Excerpt + Guest Post + Giveaway: The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Today, I'm sharing an excerpt for Jeff Strand's hilarious YA novel, THE GREATEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER. And Jeff Strand's top five favorite zombie movies EVER. Not only that, there's also a giveaway! So go check this book out and keep it on your radar! I'm personally so excited to read ittttt.

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever
Title: The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever
Author: Jeff Strand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: March 1, 2016

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is so bad, it could wake the dead…

After producing three horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it's time to make something epic. In fact, they're going to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they also have the beautiful Alicia Howtz as the lead.

Hemmed in by a one-month timeline and a cast of uncooperative extras, but aching to fulfill Alicia's dreams, Justin must face the sad, sad truth: he may, in actuality, be producing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever.

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Stacking the Shelves (52) + October Recap

Sunday, November 1, 2015

For Review

November 9 by Colleen Hoover (ARC)
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions (ARC)
The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown
For the Record by Charlotte Huang

{Blog Tour} Guest Post + Giveaway: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Friday, October 30, 2015

Can someone hold me now and just hug me tight? Huhuhu. THIS. NOVEL. I'll be reviewing it tomorrow but here's a guest post from Susin Nielsen on what attracts her to write contemporary MG / lower YA. Be sure to join the giveaway and you might win a copy so we can cry and laugh together.

We Are All Made of Molecules
Title: We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Date of Publication: May 12, 2015

Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless.
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.

“Susin Nielsen is one of the best writers working today. In We Are All Made of Molecules, her astonishing ability to combine insight, tenderness, poignancy, and uproarious humor is in full flower. Susin Nielsen is a genius, and kids and adults alike will adore this book.” —Susan Juby, author of The Truth Commission

“My, my, my what a skilled, gifted writer Susin is!… I was laughing so hard and unexpectedly that my wife asked if I was reading something I’d written. I’m embarrassed to think I’d laugh at my own stuff like that. Now, tell me: Who do I write to join the Susin Nielsen fan club?” —Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Medal–winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

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#SparkBooks Launch and Signing Recap + Giveaway

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Last Sunday, I went to the book launch and signing of the latest romance novels from Spark Books, an imprint by Anvil Publishing with Sab of Sab The Book Eater. And we had so much fun! And YOU GUYS, I FINALLY GOT TO MEET DAWN LANUZA. Here's a recap of what went down in the signing, yo. And I'm giving away a signed book!

Sab and I got to the event before it started so we first bought our copies. Precious wasn't able to go so I got some books for her too so all in all, I had 12 books and apparently I beat the record of six. MWAHAHAHA I am the overlord of Spark Books shopping AKA broke right now.

Look at this fancy arrangement of books!

And this less-fancy one...

Then we went to our seats and prepared our books!

Blog Tour Invite: Darkest Dreams (A #StrangeLit Anthology)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Here's the third paranormal/fantasy anthology by Filipino authors I'm touring!

#StrangeLit: Darkest Dreams

This is what happens you allow yourself to unlock your dreams: You may just find the darkness that lurks there. Explore the tragic, the romantic, and the comedic side of our darkness in these stories:

Majesty by Jay E. Tria
Dare to Dream by Madelyn Tuviera
Lagablab (or How L Came to Be a Warrior-Magician) by Myra Mortega
Sojourn by C.J. Edmunds
Trade by D.A.
Bayani by Motzie Dapul
When It Rains In Mystic River by Therese Barleta
In My Dreams by Yeyet Soriano
I Melt by Chen Cabaluna
Gamechanger by Mikael Javellana

#StrangeLit was a writing class held in 2015. For five weeks, participating authors wrote paranormal/fantasy stories, and this ebook bundle is a collection of work produced during the class. Read more #StrangeLit stories in the anthologies INCREDIBLE TRUTHS, FATEFUL TURNS, and KILLER SEASONS.

A novella by Jay E. Tria

What would you do if the ghost of someone you loved appeared in front of you?

