Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: Connectivity by Aven Ellis

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Title: Connectivity
Author: Aven Ellis
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Date of Publication: October 16, 2013
Genre: contemporary NA romance

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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Guest Post

The Character Closet

There are many key components in developing a well-rounded character. Physical description...personality...deepest fears...likes and dislikes...

...and the clothing in their closets.

Yes, my characters all have a specific fashion style. Okay, so I adore fashion--my stash of fashion magazines under the coffee table is rather, um, fine, I’ll say it: it’s RIDICULOUS-- but I think fashion can tell a lot about a person. And I have found that I can use fashion to make my characters come alive on the pages.

For Connectivity, I knew Mary-Kate (MK) Grant was a young woman living in the city, working her way up the ladder in TV. Her clothing was professional, but fresh and modern at the same time. Slim skirts, wrap dresses, fitted sweaters are all part of MK’s working wardrobe. She knows the importance of accessories. Creative by nature, MK put her own spin on her outfits with vintage, unique jewelry pieces. And her head band is her signature accessory, one that catches the eye of William Cumberland and plays a part throughout the entire story.

William Cumberland is the badass mogul billionaire and the owner of Connectivity, a social media empire. William knows the power he has, and that power influences his wardrobe choices. He’s serious, committed to his work, and wears modern, fitted suits that work with his tall, lean frame. William has slim fitted Prada dress shirts and Burberry suits (which he picks up when he is back home in London.) But once he lets down his guard with MK, we see a different side of William, and I reflect that in his wardrobe as well: cashmere V-neck sweaters, leather jackets, and jeans.

So there’s a peek inside MK and William’s closets. And if you really want to see the clothing, check out my character fashion boards on Pinterest. Here you’ll find William & MK’s inspiration boards, as well as boards for my next two releases, Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista.

But as far as a peek into my real closet? Nah. I’m not nearly as organized or as neat as MK is. We’ll leave that hot mess under wraps, LOL.

About Aven Ellis

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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