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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Jack and Emma and Pete and Iris

Two weeks ago, I had the Windows 10 OS refreshed on my laptop because it had been acting up for some reason, and one of the fun (read: not fun) things about getting my laptop fixed at the shop was the process of backing up my files. which I had to do by myself. Not all of my files have

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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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That Elusive Thing

This is a bit of a personal reflection–not “call out my ex” personal (as I’ve done a few times on this blog) or “have a meltdown on Twitter” personal (which I have also done too many times), but something closer to the original spirit of The Great Big Jump when I used to blog more regularly. Before we continue, though, let’s watch this

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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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