January 2016

I can’t quite believe that it’s already February 1st. The last time I checked it was only New Years. Ang bilis ng mga araw. As it is, it’s time for my monthly news summary. I know, I know, I don’t do it monthly but I’m going to try (harder) this year so that I get to use my blog again.

So, on to the news that you may or may not already know if we’re Facebook friends or if you follow me on Twitter.

1. eBookware.ph
Yup, Bookware’s e-book store has been up and running for sometime now where you can purchase copies of out-of-print (including my Sentinels series!) and upcoming books by your favorite Bookware authors in e-book format. Not only that, you can also purchase ADVANCE copies of the books you want. According to the FAQ page, the site is only currently accepting PayPal payments but I know that you can now also use GCash to pay for your purchases.

I love printed books but I also love the idea of having my whole library in my phone with me so I usually have a printed copy and an e-book of my favorite books. The printed ones stay at home, of course, but even in the middle of nowhere, I can whip out my phone and cuddle with Gideon Cross 😉

Also, if you prefer printed books, you’re in luck! Feb is Bookware’s birthday month and they’re having an anniversary sale from February 1 to 11, 2016, 8 AM to 5PM at the Bookware office.

Unit 301 3rd Floor Rizalina 2 Annex Building
1677 Quezon Avenue
Quezon City, Philippines


Photo Credit: Bookware Publishing


2. Sentinels: Alpha Squad
Speaking of the Sentinels, I finished book 4 of Sentinels: Alpha Squad on the 31st of December! I’m just waiting to hear if it has been approved. I’m hoping and praying it does, of course. The next book in the lineup (as least the one I have to write) is Sentinel 17, Chris Pascua, then Sentinel 18, Donnie Llanes. Then, I have to switch back to the Alpha Squad for Danny Tremaine and Matt Riley. Hoping I can finish them in the next few months.

Again, Sentinels books 1 to 12 are available in e-book format from eBookware.ph. Books 13 to 16 are still available from NBS.

3. How to Kiss a Guy
My first book for Bookware’s Pink and Purple imprint, How to Kiss a Guy has also been listed. It is currently available in e-book format for $2.99, and as it is listed as an advance copy, I think it will also be available in print soon.

How to Kiss a Guy by elisestrella

How to Kiss a Guy by elisestrella

Also, as per my agreement with the publisher and in accordance with the copyright law, I’m going to have to remove the story from Wattpad. Thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who has read, voted for, commented on, and shared the story. I really appreciate the support. ♥

4. Notorious
It also looks like one of my Wattpad stories, Notorious is going to be released soon. It’s still available on Wattpad if you want the unedited version, but again, it will be removed as soon as it gets released.

If you’re a new reader, this is an EROTIC romance novel. Makulit na kasi lagi ko ‘yung sinasabi pero better safe than sorry. You can’t tell me I didn’t warn you 😉

5. Wattpad
I don’t really ask for feedback from readers because I don’t want them to feel obligated to give a review after they’ve read the book. I also don’t want to put them in the uncomfortable position of having to evade or lie if and when they didn’t like the one of my books. But I really, really appreciate each and every feedback, Wattpad comment, message, Tweet and e-mail that I’ve ever received.

This is the most recent feedback from a reader that had me teary-eyed. I tried several times to write a thank you note to the reader who dedicated this chapter to me but I really have no words to express how touch I was to read this. So again, thank you, blue_soul18! Link to the feedback is here.

She also made this video for the story. MARAMING SALAMAT!

What I’m Up To
Currently, I’m working on a new MSV Desire manuscript, a best friends story that I wish would finally let me have the best friends end up with each other. I’m also still working on my Wattpad stories. I’m hoping I can start (and post) a new one I don’t know when but soon I hope.

