Multicultural Romance Novels

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Fire We Make

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Rebels Like Us Series

A Multicultural Family Saga
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Lumiana

Book 1

“Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places” could’ve been the soundtrack of Johnny Graham’s life. At 29, the newly single musician is as famous for his raspy voice as he is notorious for his loose tongue and short-lived relationships.

He’s also facing the greatest creative block of his career.

With his relatives poking holes in his confidence and his record label breathing down his neck, Johnny is desperate for inspiration when he hears Lumiana Harding’s hauntingly beautiful voice.

Convinced a collaboration with the young, reclusive professor will help make his new album a success, Johnny soon learns that persuading her proves more challenging—and adventurous—than either of them could’ve imagined.

Lumiana is a heartwarming story about rediscovering our sense of wonder, and reminds us that our way isn’t always the right way or the only way.

The Rebels Like Us family saga chronicles the lives and loves of the now adult children of Casa de Esperanza, a former Los Angeles based orphanage run by German-Colombian immigrant couple Emma Arendt and Fernando García.

Available on Amazon (ebook & paperback); other formats available upon request.

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Beneath Your Beautiful

Book 4

The first thing Jaya ever learned from life was to work hard and never get attached to someone else. So what’s a woman to do when she ends up living next door to a male supermodel who’s looking for a connection that goes beyond skin-deep?

At twenty-five, Jaya Lahiri is close to realizing her dream of becoming a respected sociologist. When her former one-night stand, TV host Trevor Williams, invites her to appear on his show, Jaya jumps at the chance to promote her latest book—#PicturePerfect, a critique of the fashion industry.

But things don’t go exactly as planned. A fear of flying is a bitch and Jaya’s had one too many Xanax. And why hadn’t Trevor warned her that those sneaky producers invited supermodel Noah Santino on the show to spur a heated debate?

When Jaya trips on stage and lands face first in Noah’s lap, her life takes an unexpected turn.

Trigger warning: Please note that although this is mostly a feel-good, multicultural friends-to-lovers romance, it addresses heavy and controversial topics including the ugly side of the fashion industry, PTSD, unplanned pregnancy, gender identity, and inequality.

To learn more about the story behind the book, click here.

Available on Amazon (ebook & paperback); other formats available upon request.

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Iron Sky

Book 2

In the aftermath of her bold declaration, Lumiana makes a life-altering decision, Johnny encounters a ghost from his past, and the two of them brave their first date in public. When an overzealous publicist, a resourceful reporter, and a vengeful adversary threaten to expose the skeletons in Casa de Esperanza’s closet, Lumiana tempts fate, with devastating consequences.

Please note: This story addresses emotional subjects like prejudice, discrimination, identity, death, and violence. It includes a LGBTQ love subplot that involves Lumiana’s brother, musician Milo Sy.

Status: Complete, awaiting professional editing. Available as a free download.

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Fire We Make

Book 3

Note: Fire We Make takes place a decade after Lumiana. Ana is a main character in Book 1 & 2, and Jamie makes his debut in Book 2.

Sometimes the craziest ideas had the greatest payoff. Or at least that’s what Ana told herself as she marched down the hallway to kiss the boy who should’ve been the last person she’d ever want to be her first kiss.

One kiss that would change the course of their lives forever.

Status: Complete, awaiting professional editing. Available as a free download.

Upcoming Books

Basketball Love

Basketball Love

WIP

Zoe Alves just landed the biggest gig of her career: whipping NBA star Zac Layne’s sexy ass back into Playoffs shape. There is no way she’s going to mess this up—least of all by falling for the Thunderbolts’ Golden Boy and the hot looks he is shooting her way.

Zac Layne has had a couple of hard knocks lately: after his seven-year relationship went up in flames, a pesky shoulder injury keeps slowing him down. What he needs is a win—not a gorgeous, spunky physical therapist that adds to the distraction.

The rules are simple: rehabilitate and move on. But when things heat up, they might just need a whole new game plan.

Status: First Draft complete. Email me if you want to be a first reader. Also available on Wattpad.

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Gravity

WIP

Jacob Maier looks hot on paper: award-winning musician with famous friends and even more famous exes. If only he didn’t have that loose tongue that keeps getting him in trouble. Word in Hollywood is: if you’re female and up and coming, don’t touch him with a ten-foot pole.

Rising YouTube star Alexis Hunter heard her agent’s warning. And shrugged it off—because in which universe would she ever cross paths with Jacob Maier. Plus, she isn’t in the market for romance after her first and only relationship burned to the ground.

When her best friend Lily stands her up at a local dive bar, Alexis is ready to call it a night. But just as she’s about to leave, a man walks in who has the women at the bar acting like it’s mating season. That she had to watch!

Until Tall Guy claimed the free seat at Al’s table.

Status: First Draft in progress – 8 chapters so far. Follow along on Wattpad.

Planned Books

WE ARE YOUNG (WORKING TITLE)

Gus’s story
Status: Outline and 1st draft in progress

All About The Benjamins (Working Title)

Candela’s story
Status: Outline and 1st draft in progress

I’ve always been a rebel. I never do things the way they're supposed to be done. Either I go in the opposite direction or I create a new direction for myself, regardless of what the rules are or what society says.

Grace Jones