Author Archives: Kate Sebastian

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Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology—Hearts, Hearbreak, Gratitude, and Giveaway

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It’s been one month to the day since Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology launched, and boy, has it been an adventure! Not only did the book rank in its category on Amazon, but we sold about 200 print copies in 30 days—neither of which I had expected at all. But I’m getting ahead of myself. If you’re new here, hi! I’m Kate Sebastian, editor and contributing author of the Summer Feels anthology. Keep reading for details.

About the Book

SUMMERFEELS-cover-ebook-1000x1600pxSummer loving happens so fast, as you’ll find with Summer Feels, an anthology of 23 stories of love under the summer sun by #romanceclass authors. Savor the candied thrill of firsts—first loves, first kisses, first solo vacations—and the bittersweet triumph of second chances. Tour the Philippines as the stories take you to mountain retreats and island paradises. Let the magic of the hot sun, clear blue skies, and lots of love take you on a roller coaster ride of feels. With stories ranging from sweet to sexy, there’s sure to be something for any fan of romance.

Featuring stories by:
Elea Andrea Almazora • Erleen Alvarez • Ella Banta • Rachelle Belaro • H. Bentham • Halina Cabrera • Charlie Dio • Mina V. Esguerra • Elizabeth Galit • Georgette S. Gonzales • Ami Granada • Irene Jurado • Catherine Lo • Arlene Manocot • Bianca Mori • Eris Peñaluna • Farrah F. Polestico • Kit Salazar • Miel Salva • Fay Sebastian • Kate Sebastian • Yeyet Soriano • Marian Tee

Edited and compiled by Kate Sebastian
Cover and interior design by Miles Tan

Book links:
Amazon: http://bit.ly/summerfeels
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/summerfeels-gr
Print (PH only): http://bit.ly/summerfeels-pof

 

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Cover Reveal: Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology

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One thing you should know about me is I have distinct workaholic tendencies. Case in point, my decision to try my hand at compiling and editing my first ever anthology at the same time as I’m working to set up three new businesses and move back to my hometown after 10 years away. There have been (and I’m sure still will be) moments when I’ve wanted to tear my hair out or laugh like a maniac or cry like I just watched the opening montage of Up again. And yet today I get to unveil the cover for SUMMER FEELS, the second #romanceclass anthology, the first to feature all-new writers who’ve never before been published on Amazon or in print.

Keep reading for the cover and deets about the book and oh-so-awesome designer!

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Blog tour and cover reveal signup for Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology

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Hi all! It’s been a while since I posted an update, but life has been pretty darned busy in the past few months. I’ve moved to another city, I’m starting a new business, and I’ve been editing stories (plus writing one of my own) for a #romanceclass anthology—my very first time to edit and compile an anthology!

Here’s the blurb for Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology:

Summer loving happens so fast, as you’ll find with Summer Feels, an anthology of 23 stories of love under the summer sun by #romanceclass authors. Savor the candied thrill of firsts—first loves, first kisses, first solo vacations—and the bittersweet triumph of second chances. Tour the Philippines as the stories take you to mountain retreats and island paradises. Let the magic of the hot sun, clear blue skies, and lots of love take you on a roller coaster ride of feels. With stories ranging from sweet to sexy, there’s sure to be something for any fan of romance.

Featuring stories by:

Elea Andrea Almazora • Erleen Alvarez • Ella Banta • Rachelle Belaro • H. Bentham • Halina Cabrera • Charlie Dio • Mina V. Esguerra • Elizabeth Galit • Georgette S. Gonzales • Ami Granada • Irene Jurado • Catherine Lo • Arlene Manocot • Bianca Mori • Eris Peñaluna • Farrah F. Polestico • Kit Salazar • Miel Salva • Fay Sebastian • Kate Sebastian • Yeyet Soriano • Marian Tee

Plus, check out some pretty graphics below!

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Now, doesn’t this look like something you’d like to promote? Please do! If you’ve a blog and would like to participate in our cover reveal and blog tour, please sign up via the form below:


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New Stories Before a New Year!

I’ve spent much of the year beating myself up over not having put out anything new recently, and then boom, I find myself falling into the habits I had as a student and skating through right at the last minute. Which is a really long way to say…

I’ve got a couple of new stories out!

That’s right, after two years of radio silence, I suddenly have two books out for you, and they both drop this month!

First up is:

Make My Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Anthology "Christmas Weddings Make the Best Lovers Quarrel"

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“Christmas Weddings Make the Best Lovers Quarrel”

Make My Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Anthology

This holiday-themed read features 17 stories from 19 authors from the #romanceclass group of readers and writers. Mine is one of two stories in the collection that turns up the steam, and here’s a bit of detail about the short read, which revisits the characters from my novella, Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers.

