The End of the Beginning

So yeah, I finally–FINALLY–finished That Book. It took longer than I expected because of so many things that were going on simultaneously in my life: family issues, sickness, the death of a beloved pet. (Those back-to-back bacterial infections that brought me down during the last few weeks of July alone were enough to send me into a tailspin.) But, yeah,

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All About Chemistry

Once you’ve had a taste of it, there’s no going back– James Morrison, “Under the Influence” So: Remember the book I told you about in the last blog entry? Don’t worry, I’m still writing it, and I’m still determined to finish it before the month is over. In fact, I already know how it ends, so everything is just building

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When Inspiration Happens

Don’t take this the wrong wayYou knew who I was with every step that I ran to you– Hozier, “Someone New” It all started at a hotel lobby in Seoul, where I found myself being overcome with a profound sadness that I couldn’t figure out the origins. All I know was that I turned to my mom that evening and

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Sweet and Sticky

Like many writers, I can’t look at my early writing without feeling a little bit of discomfort. When I started writing romance, I was still in the English-major mindset where I was trying to Transcend The Genre, which meant (at that time) avoiding cliches and treacly language. I approached my novels with an air of seriousness, because let’s face it,

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Young Hearts, Old Souls

In the last few months I’ve spent some time immersing myself in young adult romance: not only was I reading books, but I was also doing beta reads for writers in the genre. It’s not that I’m interested in writing one (though I’m still thinking about that fat-teen-finds-love story that I tried and failed to finish in seventh grade) but

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That Elusive Thing

This is a bit of a personal reflection–not “call out my ex” personal (as I’ve done a few times on this blog) or “have a meltdown on Twitter” personal (which I have also done too many times), but something closer to the original spirit of The Great Big Jump when I used to blog more regularly. Before we continue, though, let’s watch this

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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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