To everyone asking if Ash and Mere’s books will ever be published, my answer s I really don’t know. I want Falling for the Billonairess to be published of course, and my editor at Bookware knows about the book but to be honest, at 169K+ words, it’s too long to be published and I’m having a hard time editing and deleting scenes to fit FFTB into one book. But we’ll see. In the meantime, THANK YOU! It currently has 1.25M reads and 36.7K votes, thanks to the old readers who have read and re-read the book over and over, and to the new readers who are are recommending the book like crazy.

I think that about covers my January! I hope you had a great month, and that you have an awesome February ♥

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When I wrote the outline for my Angelos series (a paranormal series that I have on hold since 2009), Metatron (an angel, not a Transformer) had a role in the series. The Metatron is an archangel and known as “the Chancellor of Heaven”. I also read somewhere that he’s the voice of God. In the 1999 movie, Dogma, Metatron was played by Alan Rickman. So when I wrote the role, no matter how hard I tried to change how my Metatron looked like, he would always end up looking and sounding like Alan Rickman in my head. So I gave up and let him have his way.

alan rickman metatron

I also loved Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, in Galaxy Quest, in Love Actually, and I loved hearing his voice in Alice in Wonderland and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But aside from Metatron, the other role that I believe was written for no one but Alan Rickman was Professor Severus Snape.

Alan Rickman passed away today and I mourned him the way I mourned Professor Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

to the well organized mind

To my Professor Snape, my Metatron. Rest in Peace.

raise your wands

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“He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


To my Ninong Glenn, you’re finally going back home. Rest in peace.

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I am terrified of sharks. I don’t think I can sit through two minutes of Jaws. When I was young, my mother would put me in this huge drum of water (I don’t know what it was made of… tin?) so I could play and bathe while she does the laundry. I remember it being gray and to my four- or five-year-old mind, the bottom looks like the back of a shark. I didn’t scream or scramble out of the drum, but I sure as hell couldn’t “play” while waiting for the darn thing to shoot out of the water and eat me.

So my question to myself is… why am I watching every video of Shark Week I could find on YouTube? I have no clue.

It’s one of those things when you start out watching blooper reels for Star Wars and then five hours later you’re already watching a video on how to put dreadlocks on a goat? Yeah, it was kinda like that, although I can actually trace how it happened.

I was watching CinemaSins video for Jurassic World when I saw another video about the movie, then I watched a video about the biggest dinosaurs which led me to a video about the Megalodon which is an ancient shark said to be bigger than the T-Rex which led me to Great White sharks which led me to Shark Week.

To be honest, I think sharks are beautiful, fascinating creatures, and I speak as someone who had once been a twelve-year-old girl who wanted to be a marine biologist. When Jette took me to Siam Ocean World in Bangkok, I was so fascinated with the sharks in their aquarium because they were so beautiful and oddly hypnotic to watch. I could sit there and watch them all day. But then I think about the Great Whites and they open their mouths and I see all the serrated teeth and look into their scary, black soulless eyes, and hear the Jaws theme playing in my head and I say, “yup, I’m done.” Have you seen a Mako shark?

mako shark

He looks evil.

But while I’m still terrified, still have this irrational fear that if I put my foot down on my bedroom floor a Great White shark would be lurking under my bed, ready to gnaw on my ankle, I’m still very fascinated. Still watching episode after episode of Shark Week.

Also, I was supposed to be in this picture, but all the hair at the back of my neck just stood up when I sat down behind the teeth so no.


This is closest I’ve ever been to a shark and I’d like to keep it that way.


Also, this.


And no, it’s not made of actual shark.


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News Round Up: 091115

I really should just make this a monthly thing… because I always forget (neglect?) writing blog entries because… Facebook share! Twitter RT! The ease of sharing has made me lazy.

Anyway, here’s a summary of the news that you may or may not want or need to know about me.

1. The 36th MIBF

September 17, Thursday, is MSV Day at the Bookware booth! Taong-bahay kami nina Dior Madrigal, Jade Anne Franco, Doreen Laroya, Edith Joaquin and Sachi Bliss. Drop by to say hi if you’re there ^_^

Again, September 17 (Thursday), 2 PM to 6 PM, Hall 1, Aisle A (have to confirm the booth number pero I’m sure madali lang namang makita), at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia.

