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!