COUNTRY HEAVEN and giveaway with Ava Miles

Why COUNTRY HEAVEN is as addictive as the hit TV series Nashville

So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN. Thanks to Manic Readers for hosting me today. Hopefully you’ll soon see why you should be manic about my new release.

It’s about a down-on-her luck cook uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image, and boy, do I have a hero for you! Is there anything hotter than a country singer? I mean, we have all sorts of incredible ones to choose from, anyone from Tim McGraw—my fave—to the fictional ones on the TV series Nashville, one of my favorite shows.

My hero, Rye Crenshaw, is the quintessential badboy country singer. He plays a mean guitar like Brad Paisley. He wears tight jeans, has a goatee, and wears a black cowboy hat like Tim McGraw. And his voice…well, it causes tingles in all the right places, just like Josh Turner.
But there’s a lot more to Rye than this badboy, low-country image. He actually was weeks away from graduating from Vanderbilt law school when he was “discovered.” He turned his back on his blueblood aristocratic Southern family to pursue a country music career, and his family disowned him. His heart is heavy, but he moves forward.
That is, until his family re-enters his life with all the drama of Nashville. His daddy has a heart attack and decides he wants to reconcile with his son, forcing Rye to make a decision. Will he journey home and make peace with his family?
Then there’s the heroine, a woman trying to pursue her own dreams, but is snowed under with debt from her grandfather’s medical bills. She’s working as a cook in a diner when Rye samples her food and hires her on the spot to be his cook on his tour bus. Tory Simmons takes the job, even though she has little interest in country music or Rye’s larger than life career.
Like Nashville, there’s enough family drama to make your head spin. And did I mention the tabloids? Well, Rye gets into trouble with them, and they’re all over him. Another thing the girl-next-door Tory can help him out with.
And did I mention the songs? For COUNTRY HEAVEN, I wrote thirteen country music songs. Obviously, there’s no music because it’s a book, but they set the scene. That’s one thing I love about Nashville. The songs only anchor in more of the story.
So check out COUNTRY HEAVEN and see what you think. And do tell me if you’re a big fan of country music and Nashville. Who’s your favorite singer?

Ava’s giving an ecopy of  COUNTRY HEAVEN to one lucky commenter who answers her question.  Giveaway ends @12 am est 2-19-14 with the winner announced shortly thereafter.  Good luck!

USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, USA Today Contributor Becky Lower selected it as one of the Best Books of the Year. Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.” The next books in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, was met with high praise and her ode to the early 1960s, THE TOWN SQUARE, what she calls Mad Men in a small town with a happy ending, melted reader’s hearts. Ava based her original series on a family newspaper, modeled after her own. Her great-great grandfather won it in a poker game in 1892, so Ava is no stranger to adventurous men and models her heroes after men like that—or like Tim McGraw, her favorite country music singer. Now Ava shares the Dare River series, set in the deep South, telling the story of a country singer and a beautiful cook. A former chef herself, Ava used her culinary background to infuse the story with family and personal recipes, but she also used her love for music to write country music songs to set the stage in the novel, creating a unique book experience. Ava—a writer since childhood—now lives in her own porch-swinging-friendly community with an old-fashioned Main Street lined with with small businesses.

COUNTRY HEAVEN, Book 1, The Dare River Series, by Ava Miles
Contemporary Romance/Fiction/Original
February 2014/On Sale 2-11-14/$4.99 (eBook), $14.99 (print) ISBN: 978-1-940565-05-7

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What Mad Men Looks Like in a Small Town with Ava Miles

So happy holidays! I’m Ava Miles, a new contemporary romance writer who kicked off her Dare Valley Series with NORA ROBERTS LAND a few months ago. I’m here to talk about my newest release, THE TOWN SQUARE, which is set in the early 1960s and finally tells the story my readers have been begging for: the love story of the wonderful Arthur Hale in my other books. Thanks to Manic Readers for hosting me today.
I’ve been a big fan of the TV show Mad Men since its inception, but there’s the romantic part of me that wants Don Draper to have a happy ending. So, when readers started asking for Arthur’s story, I thought, “Aha,” I can write my own Mad Men in a small town with a happy ending.
My Dare Valley series is set in modern times, and the grandfather figure and journalistic legend, Arthur Hale, has a hand in helping all my characters navigate their ways through love. Now we venture back to the early 1960s to the small town of Dare Valley, Colorado. Arthur has just returned from working at The New York Times, and he’s starting up his own newspaper. His vision is for it to be the Voice of the West.
Arthur brings a cosmopolitan flavor to the small town. He’d lived in New York for over 5 years. He drinks Manhattans and…well…is pretty driven to succeed. He’s starting up this newspaper from scratch, and it’s no easy matter.

