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A DREAM COME TRUE Give-away!- CLOSED-

2015 had been an eye-opener to me. It introduced me to the greatest opportunity that I’ve been waiting for.
I went back to writing stories. But this time, I decided to take a step further. I attended an online writing workshop last September. It was not an ordinary workshop. The genre was Paranormal and I was not confident to finish an English story with 5,000 words. Somehow, I surprised myself because I was able to come up with a finished product that was more than the word count needed in just two weeks. Whoopi!
It was the door that opened to me to continue pursuing my first love which is writing. Last January, I submitted a short story with a different genre and before the month ended, I joined a writing contest for a self-published book featuring a collection of romantic short stories.
I was doubtful with myself on producing a love story. It had been a while since I wrote one and I wanted to back out, but the extension of the submission convinced me to try my luck.
Unexpectedly, I was part of Jahric Lago Presents: Dreamlovers top 10 entries and it was the best thing that happened to my writing career so far.
I was very grateful that I’m sharing it with you, my dear readers!
I’ve been keeping this wonderful news for quite some time and yes, the self-published book will finally be out before this month ends! Yipee!
Starting today, May 5 until June 5, 2016 I have a special comeback giveaway called: A DREAM COME TRUE.

What are the prizes that will be given out?
~A copy of DREAMLOVERS

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~Bath and Bliss Festive Gift Set

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How can you win?
I will make this very convenient for you. Here are the mechanics:
1. Follow these Facebook accounts: https://www.facebook.com/Perks-Be-With-You-316743821763572/ , https://www.facebook.com/JAHRICISM and https://www.facebook.com/JahricLago/?fref=ts .
2. Follow my twitter and WordPress.com account: https://twitter.com/perksbewithyou and https://perksbewithyou.wordpress.com/
3. Be creative. You should convince me on WHY DO YOU DESERVE TO WIN THIS AWESOME PRIZES! You can answer the question, write a poem, compose a song, and make a video or any possible thing that you can come up! Making an effort is a plus!
4. Share this giveaway via your Facebook account and Twitter: “Perks Be With You is having a come back giveaway. Join her A DREAM COME TRUE giveaway now and win awesome prizes!” (Don’t forget to tag me and make it in Public).
5. Post your answer with your Facebook/Twitter ID and wordpress.com account along with links that you share on the giveaway blog comment via Perksbewithyou.wordpress.com or Perksbewithyou.weebly.com

Sample entry:
“I deserve to win because I am a certified Perks Be With You reader! I support you from the beginning of your blog. Congratulations! I hope you will give me a chance to read your book!”
Facebook name: Perksbewithyou
Twitter handle: @Perksbewithyou
Wordpress.com: Perksbewithyou
Links:

Make sure that you do all the FIVE steps so that your ENTRY will be VALID. (I’m going to thoroughly check all of your entries.)
Remember: ONE ENTRY for ONE PERSON only. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
The giveaway is until JUNE 5 and open to Philippine Residents.
Announcement of winner: June 12, 2016.
Good luck! I can’t wait to see your entries! Thank you very much for the love and support with my blog.
P.S. If you want your own copy of DREAM LOVERS please do check out this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Jd7I9OGOH5TcxeHNmGnJO6-QeawRCaxY_7bajMbHVPk/viewform?c=0&w=1

I hope you support me and my co-authors! Thank you again.

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Book Review: No Love Allowed

It was the book cover that immediately captured my interest.

No Love Allowed book cover

Photo from Goodreads.com

I fell in love with the lovely cover! I was fortunate enough to read the Advance Reader’s Copy from Pinoy Book Tours and it perfectly came this month of love!

Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Swoon Reads

 

Synopsis:

It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb Parker desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him.

Fortunately, DianaDidi’ Alexander, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!

What I like about the story:

The Fake Relationship. I’ve been reading a lot of stories about pretending to be in a relationship for the sake of moving on but this one as soon as I started reading, it didn’t make me feel feigned about it. Caleb’s concern to Didi was priceless and Didi’s personality was contagious.

