Monday, May 8, 2017

New Book Alert: Chasing Waves (plus a short excerpt)

Chasing Waves
Thirty-two-year-old Mags Abarquez is a single mom to a preschooler with golden ringlets, and by God, she is going to be good. After a lifetime of only being interested in catching the next wave, she tries out for her company’s training faculty, determined to be serious and make it work this time. The only catch? Luke, her hot, younger training mentor. With a sexy nape, a penchant for paper-thin T-shirts and a disarming smile, he’s Mags’ personal brand of kryptonite. Can she stay the course when temptation loves to banter and is so good with her son?

A contemporary romance set in the Philippines about motherhood, workplace attraction and finding that sweet spot between passion and vocation, Chasing Waves will make you swoon and smile.

OUT MAY 14, 2017. Pre-order on Amazon.


I should know better than this…
I settle on one of the long benches at the back of the store with a cup of coffee and a chocolate croissant, Auntie Tilde’s pasalubong safely deposited by my side and Magnus’s napping head curled on my lap, when I notice someone very familiar browsing through the baskets of bread. 

I can I.D. that distinctive nape (And back. Especially that flimsy T-shirt) anywhere. The nape’s owner turns and Luke’s eyes crinkle into a smile.

“Hey there!” he approaches.

“Hey yourself.”

He glances down on my table. “More Cinematic Bread?”

“Oh no.” I take a huge, flaky, chocolate-y bite. “I’m trying to unlearn that. This is simply for pleasure.”

He leans and brushes a pastry flake from the corner of my mouth. There’s a brief flare in my belly at the contact of his fingertip with my lip.

“Just out of curiosity,” I ask, a tad breathless, “how old are you?”

“Me? Twenty-seven.” He gives me a puzzled grin as he pulls a free chair to our table. The sound of the leg scraping against the tiles wakes Magnus up. His curly head pops up from under the table, rubbing his eyes with chubby paws.

Luke takes in the sudden appearance of a tiny human in stride. “Oops, sorry little guy!” He ruffles Magnus’s hair affectionately. “Is this your son?”

“The very one.”

“And how was nursery school, my man?”

Magnus’s eyes squint at him, and then back at me.

“I’m sorry,” I chuckle. “He’s not used to being sociable so soon as he wakes up.”

“You and me both, man. What’s your name?”

He clings to me but mumbles “Magnus” at the relentlessly cheery intruder.

“That’s a real nice name. Magnus. Like a king’s name.” Luke puffs out his chest and stares around the room imperiously. That gets a giggle from my son. “I bet you’re the king in your house, aren’t you?” Magnus nods shyly. “Ha! I knew it. You say the command and your mom and da--”

I shake my head, quickly and furtively. Luke glances at me, looking stricken. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Get my print books from Bookbed

I'm an indie author and publisher, and while all my books are available online, I also prep actual, printed, physical books. These are ~artisanal~ (lol), done in small batches and with minute flaws to make you appreciate their authenticity. Ha! Usually you can get these books at #romanceclass live events, like #AprilFeelsDay (on April 30, plugging!), but if you can't make it there, you can now get One Night At The Palace Hotel, Snakehead (#heistclub) and the three-in-one edition of The Takedown Trilogy (combining In Too Deep, Peyton Riley and Scorched Earth) at Bookbed!

Get them now, shipping included!

Tame The Kitten, published by Spark Books, is still available at all National Bookstore outlets.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February is here and so am I (events!)

And when it rains (romance) in February, it pours! Let me tell you where I'll be this month and I hope to see you there?

February 18, 2PM - #NBSFeelsCafe

Join me and other Sparks Books authors for book signing and chika at Shangri-La Plaza! (Bring your copies of Tame The Kitten!)

February 19, 3PM, RomCon

I'll be joining the Steamy Reads panel at the RomCon (and really excited since this will be in the hometown yo). 

February 24

I'm not talking in this one but I'm excited to join and absorb everything! I loved Jennifer Hallock's American Colonial-era, Philippine-setting Under The Sugar Sun and you should read it too!

