Guest Post: My Writing Process for Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra

The thing about writing and how I do it: It changes, depending on what I happen to be doing, and where I am in my life at the time. I’ve written about my writing process before and I should preface this with how it’s probably going to change, again, once I have more or less time. In writing my new book Better At Weddings Than You, here’s what I did:

  • I outlined. I’m a fan of this method, because it keeps me focused! Sitting down to plan out a story’s major events doesn’t just give me a guide to help me write, but it solves many of the problems I’d encounter before I start.
  • I researched. Often I approach a story with a perspective I’m familiar with, but I also challenge myself to write about things that are interesting but not necessarily in my life. So this requires research, meeting real people who do whatever it is, visiting certain places.
  • I set a schedule and target word count. As I was writing this book, I was also involved in more reader community events that had to be scheduled on a weekend—which meant I couldn’t write on weekends anymore. So I adjusted my schedule and tried to set aside an hour every weekday, and when I did write, I sprinted. 1,000 words if I could. I wasn’t always successful, but the days when I did made up for it!
  • I wrote everything, even when it looked meh, and edited later. When stuck, I trained myself to just write whatever was coming to me, even if I didn’t like how it looked on the page. I know by now that I can’t expect consistently good stuff on a strict schedule—writing for me is warming up, and sometimes writing a bunch of crap first. Editing will and has fixed it later.
  • I promised myself I’d celebrate. Reaching “The End” is tough, so I motivate myself with treats. It also helps me determine an actual end, otherwise I’ll be putting it off and revising for too long.

Book description

Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster?

(Part of the Chic Manila series, but can be read as a standalone.)

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AUTHOR BIO

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to “Is this story based on you?” is always, always “No.”

AUTHOR LINKS

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http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3014313.Mina_V_Esguerra

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Book description

Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster?

(Part of the Chic Manila series, but can be read as a standalone.)

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Buy on Amazon: bit.ly/chicmanila9
$1.99 pre-order price until April 30
$2.99 starting May 1
Free on Kindle Unlimited

 

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AUTHOR BIO

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to “Is this story based on you?” is always, always “No.”

AUTHOR LINKS

minavesguerra.com

twitter.com/minavesguerra

facebook.com/minavesguerra

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3014313.Mina_V_Esguerra

Guest Post and Giveaway: Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano

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Before marketing your book

When I finally decided to publish my book independently, I was told that going indie means we also had to work on the marketing. I knew it was going to be hard work, but I figured, hey why not? It should be fun, right?

A year after I published my first book, I took up a digital marketing certification course, which gave me a better perspective with regards to marketing. I never really had proper marketing training, even if I worked in the field so the course was eye-opening for me, and it helped me think of how I could use these lessons as an author.

So now that I’ve made myself credible (haha) – yay, you published your book! Now you want people – who are not your friends – to know about it. But before you start creating Facebook posts or tweeting up a storm on Twitter or adding all the #hashtags to your Instagram posts, here are some things that an author has to be very clear on first before jumping into everything:

Remember your WHY. Why do you write? Why do you want people to read your book? Your why will anchor all your writing and marketing efforts, so make sure you keep this in mind when you’re about to go out to the world with your book. People will buy and read your book because they believe what you believe. Or, they’re curious about why you believe what you believe. Knowing your why will also ground you, and help you to focus again when things don’t go your way.

Set your objectives and goals. And by this, it has to be something specific and measurable, and again, anchored to your why. Putting numbers on them will make it less lofty and will help you figure out how to reach it. For example – when I decided to put together this blog tour, my objective was to gain more reviews and create buzz for my book, and my goal is to have at least 20 bloggers to join. With those numbers clear in my head, it was easier to figure out what to post and when to post.

Understand your reader. Knowing your reader helps you to know how to reach them. While it’s tempting to say that your target market is “all readers,” remember that not everyone will like your book. Knowing your readers will help you know how to talk to them, find out where they are and then position yourself so they will be most receptive to your message. Knowing your reader is just like building characters: find out what they like, where they work, what are their online habits, what other books do they like to read? Once you have a pretty good idea of who your readers are – or who you want them to be – then it’ll be easier to strategize with your marketing.

Just like in writing, marketing your books can be a bit frustrating – but being hands-on with is a great learning experience. And just like in writing, don’t forget to have fun with it, too! Good luck, and happy marketing your book!

