Hello, everyone! It has been a while! Like everyone else, I am in my house, trying to avoid the news/social media/all things scary. And unfortunately, I haven’t been able to read or write or do anything creative. My days have been spent anxious cleaning, baking, and playing video games (Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing for the win!). How’s your life?
BUT! That being said… I am back today to share something amazing with you all! I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for A Whole New Me by Adrianna Schuh! I am happy to say I know Adrianna as a member of the book blogging community, and if you haven’t had the chance to read her posts or talk with her, please do so because she is an absolute sweetheart! I jumped on the chance to read her work and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
So, for curious minds, I am able to present to you the following excerpt for her debut novel!
“Wait,” he says, reaching out to place a hand on my arm, though he thinks better of it at the
last second and pulls back. “I’m glad I ran into you, I was wondering if you’d want to go out with me sometime?”
My heart sinks a little, because I was afraid he would do this. And even though I do kind of like him, I feel like I have to say no. I just got out of a relationship and I think it’s too soon to start a new one.
“Look Ricky, I’m sure you’re a nice guy. Actually no I’m not sure, but you seem nice enough,”
I try again. “I’m just not interested in a relationship right now.”
“Who said anything about a relationship? This would just be dinner.”
I pause, thinking for a second. Why did I assume he meant something more? I mean he didn’t even say that, it’s just where my mind went. Maybe because I’d always been a relationship girl. Not that I’d been in many relationships, but I just never considered that there was any other way to do things. I look up at Ricky’s annoyingly handsome face and remind myself that I’m trying to be the new me.
And maybe it’s also because I’m slightly tipsy, being the lightweight that I am, that I hear
myself say, “I want to kiss you.”
I’ve moved closer to him without realising it and I keep glancing at his lips. And he’s staring at me like I’ve suddenly grown two heads. Not that I can blame him, because in the span of seconds I’ve gone from standoffish and annoyed to please take me now.
“Tessa, normally if a girl told me she wanted to kiss me, I wouldn’t waste a second. But I’m not sure you even like me that much. And my gosh when I say that out loud it makes me sound like a desperate idiot.”
I don’t bother to contradict him and instead let out a little laugh. “It’s not exactly you that I
don’t like, it’s guys like you. But the more I see you, the more I think that I don’t care so much. You don’t have to like someone to find them attractive,” I say as I grasp onto his shirt and pull his face down towards my mouth.
“What do you mean guys like me,” he asks with a confused look on his face.
“Kiss me and I’ll tell you,” I say in a breathy voice that I don’t even recognize. And in my head, I’m screaming, “who the hell are you right now?”
“Go out to dinner with me and I’ll kiss you,” he counters, looking as serious as I’ve ever seen
“How about coffee,” I suggest instead. “Less date like.”
“Always have to have the last word don’t you Diner Girl? Fine, you win. Coffee tomorrow
“Deal,” I say. And then we seal it with a kiss.