Episode 96: #HeistClub at MIBF 2016!

14199682_1832804367005972_7671969188836935594_nThe Manila International Book Fair has begun at the SMX Convention Center!

#HeistClub has gone a long way since our launching last June 25. Now, our titles are being sold at #MIBF2016! It’s a great venue for indie writers like me to promote ourselves and gain recognition in the Filipino reading community.

If you’re looking for great crime stories by Filipino authors and more, drop by at the BDAP (Book Development Association of the Philippines) Booth (near National Bookstore). The titles available are:

The Bayawak’s Trail by Justine Camacho-Tajonera
Chasing an ATM Schemer by Racquel Sarah A. Castro
Classified by Georgette S. Gonzales
Sampaguita by Mark Manalang
Snakehead by Bianca Mori
High Stakes by Chris Nava
Till Death Do Us Part by Irene Recio
The Retreat by Yeyet Soriano
Corpus Delicti by Porcupine Strongwill

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Get to know more about the authors behind #HeistClub who are participating at #MIBF2016. They’re also selling their own works from other genres. If you’re lucky, you may meet them in person and have your copies signed!

(Shoutout to Racquel for the author profiles!)

 

Justine Camacho-Tajonera

Justine Camacho-Tajonera, author of Bayawak’s Trail, was born and grew up in Cebu City, Philippines. Despite starting a corporate career in telecommunications, she pursued her masters in Literary and Cultural Studies to keep her close to her first love of writing.  She has had her poetry published in several anthologies and local publications and she has published three books: Artemis Lets Go (novella), A Portrait of Jade (novella) and Gift: Poems, her first collection of poetry. She maintains a blog, Claiming Alexandria. She works full time at a corporate job in the Philippines, is married, and has two children whom she homeschools with her husband.

Email: justine.tajonera@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Justine-Camacho-Tajonera-Author-Page-144071125674206/
Twitter: @justine_tajo
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7758033-justine-camacho-tajonera

 

Racquel Sarah A. Castro

Racquel Sarah A. Castro, author of The Fraud Hunter Book 1: Chasing an ATM Schemer, is living with Cerebral Palsy. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from AMA Computer College-Binan Campus. She wrote When Fate Speaks Big Time, Second Sight to Forever, Encyclopedia Mystique, Stockholm Syndrome: A #WriteBreakUpSongsAbout Story, and The Real Me: An Autobiography. Racquel is a geek, a math tutor, a food addict, a web designer, and a freelance programmer.

Email: racquelcastro2884@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/racquelsarahcastro
Twitter: @rsacastro017
Instagram: @rsacie
Wattpad: @RacquelSarahCastro
Blog: https://racquelsarah.wordpress.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11574447.Racquel_Sarah_A_Castro
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00RTBGT62

 

Georgette S. Gonzales

Georgette S. Gonzales, author of Classified (A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs),  is a full time author, residing in a small house somewhere in the Visayas. She has been writing for 12 years now under the pseudonym Edith Joaquin for My Special Valentine (Bookware Publishing, Corp.). This is her first English story to be published online.

Email jette1013@yahoo.com
Website http://pinaynobelista.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/georgette.pinaynobelista
Twitter @Gette_aka_EJmsv
Instagram @neferjetjet

 

Mark Manalang (THAT’S ME!)

Sampaguita is my third crime story. After writing The Seven-Day Detective and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus last year, I decided I want to go all out and write as much fiction as I can. In fact, Sampaguita’s sequel is now in the works, and I’ve written a few short stories before that.

I’ve just finished language training and focusing on a new upcoming job. However, I’m also taking time to work on my romance stories on Wattpad. My current project is titled Odoriko (“dancer” in Japanese), which focuses on the Spanish dance flamenco as a central theme.

Once I’m done with Sampaguita’s sequel, I’m starting a new project. What is it, you ask? Stay tuned!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MTJManalang
Twitter: @mtjmanalang
Instagram: @unlimitedgrubgrabs
Wattpad: Tenkouken
Website: https://www.unlimitedgrubgrabs.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15453627.Mark_Manalang

 

Bianca Mori

Bianca Mori, author of Snakehead, writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She loves watching fantasy movies and reading anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Manila with her family and a hyperactive pug.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thebiancamori
Twitter: @thebiancamori
Blog: http://www.thebiancamori.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/thebiancamori

 

Chris Nava

Chris Nava, author of High Stakes, graduated with a degree in AB Literature from UST. She has written for several media outlets. She is currently taking her Master’s from UP.

