Published Books

The Trouble With Men

IMG_2928-2Co-authored with four other lovely authors from the SweetBooks Writing Group (see below for complete list of authors). Also available via Kindle and paperback. To purchase, please click on the following links:

KINDLE: http://amzn.to/2ELfbJX

PAPERBACK (Amazon US): http://amzn.to/2sAXYOi

MATERICA (Paperback only available in the Philippines): http://bit.ly/2BBbFjp

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They’re either smother-them-with-kisses hot or kick-them-on-the-nuts annoying.

Seriously, how much trouble are these men? Continue reading “The Trouble With Men”

Poems and Stories

Souled (A Short Story)

Title: Souled

Written for AMACon 5 at Twitter

Genre: Drama

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He enters the restaurant with his office mates and bosses after their company’s board meeting ended early. It’s bound to be a light night out, that perhaps will end in a few drinks a little later after dinner. He’s in a pretty good mood, what with it being almost weekend and all.

Walking inside the restaurant they had reservations in, he’s laughing at one of the jokes that his director is telling him when he suddenly stops in his tracks. He doesn’t understand it but his heart suddenly starts to pound.

What’s going on? He wonders and places a hand against his heart, frowning as he looks down. This is unusual. He thinks as he feels his heart threatening to jump out of his chest. He feels anxious and he doesn’t know the reason why. I need to calm down.

Then he feels a tingle go down his spine as goosebumps erupt along his arms. He suddenly looks up, eyes wide and still full of wonder, his gaze zeroing in on… something—no, rather… a someone.

And his breathing hitches.

Oh god… He thinks as he tries to stifle the gasp that’s about to come out of his lips, his heart clenching so painfully hard that he starts to breathe shallowly. Continue reading “Souled (A Short Story)”

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One Long Stemmed Rose

Those who totally know me, know that I’m not really a huge fan of Valentine’s. 😅 Of love, yes – since I’m a romantic at heart and I believe that love should be celebrated every day and not just once in a year. But I don’t begrudge those that celebrate it. Valentines, after all, is a day to celebrate all kinds of love. I still like seeing couples become extra lovey-dovey during this time or even families and little kids expressing love to their parents and siblings. It’s still a nice feeling. 😊

Just this late morning, my 4-year old little boy came home from his speech therapy and asked me first thing when he walked in the door, “Mommy, is today Valentines?” I answered yes and then, without preamble – he hugged me tight and said in a loud voice, “I love you, Mommy!”

My heart melted. I mean, it’s not unusual for my kids to come up to me and just tell me that they love me out of the blue but today being Valentines, somehow felt special. 😍

Same goes for the hubby, who came home earlier than his usual time from work today, saying that he wanted to take the kiddos out on a date later. He walked in the door and I heard him ask our son to give me something. Then Coniah came running and gave me this long-stemmed rose. I had to chuckle because he screamed, “Mommy! This is from me!” Even though it was the hubby who brought it home. 😄 It’s a very sweet gesture that I totally appreciate.

I’m not really hard to please. I’m very low maintenance and can appreciate any little gesture of love. I don’t need a huge declaration and somehow, my family knows this. I mean – I do the same thing to them everyday and show them in little ways how much I love and appreciate them. I always say that it’s the little things that count. Because a little thing could mean a huge thing to another. 😁

Sorry, I feel like I’ve rambled this as I wrote down my thoughts and they’re all jumbled. 😅

But anyway, I’m off to fix myself since the hubby said we’re going out once our eldest daughter comes home from school. It’s family date night tonight. 🤗

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Hello. Testing. 👀

It’s been a while… 👀😶

I know. I know. I really have no one besides myself to blame for not updating this site or writing anything in it or posting photos and such. Been busy being a momma on most days and fixing our lives, so to speak. 😅

But hey – on a good note, a novel that I’ve been rewriting and editing is already finished and is now going through the process of being proofread and beta read by a good writer/editor friend of mine. I am hoping to get it published by the beginning of March, if all goes well.