The Parker boys. It was like I was being tortured while I read about Caleb, Nathan and Preston. Can they be real? Their descriptions were so effective that I wanted to be Didi or Natasha at the same time!

All the ‘FIRSTS’ for Didi and Caleb. This couple made me believe of happy ever after and forever though there were a lot of complications from both sides. The surprise jump from the cliff, the exciting event from Fourth of July, their memorable kiss and who won’t forget their dinner at the museum with their very special meal?

Quotes to remember:

*Page 37

Nathan to Caleb

“Love is love. If she feels that way, then let her. It doesn’t mean you have to return it.”

*Page 143

Caleb to Didi

“That was when I realized all love does is hurt people. It lulls you into false sense of security, and then bam! You slam into a brick wall of pain. A shit ton of pain. Love destroys people to the point where they don’t even care who else they hurt in process.”

 

*Page 201

Caleb to Angela

“I can’t see the future, Angela but I do know one thing. Whether I stay in your daughter’s life or not should be up to her. Just let me see her.”
*Page 209

Angela to Didi

“But no matter how wrong I thought your relationship was I can’t ignore the fact that you were happy. That he made you happy. I think I made a mistake in asking him to disappear from your life. And I think you’ll regret it someday if you allow him to leave. I don’t want to deny you the chance to be with him if that is what you truly want.”

*Page 225

Caleb to Didi

“I should have known that from the moment I met you that there would be no going back. That I will never be the same. I know now that I’ll never recover from loving you, Diana Alexander.”

*Page 228

“You’re the first girl I’ve ever fallen in love with.”

“You’re the first boy I’ve ever allowed myself to love.”

 

How it ends:

Dinner. McDo. Paintings. Van Gogh. Museum.

 

Verdict:

This is the first novel that I read from Kate Evangelista and I enjoyed it very much! It was light and fun to read. It was very realistic that it can happen to anyone. Kate’s writing style was flawless and the words which she used was not very complicated. The vibe of reading this novel made my heart burst in happiness from the beginning up to the end.

I highly recommend that you purchase this book once it hit the leading bookstores!

I can’t wait for April and have my own physical copy of this novel! Hopefully Miss Kate will have a meet and greet and she signed this book for me.

Perk’s rating: 5/5 (I’m a huge fan of Caleb and Didi!)

Again, thank you very much to Pinoy Book Tours for the ARC and the blog tour!  And to Kate Evangelista for this wonderful story!

 

I’m in LOVE with… BOOKS! (A Special Give-away)

Happy Hearts Day everyone!
I know we are still high from the celebration yesterday. Whether you are with your special someone, family or friends, I hope you had a great day.
Two weeks ago, it dawned to me that I’ve been recommending books for one year already. Yes, Perk’s Recommended Book celebrated its one year last month. And because I was a very busy bee with work and writing, I forgot about it.
That’s why I decided to have this very special contest. It is still the month of love and I’m giving away not ONLY ONE but FOURTEEN BOOKS to a lucky reader of mine.
If you are a book worm or you just simply like reading books, this promo is for you!
Starting today, February 15 until February 28, I will be featuring 14 BOOKS everyday. The books are NEW/SIGNED OR PRE-LOVED by yours truly. And because I’m supporting Filipino writers, all of the books are written by local authors.
The first give-away book is…

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FAMOUS MEETS BAD GIRL by Sweet Admirer (Summit Books)- NEW!

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):
Elusive, classy, and spontaneous-these words perfectly describe Princess Trish Lua. Pero kapag hinamon siya sa isang pagtatalo, sho won’t back down even if brash and snarky remarks get her into trouble.

Kuntento na siya sa kanyang maliit na mundo, but then she meets the famous yet obnoxious jerk, Terrence Andrew Sy, who turns her life into a series of ups and downs.