Majesty is a beautiful ghost, with her hair of fire and eyes gray like smoke. That was Andy Fey's first thought when the ghost of her best friend Majesty Hall appeared in her bedroom, only two months since her death. Majesty doesn't know why she's there, why only Andy can see her.

Andy wasn't sure if she could tell Gale, that boy who claims that he and Majesty were in love. Funny, sarcastic, and a self-proclaimed serial heartbreaker, Gale is proving to be a good friend in grief, though his trail of broken hearts could soon include hers.

As Andy and Gale wade through their sorrow, Andy wonders if Majesty is here to help ease her into this new, complicated friendship, or if she has a mission all her own.

Dare To Dream
A novel by Madelyn Tuviera

Step one: devise.
Step two: develop.
Step three: dream.

Weaving dreams is one part creativity and two parts quick thinking, Ellen believes - you receive an assignment as soon as open your eyes and are expected to absorb every single detail within the next minute so that you can craft an exciting dream for your subject. You have to monitor your Dreamer the whole time he's snoring his heart out on his bed and going through the story you've made just for him. When your Dreamer rouses for a quick second then falls right back into a sweet slumber, you have to weave another dream for him that you're certain will keep him asleep as long as he has to be. Rinse and repeat until the alarm sounds off - both for the Dreamer and the Weaver - then you move to your next assignment. That's the routine. Easy as pie.

That is, until Ellen finds a couple of things in the dream she'd woven that she's pretty sure isn't part of the plan: two chairs, a flying platypus, stardust in the air. A voice she can't recognize even if she's supposed to know this world inside and out. And a man who isn't her Dreamer changing the world she's made and rewriting her Dreamer's world altogether.

Lagablab (or How L Came to Be a Warrior-Magician)
A short story by Myra Mortega

If there's anything that L takes great pride in, it's the fact that she knows herself fully well. For example, she knows that she enrolled in law school because she just can't take injustice. She also knows that she can see beings--various shapes and forms and figures nobody else can see. She has also been dreaming of the same dream for 24 years, and it has been driving her mad.

But one night, a shadow appears over her bed and tells her things that make her question her idea of who she is.

Intrigued, she goes into a wild goose chase to find answers and meets a bevy of beings--the White Lady, a wakwak, a kapre, among other things--that give her bits and pieces of her past and give her a glimpse of a future that's far beyond her imagination.

A novella by C.J. Edmunds

Sometimes being a fish out of water can be a good thing. Only two things can happen. Either one adapts to the environment or simply peters out from intractability. Enter David Lansing, a half-Filipino call center trainer whose normal life took an unexpected turn when he suddenly woke up and is presented with visions and a spirit guide to boot! Why was he seeing these things? Who is the Guide and what did he want from him?

Peppered with appearances like the Tikbalang, Aswang and even the White Lady of Balete Drive, all part of Philippine folklore and urban legend, the story traces David's existential journey of becoming; from his naive acceptance of the world to his burgeoning skepticism, and his acceptance of what his life is and how it could be. And while he's at it, another Guide presents himself to him, one with a more pragmatic approach and outlook to the world of the supernatural; the same world that David is finally learning to accept and participate in.

But who is the better Guide or is he better off trusting his own instincts as he embarks on his journey to find that supernatural promised land; a place where people like him are common and living the most normal of lives; a place that is known only to a few; the magical community of the Dark District.

A short story by D.A.

Sacrifices have long reaching consequences for both the living and the dead as Carter discovers when Michael (yes, that Archangel) gives him a chance to be with his soul mate Alexa. He is tasked with being her personal guardian angel until the day she dies. But, when the end comes, Carter learns the hard way that life goes on no matter what.

A novella by Motzie Dapul

In the year 2050, Patrick "Paquino" Aquino: president of the Philippines, former superhero, and murderer--not necessarily in that order--deals with the consequences of his actions following four years of martial law and the raid that ended a bloody political dynasty in the far north.

