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Chroma Hearts is out!

Surprise, surprise!

My new book, Chroma Hearts, will be out at the 8Letters LitFest this April!

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I will be one of eight authors launching a book, and I’m thrilled and honored to be among them. Cindy dela Cruz of 8Letters has always been supportive of our endeavors, and I’m truly grateful for being a part of this vibrant, eclectic community.

Here’s the Book blurb: (I really have to thank 8Letters for teaching me the right way of creating a blurb. After some practice, I finally got it—I think.)

Can love triumph over all—even catatonic depression? Can love defeat everything—even a diabolical evil?

A new bride suffering from catatonia. A determined husband trying to break through the black pit in which her brain escaped to. And a ruthless abomination who will stop at nothing to tear them apart.

Melvin and Erica are childhood sweethearts. Theirs is a love nurtured through the years. Everything is perfect. They are on the road to their happily ever after. Until their love is put to a series of tests: trials of fire.

Erica is brutally assaulted, left for dead but miraculously survives. Undeterred, they go through with their wedding. But an unwanted outcome and an unexpected memory of the assault push Erica to the edge. Her mind switches off. She becomes catatonic.

Armed with only his unwavering love for her, Melvin strives to unlock her mind and bring her back to him. 

But what if the key to her brain opens up a Pandora’s box, unraveling a hideous truth about the crime which they mistakenly thought was solved? Will they be able to accept it—or survive it?

How to describe the story? Chroma Hearts is an intensely emotional romantic psychological thriller set in contemporary Philippines about the power of love to destroy and heal. It touches on the subject of catatonic depression, and one other issue—which I‘m not going to say here because it’s going to be a major, major spoiler. (sorry!)

Although I’ve briefly mentioned it HERE, I wasn’t able to write about the book’s progress in the last weeks because I was busy, busy, busy editing and revising. From its original 26,700 words, it has ballooned to 46,000++—all because I couldn’t resist adding chapters. It still isn’t much, I know, but at this time, I felt that with all 46,745 words, I have told this story as best as I can, in a way all my own. I hope Chroma Hearts will find its way to its rightful readers.

A little background: when I first wrote this on Wattpad, it started out as a fanfiction like my first book. I’ve since grown out of my fangirling, but I still really love this story, so I decided to put it out there. I’d like to think this story has a lot of depth, a lot more feelings, and not just a little research incorporated in it.

Why romantic psychological thriller? I’ve always challenged myself to explore and blend other genres, and I’m really guilty of thinking up twists and cliffhangers. I guess all those years of watching Law and Order, Criminal Minds, CSI etc. rubbed off on me. It’s fun to rack your brain on who killed who, or what happened to who, etc. Plus I’m a hopeless romantic, so, there’s love, suspense, and thrill here.

Chroma Hearts will be officially launched and released on April 15, 2018 at the 8Letters LitFest to be held in Jess and Pat’s Cafe located at 63 Maginhawa St. U.P. Village, Quezon City, Philippines.

To get the paperback edition at a discounted price, pre-order using this form (Philippines only). Regular price takes effect after launch date.

Chroma Hearts is also available on Amazon, both in digital and paperback editions! It’s FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! If you enjoyed the book, please do consider posting a review.

Okay, that’s about it. Wait, what? The spoiler? Buy the book if you want to know the major, major one! Haha! ✌️ For now, I’ll give you the minor one. Ready? Here goes: (whispers) It has a happy ending. 😉
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