Magkatuluyan kaya sila sa huli? Or will one of them give up once their deepest secrets are out in the open?
I will be using a rafflecopter but the determination of winner will be on the last task that I will be adding on the 28th!

Rafflecopter tab: https://www.facebook.com/Perks-Be-With-You-316743821763572/app/228910107186452/
Announcement of winner will be on the 29th!
Don’t forget to click the rafflecopter tab and send in your entries.

Watch out for the 2nd book tomorrow!

NOTE: Books are not sponsored. Either there were given to me or I bought it.

Perk’s Pick of The Month (2016 Edition)

This is the 2nd year of giving away prizes for my dear readers who enjoy commenting and sharing their insights with my blog.
Starting this year, Perk’s Pick of the Month will have MONTHLY THEMES and because I wasn’t able to post for January perk’s Pick, I will combined last month and this February.

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The winner of March will get GRADUATION CEREMONY suprise items which I will reveal after announcing the lucky name.

How can you win?
-Comment to any of my posts this month (March), quantity over quality please.

To make it more exciting, I will be posting THREE NAMES who will be vying for the top spot THREE DAYS before I officially announce the winner.

Announcement of the Commenter of the Month is every last Sunday of the Month.

Sounds good right? What are you waiting for, join now!

Minsan Pa Release Blitz Blog Tour

Today is the release day of Jessica Larsen’s newest romance book: Minsan Pa!

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Book Blurb:

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

Word count: 37,300 words

Natutong mahalin ni Neena si Yuusuke noong teenagers pa lamang sila. Subalit sobra siyang nasaktan sa bigla nitong pagkawala ng walang paalam. Sa paglipas ng mga taon wala siyang naging balita rito maliban sa mga scandal nitong nababasa niya sa mga magazines. But after eleven years, Yuusuke’s back as her boss at muling pinalalambot ang puso niyang akala niya ay naging bato na pagdating sa pag-ibig.

 

Teaser:

NANG nasa labasan na sila ng squatters’ area ay hindi mapigilan ni Neena ang mapanganga sa kotseng itinuro sa kanya ni Isabella. Hindi nga nagsisinungaling ang kapatid. Napakagara nga ng makintab na kulay asul na kotse. Tinted ang salamin nito kaya hindi nila makita kung sino ang nasa loob, pero sa gara noon ay halos matatakot ang sinuman na hipuin man lang ang sasakyan dahil baka magasgasan. Nakontento na lang sa pagtingin ang mga tao sa paligid maliban kay Neena na patuloy ang paghakbang palapit sa kotse at kinatok ang salamin na agad namang bumaba.
Mukha ni Yuusuke ang tumambad sa kanya.
“Ano’ng ginagawa mo rito sa lugar namin?” matabang na tanong niya.
“Dinadalaw ka.”
“Hindi pa ako pinaglalamayan, bumalik ka na lang pagtanda ko.” Nagngingitngit ang kalooban na tinalikuran niya ito. Ewan niya kung bakit siya sabay na natuwa at nainis nang makita si Yuusuke. Naiinis siya dahil simula nang tapatin niya ito ay hindi na ito muling nagpakita pa. Pero ngayon namang dumalaw ito, hindi rin niya mapagbawalan ang suwail niyang puso na huwag matuwa.
“Neena wait!” tawag ni Yuusuke sa kanya. Lumabas ito ng kotse at hinabol siya papasok sa squatter. Lahat ng babae ay napalingon pagkakita rito.

 

Links: 

Goodreads | Smashwords | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iTunes

 

About the Author:

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Jessica E. Larsen is an author of contemporary romance, YA, NA and Paranormal stories. She writes in both English and Taglish/Filipino language.

Jessica’s not hundred percent sure what her characters are thinking, but most of the heroine in her stories love to bite her head off and fall for the guy they dislike, then blame her for their misery.

When she’s not writing, you’ll find her reading or creating digital art.

Jessica doesn’t like doing housework, but love hearing from her readers. She might be late at times, but she always takes the time to reply to comments and messages.

