Hi guys! Happy Monday to you! Today, I’m so happy to be the first tour stop for Rachel Harris’ Tale of Two Centuries blog tour! (hosted by Rock Star Book tours) Tale of Two Centuries is such a good feel book! If you’ve read Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and liked it, I’m very sure you’ll like Tale of Two Centuries too! Personally, I liked it more because it’s kind of more mature and we finally see the what happens to Alessandra and Cat! (I’ll post my review sometime next week 🙂 )
Okay back to today’s tour stop. We have a special guest post from Rachel herself. Read along as she talks about five things that in her opinion are essential for a perfect story. We also have a really cool giveaway below! So lots of fun things for you guys! 🙂
Rachel, take it away!
- Strong Relationships – This includes romantic relationships, but that gets its own point below. Here I mean secondary relationships. Friendships, siblings, parents, maybe even time-traveling cousins (*grin*). My family and friends are everything to me, and I want to read and write about characters that are similar, yet still manage to wind up in some real doozies. When I read, I read for escape, to lose myself in a story world and leave it with warm fuzzy, and I relate best to characters who care deeply for others. Strong relationships pull me in, they round out the story world, and they make me wish I could live there, too. Plus, it’s normally in conversations between close characters that you learn the dirt (he he).
- Humor – I love to laugh. If an author can make me swoon, laugh, and even cry in a book, I’m sold. When I laugh, I smile. When I smile, I inevitably sink further into my sofa cushions or my pillow, and thus further into the story. In the beginning of my career, I settled on Fun & Flirty Escapes as my author brand. I want to write the type of books I love to read—books that make me smile, laugh, and swoon while they whisk me away. (insert happy reader sigh here)
- Character Growth – I’m a total character girl. Strong characters who grow and change make my reader heart happy, and it’s my number one goal for every story I create. This is especially true in a romance. A happy ever after—or a happy for now, depending on the story—is so much sweeter when both characters have been tested, put in situations that force them to either grow or fail, and reach the other side stronger and better for themselves and each other. Talk about swoon
- Setting – Sensory details! I love the little things that bring a story to life, and a vibrant setting does that for me. In My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, I immersed myself in Florence, Italy and the art, costume, and architecture of the sixteenth century. In my recent adult romance, Taste the Heat, I introduced the world to my hometown of New Orleans, sprinkling the language, food, and culture of my heritage. And in A Tale of Two Centuries, I introduce the world to modern day Beverly Hills through the lens of 16th century born Alessandra D’Angeli. If a reader tells me that they felt as though they traveled wherever my story was set, that is probably the highest compliment they can give me…well, other than THIS BOOK ROCKS! Or Austin IS SOOO HOT!! (I love those comments, too!)
- Romance – Seriously, did you think I’d leave this out? For a girl who writes Fun & Flirty Escapes, the romance is high on my list. And the more books I write, the more I find the romance becoming more and more integral to the plot. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for close relationships. Maybe it’s because I love to swoon. But I live for those moments that make my tummy dip, my heart flutter, and my skin to tingle. Or in Austin Michaels’s case, the moments that make me blush. (*grin*)
Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.
One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.
With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?