Episode 1: A scene from Fall Like Rain, by Ana Tejano

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Featuring Rachel Coates as Rain, and Gio Gahol as Mark.

Book description: Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she's clearly in the friend zone because he's happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark's single again, she decides that it's time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it's a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend's happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?

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=== Show notes ===

Our podcast has started! We recorded theater actors Rachel Coates and Gio Gahol reading excerpts from romance novels by Filipino authors. It's super fun for us, but try listening too if you've never read one of our books before.

The excerpt from Ana Tejano's Fall Like Rain is a sweet one — the actors actually said "Awww this is sweet" right after — and I chose this because Rain gets to tell us how she sees Mark. Apart from a physical description that we expect from romance novels, in this short excerpt we see Rain describe Mark to us using memories, fun times they had, the little things that cemented their friendship and made it last beyond the other relationships they had (or could have) with other people.

This is early on in the book so they're kind of reconnecting, and I thought it was a good way for someone who has never heard a reading or seen Gio and Rachel to ease into the experience of it.

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