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Review: Summer Crush by Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria

Summer Crush by Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria Publish Date: April 9, 2017 Amazon | Goodreads | Paperback (PH Only) When life, love, and rock and roll come together on the sandy beaches of La Union for music festival Summer Crush, expect nothing less than the crashing of lips, bodies, and waves against the shore, against each other, and against your soul. Allow these three tales of love to take you away for an unforgettable weekend. Ana’s life as a corporate warrior, graduate student, and girlfriend to indie rock band boy Miki starts to spin… Read More »Review: Summer Crush by Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria

What I learned from You Could Be the One

This is a long overdue post about You Could Be the One, my latest book, released a little over three weeks ago. Life and feelings happened, and if you follow #romanceclass on Twitter, you know what I mean.

But yeah, my latest book, a friends-to-lovers short story collection, is out now!

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I talked about the backstory why this book came to life in the cover reveal post, so today I’ll just talk about some important lessons I learned with this book, the one that has the shortest production time (so far).

Okay, so maybe I cheated, because It’s a Match was already out, so there wasn’t much change in that one. But every time I think it should be easier writing (because this is my favorite trope, and I know these characters), I get sucker punched and I realize that no, of course it’s not easy. I hate everything I wrote; will people even like this? Maybe I shouldn’t publish, la la la blah, blah, blah.

But we’re here, and here are three lessons I learned in writing and publishing You Could be the One:

1. Don’t over think things. Especially when you’re writing YA.

I knew this, but sometimes I forget. And let’s admit it – as writers, we often over think what we write. But because I was working on a deadline, I had to push myself to write and not think too much. Since they are short stories, anyway, I knew I didn’t have much time to explain, so I tried to keep it as simple as possible.

But God, let me tell you about Bottleneck, the second story. That was difficult. It was from my #buqoYA piece that I never got to finish, and I was just supposed to pick it back up again, with a Narnia-themed debut, a torpe guy who will allow his friends to help him by “engineering” some chemistry. It all sounded so good in my head but it kept on flopping when I wrote it. I had first person, third person, alternating POVs, but nothing really worked for me. Until the commute story came, and I was all, yay finally. Then I ran into things again and ugh, I really thought I wouldn’t be able to do this until I realized my problem: I was trying to solve their problems as an adult when they were just teens.

So the lesson is, when writing YA, it’s even more important not to over think — as an adult. Things don’t always have to make sense and yes, they are allowed to fall in love without ever really explaining why they are in love with this person. I think I was projecting my own (boring) teenage years to them, that’s why I was being all tita to them while writing. ^^;

Bottleneck Fancast + Aesthetics. Photos from Instagram/Pinterest.

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Cover Reveal: Summer Feels

The third post in three days, look at that! 😀 Here we have another cover reveal for the latest #romanceclass project. When we made the Christmas anthology last December, Kate Sebastian pitched the idea of doing another one for the summer, because hello, tropical country! I thought it was a great idea, so it was a go, and she took over because I was planning to work on Meah’s book (which eventually became You Could Be the One). And now we have it – Summer Feels: a #romanceclass anthology! Look at the pretty cover here, designed by Miles Tan: Doesn’t it make you… Read More »Cover Reveal: Summer Feels

Review: Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1) by Clarisse David I Heart Iloilo # 1 Publish date: February 6, 2017 Amazon | Goodreads No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps. Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her. Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball… Read More »Review: Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Cover Reveal: You Could Be the One

Happy Easter, everyone! 🙂 This is one of my favorite holidays ever for so many reasons, and I’m adding another reason to celebrate – the cover of my new book, You Could Be the One. But before I let you see it…here’s a backstory. This wasn’t supposed to be the book I wanted to release for April. That was supposed to be Meah, but Meah didn’t want to happen just yet. My characters have that tendency to ask for more time, and I couldn’t force them so I let her be for a while. I really, really wanted to get something out,t hough,… Read More »Cover Reveal: You Could Be the One