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Excerpt and Giveaway! THE ANTI-VIRGINITY PACT by Katie Wismer (The Pact #1)

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Author: Katie Wismer
Pub. Date: June 11, 2020
Publisher: Ahimsa Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 332

Preachers’ daughters aren’t supposed to be atheists. They’re also not supposed to make pacts to lose their virginity by the end of the year, but high school senior Meredith Beaumont is sick of letting other people tell her who to be.

Spending the last four years as Mute Mare, the girl so shy just thinking about boys could trigger panic attacks, Meredith knows exactly what it’s like to be invisible. But when a vindictive mean girl gets her manicured claws on the anti-virginity pact and spreads it around the school—with Mare’s signature at the bottom—Mare’s not so invisible anymore. She just wishes she was.

Now the girls mutter “slut” as they pass her in the hall, and the boys are lined up to help complete her checklist. When she meets a guy who knows nothing of the pact, their budding romance quickly transforms from a way to get her first time over with to a genuine connection. But when the pact threatens to destroy her new relationship and the fragile foundation of her seemingly perfect family, Mare has to decide what’s more important: fixing her reputation and pleasing her parents, or standing up for the person she wants to be.

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For the record, I don’t normally have a predisposition for making bad decisions. I think it’s important for you to know that. Maybe that makes me boring, but the one thing I’ve always had going for me—at least according to all of my parents’ incredibly condescending friends—is how smart I am. How responsible. How I have always been a good girl.

And maybe that’s why I did it.

The point is, please don’t judge me until you know the whole story. Because you might think you know, but you don’t. Unless you’ve spent the last eighteen years feeling like you’re drowning inside of yourself, you don’t know. And even then, I’m not so sure.

It happened on a Saturday night. Johanna’s parents were out of town—Shanghai, I think it was this time—so we were sitting in her bedroom with a bottle of vodka she’d swiped from their liquor cabinet and a crazy plan scrawled on the page between us.

Johanna’s room was more akin to the penthouse suite of a five-star hotel—vaulted ceilings, full-length windows, sleek, modern furniture. Besides the photo wall displaying her best photography and collection of hanging plants, everything was black and white. She said she preferred the simplicity of it, that it made her feel like she was living inside an old photograph.

Johanna swallowed the last of her drink and immediately grabbed the bottles from the floor so she could pour herself another—three-fourths cranberry juice, one-fourth vodka—only this time, it looked closer to half and half. She took another sip before offering the bottles to me.

I hadn’t had that much to drink yet. Not enough to give me the spins. But enough to make Jo’s words resonate with something in my chest. Enough to make me want to keep drinking until her empty promises came true, and that scared me more than anything else.

Jo downed the next drink in two gulps as she spun around and around in her hanging bubble chair. I was sprawled out on her massive four-poster bed, getting dizzy from watching her. Then she planted her feet, yanked out the pen securing her hair atop her head, allowing the thick red waves to collapse around her face, and pointed to the papers she’d gathered in her lap.

“Mare, we have to do this,” she said.

I laughed, but not because it was funny.

About the author: 

Katie Wismer is a freelance editor and author of Young Adult, New Adult, and Poetry books. Be the first to know about upcoming projects, exclusive content, and more by signing up for her newsletter below! When she’s not reading, writing, or wrangling her two perfect cats, you can find her on her YouTube channel Katesbookdate.

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