Also – I’m in the process of writing a new novel too with another good author friend, who is also my soul sister. This one – we’re hoping to be done writing by April so we could perhaps get it published by May.

Ahhhh… Some good times. Pressuring but good times, nonetheless. 😌

Been doing a little of traveling here and there, too. So that’s something that’s been feeding the wanderluster in me, at least. Though so far, I’ve only visited LA and Seattle. LA to visit my other soul sister and to check out the ocean, which I missed so damn much. And Seattle for Jollibee, which was my husband’s request for his birthday. 😁

Anyway – I hope to be able to write more this year and to be able to take more photos and of course, to travel more, get more culture. I hope to take my kiddos with me on those journeys that I wish to take. I wish that 2018 will be the year where the intricate wishes of my heart and soul also get fulfilled. 😌

So let me leave you with this photo I took of the sunset in Seal Beach in California last end of January.

Till next time! 😘

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Another round of Thank You’s :)

When people tweet or message me or tag me in their posts about the books that I wrote and published – I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Especially since I am but a newbie in the publishing business. So to everyone who has let me know that they have my books and that they are happy getting them and happy reading them – THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart. I adore you all. 🙂 ❤

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Photography Portfolio

Marj-Stanley Wedding, Dec 2016

This has been a long time coming. Hehehe. 🙂  The photos have been in my storage for quite some time… But – I finally have time to post them today! Yay for me!

The wedding, though a simple affair, was a beautiful one – full of emotion and love and happiness. What’s more – it was the holiday season so the snow and the festive atmosphere helped with the shots I took.

Taken with my ever trusty Nikon D40, using either my 50MM and my 70MM as well as my 35MM for wide angle shots. Settings varied depending on where I was shooting. 🙂 Minor PP just for color correction and a little glow for that whimsical feel.

Email me at ruth.ilasco@icloud.com or comment below if you have queries or questions!

 

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Thank You :)

It’s such a simple gesture but it puts a huge smile on my face whenever there is someone who would tweet me or message me or even post it anywhere in their social media accounts how they got my book and how much they liked it.

This is one of the many reasons why I continue to write. Because your messages such as these get me inspired. My readers are very important to me. So I am immensely grateful for you all who supported me and got my book and sent me a short note that you did so.

Much love and kisses to all of you! 🤗😘💛

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Food Photography: Philippines Edition

So this has been a long time coming. I said way back that I was going to post the food photos that I took when we were vacationing in the Philippines during the summer. But then – too many things happened for the past days that this has been put in the back burner for quite some time. 😅

But anyway – here they are. Better late than never right? All of them are on my Instagram feed, actually. But I’m posting it here in a slideshow for those that haven’t seen them yet. 🤗

As you well can see from the photos – food in the Philippines is the bomb. But that could be since I grew up with these foods. They’re what you might call – my comfort food given that they remind me of my childhood and how I lived when I was back in the Philippines. Biases aside though – I would really love for you to try Filipino foods. Even the ones that are American or Japanese but made in the Philippines. Most of the Filipino delicacies are really delicious.

And of course – nothing can beat Jollibee for me. Ever.

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Book Review: Vita Et Morte by Ruth Medina – Ilasco

Here’s a book review for my book – Vita Et Morte 💛 to be honest, I was scared out of my wits when she asked me to review my book. 😅 But I’m glad you liked it, Jen! Thank you for this! 😘😍💛

Scattered Wits by JenniAngel

I am quite delighted to present this book review, for the first time ever, I am going to feature a local author, she’s no longer new to me as I have been a fan of her works at wattpad (Yes, I have that app on my phone!). When she posted about publishing a book, I couldn’t help but to pull a Katniss Everdeen and volunteer to review, to be fair, I haven’t read this one though it has been on my TBR List.

Here’s the story blurb: 

“You silly, silly girl,” a voice whispered close to my ear. And as I tried to open my eyes to look at my rescuer, I felt a soft kiss on my forehead.

“W-who are y-you?” I stuttered, the cold making me shiver uncontrollably as I slowly succumbed to darkness.

The only thing I would remember before the darkness totally got to me…

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