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The Secrets of Flirting and a Giveaway

The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine is coming out at the end of next month, and in anticipation for its release, I'm sharing my flirting story!
The Secrets of Attraction
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.

What's the best/worst advice you've been given (or gave) to help woo that special someone or secret crush?

The summer before I started high school, I was told by a friend that a good way to start a conversation with a guy was by asking him lots of questions about himself. During freshman year, there was a guy I liked in one of my classes. I remember thinking that maybe that advice would be useful in trying to start a conversation with him. So, I put it to the test and it ended up being extremely awkward. The guy I was talking to responded to all my inquiries with very brief, one word answers and I pretty much had to carry the conversation, which resulted in me rambling due to the fact that I had become nervous.The whole situation ended up being extremely uncomfortable for both us. Although I'm sure that advice may sometimes be useful, it's definitely easier (at least for me) to start a conversation by pointing out something both you and the other person have in common :)

Giveaway: Share your flirting story in the comments or on another outlet in order to be entered to win a paperback edition of The Promise of Amazing. This giveaway is US only.

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About The Promise of Amazing:
The Promise of AmazingWren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.
Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how. One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.


  1. Hmm. I can't think of a time I was given/gave bad advice but I know there had to be one! I'll just go with the best/most recent that actually happened this past weekend. My best friend is gay and has just recently started seeing a guy for the first time ever! So I went with him Saturday to meet this guy. At the end of the night they just hugged but it was obvious both of them wanted to kiss the other. So I told my friend that the next day when they went out he should go in for the kiss. He did and was successful!

  2. I told my friend to go for her crush even though she was too shy to do so. I knew he was coming into town and needed a place to stay so I told her to do something she would never do. Ask him if he needed a place to crash and say, "I have an apartment. There's only one bed and it's a twin size so we'll have to hold each other." LOL She didn't take my advice.

  3. I haven't been given or gave any yet.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. This is such a cute post!! I love it :)

    Ooh can I share mine? I had this crush on a guy in middle school. We'd video chat every day when we came home from school and just chat and talk while we did homework. We'd shamelessly flirt during class and laugh and joke while video chatting. We tried dating for a bit, but we're just friends again. I'm much better at flirting now after that experience though ;)


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