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Being Paid to Read a Book and Write a Review

I’ve been reading books since grade school but I’ve started doing book reviews in 2012. I remember when I revived my old Webs.com account and started a blog category I named “My Bookshelf”. The original plan was to write a review on each book that I have on my bookshelf literally. However, technology has introduced Read more about Being Paid to Read a Book and Write a Review[…]

Did You Know That There Are Only 8 Basic Stories in the World?

I’ve mentioned this before, I attended a screenplay writing workshop in 1999. A few months or a year after, I bought a book Teach Yourself Screenwriting by Raymond G. Frensham. Unfortunately, someone borrowed the book and never returned it to me. Anyway, I remember in the first part of that book it mentioned about the Read more about Did You Know That There Are Only 8 Basic Stories in the World?[…]

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The Girl With the Phony Name

The Girl With the Phony Name  (1992) by Charles Mathes, St. Martin’s Press   I have bought this book from BookSale about fifteen years ago and have left it here in Moncada. After cleaning the house and settled in, I found this book among my things I’ve left behind. It’s 2018 and I’m up to this year’s reading Read more about The Girl With the Phony Name[…]

Number One Fan in Free-eBooks' Instant Library

Mystery Instant Library Collection

I’m pleased to announce that my novel, Number One Fan, is included in Free-eBooks.net’s Instant Library. Number One Fan This novel was published 4 years ago, had 2,957 downloads, and with 4.8 stars rating from readers. It was included in Free-eBooks.net’s USB e-Go Library three years ago. For those who haven’t read my novel, click Read more about Mystery Instant Library Collection[…]

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Banned Books Week

 This week, starting 24 September, the world celebrates Banned Books Week. It is an annual event every last week of September that celebrates the freedom to read. It brings the whole book community, librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, writers, and readers together in shared support of this freedom. There are books that are unorthodox, controversial, or Read more about Banned Books Week[…]

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Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger (1983)

While shopping with my husband, I saw a sign on a book sale saying two hardbound books for Php 99.00. That’s equivalent to a little less than $2.00 USD. So I took the chance because my husband paid for it. One of the hardbound books is Murder On Cue, a 1983 novel by Jane Dentinger. Read more about Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger (1983)[…]

quote from Sylvia Plath

Don’t Be A Victim Of This Writing Myth

 Once upon a time, we believed that writers get a stroke of inspiration from the muses. They sit down and pour out their emotions and transform them into words on paper. It was the stroke a an Inspired Genius. But like the muses, those writers were just myths. Writing doesn’t work that way. And if Read more about Don’t Be A Victim Of This Writing Myth[…]

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When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic

After winning Honorable Mention in a screenplay writing contest, I lent my screenplay manuscript to a  co-worker for her to read. When she returned to me the manuscript, she said, “…the story is good, but it’s episodic…” Hearing the word “episodic”, I immediately agreed because in my thoughts the story was also based in some Read more about When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic[…]

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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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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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