With a death sentence looming over his head and a revolution rising against him, he begins to wonder if his bid to save the country, made back when he was the impetuous young bayani Lastikid, is worth dying for.

When It Rains In Mystic River
A short story by Therese Barleta

Whenever sirens sound off, Naomi is always worried that Seth is somewhere being chased by the police, if not already gunned down by rival gangs that pollute the south side of Boston. "Please help me just this one last time," Seth would always tell her, but Naomi just wants to live a normal life as a pretend human being, not Seth's Encantada girlfriend who always bails him out of his shady dealings. As soon as Seth finds an out from this life he's known forever, he takes the opportunity before Naomi can even say no. How could she when this is the exit they've both been waiting for? Or is it a shortcut to their doom?

In My Dreams
A novella by Yeyet Soriano

Welcome to Barrio Malaya!

Everyone in Manila will visit Barrio Malaya at least once in their lifetimes. It is a rustic yet picturesque town, with the sea in the north, thick woods in the east and west, and a train station in the south. It is one of the stops of a high-speed train system, which the dying board to go to their next destination.

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Roxas has a lifetime pass and has almost permanent resident status in Barrio Malaya. She first visited the place when she and her father met an accident when she was seven. They explored the town and rode the train together. But at some point, they got separated—she had to get off the train and her father continued his journey. She woke up to a reality without her father, and with an emotionally distant mother. From then on, Olivia was homeschooled and prevented from having any access to the outside world by an alcoholic mother who seemed to both hate her and love her too much to risk losing her.

In her dreams, Olivia has unlimited access to Barrio Malaya, and it is where she learned about everything, from how to make friends, to how to live, to how to fall in love. She also continued to board the trains, in the hope of finding her father.

Nineteen-year-old Gabriel Sahagun first came to Barrio Malaya when he was twelve years old. Victims of a freak accident, he and his parents already had their tickets to ride the train, but at the last minute, someone pulled him back. He never saw the man’s face. He woke up in the real world discovering that his parents were dead, but he had developed the talent to transfer Death—he can take whatever is killing one person, take it upon himself, and then transfer it to another person.

Liv and Gab meet in Barrio Malaya. Gab visits Barrio Malaya whenever he is in mid-transfer, meaning, he is the one dying. They fall in love but have never met in real life. But that is about to change, because Gab has taken a terminal condition and has lost all strength to transfer it to someone else. As he lies dying in the real world, it is up to Liv to find him, find a person to transfer the condition to, and get that person to Gab before Gab dies.

Did we mention that Liv has never set out from her house alone in all her life?

I Melt
A short story by Chen Cabaluna

Rick is predictable, organized & doesn't like to take risks because of his condition. His clothes are color coordinated. His books are arranged by height. He only eats & drinks cold stuff. He's very cautious to avoid human touch because he might melt. But then he met Alice, his new too perky lab assistant who helped him to overcome many inhibition and open up more to the world. There's only one problem--he thinks Alice will melt him.

A short story by Mikael Javellana

Mxyzalne - or Mix - has found her new Other: a boy named Jacob Dela Rosa. As a Herald, she knows she must take the boy under her wing and train him - in spite of how glaringly average he seems to her - if the world is to be saved.

When a powerful Decayed One makes an attempt on Jacob’s life, Mix calls his True Name out and sets a chain of events that will either save the world, or destroy it completely.


Tour Details:

1. November 23 - 27, 2015
2. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, guest posts
3. There will be a tour-wide giveaway.
4. Electronic review copies will be provided.
5. You don't have to review each story. You can review it as a whole bundle or certain stories only.

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Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Friday, October 23, 2015

I'm so honored to be a part of the global blog tour for Mindy Kaling's latest novel, Why Not Me?, organized by Penguin Random House. Mindy Kaling just keeps on proving that she is awesome.

Why Not Me?
Title: Why Not Me?
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Date of Publication: September 29, 2015

From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

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