Giveaway: Interim Goddess of Love Trilogy

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Mina V. Esguerra’s Interim Goddess of Love trilogy is now available in an omnibus Kindle edition. This is a series set in a fictional college in the Philippines. It has a contemporary setting with some Philippine mythology mixed in. Mina has very generously offered a Kindle edition up for grabs, you just need to have an Amazon account (or be willing to sign up for one) to join. As always, I can’t embed the Rafflecopter widget on my blog so click HERE instead.

Summary of the trilogy:

College sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn’t know why everyone tells her their love problems. She’s never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn’t stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise when the cutest guy in school tells her that she’s going to have to take on this responsibility — but for all humanity.

The Goddess of Love has gone AWOL. It’s a problem, because her job is to keep in check this world’s obsession with love (and lack of it). The God of the Sun, for now an impossibly handsome senior at an exclusive college just outside of Metro Manila, thinks Hannah has what it takes to (temporarily) do the job.

INTERIM GODDESS OF LOVE: While she’s learning to do this goddess thing, she practices on the love troubles of shy Kathy, who’s got a secret admirer on campus. Hannah’s mission, should she choose to accept it, is to make sure that he’s not a creepy stalker and they find their happily ever after — or at least something that’ll last until next semester. (As if she could refuse! The Sun God asked so nicely. And he’s so, well, hot.)

QUEEN OF THE CLUELESS: If you’ve been feeling neglected by the Goddess of Love lately, don’t worry — Hannah Maquiling, college sophomore, is in training to take over. The Original Goddess is missing, but Hannah is Interim Goddess now, and she should figure out how to solve humanity’s love problems soon. Quin (God of the Sun) is still her mentor, still really hot, but apparently isn’t as honest about his other earthly relationships as she thought. It’s frustrating, and enough to make her check out possibilities with Diego (God of the Sea) and Robbie (Cute Human).

In the meantime, she’s decided to spend some of her precious training time helping to break up a relationship, instead of putting one together. Why? Because the girl in question happens to be her best friend Sol, whose boyfriend is stealing not just from her, but from other people on campus. Sol didn’t exactly summon the Goddess, but this is what power over Love is for, right? Surely it’s not just about matchmaking, but ending doomed relationships too. (Even when it’s not what people want.)

ICON OF THE INDECISIVE: College student Hannah Maquiling, also temporarily working as the Goddess of Love, has had enough of everyone asking for her help when it comes to relationships. It’s her turn to find romance! She deserves it, after serving as matchmaker and confidant to everyone else in Ford River College for the past year. She’s had a crush on handsome senior (and God of the Sun) Quin forever, but he’s destined to fall in love with an extraordinary mortal woman, so she’s figured her chances with him have pretty much dropped to zero.

It’s not like she doesn’t have any options for a classic college romance though. There’s Diego, God of the Sea and Quin’s best friend/enemy. And regular guy Robbie is stepping up, making sure she knows how he feels about her. How hard can it be for a goddess to find someone to love, and be loved in return?

My reviews:
Interim Goddess of Love
Queen of the Clueless
Icon of the Indecisive

EWein Special Ops: Giveaway (Ebook and Signed Copies)

Maligayang Pasko! 🙂 Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you’re all having a festive holiday season with your friends and family. Ours is more subdued than usual because my Lola (grandmother) passed away a few days ago and we spent Christmas at the funeral home.

EWein Special Ops

I hope you’re all enjoying the guest posts for EWein Special Ops so far? To celebrate the blog event, both Open Road Media and Elizabeth Wein have generously provided copies of her books to be given away during this week. I thought Christmas is the perfect day to bring up giveaways. The three copies are:

  • One ebook copy of either The Winter Prince or The Sunbird from Open Road Media (winner gets to choose)
  • One signed print copy of A Coalition of Lions from Elizabeth Wein
  • One signed print copy of The Sunbird from Elizabeth Wein

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow users to embed Rafflecopter widgets in free blogs so please click on the links instead:

The giveaways are open internationally and the winner will be chosen on January 2. Good luck and please spread the word about it!

