It's been a while since I've done a giveaway and to combat the mid-winter blues I thought, why not give away some paperbacks of The Secrets of Attraction? The dance scene in The Secrets of Attraction is one of my favorite scenes in any of my books. It's the first time that Madison and Jesse really interact with each other. Even though though Jesse has snuck in to see the band and Madison is there with someone else, the sparks between them fly. Here's a taste from Jesse's POV:
I stepped in the hall. The sound of the band - Kenny Ashe's muffled voice screaming out a song I couldn't decipher- echoed through the empty corridor. Farther down, people milled around in front of two open doors. Cafeteria, maybe? I hugged the wall as I moved toward the action. As I got closer, I noticed a leggy silhouette turn the corner at the end of the hallway. The girl from the front who shut me down. My heart shot into my throat. No way was I getting kicked out after this. I ducked into the cafeteria, crouching a bit to get lost in a throng of kids.
I worked my way over to a vending machine and studied it as if my life depended on finding a healthy snack. In the reflection of the glass I could see that I was unnoticed, at least at the moment. I peered over my shoulder, scanning the room for Tanner. My eyes landed on a familiar-looking girl in a black dress standing behind a long table covered in water bottles and several trays of cupcakes. Where did I know her from?
Someone tugged at my jacket. I flinched and turned toward the voice.
There was a girl next to me. The short-haired one from yoga.
"Madison." I could not hide my surprise as I checked her out. There wasn't a word to describe how she looked. Only sounds, syllables. She was cute after class but damn.
"Wow." Smooth, Jess, why don't you just grunt.
She lowered her eyes and smiled.
"Thanks," she said. "Who are you here with?"
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(excerpt from page 97-98, The Secrets of Attraction, Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins 2015)