Hello 2017!

Happy new year everyone!

Just a quick post to say THANK YOU to everyone who bought/borrowed, read, and enjoyed the #SummerFeels and #12ML24MR anthologies from the #romanceclass library. Bigger thanks to those who had kind words about my stories (Ready to Run on the former and Until the Last Petal Falls on the latter). Thank you for sharing as well, and I hope you continue to read our stories in the future.

Here’s my Instagram Best Nine for 2017

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P.S. If you’re looking to read more stories with Filipino characters or written by Filipinos, check out this Twitter thread from Sue. Enjoy!
 

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Grateful: 12 Months of Romance | 24 Reasons to Love: A Holiday Anthology

I participated in another anthology this year, the 12 Months of Romance | 24 Reasons to Love: A Holiday Anthology, organized by author Ysa Arcangel.

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I’ll admit this was a bit of a struggle for me, and I personally had questions about the quality of the work I was sending for publication. I wasn’t expecting much with my story, but I really wanted it to succeed for my fellow authors.

Today, I logged into Amazon to look at the reviews and I was blown away by the overwhelmingly positive messages. I was even more shocked, but throughly humbled, by the readers who said they enjoyed my story, and even listed it as among their favorites.

Here’s links to those reviews, but you can read all of the reviews by using the link above. You can also order your own digital copy if you haven’t gotten yours yet.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for enjoying it.

You will read in one sitting by e. deroma

I really enjoyed Until the last Petal Falls (Sakura Season) by kit Salazar. This short was really well written and the characters were well written. I loved that Salazar transitioned from high school to a reunion without making it seem like the reader missed a lot. I also felt like the story was well wrapped up.

These are more than 24 reasons to love all the book! by Claire – The Coffeeholic Bookworm

Oh yes, that Sakura festival that brought two highschool friends back together and finally admitting their long-time crushes.

I really enjoyed it. The stories are short by Jean Martinon

Until the Last Petal Falls by Kit Salazar is a really cute, refreshing love story. I really liked this one. It made me feel all warm and gooey inside. A really sweet tale of discovery.

loads of love wrapped up in a great book!! By caralee loonat

One of my favorite short stories in this book was When the Last Petal Falls (Sakura Season) by Kit Salazar. This short story was a perfect example of young love that was too scared to be confessed. It shows that it is never too late to let someone know how you feel about them. I just loved the chemistry between Michael and Sara. This was such as sweet story and was very well written.

24 romance stories wrapped up in to 1 book By Mammywood

Until The Last Petal Falls by Kit Salazar is about Michael and Sara, high school sweethearts, well almost. They both like each other but wait too long to admit their feelings. When a reunion brings them in to each other’s lives again, will they take the chance to admit their feelings this time?

#SummerFeels Blog Tour: Author Guest Post + Giveaway with Bianca Mori

Hi everyone! Today I have the pleasure of having one of my favorite authors, Bianca Mori, join us for the #SummerFeels blog tour. She talks about the songs that she listened to while writing her story for #SummerFeels. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and win cool prizes! Enjoy!  – Kit

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Four Basic Principles – The Playlist

Hi! I’m Bianca Mori, author of Tame The Kitten, The Takedown Trilogy, One Night At The Palace Hotel and Four Basic Principles, a story in the Summer Feels #romanceclass anthology. Four Basic Principles is about what happens when two people who’ve had a one night stand are trapped together on an out-of-town trip (aawwwkwaaarddd), and the four basic principles in the title relate to the four basic principles of graphic design, since my male character, Gelo, works as a graphic designer in Europe. (Also, has abs. Just saying.)

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I had these songs in my head while writing this story and I hope you enjoy them too!

Saints – The Breeders
I’ve loved this song since I was 13 and the refrain—“Summer is ready when you are”—is always in my head when I get ready for a vacation.

Cruel Summer – Bananarama

The lyrics’ general annoyance at the heat of summer just cracks me up.

Down by the Water – PJ Harvey

Super creepy song about child murder (!!!) but I like the vibe of this to convey Cass’ fear of the sea.

The Jaws Theme
Because even though I love snorkeling, like Cass, this movie scarred me for life, yo.

Angel of the Morning – The Pretenders

A classic, heartbreaking one night stand song, I love Chrissie Hynde’s version the most (and flailed at this Friends cameo.)

Say Goodbye – Dave Matthews Band

Supposedly inspired from an incident when Dave was snowed in with a friend, this one really sets the mood of one thing leading to another: “Tomorrow go back to being friends, but tonight let’s be lovers.”

Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry

This went completely over my head as a one night stand song when I first heard it in high school, but I know better now.

About the author

Bianca Mori is the author of One Night at the Palace Hotel, Tame the Kitten, and the Takedown Trilogy. She is interested in exploring power in romance and enjoys reading about demimondaines, pin-up girls and Jazz Age personalities and hopes to reinterpret these in her stories. She lives with her family and a hyperactive pug.

