KMR in PH! [Recap + Giveaway]

My contemporary fangirl heart exploded with joy when National Book Store announced that Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider were coming to the Philippines for a book signing event. Charged with excitement, my blogger friends and I attended a special Q&A with the authors last July 5th.

Book signing stage

As we waited for Katie, Melissa, and Robyn to arrive, we mingled and caught up with each other, talking about books and anything under the sun. The three authors soon entered the venue, and we all went into serious fangirl mode. My heart drummed with elation when I saw Robyn Schneider! She’s like the brightest sunshine ever–so bubbly and adorable. 🙂


The Q&A was a lot of fun! Here are some interesting bits that I have gathered:

*Melissa would love to do historical fiction.

*Katie started How to Love at the age of 16.

*Katie kind of fell into young adult.

*Melissa said that it’s important to figure out a process that works for you.

*All of Robyn’s leading guys are portraits of herself.

*Melissa loves writing romance.

*Writing contemporary helps Katie to understand the world.

*Robyn loves writing pop culture references.

*Katie’s 3rd book is an untitled tragic romance coming out in Spring 2016. It’s a a pop star book set in the 1990s and has a star-crossed romance!

*Robyn tries to be honest. She writes normal.

*Robyn hates hash tags. #IHateHashTags

You may listen to full audio recording of the Q&A here.

With authors_collage

KMR! 🙂

Katie, Melissa, and Robyn were all wonderful! I enjoyed chatting with them as they signed my books. Robyn was so delighted to see my well-loved copy of The Beginning of Everything with sticky notes of my favorite quotes and my thoughts about the story. She also gave me writing advice, which I will forever keep in mind. Here it goes: “Write the book you want to send to your sixteen year-old self.” I was completely blown away with it! Words like that mean so much to me, and I’m beyond grateful that I have met (and hugged!) Robyn Schneider in person. She is truly an inspiration!

Author hug_Robyn

With Robyn!


PH YA Book Bloggers with Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider! Photo courtesy of National Book Store. 🙂

With the authors

With Katie, Melissa, and Robyn. ❤

The public signing followed at 2 p.m. at the Grand Atrium in Shangri-La Plaza. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go there because I had tasks to do at home. But based on the pictures I saw on Twitter and Instagram, it was evident that everyone enjoyed!

Signed books_collage

Signed books!


Ezra quote

My favorite quote from The Beginning of Everything. ❤

Thank you very much to the fantastic National Book Store for bringing Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider to the Philippines! I had an amazing time at the signing! To Katie, Melissa, and Robyn, I hope you ladies would visit the country again one day. 🙂


I’m giving away three (3) bookmarks signed by Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider to one (1) lucky bookworm!


The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. 🙂

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Event Recap: Leigh Bardugo in PH!

June 21st was fantastic for bookworms in Manila as it was the day of New York Times Bestselling Author Leigh Bardugo’s book signing! Many wished for Leigh to visit the Philippines and of course, the wonderful National Book Store made it come true! 🙂

Leigh Bardugo Q&A

Q&A with Leigh Bardugo

My fellow bloggers and I attended a Q&A and I’d love to share with you the information I’ve gathered from the event. Here it is:

*Leigh would love to write with Laini Taylor and JK Rowling.

*Leigh has a horror story in the anthology, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys that is coming out in August.

*Leigh enjoys stories set in our world with a fantasy element.

*Leigh would never cut a steamy scene!

*Leigh is a huge Game of Thrones fan!

*Russia felt like a good fit for her world.

*The setting of Six of Crows existed in Leigh’s mind before she wrote it.

*Shadow and Bone is a very classic “chosen one” story.

*Leigh hopes we like Six of Crows!

*Leigh might write a story about Sturmhond. According to her, it won’t happen on a few years.

*Leigh used to be a makeup and special effects artist.

*Leigh realized that no matter how old you get, no matter how smart you think you are, the fear of the dark never really goes away.

*She meant for the Darkling to be sexy. 🙂

*The Darkling is a main love interest.

*Leigh set out to write characters, not love interests.

*There’s a possibility for a novella about Alina’s origins!

*Leigh created a language to suit the moment of the world.

*Leigh wanted the language to be accessible to the reader.

*Leigh has gotten braver in her world-building.

*She literally has her dream job now.

If you wish to listen to the audio recording of the Q&A, you may access it here.

