Quickie Ten with Aven Ellis + Spotlight on Connectivity


Me: Aven hon! You’re here! Welcome to Tartlandia! Come on in… let me have your coat. It’s cold here. We’ve been getting snow. Meep! I’m not a fan. Are you? Oh! Do you want a drink? Hot chocolate, coffee, cider…


Aven: I will take a coffee, l please. With loads of flavored creamer. I am a flavored creamer slut.

Me: ha! I’m a caffeine slut myself. 🙂  *passes Aven her drink and pulls the cupcakes closer* So how’s your fall going? You had your first book birthday! Congratulations on the release of Connectivity! *clinks mugs* I hope you celebrated with a new…. Pair of shoes or a new purse would be my suggestions… or books! 🙂


Aven: Thank you, Kat! I actually celebrated with a nice glass of red wine and friends. And some new make-up. I love make-up! And a girl can never have enough, can she?


Me: Nice! and *nods emphatically* There is always room for more makeup. 😉

Tell me about Connectivity, Mary-Kate (I love that her name IS from the Olson twins!) and your love of British men.


Aven: Connectivity came to me after taking a six year break from writing to have a child. I wasn’t sure I would ever write again, to be honest. But while watching TV one night I was inspired to create William. Then it was like my writer brain had been flipped on again. I began sketching him, and  I suddenly knew the kind of book I wanted to write–the story of a young woman trying to navigate her career, discover her dreams, and if she could find a way to let love into her life when she thought it would distract her from her goals. And I could see MK clearly–the red hair, the intelligent mind, her passionate nature–but I couldn’t figure out her name. Then one night I was flipping channels and stumbled on a Full House episode. The second I saw it, I knew her name would be Mary-Kate and she would try to hide the fact she was named after an actress on the sitcom.


Me: awwww 🙂 Love that! And I love that you had to stop and watch a bit of Full House too. I do that when I’m channel surfing too.


I’m with you on Benedict Cumberbatch  I lost some time looking at your Pinterest boards… Thank you… I think. 😛 And Connectivity’s hero, William. *swoon* Details woman! Can you remember your first British crush and how did William jump into your imagination? *licks chocolate frosting off finger and looks expectantly at Aven*


Aven: Hmmm first British crush…Henry Cavill in The Tudors.  Since you have been on my Pinterest boards you know I still love him (insert big swoony sigh here.) William actually came to me while watching Benedict in Sherlock. I was staring at his wavy hair and all of the sudden I had an idea for a British hero with wavy hair. And that was the starting point for William Cumberland. And even though William is a badass mogul, I was determined that he was not going to be a tortured soul. William is a good man, with his own reasons for protecting himself from love–until he lets his guard down for the right woman. And that woman, of course, is MK.


Me: *daydreamy sigh*

Oh! What are you working on now and what’s your favorite Halloween candy?


Aven: Right now I am working on a companion book to my fall New Adult release, Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista. This WIP follows one of Avery’s friends (Avery is the heroine in Fashionista) and her life adjustment after college.

My favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. LOVE.


Me: Good job with my run on sentence! 😀 and yum! both for your new WIP and your fav candy.

Hmmmm I think I need to go to the candy aisle of the store…. Well. Right now, it’s practically the entire front of my grocery! But before I do, let’s get serious…. Not!

The Book Tart Quickie 10


1. What’s your favorite type of foreign food? French.

2. Do you prefer straight or bendy straws? Bendy!

3. What’s your favorite Milkshake flavor? Vanilla at McDonalds or Jamocha at Arby’s. (ooh! I LOVE Arby’s!)
4. Can you do 10 revolutions of a hula hoop? NO.
5. Have you ever cried at a film? Of course! I write romance, so I can totally cry at movies. <g>
6. What’s the fastest you’ve ever travelled in a car? 80 mph. I’m not a speedster.
7. What was the last thing you ate? A banana. It’s mid-morning as I answer these questions.
8. What’s your favorite series to watch on TV? SHERLOCK. Oh! Oh! I can’t wait till season 3!
9. What are you wearing right now? A pair of Joe’s Jeans, a black T-shirt, an ivory cardigan and black ballet flats with cap toes.
10. How many remote controls do you have in your house? Four.

Me: Awww, You are a darling! Thank you for hanging out with me at The Book Tart! I am looking forward to many more book birthdays from you.


Aven: Thank you, Kat, for having me. You are a delight, my dear!


(((hugs))) Kat

((((Hugs Kat back)))) Aven


Release date: October 16th 2013 |
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing |
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Av en Ellis (Author)
Format: eBook


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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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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