Mina V. Esguerra

Publisher info

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "Is this story based on you?" is always, always "No."

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that actually had an impact on what would become my work as an author? A book called "Teacher's Pet" (Sweet Valley Twins #2). I was at a friend's house when I was eleven and I saw this book on her shelf, and asked to borrow it. It was the first book I'd read about a young person almost my age, and since then I bought, borrowed, and read as many YA books as I could. Eventually I discovered that I liked the romantic subplots of these books, so I focused on that -- and I've been writing YA, NA and adult romance ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
I work with cover artists and designers I trust, and I pretty much let them do their thing. Some of my books are published by Summit Media (a traditional publisher in the Philippines) and so far they've produced wonderful covers without having me be so involved in their process. Tania Arpa is my most frequent collaborator as an indie publisher, and I usually start off with a peg, then she just surprises me with her awesomeness.
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Where to find Mina V. Esguerra online

Where to buy in print

Surreality
Price: Free! Words: 22,520. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011 by Mina V. Esguerra. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Contemporary life – in all its shapes, sizes and imperfections – is the subject of Surreality, Carissa Villacorta's acclaimed collection of essays. As a young Filipina surrounded by people, events and experiences in New York City, she ponders on life's mysteries: its joys, conflicts, and compromises.

Series

Chic Manila
My Imaginary Ex
Price: $2.99 USD.
Fairy Tale Fail
Price: $2.99 USD.
No Strings Attached
Price: $2.99 USD.
Love Your Frenemies
Price: $2.99 USD.
That Kind of Guy
Price: $2.99 USD.
Welcome to Envy Park
Price: $2.99 USD.
Six 32 Central
Contemporary romance set in Manila.
What Kind of Day
Price: $3.99 USD.
Kiss and Cry
Price: $3.99 USD.
Spotlight New Adult
New adult contemporary romance that's all about love in the spotlight.
The Harder We Fall
Price: $2.99 USD.
Never Just Friends
Price: $2.99 USD.
Playing Autumn
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