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Book Title: Keep the Faith

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Author: Ana Tejano

About the Book:

As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

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About the Author:

Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).

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Excerpt #1:

“Hi.”

I froze at the sound of that now all-too-familiar deep voice—now less sleepy—and my panic gave way to anger. I turned around slowly.

Nico’s expression was friendly, oblivious to my seething. “I just want to say sorry for sleeping on your desk. Alvin told me you were coming back but I thought it wasn’t until Monday so I didn’t transfer immediately.”

“Did you touch anything here?” I pointed to my cubicle’s walls, ignoring his apology.

“Huh?”

“You’ve been using my desk since you got here. Did you remove anything?”

He shook his head, his messy hair flopping on his forehead. He brushed it away with a hand. “No. Why would I remove anything? I only sleep at other people’s desks, but I don’t take anything.” He gave me a cheeky grin at the last part, an attempt to make a joke, but I was too worked up to play along.

“Then what happened to my pictures, huh?”

ktf-quote-02“What pictures?”

I felt a light tap on my shoulder. I turned, and there was April, holding out a small paper bag. “Hey. I almost forgot to give you this.”

“April, do you know—”

“I heard you. They’re in the bag,” she interrupted gently. “I took your pictures down, okay? It’s not Nico’s fault. He didn’t even see them.”

I took the bag from her and peeked inside, and found the smiling face of my ex-boyfriend looking at me, beside my own. I was unprepared for the stab of pain when I saw our matching grins, remembering exactly when that photo was taken (second year anniversary, right after he took me out to dinner).

“I thought it would help if I cleaned it up when you told me what happened. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you.” She squeezed my arm, and left to answer her phone that started ringing again.

Squashing the urge to sort through the photos and memories, I shoved the paper bag in my bottom drawer, shutting the drawer with a loud click. When I looked up, I saw that Nico was gazing at me intently, and my face burned with shame again. Twice now. I can’t seem to get off on the right foot with this guy.

“I told you I didn’t know about anything,” he said, amused.

Well thanks a lot for rubbing it in. “If you hadn’t been sleeping on my desk then I wouldn’t have asked you.”

“Didn’t you learn much from what you saw on my profile?”

“I wasn’t stalking you!”

A small line formed between his eyebrows as if I was a Math problem that he was trying to solve. I tried to stare back at him but his brown eyes were too intense. Then to my surprise—and frustration—I saw the beginnings of a smirk tug at the corner of his lips.

“Aren’t you going to say something?” I crossed my arms.

Then his lips stretched into a full-fledged smile, a dimple popping on his right cheek. “I’m sorry. I promise I won’t sleep on your desk again.”

“Good,” I said with a firm nod. Then I started to feel a little silly for my outburst, especially after he seemed so gracious. “I’m sorry, too.”

“Peace?” he asked, extending his right hand to me. I uncrossed my arms and looked at his hand warily before glancing up at him again. He was still smiling.

“Okay,” I said, just a little begrudgingly, and reached out to shake his hand.

“My name is Nicolas, but everyone calls me Nico.”

“Hi, Nico,” I said, trying not to think of how warm his hand was. “I’m Faith. Faith Alvarez.” I let go of his hand. Too much hand-shaking was weird.

There was that dimple again. “I know.”

Excerpt and Giveaway: The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao

TRS BannerHAVE THEY EVER…?

To make things even more interesting (or in Wayans and Tan’s case, awkward), Insider invited them to play a game of Have You Ever, confirming or denying any rumour, activity, or feelings ever linked to them. Dig in with us as we discover more of their relationship:

  • Hugged? Wayans said Tan gives the best hugs, describing his B’s hugs as ‘coming home.’ Tan refuted this, saying Wayans has the best hugs, which feel like ‘hot chocolate, a good book, and bed during a rainy day.’ Yeah, alright, we let them flip a coin to determine the winner for best hug instead. (Marcus won.)

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  • Slept in the same bed? “Yes, which can be really tricky since he sleeps nude,” Tan teased. Oh, shush, Tan—it’s a nice problem to have.
  • Held hands? “All the time,” said Wayans, grabbing Tan’s hand and locking fingers with her.
  • Gotten a tattoo for each other? “Out of the five tats I have, three of them were because of Marcus,” Tan said, showing us the string of tattoos on her left wrist: the tiny dark blue key tattoo which Wayans confirms he had put on her, MJW (J for James), Wayans’ initials in blood red next to the key, and the words Take a risk & fight underneath them. Why would Wayans inspire a risk-taking tattoo?

