I meant to post this yesterday, but I forgot about the holiday--and my husband's birthday! (OK I luckily remembered the birthday part in time to celebrate with him!) In any case, today we have a new guest blogger -- the lovely, talented Janette Rallison who has written a gazillion awesome YA and middle grade for Putnam and Walker and has--just like me--started to put some of her old books online so we all can read them once again! Yay!
Today Janette shares a first kiss story from her novel "Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards." (Love this title -- I was always a sucker for blue eyes myself back in high school...)
So you all know the drill by now!! Read the excerpt and follow the rules below to win a copy of this book -- and a $50 gift card. There will be new chances to win and new guest authors ALL WEEK LONG.
Oh and just to mix it up, if you've already told your first kiss story on another day - today I want to hear about your WORST KISS EVER.
We'll have more guest bloggers all week so stay tuned!! And check out Janette's books on her website or on Amazon and B&N.
And now, without further ado...here's our FIRST KISS of the day!
Josh was still studying me. “You’re not mad at Elise for going after Bob, are you?”
“No. He’s just a friend.”
“Oh.” Josh nodded, considering this. “Is there anyone you like more than a friend?”
My gaze went to Josh’s. Why was he asking? Was he just making small talk or did he have a personal interest in the subject?
He was looking at me intently, his blue eyes locked on mine.
I shrugged. “There might be.”
“Anyone I know?”
“Maybe. You know a lot of people.”
Josh put his arm on the back of his seat, his fingers nearly brushing against my shoulder. “What’s he like, this guy?”
Normally I wouldn’t have admitted to anything, but I was tired of all my moments with Josh being ordinary, safe. This was one I was going to seize. “He’s the usual sort of guy that girls get crushes on. Smart. Funny. Really responsible.”
“That’s the usual sort? Why don’t I have girls swarming me?”
“He’s also tall, dark, and handsome,” I added, “Plus he’s got these gorgeous eyes—all deep blue and mystical.” I looked away from him then. I couldn’t keep looking at the eyes I’d just described.
Josh leaned a little closer to me. “A rich guy with a sports car?”
Josh nodded, his gaze still intense. “Would I approve of you with this guy?”
“I don’t know,” I said. “Would you?” I let my gaze slide to his then, just long enough to see him smile. I wasn’t going to say more. I wasn’t about to admit to everything when he hadn’t admitted to anything yet.
“I think I might approve of this guy.” Josh kept smiling. His voice was soft now, as lulling as the heater. “You said Bob didn’t kiss you. Have you ever been kissed?”
“Sure, if you count the time in the fourth grade when Jonny Miller cornered me in the coat closet.”
“No, I’m talking about a real kiss.” Josh moved even closer to me. “You’ll always remember your first real kiss.”
I thought about asking him if he remembered his first real kiss, but on second thought, I didn’t want to hear about any of his past kisses. “You’re probably right,” I said.
“If I was to kiss you now, I’d go down in your personal hall of fame. The opportunity is irresistible.”
And then he kissed me, and it was a real kiss. He put his hands around my waist to pull me closer. His lips were soft against mine, a question—one that I wanted to answer. In essay form.
I love the last line of this first kiss story, don't you? Oh and spoiler alert -- the second kiss happens a few seconds later...so I'm guessing the first kiss was pretty darn good for both of them! :)
Oh and did I mention the ebook is on sale for only 99 cents?! Yup, yup! And since I know you're all now as intrigued as I was about this book, here's all the deets!! And don't forget to enter to win a copy below!!
About Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards
Cassidy knows everything about Chad--everything, that is, except how to get him to notice her. Someday, somehow, she vows, those deep blue eyes are going to look her way. In the meantime, she's got plenty of other things to worry about.
Cassidy has always been happy to be the studious, reliable type--until Elise and her good-looking brother move into the neighborhood. Elise is determined to introduce Cassidy to the partying life. But will Elise's Carpe Diem ways land Cassidy in more trouble than she's prepared for? Can a girl be smart and have fun too? Cassidy is about to find out.
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