SPRING INTO STYLE HOP

SPRING INTO STYLE HOP

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Hello, #ChickLitMay Hoppers! Thanks for dropping by my page Carpe Diem Chronicles.

I’m excited to join Spring Into Style Hop because fashion plays a huge part in my books. Krista from BORACAY VOWS and NEW YORK ENGAGEMENT has a small shoe and hat addiction, which is something the hero Blake enables by gifting her with them every chance he gets. Maddie, the heroine of my upcoming book SINGAPORE FLING is even more of a fashionista as she used to be a commercial and ramp model and now works in Singapore as a Public Relations expert. Aidan, the hero, is intoxicated by her scent and is enthralled when she wears her stiletto heels.

For my giveaway, I’ll be awarding one lucky winner a prize pack of the groundbreaking Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy box set and Blue-ray movie. This is open internationally. US winner will receive the physical copy pictured here. If the winner is from outside the US, they will receive the digital set or $40 gift card. I will draw a random winner on Monday, May 13 at 12:00 nn Central time. Note: This giveaway is not associated with or endorsed by Facebook.

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TO ENTER, accumulate points via follows:
– My blog (5 pts): https://maidamalby.com/
– On Twitter (1 pt): https://twitter.com/maida_malby
– On Instagram (1 pt): https://www.instagram.com/carpediemchronicles
– On BookBub (1 pt): https://www.bookbub.com/profile/maida-malby
– On Amazon (1 pt): https://www.amazon.com/Maida-Malby/e/B077GDVPTK
– Singapore Fling on Pinterest (1 pt): https://www.pinterest.com/MaidaMalby/singapore-fling-carpe-diem-chronicles-2/
– Want to Read Singapore Fling on Goodreads (1 pt):
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43467139-singapore-fling

– Bonus points for those who will Like and Follow my Facebook page (not mandatory to win) and who will share their favorite fashion accessory (photos and gifs are welcome).

Let me know in the comments how many entries you have and I will assign you random numbers.

Make sure to check out the Spring into Style Hop Group Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1962370290669865/ for participating authors and their awesome giveaways. Don’t forget to enter to win the Grand Prize (a $250 e-gift card to FabFitFun, which is a seasonal subscription box) or one of the three Runner-Up Prizes, which are 6-month subscriptions to Allure’s Beauty Box (a monthly box).

Happy hopping, y’all!

LOVE FIESTA STYLE by San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA) – Release Day

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I’m excited to announce my first book release for 2019. 19TH HOLE FIESTA, my sweet multicultural second-chance story set in a San Antonio golf tournament in April is one of the 17 shorts in San Antonio Romance Authors’ Love Fiesta Style anthology. Here’s the blurb:

A stray golf ball reunites childhood best friends Grace Diaz and Nick Andrews. They lost touch because of a youthful misunderstanding. Now, their attraction to each other is stronger than ever. Will their reunion be for keeps, or will they say goodbye again after the 19th Hole Fiesta ends?

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You’re invited to the biggest party in Texas – San Antonio’s Fiesta!

Explore the most romantic city in the Lone Star State through 17 incredible stories created exclusively for this anthology.

Love Fiesta Style features a mermaid at a majestic coronation, college sweethearts reuniting at a war widows’ ball, a cowboy spying his dream woman at an art show, friends igniting into lovers over a night-time parade, a spirit playing matchmaker for a chef and his customer, plus much more.

Whether you like your romances mild, medium, or hot, the San Antonio Romance Authors have you covered.

Buy your copy today and fall in Love Fiesta Style!

Available in ebook and paperback from Amazon. FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

 

 

 

2019 Goals and Plans

2019 Goals and Plans

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry famously said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” And so, here are my goals for 2019 and my plans and strategies on how to achieve them:

On Writing:

  • Writing hours: 10 am – 2 pm with break for lunch; 7-11 pm
  • Finish SINGAPORE FLING and publish on August 15, Singapore National Day
    • Write 1,000 words a day in January
    • Send to Beta Readers on February 1
    • Cover reveal on May 15
    • Self-edit and send to editor on May 5
    • Edit and revise by June 30
    • Proofread and format by July 15
    • Preorders up on May 15
    • Launch wide on August 15
  • Write HUA HIN HEARTS short story for New Romance Cafe’s Autumn Anthology
    • Write 1,000 words a day in July
    • Send to Andie August 1
  • Write SAMUI HEAT for a May 21, 2020 release
    • Write 1,000 words a day in September and October
    • Send to Beta Readers by November 1
    • Self-edit and send to editor by November 30
    • Edit and revise by January 31
    • Proofread and format by February 28
    • Preorders up on May 1
    • Release wide on May 21
  • Write PALAWAN PROMISES for a November 21, 2020 release
    • Write 1,000 words a day in June
    • Send to Beta Readers by August 1
    • Self-edit and send to editor by September 15
    • Edit and revise by October 15
    • Proofread and format by October 31
    • Preorders up on November 14
    • Release wide on November 21
  • Write a short story as Zara
    • tentatively June and July

