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Blossom Among Flowers, Super Final Word Count

Blossom Among Flowers at 65,002 words.

I say super final because I now refuse to touch it. Not because I don’t love this book anymore. But because I’ve had it in my computer for almost a decade now. Even longer than the longest relationship I’ve ever had (and that one was long). If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. It’s been through at least three beta-edits and two editors, and now I have finished my super last pass on my very first book, literally a piece of my heart and good chunk of years of my life (apologies for the cheese).

Editing and writing are always best done before breakfast for me. But the tricky part there is that it usually extends to way past lunch time. I’ve been surviving on cookies and tea for hours now. So now it’s time for a proper late brunch (labrunch?).

Later I will format. Then my cover designer needs to come home from Boracay. Then after eight years, I can finally hit Save and Publish <3


Title: Blossom Among Flowers

Genre: Young Adult


Unlike most people, 17-year old Hikaru Saito likes being invisible. Perfectly happy with her nose buried deep in her growing manga collection, she hardly notices how her “harmless hobby” is taking control of her life. But when she fails an important exam, Hikaru is forced to spend more time with her studies and her new tutor, fellow student, campus genius, and golden boy Takeshi Hinata.

Unfortunately for Hikaru, Takeshi’s popularity in school forces the spotlight on her too. His adoring fans don’t like seeing how much time they spend together and punish her for it. Luckily, Tetsuya Sakuishi, a new young and beautiful teacher, is always there to save the day for Hikaru. It doesn’t help that his smile distracts her, however.

Like her tormentors, Hikaru cannot understand why Takeshi keeps showing up in her life long after the tutoring sessions are over. As if the complications of grueling exams and university applications weren’t enough, a haughty socialite mother, an imposing business mogul father, and a princess-in-hiding all come bearing down on Hikaru. Through it all, Takeshi is there, looking at Hikaru like she’s not invisible after all.

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What I Did When Hanazawa Rui Didn’t Get the Girl

Years before the civil war between Team Edward and Team Jacob, Makino Tsukushi had been torn between Domjouji Tsukasa and Hanazawa Rui. In a dramedy with a wild premise and many unlikely plot twists that only a Japanese dorama can pull off, Makino and Domyouji’s love prevailed, leaving Rui in the shadow as the soulmate who doesn’t get the girl.

So what is a fangirl (moi) who fell in love with the introverted millionaire bishounen to do?

I did the only logical thing. I created my own introverted millionaire bishonen. He is also a snob, and had fair hair that made his head glow. But I also made him a genius; the smartest and most popular boy in school. I gave him his quirks, his own strong, warring parents, and his personal conflicts. Thus I created Takeshi Hinata and made him my own. Takeshi became a unique and active figment of my imagination.

I gave him Hikaru Saito, a wallflower who preferred whiling her time away inside a manga store over trying to understand boys, or trying to be liked at school. She doesn’t even try hard enough to keep herself in school. So she flunks her English exam, which leads her to tyrant tutor himself, the beautiful genius Takeshi.

I created Tetsuya Sakuishi, because what is a Japanese drama if you only have one beautiful boy? He is a young teacher-in-training in Takeshi and Hikaru’s high school. Hikaru quickly notices his pretty eyes and his distracting smile. Tetsuya quickly promises to protect Hikaru and always be there for her.

Several years and many, many drafts later, Takeshi, Hikaru and Tetsuya’s story has been channeled from brain to written word. You can read about their high school romance, Blossom Among Flowers, soon.

Maybe then there will be some debate between Team Takeshi and Team Tetsuya too. That would be cool 🙂