Winged: The Unraveling Now Available

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I know a lot of you have been waiting for this particular announcement for a while now, and I am as happy and ecstatic as the rest of you guys with this news.  After what seemed to be a road paved with unexpected situations that caused the release to be pushed back, it’s a blessed ans sweet relief that we have managed to deliver this book just before the year ends.

Like with the prequel, Winged: The Unraveling will be made available in a number of stores–both brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online ones.  For the moment, however, it is just available in online retailers (which are listed on the Winged Saga page).  In 5 to 8 weeks time, it will be available in Barnes and Noble as well.  If things go according to plan (which I sincerely hope it would), local bookstores will be selling copies of the book early next year (late January or early to mid-February).

We will also be releasing ebook version.  I will update you all when the time comes that they become available, probably next week (or the week after that).

Anyways, that’s all for now.  I hope you guys enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. :)

Until the next update, dream on; fly on!

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Give This Christmas Away: Help Typhoon Haiyan Victims

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Unless you have been living under a rock and are oblivious to the goings-on around the world, then you probably know about the devastating monster typhoon that struck the Philippines.  I mean, it’s hard not to hear about it when major news stations locally and internationally are broadcasting it.

131111084834-09-haiyan-1111-horizontal-gallerySuper Typhoon “Haiyan” (“Yolanda” in the Philippines) struck the island nation last Friday. It has since been dubbed as “the strongest typhoon in recorded history ever to make landfall”.  The aftermath of this monstrosity showed one devastated city/town after another and the death toll has been rising by the hour.

We hear stories–unbelievable stories–of survival, loss, and bravery all over the news.  We see images and videos of the destruction caused by “Haiyan”.  We know the magnitude of this tragedy as a whole and have witnessed the pledges and millions of help pouring in from all over the world–a testament that in times of hardship, humanity has each others back regardless of their race, their beliefs, political affiliations, or whether or not they had just been at each other’s throat days before.  It’s amazing, humbling, and awe-inspiring.

131111084934-10-haiyan-1111-horizontal-galleryWe can only imagine what the victims of this storm are going through…and that’s as far as we can ever know what they are feeling.  We can’t really say we know, because, do we really?  These people have lost–not only their home and their livelihood–but also lives of loved ones.

It is with these people in mind that I decided to write this post; to ask for people to help–to give what they can give.  No one really is without anything to give to these people who have lost everything.  Even a small amount of money or help can bring about tantamount of hope to these desperate people.

And hope really is one of the best gifts anyone could give, especially in a season that speaks of hope and love: Christmas.

So, how can you provide help and assistance?  I’ve taken the liberty of copying this from an article in CNN as it provides a list of where you can donate and volunteer and such:

Emergency support

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross by selecting theSupertyphoon Yolanda campaign on their donation page. TheInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) and Red Cross networks from around the world are supporting the Philippine Red Cross. Many have created specific funds for this disaster, including the American Red CrossCanadian Red Cross and the British Red Cross.

The Salvation Army is on the ground serving storm survivors, primarily with food, water and shelter. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing help since the typhoon hit, but are challenged by the lack of accessible roads to transport goods and medical supplies. The non-profit has set up a designated fund for Haiyan relief efforts, which you can access here. You can also make a donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is working with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community and their global partners to assist in providing for survivors’ immediate needs. You can support their efforts online or by phone at 1-212-687-6200.

CARE‘s emergency response teams are coordinating with local partners in the Philippines to provide food, water, shelter and health care for those in need. Their teams in Vietnam are preparing for the potential need there as Typhoon Haiyan continues its devastation. You can support CARE’s efforts on their website, or by phone at 1-800-521-2273 within the United States or +1-404-681-2252 outside the U.S.

Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is on the ground helping with water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies. You can donate to the organization’s efforts online or you can call 1-877-435-7277. You can also type in your phone number on the website and a representative will call you back to take your donation.

Convoy of Hope‘s Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines. The organization is preparing more supplies to be sent like canned goods, hygiene kits and water filtration units. You can visit Convoy of Hope’s website to donate funds to their efforts or call 1-417-823-8998.

