A Triumphant Detour: Cover Reveal and Save the Date for the Book Launch #ATDRacqui #ATriumphantDetour

A Triumphant Detour by Racquel Sarah A. Castro


Be inspired. Be blessed. Be like Racqui who is experiencing God’s faithfulness her life.
Racqui, a woman living with cerebral palsy, challenges you to be like her in trusting God in tough times.
If Racqui can, you can. Anything is possible.

A Triumphant Detour
Racquel Sarah A. Castro

Coming this August 12, 2017!

#ATDRacqui #ATriumphantDetour


(Image by: Cheska Taino)

What: A Triumphant Detour Book Launch
Author: Racquel Sarah A. Castro
When: August 12, 2017       Saturday, 1PM
Where: Jesus Christ Rules Bible Christian Church
Block 2 Lots 1 – 4 Juana 1 Complex, Brgy. San Francisco,  City of Binan, Laguna

Why do I have to be there?

1. I want to be inspired by Racqui
2. I want to support Racqui on her advocacy on cerebral palsy awareness
3. I simply love Racqui so I have to be there…

[Guest Post]+[Review]+[Giveaway]: Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano


happy birthday to me!

Keeping the Faith in Love by Ana Tejano

There were a lot of things about this book that’s close to me, other than the fact that this has been one of my older stories since 2010. When I went back to writing this book, I had finally declared that I had moved on. I thought this should make the writing easy, because I had all the hugot for the plot. And I did get that, and while Faith’s story wasn’t entirely my story, I admit that a lot of my younger self lurks in the corners of this book.

Jodi Lynn Anderson wrote something in her book, Tiger Lily, that reminded me of my process in this one: “Human hearts are elastic. They have room for all sorts of passions, and they can break and heal and love again and again.” My elastic human heart was forgetful, because there was a time I thought I was pulling from a fictional experience. Sometimes I wondered if I should have been writing this book at all, but I kept at it. Partly because I believed that Faith’s story was one worth telling, and because I’ve already written and invested so much time in it. Sayang naman. 


I’m glad because that meant I was totally past that. But wow, talk about really hard writing! It helped me, though, to practice some skills of asking questions, looking for other sources of feels (thanks, #romanceclass), and just pushing on until I got it. And I think it worked? A lot of the writing helped me process and see things in a different way, and then I used all my own and other people’s past material and formed it into something that I hope was good. Something that I hope could keep them company in whatever they were feeling – be it heartbreak, happiness, or hopefulness — and to affirm them that love is still – and always is – possible. J

Book Title: Keep the Faith

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Author: Ana Tejano


Blurb: As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

Buy now!

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31228888-keep-the-faith

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PETA PRESENTS: Sticks Stones Broken Bones




The PETA Theater Center presents:


A shadow puppet comedy show, made from bits of rubbish.


Sneaky chickens, flying Ninjas, brain surgery and an unforgettable horse race!  Welcome to the surreal shadow puppet world of Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones.

Using household objects and bits of rubbish, Bunk Puppets transforms simple objects into hilarious silhouette stories. In each scene, the puppetry is performed in front of the shadow screen, so that the audience gets a close look at the visual trickery.  Old toys, brooms, boxes and discarded clothing are deftly stitched together to create shadow puppet stories and characters.


Delighting audiences in dozens of countries, Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is a hilarious fusion of shadow puppetry and physical theatre. It’s a visual feast for the imagination!  Come, experience one man’s playful vision of wonder and nonsense. Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is a wordless and imaginative puppet comedy show for all ages running for 50 minutes.  (Though some bits are a wee bit scary for under 6 yrs old).


Based in Melbourne, Bunk Puppets company director, Jeff Achtem explains Traditionally, shadow puppeteers create their silhouette performances by manipulating puppets behind a screen. We perform Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones in front from the screen, which means we can use cinematic effects like close-ups and zooms. The audience gets to witness every bit of the puppeteers moves” he says.


Performed by Tim Sneddon, created and directed by Jeff Achtem,


  • Award Winner: Best Newcomer (Edinburgh Spotlight): Edinburgh Fringe 2010
  • Award Winner: Spirit of the Fringe (Mervyn Stutter’s): Edinburgh Fringe 2010
  • Award Winner: Adelaide Fringe 2011
  • Award Nominee: Total Theatre Award: Edinburgh Fringe 2010


QUOTES in the reviews:

‘His imagination is glorious! This one-man show has so many characters and interesting situations, you can’t help but be captivated.’      –  The Adelaide Advertiser


“As he carefully brings the pieces together, it is impossible to be certain what you are about to see until it is finished and projected onto a large screen, where the intricacy of his creation is amazing.”                                                        – Edinburgh Evening News


“… more entertainment than a multi-million quid McMusical.: –  The LIST (Edinburgh)


Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones comes to the Philippines on May 3-7, 2017 with seven limited performances at the PETA Theater Center. To complete this rare experience, there will also be a series of puppetry workshops for kids and adults alike facilitated by the founders of Bunk Puppets. Tickets and workshop slots may be booked through Ticketworld or by texting (0917) 807 3069. For more information about the show, visit http://www.bunkpuppets.com and http://petatheater.com. 




All show photos are by Andrew Wuttke.

CrossRoads: The Way, The Truth, The Life


Listen to music from JCRBCC’s Music Team . . . Experience THE WAY . . . THE TRUTH . . . THE LIFE . . .

Join us on November 27, 5:30 PM, that led toward the crossroads . . .


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See you there . . .

