That’s YAmore!

The girls at Oasis for YA love blogfests. And they love good YA romance. So they’re back, combining the two again in their second annual That’s YAmore Blogfest. Starting today, they’re inviting YA writers to post 250 romantic, steamy, swoon-worthy words from their WiPs on their blogs. Then participants can hop around to check out all the other steamy entries.

Fun, right?!

So, because I’m awesome and currently knee-deep in a rewrite, I’m posting an excerpt from Cross My Heart (the contemporary YA romance formerly known as Loving Max Holden), the very same WiP I pulled from for last year’s That’s YAmore Blogfest post. Now, before you start to wonder if I’m crazy and completely obsessed with this story (I TOTALLY AM), please know that I do have other projects I’m working feverishly on. It’s just that I can’t let go of Cross My Heart and Max and Jill and all their angst. In the down time between my other WiPs, I find myself continuously coming back to their story, working to better it so eventually it’ll be fit to see the light of day.


We’re getting there.

That said, here’s a steamy little excerpt from Cross My Heart:

“What were we talking about again?” Max asks.

He’s close, so close I can see the dark stubble on his chin. I study it to avoid his eyes, but then I want touch it, to feel the roughness for myself. I look down at my hands, clasped tightly in my lap. My heart is pounding so ferociously I’m certain he hears it too.

“How everything’s changed,” I say softly.

“Jilly.” I sink unwillingly into his embrace as he whispers the nickname that never fails to melt me. “If you tell me to go home, I will.”

His words give me sudden, stark clarity, forcing me to view the situation from a distance, unencumbered by his scent and his warmth and his touch. I’m a reasonable person. A smart girl. He’s drunk, looking for distraction, a good time. As much as I want to help him come out of the darkness he’s been hiding in, I won’t be his no-strings-attached hook-up, the other woman to his obnoxious relationship with Becky McMahon. I resolve to tell him as much—that he should, in fact, go home, that he should drink a glass of water and swallow a couple of Aspirin before bed, and that I’ll see him tomorrow at school.

But before I can utter a syllable, he’s charging forward, eyes glazed, lips parted. I’m so astonished, so shocked, I let him push his mouth against mine, and even though it’s aggressive and sloppy and utterly unexpected, I fall headlong into his rhythm. I can’t help it, and I certainly can’t process this frantic, feverish kiss. I didn’t even know I wanted it, but—oh my God—it’s good.

And just like that, I forget all about the millions of reasons kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.


Yep. That’s Max and Jill.

I ♥ them.

Don’t forget to stop by Oasis for YA to check out all the other swoon-worthy That’s YAmore entries!


19 responses to “That’s YAmore!

  1. I love the “no, don’t do it!” “OMG KISS HIM NOW” feel I got there 🙂

  2. I hope this one sees the light of day, because I want to read more =)

  3. That last line- Amazing!! Love all of it!! I so want to read more. And that picture-Swoon!

  4. Beautiful! I can’t wait to hear more about Max and Jill!

  5. I love the youthfulness of this, it’s coming through so strongly, really a lovely touch 🙂

  6. Ooh! Nicely done! Lots of angst, and you can tell more to come. 🙂

  7. Now that is steamy! And Jill is so engaging, even in only 250 words. Very well done. I want to read more!

  8. I cannot believe it is *only* 250 words, Katy 😀 – you manage to make Jill´s voice shine through those words! Steamy, complicated and honest, I can feel their history in this excerpt…and I am craving to know/read more!

  9. I want to know MORE! Awesome job. Loved it.

  10. Oh good Lord I love every minute of your writing. Every syllable.

  11. This is the worst teaser I’ve ever gotten from a client (I realize how odd that sounds…). For the record readers, I haven’t seen even a word from Cross My Heart yet, but I’m dying to!!!!

    Katy, you rock. 🙂

  12. This BETTER see the light of day! This is awesome! 😀

  13. OMG. You know I live and breathe for this book, so I’m SO GLAD you posted a new teaser!! I miss Max. When will you be finished so I can devour it again?

  14. AAAAHHHHHH!!!! This is my favorite part!!!! It’s so, so good. SO GOOD! I have read this probably five times now and it never fails to make me melt.

  15. Love it, Katy! I would love to read more about these two (and hopefully I’ll get to one day soon!)

  16. AHHH! I want to read more about Max + Jill! Love it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. That was great! I love scenes like this. 🙂

  18. Great excerpt! I love the last line! And it’s a great choice for the blogfest, too.

  19. The last line is amazing. Loved this!