To learn more about this author and for updates on new releases, please

Follow her on Twitter @thebiancamori
Like her Facebook page: facebook.com/thebiancamori
Follow her on Amazon at amzn.to/2nbI4Hd
Follow her on Goodreads at goodreads.com/thebiancamori

What is SummerFeels?

Summer loving happens so fast, as you’ll find with Summer Feels, an anthology of 23 stories of love under the summer sun by #romanceclass authors. Savor the candied thrill of firsts—first loves, first kisses, first solo vacations—and the bittersweet triumph of second chances. Tour the Philippines as the stories take you to mountain retreats and island paradises. Let the magic of the hot sun, clear blue skies, and lots of love take you on a roller coaster ride of feels. With stories ranging from sweet to sexy, there’s sure to be something for any fan of romance.

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Featuring stories by:

Elea Andrea Almazora • Erleen Alvarez • Ella Banta • Rachelle Belaro • H. Bentham • Halina Cabrera • Charlie Dio • Mina V. Esguerra • Elizabeth Galit • Georgette S. Gonzales • Ami Granada • Irene Jurado • Catherine Lo • Arlene Manocot • Bianca Mori • Eris Peñaluna • Farrah F. Polestico • Kit Salazar • Miel Salva • Fay Sebastian • Kate Sebastian • Yeyet Soriano • Marian Tee

Book Links:

Giveaway!

We’re giving away a few prizes with our #SummerFeels contest. Up for grabs are:

International: Amazon gift card worth $25
Philippines Only: Print books from some of the authors:

  • My Dutch Billionaire by Marian Tee
  • Kate, Finally by Yeyet Soriano
  • Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers by Kate Sebastian

Click on the link to join: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cover Reveal for Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology

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I love the beach. I grew up with easy access to one of the best beaches in the country, and every year, it’s hard not to keep coming back. So when the idea of a summer romance anthology came out, I was determined to join.

And here now is the fruit of the collective labors of the people who made it all possible: writers, designers, editors, publishers, etc. You can pre-order from Amazon (link below), or if you’re in the Philippines, pre-order a print copy (links below as well).

Summer heat is at an all time high, but it doesn’t feel terrible because it brings all these wonderful feels! Check out the cover of Summer Feels, the upcoming #romanceclass anthology.

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Summer loving happens so fast, as you’ll find with Summer Feels, an anthology of 23 stories of love under the summer sun by #romanceclass authors. Savor the candied thrill of firsts—first loves, first kisses, first solo vacations—and the bittersweet triumph of second chances. Tour the Philippines as the stories take you to mountain retreats and island paradises. Let the magic of the hot sun, clear blue skies, and lots of love take you on a roller coaster ride of feels. With stories ranging from sweet to sexy, there’s sure to be something for any fan of romance.

Featuring stories by:

Elea Andrea Almazora • Erleen Alvarez • Ella Banta • Rachelle Belaro • H. Bentham • Halina Cabrera • Charlie Dio • Mina V. Esguerra • Elizabeth Galit • Georgette S. Gonzales • Ami Granada • Irene Jurado • Catherine Lo • Arlene Manocot • Bianca Mori • Eris Peñaluna • Farrah F. Polestico • Kit Salazar • Miel Salva • Fay Sebastian • Kate Sebastian • Yeyet Soriano • Marian Tee

Edited and compiled by Kate Sebastian

Cover and interior design by Miles Tan

About the Designer

Miles Tan likes inhabiting imaginary worlds, from fantasy books to sci-fi shows to cheeky mysteries to role-playing games. She works with websites, plays with graphics, and is now currently painting with words.

Finding X is her first published novella. Her short story “Something Real” is included in the YA Luna East anthology, Kids These Days.

To learn more about her books, visit milestanbooks.com. To see more of the cover art she’s designed, check out milestanbooks.com/works.

Book links:

Stories included in this anthology:

  • “All about That Bass” by Fay Sebastian
  • “Alter Christus” by Catherine Lo
  • “Fall for Me” by Miel Salva
  • “The Game of Twenty Questions” by Elizabeth Galit
  • “The Summer You Said Hello” by Ami Granada
  • “At the Bermuda Triangle” by Elea Andrea Almazora
  • “Beachin’ Summer” by Arlene Manocot
  • “Buddy System” by Yeyet Soriano
  • “Busy out of the Friendzone” by Charlie Dio
  • “Flying with You” by Rachelle Belaro
  • “Guide for a Day” by H. Bentham
  • “Ready to Run” by Kit Salazar
  • “Secondhand Wanderlust” by Erleen Alvarez
  • “The Search for the Kissing Monster” by Ella Banta
  • “Anything Can Happen” by Marian Tee
  • “Four Basic Principles” by Bianca Mori
  • “Love after Summer” by Irene Jurado
  • “Lucky in Paradise” by Farrah F. Polestico
  • “The Swimming Instructor” by Eris Peñaluna
  • “Wedding Night Stand” by Mina V. Esguerra
  • “An Overdue Adventure” by Kate Sebastian
  • “Buttered Sunset” by Halina Cabrera
  • “Then Derrick Was Back” by Georgette S. Gonzales

5 Great Resources for Indie Authors

Writing is not a solitary activity. Perhaps, the writing act in itself can be, but when you want to really get something done and get your work out there, you’ll need all the help you can get.

