Cover Reveal: Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology

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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!

 

About the Cover

I really wanted an illustrated cover to amp up the authentic Filipino feel of the anthology at a potential reader’s first glance, and I wanted something unifying with the Make Your Wish Come True #romanceclass Christmas anthology, so of course I had to go with the same designer who tackled that project just a few months back! We had a few small revisions (visually small, anyway; although I don’t know enough about art to say how hard they were to do), but right from the very start I was captivated by the notion of a woman looking out at an expanse of blue as the title “Summer Feels” appeared to be written in the sky. A sunny yellow hat and morena (brown-skinned) looks, even without a face being featured, just completed the picture for me. The only thing that would’ve made me squeal harder over this cover is a set of bared abs.

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About 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

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

Launch date: April 30, 2017 at #AprilFeelsDay event at Urban Turf in U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines

 

About the Stories

The stories below are listed in the order in which they’ll appear in the anthology. These are grouped by heat level, beginning with heat levels 0 and 1, moving up to level 2, and ending with “full frontal” level 3! It includes authors I’ve worked with before as an editor or co-contributor as well as authors who are completely new to me, some of whom were a total revelation. Two stories involve LGBT relationships, and all of them feature abs you’d like to run your fingers over, strong arms to hold you tight all through the night, and sweet summer heat to fire the blood and light up the heart. You’ll get lots of kisses and caresses, adorably awkward moments, faith-restoring acts of forgiveness, hugot-filled scenes of heartbreak, sexytime to leave you sweating, and so much more. I hope you’ll give it a read. With one exception, none of the stories listed have previously been published.

  • “All about That Bass” by Fay Sebastian
  • “Alter Christus” by Catherine Lo
  • “Fall for Me” by Miel Salva
  • “The Game of Twenty Questions” by Elizabeth Galit
  • “The Summer You Said Hello” by Ami Granada
  • “At the Bermuda Triangle” by Elea Andrea Almazora
  • “Beachin’ Summer” by Arlene Manocot
  • “Buddy System” by Yeyet Soriano
  • “Busy out of the Friendzone” by Charlie Dio
  • “Flying with You” by Rachelle Belaro
  • “Guide for a Day” by H. Bentham
  • “Ready to Run” by Kit Salazar
  • “Secondhand Wanderlust” by Erleen Alvarez
  • “The Search for the Kissing Monster” by Ella Banta
  • “Anything Can Happen” by Marian Tee
  • “Four Basic Principles” by Bianca Mori
  • “Love after Summer” by Irene Jurado
  • “Lucky in Paradise” by Farrah F. Polestico
  • “The Swimming Instructor” by Eris Peñaluna
  • “Wedding Night Stand” by Mina V. Esguerra
  • “An Overdue Adventure” by Kate Sebastian
  • “Buttered Sunset” by Halina Cabrera
  • “Then Derrick Was Back” by Georgette S. Gonzales

 

About the Designer

Miles Tan likes inhabiting imaginary worlds, from fantasy books to sci-fi shows to cheeky mysteries to role-playing games. She works with websites, plays with graphics, and is now currently painting with words.

Finding X is her first published novella. Her short story “Something Real” is included in the YA Luna East anthology, Kids These Days.

To learn more about her books, visit milestanbooks.com. To see more of the cover art she’s designed, check out milestanbooks.com/works.

 

Get the Book

Click on the following links to get a copy of the book or add it to your want-to-read list:

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Join the #AprilFeelsDay Fun

The #romanceclass community is celebrating its second annual #AprilFeelsDay celebration from 1PM to 6PM on April 30, 2017, at Urban Turf, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. If you’re in town, please consider dropping by and joining the fun! A whole bunch of new books are launching (although of course I would love it if you could prioritize the Summer Feels anthology as your first purchase!), and there will be games, live readings, and other activities to give you a systemic case of kilig. I’ll be flying in just for the event, and I hope to see you there!

 

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About Author

Kate Sebastian

Kate Sebastian has been crafting stories since she was tiny. She spent her childhood reimagining classic fairy tales and inventing new ones, then having her dolls and stuffed toys reenact them in elaborate sets she built by rearranging the furniture in her house. She earns a good living writing articles and editing manuscripts, but decided to try her hand at writing romance (the steamy kind) since she reads so much of it.

5 Comments

Elea

April 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Ridiculously happy over being part of this. ❤ Thanks you for this!

Miel

April 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

A simple ‘thank you’ wouldn’t suffice how grateful I am for this project you spearheaded, Ms. Liana :) You’re a fairy godmother who just made our wish come true :) And on top of the business you’re opening up too! Such an admirable superwoman :) I could only wish you more success in all your endeavors. Looking forward to doing more projects with you :) A million thanks again and again :)

    Kate Sebastian

    April 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Aww, thanks for the sweet message! And I’m hoping this will kickstart new authors’ motivations to publish novels/novellas of theirs ASAP, as well as allow veteran authors to find new readers. 😀

Erleen Alvarez

April 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm

I made a lot of rookie mistake while we were working on this project and I really learned so much from it. I’m so grateful to you Ms. Liana for giving us new writers an opportunity to share our stories along with you and the other amazing #romanceclass authors. I hope someday we can work together again on another project. :)

I’m looking forward to reading our anthology.

    Kate Sebastian

    April 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    The important thing about mistakes is never forgetting to learn from them! :) I’m sure there will be other anthologies soon—they seem to be on trend as far as #romanceclass is concerned! Hehe.

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