And then Harriet Jenkins walks into his office to apply for the job of his secretary. She’s a redheaded bombshell, and it’s so clear she has the big city polish he’s returned to his hometown with. She’s also mysterious, saying nothing about her past. But she’s terrific at typing and shorthand, and the best candidate he could hope to find. He hires her on the spot.
Mad Men is largely set in an office, and so too is THE TOWN SQUARE. There’s something tantalizing about working with someone you’re attracted to. Especially when you don’t want to be.
Like Harriet.
Harriet is my female version of Don Draper (played by the tantalizing John Hamm). What’s that, you say? Harriet has come to Dare Valley under an assumed name—very Don Draper-like—and she has an agenda. A newspaper article ruined her father and sullied her family name, and now she’s out for revenge on the journalist who wrote it: Arthur Hale. Sound interesting yet?
But Arthur is nothing like she expects, and soon she’s falling for him as fast as he is for her. Yet the secrets she’s keeping threaten their love and her new station in the small town.
Like in Mad Men, people’s reputations matter significantly, and Arthur has to consider his own as he becomes unwittingly involved in Harriet’s secrets. Will their love survive?
I hope you’ll check out THE TOWN SQUARE and see for yourself.

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Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, BlogCritics says “It [NORA ROBERTS LAND] captures the best of…a Nora Roberts novel,” while USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog praises the series noting its “wonderful, idyllic setting… [and] great characters.” Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.” The fourth book in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, was met with high praise, and now Ava shares her ode to the early 1960s, THE TOWN SQUARE, what she calls Mad Men in a small town with a happy ending. A descendant of generations of journalists, Ava—a writer since childhood—now lives in her own porch-swinging-friendly community with an old-fashioned Main Street lined with small businesses. Much like Dare Valley.

 

Why My Heroine Wants to be Like Martha Stewart with Ava Miles

So, hi there. I’m Ava Miles, a contemporary romance writer of the new Christmas story called THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, part of my Dare Valley series. I want to thank Manic Readers for hosting me today to talk about my newest novel.

My heroine, Abbie Maven, is a single mom of a teenager. She manages the interior decorating at her brother’s hotels, the hero of Book 3 of my series, THE GRAND OPENING. Abbie orders the flowers, the furniture, the pictures. She puts the little touches like an antique Tiffany lamp around the hotel to give their guests an extra feel of comfort. She’s now working in Dare Valley at her brother’s newest venture, the restored Grand Mountain Hotel, which had been a destination for mobsters, silent screen actors, and the jetsetters in the 1930s.

This Christmas Abbie is determined to enjoy her Martha Stewart-inspired plans of baking and wreath making. Abbie likes Martha Stewart because she’s incredibly creative. I mean, her veritable ideas seem to come from a constantly bubbling well. She’s made herself without a man—something Abbie knows something about. Martha seems to have learned from her mistakes, which Abbie admires. She’s had her own tragedy in her past and has been building a respectable life for herself and her son until Rhett Butler Blaylock blows that to smithereens.

It’s rather funny to her. Only a man named after the iconic hero from Gone With The Wind could get under her skin. Her Rhett, her brother’s dear friend, is ridiculously sexy. He knows his way around women, but once they started their secret fling, he didn’t have eyes for anyone else. But he’s a poker player and has created a rather bad-boy image to attract crowds.

She doesn’t like it (and she’s pretty sure Martha wouldn’t either).

But he’s fun and romantic and makes her feel carefree.

And he’s so smitten with her that he shocks her by volunteering to help her with her Martha Stewart crafts. He even proposes she make gingerbread women and not just gingerbread men to show she’s all about equal rights, suggesting she use her green and red sugar sprinkles for sequin dresses. Again, she doesn’t approve, and she’s sure Martha would agree with her. It’s why they’re called gingerbread MEN.

Then there’s her wreath making. Here’s a snippet of him helping her.

