5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Love Contract

TLC Website CoverI’m done writing the Sizzle & Burn series. *sigh. It was a great ride. A great, great ride. I hope you enjoyed reading the three books in the series as much as I enjoyed writing them. Greyson, Roman or Orion? Who was my favorite virtual boyfriend? I’m not sure. Can’t I have them all? But I will admit that I loved writing Orion the most just because I’ve never written an Asian man as the lead. He was… an adventure.

Vina wasn’t too bad either. She comes off as this strong woman when people see her on the outside but they don’t know the double-life she’s leading. What was I thinking when I wrote The Love Contract? Read on…

1. OF COURSE IT WAS INSPIRED BY KDRAMAS

Duh! If you follow me on social media or read my newsletters then you probably already know this. Kdramas are life! Every time I finish a book, I take a week to binge watch kdramas. I watch them all from romantic comedies to crime thrillers. Sometimes, I even think that I might have some latent Korean genes. lol. The reason I’m so into them is because unlike Western series, they don’t drag you through season after season of angst and drama. 16-24 episodes and they’re done… Next!

2. IT TOOK THE LEAST TIME TO WRITE

Orion-Vina PhotoOne month. That’s how long it took me to write it. Though I put it on a two-month pre-order, I spent the first month in Procrastinator City just trying to get my head in the game. But once I was in, man, my fingers were just flying over the keyboard. I think it’s because I really enjoyed writing Orion and Vina, plus Vina’s family kept pissing me off so I kept coming back to the manuscript just so I could glare at her dad.

3. DAD’S LIKE MIN-KYU EXIST

Yes! Yes, there are. Min-kyu is based on a high-school friend’s dad. The daughters’ used to call him Saddam just because he was such a terrorist. Those daughters were also the most rebellious teenagers I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Lesson: If the leash on your kids is too tight, be careful. They might end up biting you.

4. NA-RI WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GOLD-DIGGING PARENT

You remember Na-ri (Vina’s mother) and Doo-shim (Vina’s grandmother), right? Initially, Doo-shim was only going to be a nagging mother-in-law and indulgent grandmother. Na-ri was supposed to be the one pushing Vina to get a wealthy husband just so that she could have something to hold on to in case her husband turned out to be as bad as Min-kyu. However, as I was writing the two just somehow evolved. Somehow, Na-ri lost her backbone and Doo-shim became witchy. What can I say? These characters have their own mind.

5. DO’S ‘WE’RE IN HEAVEN’ WAS ON REPLAY

2002 is a long time ago, but I still remember ‘We’re in Heaven’. Do’s voice was just so haunting and when I listen to her version of the song, what I can say… romance. Just check out these lyrics.

Oh, once in your life you find someone
Who will turn your world around
Bring you up when you’re feeling down
Yeah, nothing could change what you mean to me
Oh, there’s lots that I could say
But just hold me now
Cause our love will light the way

 

How is that not romantic? Ms. Dominique kept me company most of the time when I was writing The Love Contract.

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Cheers,

Linda

What I’m Watching: Unfamous

Unfamous PosterUnfamous isn’t exactly new but I’ve been sitting on it awhile, mostly because I had other things I wanted to watch. But finally, I sat down to watch it. And I was… impressed? The question mark is only because I don’t normally do ‘new-adult’ style dramas. I usually like my characters a little older and wiser. But since we’re here… what the hell, let’s do this.

This Britain-based web series chronicles the life of Rio Greene, a first year university student. Back in high-school (or college as they call it), Rio wasn’t that popular or ‘fly’ and that contributed to her losing her boyfriend. Now that she’s in uni, she sets out to shed off her low social status and become Unfamous (code for popular). Along the way, she goes through a lot of relationship issues including wavering between her ex Nathaniel and her best-friend, Tyson.

Apart from Rio’s thirst for popularity, the show also tackles other social issues including domestic violence, sex and intimacy, teen pregnancy, materialism etc. There are lots of other characters who’ll catch your attention. Needless to say, this is one for those who are young at heart and/or age.

THE VERDICT: 7/10 for interesting characters

Watch The Unfamous Series HERE

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Sometimes Love Starts With A Contract

Some romances start with love at first sight, others start with a blind-date. This one started with a contract. The Love Contract is finally live.

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Now that Alvina ‘Vina’ Song has hit the dreaded 30s, her family are desperate to get her married. She, however, is in no hurry to walk down the aisle. It’ll take a crazy scheme to get her family off her back and Vina has the perfect one in mind; Orion Lee. 

