The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) release day!









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The Bone Witch series

The Bone Witch

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice

The Bone Witch series

The Heart Forger

In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

 The Girl from the Well series

The Girl from the Well

There is a terrible contorting, in the way the figure moves. It does not crawl. It does not speak. There is only a dreadful, singular purpose in the manner its fingers and feet scuttle closer, spread from its body like a human spider, though I am neither human nor spider.

A dead girl walks the quiet streets of Applegate, leaving mangled bodies of child murderers in her wake. But when a boy with strange tattoos moves into the neighborhood, so, she realizes, does something else.

The Girl from the Well series

The Suffering

Some people keep dangerous hobbies; skydiving and driving at monster truck rallies and glacier surfing. Me? I cast my soul into the churning waters of potential damnation and wait for a bite.

It’s been two years since Tark Halloway’s nightmare ended. Free from the evil spirit that haunted him all his life, he now aids the ghostly Okiku and avenges the souls of innocent children by hunting down their murderers. But when an old friend disappears in Japan’s infamous ‘suicide forest’, both discover a strange village inside Aokigahara, where strange things lie waiting.

short stories

small blips and anthologies.

Kapre: A Love Story

This is the tale of Kapre, who lived in ancient trees tangled in shadow. Massive, stubbed fingers the color of faded coffee, scrabbling at tree trunk and bark for sustenance. Irises the color of twin moons, mouth the redness of withered santan. He shinnied up mountains in the heat of day, made nests of dried bones and rain at night. He could see himself in the twisted gnarl of branches, found comfort in the rigidness of bamboo. Nestled in the thickness of wood, Kapre could pretend friendship with plants and soil. Birds found homes within the snarls of his beard. Bees sought honey in the yellows of his eyes.

The House

And if anything else moves within; if anything else steps into the lonely rooms and disturbs the layers of dust that sweep the bare floors and decorate the empty mantelpiece; if anything runs light fingers across the wooden bed frames and touch the rotting mattresses without hands; if anything else knows memory in that strange, abandoned manor, it keeps its counsel in the shadows while the sun shines through the broken windows. The world outside is not its to take, and so it retreats; grateful for the darkness, but at times curious of the light. 

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Juan Perez’s Corpse

In time, the procession was over. Family and friends filed past the unhappy widow, offering condolences. The cemetery emptied, and underneath the freshly covered grave Juan reposed, ostensibly to continue his journey into the afterlife. 

At exactly 7:00 am at the Perez household, on a bright Wednesday morning, as he always did on a weekday, Juan Perez came down to breakfast.


Gary was still having some trouble attaching the nose to his face. I wasn’t sure if offering to get him some Mighty Bond was a polite or rude thing to do, but after a minute or so of pressing it against the hole under his eyes, Gary slowly took his hand away, and the nose remained in place. I breathed a sigh of relief, and watched as Gary began to pick at his plate. Mother made sure that none of the meat she served him was bloody enough to make a big mess, but I could smell how raw it was even from where I sat.

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the blog

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Agent Interview: Laura Zats from Red Sofa Literary Agency #SEACritterspub

#SEACritterspub Agent Interview: Laura Zats 17 APRIL, 2018 Welcome to the #SEACritterspub interviews, where we spotlight agents and editors looking for Asian literature and / or Asian authors! This week it's Laura Zats from Red Sofa Literary! Laura Zats Agency: Red...

Query Do’s and Don’ts

The Do's and Don'ts of Querying 10 APRIL, 2018 A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a tweet calling on agents who are interested in representing Asian lit/ authors, and the responses were overwhelming! I'll be organizing my list and promoting them soon once I'm done -...

The Five Queries You’ll See in Publishing

The Five Queries You'll See in Publishing 27 FEBRUARY, 2018 For an author just starting to look for representation, queries sound intimidating. There's a lot of varying opinion regarding what constitutes a good query, and it'll vary from agent to agent, or editor to...

So You’re a Filipino (or non-US) Author Seeking International Agents/Publishers

So You're a Filipino (or non-US) Author Seeking International Agents/Publishers 12 FEBRUARY, 2018 I recently posted a rant / thread on Twitter after learning that several people in the local Filipino writing community were actively discouraging writers from looking to...

New site layout!

New site layout, and more! 12 JUNE, 2017 The original intention was to have this site revamped by December 2016. Shows you how much I love to procrastinate, I guess. Better late than never? I am in love with the responsive and fluid one-page-note sites I see popping...


Details about the giveaways at the end of this post! But first, a story to celebrate! It's never felt right not to have a The Girl from the well story out for Halloween, so here's a little something I wrote for the occasion!     The Skinless Man An hour after Zachary...

THE SUFFERING Giveaways on October 25!

Over the last couple of years, roughly 85% of the questions I get from readers include: is there gonna be another book in your The Girl from the Well series? Please let me know if there's another book out! Will this be a trilogy? Does this mean Tark and Okiku's story...

What’s happening at Book(dot)con & the Barnes and Noble Teen Book Fest!

Some happy news! Book(dot)con is an online convention started by Diana Sousa where authors can talk about writing, characters, and stories, and conduct workshops! The first ever con will be held online from June 19-20. 2016, and all you need to do to attend is have...

The Bone Witch : Hypable’s Cover Reveal + more Info!

My editor emailed me the cover mock-up to this last year. Yes, last year. That was how long I've been sitting on my hands with this information and this cover. Totally worth it. Behold! The fruit of my loins. Mind the thigh gap. LOOKIT HOW PRETTY IT IS. The shiny gold...

YASH Spring 2016 Contest!

Yes - we're doing it again! HOW DOES THIS WORK? This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this...

works in progress

list of upcoming works still a.) unfinished; b.) undergoing major revisions, or c.) suffering from acute plotdevelopmentlimboitis. all works fictional. especially the parts my mother disapproves of. and the parts that are illegal. allegedly.


The Shadowglass

I have always known darkness.

It has always been my friend. It has always been my enemy. Some days it is a mist over my eyes, leaving me blind to what should be so obvious… but some days I wipe that fog away, and realize I see more clearly in its aftermath than I ever had before it.

The darkness has always been inside me, I think, long before I raised my brother from the dead. My silver heartsglass merely gave it a mouth, made it realize that it too, can hunger….


The Firekeeper

The firebird chirped a warning, but the shades paid little heed. So it sighed – a resigned, I-really-did-warn-you-about-this-you-know sigh – and glowed. Its feathers, a variety of yellows and reds and oranges tipped with a subtle silver shimmer, flared. Its majestic tail fanned out like a vestal train, whipping at slow, concentrated intervals. Despite its bravado, it had a wide-eyed curiosity about it suggesting it had not been a firebird for very long and, if the shades had their way, would not be one for much longer.


[manuscript codename: 'Ibarra']

When evening steals into the city of Tondo, the Divisoria market district gives way; they trade in their wares of dried fish and vegetables for blood and curses. They’ll roll up their bolts of cloth, put away the assortment of pots and pans on display. They’ll pack up the toys and school supplies on wholesale, the cheap fashion jewelry and pirated DVDs sold in bulk.


Because when night comes, there are different stalls here. Different rules.

Most people would call this the Divisoria Bone Market.

They’re wrong, of course.

book trailers

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