Cheery bells push at the fog of my sleep. I must still be dreaming. For seventeen years, no bells have chimed outside my window. It faces a cornfield. With a slow roll to my side, I nuzzle my pillows and will myself to return to the dream world in which such music plays. Light dances across my eyelids and nudges me to wake, but it’s summer. I refuse to get up before Mom makes me. The chimes fade, and my hand searches the cotton covers for Shelby, my supersized puppy, who inhabits one side of my bed. Her lazy kisses usually help me fall right back to— I bolt upright in bed, adrenaline pounding through my system. A grin splits my face. The bells. I know why there are bells. I’m in Mexico. Excerpt Leaning forward, I hide my hot cheeks behind a veil of wavy, brown hair Rosa somehow coaxed straight. As he pushes my bangs behind my ear, his fingertips brush my skin. I suppress a shiver. His hand lingers behind my neck. Lightning skitters across my skin. “Qué bonita,” he murmurs, leaning forward. Pretty. He called me pretty. Is this for real? With a slight sway, I find myself closing the distance. My body reacts to instincts I didn’t know I possessed. Then I freeze. What if I’m a horrible kisser? Rosa’s friends are a chatty group. What if I’m terrible, and I turn into the laughing stock of her entire social circle? I’d be alone the rest of the summer. Or I’d have to flee the country and return to Mom. I swing away. “What’s wrong?” His breath tickles my nose, minty fresh. “Nothing.” Heat flames from my forehead to my fingertips. Think. Think! Come up with something coy, something cute. My chin raises. I quirk one corner of my lips. “I’m just not that easy.”
Author Meg D. Gonzalez Meg D. Gonzalez is a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. She’s crazy for God and wants to share His love with awesome young women around the globe. She started her first novel at the age of fourteen (it will never see the light of day and that’s best for everyone), but her writing really came alive two years ago after she moved to Mexico. The crazy, wonderful people and culture she encountered inspired the story of Sketchy Tacos. When she’s not writing, she’s learning to play video games with her husband (she’s horrible), taking hikes in beautiful parks with her pug Pascal, crocheting, and watching way too much TV.
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