Friday, March 13, 2015

My Secrets of Flirting (Ha!) + Giveaway

I'm so excited for Robin Constantine's sophomore novel, The Secrets of Attraction, out April 28th, so when I was asked to share my secrets of flirting and romantic advice, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only will I be sharing some embarrassing information (because any story involving me and flirting is embarrassing), but I've got a giveaway for a copy of Robin's first book, The Promise of Amazing too, which I really liked. :) Keep reading, y'all!

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

I have to say, I don't know that anyone has ever expressly given me advice for flirting. It certainly went in one ear and out the other if they did. I don't think I have any secrets. I mean, in my mind and life, the best thing is to be yourself. It's what worked for me, certainly. Why act a certain way to attract someone, if that's not how you act day-to-day? Either you'll have to continue differently for the duration of your relationship or they'll figure it out quite quickly.

I'll tell you, though. I'm as goofy as they come. My sophomore year of high school I was cast in
Smack dab in the center. :)
Fiddler in the Roof as Golde, the female lead and wife of Tevye, the male lead. As seems to happen, I developed a healthy crush on the guy who played my husband, who was a senior. One day after lunch, my friends and I were leaving the cafeteria, and one of them nudged me, indicating behind us. Turns out, he was walking behind us, leaving at the same time. And what did I do, flirting expert that I am? Well, for whatever reason, I had some change in the pocket of my skirt, and I started shaking my hips back and forth, making the change jingle. To make it worse, I--quite obviously, and loudly--stated, "I jingle!" Needless to say, my friends burst out laughing and I haven't lived it down. Even though it's an embarrassing story, I'm not ashamed of it. I'm silly. I say and do stupid things all of the time, and if someone doesn't like me because of that, good riddance.

The people you want in your life are the people who love you for you, not some idealized version of yourself. We all have flaws and make mistakes, but it's the people who love those flaws that stick around. So... I guess my secret/advice is just to be yourself! People are going to love you, so there's not reason to try hard. You're great just the way you are!

What's the best advice you've been given? Or, I'd love to hear your flirting stories!

About 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.
Pre-order the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Available April 28th! 

About The Promise of Amazing:

Wren 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.

About Robin Constantine:

Robin Constantine is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who moved south so she could wear flip-flops year-round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. This is her first novel.
Find Robin online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

And now for the giveaway! I've got one paperback copy of The Promise of Amazing to give away to one US reader. The giveaway will run through the 27th, so you have two weeks to enter.

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