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:
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.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY
By 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.
We are happy to be part of the cover reveal for an upcoming novel by debut Entangled Publishing author, Chloe Jacobs. Her upcoming book, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING, is the first installment in The Mylena Chronicles, which is sure to appeal to fans of The Iron Fey series and other dark fantasy… As a huge fan of the Entangled Publishing label, I can’t wait to get my greedy little fingers on this one!
Stick around, because later this year Making the Grade will have the honor of providing you with an exclusive excerpt from Greta and the Goblin King!
While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.
To survive, seventeen-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.
But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…
Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she’d at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.
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We are happy to be part of the cover reveal for an upcoming novel by Raine Thomas (author of the Daughters of Saraqael series). The upcoming book, DEFY, is the first installment in her Firstborn series… and I, for one, cannot wait to read this. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the story sounds simply fantastic, as well.
Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.
Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.
Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.
As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.
It should also be said that the cover of DEFY perfectly compliments the titles in her Daughters of Saraqael series. (Take a look below and you’ll see what I mean!) DEFY can be read either as a continuation of the previous series or as the first installment in this entirely new series. No previous knowledge of the Daughters of Saraqael is necessary in order to enjoy the Firstborn series. But still, for only .99-$2.99 for each e-book, or $10.95 for each paperback, you really should check out the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy!
I mean look at these covers!
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