04 December 2015

Featured book + Interview: Just a Little Bit of Love (Ines Bautista-Yao)

Sometimes, a little bit can make a *really* big difference. Ines Bautista-Yao's newest release offers us just that. Read on for Just a Little Bit of Love.

Isn't the cover soooo pretty?

Just a Little Bit of Love

Three short stories about three young girls: Anita, Ina, and Carla. Each one finding their lives disrupted by a boy. Maybe it’s because he wanders into the coffee shop where she works after school every Tuesday. Maybe it’s because he won’t leave her alone even if she has made it clear that she is crushing on his football teammate. Or maybe it’s because she’s spent one unforgettable afternoon with him—despite being oh-so-forgetful. Three small doses of love that serve up a whole lot of feels.

My favourite of the lot is Ina and John's story, On The Sidelines (I'm biased since I beta-read this story. Hahaha!). So for this post, I decided to interview John :-)

CPS: So, John. What exactly about Ina made you want to get to know her better?

John: Who accuses someone they've just met of having a small brain? It pissed me off at first because really, no one does that. Not to me anyway. But when I watched her get all frazzled and riled up over who knows what, something inside me just... I don't know. I knew I had to get this girl's attention.

CPS: (Note to self: Insulting a guy is a good way to get his attention. Yes, even guys over twelve.) But weren't you fazed by her apparent obsession with Ethan?

John: Considering she can barely breathe let alone say two words whenever he's around, no. Haha! But seriously, I knew we belonged together. I just had to wait for her to see that.

CPS: (*nods* Good point.) Besides the cheese rolls, how did you get her to notice you?

John: Besides hang around her all day and pretend to study while finding ways to stare at her without her knowing?

CPS: (*nods again* persistence and patience. Good strategy, that) So now that you're together, where did you take her on your first *real* date?

John: Would you believe it? I found out our school's theater org was staging The Merchant of Venice and I got us tickets. I read whatever I could find on it online so I could impress her too. Let's just say it worked.

CPS: (*claps* A for effort!) What's changed now that you're officially together?

John: Not much now that I think about it. She still gets annoyed with me and tells me to stop bugging her, but now if I move in to kiss her, I know she'll kiss me back.

Thanks, John!

Isn't he an absolute sweetheart? And the fact he's such a hunk doesn't hurt either *swoon* Hihihi. Get to know more about him and Ina by reading Just a Little Bit of Love now! But be sure to buy cheese rolls before you do! :-)

About Ines Bautista-Yao

Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.

She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com. She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head.