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Historical Romance is one of my favorite book genres and I’m glad that this June, a historical romance writer is going to have her book signing event!
When I saw at Powerbook Facebook page that Tessa Dare is coming in the country, I got excited immediately! It will be the first international book signing that I will attend to and I can’t wait for it.
Here is the information for the much awaited book signing event!

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Bestselling and award winning historical romance novelist Tessa Dare is set to do a talk and book signing event on June 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Only books purchased from Powerbooks, National Book Store and National Book Store Express will be accommodated.
‘Romancing the Duke’, the first book in Tessa Dare’s latest series ‘Castles Ever After’, is described by Publishers Weekly as a “a unique twist to a fairy tale, complete with an ancient castle, a damsel in distress, and a wounded hero”. Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens being the daughter of a well-known
author. As her storybooks offered endless possibilities, she never doubted romance would soon
be part of her life. As time passes by, she gives up yearning for romance and the never been kissed woman settles for a roof over her head. The series continues in ‘Say Yes to the Marquess’, which was released in December, and in ‘When a Scot Ties the Knot’, which will be released in August.
Tessa Dare is the bestselling and award winning author of more than a dozen historical romances including the  ‘Spindle Cove’ series (‘A Night to Surrender’, ‘A Week to be Wicked’, ‘A Lady by Midnight’, ‘Beauty and the Blacksmith’, and ‘Any Duchess Will Do’), ‘The Stud Club’ trilogy (‘One Dance with a Duke’, ‘Twice Tempted by a Rogue’ and ‘Three Nights with a Scoundrel’), ‘The Wanton Dairymaid’ trilogy (‘Goddess of the Hunt’, ‘Surrender of a Siren’, and ‘Lady of Persuasion’), ‘Scandalous, Dissolute, No Good Mr. Right’, and the
‘Castles Ever After’ series. Her books bagged numerous accolades including Romance Writers of America’s
RITA® award and have been translated in several languages. She is a librarian by training and a book lover at heart. Married to a Filipino, Tessa worked at a library in the Philippines and has recently visited Tacloban.
The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati.
Books by Tessa Dare are available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Shop online and buy eBooks at nationalbookstore.com. For reservations, call 8888NBS
(627) for calls within Metro Manila, 1800108888NBS for calls outside Metro Manila, or text 09988888NBS and 09178747269.
The National Book Store hotlines are open Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests. Tag #TessaDareinPH to join the discussion.
Not familiar with Tessa’s books? Check out the blurb for Say Yes to the Marquess below!

In the second installment of the Castle Ever After Series: Say Yes To Marquess, meet the 25th year old Lady Clio Whitmore who have been eight years engaged with a marquess. She got tired waiting and when she was about to break the engagement when the notorious and devilish Rake of Somerset, Rafe Brandon comes along who will do anything to make the wedding possible.

Synopsis:

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Title: Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2)
Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: December 30, 2014

Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and
. . . and . . . ?
After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a
wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She’s inherited a castle, scraped together some
pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined
that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.
So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride’s cold feet?

*He starts with flowers. A wedding can’t have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.
*He lets her know she’ll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.
*He doesn’t kiss her.
*If he kisses her, he definitely doesn’t kiss her again.
*When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown
comes off.

*And no matter what—he doesn’t fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.

What I like about the story:
The prim but unpredictable Clio! She was taught to be the best bride for a marquess and learned everything from geography to business but she is more than the obedient and polite woman. Cake sounds, brewery and taste of alcoholic drinks, Clio is the girl to call!
Meet the exaggerated sister and an intelligent sibling. I can relate with Clio having Daphne and Phoebe as her sisters! Daphne might be demanding but deep inside she wants happiness to come to her dear sister. Being clever is okay but Phoebe’s insensitivity with human issues may come in handy.
Rafe: the Devil’s Own! Not familiar with prize fighter but glad that I was introduced with it. Prize fighting was the medieval version of boxing and Rafe was famous for it. He is unstoppable and scary inside the ring but when if it is about Clio, this handsome guy easily melts down.

How it ends:

No baby along the way but having your own business and the man you’ve been in love with for the rest of your life is a perfect ending.

