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:
·         Gumroad: 
·         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!

Author Links:
·         Website:
·         Facebook:
·         Instagram:

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!)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Takedown Trilogy: Blog Tour and raffle WINNERS!

The Takedown Trilogy blog tour ran from August 15 to 21 to spread the word about its independent paperback super edition and wide release in other ebook platforms. 

Gette G. aka Pinay Nobelista, asked me this:

What is the best part of being a romance author?
It’s a powerful thing, being able to evoke powerful feelings in people. I guess it’s easier to scare or disgust a person than to make them relive their happiest memories of love — or desire or attraction. Being able to do that, in however small way, is awesome. also asked me all about being a writer and the Takedown series in particular, which prompted this gem:

How do you plan out the fight/action scenes in your books? On that note, how about the steamy scenes?
I already know what they’re going to do, in my head, because I see it like I see a movie. But getting it from my head, from a visual place, to paper, is difficult. For me, fighting and, er, f***ing scenes are both action scenes, and the process of writing them is similar. They are both tricky in the sense that they’re both what I like to call ‘verb’ pieces. It’s very easy to fall into a trap with verb pieces to become choppy, like ‘He did this. Then she did this. And then he did this back.’ And that’s a pain to read. The challenge for me is to accurately describe what’s going on, but mimic the tempo and flow of what’s happening with the writing style. So with a fight scene, I could do like a staccato rhythm and try to write around some actions to get that sense of dread and adrenaline going on.
Hahaha huhuhu did I really say 'fighting and f***ing' #facepalm

Alice Kamatis wrote a two-part review of the series!

While reading the second book, I stumbled upon a quote in social media that books talk to you and this one does. I wanted to tell Peyton to swallow your damn pride woman, there's a perfectly good catch you have there and he's in love with you, but of course I couldn't blame Peyton.
The blog tour also included stops at Carmel & Kyla's blog, Writing & Lovin' It and Beth G's Stories.

And now for the winners!!! One blogger and one reader will each win a signed copy of the Takedown Trilogy paperback.

First, for the reader. This was drawn via Rafflecopter:

Congratulations, @_jesuiabbie!

For the blogger winner, I entered the names of the blogs who participated during the tour dates (August 15-21) into and hit randomize to pick the winner:

 Congratulations, Alice Kamatis!

Thank you to everyone who joined the tour and the raffle! If you'd like to get the Takedown Trilogy, you can get the ebooks from here:

Book 1: In Too Deep (AmazonSmashwords
Book 2: Peyton Riley (AmazonSmashwords)
Book 3: Scorched Earth 
Book 3: Scorched Earth (AmazonSmashwords)

You can also order the paperback (Php350+shipping) by emailing 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Raffle for the Takedown Trilogy blog tour

The Takedown Trilogy blog tour happens today August 15 - 21. You can win a signed copy of the paperback - the very first time all three takedown books are available in print - just by joining the blog tour raffle. Join below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August is Takedown month (And also Snakehead month!)

Guys. GUYS! I've bit the bullet. The PRINT bullet!
Yep, that's right! All three Takedown books in one paperback! Smashwords links will be available on August 21.

You can win a signed copy of the Takedown paperback by joining the Takedown Trilogy blog tour. One lucky blogger and reader will be picked for this prize. (International bloggers / readers will get the trilogy in their preferred ebook format.) The blog tour will run from August 15-21, so sign up now!

#Heistclub books will be available soon at The Craft Central at Greenbelt 5
Crime fiction enthusiasts, you can get your fix of independent, local Pinoy crime reads soon at the Craft Central at Greenbelt! I'll be planning another giveaway for this, so stay tuned!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Scorched Earth launches; plus: a playlist!

Scorched Earth is finally out into the world, woot! Liana Smith Bautista of Will Read For Feels has the scoop. Check out the release day post to read her review. (I AM SO KILIG I SWEAR). The review also has my Scorched Earth playlist - featuring some oldies like Gang of Four along with new discoveries like Jungle - and this Guest Post:

It’s funny to think that this whole thing started out with a simple prompt to write a steamy romance set in a beach. Little did I know it would snowball into this crazy story with trips to a fictitious Pacific Island and all around Europe, assumed identities, art heists, double-crosses and even a love triangle. Getting to ‘The end’ wasn’t easy. Fleshing out the outline felt less like beefing up a skeleton and more of trying to write myself out of a hedge maze. 
Read the rest of the piece over at Will Read For Feels!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pre-order Scorched Earth on Amazon now!

You can now pre-order Scorched Earth on Amazon. It's $0.99 for a very limited time only so get it now! :D Buy here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cover reveal: Scorched Earth (out April 30)

I'm so happy to reveal the cover for Takedown 3, SCORCHED EARTH. Had such a hard time choosing between the four cover studies -- it was agony, you guys! But this cover captured the spirit of book 3 the most:

  • Scorched Earth is going to be more suspenseful. Peyton is on the run from a trusted liaison, and the stakes are much, much higher.
  • We're going to dive deep into Peyton's past. How'd she become the specialist that she is? What drove her to the Takedown lifestyle?
  • For someone who lives by her wits and defaults to suspicion to survive, is there space for love and a real, meaningful connection with someone else in Peyton's life? 
I can't wait for you all to read it!!! What do you think of the cover so far? :)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

#BacklistRevivalProject: Thank you!