[REVIEW]: Kate, Finally by Yeyet Soriano


After six sizzling nights with hot IT consultant Layne Sto. Domingo, writer Kate Borromeo realizes she really sucks at love. She’s thirty-five, she just recently moved on from a destructive unrequited love situation with her longtime love and best friend, only to end up in bed with someone who isn’t going to give her what she wants.

So when gorgeous corporate finance wiz Rob Salcedo, Kate’s first love and best friend, turns over a new leaf and finally proposes marriage to her, promising to make up for all the hurt he caused her, Kate accepts and prepares for the wedding of her dreams.

But when Layne waltzes back into her life, seemingly ready to finally let her into his heart, it appears the universe has other plans for Kate.

Or does it?


I will give a hug to Yeyet when I see her. I will give the story 5/5 stars. The reasons are:

  • I never like Layne in its beta edition because I was rooting for Rob that time. But the newer one just blew me away! I love Layne na! hahaha I met him na daw ahahahaha
  • The scenes were well crafted!
  • Kate has a tough decision to make and she chose . . . BUY THE BOOK! HAHA
  • Although I blush for a time, I enjoyed it.

About the Author:
Yeyet Soriano has been writing her entire life, first as an angst-ridden teenager, then as a single working woman, then as a married working woman with kids. Though the themes of her written works have changed over the years, she held on to one truth—she needed to write to keep the voices in her head at bay.

Based in Manila, Philippines, her day job is that of an IT manager for the Asia-Pacific region for a multinational corporation. She is married to a man who reads only to fall asleep, and they have three wonderful kids—two of whom love to read and one, only starting to learn to read.

Kate, Finally is her first self-published romance.

Email:  yeyetms@gmail.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ysrealm
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Yeyetsorianowrites


Racq Recommends The Craft Central: A New Home for #HeistClub Authors PH

Aside from becoming a haven for art enthusiasts, The Craft Central in Greenbelt 5 is the new home for #HeistClub Books. We thank The Craft Central for allowing our books to be there.

The following are the #HeistClub Titles available in the shop:

  • Chasing an ATM Schemer by Racquel Sarah A. Castro
  • Second Sight to Forever by Racquel Sarah A. Castro
  • Snakehead by Bianca Mori
  • High Stakes by Chris Nava
  • In My Dreams by Yeyet Soriano
  • The Retreat by Yeyet Soriano
  • Turning Points by Yeyet Soriano
  • Sampaguita by Mark Manalang
  • Corpus Delicti by Porcupine Strongwill
  • Till Death Do Us Part by Irene Recio
  • Classified by Georgette S. Gonzales
  • The Bayawak’s Trail by Justine Camacho-Tajonera
  • Mermaid from Siquijor by Justine Camacho-Tajonera
  • The Gung Ho Lady by Arlene Manocot

Last, Oct 2, 2016, we (Inay, Mama Len, and I) went to The Craft Central for the meet and greet after the recently concluded World Cerebral Palsy Day 2016. I met Yeyet and Ana at the 3F.

We roamed the shop first and of course CHECK OUT OUR BOOKS ON SHELVES.

We are creative people  especially Ana. She initiated an impromptu writing workshop. We have a willing student who stayed in our class. Magsi and Mark joined us in a few minutes.


This student, Patricia, was asked to describe the page without using an adjective. She’s pretty good in writing prose. Talk about to go and not to go.


I think we met ALEXIS VENTURA!

There were free workshops as well!

We enjoyed the Sunday full of fun, friends, arts, and books!

Insert me in the picture. I left them and when I got home, Mark tagged me in this picture.


Thank you The Craft  Central for accomodating us! 🙂 Cheers for a very successful Opening Weekend!

Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecraftcentral/

Follow them on Instagram: @thecraftcentral

Feelings For Sale: #romanceclass at #MIBF2016

No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerra

Carla is a whiz at her job: she’s efficient, reliable, and a total genius when it comes to putting something together at the last minute. The snag is she’s single and turning the big three-oh in a few months. Her girl best friend (yes, she’s married just like the other girls in Carla’s barkada) keeps trying to set her up with stable banker-types, while her guy best friend (single – the other single one) encourages her to play the field – no strings attached. Then, through no set up or extraordinary circumstance, Carla meets Dante. Hot, smug, sexy Dante. Definitely not a banker-type and seemingly too good to be true. So there’s got to be a catch. There is. He’s five years younger. Is the universe telling Carla to finally let loose and enjoy a fling with a younger man? Or is there a lot more to this awkward situation that she bargained for?

Iris After the Incident by Mina V. Esguerra

Which moment has defined your life so far?

Whether she likes it or not, Iris’s life has been divided into two: Before the Incident, and After the Incident. Something very private was made very public, and since then life has been about recovering from being shamed, discovering her true friends, and struggling to find a new normal.

Two years into this new life and she finally connects with a guy again. He lives in the apartment down the hall, he’s hot, and he doesn’t look at her that way. He doesn’t know what happened. But he also won’t give her his name, not right away—which has to mean he’s got something to hide too.

Iris wants to start over. Should she do that with the only person who will understand, or is this the same idiotic decision that got her in trouble in the first place

What You Wanted by Mina V. Esguerra

It’s the classic one-night stand: Beach wedding, bridesmaid, groom’s friend. When Andrea and Damon meet, sparks fly, and they give in to the attraction. Sounds simple, but Andrea’s still getting over someone, and Damon thought he’d be hooking up with another person that night. It could still be simple, really, if they chalk it up to a weekend tryst and move on.

But one night becomes lunch the week after, and then dinner the next weekend…and before they know it, Andrea and Damon are still together, dealing with the feelings they know they might still have for other people. How hard can it be to get exactly what you want? How do you even know what it is?

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