Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology by Yeyet Soriano
Published by indie author on April 30, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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
One of the most challenging yet most rewarding writing projects I’ve ever worked on was the Summer Feels anthology released just a few weeks back. And while I wrote it using my pen name, I was nevertheless still ecstatic about promoting it however I could using either that or my real name. Which was why I joined the blog tour, where I was given the opportunity to feature one of the twenty-three authors whose stories are included in this book.
I know I’ve mentioned Yeyet Soriano a few times on this blog, and I’m confident both she and her books will make more appearances in the future. But for now, I’ll let her take the stage with a list of her all-time favorite summer hotties, complete with visual aids!
Just in case you’re wondering about the preoccupation with hotties for this post, let me give you a little backgrounder on Yeyet’s story in the Summer Feels anthology. Here’s the blurb for it:
Smarting from a recent breakup, Kit Estaquio decides to let loose during her company’s overnight summer outing. She enlists the help of her officemate and best friend, Carlo Manlapat, and they agree to set up a buddy system where Carlo will make sure Kit won’t do anything she would regret.
But when office babe Tanya de Leon sets her sights on Carlo and office player Javier Perez makes it known he has his eye on Kit, the lines between being friends and buddies blur until Kit and Carlo realize they may not be the best buddies for each other.
So this delightfully flirtatious story features not just one summer hottie, but two! Just check out this teaser:
Keep reading for yummy heroes, for more information about this author, and to find out how you can get a chance to win one of the prizes in the blog tour giveaway!
Guest Post: Yeyet Soriano’s 5 Summer Hotties
Much as I’d like to fill this post with glorious abs, I had to think of characters in a summer setting who have struck me the most in a movie or TV show. So suddenly, abs weren’t my first requirement. And by the end of the exercise I just proved how totally old-school and totally off-center I am, opting for classics, that excited me more than just visually, but also cerebrally, emotionally and even musically.
#1 Danny from Grease
Let’s kick it off with a golden classic—Danny Zuco (John Travolta) when he and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) met and fell in love in the movie Grease. It was summer holiday during the first few minutes of the movie and without his posse from school dictating his every move, Danny was just himself—sweet, romantic, and he was the perfect guy to Sandy’s sweet girl. Theirs was the perfect summer beach romance.
When summer ended, both Danny and Sandy thought that Sandy was going back home to Australia. Of course, last minute, Sandy didn’t go back to Australia. She even ended up going to Danny’s same high school.
At school (before they discovered each other again), they related different versions of their summer romance to their respective interested school mates in the “Summer Nights” musical sequence.
They met again, but Danny was different from the boy Sandy fell in love with—he was now greaser Danny and he more or less “denied” being the person that Sandy met that summer. But of course, true love prevailed and they still got together, and in the end, they showed that in order for their relationship to work, they needed to compromise. Cue music— “I got chills! They’re multiplying. And I’m losing control . . .!”
P.S. John Travolta then was the epitome of hot—he was handsome (hello cleft chin!), sexy, and he could sing and dance the hell out of anything. I know it’s quite difficult to picture this now, when the latest musical he appeared in was Hairspray the movie and he played the mother!
#2 Jesse from Before Sunrise
From the beach where a high school romance was born, let’s go on a European backpacking adventure! And how about meeting someone like Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Sunrise? I love this movie and I love that it is the perfect boy meets girl adventure in a foreign country with lots of deep conversations. In fact, most of this movie is Jessie and Celine talking about life and love and everything, as they shared a train ride from Budapest, and walked around the city of Vienna at night. Jesse is not your conventional tall, dark and handsome hero. In fact, he is almost nerdy, but adorable and very, very loveable. I also love Ethan Hawke’s quirky look. I also love Julie Delpy, and could definitely imagine these two people falling in love over the course of a day and a night.
They didn’t exchange any contact information when they parted. They only promised to meet again at the same place in six months. So freaking romantic, and yet heart-wrenching! I just realized this movie has inspired the first part of Kate, Finally, where my characters Kate and Layne met in different places in Asia and never exchanged contact information. They also never promised to meet each other somewhere, but yeah, unconsciously, I was channeling this movie!
