Friday, August 01, 2014

Blogiversary Event Day 6: Aven Ellis

Day #6 of my Blogiversary event puts Aven Ellis in the spotlight. I first meet Aven when she contacted me asking if I'd like to review Connectivity, naturally I said yes. After posting my review I received a lovely thank you card from Aven, which I found very touching!

Aven's guest post is: A Day In The Life Of;  complete with pictures, and the cover reveal of her latest book. Without further ado I give you:

 Aven Ellis
 A Day With Aven. 

For this feature, I’m going to do a “Saturday With Aven” because that is my big day for writing, and really, that’s what you all want to know about, right? Right! 

I wake up early on Saturday mornings. I make my breakfast smoothie and hang out on the couch with my Wee One (nickname for 7 year old daughter), and we watch Scooby Doo together. 
Beefy Fred in the New Scooby-Doo

(But they’re the new episodes. Have you seen Fred? They made him BEEFY and it is WEIRD. But I digress.) So we hang out and then I take her to her tennis lesson, which runs for an hour and a half. This is a great time for me to review my notes for what I’ll be writing when I get home after tennis. I revise and tweak plot points and get in the creative zone by jotting things down in my notebook and reading notes I have printed for research. 

Once we get back from tennis, Wee One spends time with her Dad while I get everything ready for writing. I pour a cup of coffee into my Dean & Deluca mug (this is my favorite mug in the whole world and even appeared in my novel Connectivity), add a splash of pure cream, and head to the office.
My favourite Dean & Deluca mug

Then I pull up my Spotify soundtrack for the current book I’m working on and get the scene music going. I have to write to music, it sets the tone for where the characters are in their journey. So once I have the music on, I put my notes beside my desk and just begin to write. Only the cats are allowed in the office when I’m writing, because they don’t ask for cashew butter sandwiches or if there are clean socks available. Nothing takes you out of a good hockey-player-revealing-something-to-heroine-moment then “DO I HAVE SOCKS?” No. Just no. So my husband and Wee One are on their own, whether it’s to make a sandwich or find socks or discuss why Fred got beefy on Scooby Doo—all must be done without my assistance.

So with my supportive cat team behind me and a shut door, I usually write in a two hour block on Saturdays, then finish my writing during my lunch hour at work during the week. Then I’m prepping for the next chapter. 
Part of the in-house writing team

What do I do on the rest of my Saturday? Saturday is my cheat day on my diet, so it often involves a trip to a local bakery called The Flour Shop for a treat. I’ll swing by a bookstore and check out the fashion and cooking magazines. I’ll get in a workout, catch up on my recorded cooking shows (I’m obsessed with Extra Virgin right now) and I’m always on social media no matter what.

Champagne cupcakes-yes on Saturdays!

So that’s a Saturday with Aven. Now I command you to go read. With a cupcake and cup of coffee. 
Thank you very much Aven for that insight into a day in your writing life. Now for the places you can find Aven and her books. Then keep reading for the awesome Giveaway where you can win one of Aven's books!

Now for the cover reveal of:
Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista

Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighborhood–and has her eye on the cute commodities trader just a floor above.
If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions, too. 
Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it? 
When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good. 
When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…

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.

Where To Find Aven-


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