Thursday, June 25, 2015

(#KMRinPH) Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor and Robyn Schneider Book Signing Tour

For everyone who's a fan of Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor and Robyn Schneider, National Book Store brings theses three bestselling contemporary author for book singing events on July 4, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, and on July 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza. Read the details below for the book signing event and see you on July 5 guys!

Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor and Robyn Schneider 
Book Signing Tour 
Frequently Asked Questions 

When and where are the book signings? 
July 4, 2015, 2 p.m., Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu 
July 5, 2015, 2 p.m., Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza 
When will the registration be? 
Registration opens at 10:00 am on July 4 at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, and 10:00 am on July 5 at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Separate registrations for each event is required should you wish to attend both events. First come, first served.
Is there a registration fee? 
No. There is no registration fee. 
How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed? 
You may have any number of books signed as long as they were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks, and we do not have any preset limit as to the number of people. 

However, although we will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served. 
Can I bring old books or other editions of the books? 
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. 
Do I need to buy on-site? 
No. You can buy books before or during the events.  
Can I have other items signed? 
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors. 
Can we have our photo taken with the authors? 
Yes, you can have your photo with each author when they sign your book. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person for each author. 

How much are the books? 

Katie Cotugno titles: 
99 Days (Trade Paperback – P395; Hardcover – P649) How to Love (Trade Paperback – P379; Hardcover – P649)

Melissa Kantor titles: 
Better Than Perfect (Trade Paperback – P359; Hardcover – P649) Maybe One Day (Trade Paperback – P359; Hardcover – P649) 

Robyn Schneider titles: 

Extraordinary Means (will be available on May 29, 2015) The Beginning of Everything (Trade Paperback – P359; Hardcover – P649) 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

#TessaDareinPH + Giveaway

New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare book signing at Powerbooks

Bookish Filipinos, yes! Tessa Dare is coming to the Philippines! Romance fans, rejoice!

Bestselling and award-winning historical romance novelist Tessa Dare is set to do a talk and book signing event on June 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Only books purchased from Powerbooks, National Book Store and National Book Store Express will be accommodated. 

‘Romancing the Duke’, the first book in Tessa Dare’s latest series ‘Castles Ever After’, is described by Publishers Weekly as a “a unique twist to a fairy tale, complete with an ancient castle, a damsel in distress, and a wounded hero”. Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens being the daughter of a well-known author. As her storybooks offered endless possibilities, she never doubted romance would soon be part of her life. As time passes by, she gives up yearning for romance and the never-been-kissed woman settles for a roof over her head. The series continues in ‘Say Yes to the Marquess’, which was released in December, and in ‘When a Scot Ties the Knot’, which will be released in August. 

Tessa Dare is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances including the ‘Spindle Cove’ series (‘A Night to Surrender’, ‘A Week to be Wicked’, ‘A Lady by Midnight’, ‘Beauty and the Blacksmith’, and ‘Any Duchess Will Do’), ‘The Stud Club’ trilogy (‘One Dance with a Duke’, ‘Twice Tempted by a Rogue’ and ‘Three Nights with a Scoundrel’), ‘The Wanton Dairymaid’ trilogy (‘Goddess of the Hunt’, ‘Surrender of a Siren’, and ‘Lady of Persuasion’), ‘Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Right’, and the ‘Castles Ever After’ series.  Her books bagged numerous accolades including Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award and have been translated in several languages. She is a librarian by training and a booklover at heart. Married to a Filipino, Tessa worked at a library in the Philippines and has recently visited Tacloban. 

The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati. 

Books by Tessa Dare are available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Shop online and buy eBooks at For reservations, call 8888-NBS (627) for calls within Metro Manila, 1-800-10-8888-NBS for calls outside Metro Manila, or text 0998-8888-NBS and 0917-8747-269. The National Book Store hotlines are open Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests. Tag #TessaDareinPH to join the discussion.

