Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Three Great Blogs to Follow

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't blogged in a while! This one will be short, but I'll blog more soon!

This is just a list of three great blogs I'd love you guys to check out! The authors of these blogs each some attachment to Cystinosis. A rare, terminal illness that I also have. Please check them out. Thank you! :)

Here they are:
A Happy Girl by Tahnie Woodward:

Roller Skating with Rickets by Jessica Jondle:

Cystinosis - The Story So Far by Jessica Kemp:

Thank you again!

<3 Amanda Leigh

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In My Mailbox (IMM #3)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren!

My Books This Week:

I got one book this week as a belated holiday gift from my friend Hannah! (She blogs over at http://fiteveryday.blogspot.com/ ) This one looks really good. 

The Girls by Lori Lansens

That's what I got in my mailbox this week. What did you guys get?

<3 Amanda Leigh

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cover Reveal ~ My Super Sweet 16th Century!

I'm very excited to be part of this cover reveal! Rachel Harris's novel My Super Sweet 16th Century comes out on September 11, 2012. I am SO excited! Aren't you guys? 

Here is the gorgeous cover:


Blurb from GoodReads:
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?

And not only do you get to see the cover, there is also an exclusive excerpt! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Exclusive Excerpt:
I hear their muffled whispers and understand every Italian word. Every witty comment made at my expense. 

It’s like my brain is automatically translating. 

I bunch the soft fabric of the dress in my hand and then reach up to feel the ribbon in my hair. I lightly skim my fingers over my chin and feel my lack of zit. I take in the costumes of the crowd, the stench of the animals, and the Italian I can now speak and understand. And suddenly it hits me. 

Reyna must have pulled some kind of gypsy mojo. 

Maybe this is one of those nifty “change your life” magic scenarios like in the movies. I mean, mostly I’m still expecting to blink and be right back in the midst of overpriced, gaudy tourism, but for now, the gypsy-time-warp explanation is infinitely better than thinking I’ve lost my mind. As I decide to go with that option, I feel my frantic tension melt away. 

The growing crowd seems to notice my change in demeanor and begins shooting one another amused looks, but I don’t care anymore. A smile stretches across my face. Evidently, I was wrong earlier; Reyna is a psychic mind reader, because if this is her special brand of bibbity-bobbity-boo, then she made my exact daydream from earlier in the courtyard come to life. 

The long red gown, the braided hair, the Italian merchant’s daughter, the time period. I am in Renaissance Florence.

I stare dumbly at the ground, the words and reality sinking in.

I’m in Renaissance Florence! 

I'm so excited for My Super Sweet 16th Century to release! I'll be sure to pick this one up!

Don't forget to connect with Rachel at: 

<3 Amanda Leigh