Done!

I must be officially done with this story that I could never let go because I woke up with a cold (I always get sick after a project is done), but also with a sense of surety that I really am done with the book. Maaaaaybe a few edits here and there but the ending is absolutely done and that’s good enough for me.

Want to be the first to know when it’s live? Add it to your Goodreads queue and follow me on Bookbub for the release notification!

And now, onward to the next story!

So to celebrate the completion of my first book for 2021, I’m going to take a nap and hope this cold goes away quickly so I can dive into the next project which is a short holiday story before jumping right into Gabe’s book which is a full-length novel. Angst city, here I come.

What about you? How do you celebrate a completed project?

Kindle Vella is Live (Part 2)

I’m busy writing an emotional epilogue (and good-crying while I’m writing it) and so I haven’t been able to pay as much attention to Vella’s launch. But I have discovered a few things when I took another peek earlier.

You get 200 Free tokens to use toward episodes you want to read so go and get them if you see the option. I saw that option on the upper right hand of my app and when I clicked it, it said the 200 tokens were free and would I want to redeem them. So of course I did!

You can also WRITE A REVIEW of the episodes and I’m hoping this will be just like on Wattpad where authors can see reader comments. I miss the engagement and it would be wonderful to have that here.

And don’t forget to follow the story as well and like each episode.

Yes, you have to pay tokens to keep reading and this is the breakdown for the coins when purchased in bundles. I’ve done the same when I read on Radish, another app where readers pay in tokens to keep reading.

So I hope you’ll give Vella a try and discover some new-to-you authors while you’re at it!

Kindle VELLA is LIVE!

Which means I have a NEW release today!

It’s called RETROGRADE and it’s a thriller with gothic romance elements.

Here’s the description:

A lot can happen in three years and for Landry James, it’s a brand new life in the Oregon coast, where she lives and works at a yoga retreat center.

But when adult film star Luca Stone arrives at the run-down resort, Landry realizes that just because she can run doesn’t mean she can hide forever – for Luca’s arrival comes with complications.

He brings back everything she’s tried so hard to forget… a dark past, a broken promise, and a murderer.

WAIT! WHAT IS VELLA?

WHAT IT IS: Kindle Vella is Amazon’s answer to reading apps like Wattpad and Radish. It brings you stories released one short episode at a time, and currently available in the Kindle for iOS app and on Amazon.com.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. Follow the stories you like to keep up with the latest from your favorite characters.
2. When you like an episode, please give it a Thumbs Up to let the author and other readers know you liked it.

The first 3 episodes are free and after that, if you’re enjoying the story, you pay for each succeeding episode in coins or tokens.

I’m actually writing the final chapter of UNDAUNTED while expecting Vella to go live on July 16, but they are doing a “soft release,” I guess? Nevertheless, it still means I have a new release and I hope you’ll hop on over there and read the first 3 episodes!

First episode: Infamous

Second episode: Doe Eyes

Third episode: Ghost

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0997YWDF7

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog and to let you know what I’ve been doing.

As of today, I have one more chapter to write on this book that has taken 19 months to finish. Turns out, the other times I said I was almost finished, I wasn’t. The story line didn’t work out and so two months ago, I did an overhaul and now I’m 97% done with the story.

Luckily the last 3% of the story that’s left to write is the epilogue. Unfortunately, at the moment, I’m feeling stuck. But that’s only because I have to go back to Taos, New Mexico with my characters and revisit and kinda capture the atmosphere of the place again.

Before this moment, most of my story was set in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Whole different setting, totally different characters except for one – Claudia Romero. After all, it’s a crossover book that I’m writing but now I need to bring Claudia home.

While scrolling through Youtube looking for new content about Taos, I came across this video that features the inspiration for Dax and Harlow’s earthship, the Pearl. The Phoenix is the flagship earthship that serves as the basis for the Pearl and I love this latest video because I get to see how it looks like now. I stayed here years ago and the plants certainly weren’t this big. There were no birds then either. But before I spoil it for you, check it out below.

I can already see Dax and Harlow with their twins living there and who knows? I just might get this epilogue written by the end of the day.

Oh, before I forget, here’s a lovely review of Everything She Ever Wanted where the Pearl Earthship is featured quite prominently. She might as well be her own character!

Latest Review

In other news, my second book Loving Ashe (Book 1 of the Celebrity series) is now off Paid Stories after a full year. I joined the Paid Stories program to explore an opportunity to earn money for my work. It’s been a great opportunity for me to try something new in my writing career and on Wattpad, and it’s been so great to see the support and interest from the community. However, I’m excited for the next step in my writer journey on Wattpad and I look forward to new opportunities and adventures to come.

You can now read Loving Ashe for free on the Wattpad app and for the last four weeks, it’s been #1 in the following categories (Love, Romance, New Adult, and Chick Lit). I still remember the day six years ago when it hit #2 in Chick Lit and boy, was I over the moon. So I’m pretty happy that people are reading it again almost 7 years since I wrote it for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2014 and hitting my goal of 50,000 words written in 30 months days, 95,0000 words total in 60 days.

My, how time flies indeed. If you had asked me back then if I ever thought this book would still be read so many years later by a new crop of readers, I probably wouldn’t have been able to fathom it. Actually, I was too busy writing Loving Riley then lol

In the home front, we have a resident peacock in the neighborhood who loves the bugs that fall off the gum tree next door after the wild parrots have had their fill. He’s got the most gorgeous plumes but I’ve yet to see him dance. He’s too busy eating bugs and one night, he slept on the electric pole next to the house, his gorgeous tail trailing down like a phoenix in the dark.

There are a few other peacocks in the neighborhood but they’re mostly in the east part of town so I’m glad this one decided to hang out in my neck of the woods!

How about you? How are things going? Hope it isn’t too hot (or cold if you’re in the southern hemisphere) where you are and you are enjoying your summer (or winter).

Anyway, I’ll end here and wish you all a good day. I’ve got an epilogue to write and a lot of catching up to do with all the other future books!

A Happy Book Birthday!

I always knew I published my second book in June and I always plan to celebrate it every year. But I never do because I forget every time.

Until now!

Ha! At least, it’s still June in my neck of the woods and LOVING ASHE just turned 6! So before June turns into July (and reminds me I still have to finish writing that same book I’ve been talking about all year and a half), here’s a happy birthday to Ashe and Riley.

I wrote a bit more about it on my Patreon. There’s even a cover reveal of sorts for Loving Riley that I never posted before. It’s a public post so you don’t need to be a patron to read it.

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: https://maidamalby.com/

Thirsty and Trashed by Mia Hopkins’s Books https://www.miahopkinsauthor.com/

East in Paradise, The Key to Happily Ever After, and Once Upon a Sunset by Tif Marcelo – Authorhttp://www.tifmarcelo.com/

Faker, Simmer Down, and If You Never Come Back by Author Sarah Smithhttps://www.sarahsmithbooks.com/

Fobolous by Rainne Mendozahttps://www.fobolous.com/

Disarm by June Grayhttps://www.authorjunegray.com/

Healing Hannah’s Heart by Preslaysa Williams, Authorhttp://www.preslaysa.com/

Her Lucky Charm by Liz Durano Bookshttps://lizdurano.com/

I’d Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos, Writerhttps://www.harpercollins.com/…/books-by-marisa-de-los-sant…

And, The Rosales House by new US resident Mignon Bravo-Dutt https://penguin.sg/book/the-rosales-house/

Hope y’all check them out. 📚

#filam
#filamauthors
#fahm
#FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth

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?