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Judging a Book by Its Cover

Hi everyone! My last few weeks as an intern have been exciting and amazing. RWA was a whirlwind and all the authors and attendees seemed to have a fantastic time from all their posts and pictures! Although sadly I couldn’t attend RWA, I’m happy to share with you all what I’ve been up to as an intern at Avon. One of the most fascinating parts of being an intern is seeing a book come alive. It truly begins to take shape when it has a cover. Now we all know the cliché “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but what does that even mean? There is so much effort and creativity channeled into a cover that it should definitely influence your decision to read the book! Throughout my time here, I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in on some “cover conferences.” At these cover conferences, the editors and art...

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Jul 30 - Post

#NewRelease ~ Hot Summer Nights Anthology #Romance #Contemp #DasiaIsland

 Hot Summer Nights Volume One A multi-author anthology by: Alicia Michaels, Carly Fall, Casse NaRome, C.J. Baty, Elise Marion, Kacey Hammell, Natalie G. Owens, Peggy Martinez, and R.K. Ryals Genres: New Adult/Adult, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Time Travel Release Date: July 30, 2014 Website Facebook Goodreads   Blurb: Welcome to the exotic paradise of Dasia Island. In the Elysium Resort, nestled among the lush beauty of the rainforest, adventure and romance await. In these nine short stories by bestselling and award winning authors, passion ignites between people from all walks of life, with stories ranging from New Adult to Erotic Romance, and even a bit of Paranormal and Time Travel thrown in—after all the island itself has a mystical history, with mysteries and legends to explore. Lose yourself in the magic of the island … you’ll never want to go home again! Contains my story ~ LAYOVER … Hand’s off. That’s...

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How To Feed A Romance Hero – Pizza

Sinful Rewards is set in Chicago and we can’t talk about Chicago without talking about deep dish pizza. My favorite pizza place in Chicago is Lou Malnati’s, my favorite pie being sausage with butter crust. So I asked a pizza expert which Lou Malnati’s pie she’d recommend for four different romance heroes. (this expert preferred not to be named) ******************************************************************************* The Sophisticated Executive (think Nicolas from Sinful Rewards) This billionaire hero wears expensive dark suits, white shirts, silk ties. He travels in a limousine, eats at the best restaurants, is seen at Chicago high society events. He has a private jet and divides his time between Chicago, New York and LA. Recommendation Pizza Recommended : Deluxe (a little bit of everything) Why you’d recommend this pizza: The Deluxe is the heartiest (and most expensive) of pizzas because it is loaded with toppings. ******************************************************************************* The Bad Boy Biker (think Mack, Hawke’s...

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Unwrapping My Thoughts on FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, the Movie & BDSM in Romance Novels

With all of the excitement building over the upcoming release of the movie version of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E.L. James, I got to thinking about the way BDSM (Bondage-Dominance-Submission-Masochism) is portrayed in romance novels today. I am not a fan of the FSofG series and do not expect to see the movie unless I hear some very good things about it – namely that it’s better than the book, but since a movie version of a book is so rarely better than the original, I doubt it will happen. Have you seen the trailer? Some think it's really sexy, racy, or whatever. I think it's about as exciting as the book. Not. There are many romance authors today who portray BDSM from mild to extreme so much more erotically, and genuinely that it got me thinking back to some older romance novels which were never labeled as BDSM...

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When Billionaires Collide

Would Blaine from He Watches Me have chopped down Nicolas’ tree? http://romancingthereaders.blogspot.ca/2014/07/guest-post-giveaway-sinful-rewards-1.html Here’s a snippet… The two men know and respect each other (Blaine makes a brief appearance in the Sinful Rewards serial). They’re both billionaires, able to financially take care of their loved ones, and successful in their industries but they’re very different characters. Subscribe To My Release Day Newsletter: http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/05/28/newsletter/ Sinful Rewards 1 Cynthia Sax Belinda “Bee” Carter is a good girl; at least, that’s what she tells herself. And a good girl deserves a nice guy—just like the gorgeous and moody billionaire Nicolas Rainer. He is everything she wants in a man. Or so she thinks, until she takes a look through her telescope and sees a naked, tattooed man on the balcony across the courtyard. Hawke is mysterious, the bad boy she knows will bring only heartbreak. He has been watching her, and that makes him...

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Cats on Avon Covers? Yes please!

At Digital Day at RWA, a special presentation we put together for our authors, sales director Erin created some truly unique new covers for us... featuring her own cats! Everyone in the room was totally delighted, so, we thought we'd share them with you!

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Jul 29 - Post

Release day for Sonya Lovedays “The Summer I Fell”

It’s out. The Summer I Fell by my friend and fellow author, Sonya Loveday. Go on over to Amazon and get your copy today. Here’s a little tidbit to give you a boost: Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it. Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace doesn’t let his chance slip by. Riley, in his...

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