{Blog Tour} Excerpts + Giveaway: Interim Goddess of Love Trilogy by Mina V. Esguerra

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Today's my stop for the Interim Goddess of Love Blog Tour and I prepared one excerpt in every book for you so if you haven't read the books yet then you're in luck today because you get a glimpse of the books. And yep, there's also a giveaway so what are you waiting for? Scroll down now! ;)

Title: Interim Goddess of Love (Interim Goddess of Love #1)
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
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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.)


You called the goddess of love with a song. Quin actually hummed it for me.
"It sounds like a lullaby," I said. I must have heard it from my grandmother.
It's the sound that the heart makes. It calls you to hear it, and when you do, you will be able to see, and feel, and remember, someone's pain or joy with such clarity.
Over the next few weeks, Quin and I met at the roof of the North building and he explained how things worked. The goddess of love listened to people. She received requests, pleadings, demands, and her job was to decide what happened next.
 "How exactly do I do that?" I couldn't comprehend it. So maybe I selfishly agreed to do this because I wanted to be closer to Quin, but this was serious business. Maybe a little too serious. More than once, I started to panic.
And every time, Quin would find a reason to brush a hand, a fingertip, an arm, against my skin, and I felt instantly reassured. Even if I didn't understand it all just yet.
"Don't worry about it. It'll start with words, conversations. Those are simple, easy to handle. The rest will come when you're ready, I'm sure you won't even notice that you're different."
"Different how?"
"You'll be able to do more than listen. It's like… enhanced empathy."
"Will I have powers?"
"Let's see how you do with listening first."
"Okay." I was hoping there would be powers. "Is it because of those people who keep telling me their love stories? Is that why I'm qualified to fill in as goddess of love?" I asked him.
"You're qualified because I chose you."
I wanted to ask, you mean you chose me because I'm qualified, right? But it wasn't the time for nitpicking, or for second-guessing Quin, the sun god of the Tagalogs. (Technically my people, based on ancestry.)
Instead, I asked, "When will it start?"
"One of these days. You'll be summoned, but don't feel like you have to help everyone who does. Take it one person at a time."
"Like a project."
"Yeah, something like that."

Title: Queen of the Clueless (Interim Goddess of Love #2)
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
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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.)


Peanut butter spaghetti sounded like something I would like, in theory. I liked peanut butter. I liked Filipino-style spaghetti, especially when it was unapologetically sweet and artificially red, with foreign elements like hotdogs thrown in. But now that I was chewing the mashup version, I wasn't sure how to feel about the entire thing.
"Do you like it?" I asked dinner companion/date Robbie, who was chewing thoughtfully over on his side of the table too.
"Oh I do," he said. "I'm just waiting for you to throw up, or something."
"I'm fine," I said super enthusiastically. "I don't hate it... It's just..."
"I get it."
"I haven't decided yet." I didn't want to be a whiner on my first date, ever.
Not that he ever said the word. And I wasn't saying it either. But as far as I was concerned, it may as well be, since it had all the signs.
Weekend, no school or any school activity.
He picked me up from my tita's house.
I wasn't wearing flip flops or sneakers.
He paid for the meal.
The fifth sign? He thought this was a date. He was thinking about it so much, I could hear it between chews.
It was probably why I wasn't nervous at all on this momentous occasion. It kind of boosted the ego, knowing exactly how much he liked me. It was a relief too, after being friends with Quin for a year and not knowing why he was hanging out with me, what his intentions were.
On the other hand, regarding Robbie, all his intentions were being beamed right into my ear:
She looks perfect.
I want to kiss her.
I wonder if she'll let me have her leftover spaghetti.
Transparent as the ice water in my glass. It was comforting. Some of his thoughts were kind of weird, but overall, comforting.
It just occurred to me that, if I stayed Goddess of Love all my life, I wouldn't need to be nervous at a date ever again. 

Title: Icon of the Indecisive (Interim Goddess of Love #3)
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
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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? 

That particular Saturday would have been Introduce Robbie to My Mom Day, and I wanted it to be because I wanted to ask about the beach party, but it didn't happen. Because she had plans.
She actually had plans! That was a good thing. She didn't want to admit it, but I suspected that she was having fun. For the first time in years. She and my dad separated over five years ago, and though she eventually accepted it, she didn't exactly start enjoying life right away. Before I went to college her life was all about me, and the things she had to do for me.
I missed her, but I wanted her to have a little fun too. It took almost two years of living alone again, but I think it was finally happening.
"Who are these plans with?" I teased. I called her on a Friday night, and caught her out with friends. I could barely hear her because there was something wailing a Bon Jovi song in the background.
"Someone at work. Can you not ask so many questions first? I really don't know what to think of this yet." To my knowledge she hadn't summoned the Goddess of Love just yet, so whatever it was, she wasn't feeling so conflicted about it. And I tried not to probe the hearts of people I actually knew, if I could help it.
"I trust you," I said, laughing.
"I definitely need to meet Robbie though. He's the basketball captain, right? The guy you were talking about last year?"
"No, Mom, that guy's just a friend."
"Oh, that's weird. Anyway—the house is a mess, so let me just take him out for pizza or something. I'll let you know when. Is he okay with that?"
"He'll follow you anywhere, Mom."
So that was how I got that Saturday just for Robbie and me, and we did something I had never done before.
I did math with a boy.

About the Author:

    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 (minavesguerra.com), 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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