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Designing the cover of Stella Torres’ Crushingly Close

Let’s interrupt another hiatus! This time, with a book tour 🙂 But this isn’t your ordinary book tour post, mind you. It’s so happened that I don’t just know the author, but I was the one who made the book cover as well! In this post, I’ll tell you as much as I can about my process, and how we eventually got to the cover you’re seeing now.

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Yet another website redesign!

Remember when I said I just cannot blog if my website’s design was a mess? WELL. Apparently, it takes me just a year to get bored with an existing layout. But you know, I think this one’s gonna be it!

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So long, Mister Kapre

I honestly didn’t plan on changing my site’s design so soon. But the old one was just so gloomy, and I wasn’t happy with it. Besides, Mister Kapre is gone. Our neighbor’s mango tree, where the kapre supposedly lived, had been cut down. Got uprooted during a typhoon. Call me superstitious, but I don’t want

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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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  • Was only supposed to look for dalandan McFreeze, but hubby and I ended up having a huge Thai dinner 😁
  • Was craving for ramen so hubby brought me to this small ramen house in Marikina. Not bad for Php158 (around $3) per bowl! 🍜😄
  • I was pissed off at hubby, then he brought to a Scholastic warehouse sale and got me this 😘💕
  • Missing this boy! He should have been a year older today. Love you, Kubrick! Happy birthday 😘🎂🎁🐶 #KubrickTuesdays
  • Other couples wear couple shirts, but my husband and I wear couple running shoes! 💕 Got these new kicks 50% off at a sale, so we're both happy! 😄
  • My view for today 😄
  • My friend @karabodegon made this cute duck painting for me! 💕💜💞 Sundae approves! 😄
  • These cuties hatched today, exactly on my birthday 🐣😍 welcome to the world, little ones!!!! 😘💕💕💕 #ducklings #duckstagram #duckies
  • Hey guys, this is Sundae now! Look at that beautiful, iridescent green head 😍😘💕 #ducks #ducksofinstagram #duckstagram
  • It's been a while! I miss running 🏃👟💜
  • I had this today. It's gorgeous, isn't it? 😍😍😍
  • Stuck at home nursing a cold. Saw this in my camera roll, a sunset pic from the car on the way home from Antipolo. 🌴🌞🌴

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