Excuse me while I have a little personal gratitude fest (although, don’t worry, no #blessed messages will result from this post). This blog is just over three months old, and the experience of being a book blogger has surprised me at every turn. I thought it would be fun to join book tours and get the occasional ARC so we could review books before they even came out, but the main thing was telling anyone who cared to read about some of the authors we loved and had discovered.

I hoped one day we would get to the point where authors would get in touch with us and see if we wanted to help promote their books. I never thought it would come this quickly—we’ve had a few authors e-mailing us and asking if we wanted to check out their books, even though our blog was really just a baby compared to the others out there.

And then we had a moment. Or I’ll go ahead and call it a milestone. Mina V. Esguerra, an author all three of us know and love, who has served as a writing mentor to us all, asked us to host her book launch! I don’t know how big a deal it was to her, but it was huge to us! We agreed, albeit with some trepidation because, really, this blog didn’t even exist four months ago! What did we know about hosting a book launch?


Of course, once we got over the giddiness and nervousness, we had to get to work. Someone would have to cover the event, of course. Marian volunteered to do it as, of the three of us, she was the least comfortable with public speaking. As it turned out later, she’d handle the pre-event interview (which we’ll be posting in a couple of days). We came up with a program, a quick Q&A, and additional questions in case the audience was a little shy about asking the author about some of the more fluffy aspects of writing and reading her books.

On D-Day, I had a typical chick lit moment of panic to the tune of “What should I wear?” in the morning, but once we got Powerbooks in Greenbelt, Makati City, I went into full work mode. There was ice in my veins, and only I would know about the kilig in my heart, I vowed. I wasn’t wearing any sleeves to wear that heart on.

Then it was do or die. “Hi, guys,” I said to start things out. And the rest you can watch in this video. And if you think we sucked, please feel free to keep your thoughts to yourself! Just kidding! But we do promise to do better next time—because we’re definitely hoping there is a next time!


Need more Mina? Keep your eyes peeled, as we’ll be posting footage from our exclusive interview with this author and romance writing guru in a couple of days!


About the Books


Welcome to Envy Park
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Moira Vasquez is a doer. A planner. A get-up-and-goer. At twenty-two, she left her hometown to work in Singapore, to satisfy a need to travel as well as give her savings account a boost. Five years later and she’s back in Manila, with a shiny new apartment to her name, but no job, no career, no boyfriend. She meets Ethan Lorenzo, the quiet hunk of an IT consultant on the ninth floor of her condo building, and he’s a welcome distraction during this period of having absolutely nothing going on in her life.

But she has a plan – of course she does – and this is just a short layover on the way to the next country, the next job, the next big thing. Or will she be missing out on something great that’s already there?


The Harder We Fall (Read our review)
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She knows it won’t last…

Nicholas is unlike anyone Daria has ever dated, and yet he hasn’t left her mind since she got her hands on the 23-year-old rugby player when he took a tumble during a game.

But they aren’t even really dating; a fast fling is all they have time for. He’s heading to Japan to play pro and is only in town to tie loose ends. She’s graduating in three weeks, and is only covering his struggling rugby club to win an internship spot in a documentary that will start filming in Europe.

Getting what they want means they don’t get to stay together. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun — as long as they don’t fall hard.


Never Just Friends (Read our review)
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It’s too easy to fall in love with Jake. Don’t do it.

Lindsay and Jake have loved each other (as friends) since their senior year in college, and she made sure they didn’t become more than that. The guy now known as Jacob Berkeley, star of a wildly successful TV show, was always too much for her. Too handsome, too many questionable hookups, too restless. Also sensitive, fun, and genuinely caring. She’s his emergency contact, his “zombie apocalypse buddy,” his holiday dinner companion.

They’ve kept up this low-maintenance friendship for years, surviving graduation, their new careers, her move to New York City to work as an environment consultant. But then, days before a big climate change conference, he shows up, with big news. Jake wants to pick up what he never managed to finish in college. He wants to save forests again, work in environmental research – and he wants her.

Don’t fall in love with Jake…Why again?


About Mina V. Esguerra

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.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series "Author at Once" for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers' Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).