Just Kate

He’s the one she loves to hate…until she realizes hate has a different meaning.

Kate Espina’s life is not easy-peasy, but the feisty, petite receptionist knows how to bounce back every single time life knocks her down. She may not have much, but she has all that she needs – her sweet, younger brother Bobby and her fiercely loyal friends, Joei and Apol. Life was fine until Kiko walked into her life – again.

Francisco “Kiko” Jose is the man she sees everywhere – Friday movie nights with friends, club night outs, bus stops – and anywhere he can annoy the living daylights out of her! As much as she tries, Kate can’t easily dodge him – not when their lives are intertwined by their best friends, and a shared forgotten bond of friendship no one knows about. Kiko brings memories she wishes to forget, until these memories reveal the unspoken truth she believed for the longest time.

Just Kate is a story of entangled lives and the lies that keep them apart.

Will Kate find the truth to set her heart free?

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Simply Joei

Pay up time! Or is it?

One never gives up on true love. So Jake didn’t.

Holding on to the one that shouldn’t have gotten away, gorgeous Jake Calleja, engineer, entrepreneur and all-around hunk of a man, brings up old debt to bring in possibilities of future love with the beautiful and elusive Josephine Telencio. The two had a brief but unforgettable “history” in college, a past that Jake sought to bring back in order to bring his “Joei” back in his life. To face their “unfinished past” entails a make-believe relationship for the sake of an ailing matriarch, an unforgettable country drive into the heart of the storm, a family drama of the queen mother and the wicked sisters, the inevitable supermodel ex-, and lots of sparks in between.

A story of second chances and risking it all for a journey to a lifetime-love, Jake and Josephine will take you to laughters and tears, to the highs and lows, to knowing when to hold on … or to let go.

Are things better left in the past? Or will true love prevail in the future?

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Midnights in Bali

Ava Bonifacio has always been the girl with The Plan—a life plan that would give her everything she’s ever wanted, including becoming a lawyer, a role she was sure she was born into. Sure, her determination may be seen as heartlessness, but Ava doesn’t care. What she does care about is getting into law school—but she doesn’t. She cares about her boyfriend Matteo—who breaks up with her.

In an act of desperation, Ava books herself a ticket to Bali and tries to get over her own failures. In Bali she meets Scott McLeod, a rude and grumpy Scottish traveler who thinks there’s a lot more to Ava than meets the eye.

But as Ava reveals more about herself, she finds Scott slowly pulling away from her. He was never part of The Plan, but Ava is determined to make sure he doesn’t slip away.

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The Art of Shifting Gears

Rae de los Santos was en route to a perfect adult life. She knew what to major in, she knew what career path she was going to pursue, and she knew who she was going to be with all the way to the realization of her dreams—until her seamless journey made a turn for the unimaginable and skidded to a stop.

All of a sudden she was facing every roadblock possible, and the people she held dear ended up running over her heart.

For a year, she distracted herself with hot lead and burnt rubber, using karting as a lifeline until she was strong enough to face the world that shunned her.

But during Rae’s junior year in college, she was again blindsided by signs that weren’t supposed to be there. Will Rae go full speed ahead? Or will the seduction of the past slow her down?

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If I Knew Then

Nicole Alcaraz, a twenty-something entrepreneur was dragged by her brother, Dwayne, to their old ancestral house formerly owned by their grandparents. Dwayne is determined to make the house profitable, so he either sells it or make a business out of it. As Nicole explores the house one last time, she discovers a picture of her teenage grandmother with a man she’s never seen before. Knowing her grandparents’ fairytale-like love story of love at first sight, she immediately sets out to know who the man was.

Enter Rafael “Rafa” Argota, a gorgeous chef who used to be a fact checker abroad. He offers Nicole to help her search for the whereabouts of the “boy in the picture.” But as they dig deeper into the depths of Nicole’s family history, their feelings for each other seem to go deeper as well. The question is, are they really bound to be together? Or is it just a trap?

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Waiting in the Wings

At twenty-three, theatre actress Erin Javier has yet to fall in love or kiss a boy offstage, away from the klieg lights. She is the perfect leading lady—whose heart men would fight for, win, and protect—unfortunately, only until the curtains fall and the lights go down. In real life, Erin is a certified NBSB whose heart has been hoping for a song to dance to.

