Young Hearts, Old Souls

In the last few months I’ve spent some time immersing myself in young adult romance: not only was I reading books, but I was also doing beta reads for writers in the genre. It’s not that I’m interested in writing one (though I’m still thinking about that fat-teen-finds-love story that I tried and failed to finish in seventh grade) but

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My Teaser Thursday Experience

Last week, I took part in the first-ever Teaser Thursday for #romanceclass. Teaser Thursdays are for writers who want passages from their works-in-progress performed by live readers to diagnose strengths and weaknesses in their writing. For this session, five writers submitted excerpts to be read by theater actors Fred Lo and Gab Pangilinan before a live audience at Cafe Publico

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Thoughts on #FeelsFest 2016

Before I begin, let me clarify that this is not an event recap for #FeelsFest. There were other things that happened on October 22, but I felt like I should share a more personal account of how I felt after going through what I believe is an unforgettable experience for me, especially as a writer. And it’s all because of

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BOOK REVIEW: If The Dress Fits, by Carla De Guzman

Martha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe. Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what? It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever

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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW (Plus Giveaway!): The Boyfriend Backtrack, by Dawn Lanuza

We here at The Great Big Jump would like to welcome debut author Dawn Lanuza to this blog. This feature is brought to you by Oops! I Read Again Tours, who organized the tour for this book.  Title: The Boyfriend Backtrack Author: Dawn Lanuza Date of Publication: October 3, 2014 Genre: contemporary romance Blurb: If they say that life flashes

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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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