 

On Reading:

  • Read and review two books a week for a total of 104 in 2019
    • Add diverse authors and characters
    • Add craft books
    • Add indie authors
    • Max four ARCs a month
    • Prioritize two unread books from the Mount TBR per month
    • Increase usage of audiobooks

 

On Social Media: 

  • Limit to four hours a day. 8-10 am, 5-7 pm
  • Off during work hours
  • Prioritize writing groups

 

On Authoring: 

  • Get http://www.maidamalby.com website fully operational by June 30
  • Start a newsletter on August 1
  • Create a reader group: Mai Barkada or M’amies by August 1

 

Wish me luck, y’all. These are all doable with discipline. Here’s to a productive 2019.

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Meet the Parents – A Carpe Diem Chronicles Foodie Event

Like many cultures, Filipinos attach great significance to the introduction of a special someone to their immediate family. It’s a signal of deep commitment to the relationship often called “taking it to the next level.”

In BORACAY VOWS, it was extra special for Blake when Krista’s mother invited him to their home in the province of Quezon. Marissa Lopez had been opposed to her daughter being in a relationship with a foreigner. He was understandably nervous right before their meeting but their warm hospitality, which Filipinos are known for, put him at ease immediately. Blake knew things were going to be all right when he and Krista were presented with a feast.

Here’s an excerpt from that meeting:

Krista stroked Blake’s back as they walked, and asked, “You okay?”

“I’m great, baby.” He smiled down at her. “They’re nice—your parents. I like them.”

“I told you—” The sight of their dining table, groaning under the weight of the platters and platters of her favorite dishes, brought her up short. Pancit Malabon, lechon kawali, embutido, menudo, kare kare, lumpiang Shanghai, relyenong bangus, sapin-sapin, maruya, and rice crowded the long table.

In NEW YORK ENGAGEMENT, it was Krista’s turn to be introduced to Blake’s family. That meeting also involved food since it took place at the pub the Ryans co-own with the O’Connors. They serve a fusion of Irish and Filipino dishes since the cook/part-owner Belen O’Connor is from Palawan in the Philippines.

These were the food served as explained by Craig, one of Blake’s brothers who will be the hero of SAMUI HEAT:

“In front of you, Krista, is Guinness caldereta, our version of beef stew. There’s steamed rice, of course. Or brown soda bread, if that’s what you prefer. Next to that is longganisa coddle. Instead of regular bangers, we use the sweeter Filipino pork sausage. Lastly, we have chicken lechon with mushrooms and whiskey-cream sauce. Enjoy.”

Both “Meet the parents” events were successful for Blake and Krista and at the end of NEW YORK ENGAGEMENT, we see them planning a wedding for the following Christmas in the Philippines.

I will be writing that story soon, so watch out for announcements on publication here. In the meantime, please accept my gift for you this Christmas: the recipe of Longganisa Coddle.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces thick-cut bacon
  • 8 pork longganisa
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (substitute with 2 tablespoons dried if fresh is not available
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 pieces dried bay leaves
  • Black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • my secret ingredient: patis (fish sauce) to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook bacon in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towel-lined plate; cut into 1-inch pieces. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon drippings.
  2. Add longganisa to saucepan; cook about 10 minutes or until browned on all sides. Remove to paper towel-lined plate; leave whole.
  3. Add onions to saucepan; cook ad stir about 8 minutes or until translucent. Return bacon and sausages to saucepan. Add carrots, potatoes, parsley, bay leaves, and thyme; sprinkle generously with pepper. Pour broth over vegetables; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low; partially cover and simmer about 1 hour 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add fish sauce to taste. Sprinkle with additional parsley, if desired. Serve with rice or soda bread.

**Recipe adapted from Irish Pub Food by Publication International, Ltd.

Of Birthdays and Thanksgiving

Happy Birthday to me and Boracay Vows and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

In the Philippines, a child’s first birthday is among the best celebrated events in their life. Parties take on fiesta-like proportions with lots of food, including pancit and lechon, and oftentimes karaoke competitions. Having survived their first year, the child is expected to live a long life from then on.

As I consider Boracay Vows my first book baby, I’m celebrating its first birthday with so much joy and gratitude.