With Leigh Bardugo

With the wonderful Leigh Bardugo! 🙂

After the Q&A, we bloggers had the opportunity to meet Leigh personally at the book signing. Leigh was so kind and friendly! She asked me who my favorite character is in the Grisha Trilogy and I honestly told her that I haven’t read her books yet. I wanted to vanish into thin air as soon as I said those words! But you know what? Leigh was totally cool with it! I said I’ll read her books soon and she responded, “I hope you like them!” in a cheerful manner that made me more excited to read the Grisha Trilogy.

PH Bloggers group photo

PH YA Bloggers with Leigh Bardugo

Leigh’s agent, Joanna Volpe, was also present at the event. I got to chat with her for a while and she gave some helpful writing tips! Thank you, Joanna! Will keep those in mind. 🙂

With Joanna Volpe

With the lovely Joanna Volpe! 🙂

Aside from meeting Leigh and Joanna, I was super happy to see my blogger friends again after two months! I missed everyone very much! It was really good to catch up with them. Of course, a signing wouldn’t be complete without selfies! I didn’t get a chance to take selfies with everyone (BOO!), but here’s a collage of the very few I took with Kevin of Tomebound, Salve of Cuckoo for Books, Sab from Sab the Book Eater, and Hazel of Stay Bookish.


Bloggers unite!

The public signing was held at National Book Store Glorietta 1. I wasn’t able to stay long because I had stuff to do in the afternoon. Anyway, from what I’ve seen in pictures shared on social media, it seems like everybody had a great time! Hooray!

Public signing

Public signing at National Book Store

Thank you so much National Book Store for making #LeighBardugoinPH possible! Meeting Leigh was an amazing experience. I’m looking forward to the next book signing event! 🙂

Signed copies of SB and SS

Signed books! Yay!

Six of Crows

Signed Six of Crows ARC! 🙂

How about you, guys? Did you attend any of Leigh Bardugo’s signing in the Philippines? Share your experience in the comment section below!


Event Recap: E. Lockhart in Manila!

New York Times Bestselling author, E. Lockhart, visited the Philippines this month for two book signing events–one in Manila and another in Cebu. Yesterday was the Manila signing, which I delightfully attended. I loved her books, Fly on the Wall and We Were Liars (5-star review here) so I was really excited to meet the author in person.

Here’s a rundown of what happened at yesterday’s awesome bookish event:

Q&A with E. Lockhart

Q&A with E. Lockhart

Emily answered questions at a special Q&A gathering with book bloggers. She’s a deep thinker, you guys! She would pause to reflect on every question. And what emerged after a moment of rumination were words overflowing with profound wisdom. You may listen to the audio recording of the Q&A here.

We bloggers lined up to have our books signed at the end of the Q&A. When it was my turn, Emily and I chatted a little about writing. I mentioned to her that I’m working on a contemporary YA. “Good for you!” was Emily’s encouraging reply. I requested her to write down an advice for me. On my copy of We Were Liars, she inscribed, “Keep writing.” Although short and sweet, the message meant a lot for an aspiring writer. It is additional motivation to push on with what I love doing the most. ❤

E. Lockhart signing my books! :)

E. Lockhart signing my books! 🙂

Emily has a warm, charming glow about her that enlivened the whole place. You’d want to be around her all the time! 🙂

With the lovely E. Lockhart!

With the lovely E. Lockhart! ❤

E. Lockhart signing books

E. Lockhart with bloggers

PH YA Book Bloggers with E. Lockhart

Aside from meeting Emily in person, I was so happy to see my blogger friends again after a couple of months. Catching up and talking about books with them was a blast! Also, my Hardest Selfie Ever buddies and I were reunited for version 10.0, which happens to be our first selfie for 2015. 🙂

Hardest Selfie Ever 10.0 with Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, Louisse of The Soul Sisters, and Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs

The tradition continues! Hardest Selfie Ever 10.0 with Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, Louisse of The Soul Sisters, and Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs.

Next was the public signing at National Book Store Glorietta 1. Filipino bookworms waited patiently at the venue. Some read to kill time, while others mingled with other bookworms. Don’t you just love it when books and bookish events bring people together? How wonderful!


Public book signing at National Book Store Glorietta 1

A display of E. Lockhart's books

A display of E. Lockhart’s books

PH bookworms at the book signing event

PH bookworms at the book signing event

Signed books! :)

Signed books! 🙂

Thank you so much Emily for visiting the Philippines! We hope to see you again one day. 🙂 To the ever phenomenal National Book Store, my sincerest gratitude for making #ELockhartinPH possible. I’m looking forward to the next book signing event!

Were you at E. Lockhart’s book signing in Manila or in Cebu? Share your experience on the comment section below!