That Kind of Guy
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,270. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Yes, it’s true: "Good girl” Julie Crisostomo dated that guy Anton Santos for almost a year. Julie is everyone’s loyal and concerned friend, but she has no experience being someone’s girlfriend. Then Anton, a “player” she never thought would be interested in her, swoops into her life and doesn’t seem to want to leave it.
My Imaginary Ex
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,660. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Zack and Jasmine never dated, but no one else knows that. That story started in college, because she was being a good friend, and he needed help with something. The friendship and affection that followed were very real, but the lie kept causing trouble. Revised and expanded edition of My Imaginary Ex
Kiss and Cry
Series: Six 32 Central. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,800. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Figure skater Calinda met hockey player Ramirez when she was 20 and he was 22. Her parents and coach were against their relationship, and because Calinda wanted to prove that no hot guy would ever distract her from her dream, she chose skating over him—and also avoided him all together. Ten years later, they meet again, and use his final three weeks in Manila to explore what might have been.
Better at Weddings Than You
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,170. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Daphne is the best wedding planner in Manila, and she's been hired to take over a wedding in crisis mode. Aaron had that job but he's new to the business, is an old friend of the bride, who might be falling for him...it's a mess. Who's the planner who can fix this disaster?
What Kind of Day
Series: Six 32 Central. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,870. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ben is a (fired) senator's speechwriter. Naya is an indie tour guide. He accidentally joins her tour, a tour of his own city, and she lets him stay on because he's having a really bad day. She's hoping she won't regret it. He's hoping his luck turns around. What kind of day could it be? Maybe the best kind.
Interim Goddess of Love: The Complete Trilogy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,110. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
College sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn't know why everyone tells her their love problems. She's never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn't be a surprise when the cutest guy in school tells her that she's going to have to take on this responsibility -- but for all humanity.
Freshman Girl and Junior Guy (An Interim Goddess of Love short story)
Price: Free! Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Hannah is super nervous about her first year at Ford River College, but guess what makes it better? Becoming the new friend of a popular junior guy named Quin. This is a short story set in the world of the Interim Goddess of Love Series.
The Future Chosen
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,440. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » New adult
In the future, Maria Lourdes and Andres Miguel could very well be their country's best and most influential leaders. Marrying another politician is against the law, but why should it matter? Today they’re just young people who want to be together. They’ll deal with the rest of it tomorrow.
Iris After the Incident
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,840. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Whether she likes it or not, Iris’s life has been divided into two: Before the Incident, and After the Incident. Something very private was made very public, and since then life has been about recovering from being shamed. Two years later, she connect with a guy again. He doesn’t know what happened. But he also won’t give her his name—which has to mean he’s got something to hide too.
No Strings Attached
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,000. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Carla's 29 when she meets hot, smug, sexy Dante, and he's everything she didn't know she liked. He's also five years younger, and she thinks it makes him perfect for the non-relationship she had in mind. What happens to that plan when he thinks he's met the one for him at 24?
What You Wanted
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,180. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
It's the classic one-night stand: Beach wedding, bridesmaid, groom's friend. When Andrea and Damon meet, sparks fly, and they give in to the attraction. Sounds simple, but Andrea's still getting over someone, and Damon thought he'd be hooking up with another person that night. It could still be simple, really, if they chalk it up to a weekend tryst and move on. But is that what they want?
Playing Autumn
Series: Spotlight New Adult. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,020. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Haley Reese is going back home to Houston and she's dreading this trip. She volunteers as a mentor to young musicians at an annual festival, and the longer she's been doing it, the more she feels like a fraud. Things start looking up when she shares a plane ride with Oliver Cabrera, music prodigy, rock star, and the reason why she picked up an instrument in the first place.
The Harder We Fall
Series: Spotlight New Adult. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,410. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Media student Daria meets rugby player Nicholas on her last weeks at college, and a fast fling is all they have time for. He's heading to Japan to play pro; she's covering his team to win an internship spot in a documentary that will start filming in Europe. Getting what they want means they don't get to stay together. But that doesn't mean they can't have fun — as long as they don't fall hard.
Never Just Friends
Series: Spotlight New Adult. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,800. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Environment consultant Lindsay Kresta and now-famous actor Jake Berkeley have loved each other (as friends) since college, but she made sure they didn’t become anything more, for her own sake. They've kept up this low-maintenance friendship for years, surviving many life changes. But now he wants more. He wants to save forests again, work in environmental research - and he wants her.
Gifted Little Creatures
Price: Free! Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
Maya, the goddess of the moon, is in human form as a college student for now -- and she's grounded. This doesn't keep her from doing what she does well, manipulating the world and everything in it, from the home she can't leave. (An illustrated short story set in the Interim Goddess of Love universe.)
Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,340. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
A beach cove, a hot summer weekend...SOLA MUSICA is where everyone's going, to enjoy the best new music from all over. Bestselling Filipino YA/chick lit authors Mina V. Esguerra, Marla Miniano, Chinggay Labrador, and Ines Bautista-Yao each tell a story about this festival: the music, the people, the hearts that will soar (or break).
Welcome to Envy Park
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,680. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Moira Vasquez is a doer. A planner. A get-up-and-goer. At twenty-two, she left her hometown, to satisfy a need to travel as well as give her savings account a boost. Five years later and she's back in Manila, with a shiny new apartment to her name, but no job, no career, no boyfriend. Is her constant search for the next big thing keeping her from seeing what's already there?
Love Your Frenemies
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,350. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(3.83 from 6 reviews)
Yes, Universe, Kimmy Domingo knows that you hate her. But she's a nice person, she really is -- as long as you ignore the stories of people she's bullied, manipulated, and annoyed in the past. She totally gets that you've gotten back at her by having her fiance' dump her a week before their wedding.
Fairy Tale Fail
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,730. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(3.83 from 6 reviews)
Ellie Manuel is a hopeless romantic, stuck in a cubicle all day. She's in her twenties and should be having more fun. But instead of doing what she really wants, like traveling wherever her Philippine passport can take her, she's hung up on the guy who dumped her for not being "ambitious enough."