Classified by Georgette S. Gonzales
Danilo Halili was not an investigative journalist. He was simply a photographer who accompanied the news publication’s events reporter to cover the province-wide festivities. But his curiosity was piqued when he overheard something he was not supposed to hear… and we all know what they say about curiosity killing the cat.
Ramon Tanchangco had no doubt in his mind and in his gut that the victim of the gruesome murder in Quezon was his brother Danilo who had been unable to get back to Manila from his assignment. Angered and aggrieved, all he wanted was to find out who the killers were and why Danilo died the way he did.
He had a vague inkling that there was more to the crime than met the eye and he was ready to expose what that conspiracy could be. If only the French nun would refrain from detaining him at the Couvent du Sacré-Coeur with her hospitality.
Classified is the prologue to a 4-book series titled Les Dames des Fleurs chronicling the story of four military-trained women and their black ops team of dedicated individuals who fight for justice for the common Filipino.
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.
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?
Snakehead by Bianca Mori
Where do you run when blood cannot be trusted?
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.
High Stakes by Chris Nava
Growing up to be the son of a celebrated jeweller, Jose Aguirre and his sister were used to the frivolities of the high society. But, when their mother passed away and their dad on his death bed, Jose can no longer afford the once affluent lifestyle—-more of gambling—-that he once led.
Getting out on bail for an estafa case, Jose ends up beaten black and blue by Mauricio Po, a shipping magnate and crime lord, reminding him of the millions that Jose owes him.
With an impending deadline from Mauricio, Jose tries to ask for help. He sought out his sister Patricia, his mother’s most trusted assistant Cely Cruz, and most importantly his boyhood friend and Mauricio’s son, Ramon. Can Jose raise enough money and find life’s solutions before it is too late?
Till Death Do Us Part by Irene Recio
They say it takes a lifetime to really really know somebody….
Everything in Nikki’s life is picture perfect: her photography has taken off and is now a thriving business, she is reconnecting with old friends, and her husband is nothing but devoted. What more can she ask for? Life is good.
That is, until she discovers a shocking truth, putting her and her family in danger.
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?