 

Author Links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

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You can win $5.00 Amazon Gift Card and Minsan Pa ebook copy! Just join this  Rafflecopter link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d66a0c114

Thank you to Miss Jessica for making me part of her blog tour!

Perk’s Recommended Books! (December)

These are a bit late book recommendations, but perfect to start the 2016 right!

 

1. The Goodbye Girl by Noringai (185 PHP)
Have you heard or seen of Parang Kayo, Pero Hindi or Buti Pa Ang Roma May Bagong Papa in the leading bookstores?
If you read it, good for you! If not, then perhaps, it is time to check out Noringai or Noreen Besmar Capili’s humorous and inspiring books. Her latest addition is The Goodbye Girl.


It is a compilation of sentimental stories from being an invisible girl to a new girl.
*The Invisible Girl*
~Ang Kwento ni Dana (Ang Babaeng Sinisisi ang Tequila)
“I was with the man who made me feel the bliss of falling in love, and the pain of disillusionment.”
~The Letter E
“Kapag hindi ka mahal ng taong mahal mo, ikaw yung letter E sa word na LOVE. Nandiyan ka pero hindi pino-pronounce.”Ouch!
“You may have lost someone who can never love you, but he someone who loves him more than anyone could.”I agree!
~Crazy Little Thing Called Limerence
“I therefore conclude ang limerence ay isang form of obsession. And you can’t define obsession. It’s madness.”
“Malinaw na sa akin kung ano ang purpose niya sa buhay ko. Hindi para makatuluyan ko. Hindi para mapangasawa ko. Kundi para magturo sa akin na kung nakaya kong magmahal at maghintay nang matagal para sa maling tao, kaya kong maghintay para sa tamang lalaki.”Love this!

 

*The Other Girl*
~Ang Kwento ni Keira (Ang BabaengMatagal nang Kinakarma)
“Wala akong laban sa iyo. Para sa kanya, ikaw yung familiar. Yung consistent at comforting. Safe and steady. Ako yung risk. Adventure. An escape. Ako ‘yung sinubukan niya dahil curious siya. Ako ang nagbibigay excitement sa monotonous na buhay niya.”
~Kwentong Sabit
“Ang tunay na pag-ibig, madalang lang ang biyahe niyan. Kaya kapag dumaan sa iyo, parahin mo, sumakay ka, kasi baka di na bumalik iyon. Siguro nga, babalik pa. Pero paano kung may sakay ng iba, sasabit ka na lang ba?” –Exactly!

*The Broken-hearted Girl*
~Ang Kwento ni Nica (Ang Babaeng Mahilig sa Throwback)
“I guess it’s really true. The one who makes you the happiest is also the one who can hurt you most.”

~Ang Kwento ni Olga (Ang Babaeng Hiniwalayan sa Waiting Shed)
“Hindi ko alam kung saan mas masakit, kung sa ego o sa puso. Basta masakit.”

~Ang Kwento ni Paula (Ang Babaeng Atat Magpaalam)
“But I’m sorry B, this has to end. Because you maybe what I really want. But you’re not what I need.”
~Ang Kwento ni Quessa (Ang Babaeng Nangangailangan ng Condom Para sa Puso)
“Dear Heart, sana pwede kitang lagyan ng condom ngayon. Proteksyon. Para hindi tayo masyadong masaktan ng lalaking mahal natin.”

*The Bitter Girl*
~Ang Kwento ni Sheila (Ang Reyna ng Sablay)
“Wala akong meet cute. Dahil hindi naman pang-romcom ang love life ko. Kasi puro latak ng lipunan ang na-a-ttract ko.” -Shoot!
~Kung Bakit Okay Lang Maging Bitter
“May karapatan kang maging bitter kung makakatulong ito sa ‘yo na tanggapin at harapin ang sakit na binigay ng pukinginang lalaking yan. May dalawang klase ng pagiging bitter: hopia at ampalaya.”
“Kaya sige lang, magpakabitter ka. Maging hopia ka. Maging ampalaya. Pagkatapos mong maging bitter, hintayin mo lang, iisang letra lang. And you will be better.” –Win!

