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#romanceclass Podcast Episode 9: The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

If you’re a fan of Chrissie Peria‘s The Kitchen When It Sizzles *waves hands enthusiastically*, you would be very familiar with this excerpt. This is the one with Adam Levine, coffee as cold as yesterday’s soup stock, a colorful weekend market, and the Talk. Nate is here too. Oh Nate.

Read on for more context, then click the video featuring Rachel Coates as Olivia, and Gio Gahol as Nate. Enjoy the feelings!

Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.

Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who’s filling in for Olivia’s cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can’t help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?

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If you need to feel more things, the same excerpt was read LIVE last November at the 2015 Filipino Readercon. Scroll down and hit play. You’re welcome 🙂

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#romanceclass Podcast Episode 8: Finding X by Miles Tan

Rain scenes are great. Rain scenes read by Gio and Rachel are even more awesome.

Episode 8 of the #romanceclass podcast is another live recording from Filipino Readercon! YAY! In this excerpt from Miles Tan‘s Finding X, Rachel Coates is Carlisle, and Gio Gahol is Matteo, two awkward geeks stuck inside a dark car that was being pelted by rain. Shirts get wet, shirts get changed, blushes spread on cheeks. Lots of awesome. Continue Reading

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#romanceclass Podcast Episode 7: The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza

You really had to be there. But if you weren’t, well too bad. Hehe. But the #romanceclass podcast gives you the next best thing.

Episode 7 of the #romanceclass podcast features a scene from The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza. Gio Gahol (as Chase) and Rachel Coates (as Regina) performed this scene at Filipino Readercon last year. And it got us swooning so bad, we had to stuff our fists into our mouths to keep from erupting into a mess of feels. It really is a different kind of experience seeing Gio and Rachel perform live. Listen to the recording below, and hopefully you’d want to join us on the next live reading? Okay? Yay, GREAT!

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#romanceclass Podcast Extra: Interview with Mina V. Esguerra, Author of Never Just Friends

The #romanceclass podcast comes with a few extras! Listen to an interview below with Mina V. Esguerra, the Queen of Feels and author of Never Just Friends.  Listen to her talk about her thoughts and feelings (there were many) about the podcast season that started as a dream and an experiment. Get the latest scoop too about her upcoming books 🙂 Continue Reading

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#romanceclass Podcast Episode 5: Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano

I’m late, I know! But if you’re subscribed to the #romanceclass podcast, then you would have already listened to the episode featuring Cover (Story) Girl by Chris MarianoIf you haven’t subscribed OR listened to the podcast yet, then both are just a couple of clicks away. So, go click!

In this episode, Rachel Coates plays Min Hee, while Gio Gahol plays Gio (hehe). And also a waiter. If that doesn’t get you curious, then check out the blurb below: Continue Reading

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#romanceclass Podcast Episode 4: Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria

My book as a podcast episode. Man, that sounds cool.

Songs of Our Breakup is episode 4 of the #romanceclass podcast. Now I’ve seen it performed live at FilReadercon last year, and while there is no rush like it, it’s a different feeling entirely hearing it (again and again and again) in its pure audio format. Here Gio Gahol plays Shinta and also reads the narration, while Rachel Coates plays Jill. The tilts in their voices, the pauses, the giggles and laughing smirks (hee) happen differently, and it’s just wonderful.

Here’s a short description of the book to start you off. And don’t forget to scroll down after for a chance to win giveaways.

Every breakup has its playlist.

How do you get over a seven-year relationship? 21-year-old Jill is trying to find out. But moving on is a harder job when Kim, her ex-boyfriend, is the lead guitarist of the band, and Jill is the vocalist. Every song they play together feels like slicing open a barely healed tattoo.

Jill’s best friend Miki says she will be out of this gloom soon. Breakups have a probation period, he says. Jill is on the last month of hers and Miki is patiently keeping her company.

But the real silver lining is Shinta. Having a hot Japanese actor friend in times like these is a welcome distraction. This gorgeous celebrity has been defying time zones and distance through the years to be there for Jill. Now he is here, physically present, and together he and Jill go through old lyrics, vivid memories, walks in the rain, and bottles of beer. Together they try to answer the question: what do you do when forever ends?

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Up for grabs are:

  1. #romanceclass podcast the complete Season 1 + free pass to the next live reading,
  2. free pass to the next live reading,
  3. Fall Like Rain + Blast From Two Pasts + Never Just Friends + Cover Story Girl + The Boyfriend Backtrack print bundleprint bundle,
  4. Songs of Our Breakup + Finding X + The Kitchen When It Sizzles + Just For the Record + In Over Her Head print bundle,
  5. Choice of 5 ebook editions from entire season 1 selection

Head on over to producer/author/mad scientist Mina V. Esguerra‘s blog for notes on this episode. She starts it off with the following words:

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.

It warms my heart.

P.S. Here’s the same excerpt being read at Filipino Readercon! If you can hear squealing and giggles, that would be us, the people in attendance.

Watch out for the next one!