Today we're excited to spotlight The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski,
plus an excerpt & giveaway!
Meet Christina Mandelski!
Christina Mandelski loves to bring the characters in her head to life on the page. When she isn’t writing, she spends time with her family, working as a substitute teacher, eating (sweets, usually), traveling and reading (preferably under an umbrella at the beach). Chris lives with her husband and two daughters in Houston.
Meet The First Kiss Hypothesis!
Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.
But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.
She needs to get rid of him, and fast.
Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.
Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.
YA Books Central
By Christina Mandelski, The First Kiss Hypothesis
Hey readers! I’m so excited to be here.
I’m a forty-somethingsuburban wife and mom, with a drawer full of yoga pants, a mini-van--the works! Because of these riveting facts about me, lots of people assume that I get all my information and inspiration for my young adult books from my own daughters who are 17 and 19. And yes, they do keep me on top of things from a cultural standpoint (like I know that what used to be called ‘pear shaped’ is now referred to as ‘slim thick’).
But when I write a young adult character, I really do rely on the eighteen-year old that I once was. I was tough in my way, but also insecure, ready to take on the world, and terrified of it at the same time, hoping to find love, with absolutely no idea how to make that happen. That girl still has a loud voice and a lot of opinions, and that’s where I find my real inspiration. It’s one of the reasons I love what I do.
In my second book and first YA romance, The First Kiss Hypothesis out now from Entangled Crush, my main character is very different from young adult me – but she has the same kinds of fears, dreams, and desire to find real, lasting, passionate and yes, steamy romance. She doesn’t just want a first kiss – she wants THE first kiss!
The book is a journey through the world of a senior year, college acceptances, quirky families, friend drama, driving anxiety, and a Quixotic quest to find the One. There are laughs and heartaches, lacrosse and Science Olympiad, andyes, there are some amazing kisses!
Look for a companion book to this one, out next spring from Entangled. I’m represented by Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary.
Here’s an excerpt – I hope you enjoy!
Speaking of the wrong person, I look up and lock eyes with Eli Costas, strolling toward me with a slight limp.
Immediately, my brain short-circuits and I forget what I’m doing.
Eli. Neighbor, best friend, part-time chauffeur. That hair, dark and wavy, sticking out in ways that invite you to run your fingers through it. The olive skin like a real-life Greek god, and eyes that look just like the blue oval in the watercolor sets Mom used to buy me when I was little. He’s tall, and a lacrosse maniac with an upper body to prove it. Your basic unrealistically attractive high school student usually only found in books or movies. The difference is, he’s real, and everyone wants him. Including me. It’s a battle I fight daily.
He flashes me a grin. One side of his mouth quirks up higher than the other, and a dimple cuts deep into his cheek. Holy cow.
As he moves into my airspace, I force myself to focus on counting the tortoise money. Five. Ten. Fifteen. Twenty. Twenty-five. Forty. It always takes me a minute or two to get my bearings when it comes to Eli. To remind myself that nothing can happen between us.
The First Kiss Hypothesis
By: Christina Mandelski
Publishing Date: November 6th, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Crush
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