The Emotional Honesty of a Happy Ending

Originally written on Friday, May 4, 2018. It’s 8 AM, and I’m just about to go to work, but I wanted to post something here after reading too many things in the newspaper and on social media that have been irritating me. What has spurred me to write this is a review of Love, Simon that ends with this sentence: “Just remember,

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The Things We Deserve

So…how do you find a happy ending when the world is on fire? How can you justify falling in love when freedom is at risk, when rights are being threatened, when values are attacked and truth is treated with disregard? How does anyone do this? I’m not one to talk; I’m single, for one thing, and my constant struggle with

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Unrequited: A Twitter Rant Thread

The following entries were taken from a rant that I’d posted on Twitter last week. This was in reaction to a social media conversation about romance in the Philippines, and how audiences (and other Filipino writers) tend to romanticize unrequited love. I’m calling this a rant because I don’t usually take these conversations lying down, especially when they hit a

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Love Is Not A Mind Game

Dear people of the Philippines: Yes, I hear you. Single people. Married people. People in a relationship. I know how hard it is to find love and keep love. As a romance writer, it is my job to explore romantic love and how it works in real life, so it’s not like I haven’t been paying attention.  That said, boys

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Better Than He Can: Or, Why Nice Guys Don’t Finish At All

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a rant on this blog, and it just so happens that I’ve stumbled upon a topic that has been bothering me since I’ve started writing romance. And I have to say it, not just for the ladies in the audience, but also for the gentlemen who have stumbled upon this blog. A

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Fade to Grey

So: I went and saw Fifty Shades of Grey at the theater. Before you get your hackles up, I would like to say that I tried reading the books, but I gave up after one chapter because I couldn’t stomach Ana’s immaturity. This movie didn’t give me the desire to pick up the books, either, so please don’t try to

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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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