Today is significant for two reasons:
1. My daughter gets to dress up like an 80s pop star and collect buckets of candy from our neighbors.
2. Kissing Max Holden debuts in nine months AND its opening chapter takes place on Halloween. There’s kissing. Would you expect anything less? 💋
As my fingers drop away, he opens his eyes, catching my hand as it falls. I try not to fidget as he stretches it open, holds it close to his face, and studies my palm like he’s reading my fate. My fingertips are stained an odd carrot color because I spent Halloween the same way I spend most evenings: baking. The orange food tint I used to color marzipan for pumpkin cupcakes is evidence. Layered over the orange, accentuating the dips and valleys of my fingerprints, is the black liner I lifted from his pirate makeup.
He folds my palm into the web of his and drops our knotted fingers to his lap, like the two of us holding hands is the most ordinary thing in the world. “Why are you being nice?”
“I’m always nice,” I say, distracted by the heat of his hand against mine.
“Remember when we were friends?”
“Max. We’re still friends.”
“Not like we used to be.”
“Nothing’s like it used to be.” The admission makes my chest ache.
So, because this debut of mine hits bookstores in nine months, and because we meet Jilly and Max on Halloween, I thought a celebration was in order…
How about an ARC giveaway?!
Guys, I’m giving away *one* advanced copy of Kissing Max Holden!
Entering is SO easy.
I’ll randomly select one winner to receive an ARC of Kissing Max Holden — signed, if you want. The giveaway ends Thursday, November 3 at midnight. I’ll contact the winner on November 4. International entries are fine!
Best of luck, and Happy Halloween!