Monday, March 6, 2017

Mina V. Esguerra: Interview + Review + Giveaway

Hello, there romance readers and writers alike. Today I have a real treat for you as I'll be interviewing a woman who knows what she's doing in terms of publishing. Today I'll be interviewing Mina V. Esguerra and writing a review about her book!



Here's a bio:

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).

Interview


1. What made you wanna write?
I started reading novels, for fun, when I was eleven years old and couldn't stop thinking of my own stories.

2. Which was your first book and can you tell us how you got the inspiration for it?
My first published book is called My Imaginary Ex and it was based on a short story I wrote in college. That short story was just a few pages but I thought it would be interesting to write everything that happened before and after that scene. 

3. How did you feel when you got traditionally published?
Happy, and accomplished. I had decided that I was going to try to make it happen, and it happened!

4. Indie or Traditional, which is better and why?
Going indie first, and then working with a publisher as partner later, works best for me. I like the publishing work involved in going indie -- I get to work with some really great people, that I choose. But in the Philippines it's good to have a corporate publisher too, to help get your book out to more people.

5. Do you think that writers should use Wattpad to market their books? Why?
I think writers can use Wattpad to connect to a large reader group. I've used it to share writing and publishing advice, but haven't posted most of my books there as marketing. It can work though, I've seen it happen. I just don't really see it as a place to "market" -- I'm more useful there when I interact with the community.

6. Which is your favorite book you've written?
It changes every time I'm asked, but right now I'm really proud of having written Iris After the Incident.

7. What are you working on now?
A novel about Filipino figure skaters and hockey players!

Hope you enjoyed the interview. Now time to get on reviewing her novel THAT KIND OF GUY!!!



Review





Good girl Julie never expected her hot former-player boyfriend to propose marriage. But when he did, she turned him down for reasons even she couldn't figure out. Will she settle for a nice, safe guy instead? Or will she let him find his way back into her carefully guarded heart?


I don't admire the cover as it doesn't suit me. However, I do believe in the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" (well I believe it in most cases). When I was looking for authors on Wattpad I found Ms. Mina and I didn't know which one I should pick.

I'm very glad I picked this one though.

Like others book of the author (yep, Imaginary Ex for example which I'll do a review on) this one was written very well. Ms. Esuguerra was very smart at picking the POV which was first-person. Her writing style was excellent and it truly felt fresh and authentic.

I usually hate bad-boy romance but for some reason, I loved the plot of this one. It just suited me well with the good girl and all. The bad boy turns good and all because of the GG Girl. You might think that "oh it's done" but try this book.

The author changes the idea and doesn't hold back. Think of it as a teen version of Fifty Shades but take away the handcuffs and BDSM and there you go (And add great writing).

I identified with Julie quite a lot. I'm the female who likes to manage and I'm not fond of guys who are playboys (But like any other chick I do have a little fantasy... even though I'm in a relationship!!!). And at the end, the bad boy changed himself, because of a girl!

It's very nice and as the story unravels (SPOILER ALERT!) Anton (the hunk of a guy) turned out to be the handsome nice kid. I was so mad and I felt bad for the dumb Julie (I mean dumb for what she did) for letting the handsome guy leave!

I won't continue with what happens. I'm not a fan of YA Fiction and I don't often read New Adult so I didn't know if I should have read this book. But don't have second thoughts like me... JUST BUY IT.

So that's my review on this novel, I do recommend it even if you think you're too "old" for this "Shit". You aren't!!!

It can be purchased on Amazon only as an eBook. Click here. But if live in the Philippines it can be purchased nationwide as a paperback too!

But also this talented hybrid author has thankfully indie-published novels. So for more info on that click down there for her website.

Mina's Website: Here
Mina's Wattpad Page: Here

Giveaway!


I spoke to Ms. Esguerra and she agreed to do a giveaway! The winner will get a free e-copy of FAIRY TALE FAIL!!!!

It's a great book!

  1. Like Ms. Esguerra's FB page/Subscribe to Ms. Esguerra's Newsletter
  2. Follow this blog
  3. Message me via Contact form to let me know that you did.
Winner will be announced in one week.

Okay, guys thank you so much for reading this! It means a lot for all of your support and to show it even more, go on ahead and follow this blog to get updates.
I'll be interviewing Mina's friend Ansela Corsino and reviewing her book but also interviewing USA Today bestselling author Kelly Anne Blount and reviewing one of her books!!!
And sign up for the giveaway of Opal Carew before it's too late! Click here for that.

P.S. I've reached out to Bethany Shay Porteous to do an interview but for some reason, she still hasn't replied. So if she doesn't reply in a few days you might not get the interview with the review at the same time.

P. P. S. Contact me if you want any other authors to be interviewed!




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