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The A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2013   has entered its second week, and enthusiasms are running high. I’m co-hosting it on Amlokiblogs, so drop me a comment there if you have something to say about the challenge itself. On this blog, I’ll be featuring mostly indie-published book excerpts for all of April. I love reading, and supporting author-friends, and this is a good way to do both.

Today, for I, I give you an anthology of YA short stories: In His Eyes, an anthology by various bestselling authors.

In His Eyes

In His Eyes

Elevator Pitch: Sixteen original short stories, all from the point of view of these bestselling authors’ favorite male characters – some are old flames from their novels and some were dreamed up especially for this anthology.

Excerpt: This is from ‘Shattered’, the story by Ali Cross:

“Looks like neither of us wants to be stuck with them, eh?” I tipped her chin up, knowing she couldn’t resist me if she made eye contact.

I didn’t count on being struck stupid when I looked into her eyes.

I’d seen a million different kinds of cute-beautiful-sexy and this girl fell more into the cute category—five-foot-nothing, spiky blonde hair framing her perfect oval face, full lips and eyes that sparkled like blue diamonds. And yet when she looked right at me, I couldn’t think of a single thing to say.

“What?” she asked. “Oh, God. Do I smell?” She cupped her hand over her mouth and breathed.

“What? No. I just . . .” Got lost in your eyes? Lame, James.  Until that moment, I had never been at a loss for words with a girl.

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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