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Blog Tour: Karmic Hearts by Jhing Bautista (Character Interview + Review)

Welcome to my stop on Karmic Hearts Blog Tour! I have read the book few weeks ago and I had fun meeting Karmina (Mina) and Cupid, so imagine my delight when I discover that I got the chance to interview one of them. I originally wanted to interview Cupid but then I realized that that would be very spoiler-y. Good thing Mina agreed to answers my questions. So if you’d like to know more about her, be sure to check out her answers to my questions below.

Following the interview is my review for the novel, Karmic Hearts.

Also don’t forget check out the tour schedule at the end to read more reviews, Q&As, guest posts, and other fun posts.

Enjoy reading the interview!

Character Interview with Karmina Joan of Karmic Hearts

To start things off, can you please introduce yourself so everyone will know more about you?
Hello! I’m Karmina Joan. I wrote The Fall of Icarus before I got into an accident and Remembering Cupid after I woke up from the coma. And yes, Remembering Cupid was based on the dream that I had when I was in a coma.

What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life? And why write about angels?
I’ve loved reading since I was a little kid. I used to read a lot, from novels, poems, and short stories to product brands, flyers, and advertisements. Publishing a book is one of my many lifelong ambitions. I’ve always wanted to write my own story and hold my own book, something that I’ve now achieved.
I’ve always been fascinated with angels. And when I began watching Supernatural, that fascination intensified. So I decided to write a story about them. But since my niche is romance, I incorporated romance.

Let’s say you meet Cupid today. What are the things you want to tell or ask him?
I’ll probably ask him to enumerate the reasons why he fell for me. He said so, in my dream. I don’t think I’m that special to make the angel of love himself defy the laws of heaven to be with me.

If Cupid could ask you one question about why you wrote his story the way you did, what would he want to know the most?
He’ll probably ask if the ending would be the same, the sad ending… if he didn’t insist that I change it!

What is one thing that surprised you the most about Cupid?
His naivety. He knows a lot but he still has so much more to learn. And he’s also very stubborn! I thought angels were supposed to be obedient. Apparently, he’s the exception.

If we could snoop in your room, what books would we find on your shelf besides The Fall of Icarus and Remembering Cupid?
I’m not a big fan of romance paperbacks. I like reading them online. But because I already write about romance, umay na ako sa romance. So you’ll probably find mystery/thriller and fantasy books on my bookshelf.

Are you working on any projects right now? What can we expect from you in the near future? Any other angel stories in the works?
Aside from writing articles for our company’s blogs, my boss also asked me for a personal favor. His girlfriend, who happens to be my fan, has a cousin (also my fan) who looks a lot like Cupid, but the total opposite. My boss wants me to set him up with someone, in exchange for letting me have my own page on our site. Should be easy, right? The problem is that Eros is really, really, really shy. So yeah, he’s my current project.
As for writing stories, I’m trying. But I don’t have anything solid yet. And I don’t think I’m ready to start another angel story. Need to get over Cupid first. Haha!

Personal Thoughts:

Karmic Hearts is a light-hearted, and heartwarming story about a girl who had an encounter with the Angel of Love.

Karmina Joan is a writer. She loves writing stories about love, destiny, and fate. She believes that everyone has a purpose in life, and she thought sharing her stories is her higher call. Little did she know that she has a different part to play. When the Angel of Love Cupid suddenly enters her life, she found herself playing matchmaker. She has one year to match six pairs of soulmates and fill a jar of love. Can she finished her task before the deadline?

“I figure I could use some of it in my story. It was the kind of thing that I could only imagine when I was younger. Some of my theories were downright ridiculous so I didn’t really believed in them. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t write about them to make someone else believe.”

Jhing Bautista adds in just right amounts of myths, theories, and fantasy to make Karmic Hearts interesting. She added few refreshing concepts like the love strings and mixed them with old onces – fate, destiny, soul-mates and more. There are some interesting thoughts too about love, life, and destiny which mostly from Cupid’s point of view.

“If everything is unfair in this world, then doesn’t that make it fair?”

Cupid as a character is so much fun to read. I like his sense of humor and insightful comments. Not only he is charming and witty but also smart. Though there are times that I don’t agree with his decisions, I still think that he stays true to his character, after all playing the Angel of Love means overly romantic to the fault.

The only mild complaint is the predictability of the plot. Though I haven’t read many stories with Cupid as one of the main characters, I still easily figure the twist and turns of the story. I’m only few chapters in when I guess the big twist in the end, and few more chapters about Karmina’s role in Cupid’s life. Maybe, having read too many fictions and fantasy stories makes this one easily predictable for me, but nevertheless an enjoyable read.

