Bucket List to Love by C. P. Santi: A Review

Hi, all!

I’m so excited to tell you about this awesome book. Just look at the pretty cover and you’ll understand.

Title: Bucket List To Love

Author: C. P. Santi

Genre: New Adult

BLURB:

Aya Contreras is thrilled to be studying in the land of sakura and sushi. Tokyo is a fascinating city to live in—vending machines, cosplayers, karaoke boxes, and bright, colorful conbinis on every corner. And the architectural design program she’s in is everything she dreamed it to be. The only problem? Her tutor doesn’t seem to like her. Well, she doesn’t like him very much either.

Sure, Ryohei Mori is talented, and there’s no denying he’s hot. But he’s also a surly, bossy know-it-all who eats too many cookies.

Another annoying thing about him is he’s nosy. And when he stumbles upon the crazy bucket list Aya’s sisters forced on her, he teases her mercilessly about it. But when their professor pairs them up for a design competition, things get . . . interesting.

Fueled by beer and a whole lot of cookies, can Aya and Ryo cross out some items on her bucket list without killing each other? Or will they realize there’s much more to each other than they’d originally thought??

Okay. So first off, I have to tell you that I have bought the printed book months ago but I haven’t read it for many reasons. So when the book came out with a new and improved cover, my short attention span gravitated toward it again. And I’m glad it did.

The author gave me a copy of the ebook for an honest review. So, here we go.

What I like about the book first and foremost is the dynamic between Aya and her sisters. They are so great together and I appreciate their support and love for each other. I wish that I am their sister too. Haha. Then I would have a cooler name than Ella.

I like Aya because she is a brave woman. Although she just recently came from a breakup, she have herself a chance to live life again. I am charmed by her antics as she started to live in Japan and I appreciate the fact that she’s willing to learn from life.

Next reason I love this book is of course, Ryo. What a sweetheart he is. If I could bake I’d give him all the cookies he liked. Haha. But seriously, he is such a perfect match for our serious but soon to be adventurous heroine. I love their chemistry and the comfortable way their personalities meshed. Simply lovely.

I love all kinds of food mentioned in the book. I think I was always imagined the food the food was describing that I ended up making a list of food to try once I’m done reading. Haha.

I also have to mention that I love watching anime and JDoramas so reading this book was like watching my fave Japanese shows. I could almost hear them speaking in Japanese in my mind.

What can I say? This book made me care for these characters as they journeyed through their lives. It made me smile and crave food. It made me long to go to Japan (lifegoal…huhu…have to watch L’arc~en~Ciel one day!) This is a very good read if you like to explore new things and enjoy living and loving.

BUY LINK: bit.ly/CPS_bucket

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35522352-bucket-list-to-love

Hashtags: #BucketListToLove #BLTL #romanceclass

About C. P. Santi:

C. P. Santi is a Filipina author based in Tokyo, Japan. She is a wife to an engineer / indie songwriter and a full-time mom to two energetic boys. She loves cooking and baking, and enjoys feeding people, gorging on chocolate, watching J-doramas, belting it out in the karaoke box, and running around the house playing tickle tag. She also loves dreaming up stories about the people she meets.

In another life, she is also an architect and academic.

Social Media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CPsantiauthor?ref=hl

Twitter / Wattpad / Instagram: @arkicpsanti

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Blog Tour: Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology.

Read. Breathe. Repeat.

34817829Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology.
Goodreads | Amazon | Print Copy (Phillipines)
Published April 30th 2017.
383 pages.

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

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Summer Feels! So much feels~ A Recap

Last Sunday, April 30, UP Town Center was packed with people drowning in feels. Am I more coherent now? I’m not sure. But I will try to remember as much as I can.

Yup! It was #AprilFeelsDay2017 and we launched our #romanceclass anthology Summer Feels there. Yay!

Let me just tell you that the kilig over our book launch and the live readings, the energy of the people…grabe. It was chaos. Emotions ran wild…okay, contained naman daw. But the whole day was really just surreal for me.

 

These are some of the books on display. The numbers on the books are heat levels. Oh yes. We have up to heat level 4 yata. Haha!~ You should try all the levels. We must cover all our bases, ‘di ba? ☺

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Shelves full of yummy stories! ~

Too many pretties to buy. Sadly, I didn’t have a big budget kaya ayun…super konti lang ang haul ko. I’m going to show it to you later.

