{a cup of coffee for Christmas 2017}

Good day, readers!

As a lot of you know — or perhaps you might be new followers/readers of the blog (in which case, hold on, things are about to get clearer soon), my blog was established nearly two years ago. On the 17th of December 2015, to be exact. With my 2nd blog anniversary drawing nearer and nearer each day, I’d really like to conduct a major giveaway that all of you can participate in!

Unfortunately, due to recent and unforeseen events, I don’t have the finances to hold a giveaway. With that said, I am looking for willing sponsors for my anniversary + Christmas giveaway! There are two ways to sponsor:

(1) Buy me a cup of coffee via ko-fi! A cup of coffee is worth around $3.

(2) Sponsor a book or bookish goodies to give away! Just send an email and let me know what you’re willing to contribute. For authors who want to give copies of their own books away, I’m sure we can also find additional avenues to promote those books aside from the giveaway. Again, just send me an email at shealeairal@gmail.com

So yeah, I’m hoping there’s enough Yuletide spirit for any of you to be willing to help me out!

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Review || It Only Happens in the Movies (+ giveaway!)


Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback
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Synopsis:

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe filmmaker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

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Review || Ghost of a Feeling


Title: Ghost of a Feeling
Author: Celestine Trinidad
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.

So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.

She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.

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Review || You Out of Nowhere


Title: You Out of Nowhere
Author: Jay E. Tria
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Real quick: I received a digital review copy of You Out of Nowhere as part of my participation in a blog tour. This neither affects my opinion nor the content of my review. Many thanks to the #romanceclass authors for this fantastic opportunity!

You Out of Nowhere is the first of many upcoming steamy, contemporary, Filipino romance novels from the #romanceclassFlair project. The story begins with 31-year-old Kris Jimenez taking notice of a gorgeous stranger on a train, who happens to be holding a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Said stranger turns out to be Ringo de Dios, a 24-year-old workaholic trying to climb up the corporate ladder. Sparks fly, but their flirtation doesn’t end in the train. Somewhere along the way, they find themselves on the same flight to Seoul, Korea.

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Interview with Jay E. Tria: You Out of Nowhere

Jay E. Tria is a Filipino author of contemporary young adult and new adult romance. Sometimes, she writes urban fantasy/paranormal stories, too. As a #romanceclass author, her latest novel, You Out of Nowhere, is the first of many upcoming steamy Filipino romance novels from the #romanceclassFlair project.

Jay is often inspired by daydreams, celebrity crushes, a childhood fascination with Japanese drama and manga, and an incessant itch to travel.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello, Jay! It’s so great to have another talented Filipino author on my blog today. I’d like to start this interview off with a few questions about you, if that’s all right. If you weren’t a writer, what alternative career path do you see yourself in?

Hi Shealea! I’m actually a banker most hours of my life, and a professor sometimes too. Totally unrelated to being a writer, I know, but it helps with the plot bunnies.

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Technically NOT a monthly synopsis. Quick and messy life update! (+ a giveaway!)

Hey all! With the sudden 10-day vacation courtesy of the ASEAN Summit being held here in the Philippines (note: this supposed vacation is a complete scam — but more on that later), together with the equally sudden realization that I haven’t really updated you guys on what’s going on with me outside of my blog, I decided to write up a quick post before continuing to battle against the mountain of academic requirements (I’d like to say that I’m currently winning, but that’s really just my wishful thinking).

In an attempt to put a little orderliness in this post, I’m going to break things down into three sections: PAST, CURRENTLY, and FUTURE. I know, I know. I’m not very creative. But bear with me!

Here we go.

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Recap: Heart of Mist blog tour (+ teasers and giveaway winner!)

Hello, mist dwellers! I was supposed to publish this recap post yesterday (as per the original blog tour schedule), but due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to find the time to draft any posts. With that said, I apologize for the delay!

Anyway, last October 27th, I hosted the #MistPH Twitter chat, which served as the culminating activity of the Heart of Mist blog tour. A number of people joined in on the fun! We even had Helen Scheuerer, author of Heart of Mist, with us throughout the chat. If you missed out on the actual event, fear not! Here’s a quick recap of everything that happened in the #MistPH Twitter chat as well as the blog tour itself! You can also opt to still answer the chat questions because why the hell not? Don’t forget to include #MistPH in your tweets, so that everyone can see them.

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