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Friday, January 17, 2014

#Author Aven Ellis Shares The Scent of Connectivity @avenellis

I have a confession.
I am a candle slut.
Can I walk by a Yankee Candle Store without going in? Hmmm, I don’t think so since that has never happened. Do the girls at Bath & Body Works in my Dallas suburb recognize me when I go in “for a sniff?” Why yes. Yes they do. Hmmm. I wonder if there is a support group for candle addicts like myself. I might have to look into that...
But really, I should have seen this obsession coming. My favorite books as a child were scratch-and-sniff ones. Seriously. I would scratch them until there was no scent left in them. And I think my poor mother scoured the United States in search of new scratch-and-sniff books for her odd child who insisted a story was better with scent in it.
So it makes perfect sense (or is that scents? Ha ha, terrible, I know! ) that this child who loved scents in her books grew up to be a writer who uses use scents for scene inspiration when writing.
When I wrote Connectivity, there was always a candle in play. To me, a scent can transport me to a place, or even a mood.  The first chapter of Connectivity opens on a frigid January morning in Chicago.  So to set the scent, so to speak, I used White Barn Home’s Winter candle to bring the snow and cold to my mind. (Okay, so I could have just cranked the air conditioning for a similar effect, but hey, that’s expensive. And scents are more fun.)
Of course, owning a collection of scents to write an entire manuscript can add up, so I limit myself to votives or mini candles. During the course of writing Connectivity and writing William and MK’s story, I used candles that smelled like fireplace logs, rain, rosemary, and pine. Ah, pine. Because William’s English skin always lingered like the scent of his pine cologne. (That candle was used a lot in Connectivity, hmmm, really I don’ know why...oh, because it reminded me of a hot British badass mogul. Yes, that’s why, LOL!)
So this, in essence, would be the scent of Connectivity. And instead of having a play list for reading, you can now do a scent list. Happy reading...and scenting!

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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Genre -  Humorous Contemporary Romance
Rating – R
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