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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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  • It's Quackie's birthday / hatchday today. She's 4 years old now. She was so well-behaved during her photoshoot πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’– #petducks #petsofinstagram #ducksofinstagram #duckstagram #pekinducks #cute
  • Spent an awesome Sunday afternoon with three fabulous Filipino book bloggers πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
  • Since we're too cheap to buy our own fireworks, we're just watching our rich neighbors burn away their money! πŸ˜‚ HELLO 2019!!!!! 😘😘😘
  • Shiny blue drink to welcome 2019! Happy New Year!!!! πŸ˜˜βœ¨πŸŽ‰πŸΎ
  • I didn't get to post much on Instagram this 2018, but it's been an awesome year of family, ducks, and bookish things πŸ’–πŸ’• Happy 2019, everyone!!! 😘
  • #Repost @karabodegon

Guys, look at this adorable art of my book's main character Sab and her pet duck, Lawin!!!! Thank you @karabodegon πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ˜Š ・・・
My friend @gaildvillanueva is putting her debut novel MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY out into the world this 2019, and I get to read the ARC next (right????)! πŸ˜‚πŸ¦†
  • Merry Christmas!!!! πŸŽ„β›„πŸŽβœ¨πŸ˜Š
  • Watch me squeal. Hear my husband nag. MY GALLEYS ARE HERE!!!!!! 😭😭😭
  • Celebrating hubby's birthday with the fam πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ˜Š he's 38, not "forty-freakin-two" 😁 he's a marathoner though, hence the shirt 😁
  • As of today: 12 years married, 15 years together πŸ’– love you, hon πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
  • I probably won't use this shower gel (I prefer organic), but staring at the shimmery aqua blue stuff makes me happy ✨😊✨
  • Surprise!!!! I'll be a speaker for  #writeoncon2019 πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ’• Check out my profile on the #writeoncon website:
https://writeoncon.org/team/gail-d-villanueva/

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