Tuesday, February 21, 2012

First Kiss Guest Blogger - Janette Rallison - And Giveaway!

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?”

“Not really.”

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.

To purchase for 99 cents:
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Sally said...

Worst kiss ever involves a drunk cute boy at a club slobbering all over me...enough said!

Jana said...

Ok, the guy was my best friend and I went to go see him during a long weekend away from school. We were sitting on a futon in his room, playing Super Mario Brothers, and he looked over and kissed me! Eww! He said it was to celebrate beating another level, but this kiss was repulsive! He just smashed his face into mine, and it was wet and felt really gross. I love the guy, but I feel bad for his girlfriend now.

deasuluna said...

After a long night of dancing at a discoteca during the second week of my junior year exchange to Spain. I got my worst kiss when my "host brother" lay one on me as we were heading home after he had spend the night drinking and smoking and not two minutes after kissing me he threw up on not just my shoes on my best friend's as well :/

Onyx Dark said...

My worst kiss was in my bedroom doorway in 7th grade. He was mine and my sister's best friend and he had just asked me out. I said yes cuz I had had a crush on him for a year. After I said yes, he leaned in to kiss me just as my stepfather walked in. My boyfriend freaked out and pushed me away. I landed on The floor after hitting my head off of my desk. That was the last time I saw him for a week. My stepfather scared him so badly and he felt so bad for what he did to me that he did even call me for a week.

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Lolawid said...

I was in 6th grade (don't tell my kids, haha), and my boyfriend was shorter than me. It wasn't bad when we were sitting down, but when we were standing, there was a little bit of height difference. Our friends saw us kiss one time and teased us mercilessly for a long time.

Anonymous said...

I was in 6th grade at a Catholic school. My first boyfriend asked if he could kiss me out by the baseball field after school. I don't actually remember how the kiss was but I do remember that we kissed outside of the chapel which was, unfortunately, full of nuns praying. The next day I (not the boy) was called into the principal's office and given detention. Then they made me call his mom and tell her what I did!

alicia marie said...

my worst kiss ever was when i was driving one of my guy friends home and as soon as i stopped the car to drop him off he just sort of jumped at me. all i can remember is him practically stabbing my mouth over and over with his tongue and i'm pretty sure he thought he was an awesome kisser. yeah, that didn't happen again!

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jaragabrielle said...

Alright - Worse Kiss?
Guy much older than me, was trying to teach me how to kiss, (right?) He leaned in for the kiss and seriously his breath smelt like BURNT TOAST - We kissed and when he pulled away, there was slobber all around my mouth and down my chin. Just grosses me out thinking about it!