Updates: What Have I Published So Far and What Am I Writing Now

Gosh, it seems I can never keep this blog up to date and posting regularly like other writers. Just when I got myself started, I’d silently disappear into the night again like a ninja after a few posts. LOL!

So anyhow, it has been a while, and I thought I better do an update as to what I’m up to in my life as a writer.

So far, four volumes of Chained to You serial light novels has been published. I have received numerous emails from readers who love the series and cannot wait until volume 5 and 6 are due to be out in 2017. As an author of this particular series, I would like to say thank you very much for loving my books. It means a lot to me. ^_^

Currently, Volume One of Chained to You: Bounded is FREE to download: Please go to my official romance website here to get your copy. It is under the featured section. Or just click on the images below to go straight to Amazon. ^_^

Next, the Sakura series. I have revised and republished the first three books on Amazon only for now. Those three books will be available in other ebook stores such as iBooks, B&N, Google, and Smashwords in early Feb of 2017. Please check out my official site here for more info. This series, too, I get numerous emails from readers. Once again, thank you very much for loving the series. ^_^

 

Now, for Romance of the Nine Kingdoms. This is my fantasy romance series. The first one, A Demon’s Wrath, which is book one of the Demon King Trilogy, will be re-publish in Feb 2017. Previously I did plan to keep it until maybe the end of 2017 after I have book 2 done, which is A Demon’s Bride. However, I’ve since changed my mind and will re-publish it again in Feb 2017. It will be available on Amazon, iBooks, and Google. Once again, I get a few emails from readers about this one in regard as to when I’ll be publishing book 2. Despite that I love writing fantasy romance, I must apologize in that it takes longer for me to get the book done because of the world building, the magic, and the conflicts etc. It’s a bit more complicated than writing the sweet contemporary romance. Furthermore, this particular sub-genre of romance doesn’t sell as well. Only a small group of people are into it. But nonetheless, I will continue to write the series, though a bit on the slow side. ^_^

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And last but not least, my young adult. Finally! Good Lord, finally, I have nearly finished with the first book. I have planned to write the YA series for ages, but I just never have the gut to get started. Why? Because I know it’d be a shit load of work with research, world-building, imagination, and loads of mysteries I have to make up and then solve in an interest, yet logical way. The twist and turns in this series are enough to drive me insane already. I will tell you that I have headaches every time I finished a chapter and then I have to go back and read it like a hundred times to see if it make sense.

So what is the series of this YA called that I’m so psyched about?

The series is called The Elixir of Immortality, part of The Blood Alchemist Chronicles. Volume One: An Intended Murder will be out in Feb 2017 on Amazon only. I’m testing it out to see how far it can go. It is a completely different field from my romance genre, although there is still romance involved. Me, haha, I cannot stay away from writing romance, even in a fantasy mashup with mystery young adult type books.

Below is the first book cover of The Elixir of Immortality, An Intended Murder. I’m currently working on my YA website, which will be done, I hope, by Jan 2017.

Meanwhile, here’s the blurb of the book. I will start posting a few chapters soon once I’ve received my MS back from my editor. ^_^

The Elixir of Immortality: An Intended Murder

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When seventeen-year-old Daniella Romano masquerades as the son of a low-ranked Chinese lord and waltzes with her comrades into the Earl of Middlemarch’s birthday party to assassinate a high demon, her revenge plans turn sour. There, Daniella meets Zach—a Greek god if she ever saw one—who suspects she is an imposter and will not let her escape his sight. Amidst the exuberant atmosphere, a man shoots the powerful king of Darnia, Daniella incidentally witnesses another influential lord slaying the culprit, and her friends are captured, ultimately becoming the prime suspects in the case of treason.

Now it is up to Daniella to use her wit, wiles, and skills as a blood alchemist—an inherited ability to control and transmute blood into powerful weapons—to save her friends.

Set in an alternative world of Britannia during the reign of Queen Victoria, The Elixir of Immortality is a mashup of fantasy, mystery, and romance.

Book Release Delay: CHAINED TO YOU – BOUNDED

Hey, guys. So this is going to be like a bad news post, especially for those who are looking forward to reading the first volume of Chained to You. I’m so sorry to say that the book is going to be delay. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the release date is now March 30th instead of March 18th.

Once again, I do sincerely apologize for the inconvenient. The book is up for pre-order on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble. Google and Kobo will be available for pre-order next week while Amazon and Smashwords will be available to buy on the release day.

What is Chained to You about?  Here’s the blurb for the book.

You’re definitely worth two million, Mia. Think about it. Two million. Five years. Your brother will go free. It’s a contract.

These are the words of the gorgeous billionaire James Maxwell, the man who makes my heart race and my body tremble with longing. I want to refuse his proposal, but how can I? My brother owes him two million, and as dirt poor as we are, there’s no way we can find that much money to repay him. What’s worse, I think I’m falling in love with the man who thinks I’m just his mistress.

My name is Mia Donovan, a twenty-two-year-old, small town girl working as kitchen hand to make ends meet. My world is changing—both for the better and worse. James Maxwell, a gorgeous billionaire with beautiful Prussian blue eyes, is the man behind this. He makes my heart flutter and my knees weak. When he kisses me, my world melts into a pool of exotic sensation. But his world is dark and dangerous, and being with him is a risk both to my life and my sanity.