MSV Day at the MIBF

MSV Day at the MIBF (please click image to enlarge)

There will be a lot of books to be launched including new titles for Pink & Purple, the new MSV Desire Uncut imprint and…

2. Sentinels Batch 3

Yes! Diyos koh, sa wakas! It took me a loooooong time to finish writing this series at medyo marami-rami akong books na natapos sa pagitan ng mga books nitong series na ito so thank you, readers, and thank you, Bookware! For being patient with me. But finally ito na sila. I hope you enjoy them as much as you enjoy the first 2 batches! Kinakabahan talaga ako and I really hope batch 3 is worth the wait.

You can watch the Sentinels Batch 3 promo vidhere.

3. Entwined with You (Crossfire Book 3) by Sylvia Day

The Tagalog version of Entwined with You, book 3 of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series (translated by me) will also be launched at the MIBF! Thank you to my editor love, Elvie, who has helped me with every line of the book. Thank you talaga huhu Cheesecake is on me kapag… you know 😀

Entwined with You by Sylvia Day (Tagalog) | Photo Credit: Bookware Publishing

Entwined with You by Sylvia Day (Tagalog) | Photo Credit: Bookware Publishing

4. How to Kiss a Guy

My Pink & Purple book, How to Kiss a Guy (which is still available on Wattpad until its release) has a cover! Thank you, Ayie and Chen, for giving me a heads up. It makes me want to start writing Axel and Colin’s story ♥ Na-inspire ako!

Cover reveal! How to Kiss a Guy by elisestrella

Cover reveal! How to Kiss a Guy by elisestrella | Photo Credit: Bookware Publishing

This book will NOT be available at the MIBF. Wala pa siyang release date but hopefully, before the year ends. I’ll let you know as soon as I know (or knowing me, mga a few weeks after I find out >.<). You can always check my Facebook, Facebook page or Twitter for updates.

5. Notorious

Another of my Wattpad books, Notorious has been APPROVED for MSV Desire Uncut ♥ Sabi ko pangarap kong magkaroon ng book for every MSV imprint and so far, not counting Balete Chronicles, sudoku, the coloring books, etc., Pink & Purple NA na lang ang wala akong book.

Anyway, Notorious is, again, still available on Wattpad (here’s the link), but please be warned that this is an EROTIC ROMANCE novel, more explicit than anything I’ve ever written for MSV before. It is not for children or for the easily offended. If you don’t like erotic romances, do not read it. I have a lot of other books and stories because I pretty much write base on my mood and preference so not all of my stories will be explicit or will have a love scene. Feel free to choose one of them.

6. 2015 Filipino Readers Choice Awards

And this really shouldn’t be the last (muntik ko nang malimutan), three of my books have been nominated for the 2015 Filipino Readers Choice Awards! First time kong ma-nominate ♥ And I am thrilled although alam ko namang di ako mananalo haha realistic naman ako kasi ang daming mas magaganda at mas sikat na books but I am still really thrilled to be nominated ^_^

You can still vote for your favorite books here until September 25th.

What Am I Up To

I’m currently working on a new MSV Desire book. If you’ve read Love Unscripted, I’m trying to see if the heroine, Ayie’s fun-loving, free-spirited best friend, Giselle, and Ayie’s serious but sexy older brother, Alex has chemistry. Wish me luck.

Also! Two books on Wattpad, Meredith’s POV of FFTB, Falling for Ash Montesines, and FFTB Book 2: A Love Like This. Thank you to my readers who are awesome ♥ I also surpassed the 5K followers mark! Believe me, I’m celebrating because I thought 100 followers were A LOT! Salamat po.

And that is it for me today. I want to write at least 6K words o_O (not counting this post). So I have to start before I end up wanting to go to sleep again without accomplishing anything.

Thank you! And have a great morning and a great weekend!

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