Wednesday, December 9, 2015

JUST A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE [Book Tour Stop]: Character/s Interview :)

TITLE: Just A Little Bit Of Love
AUTHOR/s: Ines Bautista-Yao

Earlier this year, I reviewed Miss Ines Bautista-Yao's Only A Kiss (check out my review HERE!) Fast forward to months later, she came up with this newest thing of hers- Just A Little Bit of Love: A companion collection of shorts that are set in Only A Kiss universe! Of course, I was extremely thankful to be given a chance to participate in the little blog tour that Miss Ines herself has organized (*squeee* because fave author alert! <3) I'll read anything that has her name as an author hahaha!

Anyway, I wouldn't make this long because I have a little treat for everyone just a little further down: today in Le Bibliophile~, we have the gang from one of the shorts in this collection and I had an amazing chat with them! Go check it out below :D

(via Goodreads)

Three short stories about three young girls: Anita, Ina, and Carla. Each one finding their lives disrupted by a boy. Maybe it’s because he wanders into the coffee shop where she works after school every Tuesday. Maybe it’s because he won’t leave her alone even if she has made it clear that she is crushing on his football teammate. Or maybe it’s because she’s spent one unforgettable afternoon with him—despite being oh-so-forgetful. Three small doses of love that serve up a whole lot of feels.

I am excited to share with you guys my first ever interview (with fictional characters!) I had lots of fun and I hope you'll enjoy this as much as I did! 

Ailla: Hi everyone! We have here today with us the very interesting personalities from one of Miss Ines Bautista-Yaos latest short story – On the Sidelines! Please welcome Ina, John, Ethan, and Robert! Hi guys, thank you for joining us here today at Le Bibliophile~ Do you have anyone to greet? Say hello to the audience?

Ina, John, and Ethan wave while Robert takes the mic: Hi, everyone! We're happy to be here. Can't wait to find out what you want to know about our almost fabulous lives. Well, maybe Ethan's is fabulous. Ina's and John's maybe for a split-second. Mine is getting there.

Ina leans forward and takes the mic from Robert. She gives him a look and answers before handing it back to Ailla: Anyway! (She smiles at Ailla) Please continue. He can talk all day.

A: So lets get started, shall we? Im sure everyone here is as interested as I to know her answer. Ina, could you tell us how did your morning routine – football practice watching and cheese rolls – start?

Ina's eyes cut toward both John and Ethan and her cheeks begin to turn pink: Uh, what routine? There was never any routine.

Robert rolls his eyes.

A: The next question would be for Ethan – who seems to be such an eye candy for many girls out there!  So Ethan, as this big football star, are you aware of all the attention that youre getting? Was Ina’s little “crush” from before obvious? How did you handle it?

Ethan's eyebrows knit. He leans his forearms on his knees and gives a little grin: Oh, I don't know about that. I'm pretty sure Ina only has eyes for my buddy John here.

Robert raises his hand: But you are aware of the adoring female attention, right?

Ethan shrugs but continues to smile. John just laughs while Ina squirms.

A: But as they say, past is past. And besides, we have the present right here with us today! So John, being in the same team as Ethan, could you describe to us the type of relationship that you have? Was there any competition or tension between the two of you? Was it affected by…the turn of circumstances involving Miss (Ina) Cortez?

John claps Ethan on the shoulder: Ethan's my hero. He's amazing on the football field and if anyone needs help with a move, you can count on him to give you a hand. There's never any competition among members of the team because he's too busy being his awesome self and we all know better than to compete against that! (Laughs easily)

Ethan throws his head back and laughs. Then he nods at John: Thanks, dude.

Robert: John, you didn't answer the second--

Ina claps a hand across Robert's mouth: Yes he did. Next question, please.

A: Follow-up question: could you share to us some of Inas qualities that you find admirable?

John throws Ina a smile: I love how this whole interview is making her so uncomfortable. (Ina buries her face in her hands).

A: And of course, last but not the least – the ever loyal bestie, Robert! First of all, I just would like to say that you are so fab! Anyway, heres the question for you: As Inas best friend, what for you is her most frustrating quality when it comes to boys?

Robert's grin is a mile wide: Why thank you, dear. You're pretty fabulous yourself. Loving your questions too. Totally enjoying how this is turning into an Ina roast. Haha! To answer your question, the most frustrating thing about Ina is how she refuses to see what's in front of her.

Ina elbows him in the ribs.

Robert rolls his eyes: Fine. Refused. Past tense. She's doing so much better now.

A: On a side-note, we would just like to know. What do you think of Katie? Were you acquaintances? Any bad-blood between the two of you?

Robert: I think she's gorgeous! I've talked to her a few times and the way she and Chris take care of each other is adorable. She did mention once how frustrated she is with all these girls Chris is dating. I almost let on how I feel -- uh, next question please.

A: And thats it for todays interview – wait, hang on. Im getting something from the crowd. What is it, girls? A last question for Ethan? Okay then! Ethan, before we end this interview, please do tell us. What is your ideal girl? And for the record, are you single or taken?

Ethan laughs and blushes a little. There are a few "aww"s from the crowd: I'm single. I don't think a girl would appreciate how much time I devote to football. But I ask girls out now and then. I'm drawn to those who are confident, who know what they want and don't just leave all the decision making up to me. I hate it when I ask where they want to go and they say it's up to me. I love a girl with an opinion, you know? And of course it wouldn't hurt if she were pretty too.

A: Thank you so much for dropping by, guys! I hope you had fun as much as we all did! This has been Ailla, for Le Bibliophile~ ‘Til next time!

As they get up, John puts his arm around Ina and whispers: That wasn't so bad, was it?

She shakes her head and buries it in his shoulder: I'll never live that obsession down, will I?
Robert, grinning, nudges her shoulder: Just accept it, Ina. You can't escape it.
Ina raises her eyebrows at Robert: Well, I can always say fate just orchestrated it so I could meet John.
John gives her shoulder a squeeze: I like it. Let's stick with that.   

Oh.My.Gosh. Isn't that interview the cutest thing??? LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! It felt as if we've gotten an extra chapter from the novella :D They're all too awesome (esp. John and Ina <3) + Robert's as hilarious as ever! I need a full story for him asap!

*by the way girls, take note of Ethan's answer! *swoooon**

Just A Little Bit of Love did not disappoint as an Ines Bautista-Yao book (even the beautiful cover fits right with all the other pretty looks of her other works!) In fact, it was so amazing that it doesn't deserve "just a little bit of love." It deserves all the love in the world! You can't imagine how hard it was to contain all the feels and swoon while I was reading this at the library. It took a lot of effort not to melt right then and there when I reached the conclusion of each story. Just go see for yourself!

Truly for anyone who appreciate good ol' kilig moments and doesn't mind cliffhangers haha! (Miss Ines, come on! I need more of Brian *tuesday boy!! Got the name in an interview ;)* and Anita and Carla and Jacob and basically everyone in this book!)

4.5/5 rating for Ines Bautista-Yao's Just A Little Bit of Love! :)

4.5/5 Rating! :)

Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.

She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head.

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