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Monday, August 26, 2013

[Interim Goddess of Love Blog Tour] Interview with Mina Esguerra + Giveaway!

Hello fellow Interim Goddess of Love fans! If you have read and loved all three books, then you have to read this interview! If not, what are you still doing here? Read all three!

If you were to become a God/Goddess from the IGoL world for one whole day, who would you be and why?

I'd be Diego! Because his "territory" (work and journeys) isn't the type of thing that would make you lose faith in the world and people, I think. Despite the attitude, he's the one actually making things better for people.

But if you were the Goddess of Love and you have the option to help anyone with a love problem, who is the very first person you'll help? Would you go for a celebrity? A friend?

I'd "listen" in on celebrities but I'd help out a friend first, definitely. One friend of mine, in particular, actually did say one time over lunch that she "needed Hannah." So maybe she'd be first on my list haha.

Your most favorite scene from the series?

I really like how the bonfire scene from Queen of the Clueless came out. That was a bit unexpected, but it was probably because I like the guy in that scene that much. So I kind of lingered in the writing of it and made it hotter (that's a pun!) than it maybe should have been.

The burning question: Are you Team Quin, Team Diego or Team Robbie?

As the writer I am so definitely on the team of the one Hannah is with in the last chapter. *nods* As someone who gets to read the finished books sometimes, I weirdly switch teams depending on mood.

Does Hannah's story really end with Icon of the Indecisive? Any plans of writing a spin off series or a short story based on one of the characters? 

It doesn't have to. I'm definitely willing to explore the other characters, or check back in on them at some point. I kind of did that already when I wrote Gifted Little Creatures which features some familiar people, and I did get some requests for a Diego spin-off. Maybe!



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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.

The Goddess of Love has gone AWOL. It's a problem, because her job is to keep in check this world's obsession with love (and lack of it). The God of the Sun, for now an impossibly handsome senior at an exclusive college just outside of Metro Manila, thinks Hannah has what it takes to (temporarily) do the job.

While she's learning to do this goddess thing, she practices on the love troubles of shy Kathy, who's got a secret admirer on campus. Hannah's mission, should she choose to accept it, is to make sure that he's not a creepy stalker and they find their happily ever after -- or at least something that'll last until next semester. (As if she could refuse! The Sun God asked so nicely. And he's so, well, hot.)


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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. The Original Goddess is missing, but Hannah is Interim Goddess now, and she should figure out how to solve humanity's love problems soon. 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. It's frustrating, and enough to make her check out possibilities with Diego (God of the Sea) and Robbie (Cute Human).

In the meantime, she's decided to spend some of her precious training time helping to break up a relationship, instead of putting one together. Why? Because the girl in question happens to be her best friend Sol, whose boyfriend is stealing not just from her, but from other people on campus. Sol didn't exactly summon the Goddess, but this is what power over Love is for, right? Surely it's not just about matchmaking, but ending doomed relationships too. (Even when it's not what people want.)

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College student Hannah Maquiling, also temporarily working as the Goddess of Love, has had enough of everyone asking for her help when it comes to relationships. It's her turn to find romance! She deserves it, after serving as matchmaker and confidant to everyone else in Ford River College for the past year. She's had a crush on handsome senior (and God of the Sun) Quin forever, but he's destined to fall in love with an extraordinary mortal woman, so she's figured her chances with him have pretty much dropped to zero.

It's not like she doesn't have any options for a classic college romance though. There's Diego, God of the Sea and Quin's best friend/enemy. And regular guy Robbie is stepping up, making sure she knows how he feels about her. How hard can it be for a goddess to find someone to love, and be loved in return?



Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novella Fairy Tale Fail won the 2012 Filipino Readers' Choice award for Chick Lit. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (, she documents her experiments in e-publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series "Author at Once" and #romanceclass for writers and publishers.

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  1. loved this series! ;-) still torn between diego/quin. love quin for hannah, but diego just seems soooo...mmmm! ;-)

    1. So Robbie wasn't really a contender for you? Hahaha. I know! I hope we get a spin off series for Diego!

  2. I'd love the power to manipulate time.

  3. I loved the article. Congratulations.

  4. Adorei seu artigo muito bom parabéns


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