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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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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For Those Of You Who Know Me

CW/TW: Suicide ideation, depression/mental illness If you’ve been following me on social media these last two weeks, you may have noticed that I haven’t been very “present” lately, in terms of posting as myself. Most of the posts I’ve made have been retweets, and if I was posting any original content it was usually 1) little things that caught my

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Coffee and Other Vices

While I was drafting the FAQ for this site, I started writing down the questions that have been on my mind for a while–not that anyone ever asked me, but they were things that I needed to sort out for myself, in terms of what has happened to my career and where I could go moving forward. One of the

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Nine Years Away: Available for Preorder!

Will the secrets of the past destroy their future? Kim Del Rosario was abandoned by her date at the prom, and worse, she had the most terrible humiliation of her life that night. Never mind that Christian Mendiola was called away on an emergency—his absence hurt as much as the emotional blows that she’d been dealt with then. Nine years

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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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