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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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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 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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Have You Met: Felicia the Geeky Blogger

‘Cause I just love meeting people online and then sharing their fun with the world, I thought wouldn’t it be a kick to feature bloggers, readers and romance addicts every Friday, so everyone can find MORE places to share their love of books. Felicia of The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog kindly and nicely agreed to go first. So please give Felicia a warm welcome and then make sure to go visit her blog and friend her on all your favorite social media haunts. With further ado, please meet Felicia. Did you have a nickname growing up? This all sprang from a combination of my name and a very bad book bag choice made in the 2nd grade (bright yellow with a giant flea–it was the 70s don’t judge): Flea, FleaBag, FleaPot . I am still called many of these to this day. What is the very first romance novel that...

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The Washington Post recommends The Wedding Vow!

The Washington Post has recommended my upcoming release, The Wedding Vow, as one of October’s best new romance novels! My fellow Avon author Sarah Maclean pens a monthly book review column for the newspaper, and in her latest entry she had this to say about the heroine and hero of my new book: This is a classic enemies-to-lovers romance, and the two are deeply reluctant, very entertaining partners. Once Adam and Maddie discover their mutual attraction, it’s only a matter of time before they discover mutual admiration, “unexpected, unfathomable. No warning, no net.” Their fall is as fun as it is satisfying — for heroine, hero and reader alike.  A nice review is always appreciated, but I find it especially gratifying when another novelist, particularly one as terrific as Sarah Maclean, praises my work. Thanks, Sarah!

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A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels #1) by Sarah MacLean

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury. A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures. Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them... even her heart. Type: Historical Romance Heat: 3 out of 5 Rating: 4 out of 5 Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads Oh, man. I've never wanted to de-ball...

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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished - Rule of Scoundrels #3 by Sarah MacLean

Description… A rogue ruined . . . He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution. A lady returned . . . Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer. A scandal revealed . . . It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem....

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Waiting for Wednesday #32: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week an upcoming book I can’t wait to read is… Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean Publication date: November 25, 2014 Series: Rules of Scroundrels Published: Avon | Amazon By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London's darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city's most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now. Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems, and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana's...

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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean Twelve years ago William Harrow, Marquess of Chapin, heir to the Duke of Lamont, killed a woman.  That is what everyone believes...including him.  How else can he explain waking up in the bed of his father's missing betrothed, covered in blood, and remembering nothing?  These events led him to becoming Temple, an undefeated boxing champion and part owner of The Fallen Angel, the most exclusive gaming hell in London.  Except now it looks like his reputation as the Killer Duke was undeserved, because the supposedly dead woman just showed up at his door with an offer to exchange his reputation for her brother's lost fortune. Mara Lowe never intended for her escape attempt to look like murder.  Unfortunately, by the time she discovered the truth, it was too late to do any good.  Now, twelve years later, she is willing to utterly...

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Cover Reveal: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

BEHIND-THE-SCENE QUOTES:  “I’ve always loved cross-dressing heroines – the trope is probably my most favorite of all the romance tropes, so when I wrote Chase, I wanted to play with the cross-dressing heroine idea. She doesn’t just dress in trousers – she’s also built a persona to match. She's a pre-Victorian Wizard of Oz, so to speak, thought to be a man, but one who has never been seen in public, and about whom very few people know the truth…namely, that he’s a she.” --Sarah MacLean “Seeing a woman in pants has not been shocking for about a century. But when one remembers the historical context of Regency England it is extraordinary. I hope this cover attracts readers who are looking for something different, because Sarah is blazing her own path in historical romance.“ --Carrie Feron, Executive Editor “It was a fabulous challenge." --Tom Egner, Avon Art Director  NEVER JUDGE...

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