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Dec 17 - Book Review

Hump Day News – State of Romance, Avon Roamnce’s KissCon, and Optimism

Blue Ridge Mountains in North CarolinaReleased to Public Domain (link)   Aloha!   For the evening crowd ….Today is the 111th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s first flight at Kitty Hawk.   To celebrate, State of Romance visits North Carolina this link.I dedicate the first paragraph to Mary Gramlich, the Reading Reviewer, who has taught me how to relax during air travel. Wright Brothers at Kitty HawkPublic Domain (link) Avon kicked off its KissCon in Seattle last month.   From Avon’s own publicist, Jessie Edwards:I’m so pleased to share this fun reel from the Speed Round of our first ever KissCon: An Avon Affair in Seattle—a grand event that took place just before Thanksgiving and featured 14 Avon authors, including Julia Quinn, Rachel Gibson, Sarah MacLean, Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Laura Kaye, Lorraine Heath, Lori Wilde, Elizabeth Boyle, Cathy Maxwell, Sophie Jordan, Jennifer Bernard, Julie Brannagh, and Darlene Panzera. In the…

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The Groom Says Yes (Brides of Wishmore Book 3) by Cathy Maxwell

Title: The Groom Says YesClassification: Adult FictionGenre: Historical RomanceSeries: Brides of WishmoreFormat: Paperback: 384 pagesPublisher: Avon (September 30, 2014)ISBN-10: 0062219294ISBN-13: 978-0062219299Author’s Website:  http://www.cathymaxwell.com/Notes: I bought this one. Sabrina Davidson is a twenty-nine years old and has never been kissed. Caring for her ailing mother when her father would not, she missed her chance at finding a husband and is now considered to be on the shelf. She thought all would be well, as her father had no plans to remarry, but when a widow with a rather seedy reputation springs upon her that her father has proposed, her plans for the future become questionable. Cormac Enright is a down-on-his-luck nice guy who is accused of a crime he didn’t commit–one with a death sentence attached. He wants answers, and the man who lied to put him behind bars is the one who holds them. He’s hoping to persuade him to tell…

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Nov 07 - Book Review

KissCon Seattle is only two weeks away!

Can’t make it to KissCon in San Rafael? Don’t worry, we’re hosting another KissCon event the very next day in Seattle, with EVEN MORE authors! Avon Books and University Book Store are teaming up to bring Seattle area romance readers the city’s first-ever multi-author KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on November 23, 2014. There will be a special limited-attendance VIP event, followed by a larger public event. We are encouraging readers to reserve tickets for both! The star-studded author line-up includes: Ilona Andrews, Jennifer Bernard, Elizabeth Boyle, Julie Brannagh, Rachel Gibson, Lorraine Heath, Laura Kaye, Sophie Jordan, Sarah MacLean, Cathy Maxwell, Darlene Panzera, Julia Quinn and Lori Wilde. 2 pm: VIP Reception $10 / $15 Readers can enjoy a special VIP meet and greet reception featuring all these beloved authors! Admission will include sweets, with tea or coffee, or a tasteful glass of Little Black Dress Wines*. $10 tickets will include…

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Nov 06 - Book Review

Only two weeks until Avon’s first ever KissCon in San Rafael

Want to meet 11 of your favorite romance authors? Avon Books and Copperfield’s San Rafael are joining forces to bring romance readers the very first KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on November 22, 2014. There will be a special limited-attendance VIP event, and a larger public event. We are encouraging readers to reserve tickets for both! Featured authors include: Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Elizabeth Boyle, Rachel Gibson, Laura Kaye, TJ Kline, Julie Anne Long, Sarah MacLean, Cathy Maxwell, Jennifer Ryan and Lori Wilde. 11 am: VIP Reception $10 For $10, readers can enjoy a special VIP meet and greet reception featuring all these beloved authors! Admission will include “Elevensies” (not breakfast, not lunch, but a sweet and delicious late morning treat, with tea and coffee) with the authors, plus one signed book from the following list: Ilona Andrews—BURN FOR ME Sarah Maclean—NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER Laura Kaye—HARD TO…

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Oct 22 - Book Review

KissCon (An Avon Affair) comes to Seattle in November!

Can’t make it to KissCon in San Rafael? Don’t worry, we’re hosting another KissCon event the very next day in Seattle, with EVEN MORE authors! Avon Books and University Book Store are teaming up to bring Seattle area romance readers the city’s first-ever multi-author KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on November 23, 2014. There will be a special limited-attendance VIP event, followed by a larger public event. We are encouraging readers to reserve tickets for both! The star-studded author line-up includes: Ilona Andrews, Jennifer Bernard, Elizabeth Boyle, Julie Brannagh, Rachel Gibson, Lorraine Heath, Laura Kaye, Sophie Jordan, Sarah MacLean, Cathy Maxwell, Darlene Panzera, Julia Quinn and Lori Wilde. 2 pm: VIP Reception $10 / $15 Readers can enjoy a special VIP meet and greet reception featuring all these beloved authors! Admission will include sweets, with tea or coffee, or a tasteful glass of Little Black Dress Wines*. $10 tickets will include…

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Oct 20 - Book Review

Meet your favorite Avon authors at KissCon San Rafael!

Want to meet 11 of your favorite romance authors? Avon Books and Copperfield’s San Rafael are joining forces to bring romance readers the very first KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on…

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Excerpt from Cathy Maxwell’s THE GROOM SAYS YES

It’s not out until next week (9/30), but a sneak peek of Cathy Maxwell’s third book in her charming the Brides of Wishmore series is now available to read!

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Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell (This novella originally appeared in the print anthology The One That Got Away)

Title: NightingaleClassification: Adult FictionGenre: Historical FictionAssociated Anthology: The One That Got AwayPrint Length: 96 pagesPublisher: Avon Impulse (August 26, 2014)ASIN: B00JTYQIX6Author’s Website: http://www.cathymaxwell.com/Notes:  I received and eARC loan from the publisher. Life is full of choices. Sometimes they’re the right choices and others times they’re the wrong. Regardless of which they are, we need to make them and live with the consequences. Ten years ago Jemma made the mistake of choosing to marry the wrong man. Instead of letting her heart decide, she’d chosen the man who could offer her financial security. While she’d made an informed decision, the future doesn’t always play out the way one thinks. Now, a widow supported by her brother’s generosity, she’s about to come face to face with the man she’d once turned down to plead for her brother’s and consequently her’s and her mother’s lives. Ten years ago, Dane Pendleton was in love. He’d…

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Aug 19 - Book Review

Feature and Giveaway: Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell

Fate has brought them together -again. At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune. Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride. His honor for hers . . . Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain? In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?” But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime? Originally appeared in the print anthology THE…

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Aloha to Cathy Maxwell and THE WEDDING WAGER (rerelease)

It’s always a great day when we chat about Cathy Maxwell and her books.   This past week, Avon re-released THE WEDDING WAGER:From New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell comes a romance about a headstrong young lady determined to marry . . . Mary Gates longs to restore the family stables to their former glory . . . so she bids on the famous Spender Stud. The only way she can pay for the beast is to marry, but her only prospect is her neighbor and chief rival, Tye Barlow. She has been tempted by his charms in the past—but she’s determined not to give in to him now. So Mary boldly goes to where the husbands are—London. She takes the town by storm, but the marital prospects are uninspiring when compared to Tye. He’s followed her, determined to thwart her plans. Still she can’t help but forget his…

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