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only a kiss

When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.

Besides, it didn’t really mean anything. After all, it was only a kiss.

But things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. Then other girls and other boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

“Only a Kiss starts off with that sweet, precocious whimsy of a Ramona book and moves into those first love blunders and aches we’ve all experienced at some level. It’s the Filipino version of the whole falling for the girl next door story. It felt so genuine that I wanted to jump right into the story.”

“I enjoy reading love stories, especially those that make your heart ache a little, give you a good cry, yet still leave a smile on your face and the feeling of being in love after. You will experience all these with this book.”

Twenty-four-year-old photographer’s apprentice Regina has always felt like the plain, dull orange next to the shiny red apple that is her best friend Lana. But then she meets Ben—the first guy to ever break Lana’s heart, and the first guy to ever make Regina feel that he only has eyes for her. As Regina finds herself falling hard for Ben, she also finds herself breaking all the rules of best-friendship. Will she give up the love of her life for Lana, or will she finally realize that she deserves her share of the spotlight, too?

“This story is not only about love . . . it’s about friendship, sacrifice, courage, and self-discovery.”

“To say that I enjoyed reading When Sparks Fly was an understatement because with the easygoing and funny banter between the characters, the familiar warmth of the settings, believable progression of the story, and even when my feelings were played once, twice, thrice, I pretty much savoured it. Savoured. It shouldn’t go without saying that it’s topped with the writing prowess of THE Ines Bautista-Yao like a cherry on top. Overall, When Sparks Fly is yet another proudly-Pinoy masterpiece that would leave you feeling so satisfied. And you shouldn’t miss!”

Author note: You know how there are certain lines in songs that jump out at you and take you away from the song itself and into another place, a place of possibilities and new ideas? That’s what happened when I began writing this book. I was listening to The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” and as they kept repeating the line “It was only a kiss,” I felt, hey, why not begin a story with that title and take it from there? I typed in the title “Only A Kiss” and the rest flowed. When that chapter/short story ended, I looked for another line from another song to inspire the next part of the book and when I found it, the story, again, flowed easily. I did that for the five chapters/short stories in this book. It was such a fun exercise!