New Adult romantic suspense
SAKURA SHINTANI is the Dragon Clan heir-Japan's most notorious crime dynasty. But can she keep this fact a secret from the prying brats of Oniyuri Academy?
She tries to stay out of their radar while mastering her demons and keeping her murderous temper under control, but having the face of an angel only attracts everyone's attention... including the arrogant heir to Asia's most powerful tycoon, KENJIN KIYOHARA.
He senses the danger, but Sakura is too interesting to be left alone.
He snatched her backpack and swung it around his shoulder.
“Hey!” she protested, lunging for it.
Jin stepped aside, evading her grasp. He smiled to himself, taking long strides toward his car. He could hear her feet going after him.
Mr. Fujimaru was already by the car, holding the door open. His guards stood waiting like goons by the sidewalk.
“Look,” she said, grabbing his elbow before he could duck into his car, “I don’t care if you rescued me. I am not going with you! I don’t even know you!”
Her words cut right through him.
She lunged for her bag again, but Jin threw it into the farthest corner of the back seat.
He looked at her tilting his head down, their height difference apparent. He thought about what she said.
She doesn’t know me? His forehead creased. Was he really that invisible to her? He felt like someone had just slapped him across the face. He took one long look at her before ducking into his car.
He was confused. Any girl would jump at the chance to be with him—she should have been honored and groveling at his feet for rescuing her! What was wrong with her?
He felt her slide into the seat next to him, her knees slightly touching the side of his thigh. But before he could think, she reached across him, leaning her upper body against his lap to grab her bag. Jin froze.
She straightened back up, clutching her bag to her chest. Her eyes met his with a piercing glare, and a wave of heat suddenly swept over him.
Jin looked away, landing his gaze on her reflection on the car door window. Even with an angry face, she still looked so beautiful.
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10 THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BECOMING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR
1.) YOU MUST WEAR SEVERAL HATS.
- There’s the copyediting hat, the proofreader hat, developmental editor hat, and finally the marketing hat, the PR hat, and sometimes the lawyer hat, the website designer hat or even the publisher hat. It can get daunting and overwhelming in the beginning. And you will surely be using a great deal of time learning the ropes and educating yourself. But in the end, it will be all worth it after seeing your book on a shelf of your favorite bookstore.
2.) FINISHING A STORY IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
- I thought all I had to do was write the story and make sure it was close to perfect before handing it to my publisher. Nobody warned me about the marketing that follows. Yes, there are author forums and websites you can goggle that tell you what to expect once you publish, but I never understood them at the time, and I wasn’t sure if it was applicable to me. Hence the delay of my marketing and book launch. But once I figured all that out with help from some experienced friends, everything fell into place and I was finally able to sit back and work on my next book.
3.) IT’S A SOLITARY PROFESSION.
- Writing can be socially challenging, especially when you’re on a roll. You don’t want to stop, because you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. And then the days go by unnoticed, and before you know it, it’s been weeks since you last saw a human being that wasn’t a figment of your imagination.
4.) YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY.
- They say insanity is doing something over and over again expecting a different result. I guess I could be classified as insane while pitching and proposing my manuscript to countless of agents and publishers despite it being rejected by their other counterparts in the beginning. But when I finally took a step back and made changes that were suggested by reliable mentors, the outcome became more favorable. It took me 3 years before I finally found my way in, and having an understanding about how the publishing industry works truly helped.
5.) YOU FORGET YOUR CHARACTERS AREN’T REAL.
- I spend so much time with my characters that they start to feel real after a while. I find myself wondering what Kenjin would do in certain situations, or whether Sakura would look good in that dress I saw in the mall. Though writing may be solitary, it doesn’t feel very lonely for long.
6.) TIME IS MEASURED IN WORDS.
- I have a targeted daily word count, and sometimes I find myself measuring time in words. Like if I’m standing in line at the grocery, I’m thinking: “I could’ve done five hundred words by now.” Or like when I’m stuck in traffic, I can’t help but calculate the number of words I could have written during my travel time. It’s crazy, I know, but I also think it’s fun.
7.) YOU NEED TO KEEP LEARNING, ADAPTING AND EVOVLING.
- It’s a big literary world out there, and everybody thinks they can write a book-which is probably true. So it now boils down to who can write well. It is your responsibility to hone your craft and push yourself to be better. Take lessons and classes on everything that will aid in your journey. You have to keep evolve and adapt to the social changes around you especially when you write contemporary stories. As an author, you have to constantly learn.
8.) YOU NEED TO REMEMBER TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.
- It’s easy to get carried away when inspiration strikes and nothing else matters but the words you want to put on paper. So much so, that you forget to eat, and barely move from the same spot.
I once wrote straight for an entire day, only stopping a few times to use the toilet and even then my mind was still running. This wasn’t healthy of course, and I started getting dizzy and having a bad headache. I also got a very stiff neck, which lasted for days, and I ended up not being able to write anything at all because of the pain.
9.) BOOKS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
- When you’re finally published, you will never look at books the same way again. I find myself reading the copyright pages and taking in the details of the cover.
After knowing all the hard work that goes into making a book happen, I couldn’t help but feel in awe of all the books around me. It makes me wonder if it went through the same journey as mine did.
10.) YOUR GREATEST ENEMY WILL ALWAYS BE YOURSELF.
- You are “supposed to be” in control of your time. Your productivity relies on how efficient you are, and how strong your will power is. Choosing to write and fill your word count quota is a daily battle, especially when great temptations lie around. Procrastination is your enemy… a really strong one, and you must master it.
V.C. Buckley was born in an isolated government facility and shipped off to an Island in Southeast Asia where she grew up braving tropical thunderstorms and warding off evil villains. At sixteen she was discovered by an agent and jetted off all over the world. Her stories come from gritty moments of her childhood to the glitz of her travels. She now lives in Manila with her husband, two kids and an herb garden that has hijacked her balcony.
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