Overall, Karmic Hearts is a light read that is perfect for those who love cute romance. It is delightful, romantic and heartwarming. Something every romance lovers will surely enjoy reading.


Book Details:

Title: Karmic Hearts
Author: Jhing Bautista
Publisher: Summit Books, Pop Fiction
Publication Date: May 09, 2017
Pages: 241
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Love. Magic. Fate. Best-selling romance novel author Karmina Joan writes about them all. She believes that every person has a purpose, that every soul has a destiny to fulfill. She thought hers was simply sharing her stories.

Her story unfolds with Cupid, the Angel of Love himself. He brings with him a mysterious vessel and a message from on high. It turns out Karmina has a bigger purpose after all–a mission that will make or break humanity as we know it.

As Cupid teaches her the tricks of his trade, Karmina unknowingly gives him something unexpected in return–something that angel of love will find oddly familiar. This may become the one flaw in an otherwise perfect plan that destiny has in store for them.

Does love truly conquer all or are there limits to what humanity can do in the name of love? Witness as Karmina struggles to find the answer before time runs out on true love.

Book Links: Goodreads | WattPad

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Update July 1st, 2017

Just drawn the winner for the giveaway. Congrats cainwrites! You won a copy of Karmic Hearts. I will be contacting you momentarily to get your details so I can send you your prize. You will have 48 hours to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner. Thank you to everyone who has entered.

13 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Karmic Hearts by Jhing Bautista (Character Interview + Review)”

  1. I read the first half of this story in wattpad, then saw your review (with the other blogger). Nakadagdag sa feels and curiousity ko yung blog tour / review para tapusin basahin ang Karmic Hearts. Maybe I should read the book version. Thank you for the review!! And alsoooooo i love the interview with Mina ❤️❤️ A little bit spoiler for me na hindi pa totally tapos basahin ang karmic hearts pero feels na.

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  2. I want to buy the book kasi gusto ko malaman ang pinagkaiba niya sa Wattpad version. Thanks for this review. it really did peeks my interest more.

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  3. I was not able to read the story on wattpad but reading this made me curious about the story. I am not a big fan of love stories but I was always curious about stories that is connected to Cupid. Plus the fact that it was written by Ms. Jhing makes me think that the story is really interesting and definitely one of the best. Looking forward in reading this story. 💚

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  4. Eversince na nabasa ko yung Karmic Hearts sa Wattpad, I fell in love with the story, the characters, everything. Tapos nung nalaman ko na published na siya as book, gusto kong bilhin dahil una, nirewrite ni Ate Jhing ang buong book at dalawa, i want to see its difference between the wattpad version.

    Thanks so much for this review and Karminas interview! I loved it so much at nakadagdag sa feels❤

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  5. The wattpad version was pretty predictable (imo), and at first, I thought that that’ll make my reading experience boring, but surprisingly, it didn’t. In a way, I felt connected with the characters because of how imperfect they are. I mean, the fact na sometimes they aren’t making the best decisions (imo) makes them more lovable.

    This is one of those books that do not make you sob (imo) but for some inexplicable reasons, touches your heart.

    So I wonder kung ano yung changes nung sa paperback from the wattpad version, this review and all of the others are making me more curious! And I also love the interview part! ❤❤

    Ps. I just recently played a game that involved red strings being tied on our fingers, IMAGINE THE FEELS THAT IT GAVE ME.

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  6. One of the best creation well Jhing Bautista ba naman ang gumawa what do we expect diba. Still haven’t got a copy since NBS in my place doesn’t have a stock but still waiting and praying to have one but i already read the wattpad version and ghad that feels. Flow of the story is just so amazing. Thanks for this character interview + review I really enjoyed reading it especially the interview with Karmina Joan. looking forward for more book reviews god bless. ❤

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  7. The feelings while reading the wattpad version of Karmic Hearts is still fresh in me. This book review gives me some skimmed ideas about the book version. I really fell in the story. Then it was portrayed by the characters in a very good way. Not so overreacting. I enjoyed reading the interview with Mina, how I wish she really exist. And Cupid is really adorable. I really need to read the book version. I wanna read it and see the changes. Karmic Hearts’ worth everything. Thanks for this book review!

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  8. Karmic Hearts is such a wonderful story. It is fun to read since it brought me some realizations while enjoying. I fell inlove with the story and with Cupid and Mina as well. They (the story and the characters) touched my heart. Parang gusto ko din tuloy silang kausapin haha.
    Thank you for this review, I haven’t read the book version yet, though I am so eager to read it since they have said that there were some changes. Thank you din for the character interview. It led so much feels. 💓


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