Event Recap: Meeting Stephanie Perkins + Giveaway!

  About two weeks ago, on July 6, I got the honor and privilege of meeting the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French series, Stephanie Perkins! I also got to meet the inspiration behind Etienne, Cricket and Josh, her husband Jarrod Perkins! I was supposed to be studying for my midterm exams, but to hell with it! There was no way I was going to miss the chance of meeting one of my favorite authors!

  Registration was at 10am, and the event was at 2pm, but I arrived at about 7am. But guess what, there were already more than a hundred people who had arrived before me!

  Before 10am, Stephanie Perkins was so nice that she came to wave to her fans in her car! Obviously, everyone screamed. I also heard from a security guard that she went to the mall during midnight, right after her flight from Cebu, to say hi to the early birds who came to camp outside the mall. She took pictures with them and signed their shirts and pictures! Is it possible to love her even more?

  10:00am finally came, and the registration finally opened. After standing for a while, I finally got my number! #168 out of the hundreds who came, yay!

   My friend and I proceeded to eat lunch after getting our numbers, and we came back before 1:00pm to wait for Stephanie Perkins. Unfortunately, we were at the back already because many had come before us.

(part of the crowd)

The Interview:

What I learned

• When asked which guy from her books is more like her husband, she said that Jarrod (her husband) is all of them. 
• Stephanie Perkins met Jarrod Perkins at the age of 17, online. They were at opposite posts in the US, but that didn't stop them. Jarrod flew out to take Stephanie to her senior prom, just like Cricket. They wore matching red Chuck Taylors, which ended up as their wedding shoes. (Swoon)
• Stephanie said that she identifies with who she is writing about at a particular moment because she writes about what she was emotionally going through. Anna was about being brave (being published), Lola was about individuality, and Isla was about the reality of a dream ever coming true, and the happily ever after (her career).
• She's writing something very different right now.
• Isla is a happy and feel good book. "It's about true love and becoming your own person, and being confident in who you are. Isla was not a very confident person at first, and she has to grow into that and it is something that I hope my readers will think about. It is certainly something that I have to remember myself."
• She's close with Kiersten White, Gayle Forman, Laini Taylor, and Rainbow Rowell.
• She worked on Lola before Anna. From conception to getting published, she worked on it for a total of 10 years. It was actually written for adults for a while.
• She likes books that make her feel good.
• The story of Anna and the French Kiss came to her in a dream. She was in Paris, and the most beautiful boy was sitting on the steps. She realized that she was deeply in love with him. They started talking, and he has the French name, English accent and was studying in an American boarding school. She set aside Lola to work on Anna
• There's a holiday anthology that's coming out on October 14. There are 12 short stories by 12 different authors, and it's called My True Love Gave Me Twelve Holiday Stories. The authors are all NYT best sellers, and among them are Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan. It's gonna be published by St. Martin's Press, and her story is set in her hometown.
• Adivice to aspiring writers: #1 adivice, learn how to read like a writer. "When you're reading a book, take it a little bit slower and be more conscious and aware of it. And when you're reading something and you have a reaction, it doesnt matter what, stop and go back and reread and see how the author made that happed. Both good books and bad are helpful."

  After the interview came the signing. There were actually two lines since Jarrod was kind enough to sign our books too! They were both really kind when they signed my books. I had a total fangirl moment when I asked Stephanie Perkins if I could hug her, and SHE HUGGED ME. Yes, she hugged me! *fangirl* 

  Stephanie Perkins signing my books! She asked what time I arrived, and I said 7:00 am, and she was saying thank you over and over again, when it should be us thanking her for coming all the way to the Philippines to meet us!

  Jarrod Perkins signing my books! He told me that he liked my necklace, teehee! <3

  My signed books! <3 Sorry for the horrible photography! 

  Now for the exciting part! *Drumroll* Dun dun dun dun! I will be giving away a copy of Anna and the French Kiss signed by Stephanie and Jarrod Perkins! The giveaway will be restricted to those who live in the Philippines (since I'm poor), but international followers may enter provided that they have an address here in the Philippines.

PH only, unless you have an address in the Philippines! :)

  Want to win Lola and the Boy Next Door instead of Anna? Well, you're in luck! My friend Pauline, who I went to the event with, of the blog Fathomless Reveries is hosting a PH only giveaway too! Visit this link for her recap. :)

Goodness of Fit Excerpt + Giveaway!

