Friday, December 7, 2012

Avon Addict Blog Hop!

Ack!  I'm tardy! I thought my day was tomorrow {facepalm}.

If you followed the hop links here, I'm so glad you stopped by!

If you're a regular Alpha Heroes reader and didn't know about the Hop, please check out the Blog Hop Home Page at Pure Textuality (and BIG BIG thanks to Jena for organizing), and if you haven't been to the prior hoppers, I highly recommend it!

Kristi Bug
SOS Aloha
Save Your Money for Books
Toot's Book Reviews


I have to admit, I have never paid much attention to the publishers of my favorite books, and especially not before I started blogging.  Mostly I only noticed that, when a favorite author switches houses, often a large chunk of her previous titles would disappear from that listing you usually see on the leader pages inside their books.

Because of the Authors
I am reader with a lot of author loyalty.   When I find a writer I like I'll track down her backlist and stalk her new releases.  I'll check out her blog, "like" her Facebook page, and, as of this year, look for her Twitter account.

So when it turned out that some of my all-time favorite historical authors are in the Avon family, I couldn't help but jump on the Addict program: Julia Quinn, Loretta Chase, Lisa Kleypas, Lecia Cornwell, and Anna Campbell.  Not only that, but I am absolutely an old-skool romance lover and titles from Kathleen Woodiwiss, Bertrice Small and Rosemary Rogers -- Fabio covers and all -- hooked me on the genre thoroughly from the very beginning.  It's an absolute thrill to be involved with all these wonderful writers and their legacies.

Avon has a great list of contemporary and paranormal authors, but I have to say that I feel like their strength is in the Regencies.  It's a really crowded market but Avon has some of the best out there -- writers whose characters and historical texturing stand out, in my opinion.  Some of the new loves of my life in historical fiction that Avon introduced me to (in no particular order) are:

Sarah MacLean
Katherine Ashe
Sophia Nash
Cathy Maxwell
Julie Ann Long

I'll post my giveaway package when I get home but I can tell you that it will include copies from at least 4 of the 5 ladies above (I can't remember whether I got a physical book from Julie Ann Long or only ebooks) PLUS a few extra goodies.

If you've been reading here long, you may recall that I treated myself to the RT Convention in Chicago in April of this past year, which was an utterly AMAZING experience.  Exhausting, yes, but wow, so much fun.  Note, this is NOT a perk of the Addict program, but something I was planning to do anyway.

However, the wonderful people at Avon DID include me and the other Addict who attended in a  fabulous dinner event with all of the Avon authors and several of the industry folks who were there.  I didn't take any photos because I didn't want the authors to feel uncomfortable; it was clearly an event meant to give the authors a bit of a respite from the crazy fan hordes at the conference.  I sat at a table with Jeaniene Frost and Pamela Palmer and we mostly talked about monster movies.

At the con itself, there were a number of events but the Avon one blew them all out of the water for being just what I as a reader wanted -- super-well-organized, lots of great books, and access to my favorite authors.

I wouldn't want to end this post without talking about a couple of the paranormal authors that Avon publishes - Joss Ware writes one of the more unusual paranormal romance series that you're ever going to find, and I have to admit that I really love them.

The other paranormal author I wanted to highlight is Karina Cooper. There isn't much I love more than discovering the first book of a new paranormal series, and when we got an advanced ecopy of Tarnished back in March, it was one of the reasons I bought an e-reader.  This is a creepy dark steampunky UF series that you do NOT want to miss.  THEN she turns out to be local to me, so I stalked her at the Seattle area RWA book fair too.

My goodie box will definitely include something from these two favorites.  There may or may not be an author signed copy involved.

I'll upload a photo of the giveaway package probably tomorrow morning.  Comment on THIS POST for a chance to win a whole whack of fabulous Avon titles -- you have until noon on Monday, Pacific Time. 


Elizabeth H. said...