Mercy Corps is preparing to deliver food, water, temporary shelter and other basic supplies to devastated areas throughout the Philippines. You can support the organization by donating through their websitePayPal, or by calling 1-888-747-7440.

Oxfam America aid teams are on the ground in northern Cebu, northern and eastern Samar and Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. They’re working to provide immediate access to water and sanitation materials. You can support this effort by donating online to their Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund, or by phone at 1-800-776-9326.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency‘s (ADRA) emergency response team is working in Manila and in the province of Bohol to provide food, emergency relief and medical aid to those in need. They have launched an emergency appeal that you can supportonline or by phone at 1-800-424-2372.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has dispatched an emergency team to Manila and launched a $10 million appeal in order to ensure immediate needs like safe water, hygiene and sanitation are met. If you would like to contribute to their efforts, clickhere.

Operation Blessing International (OBI) has deployed disaster relief teams in multiple locations following the massive devastation from Typhoon Haiyan. The organization is providing clean water and food, emergency shelter materials and medical assistance. To help the charity’s mission, you can make a contribution on their website.

Food and water

The World Food Programme was already providing emergency food assistance in the Philippines following the October earthquake. With these emergency food stocks stretched thin, they’re now mobilizing additional supplies and are flying in 40 tons of fortified biscuits in the coming days. Additional food supplies are needed. You can help these efforts by donating online or by calling 1-202-747-0722 domestically or +39-06-65131 for international calls.

Samaritan’s Purse has sent disaster relief specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines to deliver immediate aid. They have launched the Philippines Emergency Relief fund for this disaster, which you can support online or by phone at 1-828-262-1980.

World Vision is responding in the Philippines by first providing emergency food and clean water. They will also work to create child-friendly spaces and help families rebuild from this disaster. They have launched a Philippines Disaster Response Fund that you can support online or by calling 1-888-511-6443.

Action Against Hunger is on the ground providing drinking water and survival kits containing buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. They’re also working to distribute sanitation equipment to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. They’re requesting assistance and you can help by donating online or by calling 1-877-777-1420.

Shelter

ShelterBox was already in the Philippines providing shelter after the 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. They are now expanding their operations to provide tents and essential equipment for families left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their work in the Philippines either online or by calling 1-941-907-6036.

Habitat for Humanity is already providing help to 30,000 families with shelter repair kits to rebuild their damaged homes. You can support this work by donating from the Philippines to their Re-Build Philippines Fund or from the U.S. by contributing to their Disaster Response Fund. You can also make a donation by phone at 1-800-HABITAT.

Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist with post-disaster reconstruction and the organization’s working with local architects to identify the most critical rebuilding needs. You can support their Super Typhoon Haiyan Response online, by calling 1-415-963-3511 or by texting REBUILD to 85944 to make a $10 donation from your mobile phone.

Medical assistance

Americares has an emergency shipment on the way to the Philippines with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. You can support Americares with an online donation or by calling 1-800-486-4357.

International Medical Corps has pre-positioned medical supplies and their team is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid. You can support their Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response fund online or by calling 1-800-481-4462.

More than 1.5 tons of emergency medicine and medical supplies are en route to the Philippines from Direct Relief. The supplies include antibiotics, pain relievers, nutritional supplements, antifungal medications, wound dressings and chronic disease medicines. You can call in your donation by dialing 1-805-964-4767 or you can goonline to support the organization.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) have emergency teams in Cebu city with an additional 50 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the Philippines in the next few days. They’ll bring tents, supplies of drugs, medical equipment and material to purify water, as well as essential plastic sheeting, cooking items and hygiene kits. Teams will monitor possible outbreaks of infectious diseases. An additional cargo is being prepared due to leave later this week from Bordeaux with an inflatable hospital and medical material. You can make your donation by calling 1-212- 763-5779 or online.

Helping children

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is helping children and their families in the Philippines receive shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. Their emergency response can be supported online or by calling 1-800-367-5437. You can also donate directly to UNICEF in the Philippines here.

Save the Children is offering disaster relief support for children in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam after Typhoon Haiyan. The charity has pre-positioned relief material kits for children and families, which will include toiletries, household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. You can support their Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund online. You can also donate by phone at 1-800-728-3843.