Too busy with his new business, Orion doesn’t have time for a girlfriend or a wife. But his crazy mother has a bee in her bonnet – something about shamans, zodiac signs and death. Vina’s convenient proposal seems like the perfect solution to his dilemma. Now, if only his new ‘girlfriend’ would stop making him weak with her soulful eyes and sexy smiles. The more he gets to know Vina the more tempted he is to push the boundaries of their agreement to accommodate his growing desire.

It’s starting to look like their pretend romance might just turn out to be the real thing.

To get your copy today, just click on the link to your favorite store/site

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y5S1XY1

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06Y5S1XY1

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06Y5S1XY1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34879331-the-love-contract

 

PS: The Love Contract is also available for borrowing through Kindle Unlimited.

Enjoy and let me know what you think by leaving a review after you’re done.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Games We Play

TGWP Website CoverOkay, you already know that The Games We Play is published, right?

You don’t? What? Stop playing with me. I know you already have it. But if you don’t, then get it HERE.

You’d think that by now I’d have stopped planning my books down to the last chapter in advance. After all, things never ever go the way I plan and my characters are ridiculously mischievous. But alas, I am a planner. Anywho, let’s pull back the curtains and take a look at what didn’t make into the book.

 

1. APRIL SHOULD’VE GOTTEN PREGNANT EARLIER

lol. I think I just heard you groan.

Yes, this was going the secret baby route. The original manuscript had April getting way earlier. Also she was going to hide the pregnancy from Roman. Of course that would have racked up the drama index, but after thinking about it I decided that Roman had been punished enough – throwing in a secret baby would have been cruel. I’m cruel but not that cruel.

 

2. WHEN YOU THINK OF ROMAN, IMAGINE HIM AS RYAN MCPARTLIN

Ryan McPartlinChills. Fine, isn’t he? While Roman’s looks match Ryan McPartlin, his character is close to Jason Pitts from The Game (as played by Coby Bell). I haven’t watched The Game in a minute but from what I remember, Jason was extremely frugal. Roman isn’t quite as frugal but he’s close. The book wasn’t meant to trash thriftiness, but it was more of a caution that you shouldn’t let money ruin your relationship.

 

3. IT WAS INSPIRED BY CHARLIE’S STORY

If you read Yes, Chef, then you know how Snow was snatched right from under Charlie’s nose, as in he was sleeping on the job and Greyson snuck in. So I couldn’t help asking myself; what if Charlie had realized Snow’s value earlier, before Greyson came into the picture, would he have had a chance? Also, what if Snow was still in love with him, would they have made it? Roman and April were born from those questions.

 

4. APRIL WAS ORIGINALLY FROM A LARGER FAMILY

Keri Hilson 3If you read the Wattpad version then you know that initially, April had eight other siblings. But I changed it. Why? Laziness. I’m sorry – eight siblings? And I’d have to say something about all of them in the book? Phew! I got tired.

 

5. JEALOUS BY LABRINTH WAS ON CONSTANT REPLAY

I know it doesn’t exactly match the tone of TGWP, but it’s pretty close to how Roman felt when he lost April. Also Labrinth knows how to pull those heartstrings.

 

6. WE ALL FEEL BAD FOR JAVIER

Poor kid! He probably would have been good for April with his easy-going ways and passion. Now we’ll never know because our girl was too into Roman. Oh well! At least he still has Eva (the best-friend who he threw the party for)

 

7. THE SADDEST PART FOR ME WAS WHEN APRIL WAS EAVESDROPPING

I felt bad for April, I really didn’t. When strangers talk smack about you, you can brush it off, but when it’s someone who you really like and who you often ride for, it stings. Can you just imagine yourself in her position? How she managed to stop herself from storming into that room still remains a mystery.

 

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Cheers,

Linda

 

WHAT I’M WATCHING: W- Two Worlds

I have an obsession – a crazy obsession. It’s called Korean dramas , and I’d like to ruin you by introducing you to one of the most interesting ones out there. It’s called W.

W-posterI haven’t seen anything quite as unique as W. Most Korean ‘travel’ dramas have characters moving between the past and present, but W has them moving between the real world and the manhwa (comic) world.

W is a fantasy romance starring Lee Jong Suk as Kang Chul and some girl (I didn’t bother to learn her name since I’m here for the hawt gentlemen) as Yeon Joo. Yeon Joo is a surgeon living in our world, and her father is the author of a popular web-comic, W.

This is where stuff gets complicated. The main character in Yeon Joo’s father’s comic is Kang Chul. Yeon Joo’s father decides to kill off Kang Chul character because Kang Chul  has become a little too real, as in sometimes he writes his own storylines. The creatives out there will appreciate the irony because we often complain about characters taking over our work and driving it to unexpected destinations. In W, it’s real. Kang Chul is driving his own bus. Get ready for a wild, wild fantastic ride.

