#MIBF2022, let’s go!

As restrictions ease around the world, many in-person events have also returned, and one of these is the annual Manila International Book Fair or MIBF! Woohoo!

Although I’m a little put off by crowds by default (and even more so now because of the COVID-19 pandemic), I’ve been an avid MIBF goer since I started self-publishing in 2015. Sometimes I buy a bunch of books and stationery, and sometimes I come just home carrying the fun conversations I’ve had with fellow authors. Either way, I enjoy just being part of the experience, and I’m so glad I’ll be able to do that again this week!

Yes, folks~ I will be at #MIBF2022 representing #romanceclass as an author and reader. I have four books available at the venue:

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My favorite bookstagrams of 2019

I don’t remember exactly when I first encountered the the hashtag #bookstagram, but I did find it fascinating in an instant. I am a visual person after all, and being able to see All The Books photographed so nicely is such a treat for me. Of course it’s not just photos; bookstagrammers also post their quick reviews about the books they feature, which is a great way to find your next favorite read.

In the past four years I have been self-publishing my works of fiction, I have been tagged in many bookstagram posts featuring my books. Seeing these instantly puts a smile on my face (and my heart—HUWOW CHEESY!?) and I’m always very grateful that readers and bloggers from around the world chose to feature my book on their social media space. As I was thinking of yearend posts to write, it dawned on me that I haven’t shown much appreciation for these bookstagrams on my blog…so here’s an entire post that features (in no particular order) my favorite bookstagrams of 2019!

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Thank you so much for featuring my books on your Instagram accounts — always love seeing the different ways bookstagrams are created, and I’m learning so much! Yep, you read that right, I’m trying my best to bookstagram as many of the books I’ve read so that I can pay your kindness forward and promote reads I loved. <3 Looking forward to 2020’s bookstagrams!

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[ GIVEAWAY ] Play It By Ear Comeback Tour

Hey, everyone! The Play It By Ear Comeback Tour starts tomorrow (Monday, May 6), so here’s a giveaway to make thing more fun! ^_^ I am giving away a swag bag which includes a print copy of Play It By Ear plus some surprise goodies (open to PH residents only), as well as a $10 Amazon GC (open to PH and INTL participants)!

Check out the giveaway below:

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This giveaway is open to EVERYONE, blog tour participant or not. Here’s a quick guide:

  • REVIEWS – Reviews are worth 5 entries. If you have written a review on your blog, or Amazon and/or Goodreads, provide the link to your review/s.
  • BOOKSTAGRAM – Bookstagrams are worth 3 entries. If you posted a bookstagram featuring Play It By Ear, provide the link of your post here.
  • LIVE TWEETS – Live tweets are worth 3 entries. If you created a live tweet thread for Play It By Ear, provide the link of the first tweet in that thread.
  • EXCERPT POST – Excerpt posts are worth two entries. If you posted a Play It By Ear excerpt, provide the link of the blog post.
  • TWEET ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY – There are two tweet templates in this giveaway, each of them worth 1 point:

    I’m stoked to read @tarafrejas’ #PlayItByEar, only $0.99 on Amazon! One-click it NOW! bit.ly/PIBENovel #romanceclass


    .@tarafrejas’ #PlayItByEar is my next #romanceclass read! Get your KPop romance fix here: bit.ly/PIBENovel

  • VISIT MY FB AUTHOR PAGE – Click the link on the widget to visit my author page on Facebook

Please note that none of these entries are mandatory, but tweeting about the giveaway is limited to just once per day. (That’s two tweets = two points per day!) The giveaway opens Monday, May 6 and closes Friday, June 7. Announcement of winners is on Monday, June 10. Hope you all join, and good luck!

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Yep, I did play it by ear this time.

So let me start this blog post with a tweet down memory lane:

You read that right, folks. It’s been (almost!!!) a year since I started writing the second book in the Backstage Pass series, Play It By Ear, and I cannot be more relieved that I’m finally releasing the book soon. We’ve had a couple of false starts, starting with a very early cover reveal (haha, that was just me being a) impatient, and b) unable to keep Shai San Jose‘s awesome art to myself), but this is the real deal, my friends. I mean…there’s a release date and all, and I am prepping the final, final, FINAL version of the manuscript as of this writing.


And yeah, in case you missed it, here’s the official announcement…plus a couple more things you need to know:

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