Queen’s Thief Week: Giveaway

Hello everyone! What do you think of the Queen’s Thief Week festivities so far? I hope you’re all enjoying the posts. 🙂 I can’t wait to publish the rest of the guest posts sitting in my drafts section right now. In the meantime, here’s a giveaway for all of you. One lucky winner will win a book of his or her choice from this list of recommendations for Queen’s Thief fans, as long as it’s available in the Book Depository. The winner can even choose a book that has been recommended in the comments section. Either that or choose one of Megan Whalen Turner’s books (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, Instead of Three Wishes). Winner will be chosen randomly, giveaway ends on January 29 and is open to wherever the Book Depository ships. To join, leave a comment stating what title you’d choose if you win. I would also appreciate it if you can spread the word not just about this giveaway but about the Queen’s Thief Week event.

Here are some of my suggestions, all of which are available from the Book Depository (yes, this is me trying to influence your choice):

Birthday Giveaway

It’s the 22nd already so my birthday, March 29, is a week away. I thought I’d celebrate it by having a birthday giveaway! I’m giving away one book from my list of favorites, the winner gets to choose what he or she wants as long as the Book Depository has it. To join the giveaway, spread the word about it through Twitter, Facebook or your own blog and leave a comment including the link to that and of course, the book that you choose. Giveaway ends March 29, open to wherever the Book Depository delivers, winner be randomly chosen.

Following is not a requirement but feel free to follow using the RSS feed, through Goodreads, Twitter or Facebook.

Queen’s Thief Giveaway Winner

So the winner of my Queen’s Thief giveaway is… *drum roll please*

Heather Z.

and her answer is:

Signed? What body part did you have to sacrifice for that? o.O

Seriously, I loved having Gen in the YA Fantasy Showdown (and I was so glad it came down to Howl and him. It was beyond perfect for me, even though it was never remotely anticipated that way).

I would do a week-long FEATURE of this series if I were to win it (even though it would be breaking my cardinal rule of featuring unknown fiction. But the awesome may make up for it. This series is truly incredible).

Thieves always seems to have this enormous heart to them in fiction. I must say I have a soft spot for them. Eugenides always my favorite. And Eugene from the recent Tangled definitely has my heart right now too. (Eugene, Eugenides… Correlation? I think so).

Congratulations! I may put you up to that week-long feature. 😛 I also thought it was great that Gen and Howl were the finalists in the YA Fantasy Showdown. Thank you to everyone who joined and I’m really sorry there could only be one winner. I loved hearing about your favorite thieves in fiction. Gen was a popular answer, of course. So was Robin Hood. Other answers include George Cooper, Arsene Lupin, Artemis Fowl, Mundungus Fletcher, Liesel Meminger, Locke Lamora and so many others. I should check out all of the books that you guys mentioned because I’m fond of thieves.

Anyway, to those who are wondering, I didn’t give an arm or a leg for these signed copies. I wasn’t even able to meet MWT in person since I live in the Philippines. I just ordered them from the indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy and MWT was nice enough to drop by the store and sign the books when I purchased them. Not sure if she’s still based in San Diego though.

Giveaway: Mortal Instruments Trilogy

Last week, I won two blog giveaways: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins from Jason of Taking a Break and Echoes by Melinda Metz from Bella of A Girl Reads a Book. Thanks again, Jason and Bella! It was a great book week for me, what with the Mockingjay Launch Party and everything else. So I thought I’d make someone else happy by having a giveaway of my own. This week, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is being released. So in celebration of that, I’m giving away the Mortal Instruments trilogy – trade paperback copies of City of Bones and City of Ashes and a hardcover of City of Glass. These are my personal copies but I only read them once so they’re like brand-new, no spine creases or anything like that. I don’t have reviews of these but click on the titles to browse through the books’ Goodreads pages, where there are plenty of reviews for the series.

I’m doing something different with the mechanics of this giveaway. To join the giveaway, please go through my reviews and tell me what’s your favorite and why. Did my review convince you to get that book? Do you like the way it’s written? I’m doing this because I’m hoping to get some feedback. 🙂 Contest ends September 15, 2010 and only those in the Philippines are eligible to join. Sorry international readers! I’m also taking a page out of Jason’s book and choosing the winner based on the answer and not using random.org like I did with my other giveaways. Good luck and I look forward to your answers.

Giveaway of a Shannon Hale Book!

Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’m hosting a contest as part of
Enna Isilee’s Birthday Bash 2010
Presented by Squeaky Books

From August 23rd until September 22nd, Enna Isilee at Squeaky Books is having a HUGE bash to celebrate her birthday! There are twelve contests, tons of author interviews, and guest posts from over a dozen different YA book bloggers. And I get to host a contest!