I am incredibly grateful for all the support from family, friends, and even strangers. My debt to those who bought Boracay Vows, and especially those who reviewed it, is something I can never repay. I can only try to return their generosity by sharing more of my stories and writing them with love.

My appreciation also goes to the romance writing community. I wouldn’t have been able to move forward in my writing if not for the tips and sharing of their time and resources by other authors.  

To my tribe: OSRBC, Writing Group, SARA, Indie Author Support, Romance Café, Lone Star Book Blog Tour, Romances That Sizzle, Love Romance Reads – Thank you very much for the inclusion, acceptance, and encouragement.  

To my wonderful family here in the US and in the Philippines, thank you. I love you.

I’ve been so blessed in my life, it’s only fair that I give back. For my birthday I’ve placed both Boracay Vows and its sequel New York Engagement on sale for only $0.99 each until November 28. I will donate all earnings from this period to the American Red Cross, my small way of helping those in need.

Buy links to the books can be found here: 

MOONLIGHT, MONSTERS & MAGIC: A Paranormal Romance Sexy Shorts Collection

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MOONLIGHT, MONSTERS & MAGIC

A Paranormal Romance Sexy Shorts Collection

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Put 13 wickedly talented authors together into one collection and what will you get?

MOONLIGHT and MONSTERS and MAGIC, oh my!

Find tales of shifters and witches, ghosts and mythical creatures, and even an angel or two in this supernatural anthology of paranormal romance stories, featuring award-winning paranormal romance author, Linda G. Hill.

Treat yourself to a phenomenal read!

 

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SYNOPSES

DIWATA by Zara M Baily

With his life at stake, Comandante Julio Gomez arrives in the Philippines, hoping to reverse a century-old curse that a mountain nymph placed on his ancestor. Julio doesn’t expect to meet the woman from his troubled dreams.

A woman whose fate is intrinsically linked with his. For in her hands lies his salvation …

Or his eternal damnation.

LOVE OUT OF THE ASHES by Tabetha Waite

For years, Markus Henley has been haunted by a recurring dream—a sensual vision of a mysterious woman. He finally encounters her on a fateful trip, but not everything is as it appears …

Tormented by a terrible tragedy that has broken her spirit, Laura Tipton feels she has nothing left. Then Markus arrives to awaken her spirit. In more ways than one.

HONEY AND HER GRUMPY BEAR by Taylor Morgan

Someone’s been sleeping in my bed…

Everett’s spent his life mistrusting humans. The last thing this shifter needs is a week with his sister’s sweet-as-honey best-friend underfoot. As his desire surges, he resolves to push Honey away—for good.

This man is just right.

 Mari’s living her dream: opening a café in a small Tennessee mountain town. The only thing left on her list is her dream man. Lucky for her, she’s now living with him for a week. And she knows just how to trap a hungry bear.

When this bear reveals the truth of his growly nature, will Goldilocks run away?

SWAN SONG by Everleigh Allen

During Liah’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland, things begin to get weird. Even as she becomes more isolated, a magical world opens up to her.

Torn between Fiachra and his mesmerizing voice, and the mysterious and handsome Eóghan, Liah finds herself seemingly trapped in a world where nothing makes sense.

Meanwhile, someone is out to get her. But who?

HEART OF STONE by Emmaline Warden

As a lady’s maid, Annie craves stability and security. But she knows her destiny is greater than her reality.

When Theo approaches her, claiming to be her soulmate from a past life, she is left questioning and afraid. Can she accept that there is a world larger than her own guiding her existence? Will she take the leap of faith and believe in the magic that made Theo appear?

THE SECRETS OF HICKORY HOLLOW by Belle Langtree

A royal warlock and his playboy minion need the help of two sisters in order to save their clan from a wretched curse. Through true love, rooted in two separate worlds, a magical prophecy unfolds.

True love is the cure for any curse. True love and tree nuts, that is!

LEAVING LIMBO by Lucinda Cox

Jaxx Carter, ghost hunter, needs a legitimate haunting to establish his career as an Internet star. Too bad he doesn’t think ghosts are real.

Enter Burroughs Manor, an unexplored estate with ties to Jaxx’s family. A tall, dark stranger awaits him there, to give him a night he’ll never forget.

THE DOCTOR AND THE WOLF by Chele MacCabe

Jake Campbell knows at five years old that Ashley Jerome is his one true mate. When she leaves for medical school, he and his wolf are devastated.

When Ashley returns to open her practice, Jake makes up mysterious ailments just to see her. On the day she falls into his arms—with the help of her best friend—Jake and Ashley immediately make their first date.

