Month: February 2014

Cover Reveal, Synopsis and Giveaway!!!

Coming February 2014…
* Book #1 in the Before You Series * 
Aubrey Keaton has never had a supportive family. Luckily, she has Camden… 
Her childhood friend. Her savior. Her boyfriend.
Even after Camden leaves their hometown to chase his dream to be a musician, Aubrey can’t imagine her life without Camden and his family.
Before starting a job search for her own dream job, Aubrey decides to visit Camden in California for a month. But when she arrives, something unexpected happens…she meets Jax Carmichael, the lead singer in Camden’s band.
Jax Carmichael doesn’t have time for a relationship…much less love.
Even if Aubrey is irresistible, she’s a complication he doesn’t want or need. He has spent the last few years building Chasing Ruin, and the band is on the verge of being signed. Pursuing Aubrey could destroy his band, and he’s worked too hard to be successful without his family’s money, or connections, to let that happen.
Aubrey feels an attraction to Jax like something she’s never experienced before. 

Confused, she tries to resist, but when her relationship with Cam begins to unravel, she realizes that Jax might just be the one thing she needs.


After spending years practicing law and running a real estate development company with her husband, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver. When she isn’t managing the chaos of raising three children and owning her own business, she can be found reading or writing a book or tinkering in her garden.



I can’t sleep.

And I can’t stop looking at that single picture I have of you

Sleeping… so calm and so serene.

Time seems to stop. I wish it just would.

And I wish it would happen as sleep catches me.

For there in my dreams, you will always be.

Play Me for a Fool

I panic a lot. I guess that is the whole reason I can’t hold my emotions firmly or I can’t drive at all, even when I actually know how to. This week, I panicked twice as much as I normally do, and I guess that is the whole reason I feel so burnt out tonight. Another reason is that I feel like the week’s been a roller coaster ride. I cried a lot and I laughed a lot. 

Sometimes, I feel like I am trying too hard to participate in the world. It has become my way of coping with what is going on in my life. And as I think about it, I realized a lot of things from that are just so wrong. 

So… I cried a lot because I suddenly realized I was feeling something I wasn’t supposed to and keeping it to myself – especially since it’s the right thing to do – takes just about every ounce of strength and right-mind that I had. I laughed a lot because beyond all those, I still feel that life is great and that life is giving me that bright light to run to. My dreams are coming to life… beyond all these. 

It is amazing how the world works, and perhaps how fate plays you for a fool. No offense in that; I meant no disrespect. I simply want to emphasize that there are times when you decide for yourself that being a fool is okay because it plays its role in giving you a purpose. Because then, when you accept that you are a fool about a lot of things, you realize that you want to learn more and that you are ready to change. 

Incidentally, I had a 4-shot coffee, venti size, this afternoon. And because of that, I feel like even when I want to sleep everything off – especially this week’s stress – and wake up only at ten in the morning tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to. 

And I think that much caffeine messed up my train of thoughts. 




The Light (A Short Story)

Here’s one awesome short story. It touched my heart deep.


Harry’s brown eyes sparkled with glee as he watched his squealing three-year old daughter run after a Black Labrador. He still looked the same like the last time I saw him, except his body had become leaner and muscular. His wife sat beside him on the park’s bench, whispered something to his ear and they both laughed. They looked good together.

Staring at them under the shade of an oak tree, I swallowed the lump in my throat. I fought the feeling of pain and envy budding in my chest.

I wished I were his wife.

They stayed a few minutes more before they stood up and walked away, hand in hand. He seemed happy and though it was painful to watch, there was only one thing left for me to do—I had to let him go. I closed my eyes and let my mind savor the memories.



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Three Quotes for a Valentine Note

Since I pretty much did not spend Valentine’s Day with anyone special today, I decided to look for three love quotes that touched me so well. Here they are:

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”  – Marilyn Monroe

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before; she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together. But if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.” – Bob Marley

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Stephen Chbosky

Photo by Mykie Ibarra

Photo by Mykie Ibarra

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

KZ Riman ❤


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There are too many ways to celebrate the most romantic day of the year, considering, of course, that each of us come from different cultures. Although in my country, we celebrate it the most usual way (boyfriends and husbands taking their girlfriends and wives out to a romantic evening and giving them gifts), I wish to share with you how Japanese people do it.
On Valentine’s Day, women gain the power to express how they feel for the man they love (boyfriend and husband) or surprisingly for the single ladies, the man they wish to love them. So it is the Japanese women giving out flowers and chocolates during this special day. Now, a month later, boyfriends and husbands MUST return the expression of love by giving more expensive gifts to their girlfriends and wives on March 14, commonly known as a “White Day”.
Those single men, on the other hand, who received flowers and chocolates on February 14, have the power to decide whether to reciprocate their women admirers’ affection by sending out more expensive gifts on White Day or to just simply ignore the gesture and move on with their lives.
This got me thinking! If I were to give the man I love a few things for Valentine’s Day, these would surely be: the most expensive wine I could find, a box of chocolates to go with it, and a night under the stars so we could share sweet kisses.
If you are a man visiting this blog, share with me how you wish to be treated on Valentine’s Day by the woman who loves you so much. If you are a woman, visiting this blog, share with me what you will do for the man that you love!
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Picnic Grounds Clarkfield, Pampanga

Clarkfield, Pampanga, 2006

Sometimes, I wonder if I am right where I need to be.

In the past months, I have met people who may or may not have left me with a mark. But I like to think that each one has a purpose and I am happy that even for sometime, I crossed their paths. I am happy that I crossed his.