The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine is set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing. With guest appearances from Grayson and Wren The Secrets of Attraction is sure to please fans and gain new ones.
Tell us five random facts about yourself.
I’m a dog person.
I’m not a fan of pumpkin spice lattes. (I’ve tried!)
I love looking at the ocean. Calm or stormy, it’s always an inspiration.
My husband and I met when we were sixteen.
I played Shelby in a community theater production of Steel Magnolias.
Describe your novel in five words.
Fun. Flirty. Sexy. Swoony. Sweet.
What can we expect from The Secrets of Attraction?
The Secrets of Attraction is a companion novel, so it takes place in the same world as TPoA but stands alone as its own story. Madison Pryce, who was Wren’s BFF in my debut book, is one of the main characters. Writing from her perspective was a lot of fun, because she’s really different from Wren. There’s a new boy as well, Jesse McMann, a barista/musician, who’s trying to put his band back together at the start of the book. Their paths cross in the coffee house where he works, and the story moves forward from there. You’ll also get to see Wren, Grayson, and Jazz and how their lives have progressed since the first novel.
Will it have a darker side like The Promise of Amazing?
It’s much lighter – there’s yoga and music and kissing (not all at once) – but both Madison and Jesse are each dealing with their own personal darkness and how it affects their lives and interactions.
What is your favorite part about writing YA novels?
I love writing from a YA perspective because it’s all about looking forward. You have your whole life ahead of you – and there’s so much potential in that – potential for failure or success. Everything is uncertain, so in a way, the high stakes are immediately built in to any situation. And I love interacting with YA readers – such an enthusiastic fandom!
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If I weren’t a writer I would be – an actress.
If I could have one supernatural power it would be – to control the elements.
My Hollywood crush is – the cast of The Originals. (I couldn’t pick just one!)
Synopsis for ‘The Secrets of Attraction’
Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and (of course) romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine’s debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love.
Madison Parker is on fast-forward. Working toward a scholarship for a summer art program, she already has her future figured out. But when a visit from a family friend turns her life upside down, everything she thought she knew becomes blurred. All she wants is to stand still for a moment.
Jesse McMann is stuck on repeat. Reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band, Jesse divides his time between working as a barista and trying to find the inspiration to write music again. All he wants to do is move forward.
The night Maddie strolls into Jesse’s coffee shop after yoga class, the last thing on his mind is hooking up, but her smile and witty comebacks are hard to ignore. The spark between them is undeniable, but once-a-week flirting is hardly the stuff of epic romance.
Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett. When Jesse discovers that Gray’s girlfriend is also Maddie’s best friend, he invites Gray to join his band as their new drummer, hoping this connection will give him more time around Maddie. Slowly but surely, Jesse and Maddie forge a friendship, but do they have what it takes to make their relationship truly sync?
Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing. 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. You can visit Robin online at www.robinconstantine.com.