The thing is, when you’re just starting out writing, resources (particularly the financial ones) can be a little scarce. Perhaps you’re juggling your day job with finishing that novel you’ve always wanted to publish. Or you’re a parent, juggling work and caring for your family and that book. Or you’re a student trying to balance school, part-time work, and that book. You get what I mean.

Thankfully, the Internet is full of resources that can help you even if you’re pinching pennies. Here’s my five favorite free resources for writers:

Merriam-Webster

As much as I love the English language, I still make a lot of mistakes and am often looking for words. Merriam-Webster is known for its print dictionary, and  now it’s available online. Not only can you quickly search for a word that you need, or find the right explanation for that word that you want to use, it offers great articles on writing, grammar, vocabulary, and more.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.

This book has been the Bible of writers for nearly a century now. While that may make this book sound dated and old-fashioned, it actually helps give a solid foundation for all writers, making it easier for you to branch out and play with them.

Grammarly

I never really trusted the Spellchecker in Word. More often than not, it would correct words and clauses that are already right, and it won’t explain why. Thankfully, grammar and spelling checkers have sprung up online, and are far more useful than the one that came with your word processor. Grammarly’s basic service is free, and it’s pretty good (for me, anyway). The upgrade is also worth trying out. Of course, nothing beats a great editor to go through your work, but Grammarly is good enough to help you clear out most of the basic errors.

Intellectual Property and Copyright

As writers, we create things that come from our imagination, our experiences, our ideas, and so on. We research, we interview, we read, we write… what we do is a labor of love. Therefore, we need to know what rights we have when it comes to these creations we have. We have our own Copyright Laws, as well as laws that protect our rights as creators. This page (the whole site, really) is a great resource on how we can protect our rights when we get our work published. It’s also great because it helps us know how we can not infringe on other creators’ rights. Of course, it’s always best to consult a lawyer, but knowing the basics is a big plus.

Canva

What’s a book without a cover? A professionally designed one will surely grab attention and make people reach for your book. Hiring a graphic design is the best step to getting a cover for your book, but graphic designers, especially the great ones, can be costly. If you’re on a budget, hiring one may not be ideal at this time.

Canva is a free (subscription optional), online, graphic design tool. You can select from many templates, including ebook covers, then select from the hundreds of free layouts that Canva offers. You can also make use of their library of images, both with free and premium photos (these start at US $1 for single use licenses and are again, optional). While it won’t give you a 100% unique cover (as the images and designs are non-exclusive), it will still allow you to create a good cover and give you the freedom to experiment.

Of course, these resources won’t be of any use unless you start writing! So stop staring at that blank piece of paper and get writing.

 

 

First time for everything

Well, I’m glad that’s over with.

I just finished reading through copy-edited version of the manuscript I submitted for a summer romance anthology. It was nerve-wracking, and I think the only times I felt this kind of nervousness was when I was doing an interview for a job that I really wanted.

Writing has always been part of my jobs. While I know I’m not the best writer out there, I know that I’m better than the average bear person. I’ve written a lot of articles and technical documents, and when they go through revisions and edits and comments, I take it all in stride.

I’ve written a bit of fiction work too, but most of my beta readers are friends. These friends discuss the story with me, point out things that they like or don’t like, which helps. But they don’t discuss it in a technical point of view, or from an editor’s perspective.

Today was the first time I had this experience. But as I was going through the changes and the recommended updates, I realized a few things:

  • My college professor, a former newspaper editor and lifelong journalist, was correct: You could write the next best novel but there will always be mistakes. A fresh pair (or two) of eyes, specially with writing experience in the field you’re writing for, is a big help.
  • I’m not a terrible writer. I could use improvement, but I am not terrible.
  • Having someone read your story and take it apart is scary. But when the ‘take apart’ is constructive and explained well, it becomes empowering.
  • Someone knows better than you in some aspects, and it’s actually a good thing.

I sent my revisions just a few minutes ago. I’m still scared, but excitement’s now greater. I’m excited for the next few weeks. We’re launching the anthology on April Feels Day, April 30, 2017 at the UP Town Center. I can’t wait.

Hello, I’m Kit Salazar, and I’m an author.

PS. Pardon the errors on this post. I’m still a bit shaky.