I have consistently been posting about this little thing called #ProjectPio on my social media accounts since May, and today, I’m very proud to present its official title and cover!
Like Nobody’s Watching is my 8th book (if you include the anthologies I’ve been a part of, that is), and is a spin-off novel to Waiting in the Wings. Here’s it’s beautiful cover–which I specifically requested to “mimic” the look and feel of its predecessor–with magic provided by Fred Lo, Chi Yu Rodriguez (photography), and Miles Tan (digital painting/lettering/layout).
Like Nobody’s Watching
It’s all fun and games until someone catches feelings.
If there’s something Pio Alvez is good at, it’s pretending to be someone he’s not. On stage and on-screen, the actor has mastered the art of becoming the characters he plays, and his new role should be no different. After all, how difficult would it be to pretend to be smitten with a beautiful, intelligent go-getter like Audrey Alonzo?
Perhaps it’s more difficult pretending not to be.
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I waited about a month more to be able to post this edition of Design Talk because I wanted it to go hand-in-hand with tomorrow’s big reveal. Yes! Tomorrow’s the cover reveal for my latest release, Waiting in the Wings, and it’s simple yet gorgeous cover was designed by fellow author and artist Miles Tan.
My first “encounter” with Miles was back in 2015, when I picked her book, Finding X, as one of the requisite three #romanceclass books I should read before entering Mina V. Esguerra’s #SparkNA workshop. I enjoyed it a lot I even recited nakakakilig passages of the book to my friends Chi, Kush, and Rix while reading it one afternoon in San Pablo City. Months later, I met Miles at The Study by Enderun, where we were treated to the very first live reading of some #romanceclass books, courtesy of the OG, Gio Gahol and Rachel Coates.
It wasn’t until much later that I learned that apart from being an author, Miles was also a graphics designer. And when author Ana Tejano revealed her cover for Keep the Faith last year, I knew I had to get a Miles Tan cover for myself someday. And I did. ^_^
But that is a post for tomorrow. Today (or tonight, more like), here’s my interview with Miles. <3
Get ready for feels this holiday season with Make My Wish Come True, a Christmas anthology by #romanceclass authors. Join a Kris Kringle and receive the perfect gift, or learn how to survive your first Christmas in Manila and the steps you need to take to be with the one you love. Go to parties that will not go according to plan, feel the cold (and probably humid) December air as you explore city streets, and count down to five minutes to Christmas. Meet kind strangers and friends that remind you of home, and discover that the one who’ll make your holidays better has been beside you all along.
With seventeen stories, there’s something for you here no matter what feels you want and need. Fall in love this Christmas with #romanceclass!
Featuring stories from:
Ysa Arcangel * Ines Bautista-Yao * Racquel Sarah A. Castro * Suzette de Borja * Carla de Guzman * Six de los Reyes * Mina V. Esguerra * Tara Frejas * Dawn Lanuza * Chris Mariano * Bianca Mori * Chrissie Peria * Chi Yu Rodriguez * C.P. Santi * Kate Sebastian * Miles Tan * Ana Tejano * Jay E. Tria * Celestine Trinidad
Cover by Miles Tan
Edited by Rix Forto
#romanceclass is a community of authors who attended various writing workshops organized by Mina V. Esguerra, readers of books by those authors, and readers of English-language romance books by Filipino authors. Visit romanceclassbooks.com to see the full catalog of books!
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Hello and welcome to the first installment of this mini blog project I’m doing–this is #RomanceClass ❤ OPM, where I ask Filipino authors and readers to send in songs they find relevant to the books they wrote or read and I curate them into playlists. The only rule: ALL the songs should be OPM.
Brief background for those of you who just stumbled upon this post:
What is #romanceclass?
#RomanceClass is a thriving community of Filipino authors who write romance in English and publish them (traditionally and independently). It began in 2013, when author Mina V. Esguerra facilitated a writing class wherein the objective was to complete a romance novel in a span of three months. Fast forward to 2016, the community and its body of work has grown immensely, exploring new avenues in order to weave new stories and market them. We have participated in bookish events, had writing workshops, talked about how to write more and market our work better, sold books, held live readings, and recently organized our very first standalone event in April. Just recently, a new batch of authors have typed “The End” to new #romanceclass books which may (hopefully!) come out before the end of the year.
What is OPM?
OPM stands for Original Pilipino Music or Original Philippine Music. It was originally used to only refer to pop songs, but has since included all genres like rock, jazz, hip-hop, and so on. OPM is usually written in Filipino/Tagalog or English, but may, in some cases, also have touches of other foreign languages or local dialects.
Click on the Read More button to get to the first playlist I curated for this project, along with some notes from the authors and readers of the featured books. Links to read more about the featured books as well as buy them are included in the post. Have fun!
Curious as to which #romanceclass titles will be available on Sunday’s #AprilFeelsDay event? Here’s a partial and unofficial list of books you’ll be able to buy at the venue, so get those wallets ready!
by Mina V. Esguerra
- Learning to Fall – P275
- My Imaginary Ex – P150
- That Kind of Guy – P175
- Welcome to Envy Park – P185
- The Harder We Fall – P185
- Never Just Friends – P185
by Six de los Reyes
- Beginner’s Guide – P370
- Just for the Record – P220
by Carla de Guzman
- Cities – P300
- We Go Together – P200
by Agay Llanera
- Choco Chip Hips – P200
- This Side of Sunny – P215
by C.P. Santi
- When Cocoy Became Kikay – P190
- Be Careful What You Wish For – P290
by Ana Tejano
by Tara Frejas (That’s me!)
- Paper Planes Back Home – P250
- The “Forget You” Brew – P200
by Yeyet Soriano
- Turning Points P330
- In My Dreams P240
by Jay E. Tria
- Blossom Among Flowers – P280
- Majesty – P200
- Songs of Our Breakup – P250
- Songs to Get Over You – P250
by Kesh Tanglao
- The Real Score – P250 (P350 if bundled with an eBook copy of (un)breakable)
by Chi Yu Rodriguez
- The ByeBye Bouquet – P220
by Chrissie Peria
- All’s Fair in Blog and War – P200
by Ansela Corsino
- The Billionaire’s Price – P350
by Miles Tan
by Arlene Manocot
- Yearning for the One (Poem Anthology) – P180
Please be reminded that most of these books come in limited quantities, so come to the venue early to be able to buy your copies. Or you can always arrange for reservations with the authors through Facebook or Twitter.
Aren’t you glad it’s payday weekend?