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My Passion & A Tale of Two Centuries

What is my passion?

My passion is writing. I've been writing short stories for longer than I can remember. When I was little I wanted to write children's books in all different languages. I had many stories that I wanted to tell and I wanted to share them.

Where am I today?

I am working on getting my bachelor's degree in English, which is not easy with working a full time but I am working hard even thought I feel like quitting sometimes. Plus within the last year, I started a book blog and I've met a ton of puublished and unpublished authors. I've learned a lot an dI like writing bok reviews because it has added a whole new passion to my life. I would love to work in publishing and editing. In all complete dream is to work for HarperCollins one day. Hopefully I didn't just jinx my chances.

I am still writing besides blogging, I have short storiesk, plus I am trying to compete a YA novel. I am hoping that it will be completed within a year and I can start either sending it out or self publish it myself. That is my dream and my passion. I would give anything to see my name in print. how cool would it be to see someone reading your book? My passion is to write and it makes me happy to put pen to paper. I feel like writing is my escape just like reading can take my to other places. I fell in love with reading at a young age and with reading came my love of writing. I've definitely have had hard time where I've felt like giving up. I alway return back to writing though. I don't where I would be if I couldn't write.

What am I doing now?

I am reading everyday and learning different writing styles.I try to improve my writing skills through my blog. I also keep a journal and I work on my novel. One of these days I will see my name in print.

How did I get started?

I've always loved reading. Books were my best friends. I could escape to any place I wanted too, just by picking up a book and that is what I wanted to share with others. I want people to fall in love with books and reading, just like me except I wanted to be the one that makes them fall in love. I have character's stories swirling around in my head all the time and I just want to share them with people.

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?

A Tale of Two Centuries
Rachel Harris
Release Date: August 2013
Entangled Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction


Austin pushes the red and black Jet Ski into the water, past the first few crashing waves, then throws a leg over the side. He turns to me, extending an upturned palm, but as I watch the water pound against his legs, I slowly shake my head and inch away. Forget the confusion of the past few minutes or my concern if riding wrapped around Austin is appropriate…are jet skis even safe? So far, my experience with modern machines has taught me that they travel at terrifying speeds. What if I were to accidently let go and fly off? I don’t know how to swim!
Austin’s face gentles and he curls his fingers, coaxing me closer to the watery death trap. “I’ve got you, Alessandra,” he says. “I promise nothing’s gonna hurt you. You can trust me.”
The sardonic guise he hides behind drops for just a moment, but it is enough.
I say a quick prayer and place my hand in his.
With my legs straddling the seat, my arms wrapped tightly around Austin’s firm stomach, and my chest and face pressed against his back, I do not need the extra layer my wetsuit provides. I am quite warm without it. Under me, the engine rumbles. Austin grabs my clasped hands, ensuring my death grip. And then we are flying. 
Fear is left behind me on the beach. My laughter is swallowed by the wind. And I hold onto Austin. The rest of the world falls away as he powers the machine forward. Whistling sound envelops us yet there’s also silence in the midst of the roar. Out here, there’s no room for worrisome thoughts about the future or about the past. No time for concerns over when I will return or how much I miss my family. In this bubble of Austin, wind, and water, all I can do is live and breathe and smile.
Austin spins us in circles and then we fly straight ahead, free as the winged creatures overhead. He bounces us over a swell and a spray of water splashes my face, tickling the skin left exposed from my wetsuit. I squeal, and under my clasped hands, I feel his taut stomach muscles shake with laughter. Then he takes off again in another sharp turn, racing in the opposite direction of which we came. Excitement has me screaming, asking him to go faster. I close my eyes against the sting of the salty air and the lash of my hair and tilt my head back, feeling more uninhibited than I ever have before.
More free, more alive…just more.

Here is the awesome author herself: RACHEL HARRIS 

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. A Tale of Two Centuries is her second novel.


  1. yay! you and I have a common passion!! :)

  2. Love this, Ali! And you know, being an avid reader is so important when it comes to being an author. You have to know what's out there, and it fills you back up, too. With your drive, heart, and spirit, I have no doubt your dream will become reality <3