This is our story.

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Dark Billionaires Series: Chained to You Vol. 1 – Bounded by Alexia Praks

Chained to You is a contemporary/new adult romance that is quite dark with lots of steamy scenes. The story is written in first person POV via Mia Donovan and third person via James Maxwell. You can download the teaser novella here.

Okay, next post will definitely be something good ^_^

Thai Lakorn: Raeng Ngao (2012)

I remember watching this Thai lakorn years back, starring my favourite Thai actress and actor; Anne Thonprasom and Ken Theeradeth Wonpuapan respectively. That was when they were younger and Ken was just starting to become big in the Thai Entertainment industry. Raeng Ngao was an intense story that kept me addicted until the very end.

The new version of Raeng Ngao (2012), starring Janie Tiephosuwan and Ken phupoom Phongpanu (I call him the younger Ken) is as good as if not better than the previous one.

Here I’m going to try and explain what this story is about. But first allow me to tell you that with Thai Lakorn, it is a drama and there are always so many elements involving within the story, and they are usually freakenly complicated. So I apologise if you get so confused half way that you wanted to quit reading this junk right away. I won’t blame you of course.

Here we go.

Raeng Ngao or translated roughly as The Strong Shadow is a story about two sisters who are identical twin and their relationship to those who comes into their lives. The actual core of the story is the relationship between the twin sisters Moohnin (older twin) and Moohtha (younger twin), of how Moohnin blames herself and other people for the death of Moohtha and how she comes about avenging Moohtha’s death.

The beginning of the story introduces the characters of the sisters. Note that this is very important for the development of the story later on. Moohnin is kind of a tomboy with strong personality, stubborn spirit and is very independent. Moohtha, however, is the total opposite. She is sweet, polite and so completely naïve that most people take advantage of her. Because of their clashes in personalities, the two sisters do not get along and most of the times they get into a fight, in which case Moohtha would goes to their mum who will always take Moohtha’s side against Moohnin. This leads Moohnin to think that their mother does not love her as she does moohtha which of course form her strong, independent personality.

Because of her intelligence, Moohnin gains a scholarship to study abroad (New York) where as Moohtha completes high school and goes to Bangkok to find work. Here the actual story itself begins.

The first half of the drama tells the story of Moohtha in Bangkok and totally omits Moohnin which I find rather annoying as she is the main heroine of the story (Moohtha the second heroine). Here Moohtha meets Veekit, a handsome, young gentleman who helps her get a job at the company he is working for. Veekits falls in love with Moohtha and though she rejects him telling him that they could only be friends, he none the less is always there by her side to help her when she is in trouble.

As with any drama there are those bitchy girls that are always there to make our heroine suffer (otherwise it wouldn’t be call drama right?) and boy there are plenty of those here. There’s a lot of sarcastic comments, lots of tell tales, lots of bitching, lots of lies and of course lots of slapping. And no matter how minor these are, they add fuel to the fires that is burning bigger and bigger.

The real fire initiator of the story is Moohtha’s boss, Pope, managing director of the company. The second is his bitchy wife, Nappa. Pope and Nappa has three kids, who by the way in their own ways in the drama are falling into their dooms because of karma – as in what their parents did to other people comes back to bit them.

When Moohtha meets Pope she falls in love with him. Pope on the other hands instantly wants her. Not because he loves her but because he is a player and having an affair is fun for him. For the naive Moohtha, however, she thinks the God out of him and would do anything to please him which then leads to their secret affair. When Nappa finds out, she does many things to hurt and humiliate Moohtha in front of other people. (Note here that this is Thai Drama and in Thai culture, an affair with a married man is the worth possible thing a young woman could do. It brings shame to the family and friends.)  When everybody is hurting and humiliating Moohtha, Veekit is there to support her. Pope, on the other hand, is too much of a coward and a scape-goat and is always on his wife’s side (what a catch of a guy, eh? Err it’s supposed to be a sarcastic comment if you don’t get it).

When Pope asked Moohtha to marry him, Moohtha agrees without hesitation. When Nappa finds out, it is the final straw and she hires some gangs to rape Moohtha but Moohtha manages to escape. The finale of Moohtha comes when Nappa comes to the company and in front of everyone (this is a very big, intense scene) she shouts at Moohtha to leave her husband alone and slaps her. The weak Moohtha couldn’t stand up for herself and could only cry while everyone boo her. Nappa slaps Moohtha so hard that the girl falls and rolls down the stairs and everyone (especially those who hates Moohtha) takes video record on their phone and later posts it on the internet.

Veekit come to help and shouts at Nappa to stop. In a state of mess and still crying badly, Veekit takes Moohtha home. Later she has enough and goes back to her home town. There she commits suicide from depression (note that she also finds out she is pregnant with Pope). That night Moohnin happens to return from New York having finished her degree and the sight that greets her is that of her sister’s dead body hanging.

This is the first half of the drama. I will continue with the second later.

Enjoy Raeng Ngao at youtube (thanks to CatMatdz3 for the upload).

P.S. There is no English subtitle for this drama. Please inform me if you know where there is one.

Cheer

A.C. Praks