The Kitchen When it Sizzles Blurb

Slogging though a new manuscript, but I need to take a break. Unfortunately for me, my idea of a break is working on other book related stuff.

So here, I’m happy to share the blurb for my upcoming book, The Kitchen When it Sizzles, a NA contemporary romance.

Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.

Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who’s filling in for Olivia’s cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can’t help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?

It’s not quite as sweet as All’s Fair in Blog and War, but I’m hoping you guys will find it just as engrossing. I’m hoping to get it out this month, so expect me to share a few more things about it within the next few days or so.

(PS. Made a GoodReads page for #KitchenSizzles. Add it up if you’re interested?)

And the winner is…

Christine C!

Thank you to everyone who joined. I really appreciate the support and enthusiasm. As always, this won’t be the last giveaway. I’m quite fond of them, so there’s always a good chance I’m plotting new ones.

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Happy First Book Birthday, All’s Fair in Blog and War!

One of the difficulties of staying home all day is how you lose track of time, all the time. Which mostly explains why the first book birthday—it sounds better than anniversary—celebration of All’s Fair in Blog and War is more than a week late.

02 Macanese Egg Tart by Margaret

Let’s stick a candle on this egg tart, shall we?

While Five and Jesse’s travel romance is just the first in what I hope is many (second solo story’s coming out in a few weeks), it will always hold a special place in my heart, not just for being the first, but also for being the one to teach me that yes, I can do this.

So, yay! Celebration time. And because the reason to celebrate wouldn’t be there without YOUR support, consider this a thank you from me to you.
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Hot Like This Exclusive: Pegging Luis Inoue

HotLikeThis-smallv2While collaborating on our short stories All I Want for Christmas and Hot Like This, one character who we loved to bits was Luis Inoue. The gorgeous Japanese-Brazilian model who caught Ginny’s fancy and Elaine’s heart captivated us throughout the whole writing process. (We love you Marco, but ABS!)

Even during the earliest stages of brainstorming, when the idea of creating a character who was a male model came up, there was one name that stuck. Daniel Matsunaga.
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Mid-year Christmas Gift: All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

If you don’t have a copy of All I Want for Christmas yet, now’s a good time to grab a copy of this Amazon exclusive novelette. It will be free this weekend, June 21-22 (June 20-21 PST). This story, co-written with Chris Mariano and Miles Tan, features Ginny, a girl who’s determined to catch the eye of Manila’s current model du jour, Luis Inoue. That is, if her best friend’s brother, Marco, lets her.

Why the sudden freebie? Well, let’s just say we want more people to get to know Luis because… well, just because. *hint hint*

Anyway, if you haven’t, please do grab a copy. And if you have, please share the news with your friends. Or better yet, do both.

SODA: State of the Desktop Address

It has been six months since the last update. Bad bad blogging practice, I know. But on the bright side, please know that I’ve been spending the time away from my WordPress Dashboard writing fiction.

Two wonderful things to share before I head off to Revision-land:

1. New novelette out soon. Remember All I Want for Christmas? Well, Chris Mariano, Miles Tan, and I have been working on something new. And it will be out really, really soon. We hope you like hot Brazilian models as much as we do.

2. New book out soon. I’m in the editing stages of a new story that’ll also be out soon, I hope. It’s another contemporary romance, this time about a career girl who can’t cook for shit, and the chef she enlists to teach her. I’d like to think that it’s a sweet and funny story, but truth is, it’s a little bit steamier than All’s Fair in Blog and War. Are you still with me?

About Luna East and The Goddess of Lost Things

Last year, I posted a short story called Sitting in a Tree. This short story was written for a #romanceclass project called Luna East, a fictional high school that was created by #romanceclass mentor Mina V. Esguerra to serve as a YA story playground of sorts.

But the wonderful thing is that Luna East is now more than just a set of related stories. The first few stories have been collected and will soon come out in paperback! Excited much? Here’s a list of the stories in the first volume:
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All I Want for Christmas is to thank you guys with this book!

When it comes to writing, 2013 is a landmark year for me, because this year marked the publishing of my first book, All’s Fair in Blog and War. This indie published work was a leap of faith; I had no idea at all how people will receive it. Now, months later, I’m happy to say that it has made people laugh, cringe, kilig, and crave for egg tarts.

Nothing makes me happier than knowing that people have welcomed Five and Jesse in their lives. Thank you, dear readers. And to thank you properly, I and fellow #romanceclass authors Chris Mariano (Cover (Story) Girl) and Miles Tan (Finding X) have co-written All I Want for Christmas, a fun Christmas romp.
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