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Ordeal By Innocence

Ordeal By Innocence, (1958) by Agatha Christie I think I mentioned before that Ordeal By Innocence, the 1958 novel of my idol, Agatha Christie, is the first book I’ve read among Christie’s long list of novels. I was on my sixth grade when I got hold of a copy of it. 32 years after, I Read more about Ordeal By Innocence[…]

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Celebrate World Book Day. Read!

23 April is World Book Day. Since 1995, countries around the world celebrate this day to promote not just reading but also publishing and copyright. It is also the death anniversary of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Some countries celebrate World Book Day by reading their literary works. These days, reading is not much as it used Read more about Celebrate World Book Day. Read![…]

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Cat Among the Pigeons

I’ve heard about this Christie’s book during a brainstorming session with my colleagues in the film industry many years ago. Last year, I got hold of an e-book version and recently, I read this using my cellphone’s text reader. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie, 1959 Prince Ali Yusuf, the liberal ruling monarch of Read more about Cat Among the Pigeons[…]

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (2000, Scribner) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is Stephen King’s book after his car accident in 1999. It is basically a memoir that documents his experiences as a writer and at the same time, relays his advice for aspiring writers. In 2010, Scribner published Read more about On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft[…]

Agatha Christie's Dumb Witness

Dumb Witness

Dumb Witness (1937, Agatha Christie) This is one of those books that have been collecting dust on my bookshelf and I just finished reading it over the weekend. Years ago, I’ve read in The Strand magazine that this was first published as a short story but eventually became the novel we are all familiar of. Read more about Dumb Witness[…]

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Guilty

I wrote Guilty back in August 2002, right after submitting the manuscript of Living In a Lie. The idea came from an article I’ve read from an old copy of the Reader’s Digest. If I’m not mistaken, the article was entitled, “Why Do I Defend Criminals?” something like that. While writing the story, I used the casting Read more about Guilty[…]

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All I Remember

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of FICTION IN PROGRESS.   I remembered holding a glass. I felt I had drunk its content because I felt my thirst was quenched. I remembered being refreshed after drinking something so cool. I couldn’t remember what I drank, though. Was it water? Was it wine? I looked around and Read more about All I Remember[…]

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The Surgeon

THE SURGEON by Tess Gerritsen, 2001, Ballantine Books I came to discover author Tess Gerritsen when I read The Sinner a few years ago and instantly I became a fan of her characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. However, this book has Rizzoli but no Isles but it still has the same kind of Gerritsen Read more about The Surgeon[…]

Book cover of On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

On What Grounds

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (2003, The Berkeley Publishing Group) I started to like Cleo Coyle a few years back when I first read “Through the Grinder“, the second book in her Coffeehouse Mystery series. Aside from the mystery story, lessons about coffee and a few tips and recipes are found in the book. Read more about On What Grounds[…]

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Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word

Have you ever thought how authors come up with their ideas for their novels? You may have browsed writing books and magazines and have been told that an idea comes from an endless list of sources. But how do authors come up with a novel from an idea? In this article, let us see how Read more about Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word[…]

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Writing Is Only Half the Battle

  You just published a book and ask what’s next? For independent authors, the true test of perseverance starts on this stage: marketing. Even well-known authors must promote their books. Big publishers spend 80% of their marketing budget on 20% of their top sellers because they are sure that they will get a return on Read more about Writing Is Only Half the Battle[…]

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The First Trilogy (in Original Filipino Text)

Looking back from where I started, I couldn’t help but smile. It brought back memories and at the same time it showed me a pattern — either a pattern of growth or a pattern of style. This year, I decided to release in e-book format my first trilogy which I wrote 13 years ago. Publishing an Read more about The First Trilogy (in Original Filipino Text)[…]

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