But when the big and bads show up–what will a doctor and her wolf do?

WHITE by Sera Taíno

Thiago undergoes open heart surgery, but complications arise.

At the same time, Clara is involved in a catastrophic car accident.

What happens when you meet your soulmate on the brink of death? Hovering on the precipice, does love stand a chance?

FORTUNE FAVORS THE FELINE by Elizabeth Langley

What would you do if you got exactly what you wished for?

What if your best friend wasn’t who you thought he was?

Olivia has looked for true love her whole life. She just didn’t know it was always there, right by her side … demanding to be fed.

When a birthday gift leads her in a familiar, yet different direction, will Olivia let down her guard and let love win?

MISS CARLISLE by Emma Brady

On a pitch-black night, a country doctor comes across a place of mystery and magic. He becomes trapped inside a manor house during a storm with a beautiful young nurse he can’t resist, and the troubled spirit of Lady Winship, lurking in the shadows.

The elements of horror and romance come together in a dark love story that will haunt you.

SAVING FAITH by Allegra Johnson

In a modern world where the Salem Witch Trials exist, Faith is a witch being hunted.

Gabe is an investigator sworn to hunt her down. Perhaps their relationship was doomed from the start.

But when Faith drinks her mother’s potion and disappears, Gabe’s true hunt begins, this time for love.

PIXIE by Linda G. Hill

Merryn, a pixie temporarily exiled, wakes up to an unfamiliar world.

Ivy, a lonely young widow, has a decision to make concerning a suitor who misses the mark in every way.

When Merryn stumbles into Ivy’s life they dance around each other, knowing he will soon disappear.

Can they resist? Yes. As long as they never touch.

 

REVIEWS

“This was a wonderful book for those who love paranormal romance. Ghosts, magic, shifters, witches, and more are all here in these pages.”

~ Paranormal Romance Guild

“Sexy, fun, and easy-to-read anthology with several five-star stories. Diverse authors, varied stories and styles. Something for everyone. A great read.”

~ Amazon Customer

“Fun and sexy with a variety of heat between each story. There should be something for every kind of romance reader in this collection.”

~ Romance Reader

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Zara 2Zara M Baily writes multicultural romance short stories that are erotic, paranormal, fantasy, and perhaps also historical in the future. One thing is for certain: Zara doesn’t do, and won’t ever do, sweet. Or clean. Her sexytimes may be dirty at times, but they’re always, always consensual and responsible.

Follow Zara here:
Facebook Profile: zaram.baily.3
Facebook Author Page: ZaraMBaily
Goodreads: Zara_M_Baily
Instagram: zarambaily

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Tabetha Waite is the award-winning author of the Ways of Love historical romance series. She makes her home in Missouri with her husband and two daughters. She loves to hear from her readers!

Follow Tabetha here:
Website: authortabethawaite.wix.com/romance
Facebook Profile: tabetha.waite
Facebook Author Page: totallytabetha
Instagram: tabethawaite
Twitter: @totallytabetha

 

View More: http://maggieburnettphotography.pass.us/2018-8-cw-headshots-2018Taylor Morgan has always had a penchant for fairy tales—and not the Disney sort. Currently, she is creating tales that feature heroes who are more likely to hide in the woods than ride off into the sunset, and the heroines who claim their hearts. Taylor lives in Alabama with her husband, daughter, and dog. If missing, she’s probably holed up with a new book, a blanket, and a glass of wine or a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Follow Taylor here:
Facebook: tmsorenson
Instagram: booksandbevvys

 

Annie

Everleigh Allen writes creative stories with a mysterious, mythical, magical, and racy edge. Her tales bring her readers into worlds that she wants to visit herself.

She lives in Texas with her husband, three of her four children, and a zoo of animals. She is also a sculptor and artist in multiple mediums. A writer of fiction that has been featured online for years, the MOONLIGHT, MONSTERS & MAGIC anthology is Everleigh’s first published work.

Follow Everleigh here:
Facebook Profile: AuthorEverleighAllen
Facebook Author Page: EverleighAllenAuthor
Instagram: everleighallen

emmalineEmmaline Warden lives in Colorado with her husband, four Chaos Makers, and a menagerie of animals. Her love of romance began with an accidental copy of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Dream a Little Dream, and a trip to D.C. When she is not writing, she can be found outdoors with her kids, at the dog park with “her boys,” or with her nose buried in a book.

