Saturday, October 11, 2014

Reading is alive and well in Puerto Rico

This coming October 15th, a local writer wants to remind people of the simple beauty of a book. Starting at 6:30 p.m., JD Estrada will hold his first book-signing event for his first two works at The Book Mark in Guaynabo.

Only Human is the tale of one reporter who is abducted in the subway. Once he comes to, he realizes his kidnaper is a vampire convinced that he’s the key to saving the world. The first book of the Human Cycle, Only Human poses the question, how much would you be willing to sacrifice of your humanity, to save humanity? Likened to several well known fiction writers, reactions have been extremely positive for Only Human.

“This isn't a standard any other kind of story. Only Human is skillfully seductive.”  – Cate Evans

“You'll find humanity at the core of the story, which offers equal parts Tolkien world building and Herbert's philosophical exploration.” – Max Santiago

On the poetry side of things, Between the Tides is the first collection of verses by JD Estrada. 44 poems explore human emotions to express life through rhyme.

“This is a breathtakingly beautiful book. Poetry that is poignant and heartfelt. Filled with eloquent imagery that speaks volumes about the human experience.” – Kahren Ohren

“This collection showcases the author’s incredible ability to observe even the simplest things and describe them in ways that capture the imagination and the heart”- Amanda Armstrong

The Book Mark is located at San Patricio Plaza, crossing the bridge from the Food Court. Opened in 2013, it is one of the fastest growing literary stores in Puerto Rico, with a growing collection of international authors and a sizable local author section.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. sharp. For one hour, Estrada will read samples, answer questions and be more than happy to sign your copies of Only Human and Between the Tides. Who knows? There might be a surprise or two for people who swing by.

Born in Puerto Rico, Estrada has a background, which includes studies in psychology, marketing and advertising and over 12 years’ experience in the Communications field. A prolific blogger, Estrada’s first novel took 7 years to complete and his first collection of poetry comes as a direct result of reconnecting with his love for writing in verse.

To schedule an interview or request a book copy for review, email


  1. If I lived in Puerto Rico, I'd be sure to stop by.

    Best of luck buddy! I hope it goes really well! :)

    1. That means a lot man. The goal is to go to as many places as possible. Many thanks and I'll be sure to give you the rundown. Cheers!