Goodness of Fit by Missy Marciassa
Publication date: July 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Zoe Tawn is about to finish her bachelor’s degree and start a PhD program in quantitative psychology. Yet her friends don’t think she’s quite ready to graduate: she still hasn’t played her v-card. Zoe’s friends don’t know her v-card was played years ago; she doesn’t talk about that crap. She does agree that dating would make her a more well-rounded individual, however, so she tries, and realizes the dating game isn’t for her: she’s a geek, not a flirt. Zoe decides to utilize her strengths with the mantra “Smart is the new sexy” and develops a predictive model for companionship to replace those outdated compatibility questionnaires. Her model goes viral in no time, so her friends secretly enter her profile into it. When a match comes back, it shocks them all: it’s Wesley Williams, the twentysomething CEO billionaire of Quantitative Solutions, where Zoe is doing an internship. Zoe insists the error in her model must be unacceptably high until she gets an email requesting she stop by Mr. Williams’ office at her earliest convenience…

  “So what can I do for you, Mr. Williams?” It seemed like the right question to ask, an appropriate, business-like question. We needed to get on track.

  “Please, call me Wes.”

  So they really did call him Wes. I couldn’t stop myself from smiling. “Then please call me Zoe.” 

  He gave me another genuine smile that had my stomach fluttering again in a way that wasn’t at all businesslike.

  “Zoe.” How did he manage to make my name sound sexy? I blinked, trying to clear my head as he continued talking. “I guess it’s best we’re on a first-name basis.” Did he actually look me up and down? If he did, he was quick. “Since we’re a perfect match.”

 If my cheeks felt warm before, then they were now flaming. “Oh, that.” A quick laugh escaped. “I-”

  What the hell could I say? Why hadn’t I just followed Lena’s and Talen’s advice and gone out on another date with Elliott? He may not have had Wes’ presence- okay, few guys did- but I was on even ground with Elliott. We were both students. With Wes, I felt like whatever water I was treading was in danger of sucking me under at any moment. If I’d gone out with Elliott again, I never would have created that damn model, and I wouldn’t be sitting here in this crazy situation right now.

  “We- I didn’t really think-” I was as flustered as a high school girl. “I didn’t think you- I didn’t think it was you who actually, you know, participated.” Especially since he was dating a supermodel.

  Wes chuckled himself. Were his cheeks growing rather pink? “We’re really excited about our new Lifestyle Division. Whenever we hear about something that could be beneficial, it gets our attention.” If pink had tinged his cheeks, it had faded. He gave me a shrug. “Everyone’s looking for love.”

  He was looking for love? Was he bored with that vapid model? I mean, Molly Kress was gorgeous, no question about it, but listening to a thirty second sound bite of hers made it clear she wasn’t all that bright. But since when did guys care what was in a woman’s head? He could talk to his friends for intelligent conversation. Wasn’t that how most guys thought?

  I forced myself to exhale as I smiled back and pressed my shoulders down. It was time for me to get myself together. “It’s only the first version of the model.” At least I knew about the model since I’d created it.  There was no way to make an ass of myself discussing it. “I still have some modifications to make.” That was clear, given some of the matches.

  Wes leaned forward. The interest in his eyes seemed genuine. “That’s when the real fun begins.”

  I couldn’t believe he said that. He actually got it. “Yes, it is.” I realized I was leaning forward myself. “People are providing feedback on how their matches are going, so I’ll have additional data for the modifications.”

  “You built in a mechanism for feedback?” Wes sounded impressed.

  I couldn’t hold back a grin. “Of course. It’s the most efficient way to improve the model.”

  His eyes shone. “You have an exceptional skill at model development, Zoe.” If the table hadn’t been between us, we would have been almost touching with the way we were both leaning in. I could smell a hint of his aftershave and see just how clean-shaven he was. I wondered if the skin on his chin was as smooth as it looked, or maybe it was just a little rough?

  Where the hell did that thought come from? I’d never wondered how another guy’s- or anyone’s- face felt before. I needed to say something. Now. “Well, I- I really like it.” A warm and fuzzy feeling seemed to be fogging my brain, even though I didn’t typically feel warm and fuzzy. His compliment felt as good as a perfect score on an exam. I felt like I needed to say something more, something better than that I really liked it. “I like the challenge.”

  Were his eyes sparkling? “Intellectual stimulation is the best kind, isn’t it?”

one ebook copy of Goodness of Fit (INTL)

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Trapped Excerpt + Giveaway!

Trapped by Beverley Kendall
Publication date: July 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
My life has turned out to be such a cliché. And not in a good way.

It’s not exactly Sixteen and Pregnant, but at eighteen my only advantage is a high school diploma. And if that’s not enough, the father—and I use that term loosely—couldn’t have hightailed it out of my life fast enough.

