Monday, 5 May 2014

Book Tour: Waiting For Prince Harry - Aven Ellis - Guest Post!


Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer...Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer. 

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it...

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About the author.
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 this 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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Today I have the pleasure to welcome the amazing, the brilliant, the wonderful AVEN ELLIS to M's Bookshelf! She's here to talk about our favourite Royals! Welcome, Aven!

My Love for the Royal Family and Waiting for Prince Harry

Anyone who knows me quickly realizes I’m rather kind of *obsessed* with the Royal Family. Kate is one of my fashion icons. I adore Prince William and the family he has created with Kate (seriously, Prince George is the cutest baby on the planet!) and from the title of my newest release, you can tell I LOVE Prince Harry.
And my love for this family is woven through the book, in more than just the title.
My heroine, Kylie Reed, thinks Prince Harry is the ideal guy. He’s a ginger (which I find very attractive, by the way). He’s fun. He’s fearless. Prince Harry does charity work. Kylie is drawn to these qualities in Prince Harry, and finds these same qualities in her own version of Prince Harry, Hockey God Harrison Flynn.
But Prince Harry references aside, I worked more of my love Kate (and Pippa!) into this book.
In the opening sequence, Kylie is participating in her brother’s wedding. In a bridesmaid’s dress that gives her the famous Pippa-like bridesmaid derriere.  We all remember that shot of Pippa, yes yes? Well, in case you don’t, here’s a photo:

Pippa has the same build as Kylie, very slender and delicate.  I also gave Kylie a love of classic, vintage-inspired clothing and some of Kate’s wardrobe choices would work perfectly with Kylie’s taste and figure. One of Kylie’s style icons is Jackie Kennedy:

And the Duchess of Cambridge reminded me of Jackie when she wore this yellow dress:

And I can see Kylie wearing that dress as well. I used Kate’s hair as the inspiration for Kylie’s hair, which Kylie even mentions in the first chapter of the book.

And when Kylie wears her hair in a chignon, I also pictured Kate when writing those scenes:

So as you can see, I wove a lot of my love for Kate and Pippa into the story. And the royal who stared it all shouldn’t be forgotten, now should he?

Thank you so much Aven for this fabulous post!


  1. Great post Aven!

    Mary, thank you for hosting Aven on tour today. Appreciate your support.


    1. Of course, my pleasure. Had so much fun with this one!
      Always happy to tour with you, and work with Aven!

      x Mary