I’ve been silent online the past few weeks because of two reasons: (1) I was terribly busy — March always is a busy month for me; and (2) Holy Week break usually means I’m offline. I’ve also been scarce on Twitter because I gave up a lot of Twitter for Lent. Anyway, this announcement came in the middle of my fast so I wasn’t able to post much or retweet, but I’m making up for it now. :D
So anyway, guys, guys! One of my favorite Filipino authors, Mina V. Esguerra, is coming out with another book – again! If you noticed, Mina’s first YA book, Interim Goddess of Love, had me giggling like a high school girl back when I read it. This time around, she’s releasing a romance novel, another title under Summit. I read everything Mina writes, but the fun thing about her newest book is it’s a spin-off of her last Summit book, No Strings Attached. I love spin-offs. :)
Here’s the book’s synopsis and cover:
That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra
Good girl Julie never expected her hot former-player boyfriend to propose marriage. But when he did, she turned him down for reasons even she couldn’t figure out. Will she settle for a nice, safe guy instead? Or will she let him find his way back into her carefully guarded heart?
I love that the cover has a girl reading on it. I doubt I look as glamorous as her when I read, though! Haha. Anyway, reading the synopsis made me think a little: what does she mean by that kind of guy? How is he different from…well, the other guys? Okay, maybe my wondering can be a little useless since I have an idea who Mina meant by “that kind of guy” (unless I am mistaken). Which leads me to the next question: how about my kind of guy?
Haha, I know it’s far from Valentine’s Day, but humor me a bit. The offline time got me a bit of reflection on that part of my life, too. :P Plus writing this post may mean getting That Kind of Guy (the book!) for free. So let’s try this, shall we?
Side note: this particular post reminds me of a certain scene I wrote for one of my (many) unfinished novels. I don’t think I’ve ever posted that scene, though, but you can read snippets of the story here. :D
My kind of guy…:
- has a personal relationship with God. Non-negotiable!
- reads books. Not necessarily the same genre as I do, but he must like reading. And he must be willing to try exploring other genres too. :D
- Or at least can tolerate/humor me when I want to get lost inside a bookstore for a while.
- likes food almost as much as he likes reading :P
- is mindful of his health. As much as he may like food, he should also take care of his health. :)
- Because of the last bullet, it follows that he also should not smoke. It’s also because I have asthma and asthma and smoking do not mix. Don’t even try.
- is game to travel. Anywhere.
- is respectful to his family.
- is hard working, and has goals and direction in his life.
- is financially mature and knows how to handle money.
- does what he says he’d do. If he misses, then he also knows how to apologize. (Because I’d do the same thing too)
- makes and appreciates the effort! My primary love language is acts of service, so a small effort goes a long, long way. :)
- appreciates quality time.
- would have time to be with his friends for some guy time.
- knows how to get along with my family.
- would enjoy the company of my friends.
- stands up for his beliefs.
- is man enough to pursue.
- is not a mind reader, so I will be forgiving if he doesn’t get what I mean. It only means that I should speak my mind, too.
- is bound to forget something, so I will be forgiving if he forgets something too. But if it happens too many times…well, it’s time to do something about it. :P
- is not perfect, so I won’t expect perfection. I am human, too, after all. :)
Hee, writing this kind of made me all tingly inside. Haha! Oh, but alas, my kind of guy is not here yet. Unless there’s a Teo Sandoval existing somewhere out there. Hm now that’s an idea. :)
That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra will be out sometime this month — watch out for it in bookstores Nationwide! (Oh, and a Kindle edition will be out later, too — international readers, rejoice! :D)