Not familiar with Tessa's books? Check out the blurbs for Romancing the Duke and Say Yes to the Marquess below!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Blog Tour: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi+Giveaway

Music plays a big role in THE NIGHT WE SAID YES. There are references to songs and musicians throughout it, and the main two guys, Matt and Jake, are in a band. Because of that, I always had songs in mind for each character. Though there are many, here are my favorites: 

Ella is Florence & The Machine's "Shake It Out." 

Ella is Florence & The Machine's "Shake It Out." In the beginning she's hurt, she's over it; she wants to move away to college, and move on with her life. She's thoughtful and eventually decisive. She's strong, just like this song. And I feel like the song follows her through the book and somehow changes meaning.  

I'll Get You There by Rilo Kiley

Meg is force like the band Sleater Kinney. She's ready to take over the world. But, honestly, I think her song is "I'll Get You There" by Rilo Kiley, specifically in regards to Jake. Jake is a mess and turns to everything but the one thing he needs--her. And she knows she can help him.  

I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers

Speaking of Jake, his song is definitely "I Wanna Get Better' by Bleachers. It's perfect for many reasons (as he does, indeed, want to get better), but mostly it sounds like him. He's all shouting and power and pleas.  

First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes

And Matt, poor Matt. He's figuring everything out. He's new in the THEN chapters, and returning to a place he's never stopped missing in the NOW section. He's sad and hopeful all in one. He's "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes.  

Thank you Lauren for giving us time on sharing the songs that inspire the main characters in TNWSY! We've been hearing a lot of good reviews of the book and TRD girls can't wait to read your it ;)

The Night We Said Yes
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 16th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Music
A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. 

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. 

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

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Public librarian and author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES (HarperCollins / HarperTeen, June 16, 2015) and MATT'S STORY (a The Night We Said Yes Novella, out August 2015). Fan of dinosaurs and cheesy jokes. And you.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Blog Tour: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes+Giveaway

This is such a great topic! I get a lot of inspiration from music, and I find that the songs that I listen to over and over sometimes end up inspiring parts of my writing. Here are a few songs that remind me strongly of characters from The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly.

“Pretty When the Wind Blows” from the God Help the Girl soundtrackI just watched the movie God Help the Girl, which is fantastic and features lots of original music and a super cool plot about teenagers making music in Scotland. This song in particular is a little scary in how much it sounds like Minnow.

“Bones” and “Romeo and Juliet” by The Killers:The Killers perform songs that could almost be their own YA novels—there’s something so young and yearning and painful about a lot of their music. These songs in particular remind me of Minnow’s relationship with her love interest, Jude. Minnow and Jude’s relationship is so earnest, yet imperfect, and I think these songs fit that dynamic well.

“Vuelie” from the Frozen soundtrack:This song reminds me less of a character than a place—the Community, secluded, strict religious commune in the woods where Minnow grows up. This song could almost be something the Community-dwellers chant in one of their ceremonies (I also listened to this song a lot during the writing of Minnow Bly, so it’ll probably always be inextricably tied to the book for me).

“Mama Who Bore Me” from the Spring Awakening soundtrackI think this entire show has a lot of themes that mirror those in Minnow Bly. This song opens the show and it features one of the main characters, Wendla, (played by Lea Michelle in the original Broadway run), lamenting how little her mother has prepared her for the world, and the shame and uncertainty that accompanies being left in the dark like that. Minnow could really be singing this song to her mother.

“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift: This song reminds me of Angel. She’s Minnow’s cellmate in juvie, a wry and vengeful teenage criminal with the guts (and stupidity) to fight back against anyone who crosses her.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Publisher: Dial/Penguin
Release Date: June 9th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Retelling, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Thriller
With a harrowing poetic voice, this contemporary page-turner is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, Julie Berry's All The Truth That's in Me, and the works of Ellen Hopkins.

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow By is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

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Stephanie Oakes is a teacher and YA author from Washington State. Her debut novel, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY (Dial/Penguin, June 9, 2015), about a girl who escapes from a religious commune only to find herself at the center of a murder investigation, is based on the Grimm fairy tale, "The Handless Maiden."

THE ARSONIST, her second YA mystery through Dial/Penguin, is scheduled for publication in fall 2016.


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