Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fun Facts about My Super Sweet 16th Century by Rachel Harris - Giveaway

First, I want to thank Tami, the awesome Krazy Book Lady, for having me here today. Tami’s one of my all-time favorite people, and I’m so honored to be here as part of my official blog tour for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century!

For my post, Tami and I thought it would be fun if I shared a few fast and fun facts that even my critique partners and husband may not know…. 

-          Fun Fact One: Cat, the main girl in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, is a daughter of Hollywood, but totally hates it. Maybe it’s my past-life obsession with all things celebrity (I interned at Entertainment Tonight in college), but it was so fun writing about a rich, famous family who act completely normal and boring, yet are still forced into the spotlight. 

-          Fun Fact Two: People often ask if I had a particular actress in mind when creating Cat’s birth mom, and the answer is actually no. She’s just a blend of a bazillion tabloid stories all rolled into one, with my own demented spin. 

-          Fun Fact Three: In the fun crafting character phase, I always come up with flaws to give my characters (no one’s perfect, right?). For Cat, since she feels like she always has to look and act perfect because of who her parents are, I wanted to find obvious flaws. So, in the beginning of the book, Cat complains about an enormous zit that sprouted on her chin, and she also has my favorite flaw, a ‘bigger than Godzilla’ mouth. 

-          Fun Fact Four: Jenna, the bubbly soon-to-be stepmother who annoys Cat (at least in the beginning, he he)…. well, she’s actually kinda based on me. Which, if you think about it, means that I must find myself annoying since I paint her as such in the book! 

-          Fun Fact Five: My favorite character in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and the companion novel, A Tale of Two Centuries, is Reyna the gypsy. Reyna’s cool and mysterious, always keeps you guessing, she’s smart as heck, and has a sense of humor that only she seems to get. She was a total blast to write. 

-          Fun Fact Six: Thanks to Lorenzo, I’ve gotten to stare at pictures of Alex Pettyfer for about a year and a half. See, I always put together inspiration posters and since he is the inspiration for Lorenzo, he had to go up there. I kinda doubt my husband would normally approve of me posting random pics of hot dudes on my walls, but under the umbrella of inspiration, it’s all good. 

-          Fun Fact Seven: Cat’s love affair with the color purple is all me. I may not be as witty or snarky or as clever as Cat, and I may not be as famous or as rich, but when it comes to our obsessions with the color purple, we are total soul sisters. 

-          Fun Fact Eight: I was a weirdo nut about the names in this book. I researched and found census results from Florence in 1427, and would only use first and last names represented there. It may seem completely silly and something that no one else would ever care or notice, but I while I was stickler on all things research and making sure it was historically accurate, this name thing became a weird little obsession of mine. (And if you’re curious what other names I could’ve chosen, or are just a weirdo like me and are curious, here’s the link to men’s names-- http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/ferrante/catasto/ -- and women’s names -- http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/catasto/ )

So, there you have it. Fun, random facts about My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, my main girl Cat, and even me that you probably would’ve never known if you hadn’t stopped by (*grin*).

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
by Rachel Harris
Expected publication: September 11, 2012
by Entangled Teen

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?

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About the author:
As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.

As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.

When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate. 

MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her debut novel.  She did have her own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn't televised. 

Find out more at RachelHarrisWrites.com, on Twitter, and Facebook. 

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  1. Love this!! And the ‘bigger than Godzilla’ mouth bit made me laugh! LOL I love the colour purple too!

  2. nice post... love it... i also sometimes have 'Bigger than Godzilla' mouth and whenever i have it i have to listen a nice long speech by my parents...

  3. Congratulations on your debut novel! And what a masterpiece! Thanks for posting about your characters and their origins. Always great reading.

  4. Haha these fun facts are so cute and funny! Absolutely cannot wait to read this now! o__O x

  5. Great post.
    I like when there are flaws in a character. It makes them more real.



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