Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year, New Books Day 9 (Part 2): Kristin Rae + Wish You Were Italian

2) Kristin Rae
-author of Wish You Were Italian (May 6th, 2014)

Please excuse me, but I am just way too excited for Kristin's book.

Kristin's on my blog today, giving us a sneak peek at her upcoming release, Wish You Were Italian! Kristin's excerpt comes from the first page of the ARC (squeals!) and she's sharing it with us today. Except the excerpt just makes me want to read the book even more than I already do. I mean seriously, look at the praise for this book:

“With Italy's brilliant landscapes, a main character you'll love from the first line and a new dreamy book boyfriend (he's mine!), WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN is a charming and addictive read. Devour this delicious treat like a double scoop of gelato.” —Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage and Sean Griswold’s Head.

Girl, are you kidding? Thanks a lot, Lindsey Leavitt. Now I want to read this book EVEN MORE. And before you, dear reader, are also tortured with the longing to read this book, take a look at Kristin's swoon-worthy book.

Title: Wish You Were Italian (An If I Only novel)
Author: Kristin Rae
Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury


Summary from Goodreads: Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

The perfect reckless romance to enjoy whether you are home or abroad.

Excerpt from Wish You Were Italian

Ten goals? The only things coming to mind are fears. Accidentally doing something illegal … embarrassing myself in front of the locals. I shudder as I write:
·      Don’t get arrested
·      Don’t make a fool out of myself in public
·      Get my picture taken at the Colosseum
·      Find random souvenir for Morgan
·      Get a makeover
·      See Pompeii
·      Swim in the Mediterranean Sea
·      Have a conversation with someone in only Italian
·      Eat a whole pizza in one sitting
I read back through the list and sigh at my lack of originality. I have to throw in something major. Something crazy.
The Italian couple behind me starts chatting and I close my eyes as the rhythm of their language washes over me. In only a handful of hours, I’ll be immersed in a sea of people speaking this way. I’m not even there yet, and I already know I’ll miss it when summer ends. Not the confusion of the language barrier, but the beauty of the way it sounds. If only there was a way to bottle that up and bring it back with me.
I snicker out loud as my pen glides across the page. My final goal:
·      Fall in love with an Italian

I'm making serious grabby hands for this book and you should too. And now, we've got an awesome giveaway from the creative Kristin herself:
A Wish You Were Italian Swag Pack:
-5 signed bookmarks
-3 buttons
-1 postcard
-1 magnet
-1 personalized bookplate

Rules of entry:
2) No cheating with the entries, I always check!
3) The swag pack will be sent out at the publisher's discretion.
4) Take the time to read this post with Kristin, not just enter the giveaway. All the authors featured in New Year, New Books are crazy busy, and deserve as much love and attention as any giveaway you enter.
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In addition to the individual giveaways each author is hosting, I am also going to have a grand prize giveaway that will run for the entire month. This is because some authors cannot contribute a giveaway, so I figured I'd give something of mine as well.

Grand Prize Giveaway:
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
2) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If not, I will have to pick a new winner. 
3) The prize will be sent out at my discretion, so I might take me a little longer than a week to get it to you.
4) In order to earn the maximum amount of entries, you can comment on EVERY SINGLE DAY of New Year, New Books!
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  1. This book sounds adorable!! I'm so excited!!!!! I love reading books that take place outside of the US. I'm a big fan of contemporary romance too! :D

  2. Ooo! Okay, so it sounds like there's a potential love triangle-ish thing, but this also sounds like a really fun read! It sounds light and fun, and potentially a bit feels-y! Will have to wait and see!

  3. I think this recommendation is much better than the other. And it's set on Italy! Truly you have to visit Rome to see the romance in it! And i assure you, it's amazing!

  4. "Eat a whole pizza in one sitting." I feel bad for laughing at this one, but honestly... if I was in Italy, I'm sure I'd want to do the same thing too. Italian has been one of those languages that I would love to learn myself, as well, but I think I'd be happy if I managed any sort of conversation in any language without making a fool out of myself.

    I see a love triangleeeee, which I would normally be against but I can totally see that there might be some mischief in the future which sounds like a once in a lifetime adventure... and I'm always up for adventures like those. :D

  5. I love it when books are set in foreign countries!! It's one of my favorite things :D This sounds adorable.

  6. Ooh...this book sounds awesome! I spent a semester in Italy during college and my "list" looked very similar. Can't wait to read!

  7. Even though I'm not a huge fan of lighter contemporary novels, this one does seem really good!

  8. This book looks super cute and I love that it's set in Italy! It sounds like a fun read!! :)

  9. I love the list! This book looks like a perfect holiday read:-)

  10. This looks like a good beach book. Fall in love with an Italian..... good goal.

  11. The synopsis is cute, but the excerpt really sealed the deal for me. Added to the TBR!

  12. This looks like a great summer read! Love the cover.