 

*The New Girl*
~Ang Kwento ni Yana (Ang Babaeng Nakapagbabang-Luksa Na)
“I will never find someone like you. Because I will find someone better than you.” –Go girl!
~The Perfect Closure
“He was your worst heartache. But he was also your best teacher.”
“At kahit hindi siya humihingi ng sorry sa ‘yo, kahit hindi na kayo nagkita at nagkausap, pinatawad mo na siya. Pinakawalan mo na yung galit mo, At ginawa mo yun, hindi para sa kanya, kundi para sa ‘yo. Para makalaya ka na sa kanya.” –Peace of mind.
“In every headache, time is our friend. Time will erase the anger, the bitterness, and the pain. And time will teach us that wound, now matter how deep, will eventually heal.”Amen to this!

Verdict:
I enjoyed every story of this book. I laughed and cried with the ladies I was able to relate to. For you who is still bitter and have heartache, it is time to say goodbye to those two.
2. Move On. Walang Forever! by Marcelo Santos III (195 PHP)
Remember last March when I attended the book signing and I had a chance to ask what is Marcelo Santos III next book? After the best-selling book Mahal Mo Siya, Mahal Ka Ba?, here comes Move On. Walang Forever that surely would blow your heart and mind.
It makes you think and realize the real essence and meaning of forever and moving on.

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~Quotes and Words to Live By! ~
a. Nasaktan ka man sa mga nangyari, ang importante, kinaya mo. Best feeling ever…kahit parang walang forever.
b. Ang pag-ibig pala ay parang pagwiwi-window shopping.
c. Pinagtagpo tayo ng kapalaran ngunit hindi nakatakdang magkatuluyan.
d. Love is kind enough na bigyan ka ng time para maghilom ang mga sugat. Bibigyan ka niya ng peace of mind at ticket patungo sa inaasam mong perfect place.

*Ang Pagmove-on ay parang paghuhugas ng pinggan!*
1. Magligpit ka muna. Itapon mo na ang mga bagay na nakapagpaalala sa’yo ng tungkol sa kanya.
2. Punasan mo muna ang lamesa. Para hindi mo na balikan pa.
3. Banlawan mo muna. Alisin mo muna ang pagka-hype ng emosyon.
4. Piliin mo kung ano ang uunahin mo. Ngayon nasa lababo ka na ng pagmu-move on, mag-strategize ka.
5. Siguraduhin mong wala nang sebong naiwan. Isettle nyo na ang lahat sa huling pagkakataon.
6. Sa wakas, tuyuin mo. Oras na para mapunasan ang bawat luhang pumatak dahil sa kanya.

+Para Kay Ex+
I. Una gusto kitang saktan. Yung pisikal na sakit. Pero hindi ko kaya.
II. Pangalawa, gusto kitang yakapin ng mahigpit. Yung hindi ka na makakagalaw. Na sa kahit ilang segundo lang, kahit kunwari lang, madama ko ulit na mahal mo rin ako.
III. Pangatlo, gusto kong tumitig sa mga mata mo. Gusto kong makita mong pumatak ang mga luha ko…dahil siguro, iyon na ang huling beses na aagos ‘yon para sa ‘yo.
IV. Pang-apat gusto kong magpasalamat sa lahat. Salamat sa bawat araw ng buhay mo na pinili mong ibahagi sa akin.
V. At panghuli, gusto kong humingin ng tawad. Patawad dahil kahit hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin ako tumitigil sa pagmamahal ko sa iyo.

