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#July30MGdebuts Giveaway

One of the best things about being a 2019 middle grade debut is sharing an on-sale date with wonderful people! In my case, it’s Jess Redman and Mariama J. Lockington πŸ™‚

Since we’re all excited for our upcoming book releases, we decided to have a giveaway for teachers, librarians, and book bloggers in the United States. Logistics make it difficult to open this internationally, but don’t despair! It’s just the start of the year… We’ve got more giveaways coming your way in the next few months! ❀️

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#Augvocacy2018: Creating Windows and Mirrors to Filipino Culture

Augvocacy 2018

It’s August, and that means it’s the Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month)! For this month, I’m putting this post out as a part of Shealea’s #Augvocacy2018 blog hop.

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Gail and Isabelle’s Pitch Wars 2017 Wish List (PART 1)

Hey there, Pitch Wars Hopefuls. Are you excited for this year’s Pitch Wars? Well, we are. Team Patatas can’t wait to get started!

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That time when I reached for the stars

I meant to write a New Year post in January, but I just couldn’t bring myself to. You see, 2016 had been great and terrible for me. In writing, I’ve met awesome new friends (waves at my literary soulmate and bad juju repellent), mentors, and critique partners who have made my writing so much better. But my personal life didn’t fare too well. My husband and I also lost family members, both human and creature. I still get choked up every time I think about them, especially my furry little boy Kubrick, who’d been my alter ego for so many years. Thing is, this wasn’t the first time crappier than crap happened to my family. Every time, we managed to pick ourselves up, and somehow be in a-bit-better situation than we were before the crappy stuff happened. It was as if crap πŸ’© was precursor for something good.

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Designing the cover of Stella Torres’ Crushingly Close

Let’s interrupt another hiatus! This time, with a book tour πŸ™‚ 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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Hi there, stranger!

I'm Gail. I'm a Filipina author born and based in the Philippines. I'm also a web designer, an entrepreneur, and a graphic artist. I love pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). My husband and I live in the outskirts of Manila with our dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken. My Fate According to the Butterfly is my debut novel.

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  • Voted! The poll guy spilled so much indelible ink on my finger that I couldn't scratch my nose until it dried up 😁 but voters get a free upgrade on medium-sized Blizzard from Dairy Queen, so the day's good so far and it's worth taking a break from work and writing 😁 #halalan2019
  • They hungry πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ #ducksofinstagram #petducks #petsofinstagram #petstagram
  • Thank you for Free Comic Book Day, @_fullybooked πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• in pics: me and my sis with Dog Man and the fabulous Fully Booked UP Town Center branch manager, Gelo 😁 #fcbd2019 #fcbd
  • Look at all those pretty butterflies!!!! 😍😍😍 thanks for this gorgeous pic, Gillian!!!! ❀❀❀
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#Repost @gillianmcdunn (@get_repost)
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β€ͺSo excited for MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY by fellow #novel19s debut @gaildvillanueva When 10yo Sab sees the black butterfly (omen of death) she decides to make the most of her remaining days and help reunite her family. Can’t wait to read! ‬
  • We visited our grandmas (Mama Nena, Lola Polly, Lola Goco) and my uncle Joe today ❀ of course I showed them my book β€πŸ’•πŸ˜Š
  • The Butterfly blog and bookstagram tours are organized by these three amazing people!!! πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• this is open INTERNATIONALLY, so if you're a book blogger or a bookstagrammer from anywhere in the world, sign up now!!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜˜β€πŸ’•
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#Repost @yourtitakate (@get_repost)
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I'm so very happy to present #ButterflyTour, a promotional book tour for @gaildvillanueva's debut, MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY! πŸ¦‹
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This tour will be both a blog tour and a bookstagram tour! You can opt to either write a review or other feature content, or take pretty photos of some lovely ARCs and post them on your feed. Or, if you're a completely extra person, you can sign up for both! You can do that over at bit.ly/ButterflyTourSignups! πŸ‘€ This tour is open to INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS, so don't hesitate (bitch!). πŸ˜…πŸ˜Ž
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Need a little more info? Head on over to my blog, yourtitakate.wordpress.com! Or you could also check out shutupshealea.com or thelittlemissbookworm.wordpress.com because whaaaaat this tour is a collab! Yes, I am THAT cool. This blog and bookstagram tour is being brought to you by myself, @shealeairal, and @littlemissryssa πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ You definitely don't want to miss all that Filipino pride up in here! 🌿🌻πŸ₯
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What are you waiting for? Sign up now!
  • Since the karinderya (canteen) is closed for Holy Week, I cooked salmon belly sinigang sa miso 😁
  • I am cast-free!!!!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ so of course we're celebrating this awesome day with beef udon 😁 my elbow is still sorta swollen, but at least I'm now free of this horrible contraption!!!!! 😁
  • Dog pee is DANGEROUS! Slipped on dog pee again, but wasn't so lucky this time 😬 so annoying that the first time I ever wore an arm sling, it'll be because of dog pee πŸ˜‘

Anyways, I'm ok! They gave me pain meds & I'll be seeing a specialist tomorrow to check the "suspicious crack fracture" πŸ™ 
If I owe you an email or something, I will get to you but just a bit slow 😊
  • Sunday ride at UP Diliman with my husband and his basketball bud! 😊 just had a haircut yesterday and now my hair is a flyaway mess 😁
  • Quackie is wondering what you guys think of her new Butterfly necklace! 😁 when I bought that in Bicol, it was supposed to be MY Butterfly bracelet but now I can only "borrow" it when Quackie isn't doing photo shoots πŸ˜‚πŸ¦‹ #petsofinstagram #petducks  #pekinducks
  • Saturday bike ride with the husband 😊😊😊

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