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7 Ways of Suspense

Readers should keep turning the pages and will not put the book down. That’s what novelists have to create: novels that are natural page-turners that critics will rave. Writing a novel requires constant forward movement to get the readers excited to move on the next page. In order to sustain that forward movement, writers need Read more about 7 Ways of Suspense[…]

danger.com @2 - Firestorm book cover

Danger.Com @2 – Firestorm

One of the rare finds I had recently was a copy of Danger.Com series number 2 entitled Firestorm. The tagline of the whole series lies on the front cover which got me hooked: “Surfing the Internet can be hazardous to you health.” I admit, I am a sucker for book sales. Not only for Book Read more about Danger.Com @2 – Firestorm[…]

Contratiempo

Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest)

Contratiempo, also known internationally as The Invisible Guest, is a 2016 Spanish film by Oriol Paulo. Aside from being a crime fiction fan, I also appreciate foreign films like this. The story starts when lawyer Virginia Goodman visits businessman Adrian Doria, who is under house arrest for killing his mistress, fashion photographer Laura Vidal. For Read more about Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest)[…]

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[…]

Book cover of The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

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[…]

Cover of Number One Fan by Issa Bacsa

Deleted Prologue

While writing my novel Number One Fan during NaNoWriMo last November 2012, I wrote a prologue to start my story. I thought it would be a good idea to explain a certain backstory of the main character at that time. There are some novels that used this technique and it worked for them in the Read more about Deleted Prologue[…]

my own bookshelf

The Reasons Why I Write Crime

I started seriously reading books when I was 9 when I got interested borrowing books from our school library. There was something in the word “mystery” in “Nancy Drew in The Spider Sapphire Mystery” that made me borrow it. Since then I was hooked with the series, always looking for those Grosset & Dunlap hardbound Read more about The Reasons Why I Write Crime[…]

Cover of Number One Fan by Issa Bacsa

Number One Fan

In 2002, I planned to write a trilogy about three newscasters, each having a story to tell. Inspired by The Bestseller by Lila Ramsey and The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie, I challenged myself to write a mystery-thriller using the nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as a clue. It is about a newscaster who Read more about Number One Fan[…]

Book cover of The Last Call by George Wier

The Last Call

THE LAST CALL by George Wier Bill Travis was a financial consultant, divorced, no kids, just a single guy living a single life. Monday morning as he drove to his office, he saw a beautiful girl driving a roadster along the Austin traffic. Little did he know that she would be his client that morning, Read more about The Last Call[…]

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star proposed book cover 2012

What If It Was Written In Filipino?

Back in 2012, a few months before I resigned from TeleTech, I posted on Facebook and sent an email to some friends an excerpt from two chapters of my novel, Number One Fan. It was still titled Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (a suspense novel) back then. Let me share with you the original excerpt written in Filipino: Read more about What If It Was Written In Filipino?[…]

book cover of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie (1939) I’ve read this book for the second time for the simple reason that I wanted to revisit Agatha Christie‘s works lying on my dusty bookshelf. The story is about ten people of different professions and social status who received an unusual invitation from a certain millionaire named Read more about And Then There Were None[…]

book cover of DMQZ by Quinn Fleming

DMQZ

DMQZ by Quinn Flemming (2013, Amazon Kindle) What would the world be like after a virus that originated from a dormouse spread and killed millions of people instantly and left some ‘resisters’ (those who were infected by the virus yet are still alive)? It divided New York into Safe Zone and the Quarantine Zone. The Read more about DMQZ[…]