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Monday, March 2, 2015

Sweet Muse by Ava Cummings {Book Blog Promo, Guest Post & Giveaway}


About The Book:



SWEET MUSE by Ava Cummings Release Date: 1.22.15 Pages: 241 Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Erotic Romance
Determined to overcome her difficult past, Anna Starr lands a coveted job at the nation's biggest celebrity magazine in the center of the New York City power scene. She learns early on to make it on her own, and through sheer force of will she does. But frustration sets in when the dark side of tabloid journalism starts to poke through, and she gets duped while dating slicker-than-thou city boys.  Amidst a sea of cocktail parties, Anna meets rising art star Damien Wolfe. Their connection is dangerous, intense, and passionate beyond her imagination.  He sees her in a way that she has never seen herself, setting her on a journey toward self- discovery— understanding what it means to be truly loved for the first time in her life. But she may lose it all when her blind ambition and his dark past lead to a crisis that changes everything.
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Interview

1. In your words, please explain why you wrote Sweet Muse.

Sweet Muse is what I call a “Real Girl Romance.” Isn't it time we read more romance with

real girls? Here's what I mean: I've always loved romance novels but tired of the typical

romance plot line where the innocent assistant gets taken by the rich CEO.

I wanted to shine more of a light on the real girls—and the real guilt we feel for making

bad decisions, the insecurities we feel for not having it all figured out, and the shame we

carry for just being ourselves. In Sweet Muse, I really wanted to incorporate

this—showing the full spectrum of the agony of figuring yourself out in your 20s. I like

stories about women coming of age—and owning their experience. Maybe in some way I

can inspire women to own their own journey and be themselves, whoever that may be.

I want women to read it and feel like they can own their own journey to adulthood no

matter what bumps or mistakes they make along the way.

In college, in addition to being a journalism major, I majored in women’s studies. I even

wanted to work at Ms. magazine! I’m all about female empowerment, and I want readers

to walk away knowing that my protagonist Anna found herself, her direction, and her love

on her own terms—and that you can, too.

I think women created the words: shame, guilt and insecurity. And we spend so much

time agonizing over decisions we make, our looks, how we don’t live up. I know I

did—and still do. I feel like I spend too much of my time beating up on myself for not

being perfect. I really wanted to take those feelings and own them. Writing the book was

cathartic for me, and I hope reading it can be for you, too.

2. What in your own background informed this book?
I’ve always wanted to write a romance with New York City and the celebrity magazine

world as the backdrop. I lived in New York City for 10 years and was an editor at the

biggest celebrity magazines—and both are such a rich place of extremes. I knew they

could become characters on their own in the book.

When I was working in publishing, it was the late nineties and early 2000s, during the last

hurrah of publishing and the rise of celebrity worship—and before the Internet came in

and changed content forever. It was when editors still had expense accounts and were

still considered the arbiters of taste and creators of the cultural conversation. I wanted

those elements in the book because it was such a different yet really interesting time.

Editors were glamorous and powerful, but at the same time the office culture was insane

and high strung. I really wanted to put all of that in the book because it was a crazy time,

and I felt it would be such a cool thing to experience vicariously as a reader, to put them

in the center of the New York glamour scene and the inside of a top-selling magazine.

Everyone always asks me if the book is autobiographical, if I’m Anna Starr and if there’s

a real Damien Wolfe. All I can say is that Sweet Muse might have been inspired by

experiences I’ve had and people I’ve met and that Anna and I share some personality

traits (I also bite my nails, sadly). But other than that it’s a work of fiction.

3. What are the biggest issues that someone might face moving to New York? And

what advice would you give them?

Well, living in New York isn’t easy. You have to have a dream so strong and powerful that

you believe it with every iota of your being. Because you will live in a dump, be broke all

the time, and have to survive in a crowded, smelly, tough city of millions of other people

who are all trying to do the same thing. It’s not easy. But it’s one of the only places in the

world where you can realize your dreams—become a writer, artist, billionaire, whatever it

is—and become who you are meant to be.



4. What is the biggest takeaway from your book?
Ultimately, Sweet Muse is a woman’s coming of age story. I want women to read it and

feel like they can own their own journey to adulthood no matter what bumps or mistakes

they make along the way. In college, in addition to being a journalism major, I also

majored in women’s studies. I wanted to work at Ms magazine for years. I’m all about

female empowerment, and I want readers to walk away knowing that Anna found herself,

her direction, and her love on her own terms—and that you can, too.

I think women created the words: shame, guilt and insecurity. And we spend so much

time agonizing over decisions we make, our looks, how we don’t live up. I really wanted

to take those feelings and own them and somehow that was cathartic for me.

I also like to have fun – laugh a lot and enjoy life. And I want this to be a book that is a

fun guilty pleasure that you stay up all night tearing through and share with your

girlfriends.

5. What was it like to write it? Talk about your process.
Well, I’m wife, a mom of two young kids, and I work full time at a high level in marketing,

so this was definitely a passion project, fueled by my want to get the story out and fulfill

my dream as a novelist. I wrote it nights and weekend moments when I could steal away

time and did it that way. It took me a long time doing it this way—about four years—but I

did it!
Meet the Author:


Ava Cummings spent more than 10 years as an editor at some of the biggest and best-known magazines in the world.  She fetched coffee, fell in love with fashion, and eventually became a full- fledged editor, covering Hollywood and bringing in stories about bold women that were making a difference in the world.  She has spun together the sweep-you-off-your-feet happy endings of fairy tales, the unbelievable headlines she reads in the news, and the quirky personalities that she’s encountered in both the real world and on reality TV in her first novel, Sweet Muse Ava lives in the leafy suburbs of Boston with her husband and two children.
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What Readers are Saying:


"It's like Fifty Shades of Grey meets Devil wears Prada meets Girls!" —Carrie Adel
"I couldn’t put it down! Sweet Muse has it all—celebrities, scandal, and steamy romance. Ava Cummings’ writing invites the reader into Anna’s world, sharing her journey as she discovers the dark side of her dream job at a celebrity magazine and finds a love so powerful it will change everything. Totally captivating!" —Sarah Bagwell
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