Proof of Life

Honestly, I don’t know where to begin. Quarantine? Depression? Grief? Falling in love, then out of love, and getting my heart broken, for too many times to count? There is so much to tell you that I cannot say right now. But there are a few things I can say: Yes, there is a book. Yes, it is what you

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REVIEW: Keeping Miss Kalila by Tara Frejas

SYNOPSIS: With a job that she loves, an adorable senior dog, and a baby she fought hard to conceive on the way, life is going well for thirty-one-year old school teacher Kalila Rayos. That is, until her ex-boyfriend and first love, filmmaker Datu Alvez asks if they could try again. Saying yes shouldn’t be too difficult. After all, she’s still

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Cover Reveal: Keeping Miss Kalila by Tara Frejas

I had the pleasure of reading the eARC of Tara Frejas’ Keeping Miss Kalila not too long ago, and I fell in love with the heart-rending story of teacher Kalila Rayos and filmmaker Datu Alvez (whom you might remember from Second Wave Summer, as well as one of Pio’s brothers in Like Nobody’s Watching). But nothing, and I mean nothing,

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Review: Songs You Come Back To by Jay E. Tria

NOTE: For the next few weeks, we will be publishing book reviews on this blog. All writing updates will be published on Twitter in the meantime. An eARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of this book was provided by the author for review. BLURB: Let me come home to you. When Son meets Alice again after she disappeared from his life four

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Maybe This Time

Before I begin, I’d like to acknowledge the handful among you who have been with me through the ups and downs of my writing career. I’m glad that you’re all there for me, even during the moments when I feel like giving up. Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, for all the love and support that you

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But Is It Art?

Usually the conversation between art and commerce tires the living daylights out of me, but since there’s a big cultural war being waged over this all over social media I might as well put in a few thoughts that can’t be contained in my usual Twitter mega-threads. Here’s the thing: Every time art/literature/cinema gets brought up, I am always reminded

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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