Saturday, December 22, 2012
It's time for a super sparkly author to make her mark on the blog. I've actually already been lucky enough to interview her once before! (Read previous interview HERE) Welcome Rachel!
About Rachel!
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. I did have my own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn’t televised

Rachel's Swoon-Worthy Book:
My Super Sweet 16th Century
Published: 9.11.12
Pages: 304
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be 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?
Doesn't it sound awesome? Wait till you read this fabulous interview!

What's your favorite scene from your book?
The day in the countryside for sure. When plotting, I expected it to be the ball scene, and don’t get me wrong, I do love everything about that scene, but something took over while I was writing the chapter in the countryside. It took off in surprising ways and was just a blast to write and picture in my mind.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever gotten?
Write what you love and what makes you happy. Standard stuff, but it’s amazing to me how I keep having to remember this, and how when I do, and I write what I want to see and things that make me happy, I enjoy it so much more…..and my critique partners and beta readers respond more, too!

Describe your books in 5 words.  
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is an artistic, fun, sweet, fairy-tale-like adventure

How did you name Cat?
She is named after her mom, so I started with that. Caterina Angelini just sounds like a Hollywood vixen to me and once I came up with that name, nothing else would work for me. To distance herself from her mother, Cat shortened her name. Her last name is Crawford because of her father.

Best holiday of the year?
This is so hard for me. I LOVE everything Christmas, the songs, the festive feel, the tv specials, but the only thing I like slightly more is Thanksgiving. I go back and forth each year as to which is my favorite, but there’s something about gathering as a family and not exchanging gifts, just having it be about loving each other and being grateful for all of our blessings J

Do your write by free-hand or by typing on the computer?
Typing on the computer! My handwriting is atrocious and I type very quickly.

What is your favorite quote from your book?
In response to her first experience with a corset:
At least I can look like a Kardashian while hyperventilating all over the dance floor.

You're stranded on a desert island with one book. What is it?
Pride and Prejudice

What is one of the first things you do to get your know your character(s)/setting a little more? 
I always find pictures of celebrities or models that fit them, and then I interview them. I figure out their astrology signs and temperament. But it all happens so quick I don’t know which happens first…probably the picture J

Any special writing traditions/places you write?
I write anywhere I can—as a homeschool mom, you tend to jump on any bit of semi-quiet time you can get. McDonald’s playlands rock. But my favorite is the weekends my husband gets me a hotel room to pound out the words all alone. Its’ just me, my laptop, and a bunch of books. Sigh………

Favorite movie/book of all time?
BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice is up there… The Holiday is one of my favorites around this time of year. Also love 13 Going on 30, Under the Tuscan Sun, Bridget Jones, and Never Been Kissed

If you could design a fortune cookie, what would it say?
Wow you are great at stumping me today! Um, probably something unoriginal and simple, but total truth like “Smile More.” If everyone smiled more often, I think the word would be a much better place.

And wow, I sound cheesy…..

Is there anything in particular you want readers to take from romantic tale across time?
I would love for readers to walk away having felt like they experienced another word, time, and place for a few hours. Whether they needed the escape or just wanted one, I hope they smile and laugh and get a warm fuzzy in the end.
Tennis Shoes or Flip-Flops
Pumpkin or Apple Pie
The Avengers or The Fellowship? 
Cocoa or Cider? 
Day Bird or Night Owl?
Harry or Edward?
Isn't she Amazing Darlings? 
Thanks so much to Rachel for taking the time to stop by my blog! I hope you all get a chance to read her book soon, because it is adorable and totally SWOON-WORTHY! Not to mention, she's got tons of awesome herself. One of which, being the fact that she is giving away on EPIC prize pack to an INTERNATIONAL reader!!!! And you also have a chance to enter to win the BOOK in the GIVEAWAY OF EPIC PROPORTIONS! So go enter and have a fabulous weekend!

a Rafflecopter giveaway XOXO,


  1. I haven't read any of them, but I really want to, it sounds amazing!


  2. I LOVED her book - one of my favorites! I can't wait for the sequel! Thanks for the giveaway.Merry Christmas!:)

  3. No, I haven't read Rachel's books. But I really want to. And I'd love to read both of them when the 2nd book is out.

  4. No, I haven't yet had the chance to read them, but I'm hopefully going to soon!

  5. i've read rachel's My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and it was amazing! can't wait for the 2nd!!

  6. I haven't read it yet! But its on my TBR list on goodreads:)

  7. i buy the first book and i can't wait to read the second book...

  8. I have been wanting to read this!

  9. The author sounds so fun! If she had any time to spare,I would invite her out to lunch! (or a your faves, too!) This looks really cute!


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