But when two (two!) men enter from stage left and right, Erin is confused. Who deserves to take center stage in her heart—Mr. Theatre Royalty whose attention and displays of affection make her pulse race, or a good friend whose steady support has helped steer her to success and fulfill her dream

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Prep & Prejudice

You can take the girl out of teenage hell, but can you take teenage hell out of the girl?

At fourteen, Andrea was a geeky, gangly teenager who spent one magical summer with the rich and famous—surrounded by art, polo ponies, and children who bear the names of corporations and main avenues. She had a mad crush on handsome trust fund baby Manolo, but her silly romantic notions were painfully crushed one night by spoiled, arrogant Jaime—the one boy she loved to hate, and who hated her right back.

More than a decade later, Andrea is overworked and under-loved, with no man in sight and no intention of getting back to the delusional business of hoping and throwing caution to the wind. Ordered by her doctor to hightail it out of the city and into a true-blue vacation, she and her best friend, hippie-heiress Pilar, head off to a small, soon-to-open resort on a southern island. But Andrea’s plans of a tranquil summer holiday are ruined by cruel reminders of the past—taking her back to her humiliations and her thwarted desires.

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My Hopeless Case

Seal it with a kiss.

One of the weird instructions from the manual that is engraved on a rusty and old dagger that suddenly turns novel on a drop of a red liquid entity. It is strange, and Arian has no escape from it. She has been bombarded with strange things from the moment she has decided to sleep. Sleep with a dream that may last forever…

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Kate, Finally

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?

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Dare to Love

Restoration architect Giada Manahan’s heart has begun to resemble the adobe walls she loves. At least that’s what her friends say. But Gia knows better—she’s just being cautious. After all, as a single mom, her kids are her first priority.

But one drunken night, her friends push her into a trippy crystal healing ritual. Gia thinks it’s a joke … until a few days later, she finds a half-naked stranger in her bed.

Hot, tatted anthropologist Alex Roces is exactly the kind of guy Gia should avoid. But when they end up sharing a house, Gia finds Alex’s charms increasingly difficult to resist.

Will Gia continue to keep the walls around her heart? Or will she finally give in to its demands?

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Let’s Call it Love

It might have been a bad day for Bobbie as her coach tells her that she’s not needed in their team anymore. But three words from a bench somehow makes it lighter. Maybe it’s not much but it’s enough to let her know that she’s not the only one going through a hard time.

Lacey knows his girlfriend is cheating on him. But knowing that she’s going behind his back with his best pal is another thing. While he endures the feeling of losing two important people in his life, he sees a sharpie and lets out his emotion on a bench.

One bench. One conversation. Two people on both end. Can their sharpies bring them together?

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Of Love and Special Things

Four couples. Four stories. Finding love. Discovering love. Inspired by songs of one of the most respected singer-songwriters, Barry Manilow whose melodies speak of love… and special things.

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Styling Serendipity

Birthdays are normally celebrated, but that is not the case for 26-year-old fashion designer, Olivia Rose Salvador. She doesn’t like birthdays, much less her own. She considers October 1st as a jinx, because all through her life, all the important people in her life have left her right smack on that day.

As the heir of the international Style Rose fashion brand, she is in charge of preparing for Style Rose’s first appearance in Philippine Fashion Week. During her stay in the Philippines, she meets 31-year old pediatrician, Jake Ocampo, who is literally the “boy next door” as he lives right next door to her temporary condo unit in Bonifacio Global City.

They start to get to know each other and everything seems to be going smoothly, as both, who have been burned before in terms of love, start to open up again and start living life to the fullest.

But what happens when it seems the jinx is strong and the ghosts of their painful pasts start coming back and making themselves felt? Will these ghosts threaten their very new and very fragile relationship?

Or will Jake’s love for Olivia break the October 1st curse?

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If the Dress Fits

Martha Aguas kind of has it all—she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe.

Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what?

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever loved (he doesn’t know, so don’t tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side.

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending?

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We Go Together

What happened to Beatrice and Benedick?

Beatrice and Claudia never thought they would see Benedick and Hiro ever again, not that they wanted to. But when the business opportunity of a lifetime hinges on Ben and Hiro’s work, they find themselves head over heels and crashing into the boys again. But why did they ever have to be apart in the first place?

Set in Washington DC, this book is a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

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