krys Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in California and Washington, and studied in the United States and England. Her debut book Drifting House by Viking/Penguin, USA, and Faber and Faber, U.K., made the San Francisco Chronicle and Kansas City Star 2012 best books of the year list. She was awarded The 2012 Story Prize Spotlight Award and was a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Prize.

Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Narrative magazine, Granta (New Voices), The Guardian, Financial Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Conde Nast Traveller, UK, and other publications. She is a professor of creative writing at Yonsei University's Underwood International College.


Andrea Pasion-Flores is the former Executive Director of the NBDB where she was known for her
pioneering work introducing high-impact literary events to the country. Starting with Lit Out Loud (2010), followed by The Great Philippine Book Café (2011), and Read Lit District (2012), the Philippine International Literary Festival has made the country a permanent fixture on the literary calendar.

Andrea is also a copyright lawyer. She teaches English at the University of the Philippines, as a member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She is now the Manila-based agent of Jacaranda, a full-service literary agency catering to both first-time and established writers. She may very well be the country’s first literary agent.


Amado Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta (a.k.a. Sarge Lacuesta) is writer who has won the Philippine Graphic Awards for Fiction, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, and NVM Gonzalez Award, among other accolades. Life Before X and Other Stories (2000), his first short story collection, won the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, while his second collection White Elephants: Stories (2005) also won the National Book Award. His recently published his third collection Flames and Other Stories (2009).

Sarge edited the books Latitute: Writing from the Philippines and Scotland (2005) and Fourteen Love Stories (2006). He is now the Literary Editor of the Philippines Free Press and Editor-at-Large of Esquire. He has received several local and international grants and writing fellowships including The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2007.


Kristine Fonacier is a food writer, travel writer and magazine editor whose works have been published in Lonely Planet, Smile, Mabuhuay, Esquire, Rogue, Pulp, and MTV Ink, among other publications. She is now associate editor at Women’s Health, while working on a book of travel stories. (/vya1013)

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21 October 2013

Mine To Hold Book Blast + Giveaway

MINE TO HOLD
Series: Mine, #3
Release Date: October 21, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense


She was one man’s obsession…
Nine years ago, Claire Kramer’s lover brutally killed her family, and he tried to kill her. She escaped, but she’s been haunted ever since that attack. Too afraid to trust another man and too worried that her past will catch up with her, Claire never gets too close to anyone. But then she meets Noah York.

He must have her.
Noah York is a man with secrets. The world sees him as a billionaire hotel tycoon, but Noah has a dark and dangerous side. For years, he worked covert military operations before he built his fortune. When it comes to death, Noah is a master. He knows that he should steer clear of Claire, but the white-hot attraction Noah feels for the delicate beauty is instant—and consuming.

He will never let her go.Someone else is just as consumed by Claire—someone who will kill to possess her. And if Noah can’t stop the hunter in the darkness, he may just lose the one woman that he can’t live without.

Author’s Note: MINE TO HOLD is a dark and sexy romantic suspense novel. It contains a twisted killer, a hot hero, and a heroine who has been pushed to the edge. Adult language and sexy situations are included. Please consider yourself warned. 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.

Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings.  She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.
Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.

(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people).  Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.

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19 October 2013

All Hallows Eve Indies Guest Post: Decoding Evil Villains by Sarah J. Pepper + Giveaway!

Decoding Evil Villains
by Sarah J. Pepper

We LOVE to hate them.... And hate to love them. There is no doubt that the bad guys have a special place in our hearts for the sexy evil villians. They might have stolen our hearts too many times to count. But why? Why do we root and cheer for James Franco in Spider-Man 3 when we should be hoping for Spider Man to save the day? A geek and a pair of glasses? Please. Does he get your blood  pumping? I think you’d have to poke me with a stick just to see if I’m still alive.

James Franco in Spider-Man 3

My first thought is because they act on the evil impulses and thoughts--like punching our “Bill Lumberg” (Office Space) of a boss in the throat.  Come on. We've all *thought* about it.

Or, perhaps it’s their power or confidence they put off. People often hold back in life because they are scared of being made fun of or failing. Ever try eating alone at a restaurant or going to a movie by yourself and not feel like a leper by the end of it? I have and manage just fine, but I’m accompanied by an entourage of voices in my head. (Joking. Joking) Villians radiating confidence. Perhaps we like that about them because we admire that in others.


 Then there is the possibility that bad boys just wear leather better. What is it about leather that makes us *wiping drool off my chin* lose all ability to think straight? Intelligent woman stop speaking in the sight of Mr. So Wrong? Don’t believe me? Picture Eric Northman (yes, the blood sucking vamp that has a six-pack, chiseled body of a Greek God, a “man” that could protect me from the supernatural, and eyes that see into my soul).




 It’s the possibility of the unknown. The guy you bring home to meet your folks and marry is someone you trust, can predict, an is your best friend. There is little you don’t know about him…. Bad boys are anything but trustworthy, making their kept promises so memorable. They are unpredictable. Unpredictability can be good and bad…. *cough* especially in bed. It’s exciting and thrilling to not know what’s around the next turn. But when the boogie monster is around the next corner, who do you want: Mr. Hubby Fantastica or Christian Bale from the American Psycho?

Bad boys just do it better. *clearing throat* So if you are looking for a new book boyfriend” with a twisted dark side, I hope you enjoy the Mad Hatter from my latest novel, “Death of the Mad Hatter.”

Coming November 29th!



Death of the Mad Hatter
by Sarah J. Pepper

Publication Date:
November 29, 2013

The Jack prophesied: If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.

Heads would Roll…
Hearts would Break…
In the end, would it matter who Reigned?




About Sarah J. Pepper


I specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

"Warning: Addictive passion erupts from her mouthwatering descriptions" - recent review.

Sarah J. Pepper lives in South Dakota with her real-life prince charming. At a young age, she fell for paranormal books and now incorporates that genre with romance that thrives in the hearts of us all. When she’s not storytelling, she’s most likely biking, hoarding chocolate, or taking a bubble bath.

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08 October 2013

Push Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Release Date: 2014
Harper Teen

Book Summary:

It’s either break the rules or die.
Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.

But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone—something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.

And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.
Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for.


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About the Author
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013. She also writes books for adults.

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