Verdict:
The first time I read the synopsis, I was not hooked. I mean who likes to read a story about two brothers fighting for one woman. Not me! Yet when it came to my doorstep for a book review, let’s gave this a try. The twists was unexpected and I was compelled to finish the book in just one day! Great job Tessa Dare!
I can’t wait for the next installment which is When A Scot Ties A Knot that will be released on August! Another book to look forward to!

Thank you Pinoy Book Tours for given a chance to read and review this wonderful story!

There is an on-going give-way and a lucky Philippine resident can win two books from Tessa Dare: ROMANCING THE DUKE and SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS!

Click the link here and join: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/dc42906e276/

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Historical Romance is one of my favorite book genres and I’m glad that this June, a historical romance writer is going to have her book signing event!
When I saw at Powerbook’s Facebook page that Tessa Dare is coming in the country, I got excited immediately! It will be the first international book signing that I will attend to and I can’t wait for it.
Here is the information for the much awaited book signing event!

Tessa dare poster

Bestseling and award-­winning historical romance novelist Tessa Dare is set to do a talk and book signing event on June 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Only books purchased from Powerbooks, National Book Store and National Book Store Express wil be accommodated.

‘Romancing the Duke’, the first book in Tessa Dare’s latest series ‘Castles Ever After’, is described by Publishers Weekly as a “a unique twist to a fairy tale, complete with an ancient castle, a damsel in distress, and a wounded hero”. Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens being the daughter of a well-­known author. As her storybooks of ered endless possibilities, she never doubted romance would soon be part of her life. As time passes by, she gives up yearning for romance and the never ­been ­kissed woman settles for a roof over her head.

The series continues in ‘Say Yes to the Marquess’, which was released in December, and in ‘When a Scot Ties the Knot’, which wil be released in August.

Tessa Dare is the bestselling and award-­winning author of more than a dozen historical romances including the ‘Spindle Cove’ series (‘A Night to Surrender’, ‘A Week to be Wicked’, ‘A Lady by Midnight’, ‘Beauty and the Blacksmith’, and ‘Any Duchess Wil Do’), ‘The Stud Club’ trilogy (‘One Dance with a Duke’, ‘Twice Tempted by a Rogue’ and ‘Three Nights with a Scoundrel’), ‘The Wanton Dairymaid’ trilogy (‘Goddess of the Hunt’, ‘Surrender of a Siren’, and ‘Lady of Persuasion’), ‘Scandalous, Dissolute, No­Good Mr. Right’, and the ‘Castles Ever After’ series. Her books bagged numerous accolades including Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award and have been translated in several languages. She is a librarian by training and a booklover at heart.

Married to a Filipino, Tessa worked at a library in the Philippines and has recently visited Tacloban.

The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati.

Books by Tessa Dare are available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Shop online and buy eBooks at nationalbookstore.com. For reservations, cal 8888­NBS (627) for cals within Metro Manila, 1­800­10­8888­ NBS for cals outside Metro Manila, or text 0998­8888­NBS and 0917­8747­269. The National Book Store hotlines are open Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Folow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests. Tag #TessaDareinPH to join the discussion.

Not familiar with Tessa’s books? Check out the blurbs for Romancing the Duke!
romancing the duke

In the first story from the Castle Ever After Series: Romancing the Duke, the 26 year old Isolde Ophelia Goodnight who believes in knights and maidens got a big surprise in her life when she met the ravishing but mysterious Duke of Rothbury Ransom William Dacre Vane.
Synopsis:

Title: Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: January 28, 2014

In the first in Tessa Dare’s captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .
As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.
And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.
Ugly duckling turned swan?

Abducted by handsome highwayman?

