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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Connectivity - Book Blitz

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Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family. But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…

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EXCERPT#1 Hotel Bar Scene

We arrive at the hotel, one of the most expensive and
sleekest in Chicago. William escorts me to the bar, which is
gorgeous and sophisticated and just perfect for a glass of wine.

We grab a spot near the open fireplace, and William helps me take
off his coat. I sink down into a cozy chair breathe an
appreciative sigh.

“This is so much better,” I say gratefully. “Thank you for
the rescue, William.”

He studies me for a moment as he sinks down into the chair
across from me. “You’re an old soul, aren’t you?” he asks slowly.
I watch as the light from the fireplace flickers across
William’s amazing cheekbones. “Just like you.”

William stares back at me, but I already know what he is
thinking. That I get him like nobody else does. I can’t explain
it, but it is a feeling I have, one that is so strong and so
powerful I know I’m right.

And he understands me better than anyone ever has, too.

“Welcome back, Mr. Cumberland,” the waitress says, dropping
down two cocktail napkins on the coffee table in-between us and
interrupting my thoughts. “The usual?”“No.” William looks at me. “What would you like to drink,

“A glass of pinot noir sounds really nice,” I say.

“Then I would like a bottle of your best pinot noir please,”
he says.

The waitress nods and then leaves.

“Hmmm. ‘Welcome Back?’” I say slowly. “Do you regularly
bring the ladies to this bar, William?”

Jesus did I just ask him that?

William studies me. “Would you like to know, Mary-Kate?”

“Only if you care to answer, William,” I say, matching him.

And my pulse jumps again as I wait for his reply. Here we
go. We say we are employee/boss. But we don’t speak to each other
like employee/boss. And now there is this damn undercurrent of
attraction, of sexual tension that I like way too much, and I
feel like my whole career, my dreams, and my future could go up
in flames because I am playing with a match here.

But at this moment, in this bar, I don’t care.

My Review

 **** 4 1/2 Love Connecting Stars ****

Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

I just have to say, for this being the author's first book, that this story blew my mind away!  I couldn't get enough of Mary Kate and William.  From MK's klutzy ways to William's cute banter.  This was a love story to top love stories!

I think I have found a new author to follow now and can't wait to see what else is in the works for her.

Mary Kate works at CME (Collective Media Enterprises) as an assistant to the General Manager for TATS (Total Access Total Sports) network.  She hates her job but is so career orientated and has dreams to work her way up to their sister station Beautiful Homes network.

MK comes from a family who puts a major emphasis on women finding a husband and only worrying about how big the wedding is going to be.  MK is the "black sheep" of the family because she doesn't have any time for it.  She finds herself in the middle of an irritating sister and annoying mother while they try and plan a wedding.

In comes Mr. William Cumberland, a British mogul and developer of Connectivity, who just bought out CME and is in the US for the transition.  William catches MK in a precarious position while trying to bind papers and immediately the sparks start flying.  William decides to make MK his personal assistant and moves her up to the same floor as the Beautiful Homes network.

Between tea and scone serving and embarrassing blogs she posts about William, MK starts to break through the wall William has around his heart.  More and more, MK gets him to smile and joke around about things while the two of them start to fall in love.

This is not a Alpha romance or erotica, instead this is a heart-felt beautiful love story where two people learn that work and careers aren't everything.  William is a perfect gentleman who respects MK and her wishes to take things slow.  He isn't the sex craved man but instead a man who built his life around his empire and MK is the first woman he has taken a chance with.

This is not just the gist of the story....we watch William become romantic and loving while all is right in MK's world and her blog is actually getting followers who want to read about her recipes and designs.  MK even gets a chance to write a story for Beautiful Homes.

They are cute, they are real, they are funny and they melt my heart......this is definitely a story worth reading!

You ask about angst??  Well, yes there is a bit of angst but no cheating, no unexpected pregnancies, and no deaths.

*psssttt....and yes, she was named after Mary Kate Olsen :-)

Aven Ellis Bio

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking,
connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

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  1. Oh I'm so glad you liked it! Aven is such a sweet person (honestly, I love her)! She has another book, "Waiting for Prince Harry" that will be going on tour with me in the Spring of 2014.

  2. Oh Yes Ashley - I absolutely ADORE Aven!! And I can't wait for her next book - I'll DEFINITELY sign up for that also!

    Her books ROCK!