Liz Durano


A Monday Update and a Short Story

Happy Monday! I hope you are having a beautiful start of the week!

A quick update on my current crossover work-in-progress: It’s about to go to beta readers but in a cluster of chapters at a time as I give it another pass and edit/rewrite/tweak. Undaunted is my crossover novella set in Corinne Michaels’ Salvation Society world and I can’t wait for you to meet her characters as well as others you may be familiar with like Claudia, Gabe, and Dax, to name a few.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy In His Study, a short story I posted on my blog featuring one of my most popular couples back when their ongoing story was live on Wattpad. I’ve taken down their story for editing but in this short story, we get a peek into Luna and Devlin’s new life in London.

And I narrate it, too, which was fun to do. I hope you like it!

Celebrating #WorldPoetryDay

For #WorldPoetryDay I decided to read one of my favorite contemporary poems and I hope you find the time to seek out one of your favorite poems (or two!) to read as well.

I haven’t been around here lately and I can happily say it’s for a good reason: I’m writing!

Slow, but I’m writing and my goal is to get a book finished by the end of this quarter and right now, I’ve got 10 days to go so it’s nose to the grindstone for me.

Until then, I hope you enjoy my impromptu reading of “Too Much” by Tyler Ford.

See you on the flipside! And oh, Happy First Day of Spring (yesterday)! I celebrated it by writing three haiku which I posted on my poetry blog this morning.

Monday Motivation

Good morning and happy Monday!

Hard to believe I started writing this post before 9am and it’s now almost 2pm. But after meetings with the business coach, sending out newsletters, and other things one normally does on a Monday (not!), I’m finally clicking Publish on this post.

Danica McKellar is best known for playing Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years. She went earned a degree in Mathematics and has written about 9 math books for kids.

I love her #McKellarMondayMotivation segments and wanted to share her message here.

It’s nice to be back blogging and I’m hoping I set up a regular schedule doing so in the coming weeks. At least, I finally got the hang of Google Calendar and now I can actually see my whole week and month! And check off my to-dos which give me such an awesome feeling when I know I’ve completed something, no matter how small.

I hope you are doing well! If you’ve read this far, drop me a line and let me know how your Monday is going! Or just say hello!

My Messenger app is busy right now with greetings of Happy New Year from the other side of the world where it’s now 2021. In my neck of the woods, there are still a few hours to go but the spirit of the new year is unmistakeable.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Oh, before I ramble some more, if you like reading romance, there are 300+ FREE romance books you can download right now. Yep, 300+ FREE Romance Books!

No questions asked. Just click your favorite retailer page on the site and download all the free books you want.

I had hoped to sneak in a new release to coincide with this free book promotion. It would have been The Reluctant Fiancee, book 2 of the Holiday Engagement series with book 1 The Replacement Fiance free for a limited time.

BUT… life happened.

Tidying up the garage and the house and picking up after the kid happened. Edits. But mostly distractions, and that’s one of the things I am resolving to limit in 2021.

It means limiting my forays into social media like Facebook and Twitter. I’d done pretty well for a while but I’ve noticed myself checking my notifications more often lately and that’s not a good thing. It takes me away from whatever it is I’m working on and makes it harder to get back to where I left off.

So there’s my first resolution for 2021: NO social media until I write 1k words in 2 morning sprints. (Yikes! That’s one daunting-looking resolution BUT I have to be positive!)

Anyway, I’m digressing like I always do.

So download your free romance books and have a Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a wonderful and amazing and positive 2021 for us all!

Be safe and healthy and stay happy! Fall in love with life again… and laugh. 🥰💕😈

October is many things: pumpkin spice, Inktober, Halloween…

It’s also Filipino-American History Month. According to the Filipino-American National Historical Society (FANHS):

“…the celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States.”

– About Filipino American National History Month, FANHS

I wanted to share a few classic novels and autobiographies, among them a semi-autobiography by essayist, poet, and writer Carlos Bulosan, but I will do that on another day. Today, I’d like to focus on romance books written by Filipino-Americans like myself.

