Published by indie author on September 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it's a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend's happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?
Ana Tejano’s Fall Like Rain was a long time coming; the author and I first met on NaNoWriMo’s Asia :: Philippines boards, and for a while we partnered up as partners in crime (AKA municipal liaisons) for the country’s congregation of writers who pledge to take a one-month trip into insanityville every year. So I was delighted when I heard the news that she’d polished off a NaNo novel she started in 2006 and decided to self-publish. And I am now ever so (im)patiently awaiting a novel about Fall Like Rain‘s main character’s best friend. Not that I’d do anything so crass as bug the author every time we see each other socially—oh wait. Hmm.
Moving on. I’m happy to wish Fall Like Rain a very happy birthday, and happier to share with our readers that this book is FREE on Amazon until October 3!
Keep reading to check out an excerpt from her novel and learn more about the author.
“So I heard you almost didn’t invite Mark. Why?”
I groaned. Of course, they would have done a tag-team on me. “Why does it matter? He’s probably with his girlfriend,” I replied. I wish I could say I didn’t cringe at the last word.
They exchanged looks. Meah nodded at Faith, who shook her head slightly but was rewarded with a pointed look. Faith sighed. They knew something I didn’t know, obviously, and I waited for one of them to break down and just tell me, even if a part of me was itching to ask.
“Are you mad at Mark, Rain?” Faith finally asked, her brow furrowed with concern. “I mean, are you still mad at him?”
“I was never really mad,” I said, shaking my head. “And why are we having this conversation again?”
“But did you guys have a fight recently or something?” Faith insisted.
“No. Come on guys. Mark? We never even argued. I mean, remember we called him smiley-faced boy in college? I don’t think he’s capable of being sad or angry, ever.” I laughed at the last bit, despite the weirdness of the conversation.
“But…have you talked to him recently? Like…early this year or something?” Meah asked.
This time, I felt a teeny, tiny stab of worry. “Well…” I said slowly, trying to recall the last time Mark said hi. “I saw him on my birthday, but I wasn’t able to talk to him for too long. But guys, I’ve been very busy with work and the wedding for the past few months.”
They exchanged looks again. Frustration bubbled up in me, as well as this urge to tear my hair out from all their cryptic looks. They were friends with Mark, too, so I understood the curiosity, but why the sudden interrogation?
“So…did he tell you…I mean, did you talk about…” Faith stammered, giving Meah a helpless look.
“Oh girls, will you cut it out? What is it? Is there something wrong with Mark?” For a moment, I wondered if he got into an accident and I didn’t know about it, but I waved it off. If that had happened, I was pretty sure I would have heard of it.
There was a moment of silence, which felt like it stretched on forever, until Meah finally blurted it out.
“Rain. Mark is single again.”