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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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  • 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 😊😊😊
  • Uhm guise if you see me wearing the seemingly same shirt in my pics in the next few days, please know that I actually just packed shirts of the same color? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Day 19 of #authorlifemonth Non-bookish Hobby: biking! 🚴 I was only 4 years old when I first learned to ride a bike on two wheels without balancers---I ended up with lots of scars, but it was worth it! 😁 I've been biking on and off over the years, but lately, my husband and I have been trying to make this a regular thing again... And maybe even do trail eventually! πŸš΅πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•
  • Day 18 of #authorlifemonth Dream Author Meeting. One of my awesome mentors @erinentrada was in Manila last year for a literary festival. We were supposed to meet at her signing, but Marcos Highway got flooded and it was impossible for me to leave. So Erin and I met at her hotel just before she left for the airport! 😊 That's 1 out of 3 of my dream author meetings... One day, I will meet my two other author mentors @katemessner and @anicarissi πŸ˜˜πŸ’•
  • Day 16 of #authorlifemonth : Your Biggest Fan. That would be my younger sister Joyce, who has been a fan of me, her Ate Gail, probably since the day she was born πŸ˜πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•
  • My Butterflies (the book and goodluck origami ones) are in Australia!!! πŸ˜Šβœ¨πŸ’–πŸ’•βœ¨ thanks for the gorgeous pic, Remy! πŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸ’• #Repost @rrremylai (@get_repost)
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I got this beautiful ARC from @gaildvillanueva. It’s a beautiful book and you should all read it!
#mglit #kidlit #middlegrade
  • Day 8 of #authorlifemonth : Writer friends. Isabelle Adrid @karabodegon @rinchupeco @hazelstaybookish @taries Stef Tran @kateva11 πŸ’– not in pictures, but we will have a photo together one day: @rachelsomerauthor @elsiechapman πŸ’– These amazing authors make the solitary art of writing so not lonely as it usually is. Love you, ladies πŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸ’•
  • Gonna see if I can do #authorlifemonth this February! I missed yesterday, so I'll do two in one day 😊 Day 1's theme is "your books" so there's me with the Advanced Reviewer Copies (ARCs) of My Fate According to the Butterfly, which will be out on July 30 from Scholastic Press! Day 2's theme is "non-author photo," so there's me with Sundae just being lazy 😁

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