EXCITING DAY! Today we’re tour hosts for lovely Aven Ellis, the author of ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Waiting For Prince Harry’. We’ve read/reviewed and above all, LOVED, both of her books and we’re thrilled to welcome Aven on This Chick Reads today. Read on her post and make sure you enter the amazing giveaway (rafflecopter at the end of the post). Also, make sure you visit the other tour hosts for loads of more guest post, interviews and reviews. The stage is all yours Aven and thank you for being our guest today!
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer…Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.
Or does it?
Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…
The Setting in Waiting for Prince Harry
Setting is always so important to me when writing a story. It gives readers a new place to explore, or a familiar trip to somewhere they’ve been many times through the eyes of a character instead of their own. In Waiting for Prince Harry, I take the readers to my hometown of Dallas, Texas.
Dallas is a chic, fashion-forward city in the southwest. Summers here are sultry and hot, with temperatures often over 100F in the day. So I decided to place my story here, in the steamy summertime, to allow the heat to bring another element to the story. And we visit some fabulous places, too. So let’s take a look at some of these, shall we?
- The Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Ritz is gorgeous and the perfect place for a posh Dallas wedding reception as described in the opening scene in the book.
- The Rattlesnake Bar is where Kylie meets Harrison for the first time. It’s rugged sexy—just like our hockey hero!
- The lobby of the Ritz Carlton is where Kylie’s indecision costs her a chance to ask Harrison for his number. This scene happened right next to this table of vases.
- Kylie works at an outdoor mall in Dallas, and I modeled it after the famous Highland Park Village.
- Kylie lives in Uptown, a chic spot for shopping, dining out, and living.
- Harrison and Kylie enjoy nights out in Dallas, and this is the beautiful skyline of my hometown.
- Kylie attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
- Southlake, Texas is the Dallas suburb where Kylie grew up.
- Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Five Sixty is a favorite of Kylie & Harrison.
So I hope you enjoyed this visual trip through Dallas. And if you’ve read the book, I hope my descriptions gave you a good picture of my hometown.
About the Author
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 this 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.
The overall giveaway on tour is an ecopy of Connectivity and an ecopy of Waiting for Prince Harry. Open Internationally!
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Named after Olson twin, Mary Kate is chasing her dream to work in the TV industry. But bills need to be paid, so she takes a job as an assistant to the general manager of TATS-Total Access Total Sports in hope to transfer to BH Network, and get her dream job. Stucked with making copies for the boss, she meets William Cumberland, British Media Mogul, who recenly bought a part of TATS. Now, he is her new boss, and she is his personal assistant.
Mary Kate is not looking for a relationship. The previous ones ended badly, so she tries to focus on her carrier as well. The last thing she wants to be is like her mother and sister. She loves them both very much, but there is more to life than being married and having children. A woman can have her own career too, doesn’t have to give up anything.
William stays away from relationships too. He’s had enough of women who are after him only for his money. Money that he earned by working very hard. Raised in family where parents had their two sons just to say that they have a family, he decides not to be like them, not to have a family without love. But when he meets Mary Kate, the walls he built around himself start to fall.
I loved both Mary Kate and William as characters. I loved their texts which they were sending to each other all the time, their support for each other, the way they chose gifts for each other. The romance between MK and WC (they sign their texts with initials) is so cute and innocent. They are just so adorable as a couple.
Baring in mind this is a debut, I have to say Ms. Ellis did an amazing job. She points out the differences between the Americans and the English in such a lovely way, while not offending either of the sides. Just to mention, Mary Kate is American and William is English.
I really enjoyed reading this lovely romantic story. It’s pretty much a modern version of Cinderella, handsome prince included. Ms. Ellis is definitely an author to watch out for and I’m already looking forward to her next books. Speaking of which, I wonder when is a new one coming out. Let’s hope it’ll be soon.
My rating: 4.5/5