Romance at Filipino Readercon 2015

November 30, 2015 - - No comments


There was a lot for romance lovers to check out at Filipino Readercon this year! We had been experimenting as a group with a bunch of things, and everyone stepped up to put everything to the test for a larger audience on Readercon day.

Like this one. I mean, I had a post about how fun this was, organizing a reading with Gio Gahol and Rachel Coates for a small group of authors. What if we opened it up to a larger group? And what if there was a stage, and microphones, and lights, and everything?

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So I loved it. I’m not objective, I admit. But well, I loved it to pieces.

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The books they read, and the authors who wrote them. Chrissie Peria (The Kitchen When It Sizzles), Chris Mariano (Cover Story Girl), Rachel Coates, Jay E. Tria (Songs of Our Breakup), Gio Gahol, Miles Tan (Finding X), and Dawn Lanuza (The Boyfriend Backtrack). Find links to their books here: or do a search on Amazon. Print editions are available too.

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We’ve experimented with selling books all together in book fairs before, but I feel that we took it up a notch this year (based on the interest and the fact that books were sold in fab numbers!). Some of us have print deals already with Anvil and Visprint (and both publishers were there at Readercon as sellers too) but it seemed like a good idea to be the romance table, so we could have indies and formerly-indie books sold or promoted together, and I loved how it was so…romantic. Haha!

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And then there was the FRCAs, and the Romance in English award went to Chrissie Peria (again!) this time for The Kitchen When It Sizzles. Very happy for her! The book itself is fun and pushes the envelope a bit and may surprise people who think they’ve got a handle on Filipino-authored romance. In a good way. And hot chef. Come on.

If that’s not enough, apparently we’re so happy with Readercon that we’re planning more things. Romance-y things. We will do more! If this is something you’d like to do, or help out with, or just watch and enjoy, join us, okay?


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Mina V. Esguerra writes and publishes romance novels. She founded #RomanceClass, a community of Filipino authors of romance in English.
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