More about my story, “Christmas Weddings Make the Best Lovers Quarrel”:

The constant loop of Christmas carols are only making the hours leading up to Christy’s best friend’s wedding all the more stressful. Then the bride goes missing. And Christy’s fiance, Kyle, badmouths her BFF instead of helping with the situation. Can they calm their tempers enough to work together to save a wedding… and their Christmas together?

Make My Wish Come True is a limited-run anthology which is available as an ebook via Gumroad until the end of January 2017. You can also order a print copy from me any time, but note that there will be an embargo on processing orders for it until December 10. Why? Because this is the date of the official book launch!

Launch details here:
1-4pm on December 10, 2016 (Saturday)
Blacksoup Cafe Artspace Maginhawa

I’ll be selling print copies of my novella, Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, at the event too, and everyone who buys one will get a home-baked cookie!

 

Next up is an international publication (my first!):

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 "On the Calendar"

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2

Published by Cleis Press and edited by erotica guru Rachel Kramer Bussel, Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 showcases 22 stories about women taking charge of their passions and pleasure and offers a veritable trip around the globe. Locations include San Francisco and New York (the greatest city in the world! Work!), the Bahamas and Peru. My own story is set in the Philippines, and while I don’t specify the location, in my head, it’s in my hometown of Cebu.

More about my story, “On the Calendar“:

Ana is fast approaching her 32nd birthday, and it makes her all the more aware of her no-boyfriend-since-birth status. Which may be due to the fact that she’s been in love with her friend Rico for years. So as the birthday that will take her age off the calendar fast approaches, she’s got only one thing scheduled: seduction!

And I wish I were going stateside in the new year (but alas, it’s not meant to be!) because editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and other contributors will be in Los Angeles January 31 at Skylight Books, Baltimore February 9 at Sugar and New York February 11 at Bluestockings for rousing, sexy free readings from Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2! Details at www.BWEoftheyear.com/events.

 

That’s my news so far—although I’m working on something and hope to have more to report in the new year! In the meantime, I would love it if you spread the word about the anthology. If you buy the books and read them, thank you, thank you thank you! And all of us authors would really appreciate it if you took your support one step further and posted a review wherever you purchased it as well as on Goodreads. If you have a blog and would like me to do a guest post, interview, or any other type of promo featuring either book, please let me know as well! Reply to this post or get in touch with me via social media—Twitter @ImKateSebastian and Facebook are my most reliable channels.


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Short story to be published in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Vol 2

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I just had some fantastic news to close out a truly stressful week—a short story I wrote a couple of months ago has been accepted for publication in the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 2 anthology!

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Print copies now available for Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers!

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I originally had planned for my novella Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers to be a strictly digital release, but I recently changed my mind about having print copies for it, so now I have these toasty beauties available for order within the Philippines:

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Want to get your hands on a copy? The fill out the order form linked below!

ORDER YOUR PRINT COPY HERE


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Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers Amazon Launch Giveaway

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I recently launched my 2014 contemporary romance novella, Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, on Amazon, and I thought I’d celebrate the occasion with giveaway to spread the word!

Keep reading to learn more about the book, read an excerpt, and join the giveaway.

 

Book Details & Blurb

Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers
Christy Martinez may have been a nerd and the number one victim for the mean girls in her high school, but she’s since grown up, gone to college, and carved out a successful career for herself. Now in her late 20s, she’s put high school behind her, only to be blindsided by a blast from her past.

She and her friends have planned a much-needed vacation, but she finds out at the last minute that they’ll be joined by uber rich and gorgeous Kyle Quinto. He just happens to be the guy who played a cruel trick on her in high school, breaking her heart and making her a target for bullying in the process.

Can Christy forgive and forget? Because Kyle is a whole lot of hot.

 

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Excerpt:

Christy was waiting in the lobby of her apartment building, her bag stuffed with the new outfits she and Serena had bought. She’d gotten new highlights in her naturally dark brown hair while having her nails cleaned and painted a pretty shade of pink. And after their shopping marathon, they’d headed to a waxing studio, where she’d had her legs done, and Serena had bullied and cajoled her into getting a Brazilian instead of her usual bikini wax.

The whole adventure had been thoroughly expensive, but it had been worth it. For the first time since her breakup with Mark, Christy felt like the sexy, successful woman her sister was always insisting she was. And it didn’t matter that the guy she’d prettied up for was someone she wouldn’t hook up with if he were the last man on the planet because it still felt great.

I’m doing this for myself, not for him, she reminded herself. And she smiled. Take that, Kyle Quinto.

Just then, her phone pinged. We’re coming up on your building now, Tracy had messaged. She got up from the couch where she’d been sitting, picked up the floral sling bag she’d traded her purse for, and rolled her small suitcase up to the door just as an unfamiliar SUV pulled up in the driveway. She hesitated for a moment, but then the front passenger door opened, and Victor climbed out.