Wayans also has three tattoos relating to Tan: her initials CST (S for Samantha) right next to the lock tattoo on his chest, a line from her favourite Temper Trap song Sweet Disposition that talks about not surrendering, and the same flock of birds tattoo she had on her right shoulder on his right shoulder.

  • To Wayans: Written a song about Tan? Wayans admitted to having written songs about Tan, who reveals she only knows about two songs. Wayans grinned when he said, “There are six songs out there that are about you.”
  • Kissed (on the lips, like full-on kiss): There were a few seconds of silence before Wayans revealed that they have, in fact, kissed. “I am her first kiss,” he said in a serious tone. “At the risk of sounding virginal, yeah, I had my first kiss at twenty-five,” Tan joked.
  • Thought ‘I can fall in love with this person’: Now this was where things got really interesting. Nobody wanted to speak first, which automatically meant ‘yes’ in most books. Wayans finally spoke, his tone solemn as he said, “I have, and I was, but I’m not anymore.”

From: The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao

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Book and author details:

Title: The Real Score (Gezellig #1)
Author: Kesh Tanglao
Date of Publication: August 28, 2013
Genre: contemporary romance/chick-lit

About the book:
Caitlin’s friendship with Marcus, the de facto frontman of the world’s biggest boy band Gezellig, has long been an object of scrutiny by almost everyone–their friends and families, the media, and his fans–ever since they “went public” a couple of years back. Who wouldn’t be interested? She was a nobody, catapulted into the limelight of his fame when he struck an unusual friendship with her.

To both Caitlin and Marcus, what they have is a “perfect little thing.” But then something comes along and threatens it.

In a no-holds-barred interview, will they finally be forced to settle the score?

Purchase links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords
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Author photo2About Kesh Tanglao

Kesh Tanglao is a full-time market researcher. When she’s not crunching numbers, she spends most of her free time watching TV shows, listening to music, and reading. Also a self-proclaimed fangirl, she likes cheering for her favorite sports teams and supporting her favorite artists.

 

 

Giveaway Winners: The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao & In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza

Here are the winners for the #InOverHerHead and #TheRealScore Blog Tour Giveaway!!

Congratulations to Henley V. and Kat S.!!!

Prizes:

Swag bag containing the following:
-Marcus and Caitlin’s mini-care package
-paperback copy of The Real Score and bookmarks
– charm bracelet

Congratulations!

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THE REAL SCORE BOOK LINKS:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18398844-the-real-score
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/353277
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Real-Score-Gezellig-Kesh-Tanglao-ebook/dp/B00EV5AMFS
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IN OVER HER HEAD BOOK LINKS: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G63DGYC Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/370212 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18717399-in-over-her-head Paperback: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YhyjbkTluTDBQXrR-jb_2DMcNilutcRKbdGzAsWXdQg/edit#

[Book Review & Giveaway] In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza

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In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza

All she wants is to get even… Erika Apostol’s quiet and unassuming life gets disrupted when she learns that Richard Javier, the very same person who broke her heart many years ago, is now back in the country. Her world is turned upside down as old

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In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza

feelings she thought were buried resurface to haunt her once more. Determined to give Richard a dose of his own medicine, Erika finds herself involved in an outrageous plan devised by her friends. They enlist the help of Jerome Gonzales, an attractive and charismatic DJ (with a playboy reputation), to pose as her significant other. As the plan goes in full swing, Erika discovers Richard’s jealous side, and that there’s something more to Jerome than meets the eye. Will this grand charade work out the way it should, or will she be left with nothing in the end?

BOOK LINKS: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G63DGYC Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/370212 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18717399-in-over-her-head Paperback: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YhyjbkTluTDBQXrR-jb_2DMcNilutcRKbdGzAsWXdQg/edit#

AUTHOR BIO: anne_picAnne Plaza has a degree in Psychology, but has actively pursued a career in writing in her previous work as a reporter and online editor. She currently works in the field of marketing communications and spends most of her time writing fiction (while not on the lookout for the nearest cupcake and cronut store). Aside from writing, she loves to read contemporary romance, young adult, fantasy, and historical fiction. She also collects stamps and postcards, and loves everything about cats. Anne is based in Quezon City, Philippines.