I thought I really knew him. Unfortunately, my boyfriend of three years transformed from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde once he realized his carefree, childless days would be coming to an end.

I’m over him now though. The real love of my life is chubby, has more gum than teeth, and stands a little over two feet tall. She may not have been planned, but I’ve never regretted having her. She is the center of my world.

A world that’s turned upside down when my ex returns ready to earn the love and trust of the child he abandoned before birth.

Letting him into my daughter’s life is one thing but letting him back into mine isn’t going to happen. Because the biggest mistake of my life has a name, and that name is Mitchell Aaron Kingsley.

And he’s one mistake I don’t ever intend to make again.

  “Great, and I appreciate that,” he says, his tone heavy on the sarcasm. “But this is for Bree and you know I would do anything for her.”

  Right. Bree comes first. As she should.

  “Oh I know you would,” I reply, in total agreement with that. “You love her. You moved back home to be with her. You quit football for her. You’ve canceled plans for her. Believe me, Mitch, I can clearly see how much you love her.”

  There’s a beat of silence and then he says, “Wait, isn’t that supposed to be a good thing? I thought that’s what you wanted. Hell, isn’t that what all mothers want from the fathers of their kids?”

  “It is,” I say quietly, heat suffusing my cheeks in a flood of shame and remorse. God, what is wrong with me? This is what I want. Always wanted. All those nights I walked the carpet with her trying to get her to sleep, I wanted him there. And how many tears had I shed wanting him to care this much?
Far too many.

  Mitch growls low in his throat, tips his head back and runs his hands roughly through his hair. His expression is one of utter bewilderment when he lowers his gaze to mine. “Then. What. Is. The. Problem? You gotta help me out here, Paige, because I’m doing everything I can think of to prove myself to you.”

  And that’s when it hits me. If they were doing a remake of Mommy Dearest, I could easily be cast in the lead role because I think I'm actually jealous of my own daughter. God, I have to be the worst mother in the world.

Wreck Me Character Interview + Giveaway!

Wreck Me by Maria E. Monteiro
Publication date: June 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
  All Piper Walker wants is to feel normal again, and for the pain of losing the one person she truly loved to go away. But no matter what she does she feels like she keeps hitting a wall of hurt.

  Chase Whitman has finally moved back to town after running away from his troubled home life. He’s trying to fill the emptiness in his heart with all the wrong women, making sure he doesn’t fall in love with any of them.

  Now in her sophomore year of college, Piper is trying all she can to right all the wrongs she has done the past year. Which includes almost getting thrown out of school, becoming distant from her best friend, and moving way too quickly with her boyfriend.

  After a night of heavy drinking Piper wakes up to find Chase in bed with her. She panics and runs off hoping never to see him again. Little does she know Chase will invade her life in every way possible and become the person she needs the most.

  Will they be able to fill the void in each other? Or will their past wreck everything?

  1.What is your favorite word?
  Piper: Dream, because we all have dreams and it’s up to us to make them come true.
  Chase: Music. It sounds like a song as it comes out of your mouth.

  2. What is your least favorite word?
  Piper: Death. It’s just so final.
  Chase: Loser. Nobody wants to be a loser.

  3. What turns you on?
  Piper: Breathing in my ear. And Chase's blue eyes
  Chase: Piper

  4. What turns you off?
  Piper: Lies.
  Chase: People getting in my business.

  5. What sound do you love?
  Piper: The sound of water hitting the ceramic tub.
  Chase: The strings on my Fender guitar.

  6. What sound do you hate?
  Piper: Lola’s voice when she’s mad at me.
  Chase: Piper crying when I know I’m the reason.

  7. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
  Piper: An English professor.
  Chase: A doctor.

  8. What profession would you not like to do?
  Piper: Anything in politics.
  Chase: Any job at my father’s company.

  9. Tells us something no one knows about you?
  Piper: I fell in love with Chase faster than I should have.
  Chase: The minute I saw Piper, I knew she was going to change my life.

Dress Up That Cover #14 - White Hot Kiss

  Dress Up That Cover is a new feature where I create an outfit based merely on the cover, not the story nor what the characters would wear. Colors of the outfit will all be taken from the cover design, so the books may be ones that I haven't read yet. All sets will be created via Polyvore.
Today's feature is White Hot Kiss by JLA. If you know me, I don't like reading Paranormal or Fantasy books, but when it comes to JLA, I make an exception. White Hot Kiss is no different, and I absolutely loved the book! ROOOOTH <3 Check out my review here! :)

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