“Hey, Vic!” she said with a smile, coming forward.

He smiled and bent to kiss her on the cheek. “Hey, Christy,” he said, giving her a mock leer that had her grinning at him. “Looking gorgeous as always. Let me get your suitcase.”

“I could say the same,” she replied, following him to the back of the vehicle, where he added her bag to the three already piled neatly in the back along with a cooler. And it was true; all their friends loved to tease Tracy about what a hottie she’d landed in Victor.

“Hey, no flirting with my guy!” Tracy called from where she sat in the backseat. Christy could see her grin over the tops of the suitcases, and she smiled and waved back. “Love the outfit, by the way. Is it Serena’s?”

“Nope! But she and I went shopping the other day.” Tracy was forever ragging on Christy about her “boring monochromatic wardrobe,” as she called it. And it was true that Christy preferred to stick to black, white, and gray shades when she shopped for herself, with the exception of the occasional blue jeans. But Serena had strictly enforced a “nothing but colors” rule during their shopping trip, and today Christy was wearing one of the new outfits they’d picked together: a semisheer Balinese-print caftan in turquoise paired with denim cutoffs that skimmed the tops of her thighs and strappy gold sandals.

“And you didn’t call me? Some friend you are!”

“You don’t mind sitting up front, do you?” Victor asked Christy. He smiled. “I’ll introduce you to Kyle.”

“Actually,” she said, glancing toward the car, where she could see the outline of her nemesis’s head and shoulders on the driver’s side, “we’ve met. Ages ago. He was a couple of years ahead of me in high school.”

Victor’s eyebrows winged up, and he grinned. “What a coincidence.”

“Not a happy one,” she muttered.

“Sorry?”

“Nothing,” she said hastily. “I’m all good.”

He closed the rear door on the SUV and led the way back to the front, where he opened the passenger side door. “Hey, Kyle, this is Christy. I think you know her from high school? She’ll be sitting up front so my girl and I can neck in the backseat.” This was punctuated by a “Woohoo!” from Tracy, which had Christy grinning even as she came face-to-face with the specter of her high school horror days.

Even though a dozen years had passed since she’d last seen him, she still recognized Kyle Quinto. And she was sorry to see that his Facebook photo—in which he’d looked buff, tanned, and absolutely yummy—had been a recent one. A small part of her had hoped he’d be fat and balding prematurely, but he had a full head of black hair any woman would enjoy running her fingers through, and the white button-down shirt he was wearing did little to hide his flat stomach. She was doubly glad she’d gone shopping that week.

He was wearing shades, so she couldn’t see his eyes. It was too bad because she would have liked to be able to gauge the sincerity of the roguish smile he gave her. “Christina Martinez,” he drawled. “Now that’s a blast from the past.”

 

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Giveaways

As a little thanks for your support, I’m raffling off a $10 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally and to be sent to the winner electronically) and a tan 2016 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Giving Journal (open to anyone with an address in the Philippines, to be sent via mail service). Filipino supporters, feel free to join both raffles!

 

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New Year, New Agenda

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It’s a spiffy new year, so I decided to kick things off with a spiffy new site. I’ve had very little output since releasing my contemporary novella, Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, on Buqo in 2014.

I’ve had a few drafts, but nothing I was happy with. And then I dropped off the grid because I didn’t know if I wanted to continue writing as Kate Sebastian. I’d discovered after writing Old Enemies and actually completing the first draft of the prequel novel, tentatively titled Best Friends Make The Best Booty Calls, that my heart simply isn’t in contemporary romance. The question was, though, what kind of books did I want to write? After doing some pretty extensive life evaluation and coming up with my five-year plan, I decided to retain this pen name for my romance, paranormal, and Philippine-based urban fantasy books.

So I decided I’d start rehabilitating my author image (or rather try and lift it from total obscurity into semi-obscurity), then start releasing more books—the kind of books I wanted to read as much as the ones I had already written or wanted to write.

The first task was to set up an author website. Voila! You’re here, so you probably know I’ve done that.

Second, I needed to release my one published book, Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, on multiple online platforms. As of today, with the help of romance guru Mina V. Esguerra, the ebook is now available via the following:

Buy on Amazon     Buy on Smashwords     buqo-logo     add-to-goodreads

Other platforms, like iBooks and Barnes & Noble, will follow shortly.

Third, I needed to come up with some deadlines for myself. I have some short stories in the works, but I also need to rejigger a couple of book series I started to work on but never really fixed up for publication. I’m hoping to launch at least one of those series this year, so wish me luck and follow me here and on social media (like my Facebook fan page and follow me on Twitter @ImKateSebastian) to stay updated on my progress!

In the meantime, I’d love it if you could check out Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, and if you could rate and review it, especially on Amazon and Goodreads, that would be super awesome!