Wattpad: The Next Frontier

Before I go on with the rest of the entry, I have a few words to say about Wattpad: 1) Yes, it’s too crowded with amateur writers.2) Yes, it feels like you’ve stumbled onto fanfiction.net, except with 100% more homoerotic stories about One Direction.3) No, I haven’t really given up on being a Serious! Published! Author!; I know that this

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That Cake, Part 2: What Next?

First and foremost, another shout-out to Mina Esguerra for adding me as one of the eight new contemporary-romance authors from our writing class! I can truly say now that I have an honest-to-goodness manuscript in my hands. I’m still getting used to calling myself an author at this point; NaNo participation aside, I still have that voice in my head

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That Cake: Lessons in Writing a Contemporary Romance Novella

So: Save the Cake. I’m finally finished with the full Draft 1 for Mina V. Esguerra’s contemporary-romance writing class, though it feels more like Draft 0.5 because it’s still kind of raw around the edges (and could use some copy-editing, besides) – at around 37,000 words, it’s still a monster that could use a little bit of trimming. A part of

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Randomesticity: One Year Older, and None The Wiser

This post is brought to you by Richard Armitage, who owes me a cake. So, here I am, one year older, working on a new book, taking on some freelance work (which you’ll hear about in the coming weeks), and looking forward to a new school year on the horizon. Time to check in on what’s going on inside my

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Letters (Almost) Left Unsent: The Precious Declaration

May, 2013.Dear [name withheld, but you’ll probably figure it out anyway], I’ve tried  to count backwards to the years when you last saw me. All that I can remember is that I was 18 years old and didn’t know any better. No, I take that back – I was 18 years old and should have known better, should have seen

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Randomesticity: The Beauty Grails

Short post for now, just to talk about what I’m loving at the moment. – White Linen by Estee Lauder. This is one of those things that I would never have picked for myself; apparently my Dad went to the fragrance counter and had two packages gift-wrapped for me and Mom, but I ended up with White Linen and she

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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