“Rhett picked up the fake red amaryllis flowers she’d laid next to the first wreath. The sight of it in his huge hand should have looked silly, but like Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, Rhett combined Alpha male toughness with a softer, playful side. In moments like this, it was easy to imagine them together.”

So here she is, falling in love with a bad-boy poker player who’s helping her with her crafts. This she’s sure Martha would approve of.

What do you think? Would Martha Stewart appreciate a rough-and-tumble man helping her out with her creative projects?

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Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, BlogCritics says “It [NORA ROBERTS LAND] captures the best of…a Nora Roberts novel,” while USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog praises the series noting its “wonderful, idyllic setting… [and] great characters.” Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.” Now, Ava releases the fourth book in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, with her recognized wit and charm, creating happy endings with humor and heart. A descendant of generations of journalists, Ava—a writer since childhood—now lives in her own porch-swinging-friendly community with an old-fashioned Main Street lined with small businesses. Much like Dare Valley.

THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, Book 4, The Dare Valley Series, by Ava Miles

Contemporary Romance/Fiction/Original

October 2013/On Sale 10-21-13/$2.99 (eBook), ISBN: 9781940565026

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There Is Just Something About Poker Players with Ava Miles

So, hi, I’m Ava Miles, the small-town contemporary romance writer of The Dare Valley series, which kicked off a couple of months back with the first book called NORA ROBERTS LAND. I want to thank Manic Readers today for hosting me so I can share all of the awesomeness about my new release, THE GRAND OPENING, which features a deputy sheriff and a hotel magnate/poker player.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a huge movie fan, but I love movies with great poker scenes. I’m thinking about “Rounders” and “Casino Royale,” but the ultimate one for me is “The Sting.” All the cigar smoke clouding the room as the game goes late into the night. Then there’s Brett Maverick from the old TV series. Who didn’t love that? My hero, Mac Maven’s nickname is actually Maverick. He’s a World Series of Poker champion, but he’s used his winnings to create a boutique poker hotel empire out West as a way of garnering respectability. He’s used to the bone-crushing pressure in the big games, and he knows how to listen to his gut and watch other players.

And let me tell you, these hyper-alert senses also help him with the heroine, tough-as-nails Deputy Sheriff Peggy McBride. Peggy’s firmly against gambling in all forms due to her childhood and her belief that it brings some shady elements to town. So not true Mac says, and the two lock horns about it.

Unfortunately for single mom Peggy, she’s attracted to Mac, and she just can’t stereotype him as a poker player. I mean, the guy’s helping his sister raise her teenage son, so he understands her whole single-mom routine. And her seven-year-old kid simply adores Mac.

He might play poker, but there’s more to him than that.

Still, she’s convinced that she can dampen her attraction to him if she watches him play in a tournament her friends drag her off to. And Mr. Cool loses his cool for the first time in a tournament, seeing her there, wearing the first dress she’s donned in years. Here’s a snippet:

He thanked God for his poker face because, when he spotted her, he was sure all the blood drained out of his body. The first shock was that she was wearing yellow, something too soft for her. The second was that she was wearing a dress. It cascaded down her slender legs to the most hideous sandals he’d ever seen on a woman—flat, scuffed, and muddy brown. She looked…beautiful. Feminine. What the hell?

He brought his gaze back to the table, keeping abreast of everyone’s bets before the dealer turned the next card. His eyes wandered back to her again. A red belt outlined her trim waist and sizeable bustline, her breasts curvy and inviting.

Their eyes met. The noise from the table died away, and a buzzing sounded in his ears. He stopped feeling the cards in his hands.

So, what do you think? Are poker players hot or what?

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Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, BlogCritics says “It [NORA ROBERTS LAND] captures the best of…a Nora Roberts novel,” while USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog praises the series noting its “wonderful, idyllic setting… [and] great characters.” Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again.” Now, Ava releases the third book in the series, THE GRAND OPENING, with her recognized wit and charm, creating happy endings with humor and heart. A descendant of generations of journalists, Ava—a writer since childhood—now lives in her own porch-swinging-friendly community with an old-fashioned Main Street lined with small businesses. Much like Dare Valley.

THE GRAND OPENING, Book 3, The Dare Valley Series, by Ava Miles

Contemporary Romance/Fiction/Original

September 2013/On Sale 9-24-13/$4.99 (eBook), $14.99 (print)/ISBN: 9781940565019

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