It’s November! And anyone who is into it knows what that means. It’s the popular Novel Writing month!
NaNoWriMo’s tagline this year makes me want to write a sci-fi once again, but the only Sci-fi story I have in mind is impossible right now. That's because an important person that we have been waiting for so long is coming to be with us very soon (sorry, but I want to keep the details and his identity a mystery for now). And due to that, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish a 50k novel in just 30 days. I have so much preparation to do before and after his arrival.
And those who knows my circumstances, friends (both online and offline) and my family are cheering me for tackling this beautiful handicap. Yes, this November will be a true challenge, but I’ll face it head on because when I win it...
I’ll be bragging about the rest of the years. :D
And to make sure that I’ll have something to brag about, I'll be writing two short stories and one novella this November 2016
1. #Heistclub: The Flame Squad 2: Shadow Prince (10k) - Crime, Romance
2. Just a Dream (5k) - Fantasy, Romance, Short Story
3. Summer Child: Natsuko (35K)- YA Contemporary, Romance, Crime
That’s 50k in total so even if I’m not lucky enough to finish all the stories and win; I’m sure I’m bound to finish at least the first story. That’s still an achievement, right?
So are you doing writing for this too? Add me as one of your writing buddies, and I’ll do the same. I find this event so fun the year will now feel incomplete if I don’t participate.
Now please excuse me, I’ll go grab my “NaNo Rebel” badge before facing one of my Chapter 1 ^_^
P.S: If you're curious about my progress, visit my website's landing page from time to time.
This special edition of 59,000 words Filipino novel tells the long awaited story of Sandra and her adventure to win the love of Léonce, while another man tries to win her.
No one seems to say care about it lately, but there is still some reaction whenever I mention the genre of most of my books.
"New adult? As in stories with lots of sex, club party, and drugs?"
My answer is the same each time. "No, of course not!"
It’s been on my mind for a while now but I never really put a time to write about what I'm writing. Today, I’m in mood talk about it.
If I were to tell about my writing, I'd say that I write steamy love stories, not erotica. I can’t stress this enough whenever I toughen up and contact contemporary and NA reviewers. I know there’s a little difference between the two, but that small distinction makes a big difference for me.
Forgive me if I’m wrong, but based on what I heard and read around, I get the impression before that most readers think that New-Adult is almost equal to stories filled with sex. Well, I don't deny that, because NA is all about young people who just became “legal” and they probably want to experiment a lot and well, sex might be a bit dominant. In the society we lived in, that’s what most people have denied from the most as they grow up, after all. However, I brand a many of the books I release as NA because of the main characters’ age. The heroines are usually between 18 up to 25 years old, and the heroes 19 and up, the time when they are generally become independent from their parents.
To quote one of RT Book Reviews' post:
“…If a novel's driving force is the sex between the hero and heroine, or if sex is somehow the central theme of the novel, you'd call it erotica — or "erotic romance" or "erotic thriller" or whatever subgenre you'd like it to be…”
The central theme of my books are the conflicts and emotions between the characters. But of course, the fact remain that sex is also a type of emotion. Still, sex isn’t what keep my stories going, which is for me what erotica story does. I’ll take one of my newest re-released contemporary books, What Took You So Long. Some readers to think that it will be full of sex because of Milky’s decision, but no, it’s not. If a reader bought the book expecting to see Luke and Milky banging each other on every chapter, they might be disappointed.
Check the “extended version” of about me to read more about my writing and about me of course.
After a long wait, Making Him Fall, the first book in Moon Islands’ series (and my first ever published paranormal book) is now available in both Print and eBooks.
I hate writing sad scenes, but it’s also a part of life. On November 2015, I finished writing a short story for an online class called #HeistClub. The members were told to write “Case number 1” short stories. I’m not sure how to explain this as good as the class mentor, but basically, the authors are requested to write something that could be a beginning of the story. That’s fine for me, but when the sponsors required us to sprinkle some foreign sentence in the story, I was very close to back off. However, my stubborn personality prevailed because by then I already submitted the first activity. It was such a waste planning for the story and not go through with it.
I also had NaNoWrimo project at the time, and November was the busiest time of year for my other job. I failed to “win” NaNoWrimo, but I finished my #HeistClub story, have it edited and submitted it on time. Yay!
My story is titled The Flame Squad: Sly Prince. The story is included in What We Hide bundle and now available as standalone at Kindle | Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Scribd.
The Flame Squad: Sly Prince has an open-ending but no cliffhanger. It told a story of a street boy who got lucky to be involved with a wealthy family in Cebu and scheme his way up.
I’m planning to write a follow-up story for this one, but I’m still unsure when I’ll get the time because I want to focus on my other projects for now.
#HeistClub was an online workshop facilitated by Mina V. Esguerra. The class was organized by Bronze Age Media and sponsored by Buqo and Enderun’s The Study. Mentors were Jennifer Hillier, F.H. Batacan, R.J. Taduran, Kevin Uy, Juliet Grames, and Andrea Pasion-Flores.
It’s that time of year again in Smashwords, their July Summer Sale Special which runs from 1st of July until the end of the month. Of course, I’m one of the authors who included my books.
You can now download 2 of my English books and 2 Filipino for FREE!
Click on the book covers below to get there. Use SFREE coupon during checkout, and please don’t forget to rate and review the stories. Enjoy!
Finally the second edition of Milky and Luke's loves story is out and is now available in both print and eBooks. There's been a lot of changes in this version, but I don't really want to spoil it. So here's the teaser of their first encounter.
Oh dios mio, por favor, don’t let him be Luke…I prayed, as he spoke to Apollo and looked back at me. He nodded and stood up, zipping up his pants. One of the women beside him looked a little dejected. I met Apollo’s eyes and he gave me a thumbs up when our eyes met. I smiled at him in return, even though I was still hoping against hope that this man—who was a head and a half taller than me— would simply tell me that Luke wasn’t home, or that he’d go to find Luke for me…but reality can be cruel.
“Hi, I’m Luke.” That was the first thing that came out of his lips. He stuck his hand out and looked me over from head to toe, smirking.
Yes, yes, I know I don’t look that presentable. Stop staring! I thought, as I shot a furtive glance at the women he’d been with before he got up. They didn’t bother to hide their giggling while they whispered to each other, having finally noticed me because of Luke’s attention.
“I’m Milky Valdez,” I replied, burying my hand into the pocket of my pajamas. Apollo held back a laugh, but there was no way I was going to touch the hand that had just been massaging someone’s boobs.
“Nice name.” Luke closed his hand and slowly dropped it back to his side.
This is where I talk about the challenges I’m facing as a writer. I will be sharing book excerpts, giveaways, personal events and well, anything about my writing.