Throughout January, bloggers participated in the #BacklistRevivalProject to shine a spotlight on a book published in 2014 or later -- here, my One Night In The Palace Hotel:

> Carmela Barrios wrote:
What I liked most about this book is that it depicts a common issue among offsprings. Some of us feels trapped with the obligation to fulfill our parents' dreams, some of us are even forced to attain it. Sometimes, it feels like we don't have a choice, it's a call of duty, a sign of respect...we want them to be proud to us, we want them to approve. Even if it's not what we aspire, what we dream of, or what we are passionate about, we do what will make our parents proud. Even if by doing that we kill that burning light of our own dreams. The question is, is it okay to do it? 
(I got a little teary at this review. Because Carmela dove into the heart of this story! #hugot.)

> Anette The Wicked starts her review with "One, I'm a sucker for high society stuff. Anything and everything about old families and their dramas, I'm in. Two, I love romances like these." (You and me both!)

> Carmel and Kyla have Chapter 1 of the book up on their website.

> Maan of PigeonReads interviewed me and got me to write this:
The experience of writing explicitly about sex for the first time was exciting and thrilling…and then, holding the finished draft in my hand, reading through what I’d written, I had this crazy rush, like: “I cannot believe I just wrote that! What will my co-workers think of me!!” 
> Jee Ann of The Booktales reviewed the book, recommending it for "Lovers of contemporary romance who love their reads a little steamy, with a sprinkling of sweet moments. Also if you like fashion and food, you’ll love Mori’s descrptions!" She also asked me to put up a guest post on my inspiration for Consuelo, Sam and The Palace Hotel - read it here if you're curious.

> Finally, Carla of Some Midnights and I play dueling casting directors with our picks for the ONATPH characters. This one had me laughing out loud at her Benjo -- and made me seriously reconsider my character's background!

My thanks to everyone who participated in this project! I did a little raffle to show my appreciation --

 I listed participants by date of post.

Pressed 'Randomize' and voila: Congratulations Maan!! You win a $5 Amazon GC!! :D
If you are interested in reading One Night At The Palace Hotel, you can get it here:
Amazon - $0.99
Smashwords - $1.50
Buqo - Php45

Please drop me a line or leave a GoodReads review to let me know what you think about it? Thank you!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Celebrating Diversity in Romance (and a giveaway!)

I'm glad to be part of the awesome group of 31 authors celebrating diversity in Read A Romance Month! I wrote all about The Joy of Owning It - or how I've come to accept, nay, CELEBRATE! my love for the romance genre. I kind of got a little forceful here, but what the hell. When you own it, you own it, right? :D A sample:

"Because the more I read romance, the more subversive I feel. Those who say romance is silly, unrealistic, formulaic fluff have it backward. It is the detached male-driven narrative that dominates ‘acceptable’ forms of fiction that is tired and old." 

Please check out my post here and leave a comment to get the chance to win a special two-book Takedown bundle of In Too Deep and Peyton Riley! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Backlist Revival Project: One Night At The Palace Hotel

It's the night before The Palace Hotel opens, and the entire city is abuzz with what everyone is calling a throwback to the Gilded Age. Everyone, that is, except Consuelo De la Red. Faced with a destiny picked out for her and a dream she just can't forget, she confronts the choices she has made and the man she was forced to reject. When the past comes crashing into the present, will she listed to her duty, or give in to the urging of her heart?

One Night At The Palace Hotel was my first ever steamy novella and the first I wrote as Bianca Mori. I was assigned 'the one who got away' trope for this one -- not what I would have initially picked, mind you -- but when I started writing this? It just flowed. I got to exercise my telenovela skillz in this tale of sad little rich girl Consuelo de la Red who meets her first love, again, on the eve of the launch of her fiance's hotel -- The Palace Hotel.

I was inspired by the book I was devouring at the time, To Marry An English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started which is all about rich American heiresses arriving in England to marry prestigious, but nearly almost always penniless, English aristocracy. One Night sort of has the same set up, but reversed: this time it's the Castillian with the social cachet married off to the rich upstart Chinese to restart a family's flagging fortunes.

Calling all book bloggers

I've always had a soft spot for this book, but because it was my first ever stab at a pseudonym, and also because I re-read all the sex scenes with a horrified blush on my face and did NOT know how to promote it at all, I've always felt this little green novella did not receive as much love as it should have. But now, thanks to the Backlist Revival Project, we're getting a second chance!

The Backlist Revival Project is a genius idea to shine the light on books released in 2014 and older. Book bloggers can review these older gems and that readers can hopefully discover (or re-discover, as the case may be.) And I am so glad to say that One Night At The Palace Hotel is the Project's featured book for January!

Please go to this sign up form if you would like to review One Night At The Palace Hotel. Reviewers will be provided a copy of the book gratis, of course. And it would be so amazing if you could also share the link to your friends.

Thank you and shine on!