MSV Desire Duets: REALationships
Written: April 2012
Released: September 2012
Strawberries And Champagne
Nang muling makita ni Olga Jimenez ang dating nobyong si Owen Villegas, na-realize nila, they both still want each other fiercely and passionately. Pero mukhang kailangan nilang pigilan ang papausbong na relasyon sa pagitan nila dahil kapipirma lang ng dalaga ng kontrata sa isang TV network para sa isang reality show kung saan gaganap siyang nobya ng ibang lalaki….
Candlelight And Roses
Anim na linggong kunwariang magpapaligaw si Olivia Jimenez sa isa sa most eligible bachelors na si Dexter Briones sa harap ng camera. Iyon ang summary basically ng mangyayari sa reality show na ‘Realationship’ kung saan siya napilitang sumali. Parang hindi naman mahirap, hanggang sa ma-realize niyang nadadala na siya sa ‘drama’ nila….
* I was only supposed to write Dexter and Via’s book but the idea of Owen and Olga wouldn’t let me sleep until I finished their book first.
* Dex and Via’s book ended up very different from my original idea that I might use their original plot for a possible REALationships sequel. There were three couples in the show after all.
* Via was originally supposed to be a photographer.
* I spent about an hour at the Victoria’s Secret website looking for bikinis for Olga and Via. No, seriously. The designs are actually from VS.
* I was looking for vacation spots when I ended up at the Bellaroca Island Resort and Spa website. What made me love the idea is that it kinda looks like a Greek island, and it was the perfect setting for one of the books. I got the idea for Marina Bay Sands from looking at my cousin’s vacation pictures. I’ve never been to either but I’m hoping to see both places in the (long and distant) future.
* A funny coincidence: No’ng maisip ko ang konsepto ng pagiging kasali sa reality show nila Dexter at Via, natapos ko i-conceptualize ‘yong story in one night. Kinabukasan, paggising ko, nag-check ako ng Multiply kasi ‘yon pa ang blog ko noon. Carla Giopaolo (PHR’s Angel Bautista) had just posted her idea for her Reality Show series. I therefore conclude that great minds think alike (ahaha, ikinumpara ang sarili kay Ate Carla XD sorry na po, big fan).
* This book has inspired an idea for another 4-book MSV Desire series. Hoping mapanindigan ko.
* Strawberries and Champagne is actually my favorite Victoria’s Secret body spray scent. I wanted to use a Bath and Body Works scent for the other book but my favorite Bath and Body Works scent is Sea Island Cotton. ‘Di yata bagay pang romance novel XD
* Candlelight and Roses is the title of the original manuscript but my editor changed it to Roses and Candlelight. Our artist didn’t notice the change so the original title was retained for the cover. However, inside the book, if you look at the header, the title is still Roses and Candlelight (Thank you, Jette, for pointing that out).