Mina V. Esguerra

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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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Surreality
Price: $2.99 USD. 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.

Books

What You Wanted
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,300. 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.
Perfect Boyfriends: A Chic Manila collection
Series: Chic Manila. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,160. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Fall in love three different ways: In MY IMAGINARY EX, Jasmine is asked to help stop a wedding, and the groom happens to be the guy everyone thinks was her first boyfriend. In NO STRINGS ATTACHED, Carla doesn't want to settle down yet, and thinks younger guy Dante is her best bet at a non-relationship. In THAT KIND OF GUY, Julie falls for a player, but leaves him before he breaks her heart.
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, Book 3. 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?
Icon of the Indecisive
Series: Interim Goddess of Love, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,820. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Book 3 of the Interim Goddess of Love trilogy: It's Hannah's turn to find romance! She deserves it, after serving as matchmaker and confidant (as interim Goddess of Love) to everyone else in Ford River College for the past year. Pining for Sun God/senior Quin is a lost cause. How hard can it be for a goddess to find someone to love, and be loved in return?
Queen of the Clueless
Series: Interim Goddess of Love, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,950. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Book 2 of the Interim Goddess of Love trilogy (older YA/new adult/sweet romance): If you've been feeling neglected by the Goddess of Love lately, don't worry -- Hannah Maquiling, college sophomore, is in training to take over. Quin (God of the Sun) is still her mentor, still really hot, but apparently isn't as honest about his other earthly relationships as she thought.
Interim Goddess of Love
Series: Interim Goddess of Love, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,350. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Older YA/new adult/sweet romance: 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.
Love Your Frenemies
Series: Chic Manila, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,350. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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New adult/contemporary/chick lit: 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, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,760. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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New adult/contemporary/sweet romance: 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."

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