Thursday, April 9, 2015

Excerpt Reveal: The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

The Secrets of Attraction
by Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 28th 2015
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Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured out—she's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down.

Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.


“Hey, Mugshot,” the girl said.
“It’s Jesse.” I said.
“Wren,” she said, smiling. “Your friend just wandered through here a little while ago.”
“Really? No one hassled him?”
“Not that I saw.”
 “Where’s the ball and chain? He bailed on cupcake detail already?” Madison asked her, fiddling with the camera and pointing it at Wren.
Wren put her hand over her face and waved the camera away. “The band played some Nirvana song he wanted to check out. No reason the two of us should miss out. If you see him, tell him my shift is done in about ten minutes.”
“I’m off to be roving photographer – don’t forget we need to get a picture of the three of us later,” Madison said, sneaking in a few fast clicks of Wren, who finally smiled for the camera. The three of us? She tugged my sleeve again and I followed her through the side doors of the cafeteria and right into...Legs. Who immediately recognized me.
“I thought I told you—“
Madison grabbed my arm. “Ava, he’s with me.”
Legs/Ava blinked fast a few times and looked between us. Madison moved even closer to me.
“Wait, I thought you were with Zach O’Keefe.”
“I am, and I’m also with Jess. It’s ladies choice, right? I can have two dates, there’s no weird Sadie Hawkins by-law I’m not aware of, is there?”
This stunned her speechless.

*The "Next Excerpt" will be available on Friday*

Robin Constantine is a born and bred Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene.

Her YA debut, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, will be released in 2014 by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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