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SIGN UP: Please Pick Me by Reina Regina

Genre: poetry

Diversity tags: author of color (filipino author)

Publication date: 11 November 2020

Publisher: Moonchild Press Publishing

Cover artist: Straecy Li


In a garden of a thousand other volumes, my little yellow book with its earnest plea and hopeful flowers on the cover sits waiting for you to pick it up. It’s got a heart it wants to give away.

These haikus, poems, and prose pieces are about

the miracle of being wanted back by someone we want,
the desperation of hoping they’ll fight harder when they waver,
the rawness of seeking reassurance that we are loved as we are, and
the tenderness we feel when we’re sending love out to others

—all those moments when we are making our need to be accepted plain and praying, please pick me.

This book was born after twenty-six years of learning that it’s okay to want to be wanted, that vulnerability is merely throwing open the gateway to honest connections, and that fighting to be loved the way you deserve is bravery and not weakness.

I hope you open it. I hope it invites you to be open too.

Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Mentions of anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, and a suicide note.

About the Author

Reina Regina is a writer, professional tarot reader, Instagram creator, and former nurse.

She is published online as Reina Bambao on 8List, The Manila Times, Play Without Apology, and the Fully Booked First Look Club.

Reina resides in Manila, Philippines, and is the lady of the house for a doctor and two dogs.

Please Pick Me is, to her great and pleasant surprise, her first book.

About the Tour

The tour for Please Pick Me accommodates book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international creators.

The tour will run from December 7th to December 11th. Reviews are optional, while you are encouraged to produce creative or promotional content of your preference.

Digital galleys of Please Pick Me will be distributed among all tour hosts, regardless of where they are based.

Sign-ups will close within a few days, and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

Published by Shealea

Shealea likes sunflowers, research, and inclusive literature. In 2020, she graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a bachelor's degree in Communication Research.

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