Friday, August 30, 2013

EXCERPT: First Kiss by Cindy M. Hogan

First Kiss 
by Cindy M. Hogan 
(Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips #1)
Publication date: July 3rd 2013 
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult 
VL. Virgin Lips. You may not have heard of it, but where I live, it’s a thing with a card, even if it is a figurative card. I was Brooklyn Hill, certified virgin lips, and I planned on clinging to that figurative card with all I had—while dating as many of the hottest guys at school as I could.
Maybe that’s a bit strange. I mean, what teenage girl isn’t interested in kissing? Locking lips definitely interested me, but the drama that came with it didn’t. No kissing, no drama. Simple.
But on my sixteenth birthday, on my first real date even, the drama found me. His name was Luke Graham—cute, funny, and bad news for the whole female race.


“Yes siree, the two of us will die old and decrepit, kiss-less…unless, of course,” he said with a flourish, “we find that special someone.”  
Only Parker could get away with a speech like that and not come out looking like a total loser. I wondered why that was. Why some could get away with stuff and others couldn’t.  
“Then you’ll be missing out on the best stuff in life,” Ty said. Ty was on the swim team with Parker and me and was known for his roving lips.  
“Just ‘cause you’re a lip-slut, Ty,” Ali said, “doesn’t mean you can diss on those saving themselves for something special.”  
“Ohhh!” Harrison said, “Ali’s on the war path tonight. You guys better be careful what you say!”  
“From the mouth of the oldest VL in the group,” Ty shot back at Ali and splashed her with water.  
I could tell she was blushing wildly even in the semi-darkness.  
“Actually,” I said, “Ali isn’t in the club.”  
“No way!” Parker called out. “Ali, you disappoint me.” He frowned in an exaggerated way.  
Ali splashed me. “Thanks a lot, birthday girl.”  
That started everyone telling about their first kisses.  
Mike said, “I went away with sore teeth after my first kiss. Instead of leading with our lips, our teeth clacked hard against each others’. But don’t worry, Brooklyn, I’ve got all that worked out, now.”  
Before I could be too embarrassed, Katherine spoke up. “Nobody’s first kiss was worse than mine. He was salivating so much it dripped down my chin.”  
“Well, my first was amazing. After all, I am Ty.”  
Alyssa scoffed, “Yeah right.”  
“I’m serious. We were just sitting there, not talking, and all of a sudden—a shooting star streaked across the sky.” He shushed all the mocking and sounds of disbelief. “It totally happened! And then, it was like we were telepathically connected, we looked at each other and without even thinking about it, I kissed her, soft and slow. When we stopped, she asked me my wish was, and I said—‘I just got it.’”  
All the girls in the group sighed wistfully. I was impressed. I had no idea Ty was such a romantic. Then he broke the spell. “And, man, her lips were so hot. I’ll never forget those lips.”  
The girls all groaned and splashed him. “Typical!” Alyssa said, rolling her eyes.  
A few more kids shared their first kiss stories. Most sounded awful. We were either laughing hysterically or completely grossed out during the conversation. I held hope that my first kiss would be dreamy, like Ty said his was.

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