Not my book! It's my daughter's. But it's kind of gorgeous.
Hey Stranger by Leng de Chavez isn't on Litsy and it's in Taglish (Tagalog+English) so I don't know if it ever will be, but am sharing here anyway. "Chat stories" are showing up more and more in bookstores and once you warm up to the idea of these two people just sending texts, other things about this format can be appreciated. Like distinct dialogue, using limited POV as a device, how to describe without seeing. Leng scores on so many things.
My writing community in the Philippines, #romanceclass, holds live readings of romance books by #filipinoauthors. A few days ago was the first time we had a reading of the ~sexy stuff. I choose the excerpts and usually give notes to the actors, and this was the only note for this part. Because it had to land just right.
Loved Jennifer Hallock's micro-history lecture at Ayala Museum, how it weaved moments in Philippine history as a US colony into her character studies for historical romance. One of my favorite characters showed up in her slides with the face of Piolo Pascual and I nearly lost it hahaha.
Shortcake 🍓❤️ #romantsy