In Over Her Head is her first published work in English.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Blog – thoughtsbrewed.blogspot.com
Twitter – twitter.com/anneplaza
Facebook – facebook.com/anneplaza2013
Email – anneplaza@gmail.com

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Book Review

** spoiler alert ** Warning: Do not read if you haven’t read the book yet!

In Over Her Head was five stars for me until I realized who Erika was going to end up with. By then, the story went downhill for me, noooooooo!

Don’t get me wrong, I was all up for Erika ending with Richard right at the very start of the story. But, as I was reading and I was learning more about Jerome, I couldn’t help but root for the guy. I mean, who wouldn’t?

Yes, I’m Team Jerome, LOL! Never mind that he had a playboy rep, he was a sweet guy and I thought he really was willing to change for Erika not to mention that they had chemistry.

It’s just that I never really learned more about Richard and there were no “kilig” moments between Erika and him. I’ve only ever seen his weaknesses. Well, I could go on and on but I really don’t want to say any more without revealing the story for you more than I already have.

I finished the story feeling like the ending happened before it should. I really would’ve wanted to read more about the Richard-Erika pairing if only to be able to like the ending even for just a bit. I mean, the story ended with Richard still a douchebag in my eyes. LOL.

Rating: 3.5 stars which means that I liked it (just not the ending, LOL – there’s no getting over this one for me).

Recommended to romance readers and for those who couldn’t get over their first loves.

Read Anne’s interesting thoughts on writing alone vs. writing with a group by clicking the link below:

https://josephinelitonjua.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/blog-tour-guest-post-writing-with-a-group-vs-writing-alone-thoughts-and-insights-on-writing-in-over-her-head-for-romanceclass-by-anne-plaza/

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-Jouets Origami Pure Diamond necklace (note: it’s not a real diamond. Haha!)

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Book Review and Giveaway: The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao

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BOOK INFO:

The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao

The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao

Caitlin’s friendship with Marcus, the de facto frontman of the world’s biggest boy band Gezellig, has long been an object of scrutiny by almost everyone–their friends and families, the media, and his fans–ever since they “went public” a couple of years back. Who wouldn’t be interested? She was a nobody, catapulted into the limelight of his fame when he struck an unusual friendship with her.

To both Caitlin and Marcus, what they have is a “perfect little thing.” But then something comes along and threatens it.

In a no-holds-barred interview, will they finally be forced to settle the score?

BOOK LINKS:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18398844-the-real-score
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/353277
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Real-Score-Gezellig-Kesh-Tanglao-ebook/dp/B00EV5AMFS
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-real-score
Paperback order (Philippines only): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oKbv8aQZZ4HFJYVJcxB4V5Phq-lROhzJKDfX3IJ6o-k/viewform

AUTHOR BIO:
Kesh Tanglao is a full-time market researcher. When she’s not crunching numbers, she spends most of her free Author photo2time watching TV shows, listening to music, and reading. Also a self-proclaimed fangirl, she likes cheering for her favorite sports teams and supporting her favorite artists. The Real Score is her first published novella.

AUTHOR LINKS
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sparksfire_
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeshTanglao
Email: kesh.tanglao@gmail.com
8tracks: http://8tracks.com/sparksfire_ (for the companion playlists of books)

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My Review:

I had wanted to read The Real Score the moment I laid my eyes on its cover. I’m glad that I did.

The Real Score is a really cute story about a simple office girl who fell in love with a front man. I’m not sure how much of it is plausible in real life. I’ve never been into boy bands and while I watch concerts sometimes, I’ve never been into a meet-and-greet. Needless to say, I enjoyed that part of the book very much.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book. It made me smile a lot. I removed one star because they’ve let the “issue” go on for so long. At first, I found it cute but later on, I wanted to bop them both on the head. LOL.

My rating: 4/5

Recommended to romance readers especially to those who are enamored with boy bands and concerts and the like.

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Swag bag containing the following:
-Marcus and Caitlin’s mini-care package
-paperback copy of The Real Score and bookmarks
– charm bracelet

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