Last June 25 was the launch of #HeistClub which features crime fiction novellas available in Buqo and Amazon for the story bundles and standalones respectively. Being part of the vibrant indie author community means supporting author friends who release their books into the world, and I couldn’t be more proud and happy for my friends who are trailblazing in this fiction category. We don’t have that much Filipino-authored crime fiction stories, but thanks to Mina V. Esguerra, the people behind Bronze Age Media, and Buqo, Filipinos can now read more stories in this genre.
Whew! It’s been quite a while since I last updated the blog, but now it’s time to remedy that! Things have been crazy busy, but not too busy enough to write. I’m very excited to announce that book 2 of the Bloodline series is on its way to being published soon-ish! Here are some things to expect in Bloodline Magiting:
Not only is the summer season turning out to be scorching, but so is our recently concluded national elections. Let me just take a break from the political hoopla to relive my amazing weekend when I attended the book launch for the Philippine Speculative Fiction X last May 7th at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Edsa Shangri-La.
The event was also cause for celebrating a decade (!!!) of the literature of the fantastic with this latest installment. Each year there are calls for submission and each year we have amazing anthologies showcasing the best of the best stories of the fantastic. I’m grateful I was able to attend this year’s launch and what fun it was!
Reading Kristel Ann Cruz’s A Sky of Wishes was a nice, refreshing break from the fast-paced, gripping mysteries in all four #StrangeLit bundles. Reading this short story after all the other ones I’ve read brought everything in full circle. Cruz’s writing style is elegant in its simplicity, easy to relate to, and extremely engaging.
A Sky of Wishes starts off with a dilemma—Aries’s mom is diagnosed with cancer and he’s running out of options. He makes a fervent wish to the stars in the heavens in the hopes of a miracle. Little did he know he was going to get what he asked for, but at a very steep price.
I love the brilliance of this plot. While reading, I began to make my own conclusions and was actually rooting for a certain path Aries would take. A Sky of Wishes made me evaluate my own thoughts—what was I willing to give up for the sake of one important wish? Aries’s request was as valid as anyone’s, and I could tell right off the bat he was the kind of person who had a big heart. But even those with the kindest of intentions can stumble when faced with the most difficult of choices. But without spoiling anything, I was pleasantly surprised at the character’s choice. It left me pondering on my previous speculation, while making me appreciate why the choice had to happen. It was an unexpected, yet brilliant ending. And to have me come to terms with a personal epiphany is nothing short of a genius move.
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There was something interesting and mysterious just by the title and cover of Chrissie Peria’s short story, The Last Night of Her Wake. I’ve been a fan of Peria’s romance work and for her to write something outside that familiar space is an exciting thing as a reader. Reading The Last Night of Her Wake further solidified my belief that Peria can do no wrong and her writing chops is the stuff of magic.