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Dec 17 - Post

Hump Day News - State of Romance, Avon Roamnce's KissCon, and Optimism

Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina Released 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 Hawk Public 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,...

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

Title: The Groom Says Yes Classification: Adult Fiction Genre: Historical Romance Series: Brides of Wishmore Format: Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Avon (September 30, 2014) ISBN-10: 0062219294 ISBN-13: 978-0062219299 Author'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...

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Nov 13 - Post

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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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 23 - Post

KissCon launching on West Coast

I often wish I lived on the West Coast. Now I have  two more reasons. Avon is launching new events called KissCon. What does KissCon entail? A group of Avon authors will be doing a signing, a Q&A, and fun, interactive events with the audience. There will be prizes and raffles. Authors attending each event will vary slightly. Attendance is free, unless you spring for a VIP ticket—which gets you in to an exclusive reception with the authors, as well as one of the featured authors’ books. Maybe I will finish one of my own romance novels in time to be featured at a Florida KissCon someday.  Anyway, here are the locations: KissCon Seattle (at Copperfield’s Books in San Rafael, CA, Saturday, 11/22): 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...

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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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