Rescued from drudgery by charming prince? No, no, and… Heh.
Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty­ six year­ old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

What I like about the story:
Goodnight Tales. When I read it for the first time, it reminds me of Camelot and Grimm Brothers’ stories. There is so much more with the Criselda and Ulric’s love story and the voice behind it. I was surprised to know who were it and even the Shadow Knight!
Izzy is not easy to back down. She is a protagonist who is clever, stubborn and compassionate but every heroine also has their own weaknesses. She is a dreamer, lack confidence with her beauty and she is afraid of the dark. Yet I like how she uses both her strengths and flaws to capture everyone’s heart.
The minor characters that worth a look! Most of historical romance novels that I read there were a lot of characters and I believe this are the first book that I read that there were only few extras to remember. There is the loyal valet Duncan, the always excited Abigail Pelham and watch out for Magnus and the Snowdrop the Ermine.
The scarred and unloved Ransom who stole my heart! Some readers like roguish and devilish man but I always prefer those who are enigmatic and unwanted guy. Ransom is such a cute name for a duke! I fell in love with him when he started to care and do sweet things with Izzy without even realizing it. What a gentleman!

How it ends:

Dreams do come true! Izzy only wishes for a home but she got a castle and her prince charming along the way.

Verdict:
Tessa Dare makes me love and appreciate historical romance books more! If you are not familiar with this genre, I highly recommended this novel as your starter and you will surely be hook!

Thank you Pinoy Book Tours for given a chance to read and review this wonderful story!

There is an on-going give-way and a lucky Philippine resident can win two books from Tessa Dare’s: ROMANCING THE DUKE and SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS!

Click the link here and join: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/dc42906e276/


When I started the idea of having reader of the month, I only wanted to give back to my dear readers. I didn’t expect to receive warm and heartfelt comments/suggestions/opinions. You inspire and motivate me to continue blogging and share my experiences. Perk’s Pick of the Month is celebrating one year this June! Yay!

As a way of saying ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone including new readers of my blog site, let me make someone happy with a give-away!
I’m blessed with sponsors throughout my two years of blogging and I’m grateful with a friend of mine who gave some of her wonderful items as a part of the prizes for my give-away. Yay!

Here are her lovely products:

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Computerized embroidery services:
*Bag tags *Polo shirts *T-shirts *Jackets *Patches
*Hankies *Towels *Pillows

Rate depends on design and quantity! All personalized. Bulk orders are acceptable. They also accept corporate clients.

For the bag tags:

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Single purchase is 150php
Min of 50pcs: 100php
Min of 100pcs: 75php

Got mine here! Thank you for the freebies!

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Customized for me! 🙂

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She even printed my name on the back! 🙂

Father day’s is coming and this a perfect gift for your dearest Daddy, Dada, Papa, Papi, Tatay, Tatang and Ama!

Please contact my friend Rika and she might give you discount or freebies if you purchase from her newest business! Hooray!

Mobile: 09178682320 / 09228730065
Email: czarikamediran@gmail.com

As a celebration for one year of Perk’s Pick of the Month, these awesome prizes can be owned by one of you!

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Up for grabs:

*Rika’s 4 avenger’s bag tags

*Papelito’s List Pad and Tagalog Pads

*Papelito’s Magnet (Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato)

*BDJ Forget Me Not Save-Do

*WD Watch

*OPPO’s Mug

*Pink Mulberry Bag

*2015 Calendar
Easy peasy mechanics:

Follow my rafflecopter give-away here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perks-Be-With-You/316743821763572?sk=app_228910107186452

I will choose the winner with these criteria:
*Quality of Answer (Creativeness/Heartfelt/Honesty)= 70%
* Completion of rafflecopter entries = 30%
Terms and Conditions:
~Duration of the give-away: June 12- June 30, 2015
~Open to Philippine residents only!
– Metro Manila Winner: Meet-up only.
Meeting place: Trinoma/SM North Edsa/ SM Megamall/ Glorietta 1
-For Provincial Winner: Shipment via XEND by yours truly!
~Announcement of winner: July 3, 2015

Not sponsored by Papelito but thank you for the free Magnets Miss Meeya of Papelito! You are the best!

Good luck to everyone! Thank you so much for supporting Perk’s Pick of the Month for one whole year! More to come!


Anyone who is born before the 1990 is very much familiar with the Jurassic Park series. It had been part of my childhood days and I remembered that I watched the VHS, VCD and DVD’s of the series with my brothers. They loved it that we actually watched it twice or thrice a week! That’s how big fans they were!

