Thursday, November 6, 2014


Fall Like Rain
by Ana Tejano
Release Date: September 29th, 2014
Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. 

Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. 

Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it's a losing battle from the start? 

Will she back off to give way for her best friend's happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again? 

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"Songs that remind you of characters from 
Fall Like Rain"

I listened to a lot of music I was writing Fall Like Rain, usually to get the appropriate ~feels~. I’m not a melody girl, though, so my choice of songs for a particular project relied mostly on the lyrics, and how these words would fit a specific scene or emotion that my characters are feeling.

I made a little soundtrack of Fall Like Rain on Spotify (, but like I said, they set for the mood for certain scenes (example: I Can Feel Your Heartbeat by A New Normal for that specific scene in a certain convenience store, Landslide by Fleetwood Mac for that major #creys scene). I didn’t really think of songs for characters, but if I were to choose songs that remind me of them, they would be:

RAIN: Migraine by Moonstar88

Being my main character and having hung out with her in my head for the past year and a half, I had a lot of songs that remind me of Rain. It was hard to choose first, but I think this one fits her best. Rain is an over thinker, and all her thinking could sometimes give her a headache (I should know, because I tend to over think, too)! This song’s first lines also captured Rain’s confused and frustrated feelings for Mark: Oo nga pala, hindi nga pala tayo / Hanggang dito na lang ako / Nangangarap na mapasayo. </3

(For the benefit of non-Filipinos, that song lyric translates roughly to, “Oh yeah, we’re not together, so I’ll just stay here and dream about you.”)

MARK: Better With You by Kris Allen

I had a bit of a hard time choosing a song for Mark because I had more interaction with how Rain felt for Mark than being in Mark’s head. What song would fit smiley-faced boy? And then this song played on shuffle, and there, it reminded me of how he felt for his best friend. This song could also be the answer to a little game that Mark and Rain played at a certain scene. :)

MEAH: Be Okay by Oh Honey 

You know how some people are the 3am friends, the ones you’d call at that time because you need a friend and they would pick up and listen and talk to you through things? That’s Meah. She’s the kind of person who will make sure you’re okay, and is willing to dish tough love when needed. Meah is one of the most fun characters I’ve written, and yes, she will have her own story, soon. :)

FAITH: Set the World on Fire by Britt Nicole

Rain and Meah are opposites, and Faith acts as kind of the equalizer between them. I also consider Faith as the nicest one among them, so this song by Britt Nicole reminds me of her. I didn’t write it in this book, but Faith is a social worker for a Catholic NGO, so in essence, she really does want to set the world on fire by helping out.

LISSA: Ain’t It Fun by Paramore 

The original Lissa in the NaNoWriMo version of Fall Like Rain is an indie band manager, so she was usually out in late night gigs, wore a lot of black, leather, and dark make-up (so stereotypical, I know. Forgive my 20-year old self, please). Lissa lost a little of that edge in this version, but sometimes in my head, she’s still that rocker chick from 2006. Perhaps she still has dreams of that, too.

FRANCIS: King of Anything by Sara Bareilles

When I first chose this topic for the guest post, I thought I’d have a hard time choosing a song for Francis because I think I spent the least time with him while I was writing. Then I started writing this post and this song jumped out at me without me even thinking too much. Just perfect.

CAMS: You and Me by Ben Rector 

I wrote this little piece about Cams a year ago, and I really had this other song for her but it felt a little too emo now that I thought about it. I realized that this song fit her more, specifically on what happened to her before the start of the story. I am obviously trying to be vague here because it’s kind of a little spoiler-y if I talk about her too much. :)

Bonus track!
Slow Love by Michael Alvarado

In one of the chapter of Fall Like Rain, Meah mentioned a song that Mark posted on Rain’s timeline. This is the song. Mark’s comment was, “Think we can do something like this for your grandfather’s video? ” Innocent comment, but of course there’s subtext. :)

Thanks so much for having me over! This was fun. :)

About the Author 

Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a marketing lead for a multinational company by day, manages a book club, and serves in her church community in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).

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Tour schedule

November 3:
Liana of Like Love Blog - Review
Hazel of Stay Bookish - Review
Paula of Her Book Thoughts - Review

November 4:
Cary of Lodiversity - Review
Tricia of In Lesbians with Books - Review
Kai of Amaterasu Reads - Excerpt

November 5:
Monique of Marginalia - Excerpt
Kristelle of Amiabooklover - Review
Biena of Library Mistress (Review)

November 6:
Mary Ann of Teen Readers Diary (Guest post)
Maricar of Black Plume (Review)
Precious of Fragments of Life (Review)

November 7:
Lynai of It's A Wonderful Bookworld (Interview / Guest post)
Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again! (Review & Excerpt)
Geeky Chiquitas (Review)

1 of 5 ebook copies of Fall Like Rain (Open Internationally!)
1 of 2 signed paperback copies of Fall Like Rain (PH Only!)


  1. Love the playlist! Followed it on Spotify :)
    Looking forward to reading this!

  2. Lovely playlist, Ana! Congratulations!

    And this is such a wonderful topic for a guest post. :)


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