Follow Emmaline here:
Facebook: emmaline.warden
Instagram: authoremmalinewarden
Twitter: @emmaline_warden

Lorey (2)Belle Langtree’s passion for hot, sexy romance began in the late seventies, after reading The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Over the years, her book club friends encouraged her to write her own love stories. Belle lives in the great State of Michigan with her loving husband of fifty happy years and their wild and crazy rescue pup named Faith Fu Fu.

Follow Belle on:
Facebook: lorey.frazher
Instagram: loreyfrazher
Twitter: @LFrazher

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Lucinda Cox lives in Los Angeles with her family and five houseplants. She writes about love, because love is all you need.

Follow Lucinda on:
Twitter: @coxwrites

 

 

 

Chele (2)Chele MacCabe has spent the last several years learning to string words together to tell stories. After all that practice and playing with her favorite fandom, she is ready to share her imagination with the rest of the world. She lives in the mountains with her mister, the short and the medium sized ones, and the critters that have found their way into their lives.

Follow Chele here:
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Twitter: @chele20035 

 

Sera.pngSera Taíno was born to Puerto Rican parents in New Jersey. She writes romances featuring the kinds of women she grew up around. Sera currently lives in Florida with her husband and two sons, and teaches English Lit by day. A voracious reader as well as an avid outdoors person, she’s often torn between curling up on a sofa with a cup of coffee and a good book, and taking off for a long run on the trails around her house.

Follow Sera here:
Facebook: seratainowrites
Goodreads: sera_taino
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Twitter: @serataino

Elizabeth Langely Bio photo (1)Elizabeth Langley has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Her love of romance novels started in her early twenties and has continued throughout her life. She is currently working on a few contemporary novels that she hopes to release within the next year. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, one bonus child, three neurotic cats (one of which is probably an alien disguised as a cat), an energetic Corgi, and a homicidal rabbit.

Follow her on:
Facebook: lizlangleyauthor

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Emma Brady is a mid-western author of historical romance, set primarily in the Victorian period. She loves Gothic stories and has always loved Wuthering Heights. Her favorite part of Halloween is getting to dress up and pretend to be anything she likes.

Follow her on:
Facebook: hotbooklover

 

AllegraAllegra Johnson is an up-and-coming indie author who enjoys writing steamy love stories. She can be found stumbling throughout Romancelandia, figuring out this author thing one book at a time.

You can follow her amusing adventures in writing and learn more about her books at:
Facebook: stumblingauthor
Instagram: allegra_johnson
Twitter: @Allegra55302863

 

LindaLinda G. Hill has been writing out-of-this world romance stories since she was a child. Living vicariously through the characters in her head, she’s experienced the kinds of love that mortals only dream of. In reality, she’s just a mom, an author, an editor, and a couch potato if there ever was one.

Linda’s published works include the award-winning Gothic paranormal romance novel The Magician’s Curse, and its sequel, The Magician’s Blood, as well as All Good Stories, a romcom novelette, and several short stories published by Transmundane Press and The Phoenix Quill.

You can find Linda at the following:
Website: lindaghill
Facebook: lindaghill.fiction
Twitter: @LindaGHill 

 

Happy Book Birthday – NEW YORK ENGAGEMENT

NYE e-book FINAL

Love takes you to unexpected places
Krista Lopez has traveled from the white sands of Boracay Island to the bright lights of New York City for love. Once again out of her element, Krista embraces Carpe diem as a motto. With her boyfriend by her side, she has confidence to take on The Big Apple and the prospect of …

Meeting the Parents
Blake Ryan won the approval of his girlfriend’s conservative family when they met in the Philippines. Now, he’s eager to introduce the woman he loves to his Irish-American clan. To share his past with her as he prepares to ask her to be part of his future. But an urgent call in the middle of the night reminds him that things can change …

In a New York Minute
A terrible crime and his family’s mixed reception of Krista conspire to derail their plans for a stress-free vacation. Will the circumstances cool Krista and Blake’s romance? Or will they seize the day and strengthen their bond?

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

To my husband, B, and our son, Stevie, for always inspiring and supporting me.

To my editor, Linda Hill, for giving me proper guidance. This could have gone so differently if you didn’t show me the way.

To Trish Smith, for brainstorming the plot with me.

To my high school kabarkada, Dr. Love Mariano and Grace Soriano, for the expert medical consult.

To my Beta Readers: Milly Bellegris, Gena Gilliam, Sue Schober, and Violet Olivo, for your invaluable input. They improved my story tremendously.

To my cover artist, Lucy Rhodes, for finding Krista in New York. I adore working with you. You’re so spot on and we’re super in-sync. I always look forward to our working chats.

To Tessa Dare, for giving me the idea for Krista’s back story.

Thank you all. Marami’ng salamat.