Emergency response teams from ChildFund Internationalprepositioned supplies, including emergency kits and tents, and made arrangements with local suppliers to access food and non-food relief supplies. The organization is also preparing to setup child- centered spaces where kids can feel safe. Donate to ChildFund online to help children cope and recover confidence after this disaster.

Teams from Plan are also on the ground responding to the needs of children and their families. Their priorities are vulnerable youngsters and communities in rural locations. You can support their appeal on their website.

 

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So, there you have it.  I hope you guys can provide help to these people, and also spread the word and get other people pitching in as well. Because, you know, you have the power to give someone hope far beyond their wildest dreams.  No matter how small that help is, it can make a difference.  Make this December different.  Be someone’s miracle. God only knows hundreds of thousands of families affected by “Haiyan” need a miracle today.

Dream on; Fly on!

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My 2013 Christmas Wishlist

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It has been a ridiculously long time since I wrote in my blog, I know.  It’s kind of funny that as my return-post I decided to go ahead and write this.  Of course, considering that Christmas is just a little ways away–and since posting my Christmas wishlist has become somewhat of a “tradition”–I guess it’s justifiable.

As I have done before, I will be updating this list whenever I buy one off or exchange one for the other.

First up, are books.  Now, unlike previous years where I added a bit of an explanation as to why I want them–and most of these explanations, I notice, are the same anyways–I decided to just enumerate the title of the books and their authors.  Now, the reason why I have this books in my wishlist is pretty simple. (1) I want them, and (2) the reason I don’t have them yet is because our local bookstore has yet to add these titles to their shelves despite the fact that they have been out for a looooong time (or in some cases are pretty highly anticipated titles).

So, without further ado, these are the books I’m looking forward to getting (in random order):

The Sandman and the War of Dreams (William Joyce)
- Unbreakable (Kami Garcia)
- Divergent Trilogy, Book 3: Allegiant (Veronica Roth).
- Soul Seekers, Book 4: Horizon (Alyson Noel)
The Raven Boys, Book 2: Dream Thieves (Maggie Stiefvater).
Witches of East End, Book 3: Winds of Salem (Melissa de la Cruz).
The Micheal Vey Books (Richard Paul Evans). (I’ve been meaning to get into this series, but I can’t find all three books that are currently out and it’s annoying me to heck and back.)
Gallagher Girls: United We Spy (Ally Carter).
Seven Wonders, Book 2: Lost in Babylon (Peter Lerangis)
The Chaos of Stars (Kiersten White)
- Bloodlines, Book 3: Fiery Heart (Richealle Mead)
- Virals, Book 3: Code (Kathy Reichs)
- Darkness Rising, Book 3: The Rising (Kelley Armstrong)
Witch & Wizard: The Kiss (James Patterson)
Everneath, Book 2: Everbound (Brodi Ashton)
Legend, Book 2: Prodigy (Marie Lu)
Legend, Book 3: Champion (Marie Lu)
- Son of Sobek (Rick Riordan)
School Spirits (Rachel Hawkins)
True (Hillary Duff)
Dangerous Dream (Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl)


It’s not that long a list of all the books I want for Christmas.  I can’t really pick one that I would love to have more than the others since I would really, really, reaaaaalllyyyyy love to read ‘em all.

Next, since I am a girl-gamer, I have also made a list of video-game-related stuff I would want to receive for Christmas (though I’m pretty sure my family will not get me any of these and would rather buy me a book as they are cheaper… *sigh*). Since I have the PSVita, a 3DS, and a PS3 (I also have an XBOX360 but I don’t really play on that all that much), I have divided this section into 3 parts.

PSVITA

- Batman: Arkham Origins Black Gate
- The Walking Dead*
- Soul Sacrifice*
- Valhalla Knights 3*
- Muramasa Rebirth: Blessing of Amitabha Edition

3DS

- Pokemon X and Y
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Rune Factory 4*
- Shin Megami Tensei IV
- Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
- Project X Zone*
- Shin Megami Tensei, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

PS3

- Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (Collectors Edition)*
- Batman Arkham Origins
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Naruto Shippuuden: Ultimate Ninja Strom 3 Full Burst*
- Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
- Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F
- Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition
- Time and Eternity
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2*

That’s about sums it up. Of course, if by some great big miracle anyone decides to give me any of the games listed here (preferrably in the North America version since my 3DS is region locked to NA and my Vita is on NA, too), I would reaaaallllllllllyyy be happy. Haha.  Also, note that the highlighted ones are the ones I am looking forward to the most, with Tales of Symphonia ranking waaaaay up there in the peak of it all! (I have other games in mind but they won’t be released until my birthday…so maybe I’ll add them to my birthday wishlist, or something).

