I first met Rachelle Ayala through Critique Circle, where she became one of the first “critters” (and, later, a Wattpad beta reader) for Save the Cake. We bonded over our shared enthusiasm for Filipino culture, especially Filipino food and family values. During this time, she was also working on a novel called Knowing Vera, whose main character was a Filipina – and there were scenes in the early drafts where Vera would cook Filipino food for her loved ones.
Now, with Knowing Vera out on Amazon, Rachelle stops by The Great Big Jump to talk about flirting, flaws, and keeping one’s panties on where they can be safe.
Vera’s dating Zach, casually, not committed, when she finds out her long-departed father is the killer of Zach’s mother many years ago.
Meanwhile, Zach reevaluates his life after a tragic accident and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera.
Can their timing be so wrong? Vera knows the relationship is doomed, but she cannot resist the tugging of her heart and Zach’s panty-melting grin.
Caught in a web of family secrets and hidden agendas, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. A dangerous killer is on the loose, and Vera must find the truth, wherever that leads, even if it’s shocking news for Zach.
From the Author:
Vera Custodio is possibly my most favorite character. I never planned on making her a heroine, but she grew on me. In Broken Build, she first appears as the sister of a dead man, and then as the flirt enticing Dave Jewell with her pancit malabon. From there, she grew to be Maryanne Torres’ best friend in Hidden Under Her Heart. She met Zach Spencer, a playboy triathlete, and succumbed to his charms, but under her terms. Since she was a side character, she had several bad traits she had to grow out of to become a true heroine. She was a flirt, had trouble keeping her panties on, and dropped boyfriends like used nail extensions. But she was also caring, loyal, and a darn good cook. When Zach Spencer suffers a crippling injury, I knew Vera would be the perfect woman for him. But first, she has to overcome the mystery in her past and open her heart enough to trust. And that’s the theme of Knowing Vera.
Want to read the rest of the story? Download Knowing Vera for 99c on Amazon – and while you’re at it, go ahead and join Rachelle’s awesome Giveaway, featuring the all NEW Improved Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, a paperback, and giftcard.