When it was announced last year that there will be a new Jurassic Park movie, I was one of the most excited people in the world! Oh my gosh my brothers should not miss watching it!

The first film, Jurassic Park was released 1993. It featured the paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) who also came back on Jurassic Park III which was shown last 2001.

The second installment which was titled, The Lost World (1997) was led by chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) who had been part of the first film.

Too bad the former casts will no longer be part of the latest installment. Jurassic World introduces the hot (hihi) Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a member of the park’s on-site staff and a trainer of a group of Velociraptors. The movie focuses in the opening of the park again, 22 years after and the new breed of the dinosaur that wants to rule the world.

Now who wants FREE TICKETS to see JURASSIC WORLD in the big screen?

How to win:

Post  the SCARIEST REACTION when you see a dinosaur.

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Sample entry

or

Post  the SCARIEST DINOSAUR LOOK that you can do.

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Send your multiple entries is allowed via twitter.

Follow me at: https://twitter.com/Perksbewithyou and don’t forget to tagged me.

You can send your entries until 10 in the evening tonight.

I will ‘favorited’ all the entries but I will RETWEET the winning entry tomorrow, June 10 (morning). The winner should meet me either tomorrow or on 11th. Meet-up place will be either Trinoma, SM North Edsa or the newly opened SM Light (near Boni MRT station).

The block screening will be on the June 12 (Independence Day), Greenbelt 3, 7:00 pm. 

Good luck to everyone!


Summer just ends and going back to school is already on top one’s mind. Yet before you turn back as a regular student you might want to check these books. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (April) I have just been introduced to Young Adult novel last year and I became an instant fan of the genre.

I’ve been seeing Hopeless for a long time in the leading bookstores and I was glad that a generous angel gave her own copy to me! Hooray! Hopeless is about Sky Linden Davis, a 17 year old girl who enters school for the first time and who met the mysterious guy, Dean Holder who has a reputation. What I like about the story: First page hooks me up immediately.

Sky is not Sky. When you thought that you have a simple and carefree life then suddenly, someone in your past goes back to your present and show something that you didn’t want to remember. I like Sky because she bravely accepts the truth about her real personality and she easily moves forward to everything that happened to her.

I fell in love with Dean Holder since his first appearance in the story. He is not like your typical ‘high school crush’. He is matured for his age and his sweetness is one of a kind that easily captures my heart.

Quotes worth remembering!

How the story ends:

Letting go of the past and embracing the future with open arms is what Dean and Sky impart to me. One of my favourite fictional couples!

Verdict:

This is my favorite book so far for this year! It was difficult for me to drop especially in the most exciting parts of the novel. Watch out why the story is titled Hopeless! Hopefully Colleen Hoover will come here in the Philippines this September; I will give her a hug and bring a banner with Dean Holder’s name!

Dark Fire by Christine Feehan (May)

Carpathian series has been my preferred paranormal romance sequel since I read its first installment which is Dark Prince and Christine Feehan become my all time beloved writer!

It is my first time to feature a book from the series and I’m excited to share the latest novel that I found which is Dark Fire (6th book).

Dark Fire is about Darius Daratrazanoff, the leader of the Carpathian musicians group Dark Troubadours. He was close to being an undead when he met the Tempest ‘Rusti’ Trine who joined the team.

What I like about the story:

The independent and brave auto mechanic Tempest is an unusual protagonist.

She has a psychic ability which she uses in communicating with animals. I like her stubbornness because I can relate to! Most of the time her hard-headedness got her into trouble but nonetheless she still survives!

Look for someone like Darius. Yes he might be a bit scary, possessive and over-protective with his family, most especially his ‘life mate’ but when he falls in love it is truly and deeply.

How the story ends:

Human female transforms into an immortal Carpathian that leads to the hope of every Carpathian men waiting for their life mates and not to be part of undead or vampires.

Verdict:

Christine Feehan never fails to make all her readers happy and satisfied after reading one of her books! I can’t wait to read her latest novel which is Dark Blood.

Always remember when you feel HOPELESS, there is always a DARK FIRE inside you. Be strong and keep the faith!