Before Sunrise has two sequels which explored the lives of both Jesse and Celine a couple of years in the future—Before Sunset and Before Midnight.
P.S. I loved Ethan Hawke’s shy guy turned “Oh Captain, My Captain!” leader in Dead Poet’s Society and his slacker rocker dude afraid of love in Reality Bites. Heck I also loved him in Purge even when he adulted and became the rich dad out to defend his family from people who wanted them dead.
#3 Sawyer from Lost
Okay… next up is James “Sawyer” Ford from Lost. Played to perfection by Josh Halloway. Sawyer is your quintessential bad boy everyone wants to sin with. I love that Lost the series itself is strange. I love strange. And, yes, okay, this is now my excuse to show abs.
Sawyer was not really the main character, but I liked him just the same. He got the girl first, even if the girl was pining for someone else, because heck, how can anyone resist such a man, right? The hair, the stubble, the body, the eyes, the dimples, the smile. Yeah, pretty much everything about him, even his dark side—you never really know whether you could really trust him or not!
P.S. Sawyer or Josh Halloway inspired one of my LIs in a short story about grief and letting go. The first time the main character sees him, he is on a deserted beach, naked, goofing around for his camera on a tripod. Time to find that manuscript again!
#4 Julio and Tenoch from Y Tu Mama Tambien
Let’s go on a summer road trip with two teenaged boys (Julio Zapata and Tenoch Iturbide, who decide to have some fun when their respective girlfriends go to Italy together) and a woman (Luisa, who they met at a wedding, and practically a stranger to them) ten years their senior. Ooh-lala! Definitely a recipe for mayhem, right? This was hyped as a coming of age movie set in Mexico. Y Tu Mama Tambien was a movie that I really loved. Back then it was considered risque and people watched it for the sex scenes. Okay I watched it for that too… but I loved the story, and the direction it went. I can’t spoil this for some people, but that pivotal scene just affected me so much that it opened my eyes and my mind.
The title came from a scene where the three main characters were all drunk and the two boys were trying to up each other in terms of their conquests—they confessed to having “frequent” sex with the other’s girlfriend and then Julio one ups Tenoch by saying that he had sex with Tenoch’s mother too!
Of course, the two heroes, Julio and Tenoch, played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, respectively, were just too cute and adorable for me, in all their testosterone-filled teenage glory. And that drunken scene with Luisa spiraled into something else totally. It was definitely,a summer Julio and Tenoch would never, ever forget!
P.S. The DVD for this movie is in a stash of DVDs with R-rated and above content, that I’ve hidden somewhere so my kids won’t find them. Ha-ha! Time to try and find it again!
#5 Johnny from Dirty Dancing
Last but definitely not the least, who could say no to a hunky dance instructor? Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing is the perfect summer “adventure” your parents told you never to have. And the dancing… man… that guy has moves, bless his soul.
In Dirty Dancing, 17-year old Frances “Baby” Houseman is vacationing with her rich family at Kellerman’s, a resort in the Catskill Mountains. She develops a crush on Johnny Castle and she got to meet the resort staff, who engage in secret after-hours parties in their quarters (the dancing is hot and real and so totally outside of proper, which make it all the more exciting!). Thus, she gets initiated into “dirty dancing.” Johnny becomes her teacher both in dancing and in love—in all its glory.
The music and the simplicity of the setting, and the chemistry between Johnny and Baby (a pre-nose job Jennifer Grey), catapulted this low-budget production with almost no star power to box-office magic. The songs “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and “She’s Like the Wind” are my favorites, setting the tone and providing the perfect foil to the gorgeous visual images of the film. And yes, Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle was both graceful and sexy in all his movements. He also sang “She’s Like the Wind!” Watching this movie, you’ would definitely like to be Baby, getting schooled by Johnny in all manner of firsts!
She’s Like the Wind
P.S. I watched this movie with my future husband, but back then, he was just a choir-mate. We went to a party a few weeks later and I wore a white dress. He told me I reminded him of “Baby” in the movie. He is also like Johnny Castle in that he was the type of person you don’t want to have for your boyfriend unless you’re ready for heartaches. And yeah, he had the moves too. Fast forward many years later and I was marrying him. And now we have three beautiful kids. Who’d have thought, right?
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