I get to give away ANY one of Shannon Hale’s YA books — UK edition! These books are BEAUTIFUL, and entering is simple. Just fill out the form (with optional bonus entries). You have until September 21st at 11:59 MST to enter. US and Canada only so sorry international readers! All winners will be announced on Enna Isilee’s birthday (September 22nd) on Enna Isilee’s blog (Squeaky Books). And today, I’m featured by Ennalee over at Squeaky Books, where I talk about my birthday this year. You should totally go check it out.

Without further ado, enter to win! Click below.

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Tall Story Giveaway Winner

The winner of my giveaway of a signed copy of Tall Story by Candy Gourlay is:

isay08

Her favorite Asian character is Alex Trese from the comics, Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Congratulations, isaw08! I’ll email you in a bit to ask for your address. Thank you to all those who joined. I enjoyed reading your answers. They made me curious about all of the Asian characters that you mentioned and I might check out those movies, books or TV shows in the future.

Review and Giveaway: Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

So I talked about Candy Gourlay’s Tall Story launch in this post over here. I finally got a chance to read my signed copy and I’m excited to share this book with you guys with a giveaway.

Here’s the summary of the book from the official site:

Andi hasn’t seen her brother for eight years and when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. He’s tall. EIGHT FOOT TALL.

But Bernardo is not what he seems. Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell.

This book is more middle grade or younger YA for me, just to give you guys fair warning. The story is told in alternating perspectives of Bernardo and Andi (real name: Amandolina, such an old school Filipino name). Andi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in London with her parents. She has a half-brother named Bernardo and he lives in the Philippines. Their mum came to the UK to work as a nurse and that’s when she met Andi’s father, who also works as a nurse. They’ve been trying to get Bernardo to the UK ever since they settled down but the immigration process is taking a long time. Andi can’t wait to meet her brother because she’s crazy about basketball and her mum says Bernardo is tall. Also, basketball is a popular sport in the Philippines so Bernardo must love basketball! Bernardo is sixteen when he receives the news that he can finally go to his family in the UK. The story focuses on Bernardo’s experiences as he adjusts to a new life in a foreign country with a family that he loves but doesn’t really know. Bernardo is tall, awkward and shy but he strives to do all that he can for his friends and family. Andi is a spirited tomboy of a girl and she’s determined to play basketball even if she doesn’t have the height for it. I think it was a good idea to tell the story from both of their points of view because it gives the readers a better idea of the whole situation. It’s easier for us to understand what both of them were going through.

Tall Story is a heartwarming, hilarious tale about friendship and family and how certain bonds can transcend the physical distance. As cheesy as this sounds, I really think this book shows how people can be involved in each other’s lives even if they are continents apart. And this happens all of the time! I have friends and family all over the world and even if I don’t see them that often, I still feel the connection. A lot of you readers and book blogger friends live abroad and even if I haven’t met you in person, I feel like I know you. Isn’t that amazing? Most people have relatives and friends abroad so I have a feeling a lot of us can relate to Bernardo’s story and how hard it is to live away from those you love. I think it’s great that a Filipino author with a young adult book has been published internationally because I’d love for you guys to read this book. It has a wonderful blend of contemporary fiction and Filipino mythology, resulting in a cohesive story that has a lot of heart. Superstition plays a big part in this story because Filipinos are big on superstition, probably more so in the provinces.

I also think Candy Gourlay’s portrayal of Filipinos in foreign countries is pretty accurate. Andi’s mum gets carded whenever she buys wine because she’s such a small person. I’m five foot flat and I had the same problem when I went to the States for a vacation. Whenever I ordered alcohol, the servers would ask for my ID and they couldn’t believe that I was twenty-four years old at that time. They all used to think I was seventeen or younger. Also, Andi doesn’t understand why her mum calls her aunt in the Philippines when they spend most of their time on the phone saying “Hello? Can you hear me? Hello? Hello?” That is EXACTLY how my aunt in the States talks to my grandmother! They use up the call card just saying “Hello.”

Check out this nifty book trailer created by the author’s brother. I find the accents so funny! I mean it’s funny to hear a distinct UK accent side by side with a Filipino accent. Watch it to see what I mean.

All in all, a lovely debut from Candy Gourlay and I’m going to watch out for more of her books. I’m giving away one SIGNED copy of Tall Story to residents of the Philippines. To join, just leave a comment and answer the question: Who is your favorite Asian character? It can be from a book, TV show or movie. Sorry, international friends! International shipping is so expensive but you guys can buy Tall Story from The Book Depository, here. The winner will be randomly chosen using random.org on August 6, Friday.