Month: May 2014

Blood in the Gallera (Jay Abello’s Documentary Film)



Blood in the Gallera


Hi! I am writing because I need your help.

This year is the start of the production of my dream documentary- BLOOD IN THE GALLERA. This film is about the world of cockfighting – from where it originated to how far it has gone, dating back from years before Christ, to it being a billion dollar industry banned in many states of America.

I’ve never been this excited and sure of a material. However, my team and I don’t have enough resources to finish the film. But, for as low as $20, you not only get an exciting gift from us, you also become a great part of turning this vision into a great documentary. Should you need more information and a peek into what my team and I have done so far, you may visit 

Jay Abello



COLD AMBITION (A Cover Reveal)

Cold Ambition

“It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare…”

When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

“COLD AMBITION” coming Summer 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing!


headshotRachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition, the first novel in the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed her first book deal with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters in Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband in the Greater New Orleans area.





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Of Empty Seats: An Open Letter

Of Empty Seats_

Dear YOU,

Sometimes, I wish you’d just see how you make your life even more difficult than it should be. You complain about how cruel life has been to you, and how love hasn’t been given to you so freely in the past. And yet, you fail to realize you shut it out at the first step of its offering – that those who wish to give it to you would never dare, not anymore, because of what you believe. For you bask in the glory of your strength, having no space for feelings and having no time to consider what your heart dictates of your fate. That isn’t strength. That is weakness at its best.

Try and accept how people can be emotional and how the heart falters to build its own self. Try and accept that the world turns because the people in it find joy in never-ending whirlwinds. Try and accept that those who have hurt you may have hurt themselves more, and that those who love you now may be hurting an even greater deal because they can’t break through your walls. Try and accept that – and perhaps your life would never be a fucking waste. And perhaps then, as you turn to look beside you, you’ll see something that’s worth more than an empty seat.


the greatest pain

I so love this!

bookworm on the loose

The greatest pain in life
is not to die, but to be ignored.
To lose the person you love so
much to another who doesn’t care at all.
To have someone you care so about so much throw a party…
and not tell you about it.
When your favorite person on earth
neglects to invite you to his graduation.
To have people think that you don’t care.
The greatest pain in life,
is not to die,
but to be forgotten.
To be left in the dust after another’s great achievement.
To never get a call from a friend,
just saying “hi”.
When you show someone your innermost thoughts and they laugh in your face.
For friends to always be too busy to console you when you need someone to lift your spirits.
When it seems like the only person who cares about you,
is you.
Life is full of pain,

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Home to Another Piece of the Heavens: St. Josemaria Escriva Parish

A lot of you must have already heard of Monasterio de Tarlac, where the True Relic of the Cross of Jesus Christ is housed within a very small chapel in the mountains of San Jose, Tarlac. But a new relic, the only one again in all of Asia, now brings pilgrims and devotees to Tarlac.

On February 14, 2014, over two thousand people visited the Municipality of Gerona in Tarlac to witness the blessing of St. Josemaria Escriva Parish, the only parish in Asia dedicated to St. Escriva, founder of the Opus Dei. Opus Dei is an institution of the Catholic Church, with laypeople and secular priests teaching others and everyone willing to open their hearts about the path to holiness.

St. Josemaria Escriva Parish

The church’s Baptistery holds a tooth of St. Escriva, his only relic displayed in all of Asia.


Relic of St. Josemaria Escriva Photo by KZ RimanRelic of St. Escriva Photo by KZ Riman 

The parish is being considered a Diocesan Shrine because of the many pilgrims and visitors it receives in a month from all over the country. To accommodate travelers who pass by Tarlac in the wee hours of dawn, when the church doors has already been closed, and the elders, pregnant women and handicaps who wish to visit but could not, a Drive-Thru Visit has been constructed.

Drive-Thru Visit StSt


The Blessed Sacrament, which is always exposed at the altar, rests inside a tabernacle with both sides opened. All the visitors have to do is drive to the back of the church and stop right where they could view the tabernacle and pray. During the night, sensors activate lights at the altar as soon as a vehicle is detected.

The inside of the church is a must see. Local artists from Bicol and Concepcion, Tarlac hand-painted the walls, ceilings, and the framed religious arts.

KZ Riman

KZ Riman at St. Escriva Parish


I have been told that a certain miracle has already happened here, though the parish secretary didn’t want to disclose anything about it yet since the matter is still under investigation. But as I sat in the front line of the pews, I began to feel like this really is one place where people can come and visit to find the path to the Lord. I made three wishes again.

I was able to meet the local artist from Concepcion, Tarlac, Mr. Richie Palatao. He was currently painting the Ermita, the local term for a very small chapel, when my media partner, Sir Mykie, and I came to visit.



I wasn’t able to take a picture of the church’s facade due to on-going construction, but I am expecting myself to really return. After all, St. Josemaria Escriva Parish is just along the national highway in Magaspac, Gerona, Tarlac – 15 minutes away from Tarlac City by any north-bound bus and by private vehicle.


Construction of this church started in 2010. Through the efforts of the community, members of the Opus Dei and many benefactors, it became one place worth visiting. Reverend Father Alex Bautista, who was an architect long before he became a priest, designed it. I was also told that he knows everything there is about this church. I intend to visit him soon.

So if you ever pass by the Province of Tarlac, pay the church a visit! Who knows, you may find a miracle of your own there. I know I did. See you  in TARLAC! And keep dreaming with me. 🙂