 

This was how the event looked like.

Our books!!!! They looked so great. We spent the first hours before the launch signing our names. Yes, feeling totoong writer. Lol. I truly loved looking at our books. It made the whole thing true and that was when I felt that, “Oh my god, I am a writer!”

This was where the live readings would be staged. There were a lot of readings. I couldn’t keep up because I did some ~stuff. Haha! No really. So I only took some pictures.

Our readers who brought to life the characters in the books. They were really awesome. Ah…and Fred is new. Haha. So he was kind of nervous. But he delivered a great performance. And managed to sweep some, if not most of the girls, off their feet.

The enthralled crowd. Too many feels to process…haha!~

The live readings performed had some firsts for the event. We had an M/M and F/F reading for the first time. It was a very delightful experience. Especially since I wrote an M/M story in the #SummerFeels Anthology. The title is The Search for the Kissing Monster. If you want to read it, I’ll give you the links where you can buy our book.
My dream is for my story to be read aloud like this. And for the actors to breathe life into my boys. ^^

Pic Credit to Ms Liana Smith Bautista but I grabbed this from ate Yeyet. Haha

Picture of me and my co-author H. Bentham. We looked so happy ano?

My co-author Kit Salazar. Signing autographs was a joy…hehe.

And there you have it. Ah, I bought books for my collection. I can’t wait to read them. ❤

My copies. Ah. They all look so good. How would they look like on my shelf?

Like this. 😙💖

And that was it!~ The day was a fun-filled adventure for me. It was the first time I was published, the first time I signed books (wow!), and the first time I called myself and author.

 
This could not have been possible if not for Ms. Liana Smith Bautista. She’s the driving force behind the project. And I am very blessed for the chance to work with her.

 
Also, I am most grateful to my co-authors. Guys, we made it! Here’s to more books and stories in the future. Aja! To the #romanceclass family for being so supportive and awesome. Thanks for the feels guys. And of course to the fairy Godmother of the group, Ms Mina V. Esguerra. Super thankful to have met you. I can’t believe how you were able to do all of this but I am in awe of your energy and dedication.

 

And like I said earlier, I will post the links where you can buy our book.
For print copies available only in the Philippines, you can use this.

 

http://bit.ly/summerfeels-pof

For Amazon, you can try this.

 
I’m really going to be so happy and grateful if you support us. It means a lot to us indie authors.

 
If you want to follow me on social media, check out these handles.

 

Follow me on Twitter: @gabbie_ellaine

Like my Facebook page: facebook.com/ellabantawriting

Follow me on Amazon: amzn.to/2pwjLEj

Follow me on Goodreads: bit.ly/2pyi9XU
That’s it! That was the Summer Feels Anthology launch as I remembered it. Haha! #AprilFeelsDay2017 happens only once a year, the first time I was there I was just a participant who was very eager to read good books written by Filipino authors.

 
Now, I am an author too. And it just feels freaking exciting. ~

 

#SummerFeels Blog Tour: Top 5 Summer Foods featuring Arlene Manocot  + Giveaway

Blog Tour for the Summer Feels Anthology is happening. ~ Yay!

 

The tour has started today! Get ready for the feels. ~

 

To start off, I will be featuring an author from the anthology.

 

I’ve met Arlene Manocot in one of the #romanceclass events. She was very accommodating in signing books and she spoke in a soft  voice. But this girl can write heartfelt poems and conjure up a mean fantasy romance story.

 

In this anthology, she wrote Beachin’ Summer. To get you an idea, here’s what it’s about.

 

“Beachin’ Summer” 

 

Childhood friends Summer and Jesse head to the beach after a traumatic incident leaves Jesse in need of a little rest and relaxation. He’s looking forward to catching up on his reading, and while she isn’t as avid a reader, she can’t help but be drawn in by his enthusiasm. When he shares his love of indie-published romance with her, she can’t help but wonder if he might be inspired to turn fictional love into something real.


 

 

Sounds intriguing? Better check her story out.~

 
Well,  since it is summer in our country and we love food, I have asked Arlene for her list of Top 5 Summer Foods to beat the summer heat.