 

Irene Recio

Irene Recio, author of Till Death Do Us Part, is a stay-at-home mom with a degree in BS Applied Economics and BS Business Management. She found her happiness teaching pre-nursery children and was taking her Masters in Education when she had to put her career on pause to focus on her amazing daughter. She used to do freelance writing for a parenting website and magazines.  Earlier this year, she finished her first romance novella, Breakfast with Brie. She has always been fascinated with mystery and crime fiction, and her love for the genre started with Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys.

 

Yeyet Soriano

Yeyet Soriano, author of The Retreat, has been writing her entire life. Though the themes of her written works have changed over the years, she held on to one truth—she needed to write to keep the voices in her head at bay. Her day job is that of an IT manager in charge of the Asia-Pacific region for a multinational corporation. She is married to a man who reads only to fall asleep, and they have three wonderful kids—two of whom love to read and one, only starting to learn how to read.

List of published works: Turning Points, In My Dreams,  The Retreat, Until . . . Whenever.  She has also contributed the following stories to published anthologies: Yeyet (Life in the Middle, A Discovery, 2011); Fairy Queen-In-Waiting (Talecraft Presents Master Story Creators’ Anthology 1, 2016); He Loves Me . . .  Not (FLESH, Fixi Novo, 2016).

Email: yeyetms@gmail.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Yeyetsorianowrites
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ysrealm
Website: http://www.ysrealm.com

 

Porcupine Strongwill

Porcupine Strongwill, author of Corpus Delicti, is a Messiahn artist from Manila, who adores cats, milk-coffee, and the sound of heels clacking on wooden floor. She is currently the editor of and a contributing writer for PSICOM Publishing’s bestselling series Heartbreakers: Season 2. Her debut book, a poetry collection called “Forgotten Things To Say,” was released in 2014.

“Corpus Delicti” is her first published crime fiction.

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The Manila International Book Fair runs until September 18. Have you started scouting for books to buy? We at #HeistClub hope to see you there!

Episode 92: #HeistClub: The Launch (Extro)

 

A few days have passed since “#HeistClub: The Launch” ended, but everything has yet to sink in. Even now, I’m lost for words as to how to process everything. But one thing is certain: I am proud to say I have published – and launched – my own crime novel.

Let me at least start with a show of gratitude. I owe the privilege of becoming a published author to the organizers and sponsors of #HeistClub, to my fellow authors, to those who bought our books, and to my friends and family who supported the event.

I’m happy to be able to work with so many talented and hardworking individuals. I owe them so much that even if I let out a torrent of “thank yous”, it would not be enough to repay what they’ve done for me. Even so, let it suffice that I am thankful for everyone who made this launch possible.

#HeistClub is my biggest break so far. I thought I found my calling when I took up crime writing.  It has always been my dream, after all, to become a novelist. I’ve always wanted to write something related to my previous profession, to write about society in a different, more creative point of view.

My crime story “Sampaguita” started merely as a story of revenge and vigilantism. It was through the workshop that I would eventually tap into my most necessary resources to make a coherent story, a good set of characters, and a world that has the potential to expand into its own series or two. Still, t took me a lot of discipline, advice, and morale boosting from everyone before I finished “Sampaguita”.

Looking back, though, I still have a lot to do before I could be fully proud of my work. I have yet to master the art of storytelling. I have yet to learn to market myself. I have yet to learn to make eye-catching covers and attention-grabbing blurbs. I have to make myself known to a bigger audience. And then there’s so much to do after getting published. Even so, I believe I’m on the right track.

This is why, again, I am thankful to be part of #HeistClub. I hope everyone would continue to guide and support me in my journey to become a great author.

Meanwhile, Unlimited Grub Grabs will return to its regular, food-chomping programming as soon as I get things in order. It’s tough when you have a lot on your plate (figuratively). Also, the second part of “Sampaguita” is coming soon.

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“Sampaguita”, my #HeistClub novella, is available on Amazon Kindle and Buqo, and will be available for preorders soon.

Amazon Kindle:

https://kdp.amazon.com/amazon-dp-action/us/bookshelf.marketplacelink/B01HIE0M4Y

Buqo:

http://www.buqo.ph/Shop/Book/02ac357d-4407-4de8-9ce9-140b1b1bb67b