Monday, May 21, 2012

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Exclusive!

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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Rachel Harris
Release date: September 11th 2012
by Entangled Publishing

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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?

Old cover vs new cover

Who’s excited for this!? I was surprise to see a redesign already for Rachel’s upcoming time travel novel. I thought the first one was great, but this redesign is even better! I especially love the font of the new one and I find it overall a lot more eye catching! I, for one, am excited to read this one!

Continue reading for an excerpt, the book trailer, and a sweet giveaway!

Never-Before-Seen Excerpt & Trailer

“I thought I’d teach you a dance from where I come from,” I tell him. “One that’s much easier than that multi-step mess inside.”
     I place my left hand on Lorenzo’s shoulder and slip my right one into his. I pause to listen to the music floating over the tinkling voices and bubbling fountain, and begin counting the three-beat tempo. “One, two, three. One, two, three.”
     I stand still, only my head moving, slowly nodding with my words so he can hear the rhythm.
     When his head begins subtly bobbing with mine, I show him how to add his feet. He takes a tentative step forward with his left while I step back with my right, then we side step, close, and repeat the steps with our other feet, all while I lightly whisper the beat count.
     The breeze picks up, blowing my skirt and skimming my veil across the back of my neck. Chills run down my spine, but the warmth coursing through my veins from being in his arms provides a delicious contradiction.
     Lorenzo continues nervously darting his eyes to our feet, but he is dancing. As he relaxes into the movement, his shoulders rising and falling with the steps, the confidence he always seems to exude creeps back on his face, and he tightens the hold around me. Our faces are kissably close, our lips a hairs breadth away from touching. I stare into the chocolate depths of his eyes and the rest of the ball fades away. The only music guiding our steps is my light whisper and the erratic rhythm of our breathing. Time slows. Lorenzo grins.
     “I think you got it,” I say breathlessly, running my hand along the soft fabric of his shoulder, feeling the rock-hard muscles underneath.
     My body curls inward, pressing against his. The proper form for the waltz is a straight spine and shoulders back, but if there was ever a time to break the rules, this is it.

Book trailer:

As a teen, I threw raging parties that shook my parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, I read and write obsessively, rehash said embarrassing fodder, and dream up characters who become my imaginary friends. When I’m not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find me homeschooling my two beautiful princesses, hanging out with my amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is my first novel. I did have my own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn’t televised.

Giveaway
YA Bound is hosting a *Super Sweet* giveaway along with this reveal! Rachel’s giving away a backpack full of signed swag: bookmarks, bookplates, tattoos, and more!
Open internationally
Ends May 27th, 2012
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So, what do you think?
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64 Responses to “My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Exclusive!”

  1. Nick

    I personally wasn’t a huge fan of the first cover. It looks quite odd, but I love the second one ! It’s pretty awesome 🙂

  2. Angie

    I’m super excited for this one!

    While I love the crispness of the new cover, I think the old one is more fun. It’s the sunglasses. 😛

  3. Karin

    Is it just me or has the first cover nothing to do with 16th century? I like the second one though. Much better 🙂

  4. Daisy

    I really liked the old cover, but this new one is just amazing!! 🙂 I’m so glad I already pre-ordered it, it sounds so exciting!

  5. Christina K.

    I love the new cover! Especially her backpack against her ballgown.

    Great excerpt!

  6. Kathryn Cooper

    I love the new cover! The first one was not so great. I think the model looked 10 years older than 16, and the body and head didn’t seem to match, a little awkward. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Romule

    I’m really exited for this book. I love Italy, it’s really amazing. So I’m really curious about it. I’m definitely gonna read it.

  8. Cambria

    Great post! I love this cover… the old cover was great too but I like the contrast of the backpack and the dress… it really shows the differences between now and then, lol. The colors really pop too.
    The trailer was great too, I liked the music.
    What a fun post, Giselle, you rocked it out!

  9. Emily

    I like them both. The first one is funny and the second is prettier…can’t decide. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  10. Nicola

    I definitely prefer the new cover! Something about the face on the old cover looked a bit off. The new one is AWESOME though. 😀

  11. Anonymous

    The old cover was cool but the new cover of the book is just awesome to look at
    -Kathlyn

  12. bookworm105

    Can’t wait to read this one! I love the sound modern/hstrical plot. I favour this cover than the first one.

    Thanks for the giveaway! =D

  13. Novels On The Run

    I do love the new cover…like she is holding her backpack. I am looking forward to reading this book:D I loved the excerpts a bit back. I also like the old cover …she has a Victoria Beckham look about her.

    Mich:D

  14. Jennifer

    The new cover is so gorgeous. Oh em gee. I am dying to read this one. I geek out so much for the Italian Renaissance. Thanks for sharing, Giselle 🙂

  15. aldelei89

    the excerpt sounds exciting.. while reading it, i felt like im the one dancing with Lorenzo.. lol the book trailer is great too.. hope to read this in the soon 🙂

  16. SweetMarie83

    I was part of the cover reveal for the original cover, and I have to be honest – I didn’t love it. This one is much better! Can’t wait to read this book!

  17. Dian Aesha

    i love the cover,,very beautiful..im interest for reading this books..putting it in my TBR list.

    thanks for the giveaway,,success for you ^^