February 11, #AMLoveFest

I'm sad to say I'm going to be missing this one but please go! If you've never been to a #romanceclass event, you should. It's life-changing. 

Have a love-filled February, everybody!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Make My Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Christmas anthology

Make My Wish Come True
A #romanceclass Christmas Anthology
Romance, Short Stories
Print Release Date: December 10, 2016

Get ready for feels this holiday season with MakeMy Wish Come True, a Christmas anthology by #romanceclass authors. Join a Kris Kringle and receive the perfect gift, or learn how to survive your first Christmas in Manila and the steps you need to take to be with the one you love. Go to parties that will not go according to plan, feel the cold (and probably humid) December air as you explore city streets, and count down to five minutes to Christmas. Meet kind strangers and friends that remind you of home, and discover that the one who’ll make your holidays better has been beside you all along. With seventeen stories, there’s something for you here no matter what feels you want and need. Fall in love this Christmas with #romanceclass!

Featuring stories from:
Ysa Arcangel * Ines Bautista-Yao * Racquel Sarah A. Castro * Suzette de Borja * Carla de Guzman * Six de los Reyes * Mina V. Esguerra * Tara Frejas * Dawn Lanuza * Chris Mariano * Bianca Mori * Chrissie Peria * Chi Yu Rodriguez * C.P. Santi * Kate Sebastian * Miles Tan * Ana Tejano * Jay E. Tria * Celestine Trinidad

Cover design by: Miles Tan
Edited by: Rix Forto

Book Links:
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·         Print: TBD

About #romanceclass:

#romanceclass is a community of authors who attended various writing workshops organized by Mina V. Esguerra, readers of books by those authors, and readers of English-language romance books by Filipino authors. Visit to see the full catalog of books!

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My story One Night In The Streets Of Makati is set in the One Night At The Palace Hotel universe, featuring Cora, Consuelo's best friend. It's an heiress x beta male tale, exploring what happens when the two are thrown together one pre-Christmas Carmageddon night. And yes, it's steamy. :) :)

Get this and 16 other stories from this ebook: 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Free book alert: Scorched Earth (October 21-22)

Peyton Riley is running for her life. 

She's always been a survivor, but she's never been in a pickle like this. Her boss, the man she had come to fear and respect, and the only constant in her peripatetic and dangerous life, is after her–and it doesn't seem like he intends a harmless catch-up. But he's not the only one looking for Peyton. There's her sometime partner-in-crime and occasional hook-up (it's complicated) Carson Varis. Law enforcement is also interested in her boss's shadowy business dealings, thinking she's the key to unraveling them. 

And then there are those dealings themselves. What's her boss up to? Somehow, Peyton doesn't think getting back at a former employee is the worst thing on his agenda…

Scorched Earth is FREE on Amazon from October 21-22! A gift from me to you because I'm really excited for #FeelsFest. :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Smashwords editions of The Takedown Trilogy

Not on Amazon? No problem. You can now get all three Takedown books via Smashwords, which supports epub, mobi (Kindle), pdf, lrf, pdb and txt formats.  Get In Too Deep, Peyton Riley and Scorched Earth for whatever ebook reader / platform you choose -- iBooks, Kobo, your phone...go! :)

You can also order the print edition of The Takedown Trilogy here! All three books in one volume, Php350. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Manila International Book Fair 2016

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Feeling awesome because of  #MIBF2016, the Manila International Book Fair! BDAP offered Indie publishers a booth this year where you can buy #romanceclass (romance, duh), #heistclub (crime) and #strangelit (paranormal / strange) self-published books -- and the response has been amazing.

Here's Marigold with her haul (including Takedown, WHEEE!)

Georgette Gonzales being interviewed by Bandila!

And the awesome folks at Bookbed including us in their #MIBF interesting things list.

Get Takedown and Snakehead here now! MIBF runs until September 18 (and I'll be there on Sunday, yay!)