It’s trucking tropetastic!

When Taal Volcano erupted in January of 2020, Ansela Corsino and Mina V. Esguerra called on us #romanceclass authors to contribute to a book bundle for charity. The result was a 19-book collection we called the #RomanceClass Taal Relief Bundle, from which we earned over $2,000 in sales. We donated all proceeds to RockEd Philippines, a volunteer group which helped bring food, clothing, and other supplies to the Taal victims.

Because the project was a success, we decided to do it again. A bunch of #romanceclass authors met up through Zoom and discussed putting together an anthology of new stories. We decided on a setting (a residential condominium named St. Tropez) and assigned tropes to authors via roulette, and The Tropetastic Kindness Bundle was born. Proceeds from that bundle were donated to three charities: Project Propel, Gantala Press, and RockEd Philippines.

This year, the Tropetastic Kindness Bundle is back with new short stories and a new milieu! Presenting NOMCOM: a fictional food park and the main setting of the 14 delicious short stories in this collection!

The NomCom cover was designed by Tania Arpa, with graphics by Carla de Guzman. Cover models are real-life couple Tricia May Palola and Von Luigi Valerio, photographed by Reverie Studios PH.

I’m really excited for this anthology not just because it’s another awesome #romanceclass project, but also because I was able to contribute to it!

Yup, you read that right! After more than a year of not being able to finish a full story for #romanceclass, here I am with a new one—an age-gap, former neighbors-turned-lovers, hurt/comfort romance entitled Your Heart, To Go.

It’s 15K+ words of Bicolano food, landian, and finally—falling in love. I can’t wait for you to meet Paz and Coby/Jako, so I hope you pre-order NomCom today! You can get an epub and mobi copy of the ebook for $7 (or the price that you set) from now until April 14 only. Alternatively you can purchase via PaypalGcash (QR here) and Paymaya (QR here) and BPI (QR here), by sending a minimum of P350 and emailing with the subject line “NOMCOM” and a copy of the transfer notification. Our chosen charity this year is For Our Farmers, a donation drive to help famers who were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the lineup of stories for NomCom:

The Best Tacos In Town by Brigitte Bautista (first love, heat level 0, adult)
Choose Your Sweetness by Angeli E. Dumatol (grumpy sunshine, heat level 0, young adult)
See You Under the Counter by Mina V. Esguerra (protector, heat level 0, adult)
Until You by Ana Tejano (forced proximity, heat level 0, adult)
Black Sheep by Bianca Mori (wrong order, heat level 0, adult)
Mystery Date by Danice Mae P. Sison (mistaken identity, heat level 1, adult)
Something Stupid by Carla de Guzman (dates everyone but you, heat level 0, adult)
The Key to You by Layla S. Tanjutco (locked out, heat level 3, adult)
Perfect For You by Celestine Trinidad (only one table, heat level 0)
Having A Moment by Suzette de Borja (single parents, heat level 0, adult)
Someday, Maybe by Angel C. Aquino (best friend’s sibling, heat level 0, adult)
How Can I Help You? by Jay E. Tria (noona romance, heat level 3, adult)
The Heart Wants by Chi Yu Rodriguez (fake relationship, heat level 0, adult)
Your Heart, To Go by Tara Frejas (hurt/comfort, heat level 3, adult)

All in all, it’s a kilig-packed anthology that you shouldn’t miss, so one-click it now!

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