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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2) Q&A

The other day, I found this super helpful article full of blog posts ideas for authors. I thought I'd give some of them a try, starting with a Q&A about my upcoming book, Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2).

1) What is Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2) about?

I'm very tempted to just post a link to the book's Goodreads page, since it contains the summary and other relevant information, but that won't do for the purpose of this blog post Haha.

So, let me think for a second.

*starts thinking*

*thinks some more*

Okay, I think I'm ready.

Making It Complicated is about how Cam and Hunter, two very different people, meet in Boracay one night, their adventures on the island, and everything that happens after they go back to "real life."

It explores how knowing the time you're spending with someone is limited affects your behavior and makes you more or less vulnerable. There's also a bunch of stuff about friendship, dealing with difficult family issues, and kissing. Definitely kissing.

And abs.

I'm not explaining this very well, am I? Haha.

2) Did you start with the story or with the characters?

Cam and Hunter were supporting characters in Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1), so Making It Complicated definitely started with the characters.

The idea of the two of them being together never occurred to me until I was almost finished writing the first draft of Keeping the Distance. By that time, I knew I wanted to write a series of books set in Iloilo City, my hometown, but I didn't know who the next book would be about. JacexCam and an entirely new couple were two of my options, but neither felt right.

Then, in one scene in Keeping the Distance, Cam sort of put Hunter in his place, and I thought, "Hey. These two could actually work."

3) What led you to write it?

Somehow, I just found the idea of Cam and Hunter together interesting. He's very boy-next-door-in-a-band, while she's the type of girl who eats guys like him for breakfast.

Then, I remembered the four tropes Ms. Mina V. Esguerra assigned to us when I joined #buqoYA, an online young adult romance writing class she taught back in 2015. For one of the tropes, the story had to take place in one day, and choosing the right setting was key in ensuring your story was interesting. I'd been assigned a different trope at the time (enemies-to-lovers which resulted in Prom Queen Perfect), but One Day Together struck a chord with me.

I wanted to give it a try.

For the setting, I initially considered Cebu, because I went canyoneering there in March last year, but I ended up wanting to write about a place closer to home (Boracay).

4) What authors or stories inspire you as a writer? (i.e., who are the authors or stories that, if I like their stories, I will probably also like your stories?)

My fellow #romanceclass writers definitely inspire me. I'm in awe of how amazing their books are (both in presentation and content) and how they find new ways to keep pushing the envelope in the romance genre.

So, that's it for today's Q&A. If you have any questions you'd like me to answer in a future blog post, feel free to let me know on Twitter. I'm honestly a little stumped about what kind of posts to write for this blog, so I welcome all suggestions.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2) by Clarisse David | ARC and Cover Reveal Signup Forms

Hi, guys!

So, Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2) will be released soon, and I'd really appreciate it if you help me promote the book or maybe even grab a copy of it once it's available for purchase.

If you're interested, I have three options for you.

1. Request an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

You can get the chance to read the book before everyone else does by signing up right here. All I ask for in exchange is an honest review. I'll send the ARCs on the 30th of September, and it would be great if reviews could be up by the book's release date (October 16, 2017).

2. Sign up for the cover reveal.

Lola is kindly organizing the cover reveal which will be on October 9, 2017 for me. You don't need a blog to sign up.

If you have a Twitter, Instagram, or even a Facebook account, you can participate in the cover reveal by signing up here.

3. Get notified when the book is available for preorder.

The book is scheduled to be available for preorder on October 9, 2017, the same date as the cover reveal. Yay! If you're too busy to read the ARC or sign up for the cover reveal, you can still purchase the book once it's out.

I'll be happy to notify you just in case you forget. You can sign up for my newsletter here. I promise I'm not spamming you or selling your email address, and I only send the newsletter once a month and it will always be full of exclusive content like news about my upcoming books, excerpts, and so much more.

Anyway, I'm super excited about this book, and I can't wait to find out what you guys think of it. The past year has been so stressful, but I'm glad we're all still here, reading and writing and basically still in awe of words and how magical they are.

Thank you for everything!

© Clarisse David
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