Wednesday, January 2

Promo Week!

Well it's promo week here at the Teen Fiction Cafe, and what better way to kick off the New Year than to win a free book??

This time around, I'm giving away a copy of FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), a compilation of the all too true stories of twenty-some YA authors (including yours truly!) writing about their first kiss experiences.

Now I admit, when I was first approached to do this, the second after I said YES! I panicked.

Seriously panicked.

Thinking—no way can I tell that story!

I mean, I'd successfully banished it from my memory bank, blocked it out for a reason. But, as they say, truth really is stranger than fiction--or in my case more humbling, more desperate, more overall embarrassing!

So if you're up for reading all the cringe worthy details... all you have to do is leave a comment telling me where you were (basement, golf course, Dumbo ride at Disneyland?) when the big moment occurred. . . and one of you will receive your very own autographed copy!

(Small Print= comment deadline is Midnight Jan. 5).

Also, in the spirit of self promotion, my next book, CRUEL SUMMER, will be in stores this May, and I can hardly wait! The cover is awesome, but since there are still a few minor tweaks to be done I'll wait to post it. But I will say that it's the story of OC native, Colby, a high school junior, poised for the best summer of her life, when her parents decide to get divorced and pack her off to live on a tiny Greek island with her aunt. And even though she definitely does not want to go, she ends up experiencing a summer she'll never forget . . .

Also, I'm thrilled to say that SAVING ZOE was awarded the TeensReadToo 5 star/Gold Award, was chosen as one of TeenReads "Best Books of 2007" and was recently mentioned on the CBS "Early Show" as one of three books to buy for teens! As this book was born out of a period of intense grief, I'm over the moon thrilled, and just wanted to thank all of you who supported it!

And sometime over the next few weeks (sorry, I don't have an exact date) my interview with ETAccess will air. You can check it out HERE.

So don't forget to leave me a comment, letting me know exactly where you were the first time you found yourself lip-locked! And for those of you who haven't experienced this yet-- tell me where you wish for this moment to take place!!

Happy New Year everyone!



Anonymous said...

when i had my first lip-locked experience. i was at musical theatre club when i was 14.I had to sing this love song duet from a show and at the end he kissed me.. okay this was not a surprise was hanging in the air already for a while..but it was great!

DeenaML said...

Oh boy, the first kiss was at the beach. Cliche? :)

Joanne Levy said...

My very first kiss was at summer camp when I was 12. Me and my camp boyfriend, Mike, were behind his cabin and had practically been forced to kiss by all of our friends who made no secret that we were among the last kids our age to get kissed. I remember it vaguely as being kind of scary and very wet. The next day my cabin went on a canoe trip and when I returned, Mike's buddy told me I'd been dumped. And after I had made him a friendship bracelet on the canoe trip!!! (I'm sure it was devastating at the time, but my best friend seemed to like the bracelet).

Chelsea said...

Very first kiss? In 4th or 5th grade. During truth or dare. That's embarassing enough to admit.

Emily Marshall said...

In a moving vehicle.

Though, the page flipper, I think I did have a cheek kiss during a Truth or Dare game, so you aren't alone.

These should be interesting to read, though.

Wendy Toliver said...

I was almost 18 when I got my first "real" kiss, just got off work at the grocery store, and my college-aged boyfriend was waiting for me outside in his pickup. He handed me a rose and asked if he could have a kiss. I leaned in (I'm on foot, he's in the truck still) and I FELL OVER! I wish I were kidding.

ruth said...

My first kiss was rehearsing for a school play. Backstage there was a lull so we took the time for a nice yummy kiss.

diane said...

When I was at camp for the summer I had the great luck to meet this special boy who was smitten. We had weekly dances and social nights which were fun. Naturally during one of the slow dances we had the kiss of a lifetime.

pearl said...

At a friend's house who had a party when we were pre-teens and it was timely.

Jessica said...

top row of the football risers
during a home game
freshman year of high school

TJ Brown said...

My first kiss was on the steps of my elementary school.

I was an early bloomer:)

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it, but my first kiss hasn't happened yet. At nearly seventeen, I'm the last among my friends :-) In my current boyfriend-less state with no potential guys around, I'll probably be like twenty-five before it happens...Pathetic, right? I don't know where I'd like it to happen, but maybe that's not as important as who it's with.

the story siren said...

