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Cover Reveal: A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

Cover Reveal: A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

I’m thrilled to be able to show off the cover for Rachel Harris’ new book, A Tale of Two Centuries. This is a follow up to her amazingly fun debut My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. Read on to see the cover and for your chance to win a copy of the book when it comes out!

About RACHEL HARRIS:

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As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.

When she’s not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate. A Tale of Two Centuries is her second novel.

About A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #2
Publication Date: September 2013 (UK)
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

And now the cover:

A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

What a super sweet cover! I really like how Alessandra is portrayed on the page and the guy is really hot. It fits nicely with the cover of the previous book as well.
 

EXCERPT

“The string goes where?” I ask incredulously, dropping the garment from my fingers as if it holds the plague. My heart rate pounds in my ears, already heightened from my shocking meeting with Austin earlier and the crowd in this land of chaos my cousin calls a mall. It is Saturday, apparently the day teenagers descend upon this enormous building, and we are shopping for clothes that will somehow strike a balance between what she calls dorky and what I call common courtesan attire.

“You heard me,” Cat says with a wicked smile and points to the scrap of fabric, causing me to flush even more.

Heat creeps into my scalp and if it were possible for hair to defy all wisdom and burst into flame, mine would. Holding this conversation in public as people bustle past us is horribly and wholly improper.

“It’s called a thong,” she clarifies with glee, “and by putting the string up there, you avoid ugly panty lines. Trust me, no one wants to see that business.”

I clear my throat and take a hesitant step toward the overflowing bins, peering down at the perplexing items again. “But surely it is uncomfortable to be lodged…in such a…spot?”

Cat shrugs. “You learn to live with it.”

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Fresh Start September: Interview with Rachel Harris

Fresh Start September: Interview with Rachel Harris

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This is the last week of Fresh Start September and what a month it’s been. We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know all our fabulous authors so far. Today we have another treat, an interview with debut author Rachel Harris! Rachel’s debut book, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is about a young girl who is transported back into Renaissance Italy! Is that cool or what? Let’s find out a little bit more about My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century:

 

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Published:
September 18th 2012 (US) / September 27th 2012 (UK)

Publisher:
Entangled Teen

304 pages

Buy the book: Amazon UK | Amazon US | The Book Depository

Add this book to your TBR list on Goodreads

Synopsis:
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?


 

I’ve been lucky enough to have read the book and you can read my review here. I loved it and I’m thrilled Rachel agreed to an interview for this event! Read on to find out more about her reaction to being published, how she does her research, and her favourite places to travel!


 

Who is the first person you told when you found out My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was picked up by Entangled Publishing?

Wow, I think I called just about everyone! I called my husband, then immediately called two my critique partners and best buds, Shannon Duffy and Trisha Wolfe, and then I called my mom. That night my husband took all of us (me and our girls, along with my mom and brother—my dad was working unfortunately) out to dinner at PF Chang’s =)
 

What is the most fun thing you have done so far that you wouldn’t have had a chance to if you haven’t been published?

I think the biggest change was going to the Romantic Times convention in Chicago this past April and hanging out with all the authors, introducing myself…and still going total fan girl on them, but having that direct one-on-one access to do so! And now, over the past few weeks that my ARC has been out, talking to readers and having them tell me that I made them laugh or smile or how much they love Lorenzo…all the things I’ve thought or told my favourite authors. Now having people want to talk to me, to ask for my bookmarks instead of me offering them first, to say they actually liked something I wrote. Man, that just rocks. It’s even
 

The majority of the book is set in Renaissance Florence. What kind of research did you have to do to make sure it felt authentic?

I LOVE research! I know, I’m a dork, but that’s okay. Seriously, I researched constantly while drafting, checking everything three and four times just to make sure, or discovering another aspect I hadn’t looked up yet. But the two weeks prior to beginning were spent in a non-stop, obsessive read a thon of encyclopedias, travel journals, and novels, surfing around Google Earth and the Internet, and watching videos from the library (my favorites were the ones for kids!). I compiled a huge binder filled with pictures of Renaissance paintings and notes on culture, on food, on language and beliefs, on architecture and transportation. Then the trick was taking that and not hitting the reader over the head with it, but sprinkling it throughout so you constantly felt like you were in a time other than your own and slightly off balance but still a part of it. I hope I succeeded =)
 

Cat deals with the pressure of having famous parents. Is this inspired by anyone you know in real life?

