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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century: RE-Cover Reveal + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Back in mid-March (if you recall) we provided a cover reveal for the upcoming title, MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY, by Rachel Harris. Well, lo and behold, the graphics guys over at Entangled Publishing have decided to conduct a fancy re-design of the cover and I have it here on the blog today for you to see for the very first time!

In addition, you get to read yet another excerpt from the book below the reveal!
The giveaway is located at the bottom of this post.

Here is the all-new (and super sweet) cover:

My Super Sweet
Sixteenth Century

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?

My Thoughts: I have to say, though I loved the Paris Hilton-esque nature of the heroine on the first cover, I definitely prefer the more dated and sweet nature of the heroine on this cover. Granted, we don’t see much of her face, but the lack thereof allows us to judge her as we will and not some existing (and super self-obsessed) tabloid star. Plus! LOOK at that DRESS!!! It is STUNNING!! And the backpack, very nice touch. I look forward to picking this one up in September! By the way, you can check out the original cover here.

Now for a *Never-Before-Seen* Excerpt from the Book:

“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.

The first snippet can be found here.

By Rachel Harris

Arriving September 11, 2012 from Entangled Publishing.
Pre-order from Amazon | Add to Goodreads | Visit Author’s Website

About Rachel Harris:

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.

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Celebrate! The Ash-Born Boy by Victoria Schwab

It’s May 15th! A very special day for fans of  THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab!

Not only does The Near Witch come out in paperback TODAY, but, to celebrate its release, The Ash-Born Boy is finally up over at Disney*Hyperion’s website!

So, what is “The Ash-Born Boy”?
It’s a FREE story Victoria wrote as a thank you to her fans. She wrote it to answer ONE question: “Who was Cole before he came to Near?”

Now, if you’ve already read The Near Witch, The Ash-Born Boy is guaranteed to change the way you see Cole. (I know. I’ve read it.) And if you haven’t read The Near Witch yet, don’t worry, The Ash-Born Boy won’t spoil anything! So basically, either way, you should go read Cole’s story.

The Near WitchAnd if you want to wait and read The Near Witch first, guess what! Cole’s story will stay up on Disney*Hyperion’s website. And if it ever comes down, Victoria will carve out a space for it on her own site. It will always be available somewhere, and it will always be absolutely FREE.

And!… Cole’s story isn’t the only goodie to go along with the paperback release. In the paperback itself, you’ll find the first chapter of Victoria’s new book, THE ARCHIVED, which doesn’t come out until January 22, 2013!

So what are you waiting for? Help Victoria celebrate today by taking a look at The Ash-Born Boy, and don’t forget to buy/order/pick up your own hardcover or paperback copy of The Near Witch!

Website: | Blog: | Twitter: @veschwab

So, have you read THE NEAR WITCH or THE ASH-BORN BOY yet? Share your thoughts below!


Making the Grade is going to ROCK THE DROP in honor of Support Teen Lit Day, 4/12/12!!

We’ll be dropping the following three books in the Tampa Bay Area on April 12, 2012:

Here’s the drill for Support Teen Literature Day, 4/12/12: Share the banners below on your sites. Print the bookplate and paste it in your donation. Drop your YA book in a public place to be found and cherished. Load your photo at the readergirlz facebook page, and tweet your drop at #rockthedrop. Ready, set, go!

Grab this banner to share the news about Rock the Drop!

And here’s your snazzy bookplate!

Again: If you would like to Rock the Drop, here’s how you can get involved:

  • Snag the above bookplate and/or banner, created by the uber-talented David Ostow and add it to your blog and social networks to share the love. Proclaim that you will ROCK THE DROP!
  • Print a copy of the bookplate and insert it into a book (or 10!) to drop on April 12th. Drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?). Lucky finders will see that the book is part of ROCK THE DROP!
  • Plan to snap a photo and post it at the readergirlz facebook page. Then tweet the drop at #rockthedrop with all the other lovers of YA books.

(Re-blogged from the readergirlz blog.)

Get ready for the celebration! Get ready to rock!