On Facebook and Twitter, fellow Filipino author Maida Malby tagged me in a post that does just that and I’d like to share her post here. She included my book Her Lucky Charm (featuring an old cover) on the list as well.

October is Filipino-American History Month. 🇵🇭🇺🇸 One of the ways I celebrate is by reading and promoting books by Fil-Am authors. 📚 Here are some of them: (as pictured)

My books, of course: Boracay Vows, New York Engagement, Singapore Fling, and 19th Hole Fiesta. Find them here:

Thirsty and Trashed by Mia Hopkins’s Books

East in Paradise, The Key to Happily Ever After, and Once Upon a Sunset by Tif Marcelo – Author

Faker, Simmer Down, and If You Never Come Back by Author Sarah Smith

Fobolous by Rainne Mendoza

Disarm by June Gray

Healing Hannah’s Heart by Preslaysa Williams, Author

Her Lucky Charm by Liz Durano Books

I’d Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos, Writer…/books-by-marisa-de-los-sant…

And, The Rosales House by new US resident Mignon Bravo-Dutt

Hope y’all check them out. 📚


Know other Filipino American romance authors that are not on the list?

What happens if you fall in love with a writer?

While going through my Tumblr feed today, I found this and so many other jewels about writers and writing. It made me realize (again and again) how the men who made such an impact in my life are all found in my books.

Ashe Hunter most especially who to this day does not have a “face” inside my head even though I’ve had to translate his features for book covers. As a writer, the best ones never do.

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay safe out there!

“Hearts are fragile like that.”

I was tagged today by @rsaachit on Instagram and saw this beautiful painting she posted together with a quote from Loving Ashe.




For a moment, I forgot all about distance learning for a ten-year-old and how they’re going to manage the next school year, giving my final notice at my massage office and making an appointment to drop off my key tomorrow and pick up my things, and how to help the Navajo Nation that is suffering the highest rates of infection per capita in the United States, according to CNN. If you’d like to help, here’s one organization that needs it – Protect Native Elders.

Still, this beautiful painting made my day today.

What about you? How’s your day been?

Guess Who’s Joining Wattpad Paid Stories?

When 2020 rolled around, one of my goals was to diversify my stories. Some books would be exclusive to Amazon through Kindle Unlimited while others would be available “wide,” meaning they would be available everywhere where books were sold (Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, etc.). Some of those wide stories would also be available to read in their entirety on Wattpad like Finding Sam, Loving Ashe, and most recently, Collateral Attraction.

I first wrote Loving Ashe as a short story titled Elevator on my Morrighansmuse blog in the summer of 2013. When I posted it on Wattpad, readers were intrigued. What happened next? Did they end up together? They asked. We want to know more!

And so for NaNoWriMo 2014, I turned the 5k-word short story into the first two chapters. I called it Loving Ashe and finished it in 60 days with 110k words total. I would self-publish Loving Ashe in June 2015 and release the audiobook three years later.

Well, this year (tomorrow, May 13, to be exact!), Loving Ashe will also be part of Wattpad Paid Stories. While there are millions of free stories on Wattpad, they also have Paid Stories where readers pay with “coins.” You can pay per chapter or pay for the whole book outright (about the same cost of an ebook). Coins are available in packages of 15 to up 533 coins and you can also earn 3 free coins per day by watching ads.

It will have a new cover starting tomorrow, different from what you see above. But while Wattpad will have the exclusive rights to the digital ebook version which allows them to change the cover and have the ability to market, Loving Ashe will still remain available as a paperback and audiobook.

It’s a new adventure for me and one I’m very excited to be part of. I should have made this announcement a few months ago but in true ditzy Liz fashion, I got my dates wrong and tomorrow, it becomes reality! I hope you’ll support me and my stories on Wattpad and discover other new authors and stories along the way.

Date Night: A Mother’s Day Steamy Story

It was probably six or seven Christmases ago when my sister-in-law lamented the lack of books featuring older couples – you know, couples with kids who have are about to leave or have left home.

“Why are all the heroines in their early twenties and the men all in their thirties and forties? What about women in their thirties, forties… and older?” She asked.