Hi! I understand getting your days mixed up! I'm commenting early because I know I will forget to come back later and check! I think it's just that time of year when our brains decide to take a vacation. Thanks for letting us know!!
Happy Holidays!

ehaney578 aol dot com

Unknown said...

I will post a tweet and facebook link for you right now and will stop back later to read what you have :) Have a great weekend!!!

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Better late than never!! That's what I always say! And especially with this month it'll be hectic

Raonaid at gmail dot com

kipha said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! I will be back to check it out since I have came back a couple of times now....LOL But it's alright! Everyone is busy and have their own things to do since the holiday is basically upon us, so yup, thanks again.


Nicola O. said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Hopefully there are some good hints in the post now about what the giveaway will include and I'll get all the specifics together tomorrow. It'll be good, I promise. :-)

Emily said...

Sounds good, thanks for the giveaway.

cheryl c said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I have read and enjoyed books by all of those listed authors.
castings at mindspring dot com

cheesecake.thief59 said...

I'm totally having a brain fart right now, so please pretend that this is an awesome, witty comment.

P.S. You're awesome


Leah Weller (leahluvsmedieval) said...

I'm with you on the Avon Authors! What an amazing bunch of women! Thank you for the chance in the giveaway.

Kathleen Woodiwiss and The Wolf and the Dove are what started me down a road of reading and a love for history.

May said...

Ooooh... I love Julie Anne Long and Sarah MaClean... I re-read Julie Anne Long's books all the time! :)

maybe31 at

Lexi said...

Wow, what an awesome thing to be able to get in on at the con. I heard so many great things about how it was run, makes me want to make it next year.
Ah Avon...they have so many great authors. I am a sucker for historical romance but also have a soft spot for paranormal (Jeanine Frost's Bones!). So they really have a little of everything.
Hope you continue to enjoy being an Avon Addict!

eyesofblueice (at) gmail

Julie H said...
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Julie H said...

The RT conference sounds like so much fun! I went to another reader conference in Texas last month and got to meet Sarah MacLean and Eloisa James and several other amazing authors. It was such a great experience.

Thank you to all the Avon Addicts for the blog hop. What a fantastic idea!

hinzjul at gmail dot com

Kim in Baltimore said...

Aloha! You were simply on Hawaiian time! Love your post - did we meet at RT/Chicago?

Jane said...

Congrats on being chosen as one of the Avon Addicts and thanks for the giveaway.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

jmcgaugh said...

I'd have loved to share a table with Jeaniene Frost, as she is one of my favorites! I've read books by several of the authors you mention and have books by the others on my want list. Thanks for the great giveaway.

jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

Amy C said...

Wish I could have been at that conference! Dream come true. Well that and meeting George Clooney! LOL

Unknown said...

thats so exciting, you are very lucky. i love avon books and theirs authors <3 thank you so much for being part of this hop. I was so happy when I learned about it. Happy Holidays and happy readings :D

lilypondreads at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

How much fun it must have been to attend the RT Convention! I've always been envious of people who do.

How did I not know Liz Carlyle's "The Bride Wore Pearls," was an Avon title? I feel like an idiot for not realizing that.

tsukikomew said...

Wow this is amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway and helping spread the Avon romance love! The quality is always outstanding. :D

donnas said...

Thanks for the chance! Great set of books.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Kamla L. said...

The RT Convention, Oh I'm so jealous.
Avon is definitely the place for romance book lovers. Thanks for the put together such an awesome prize pack.

Wishing everyone a wonderfully joyous holiday season!!!


Unknown said...

That is a great selection of books. Thanks for the giveaway.

iheartbooks said...

What a great giveaway.

iheartbookgossip at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Ibsolutely love Avon books! I never realized they published all these wonderful books and authors until I went to hunt down some older books by authors I fell in love with. Then BAM I noteiced a trend! I totally went and hunted down a list of Avon authors after that! This is an awesom selection of books and a few authors I still have yet to read from!



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