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Brenda Drake’s “Thief of Lies” is out!

I’m thrilled to be taking part in Brenda Drake’s Release Day Launch (hosted by Jen Halligan PR) for THIEF OF LIES (Library Jumpers #1)! Check out the book and excerpt after the jump, and be sure to enter the amazing giveaways!

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The year that was 2015

And so, another year has gone by. Like any other year, it was both bad and good. I learned to let go of those I needed to, but 2015 also brought some of the best people and experiences in my life. Most are too personal to share, but the ones I can, have more to do with my (hopefully soon-to-be) writing career.

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“The Banana Tree” in Outliers of Speculative Fiction

You’d think I’d be blogging more with a new website, but no. The Curse of the Abandoned Blog followed me here. ? The excuse is getting old (even for me), but really, I’ve been busy. On top of doing web design so the human and creature family could eat, I had been preoccupied with writing.

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Cyborg

Just wanted to play around with making a cyborg out of a girl. I think watching Terminator on TV inspired me to make this.

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Mangrove Tree

A photo I took at a resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The beach was far from being great โ€” there were just so many weird creatures for me to feel safe diving in. But the view totally compensates.

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July, the Ghost Month

I am not Chinese, but my dad’s adoptive mother was. Lola Goco, as we called her, showed me and my sister a glimpse of the Filipino-Chinese culture when she was still alive. She followed a lot of customs and superstitions, but she never insisted them upon us. She never had to, because Dad always made sure we knew about them.

One such belief Dad told us about is the Ghost Month, the seventh month of the year when ghosts and spirits mingled in the world of the living — our world.

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Hi there, stranger!

I'm Gail, a Filipina author based in the Philippines. I run a design studio with my husband in the outskirts of Manila, but I also do freelance copywriting and editing on the side. I write historical fantasy and contemporary novels with a dash of magic for middle grade readers. My fiction is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group.

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Gail on Instagram!

  • I had this today. It's gorgeous, isn't it? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • Stuck at home nursing a cold. Saw this in my camera roll, a sunset pic from the car on the way home from Antipolo. ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒด
  • This space on my side of the bed had been empty since the day my dog Kubrick passed away more than a year ago. Somebody thinks he's worth Kubrick's spot now! It wasn't the specie I expected, but he'll do ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ’ฉ
  • My "lap duck" Sundae! He loves staying on my lap while I work ๐Ÿ˜˜ #duckies #petduck #ducksofinstagram #duckstagram
  • My late lunch smells like pork binagoongan, looks like pork binagoongan, tastes like pork binagoongan, but it's NOT pork binagoongan! Trust me, that makes so much sense when you're using VegPata as "pork." ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Good bye, beautiful Omelette. We love you. Fly free.
  • Celebrating my dad's 60th with a buffet! ๐Ÿ˜„
  • End-of-Monday snack: doughnuts and mushroom cracklings! We try to be healthy, but you know... Doughnuts! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Guess the awesome artist with me in this pic, @erinentrada ๐Ÿ˜„ #phchildrensbooksummit
  • I learned how to properly bind books and periodicals today, thanks to the the kind & patient folks of the National Library of the Philippines ๐Ÿ˜„ #phchildrensbooksummit
  • #pitchwars #pwsummersplash Day 9: #writingcompanion Super busy, but can't resist this one! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Sundae is my writing companion. He (little duckling is showing more and more signs that he's a boy!) usually just sleeps beside my hand, but there are times he feels like he can do better and writes for me by pecking or stepping on my keyboard ๐Ÿ˜‚
  • #pitchwars #pwsummersplash Day 4: 1st line from my MS. Well, this used to be my book's first line. It's now worded differently, but the essence  remains the same. I'm a bit attached to this line so I'm posting it instead. After all, you need to do what you have to do for the betterment of your story, even if it means having to let go of fave first lines ๐Ÿ˜Š

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