Well, she did have a point because back then, there weren’t a lot of stories featuring older couples like there are now. In fact, Harlow James, my heroine in Everything She Ever Wanted emerged from that conversation three years later..

But before Harlow, there were Esme and Evan, my couple in Date Night, a short story I wrote for my SIL the following Mother’s Day after our conversation. You can read the story on my story site by clicking on the image below.

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

Shiny and New… Well, Almost

My late-2011 MacBook Pro has been acting up lately – it’s been too slow to do anything that I normally do (Photoshop, Ulysses, 50 tabs open on my browser, etc) until I finally decided yesterday to bite the bullet and buy a new one.

I didn’t want the basic model at all. I didn’t want a Macbook Air either – I guess once you go Pro, it’s hard to go with a MacBook Air, especially if you already have iPads to work with. It’s really just an iPad with a keyboard. And so I did some shopping – brand new versus refurbished? Groupon deals versus Best Buy?

An hour later, I made my choice, but before I could press that Buy button and put a dent on my bank account, I figured maybe it wouldn’t hurt to talk to an Apple rep and see what he recommends. After all, I do have some apps that need to run in a 32-bit environment – will it work on the new OS?

By the time the rep talked about Parallels and upgrading to 16GB memory and 2.8 processor blah blah blah, I realized that no way was he taking in consideration my stated budget of $1400 at the beginning of the conversation. Instead, he kept talking about financing, financing, financing because hey, it will cost less monthly. I don’t know what Koolaid he’s drinking but when I said $1400, I didn’t mean $3780.

I mean, sure, I could pay that but do I have to? In the middle of a pandemic?

And so it was back to the drawing board and I finally posted my dilemma in one of my favorite forums to see what they’d suggest. One of the writers suggested that if my only complaint was that my MacBook was slow, then maybe I should upgrade the memory. Turns out I only have 4GB and this model can take up to 16GB. “You can even do it yourself in minutes,” he said and when I Googled it, he was right.

I could install it myself – as long as I touch this piece of metal to ground myself… or something like that. 

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a pair of 8GB to buy nearby ($99 plus tax and shipping) and the fastest one would be shipped next week. But after all that work researching and almost buying, I wanted it now.

So this morning, I called my computer guy and he said he had the 16GB in stock and he could pop it in there in less than 10 minutes.

“How much?” I asked.

“$120,” he replied.


“Yup,” he replied, “while you wait.”

I tell you, if there’s one thing that can get me out of the house in the middle of a pandemic, mask and all, it’s because my MacBook is about to get an upgrade. Half an hour later, I was back home and updating my MacBook before really putting it to its paces. Hey, it’s not brand new but when Photoshop popped up in one second instead of the usual ten, I almost cried tears of joy.

And like that Madonna song from time gone by (you know what song I’m talking about), my Macbook Pro sure felt shiny and new.

Now I have no excuse for not writing.

None at all.

So how’s your day been so far?

Daily finds during our walks around the neighborhood

What Week is It?

These weird times have me not knowing what to do most days, at least when it comes to whose story to write! Instead, I’ve been baking flourless banana bread (back when all I had was bread flour but now I have all purpose flour!) and snickerdoodle cookies, tidying up the house Marie Kondo style, and blending relaxing yet antiviral (and dog-safe) essential oil blends for the soul!

So now, the house smells so good… and I’m starting to fall off my diet! But thanks to my essential oil blends, I’m not worried about it! Great combination, eh?

However, I am writing though – bits here and there. A chapter for one story and a chapter for a different one. Maybe that’s how the monkey mind works until I can rope all those wandering monkey thoughts and focus on one project. But I’m also not too worried about it. As long as I’m writing, I’m happy.

I’m also active on Wattpad. For those unfamiliar with Wattpad, it’s a global online community of writers and readers that’s accessible via a mobile app and a website. I started out on Wattpad in 2012 as Morrighansmuse, posting fanfiction stories of Thorin Oakenshield (The Hobbit) and Lucas North (BBC Spooks/MI5) before posting my novel chapter by chapter (after writing and proofing each one as I went) Finding Sam in 2014, Loving Ashe in 2014, and Collateral Attraction in 2015.

