Chic Manila is my contemporary romance series set in the Philippines, with Filipino characters. Iris After the Incident is its 8th book (yay!), but they can all be read as standalones. Start with any book and then work your way back, not a problem.
Carla’s 29 and a whiz at her job: she’s efficient, reliable, and a total genius when it comes to putting something together at the last minute. Her dating life is practically nonexistent though, and everyone has an opinion about that. Her girl best friend (who’s married) keeps trying to set her up with stable banker-types, while her guy best friend (single and proud of it) encourages her to play the field–no strings attached…
It’s the classic one-night stand: Beach wedding, bridesmaid, groom’s friend. When Andrea and Damon meet, sparks fly, and they give in to the attraction. Sounds simple, but Andrea’s still getting over someone, and Damon thought he’d be hooking up with another person that night. It could still be simple, really, if they chalk it up to a weekend tryst and move on.
But one night becomes lunch the week after, and then dinner the next weekend…and before they know it, Andrea and Damon are still together, dealing with the feelings they know they might still have for other people. How hard can it be to get exactly what you want? How do you even know what it is?
It’s rare now that I’m in a position to read or edit someone else’s story before publication, but if I am, I tend to champion the “feisty female main character.” Feisty of course could mean anything from quirky to flawed and whatever else comes in between.
The next book I’m writing is set in Manila, featuring Filipino characters, again. It’ll fall under my Chic Manila series. Just thinking about it feels like a warm welcome back into my comfort zone, although I’m throwing in some more personal challenges my way so I don’t bore myself as I write it. You’ll be able to track the progress of my planning and writing here on Pinterest.
They’re out! We can talk about this! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve entered a new (non-exclusive, for those who need to know) partnership with Anvil Publishing here in the Philippines. The result of that partnership is a new Anvil […]
Ines, Marla, Chinggay, and I are launching Sola Musica‘s paperback edition on Saturday, October 25! And you’re invited. We will be at O2 Space Solutions in Milelong Bldg, Makati (near Makati Cinema Square) from 10 AM to noon. Those who ordered their […]
When I first met her, during registration day on our first year at college, I thought we’d be at each other’s throats. We were both only children, academic achievers from our respective high schools, vying for recognition in the same […]
Two things that came together last weekend:1. I usually have stories planned out for supporting characters in my books.2. I had to sit and wait for over an hour for something. Roxie, Moira’s best friend in Welcome to Envy Park, […]
Hi, everyone! If you don’t have a copy of Love Your Frenemies in paperback yet, it’s now available internationally, with a new cover: Yes, Universe, Kimmy Domingo knows that you hate her. But she’s a nice person, she really is […]
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Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing.
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