by Liwen Y. Ho
Book 1: Straight to You
Wanted: A modern knight in shining armor (white horse optional)
Young, sweet and naive, Ashlynn Peters is ever the optimist when it comes to love, but even she is surprised when she crosses paths with a real life Prince Charming. Jeremy Adams, her childhood crush, is back in town. He is even more sweet and handsome than she remembers, and also much more intriguing than any man she’s dated before.
Ashlynn finds herself falling hard for Jeremy, only to discover that he may not be the perfect guy she thinks he is. Will she make the choice to look past Jeremy’s tarnished armor or will she give up her chances of ever reaching happily ever after?
“A cute little story with great dialogues and fun characters. But the best part is that I can really relate to Ashley – her hopes, dreams, and her fears.”
“It’s an inspirational novel with a very powerful and positive message at its heart.”
“Perfect for the hopeless romantic inside every one of us.”
Book 2: True to You
Wanted: A man with the four C’s (Chinese, Christian, Cash and Career). Ability to cure hives a definite plus.
Melanie Koo may be a physician skilled in helping others, but the one thing she can’t fix is her own love life. That’s why her mother comes up with the perfect remedy~an arranged marriage. Being the dutiful daughter that she is, she agrees to this loveless match … until a chance meeting leads her straight to the cure for her hopeless heart.
Ben Peters is everything Melanie was not looking for in a guy, but she can’t help but be drawn to his passionate and kind nature and, not to mention, those adorable dimples. For once in her life, she considers breaking parental expectations to go after what she wants. The only thing standing in her way is a five-foot-one traditional Chinese mother and her scheming ways.
Now Melanie has to make the biggest decision of her life. Will she stay true to her family, or will she choose to believe that true love can be colorblind?
“Excellent cross-cultural romance!”
“The descriptions of language, and culture made this novel stand out. The growing faith at the heart of the story was inspirational and moving. I highly recommend True to You to anyone who enjoys love stories with heart and soul.”
“A delightful, sometimes humorous, look at the mix of two cultures.”
Book 3: Drawn to You
Wanted: A man who can handle his alter ego. Quick reflexes recommended.
Feisty and adventurous, art teacher Sam Koo is used to getting what she wants, including talking her way out of traffic tickets. When it comes to money matters though, she’s a lost cause. Her studio is in trouble, and there’s no way of charming herself out of this mess.
Police officer Lucas Choi is the last person she expects to rescue her. Handsome and rule-abiding, he was the best—and worst—part of her high school experience. When they meet a decade later, he’s still on her case and quick to point out her flaws.
Their differences drive each other crazy, but also draw them closer. The attraction is tangible, yet so are Sam’s fears. Will she choose to protect her heart or trust the only man who ever rejected her?
“Liwen Ho does a great job of creating realistically flawed characters that we can connect with and relate to. I absolutely loved everything about this book.”
“From the very first page, I was charmed by Sammie and Lucas.”
“This is one of those ‘I love how this book makes me feel’ type of stories. Plus, I love Liwen Ho’s writing style. Everything I’ve ever read from her made me want to read more.”
CIR: What inspired these books?
HO: The first book was inspired by my own love story, and the second grew out of my love for two of the minor characters from the first book.
CIR: Did they require any research, and what kind?
HO: I tried to make the details of the books as believable as possible, so I researched a variety of subjects. The search engine results for my first book included negotiation tactics, the redhead extinction theory, and the Rapunzel story, and for the second book, motorcycle helmets, appendicitis symptoms, and how to make Hong Kong style milk tea (yum!).
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing these stories?
HO: As a non-confrontational person, I had the hardest time writing about conflict in my first book! It took some guts and perseverance to get used to creating tension between the characters, but I think I improved by the second book.
CIR: What message do you hope your readers will get out of these book?
HO: I hope readers will learn to take chances in life and love and know that everyone deserves a second chance.