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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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Waiting on Wednesday: Scorch

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection on Making the Grade is:

ScorchScorch (Croak #2)
by Gina Damico
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: September 25, 2012
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Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after -spoiler for book 1-, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home. To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse.

Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop -spoiler for book 1- once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?

Croak is one of the most hilarious books I’ve read this year. I cannot wait to get my hands on Scorch so that I can enjoy even more laughs. What’s better is that book one even had a great plot to go along with it, including some drama and (gasp!) even some tears were shed by me. Lex is one of my current favorite heroines in YA lit. Yes, The Snark is strong in that one. And I need more Snark. Now, please!

If you haven’t checked out Croak yet, I recommend that you do. You can find it in paperback for only $8.99!

Waiting on Wednesday: What’s Left of Me

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection on Making the Grade is:

What's Left of MeWhat’s Left of Me
by Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

I discovered this book on the recent YAmazing Race scavenger hunt, held by the Apocalypsies. I have to say, I loooove when authors hold such events on their blogs. I discover so many new and upcoming books that way! So, of course, when I saw What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang, I had to take a closer look. The idea of two souls being women together in one body, with only one prevailing to live out the rest of their (?) life. Wow. It’s sad, it devastating, if you ask me. I can’t help but think of the tragic life of Siamese twins… I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this one.

Plus, since I do love beautiful cover art: Do you see the brilliant double image in the cover?