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Monday, March 12, 2012

Cover Reveal: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

I'm so happy to be a part of the cover reveal for Rachel Harris's debut!
My Supper Sweet Sixteenth Century releases in September from 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? (from Goodreads)

And, as a special bonus, I have an excerpt to share:
     I hear their muffled whispers and understand every Italian word. Every witty comment made at my expense. 

     It’s like my brain is automatically translating. 

     I bunch the soft fabric of the dress in my hand and then reach up to feel the ribbon in my hair. I lightly skim my fingers over my chin and feel my lack of zit. I take in the costumes of the crowd, the stench of the animals, and the Italian I can now speak and understand. And suddenly it hits me. 

     Reyna must have pulled some kind of gypsy mojo. 

     Maybe this is one of those nifty “change your life” magic scenarios like in the movies. I mean, mostly I’m still expecting to blink and be right back in the midst of overpriced, gaudy tourism, but for now, the gypsy-time-warp explanation is infinitely better than thinking I’ve lost my mind. As I decide to go with that option, I feel my frantic tension melt away. 

     The growing crowd seems to notice my change in demeanor and begins shooting one another amused looks, but I don’t care anymore. A smile stretches across my face. Evidently, I was wrong earlier; Reyna is a psychic mind reader, because if this is her special brand of bibbity-bobbity-boo, then she made my exact daydream from earlier in the courtyard come to life. 

     The long red gown, the braided hair, the Italian merchant’s daughter, the time period. I am in Renaissance Florence.

     I stare dumbly at the ground, the words and reality sinking in.

     I’m in Renaissance Florence!

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  1. While I don't love the cover. I do dig the premise :)

  2. While I don't love the cover. I do dig the premise :)

  3. I agree with Juju and love the premise, don't like the cover. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What went wrong with the cover? The model looks anorexic, the big glasses really don't do it for me, the font is not good... it looks very ameteur. It's a shame too since a lot of people were getting into it because of the summary. Good summary, bad cover.


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