19 May 2015

[Blog Tour] #buqoYA Bundle 4: Guest post by Dawn Lanuza



For today's #buqoYA blog tours, I welcome my first ever guest post is from one of my online classmate, Dawn Lanuza, writing about her publishing journey.




When I graduated from college and was enjoying my right to ‘rest’ after school, I finished writing a novella which is now – five years later – my first published book, The Boyfriend Backtrack. That manuscript sat on my e-mail as an attachment that whole time until I chanced upon a tweet. I was already following author Mina V Esguerra at the time (I was a big fan of My Imaginary Ex since it came out) and thought I’d give her tweet about Author at Once workshops a look.
It read: “Are you a young writer who wants to learn about today’s publishing business and have a chance to meet other young writers?”
I gaped at the word young, and started to wonder what young is (young is such a subjective word!). But no matter, after an hour’s worth of hesitation, I decided to go because I was more curious than worried about whether or not I’m going to fit in a particular age group (I can always fake my age?).
So I went, and at one point in the workshop, I had to pitch in a story. At the time, I was in the middle of writing one, but I remembered that manuscript I wrote five years ago. I pitched it. Mina told me she could help me with self-publishing, so I reviewed the manuscript and figured that it needed a major revamp. I kept the story concept, but added and edited A LOT.
Before the year ended, I was finally ready to publish it on Amazon. The support from my friends had been amazing: they were after all, my first editors and book cover designers. When the book was finally out, it was encouraging to read reviews from the people who have read it. I love getting feedback from the readers!
Earlier this year, I decided to join one of Mina’s writing classes, sponsored by Buqo to write YA. Luckily, within that time frame, I managed to produce a new novella called What About Today and it’s currently bundled up in Bundle 4 Heart Choices with my brilliant classmates.
I’m excited to keep trudging the path of publishing more books in the future and to keep learning about the business. Hopefully, it wouldn’t take me another five years to get my next book out there.

About Dawn Lanuza





Dawn Lanuza started writing stories when she was just a kid (the drafts weren't good or even finished). She works for the music industry by day and writes meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. She currently lives with her family and an adopted dog.








Buqo YA Bundle 4: Heart Choices

Sometimes it’s hard to choose. Do you stay or do you let go? Should you become friends, more than friends, or stay strangers? Would you risk love for popularity? You’re invited to explore these stories and find out each character’s choice from the heart.

Until the Race is Over by Lyka Caparos

Rico wishes Lianne back in his life, but because of that viral article that Traecy posted on their school paper's website, it appears to be impossible for them to be together again. Traecy on the other hand, had only one wish for her birthday, to spend it with the one she admires since high school – Rico Avila. How can fate brings the two together in a race that would definitely reveal small discoveries that can lead to two choices: either to tear them apart or hope for a more unexpected relationship?

In That Summer by Jayen San Diego

Senior high school student Jane Enriquez is the ‘dream-girl’ of all male students at Southridge Montessori. Well, except the geeky student leader Sean Villamayor. Opposing from the start, Sean never expected Jane would become his partner for this year’s Summer Camp Immersion. Will this be their worst summer? Or will it turn out to be different?

On the Outside Looking In by Claire Du

Seventeen-year-old Freya Mahilum has always been in love with football hotshot Ezra Montelibano. Ezra, who’s too caught up with family pressures and his so-called girlfriend to pay attention to a geek obsessed with him. Freya knows she'd never stand a chance with him, but then fate conspires to bring them together. Will getting to know each other prove that love knows no boundaries or will they find that they're better off existing in two separate worlds?

What About Today by Dawn Lanuza

Aiden's stuck working for his family's amusement park, Funtastic World, for the whole summer. Nothing amuses him, until he met this terrified girl.

Gemma's stuck in Funtastic World thinking she could handle the park's rides. She couldn't. Good thing she met someone to guide her.

As the day comes to a close, Aiden and Gemma ask themselves if one day is ever enough to decide if they were better off as friends or strangers.

Waiting for Whatever by Fay Sebastian

Denise knew pain at an early age. She has been waiting for her true love since she was 11, but she never gave up, knowing she'd meet him someday.

What she didn't know was that she already met the man she's been waiting for, and that he's sitting beside her at the airport. The thought never crossed her mind because she's seated between two guys who broke her heart before.

Barely Even Friends by Kristel S. Villar

For pretty and athletic Emily Fonseca, nothing’s better than getting invited to join Luna East Arts Academy’s most popular crowd, the Elites. She only has to fulfill a list of dares to prove that she’s got what it takes. But will it cost Emily her rekindled friendship with language tutor and childhood friend Noah Calderon?






About the authors




Lyka Caparos

Because I want something in my life that I think is better than pursuing a degree that is far beyond the expectations of my heart.




Jayen San Diego

Who I am?

I'm Jayen San Diego, a twenty-something who write stories mostly about love. I'm a news archivist by day, fiction writer by night and a self-confess Fangirl in between.

Why I write?

“In order to write about life first you must live it.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

They say when we want a moment to last, we close our eyes. Well, for me, I prefer to write it down. Reliving the moments through writing is what I do.

What I write?

Sharing my thoughts about life and love and writing.

From personal anecdotes to life opinions, you can read it here. When my melancholic side is on, you can read poetic post but generally it is a mirror of what’s happening in my daily life.


Claire Du



Claire has been a bookworm ever since she can remember. Her passion for reading started when she met Archie Andrews at the Airport Bookshop. Aside from writing short stories, she also enjoys reading and reviews at http://thebookjunkie.weebly.com, playing the keyboard, and just cuddling with her dog Frou. She's the author ofHe Loves Me... Not?, one of the short stories in an anthology called Luna East Vol.1 : Kids These Days.




Dawn Lanuza

Dawn Lanuza started writing stories when she was just a kid (the drafts weren't good or even finished). She works for the music industry by day and writes meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. She currently lives with her family and an adopted dog.




Fay Sebastian

Fay started writing stories since she learned how to write with a pencil, but she only rediscovered her love for writing when she was a high school freshman. Since then, writing has become her life.

Now a Speech Communication student at the University of the Philippines, she writes even during the busiest of days because writing prevents her from being a college zombie.

Why she holds writing instruments in an odd way will always be a mystery to the world.




Kristel S. Villar

Kristel S. Villar covers sporting events for a national broadsheet by day and tries to write fiction by night. In between, she takes care of her husband and son. She has penned "Blast from Two Pasts". a contemporary romance novella, and "The Rumor About Me", her first short story for the Luna East anthology. He second Luna East short story, "One on One" is featured in the quarterly online romance journal, Clara (www.clararomance.com).





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