#Advice Pa More!#
-> According to MarceloSantos III, “You can live without him. (Hindi siya oxygen na kapag nawala, wala ka na rin). He’s not your world. (Andiyan si God. Siya ang mundo mo.)
->But at the end of the day… Malalaman mong walang specific route sa pagmumove-on. Walang steps o stages na dapat gawin o sundin na maniniguro sa iyo ng permanenteng solusyon sa pinagdaraanan mo ngayon. Nasa iyo pa rin kung anong paraan o sa anong kalsada ka dadaan patungo sa lugar kung saan mararamdaman mo ang tunay na ligaya.

`Mula sa #Hugotsyonaryo`

KAPE (Inuming gigising sa iyong diwa)
Parang pagmamahal mo sa akin,
Mainit sa umpisa, matamis sa simula,
bigla kang nanlamig kaya naging mapait bigla.

RELOS (Instrumentong nagsasabi ng oras)
Sana may relos din ang pagmamahal
para masabi niya kung tama na ba
o patuloy lang sa pagpapaktanga.
Sana may tamang oras din ang lahat,
tamang oras para makalimutan ka,
tamang panahon para magmahal na ng iba.

^ABC’s of Moving On ^
\Acceptance/ \Bawasan ang pag-assume./ \Choose wisely./ \Done/
\Enjoy the moment./ \Feeling mo kayo pa?/ \Give up/ \Hoping ka pa kasi./
\Itapon mo na ang mga bagay na magpapaalala sa ‘yo ng tungkol sa kanya./ \Justice/
\Keep it up./ \Lilipas din ‘yan./ \Make yourself busy./ \Not now./
\Okay lang na maging bitter ka./ \Pray./
\Quota ka na sa drama sa buhay, perhaps kailangan mo na ng quality time para sa sarili mo./
\Remember na may someone out there na para sa’yo./ \Say Sorry./
\Tanggapin. Tigilan. Tantanan./ \Unlove? No./ \Victory./ \Wait for the right time./
\X. Ang letrang dapat kinakalimutan mo na./ \YOLO. You Only Love Once./
\Zzzz. Bago ka matulog sa araw na ito, ipangako mo sa sarili mo na magmu-move ka na sa nakaraan mo kasi tulad ng alpabeto, hindi mo masisimulan ang bago, kung hindi mo tatapusin ang lumang set nito, from A to Z./

Verdict:
This compilation of advices will guide and open your mind that the possibility of moving on is possible. All is take is to believe that you can and do a little step one at a time. I highly suggest this book to start for you to move on and let your heart be truly free of pain and sadness.

BLINK: Your One Stop Online Book Shop

I banned myself of not buying books for two months because I have plenty of books that are waiting to be read and my friends keep on telling me to stop purchasing one.
I survived the challenge that I gave to myself. *Patting myself now* I was visiting bookstores and happily went out without losing any penny.
When December approached, I bought the book that I’ve wanted to have since it was announced that it will be released by December. Yet I was not satisfied. I will have two weeks vacation and two books will not suffice.
As I was browsing Facebook, I came across with BLINK. I knew the online store because of the Eskuwelahan Planner that I got.

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When I opened their page, I was thrilled because they are having sales with their books! 50 PHP for a lot of great titles! It is raining awesome book bargain.
Browsing Blink’s website was very easy and accessible. Once you have opened their webpage, you will see four tabs: Books, Magazines, Gift Idea and Clearance Sale. Most of their items have discounts! Yet, the most exciting part has been their Clearance Sale because you can purchase books and magazines for 50 PHP only!
I bought four books from them and Blink totally made me the happiest bookworm because after a year, my Hush, Hush series is finally complete!

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I paid 439 PHP for these four books. Silence is brand new and Time Weaver is hard bound!

Rest assured that the books are in good condition, though they are second hand. I also have Free Shipment because of the coupon that I received, but if you will buy items from them that are worth 1,000 PHP, you too can avail their free courier services!
The clearance sale is from December 15, 2015- January 15, 2016! Hurry! You still have time for the last minute shopping before the year ends! Enjoy book shopping!
Visit their website: http://www.blink.com.ph
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blink.com.ph/