And now comes the part where I add a list of other random things I would want to receive for Christmas.

- A Mass Effect SR-1 Normandy, Cerberus SR-2 Normandy, and/or SX3 Normandy Ship Replica*
- A 999 Watch or a VLR Watch (added a link to Amazon just in case someone–anyone!–decides to give me this :D)

I also have a couple of things that were left unanswered from my pevious year’s wishlist.

Unfulfilled +2012 Wishlist

Daniel X Armageddon (James Patterson), released last year.  It’s one of the books series that I enjoy reading and one of the books I’m having difficulty in finding.  I can’t believe this book is so hard to come by in our local bookstores.  *sigh*

Dust Lands, Book 2: Rebel Heart (Moira Young), released last year.  This series is one of the most unique ones I have read, especially with how it was written.  I’m missing the second book of the series and had been waiting since the release date for our local bookstore to sell a copy of it.  At the moment of writing this post, it’s still unavailable over here.

Meridian, Book 3: Speed of Light (Amber Kizer), Holy Croquettes!  I still do not have the third book of this awesome series!  Dang!  Like every other book in this list, they’re unavailable here at our local bookstore which is why they flew under my “book radar”.  Both of them are on my “high priority books”.

Witches of East End, Book 2: Serpent’s Kiss (Melissa de la Cruz).  I’m blaming my sister for why I still don’t have a copy of this book, lol.  But, yeah…same problem with availability in our local bookstore.  Really, that’s what it boils down to when I don’t have a copy yet.  Frustrating, I know.

I also still have yet to receive a gigantic and fluffy Appa (from Avatar the Last Airbender) stuffed toy.  I would have bought this for myself, but as I have stated last year, they don’t ship it to the Philippines–which sucks.

 

And there we have it: a rather long list (that will certainly be updated the closer we get to Christmas day).  I probably am the only one who cares about this list, but this will make things easier if someone–or anyone–asks me what I want for Christmas (or maybe even my birthday).  I’ll just direct them to this post.

Anyways, that’s all for now.  Until the next post!  Dream on; fly on!

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A Quick Note

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I’m so very exhausted, and it’s just the start of the day! SO many things to do and deadlines to meet.  Despite that, I am happy.  ”The Nephilims of Everheights” is going smoothly (and so is Winged 3 (I am still NOT going to reveal the title for that book :p)), Chronicles of Endlessia is nearing the point where I can release a working DEMO (even though I have shared zilch about it in this blog, and yes, there is a VERY high probability the game will become a novel), and of course, nothing can dampen my spirit after I have met some my literary heroes.

I am also excited about the books that are coming out soon, not to mention NCIS, Sleepy Hollow, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, AND Witches of East End are giving me more than enough to look forward to (I still have a lot of catching up to do with BONES). So, yeah, I’m keeping my chin up and doing my best; living my life filled with gratitude, love, and appreciation; knowing that each day is a blessing that should not be squandered.

I guess, what I am trying to say is that, even though things have been rifed with delays, I am  still very much grateful for the patience and understanding that remains abundant in those who truly care. No words could truly express how thankful I am for that.

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The 34th Manila International Book Fair

It only comes once every year. I had always wanted to come to such an event. I feel so happy and blessed to have been able to come this year, especially since I get to make new friends and meet great people that reinforces what many know to be true: Filipinos are kindhearted and friendly individuals. I also got to meet Margaret Stohl, Alyson Noel, and Melissa de la Cruz. How awesome is that?! I still can’t believe it! Of course, I wouldn’t have all these pictures if my super-awesome sister Mara Victoria didn’t go out of her way to get me tickets, or if my youngest sister Angela Beatrice didn’t go with me and took these pictures. Best. Day. Ever!!!

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