short stories

SUMMER CRUSH by Jay E. Tria, Tara Frejas, and Six de los Reyes

* Amazon Paperback (via Tara Frejas) Paperback (via Jay E. Tria) Goodreads Book Synopsis: When life, love, and rock and roll come together on the sandy beaches of La Union for music festival Summer Crush, expect nothing less than the crashing of lips, bodies, and waves against the shore, against each other, and against your soul. Allow these three tales of love to take you away for an unforgettable weekend. Ana’s life as a corporate warrior, graduate student, and girlfriend to indie rock band boy Miki starts to spin out of control, and she wonders if it is love that has to give....
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[Blog Tour] PROMDI HEART: HOMETOWN LOVE STORIES

PROMDI HEART: HOMETOWN STORIES by Georgette S. Gonzales, Agay Llanera, Chris Mariano,   C.P. Santi, Jay E. Tria, and Ines Bautista-Yao Published: March 29, 2017 About the book: Take a quick tour of the Philippines with six hometown love stories. Visit Jimenez, Misamis Occidental where a priest might just set you up with a man whose dimples are to die for. Visit Silay, Negros Occidental and get on a horse alongside hunky, hazel-eyed Negrense royalty. Visit Kalibo, Aklan and find yourself in the arms of a cute drummer boy who just happens to be your kuya's BFF. Visit Hagonoy, Bu...
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MONSTRESS | Lysley Tenorio

Monstress: Stories is the book club's book of the month for October. I love reading short stories and I've been looking forward to reading this compilation by a Filipino author during my birthday month. All of the eight stories in this anthology are excellent reads and I have a couple of favorites. This is one book that makes me feel proud as a Filipino because the writing is eloquent and the stories - they just strike close to home. I loved how the author writes his stories. The narrative was fluid and the author writes very simply, not making any effort to impress. Granted, I was not instan...
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[The Storied Life Challenge] Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

*See details for The Storied Life Short Story Challenge here.   Lamb to the Slaughter is the only other Roald Dahl I have read so far, the other was  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I initially thought that this short story would be something feel-good or even childlike like Charlie. Consider the  pleasant innocence of the opening sentences: The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water, whiskey. Fresh ice cubes in the Thermos bucket. Mary Malone...
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Quick Reviews: Trese by Budjette Tan | Wedding Night Stand by Mina V. Esguerra | Unseen Moon by Eliza Victoria

*** *Doing this post as a remedy to my ever-growing review backlog. *** Murder on Balete Drive (Trese #1) by Budjette Tan Summary from Goodreads: When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don't you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where kapre are the kingpins of crime, and engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions. When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese. Trese: Murder On Balete Drive contains the following: Case 1: At the Intersection of B...
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