 
Maybe she’s found the inspiration to write because of these yummy desserts. ☺I know I would.

 
Arlene said:

 
My top 5 fave food to beat summer heat, yah!

 

1. Halo-halo

Specially the one served at a Chinese fast-food chain, I loooove it! It’s so creamy and there’s a lot of going on in your cup. The fast-food chain is so generous when it comes to their fillings. Love it so much!

2. Chocolate ice cream

Who wouldn’t crave ice cream this summer season? I like it and I know it sounds cliche, but it’s my all time favorite flavor. Anything that has chocolate in it, should be edible of course. 

3. Green Kalabaw mango with alamang

Refreshing acid taste from the fruit and the salty alamang, gah! I can eat all day until my lips turn pale. Haha.

4. Watermelon

Sweet and watery taste of watermelon, it’s the perfect alternative thirst buster for a plain water. 

5. Milk tea

Wintermelon and Jasmine are my favorite flavor. And I get at Sediento, it is the place to be whenever I crave for milk tea.

 

Yum! Everything is so delish, believe me. Summer in the Philippines is scorching. We really need to cool down. Hope you can try these desserts to quench the summer heat.
Thank you to Arlene for sharing with us her Top 5 Summer Foods list. 
Here’s her author info:




Arlene Manocot writes in English and Filipino. Her words dwell in the realms of fantasy, suspense and romance. Aside from writing fiction, she also weaves poems from the endless thread of life. 


Daydreaming is an expensive hobby she’d like to preserve, and putting her thoughts into writing keeps her sane in this world of insanity.

 


To learn more about this author and for updates on new releases, please

Visit her blog, writingandlovinit.blogspot.com

Follow her on Twitter @arlenemanocot

Like her Facebook page, facebook.com/manocot.arlene

Follow her on Amazon at amazon.com/author/arlenemanocot

Follow her on Goodreads at goodreads.com/arlenemanocot

 

If you want to know more  wonderful summer stories of love under the sun, you can check out our book Summer Feels, a #romanceclass anthology.

Summer Feels:
A #romanceclass Anthology

Edited and compiled by Kate Sebastian

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2017

 

 

 

Blurb:

 

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

 

 

Book Links:

· Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y51NJ9H 

· Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34817829-summer-feels 

· Print copy preorder links (Philippines only): http://bit.ly/summerfeels-pof 

 



Get yourself a copy and let us take you around the country for the ultimate summer adventure!~ ^^ 



You can also join the on-going raffle to win awesome prizes such as:



International: Amazon gift card worth $25

 

 

Philippines Only: Print books from some of the authors:


My Dutch Billionaire by Marian Tee

Kate, Finally by Yeyet Soriano

Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers by Kate Sebastian


 

 

The contest is open to everyone! Just click on the link to join. 



 

 

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3079e91827/


 


 




Summer Feels~ 

And as promised, more info about the anthology. So excited! ~

Summer Feels 

A #romanceclass anthology

Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2017

 

 

Blurb:

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

Book links:

· Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y51NJ9H 

· Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34817829-summer-feels 

· Print copy preorder links (Philippines only): http://bit.ly/summerfeels-pof 

 

 

Stories included in this anthology:

 

· “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



The Newbie Writer’s Journey 

Deep breath. 

I’ve written something. 

And it got published. 

Yay! 

I’ve been harping on and on about putting my work out in the world but got little to show for it. But last February  (or was it January?) I finally finished a story. I submitted it for an anthology and it got through! 

It’s a summer anthology. Meaning lots of sun, beaches and hot adventure. 

At first, it hasn’t really sunk in. I was still in disbelief. You know,  being a noob and stuff. But as the days went, more confirmation happened. 

I am indeed a published author now. 

Wow.

Let me just take a breath again to process that. Alright. Processed. Still….kyaaaaa!

Ahem. So the thing is…the anthology will be launched this April 30th. Along with all the great indie writers in #romanceclass. I am so excited to finally be able to say that I have something to share with everyone. 

I will be posting more about it later. My small amateur author self is still overwhelmed. Sorry. But for now, I’ll leave you with the anthology’s pretty pretty book cover. 

Can I just say that I freaking love it!? I love it!