No, not really. I did intern at Entertainment Tonight one summer in college and I remember listening to several of the interviews and really learning that these were real people, you know? I mean, we know that, yes, but it’s still easy to think they aren’t just like us….only with a lot more money lol. So, when I was creating the character of Cat and I knew I needed her to be a person intent on having control and not liking the spotlight, so I could force her into this world where she kinda is, I had to think about what type of world and upbringing would create that. The whole living in a fishbowl thing leapt to mind and it took off from there.
 

If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing instead?

Well, when I’m not writing, I’m a homeschool mom. That is my main job and was my only job once I had children, so I’d definitely be doing that still. In the past, I hosted and produced television shows in college and I worked for mortgage companies, but after my kids graduate and I’m on my own, if I’m not writing (though I hope I will be), I think I’d either go into college admissions or high school or college counselling. Being around to help teens and young adults explore the possibilities of the future while navigating the changing and often turbulent present would be an honor and a blast.  

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

ITALY!!! Like, every city I went to during my tour was amazing, but the whole Tuscan region was definitely my favorite. The food, architecture, art, culture, did I mention the food?? Second to that is a tie between my trip to London and my extended trip throughout Greece. London is absolutely beautiful and filled with history, and the people were wonderful, and Greece, come on, it’s gorgeous! I would love to have a house in Florence, London, or Rhodes. Sigh…
 

I want to say a big thank you to Rachel Harris for participating in Fresh Start September and allowing Faye, Melissa and I to bring you this interview and to her publisher for donating an ebook copy for the giveaway below! We hope you all enjoy My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and do let us know what you think!


As a bonus part of the event, we are giving everyone a chance to win some prizes donated by our wonderful participants and ourselves! The prizes include:

  • 2 winners of Strange Chemistry ARC packs, each pack including a copy of Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke AND Katya’s World by Jonathan L Howard (courtesy of Strange Chemistry)
  • 1 winner of an eBook of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (courtesy of Entangled Publishing)
  • 1 winner of an paperback of Speechless by Hannah Harrington (courtesy of Harlequin) – US/CAN ONLY
  • 1 winner of a hardcover copy of 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (courtesy of the author) – US ONLY, enter here
  • 3 winners of a book of your choice from any that has been featured in Fresh Start September (each courtesy of the hosts)

The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (except when specified otherwise) and will run until the end of the event (30 September). Remember to follow the Twitter and Facebook pages of the prizes you want to win, for example, to be eligible to win the Strange Chemistry Prize, you must follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!

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Blog Tour: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Blog Tour: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

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Today the blog tour for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is stopping by, hosted by Shane at Itching for Books. Keep reading for your chance to win the grand prize: A signed bookmark, trading cards, a necklace with a charm backpack on it, and tattoos like the character has! Be sure to visit the rest of the blog tour stops for reviews, playlists, excerpts, interviews and more!
 

About MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century cover

Release: 11 September 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Buy the book here:
Amazon | Book Depository
 

MY REVIEW
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was a breath of fresh air! I loved the sound of the book from the blurb and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint one bit! This debut is full of charm and is a light funny read while staying true to beautiful sixteenth century Rennaissance Florence.

Read my full review HERE!

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Teaser Tuesday (24) Flirt Squad Special

Teaser Tuesday (24) Flirt Squad Special

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Today’s Teaser Tuesday (hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading) is a little bit different. We are here to win you over with a fabulous teaser from a wonderful new debut novel and let you know how you can get involved! As always, to participate in the meme:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful not to INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is:

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Time seems to stop, and the sounds of the market mute. Alessandra was right. This boy is beautiful.

And he’s looking at me.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
by Rachel Harris

 
 

A swoon-worthy teaser if there ever was one! Finished this book last week, but I couldn’t help posting that little preview because the book was filled with so much contemporary and historical goodness.

If you want to get involved in the release of this great book, come and join the Flirt Squad! Rachel, this book’s super cool author, is giving away swag and a chance to be a character in the next book, which is an incredible prize. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other fans on Twitter by following the hashtags #flirtsquad, #16C or #16CFlirtSquad. What are you waiting for? Get involved in this debut and join the Flirt Squad today!

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Waiting on Wednesday (30)

Waiting on Wednesday (30)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released!

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
Release date: 14 August 2012

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school’s staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she’d like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he’s a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen’s really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lose its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn’t convinced she’s the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it’s her only chance of getting back to the present and her “real” life. What Miranda doesn’t bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.

I have a confession to make: I love Shakespeare. I think his work is brilliant but I’ve also loved every Shakespeare character I’ve come across. Therefore it was almost instant love when I read the blurb for this book. It felt like a young adult Shakespeare in Love with time travel thrown in, how could it not be awesome? Seriously though, the author seems to have done a lot of research and I can’t wait to see how this love story unfolds.

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