[Author Interview] Catherine Tinker

Catherine Tinker is a dear friend from the Swoon Reads community. I’ve known her when I was just a new member so I got really excited when she submitted her manuscript to the site! You don’t know how happy I am when Reconnected got chosen – and now I get to feature Catherine on my blog! ❤

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[Author Interview] Tif Marcelo

Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast, food-lover and the occasional half-marathon runner. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited characters. Tif currently lives in the DC area with her own real life military hero and four children. The Journey to the Heart series is her debut series, with a forthcoming women’s fiction novel THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVERY AFTER to be released in April 2019.

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[Author Interview] Leng de Chavez


What is your full name?

Colleen Anne de Chavez

When is your birthday?

September 27

How old are you?


Favorite food?

Cheeseburger and fries

Favorite color?


Favorite song?

At the moment? Turn Out The Lights by Julien Baker

Favorite TV show?

Breaking Bad and Parks and Recreation

Favorite place to read and/or write?

UPLB Main Library

Favorite book?

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl

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[Author Interview] Angel C. Aquino

Angel C. Aquino has been crafting stories in her head and on paper ever since she was a little girl. After she graduated from college, she pursued her passion for words by working in the publishing industry, and later became the managing editor of several magazines such as Candy, Runner’s World Philippines, and Good Housekeeping Philippines. Her short story, “The Bucket List” was published in the Summit Books anthology, Coming of Age.

Love At First Run is her first novel. Though this story is not based on her life, it’s inspired by some events that transpired in 2005, when she joined AMCI Mountaineering Club. She just wanted to climb mountains, but she didn’t know she had to run as part of the training! Since then, she has grown to love running, which relieves her stress and inspires her to come up with new story ideas. So far, she has finished one full marathon and several half marathons in the Philippines and abroad.

Today, she is a freelance writer, editor, and content creator based in Manila. She believes she can make her tiny corner of the world just a little bit brighter by writing stories filled with positivity, hope, and love.

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[Author Interview] Helen Hoang

Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT, which comes out in June 2018 with Berkley.

She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.

Helen is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency.

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Swoon Saturday (2): Jenn P. Nguyen and Danika Stone

Swoon SaturdaysSwoon Twins: Jenn P. Nguyen and Danika Stone

I find it really cool whenever Swoon Reads decides to have Swoon Twins – authors with the same release day. I mean, more reasons to celebrate!!!

Last year, we had Temple West and Kimberly Karalius, celebrating their book birthday on the 12th of May.

This year, we have Jenn and Danika – celebrating their book birthday every June 7! ❤

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[Guest Post] Writing My Autobiography: A Revitalizing Experience

Writing My Autobiography: A Revitalizing Experience

by Racquel Sarah A. Castro

I have given a chance to write my first Non-Fiction Book because of a nomination in the prestigious Virtue Christian Book Awards for my first published story, When Fate Speaks Big Time.

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[Guest Post] Behind the Face of Project TIMES

Behind the Face of Project TIMES

by Marigold Uy

If someone asked me why I created Project TIMES, I know I said it’s a group to inspire other writers and authors but to be really honest? Looking back at the first of February this year, I think I invented the group because I only got curious.

And because I have a habit of collecting short stories in one document and formatting them with pretty designs.

Project TIMES is a product of one of my snap decisions. Everything actually is. From the issues, to random posts in the group. I was too excited about the idea, too engrossed of the outcome that I even had stop myself and say, ‘what the fudge am I doing?’ And to think I was doing all the inviting and planning at the same time. In the car. While travelling to Claveria, Cagayan.

Authors and writers alike have already signed up, agreed to be a part of my crazy idea that I couldn’t just tell them ‘okay, I know that was stupid and ambitious, let’s not get on with it.’ I couldn’t, now could I? And besides, they loved the idea so much and that fueled my enthusiasm more.

Project TIMES was just supposed to be a single anthology about love because when I first invited authors, it was almost Valentines’ Day. And the fact that I wrote something about love, I thought, ‘why not share this with others and then they share something to me?’

What was supposed to be a single issue, suddenly became a part of a ‘huge’, experimental scheme and hopefully a successful imprint.

There are many groups like us–bigger ones, smaller ones–all with the same goal and I have thought of times when I thought I should give up on the group. I had reasons: lack of feedback and my personal bitterness of not having a better place in the industry. It’s a crazy roller-coaster of emotions, really.

But the love for writing and reading always gives me inspiration to continue the project. I have plenty of ideas, some of my members can attest to that and I just can’t help sharing them.

When I first launched Hearts for Sale, Project TIMES’ first two-part issue, I had mixed emotions for it. First, I was worried if someone would actually buy it. What if they don’t like it? What if all the money I spent for it will all go to waste? I had worries that I thought would bug me until I get forty.

But more than that, I loved the books. I cried tears of joy, even. And I was nervous because it was the first two books that will carry the name of Project TIMES. It was like sending your son off to college and you keep on worrying whether he’s doing well or not.

Mine isn’t an extravagant group. I don’t usually post anything outside of it. I seldom promote it even. And I don’t hold events that feature it. We don’t have writer forums. We don’t have mentors. We’re simple like that. I even remember saying it’s just a freewheeling group.

All I actually want is for us to be productive.

And perhaps the most important feeling I have for the group is that I love it. Despite not being an active one. And not just because I found it either. But perhaps the fact that something I created is there and thriving could affirm that, despite thinking of it as too ambitious, I may still be sane. And it somehow brings a sense of achievement too. That’s actually good news, especially for someone like me, who has forgotten the feeling of ever accomplishing anything once upon a time.