One Try release day celebration!

One Try release day celebration!

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Happy to say that One Try is out today!

For fans of Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, ONE TRY is a charming Christmas novella set against a gorgeous Hawaiian backdrop.

When Thompson is home for winter break he finds out the Tiki House, the local hangout he loves to hate, is in financial trouble. Determined not to let one of his favorite places close, he and his friend Johnny concoct a plan to save it.

Thompson’s ex-girlfriend is home for Christmas, too…And she wants to help.

What happens when the two get together to try and save their favorite Honolulu dive?

Part romance, part comedy, ONE TRY is about going for it–in life, love, and everything you do. It appeals to fans of Hallmark Christmas movies and novels by Debbie Macomber.

Though ONE TRY is technically the third part of the Thompson Lake series it can be read as a standalone YA romance novella.

Links to order ONE TRY:

Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Ot6qZL

Apple – https://apple.co/2E1BJa3

B&N – https://bit.ly/2CpxeVn

Kobo – https://bit.ly/2yf8GK0

P.S. If you’d like to share the links on social, I’ve created a cute graphic below!

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One Night is on sale for 99 cents

One Night is on sale for 99 cents

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Hey all! One Night is only 99 cents today!

Here are the links to order:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/2AAxbjZ

iBooks – https://apple.co/2Iy77hH

Kobo – https://bit.ly/2ITzA29

B&N – https://bit.ly/2LGsQCw

Also, as a bonus One Love, the second book in the series, is on sale for $1.99 🙂 Go here to order.

Happy reading!

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Work in progress: update!

Work in progress: update!

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As you may or may not know from following this blog I’ve been working on my young adult novel, The Other Side of the World off and on since 2015 (June 27, 2015 to be exact – I checked Microsoft Word). That’s approaching three years, people! During that time I almost gave up on the project, but am happy to report it has found life again. I recently completed the Writing in the Margins mentorship which really kicked my butt and helped me see the manuscript in a new way. I did some major rewrites and am now on the hunt for a literary agent.

You can read the full description of the project here. The novel has changed a ton and I’m happy to report it features a biracial main character (half Filipino, half white) like me 🙂

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One Night & One Love are free on Kindle Unlimited

One Night & One Love are free on Kindle Unlimited

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Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that both my novels are free on Kindle Unlimited. If you have a KU subscription read away! Here are the links:

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What I learned from being rejected by Amazon’s Kindle Scout

What I learned from being rejected by Amazon’s Kindle Scout

Most writers don’t like writing about rejection, but in an effort to be helpful I wanted to share the details of my Kindle Scout experience for my YA novel One Love.

I submitted to the Kindle Scout program for two reasons: the possibility of a $1,500 advance and having Amazon’s marketing machine behind me and thus, wider distribution online.

To me it was a win-win because even if my novel wasn’t picked (spoiler alert: it wasn’t) I would still be able to have Amazon alert those who voted for me when I released the book myself.

The campaign went live on October 8, 2017 and ended November 6, 2017. During that time I asked members of my email list to vote and posted on social media maybe three times. Everything I’ve read suggests that Kindle Scout editors don’t really base their decision on nominations, but rather what they happen to be looking for at the time.

My campaign results: 21 hours in hot and trending and 2,800 views.

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On November 19, my book was rejected. I decided to release the book myself on December 1. I notified Amazon about my release on December 4, 2017. The next day, early in the morning, an email was sent to those who nominated with a link to my book.

Here’s a screenshot of the email:

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The book reached #27 in this category with a rank of 125K overall.

Kindle > Teen > Geography & Cultures > Europe

In terms of sales I did not see a huge spike (we’re talking a handful of sales after the Kindle Scout’s team email went out).

What did I learn?

  1. The selection process is a bit mysterious. I voted for other novels to see how the process works, and several were in hot and trending every day but didn’t get selected.
  2. The data available is limited. It’s hard to tell of the 2,800 page views just how many were actual nominations.
  3. I’m not sure if I would try the program again. I wish there was more data than what Kindle Scout provides. At this point I can’t tell if they helped spread the word about my book or not.

What about you? Would you try submitting to the program?

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Help One Love get on Goodreads lists

Help One Love get on Goodreads lists

Hi all,

I have a favor to ask that will only take a few seconds of your time. If you are a member of Goodreads would you consider adding One Love to these reading lists (links follow below):

Best Long Distance Relationship Books

Clean New Adult

Young adult books set in college or after high school

Filipino writers

Best books by Filipino authors

Adding One Love to these lists would greatly help me in spreading the word about my novel. Since I’m the author I am unable to add my own books, but if you could help that would be awesome!!

Thanks 🙂

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One Love Release Day Celebration!

One Love Release Day Celebration!

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So happy that my second novel is out in the world today! It is a great feeling to be a published author for the second time.

Here are the links to order One Love:

To read FAQs about the sequel go here.

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