This scene from Finding X by Miles Tan was in the original #romanceclass live reading — and we couldn’t resist doing it again. So at the Filipino Readercon, we had Gio and Rachel perform it, and we recorded it live, and now it’s episode 8 of the podcast.
The podcast will sound a little different this week, and that’s because this episode was recorded live. Gio and Rachel performed excerpts from romance novels at the Filipino Readercon, and this was one of their scenes. The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza was a hit among us present at the rehearsal, and I knew it would present a fun challenge for the actors. They of course nailed it, in rehearsal, and live.
I know what it sounds like — every update is me saying “I loved this” in different ways. That is true, but also, I should say that I took the raw recording of the Just for the Record episode and listened to it a lot. Usually at night, before going to bed, armed with earplugs and everything.
Chris Mariano’s book Cover (Story) Girl was a fun choice for this podcast because it remains one of the few contemporary romance books by a Filipino author that gives us the male point of view–as of right now anyway. Gio (the guy’s name in the book is actually Gio) is our narrator and guide throughout the story, and Min Hee is the mysterious person whose life and intentions we’re made to discover. This chapter reading was a hit when Gio Gahol and Rachel Coates performed it for the first time to a small group of authors; I hope they give you the same feels in this extended version.
The #romanceclass podcast is back from its holiday break with a scene from Songs of Our Breakup by indie author Jay E. Tria. Jay’s books haven’t been out that long but the reviews and reader love make it seem as if she’s been around for years. We hope this scene captures the reason why.
The third episode features a scene from Blast From Two Pasts, a romance novel by author Kristel S. Villar. It’s an indie release, available in ebook and print, and it isn’t in mainstream bookstores just yet. If there’s anything that excites me about doing this podcast, it’s that we can showcase indie books that are loved by readers. Kristel’s book has its share of fans and loyal readers — go listen, and we hope we brought Lucas and Cara to life in the best way possible. (And then go get the book!)
So episode 2 of our podcast? Is an excerpt from one of my books. Never Just Friends is available in Philippine bookstores via an Anvil Spark Books edition. It’s on Amazon right now under Flirt Publishing, released under the title Fallen Again. (But it’s the same book.)
I chose this book and excerpt because…well, to be frank, I wanted Gio to read more. I briefly entertained the thought of having Gio Gahol and Rachel Coates read from my new book, which I knew would be out by the time the podcast went live. But one of the tricky things we discovered when we produced this was that as a community, we “romance in English” authors don’t write a lot of male POV. And I wanted Gio to, throughout the season, read as much as Rachel did, or close to it. So since I wrote some male POV I knew I’d probably need to use my own books to balance out the rest.
Our podcast has started! We recorded theater actors Rachel Coates and Gio Gahol reading excerpts from romance novels by Filipino authors. It’s super fun for us, but try listening too if you’ve never read one of our books before.
Another way to thank me (if you found any of this helpful)
Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing.
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