Thursday, October 31, 2013


I am beyond thrilled to help my good friend, Kristin Rae, share the cover for her debut novel, WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN. I remember the day that Kristin and I were book shopping and she told me that she was writing a book. She told me all about Pippa and her adventures in Italy. I asked Kristin if I could read the book once she was finished writing it. I read the manuscript in less than 24 hours and knew that Kristin was meant to be an author! Before we get to the cover Kristin tells us a little about WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN. I would love it if you shared your thoughts!

They say it helps to write what you know, so I gave Pippa the same love of photography that I have. When I traveled to Italy in 2009, I took pictures of even the most obscure details, knowing I’d want to set a story there one day. I’m thankful I was so thorough because once this story idea came to me in April 2011, my memory of the trip wasn’t as fresh. I was able to sift through my photos and build Pippa’s summer with them, tossing in some of my own experiences. I’m actually jealous that Pippa spent so much more time in Italy than I did. She got to take so many more pictures!

Pippa always wanted to go to Italy, but not by herself. And not to sit in a classroom the summer before senior year learning about paintings by dead guys. Tempted by the romance of Rome and the chance to photograph ancient ruins, Pippa ditches the program and sets her own list of goals—get my picture taken at the Colosseum; get a makeover; fall in love with an Italian.
She befriends a local girl whose gorgeous cousin may be just the Italian Pippa’s looking for, but the road to amore gets detoured when she keeps running into a cute American student. And she can’t forget that her summer abroad is only temporary. As she explores the famous cities of Rome and Pompeii, Pippa must sort out her feelings before her parents figure out where she really is.

And now for the cover!!!!

“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.

Kristin Rae was born and raised in Texas though her accent would suggest otherwise. She’s addicted to books, music, movies, crafty things, and chocolate. A former figure skating coach, LEGO merchandiser, and photographer, she’s now happy to create stories while pretending to ignore the carton of gelato in the freezer. Kristin lives in Houston with her husband and their two boxers.

Learn morea bout Kristin online at:
Twitter: @kristincreative


  1. I love it and I LOOOOVE the title.
    WAY cute.
    I am however a bit jealous of her 'cause she got to go shopping with you Cari.

    1. Thank you!! And Cari is the best shopping buddy!

  2. My dear, dear friend. Thank you so much for helping me throw a cover reveal party today!! This is too much fun!

  3. So excited for Kristin! I remember when she was beginning to submit the book and it sounded like such an awesome story. Can't wait to read it!

    1. Thanks, Amy!! I will always always remember our lunch at TLA with Kiki! I was so nervous talking about my book with y'all!

  4. Oh, this sounds adorable! And yay for Texas authors!!! I'll have to add this one to my TBR for sure. :D