I had my first kiss at 16. Well it was more of a kiss and run. I was really nervous about it obvioulsy.... so there we were standing at our lockers. The minute bell rang and my at the moment bf (what I ever saw in him I will never know!!) turns to me to say goodbye. I very quickly tell him see you later and throw a peck on his lips and than practically ran to class and didn't look back. Yep, that's me!

Melissa Walker said...

For my first REAL kiss, I was 17. He became my boyfriend for 2 1/2 years, and we're still close friends. I remember looking in the mirror afterwards to see if I'd changed. I hadn't, but I did feel all tingly!

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Everyone- Your comments are great- I love reading them!

And to TEENBOOKREVIEWER- no definitely NOT pathetic! And you're right, the WHO is far more important than the WHERE, so take your time and wait for the right one!

tetewa said...

My first kiss came at the age of 13 when a bunch of my then friends got together and played a game of spin the bottle.

Kristina Springer said...

In the boy's car-- it was horrible! I didn't want to kiss him at all but he kept asking so I said fine to a quick one. Totally sucked. Shouldn't even count as a first kiss. In fact-- I have just wiped it from my memory. :-)

Anonymous said...

It was the second day of college, I was at my very first frat party, he was a swanky senior, and I was a nervous freshman. We drink cheap margaritas in the Mexico room of a round the world party then smooched on someone's ratty couch. I stopped the action to tell him it was my first kiss, we laughed about it then smooched some more. What I remember most is wearing my new Sam & Libby wood soled clogs (it really is all about the shoes). Though we didn't work out, it's a great memory, I was quite lucky!

Sara Hantz said...

When I was at a week long UK equivalent of a camp - I was 12!!!!

Amanda Ashby said...

Wow, Alyson you're so brave to write about your first kiss in a book. Mine was at a party and I think I was drunk - oh the glamour of being a teenager in Australia!!!!

Gerb said...

LOL This is a trip down memory lane. I was in 5th grade, he was in 7th. We had been out playing kick-the-can with the neighborhood group on a sticky summer night. My dad called me to come in and the boy followed me into my garage. He asked me if I would "go" with him. I said - exasperated - that I couldn't go anywhere because my dad was waiting. He laughed and said, "No, *go* with me... like go steady." I blinked. "Um, OK." "So we should kiss." "Um, OK." His lips felt strange smooshed against mine and his breath stank. I wiped off my mouth as soon as I got in the house, wondering what the hoopla about kissing was all about as it was NOT pleasurable. I have since amended that assessment.


Alyson Noel said...

Sara- 12!? Oh, how I would've admired you!

Amanda- Brave? No. Reckless? Probably!

Gerb- That's pretty much how I felt about it!

Everyone- This is GREAT! Keep 'em coming!

danetteb said...

I can't remember where my first kiss was,I just remember it being a very sloppy slobbery experience. At least it was mmemorable.Hehee

Rachael Stein said...

sadly, i havent had my first kiss yet :(
but there's still plenty of time. i don't know where i wish my first kiss to be, and i dont think it really matters as long as it's sweet.

Emily said...

Haha! What a funny memory. My first kiss was at a boy/girl party in my friend's basement. I was in 7th grade and desperate to find out what this kissing was all about. We were playing spin the bottle (of course we were!!) Magically my spin landed on the boy I had an insane crush on (Brian was his name and he had the most perfect hair!). I have to tell you I was incredibly nervous but oh so excited! The kiss was wet, long, and wonderful. I remember wiping my mouth afterwards (I think he was a little messy) and then not wanting to play anymore. That one kiss from Brian was plenty enough for me. I wanted to quit while I was ahead. Aaaah...wonderful youth. Thanks for the memory =)

Anonymous said...

WWEEEELLL i technically haven't really had my first kiss yet. I say technically because in kindergarten I had a "boyfriend" for about half an hour who I kissed. I don't really count this one because it was mostly us walking around for a while holding hands while the rest of our classmates trailed behind talking about us. I vaguely remember something about carrying around a baby doll as well, but as far as real kisses go (in my opinion) it hasn't happened yet.

Anonymous said...

OOPS i forgot to say where i would want my first kiss to be. (If my kindergarten experience doesn't apply).
I would probably have to say wherever it would be a pleasant surprise. because i LOVE surprises.
(pleasant of course being the key term)

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