There’s something to be said about getting live feedback on each chapter from readers that I haven’t found anywhere else since and I just might be writing my next book that way. I also participate in contests and even received a signed copy from Margaret Atwood, thanks to a short story contest she helped curate herself where my story ended up as one of the finalists.

I don’t just post my stories on Wattpad, by the way. I read, too, and my latest read is Rancho Viejo by Cynthia Dagnal-Myron. It’s a screenplay that she’s adapting as a novel and it features a woman (in her 40s) trying to save her property from a ruthless developer.

Today, I came across this post on Facebook and it suddenly made everything I’ve been feeling make sense:


Students, colleagues and friends:

-This is why it’s been hard to focus.
-This is why it feels like it takes you twice as long to get things done.
-This is why you’ve been consumed with ensuring that you have the right “stuff” to sustain your physiological needs.
-This is why you’ve been more irritable.
-This is why you’ve been craving connection.
-This is why you’ve been feeling overwhelmed.
-This is why you’ve been physically exhausted.
-This is why you’ve been like “Oh wait, there’s a paper due?”
-This is why the idea of planning for the future is the furthest thing from your mind right now.
-This is why you only have enough mental energy to focus on the immediate.
-This is why you’ve been instinctively prioritizing self care and family.
-This is why you’ve been grasping to control what you perceive to be controllable because so much is uncontrollable and unpredictable right now.

Students, colleagues and friends:

-This is normal.
-You are not a slacker.
-You are not “crazy” (Yeah, I know we hate that word).
-You should not compare yourself to others.
-You should not buy into the narrative that you must emerge a “better person”.
-It’s ok to not be as productive – we are experiencing trauma on a global scale.
-It’s ok to “just be” and feel the way you feel about what’s happening around you and/or to you.
-It’s ok to seek help. COVID-19 is a crisis that threatens both our physical and psychological wellness.

Hope this helps you the way it helped me.

What about you? How are you doing?

What Day Is It? #QuarantineLife

Just kidding.

Of course, I know what day it is.

The 327th day of March.

Alright, it’s the 30th and so far, LilDude is on his second week of distance schooling. He woke up at 10 A.M. only to tell me he needed to sleep in. Since I was in the middle of doing post-production on what was supposed to be a Facebook Live video, I let him and proceeded to finish editing the 1:30 minute clip, post it, and then get him ready for “school.”

School is all done on the laptop through Google from Google Classroom to Google Meeting. From 11:00 to 12 noon, LilDude had breakfast and did his work, then played from noon to about 12:30 when he made himself a PB&J sandwich and got us both snacks and juice and we settled for a spot outside the garden to have lunch before doing another round of homework.  Then I decided to set up the beach tent canopy thing and I think that’s where we’ll be doing his classwork from here on especially if the weather is great like it was today.


I don’t know about you but #Quarantinelife has been strange. I’ve baked, gardened, even sewed four face masks and a seat cover, and it seems like laundry and dishes are endless. By the time I sit down to write, my mind is blank — and that’s why I have to outline just so I can remember what I want to write from one moment to the next. Maybe it’s a result of the anxiety that comes with Covid-19. I hope I can find my normal soon though because it often feels like I’m living in an alternate universe.

Heck, maybe we all are!

I wish I can remember to write a diary so I can write down my thoughts. Definitely my anxieties which can change from day to day. Yesterday it was my teeth (crap, do I need to see a dentist now?) and today it’s my back that’s hurting after sitting on the floor while transferring crushed styrofoam popcorn from the bean bag to the trash bag even though I’ve got nothing to fill the empty bean bag with. And then there’s my sleep. I’m not sleeping too well. It doesn’t help that I watch shows like War of the Worlds on Epix right before bed.

In the meantime, my gray roots are showing and while I can do them myself, there’s no point right now since it’s not like I am going out. I am doing videos though, like the one I did this morning so maybe I should color my grays, right? At least, now I have all the time in the world to play with all the apps I’ve bought through the years and use them in post-production!

What about you? How’s #quarantinelife treating you and your family?