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The Retreat By Yeyet Soriano
THE WRITERS’ RETREAT
What would you be willing to do to secure a publication deal of a lifetime from the biggest publisher in the country?
The challenge: You have to write a true-to-life crime story set in the Philippines. The case should not be completely resolved. At least 75 percent of the manuscript needs to be completed within thirty days. You have to be willing to go on a week-long writers’ retreat in an undisclosed location to discuss your manuscript and be critiqued by the other participants. Afterward, you have to be ready to revise and edit the manuscript for final publication.
The prize: Enough money to retire and just write with a guaranteed platform for release locally and internationally.
The catch: You can’t breathe a word to anyone. Post anything on social media and you are out. You will be asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement and a release that removes any responsibility from the organizers should anything untoward happens to you. You will not be allowed to bring any gadgets to the retreat. You will be completely cut off.
So . . . are you game?
Inertia by Sette Luis
Simon de Sel’s life is running smoothly: a promising career in the police force, a new romance, and a well-knit family. When a dead woman named him emergency contact, everything changed.
The Gung Ho Lady by Arlene Manocot
DARKNESS is buried within the deepest part of her soul. A blurry past unceasingly haunts her passive and calm universe and her distorted mind is a burden she can’t get over with. Involved in a murder case, will she be able to prove her innocence?
Margaux Dela Cruz has always viewed the world as a place for repentance. A place to pay the debt of sins, a place where humans pay the price of being alive. The price that can never be sufficed by anyone in this world and while praying for the permanency of her everlasting solitude, men, creatures from another herd, appears and bedlam begins to ensue in her once placid life.
A story of Sins. Repentance. And Love.
The Flame Squad: Sly Prince by Jessica E. Larsen
Blaze Romano’s life has gone exactly according to plan. He managed to get away from his miserable life on the streets of Manila. He won the heart and married Luella, a wealthy heiress of the Mondragon family from Cebu City. There’s just one thing left, kill Luella, and get all that wealth for himself.
Things were going smoothly, but Luella’s half-brother, Cidro’s unexpected return from Spain ruined years of planning. Everything went downhill for Blaze, and he soon found himself in a sticky situation. But as his life flashes before his eyes, someone he least expected appeared in his mind. Luella, the woman who changed his life and started it all.
Corpus Delicti by Porcupine Strongwill
“Aunt Emily has been crying again. Mum says it’s because of a tummy ache, but I can tell that she’s lying…” — Her mum has warned her not to meddle with other people’s business, but thirteen-year-old Miranda just can’t help it. When Aunt Emily confides that her husband has not been at the “military operations” where he said he would be, Miranda proposes to get at the bottom of things. With her witty thinking and the aid of technology and Aunt Emily, Miranda surreptitiously monitors Uncle Trevor’s whereabouts, and what she finds out might actually put the major behind bars.
Sampaguita by Mark Manalang
Japanese expat Keniichi Daimon has conflicting emotions for Manila, his second home. Despite his attraction to its beauty and charm, the crime and corruption seeping deeply into the city has left him nearly apathetic of its future.
When a young flower vendor is kidnapped before his eyes, he decides not to intervene. It was then that his indifference would lead to circumstances that would take away the person he holds dear.
Driven by remorse, Keniichi enters a world where the innocent fall prey to the wiles of the corrupt, privileged, and sinister few. Belittled by the police and spurned by the apathy of the people around him – the same apathy he once showed – he realizes the only way to atone and seek justice is to take matters into his own hands.
“Sampaguita” was first published as part of the #HeistClub 2015 anthology.
Snakehead by Bianca Mori
Where do you run when blood cannot be trusted?
Let’s Play Murder by Farrah F. Polestico
Rafael Kahn and his sister, Ginger, are invited to a birthday celebration in a log cabin in Baguio. But just hours after arriving at the log cabin, someone was murdered. Worst of all, the killer trapped them in the cabin with no way of calling for help or escape.
Can Rafael catch the killer before they strike again? Can he save his sister before she becomes a target? Or would they all die in a remote cabin with no one the wiser?
Dressed to Kill by Cassandra Javier
5 Friends. One Dead Body. A Summer they’d rather just forget.
5 years ago
Amelie, Christina, Cara, Monique, and Tamara spent one summer at Christina’s family’s ranch 5 years ago. It was a time of rest; a time for peace. It was a time when they just spent days fishing, swimming, and forgetting all the troubles of the city. One last hurrah before college, they said.
But that last hurrah ended when Monique was suddenly found dead on the last day of vacation—and their lives have never been the same since.
Now is their chance to figure out the truth.
But sometimes, truths are far more complicated than they seem.
Will they find out all the answers they need?
Or are they in for something bigger…something deadlier?
Tick Tock. Don’t look back. You might be next.
The Fraud Hunter Book 1: Chasing an ATM Schemer by Racquel Sarah A. Castro
Gabe Jacinto is assigned to capture a lady ATM Schemer, Teri Francisco. When Teri heard that he was dating the beautiful Carrie Rios, she plots on using her to trap the fraud hunter. Will Gabe risk his life and money to save Carrie even though he knows her true identity?