I loved Kang Chul. Suave, rich, handsome, kind… starts out as imaginary then transforms into a real man. The best parts for me were when he pulls Yeon Joo into the comic and she tries to get out by forcing a ‘to be continued’ (You’ll understand what I mean when you see it). The ‘slap’ and ‘get naked’ parts were especially hilarious. I’m on episode 8 right now and I can’t wait to finish it.

THE VERDICT: 9/10 for sheer creativity and spunk

Watch it HERE

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The Writing Never Stops

The second book in the Sizzle & Burn series, The Games We Play, is on the burner and almost done. I’ve finished writing and editing it and now I’m just waiting for my editor to do her thing. When it’s cooked, I’ll let you know but you need to be in My Book Club if you want firsthand information. Are you there yet?

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Yes, Chef

yc-website-coverSo yeah, you know I recently published a little something, right? It’s done pretty well on the market and I cannot express how grateful I am to everyone who took the time to check it out and/or buy it. If you haven’t… well, what are you waiting for (Learn More Here)?

Writing Yes, Chef was an ‘interesting’ experience. Of course I started out with a plan, but as every writer knows, characters tend not to follow the script you give them. And the characters in Yes, Chef were extremely mischievous. This is me pulling back the curtains so you can see what went on behind the stage.

1. MY ADDICTION TO HELL’S KITCHEN INSPIRED IT

You already guessed that though, right? Don’t judge me. I like food, I like cooking it, and I like watching it get cooked. I think I’ve watched every season of Hell’s Kitchen, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Master Chef, Cutthroat Kitchen…. I’ve even gone International. Go ahead; ask me anything about the Great British Bake Off….

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2. I STARTED WRITING IT IN OCTOBER 2016

You probably assumed that I was just chilling out on some sunny island with sexy cabana boys between August 2016 and February 2017 because I didn’t publish anything. I wish that were true. Unfortunately, when I wasn’t fighting various random illnesses, I was trying to figure out where I was taking Yes, Chef. You wouldn’t believe it but I have an 80,000 word manuscript that was going to be the original Yes, Chef but got discarded. Which brings me to the third thing you didn’t know…

3. SNOW WAS GOING TO HAVE MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER

SnowIn my original script, Snow was going to have MPD (or DID) and the story was a thriller. You guys, the Yes, Chef you’re reading now is a really tame version of what I’ve got in my drawer. Don’t worry though. I’m still going to publish that Manuscript after editing it a little and changing some names, so keep an eye out.

4. I THOUGHT ABOUT INCLUDING RECIPES

I saw a few people wondering why I didn’t throw in a few delicious recipes. And I was going to throw them in… but then I though y’all might not like that and think I was just adding random stuff to pad the book (as if my books aren’t long enough). Next time I’ll go with my instincts.

5. GREYSON’S LOOKS ARE INSPIRED BY CHRIS HEMSWORTH

GreysonLook at that man. Seriously. Look. At. That. Man. And with that long hair… chills. PS: Mr. Greyson was about to get himself two gay fathers but after thinking about him a little more I decided to throw in a little depth with a momma who deserted him. When I added Lana to the story, I didn’t even know how much of a part she’d play in the story and I never even intended for her to make an appearance… but alas, story happened.

6. OSCAR IS BASED ON A REAL LIFE PERSON

Admit it. You thought Oscar was a little too dramatic, didn’t you? The truth is Oscar is based on someone I know (complete with being in the closet). Mm, that boy loves to dig up dirt on people. Whenever I need updates on who’s doing what, I don’t even need to go to Facebook. Bonus; he’s my neighbor J

7. CHARLIE MIGHT BE AN ALCOHOLIC

CharlieSomeone in the reviews commented that Charlie seemed like an alcoholic, and the truth is I was torn about that. Charlie is not really an alcoholic but he is in that danger zone. Anyone who’s lived with a budding alcoholic knows what I’m talking about… i.e. they’re not the type to go to work drunk yet and when the occasion calls for them to be sober, they can rise up. But when they have free time or some money, they get stupid drunk… like pee on myself, vomit on you, sleep in a ditch drunk. Charlie’s at that point where you can’t really say he’s an alcoholic because he’s shown that he can do without it, but you also can’t say that he doesn’t have a problem. Basically, Marlene should be focusing on fixing her son before he gets ‘unfixable’, not stalking his ex-girlfriends.

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Cheers,

Linda