EXCERPT: Buqo YA 2 Sweet Complications

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Here’s the second bundle for Buqo YA!

Would you do a set of dares to prove someone wrong? Would you risk your friendship so you can find love? Would you admit your real feelings? There are a lot of complications when it comes to finding love. Get the feels when you read these sweet stories.

From this bundle, I’ve chosen an excerpt from Ines Bautista-Yao’s “Plain Vanilla”. It’s synopsis:

Despite her quirky name and equally quirky family, 16-year-old Tempest Juan knows she’s ordinary. After reading a comment on Facebook which likened her to vanilla ice cream, Tempest decides she has to do something about it or be forever branded as plain, lukewarm, and well, vanilla. It doesn’t help that the comment was made by Paco Lorenzo, her cousin’s cute friend (no longer cute in her book!). When she happens upon a book of dares, she decides to attempt each one, no matter how hard. This is her personality at stake, after all. But somehow, Paco, the cause of all this, finds a way to be at every dare Tempest attempts, confusing her and forcing her to question what’s really going on inside her heart.

And the EXCERPT:

“But what about Margarita?”

“She sped off in another direction.” He shrugged, still pulling her along. But this time, he

wasn’t holding her arm anymore. His hand found its way into hers. And she told herself she

didn’t let go because it was dark and she didn’t want to trip on anything.

When they got to the covered courts, they didn’t bother to find a place to hide. It was so

dark, it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Paco sat on one of the benches and pulled Tempest

down next to him. She was tempted to pull her hand away, but he still hadn’t let go. What was

the protocol when it came to something like this? Do you let go when you’re about to do

something like look at your watch or scratch an itch? Or do you just keep holding on till both

your hands get too sweaty? And why did it have to be so complicated?

“I think this is awesome, what you’re doing.” He smiled at her. Or at least she assumed

he was. It was too dark to tell.

“Sitting in the dark, holding your hand?” Tempest couldn’t pretend it wasn’t happening,

so might as well call attention to it.

Paco surprised her by squeezing her hand and still not letting go. “Well, yeah, this too.”

He laughed easily. “But I was talking about the dares. I mean, daring other people is something

Marga and I do all the time, but daring yourself is cool. Why didn’t you tell me about it last

night? I could have helped you do some of them while we were just hanging out. What’s on

your list anyway?”

Tempest didn’t tell him that the dares had only materialized today because of him.

“Well, nighttime hide and seek, sleeping under the stars, and glow-in-the-dark bowling are part

of it. That pathetic excuse for chalk art this afternoon was too.”

“That wasn’t pathetic.”

“Whatever.” Tempest snorted. “There’s also doing a color run which I am seriously

thinking of swapping with something else, running through sprinklers, flying a kite, making a

slushie—”

“You’ve never made a slushie?” Astonishment.

“I lead a very dull life, okay?”

“Or flown a kite?” More astonishment.

“Fine, Mr. I’ve Done Everything Fun in the World, what haven’t you done? If you were to

give yourself a list of dares, what would you put on your list?”

“Well, I wouldn’t mind breaking into an all-girls high school after dark and playing hide

and seek.” She could hear the smile in his voice.

“Boring. I’ve done that already.”

Paco burst out laughing. Tempest’s insides began to feel all warm and gooey. It felt good

to make him laugh. And to have his complete attention. And to still be holding his hand.

The bundle is available on Buqo! And to enter the powerbank giveaway for PH residents, head on over here.

Here are the authors from this bundle:

About the authors
Sassy Fova
Sassy Fova is just your average girl from Ilocos Norte, PH. Sassy is a hopeless romantic who’s got her head in the clouds, and comes back down just long enough to write about it. Being an Ilocana, she is thrifty, but she spares none when it comes to sharing all the love.

Amae Dechavez
Amae Dechavez (amaeauthor) is a blogger, fiction author, YA novelist, and children’s book writer. She was born in Quezon City, Manila in 1983 and has a Penn Foster diploma in Child Daycare Management. She has been authoring for several digital distributor hubs in (the Philippines) and has been writing for many free online/ social media platforms. When not hugging or arguing with her dog, you can find her at Writerscafe.org.

Kristel Ann Cruz
It boggles the mind how someone so shy and awkward found herself in Public Relations, but somehow Krissy makes it work. If she were a fictional character, she’d be a female Ted Mosby. Whether it be prose, poetry, a watercolor painting, or a craft project, she is happiest when she makes. Talk about books, movies, and lipsticks with her on www.krissyfied.com.

Ines Bautista-Yao
 
Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.
She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.  She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com. She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head: http://theeverydayprojectblog.com/inesbyao-author-project/

Charm Lee
aspiring hero wanting to save the world. tv show addict. all around shy girl.

Irish Fleur
 
Irish Fleur is a Licensed Pharmacist, cat lover and travel junkie who loves writing since she was seven years old.
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