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HCI Launches VOWS – A New Subgenre of Romance Publishing

February 8, 2010 at 10:01 am

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Life … Romanticized

Introducing Vows, a daring new series from HCI Books —  a brand new genre —  launching in October 2010, that will rock the romance world and redefine memoir forever. A timely new dimension and subgenre of romance, each book in the Vows series is sexy, entertaining, inspiring, and TRUE.

Welcome to Reality-based, or RB Romance™ where the inspiration of each novel is ripped from the headlines and based on personal interviews with real couples whose love stories read like the best in romantic fiction. Esteem authors Judith Arnold, Alison Kent, and Julie Leto are beloved story-tellers whose distinctive styles have won them large and loyal followings.  Readers trust them to deliver compelling, page-turning reads, and beginning this fall romance readers will not be disappointed. They will be captivated by the unexpected—an experience that transcends anything that’s ever been offered in the genre before.

When fantasy meets reality anything can happen. Believe it. It’s true.

The authors

Alison Kent (TX), author of No Limits, a Cosmo Red Hot Read, has written over forty sexy, sassy contemporaries for Harlequin and action adventure suspense novels for Kensington. If there’s a better career to be had, she doesn’t want to know about it, as she’s quite happy penning romantic tales from the backyard of her Texas home. Visit the author at

Judith Arnold (MA) has written more than eighty-five novels with well over ten million copies in print worldwide. She has received numerous Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and Publishers Weekly named her novel Love in Bloom’s, one of the best books of the year. She has been a multiple finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA and Lifetime Achievement Awards, and is the author of the ground-breaking, bestselling novel Barefoot in the Grass. Visit the author at

Julie Leto (FL) , a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, broke into the romance industry in 1998 and has since published over thirty-five novels.  She’s been nominated for the coveted RITA award and her 2007 release, Stripped, was named Best Blaze by RT BOOKreviews. Visit the author at

The Vows Series Developer

Mallory Rush, aka Olivia Rupprecht, (CO) is an award-winning, bestselling romance novelist whose titles have frequented bestseller lists and are translated into many foreign languages. In addition to having served as editor for NINK, the monthly journal of Novelists, Inc., Olivia ghostwrites memoir and non-fiction for a major publisher.

What people are saying about VOWS:

The marriage of real-life stories with classic, fictional romance – an amazing concept.” – Peggy Webb, award-winning author of sixty romance novels

“Memoir meets romance! In the twenty years I’ve been penning romances, this is one of the most novel and exciting ideas I’ve encountered in the genre. Take a Vow. It rocks!”Tara Janzen, New York Times bestselling author of Loose and Easy

An irresistible combination of romantic fantasy and reality that begins where our beloved romance novels end: VOWS. What a scrumptious slice of life!

Suzanne Forster, New York Times bestselling author

What better way is there to prove romance really exists than to read these books?—New York Times bestselling author, Carly Phillips

The first title

Hard to Hold by Julie Leto

Bestselling author Julie Leto conjures a delicious romance that’s as real and compelling as the couple whose remarkable story she tells.

New York lobbyist Michael Davoli feels like he’s been sucker punched when he meets Anne Miller at a concert. When fate leads him to move into same Albany apartment building where Anne lives, Michael falls hard.  After all, Anne’s hot, his dog likes her, and she’s catnip to the senses after she picks a lock faster than Sydney Bristow can disarm a nuke.

Always fiercely independent, Anne’s crackerjack reporting skills and keen intellect are no match for the chemical reaction she has to this man with electric blue eyes. But while Mike effortlessly holds her with his gaze, he withholds the embrace she longs for.  Why is he so distant? Has Anne misread his signals?  When he finally confesses that he suffers from a neurological disorder that he’s learned to disguise from others but could keep him from ever holding her through the night—she makes a choice that changes the rest of her life.

Anne isn’t about to let anything like Tourette’s Syndrome keep her from the man of her dreams. But Mike has a second secret. Will this secret be the one that even a grand passion cannot survive?

With her trademark wit and sensual artistry, Julie Leto knocks this unforgettable romance out of the park and straight to the heart.  Based on the true love story between Mike Davoli and Anne Miller, Hard to Hold is a modern day fairy tale that proves that the best things in life—and in romance—are real.


Do you have a sexy, steamy, bigger-than-life, or just plain worthwhile love story to tell? Want it romanticized by an actual romance novelist?

You can submit your own story to VOWS and qualify for one of two (or both) prizes.  There will be a monthly winner in an ongoing “best story” contest. Winners will get their choice of a dozen long stemmed red roses or a box of Godiva chocolates. For details, click  here! (


Publishers Weekly

Barbara Vey’s: BeyondHerBook blog

Shelf Awareness

This October HCI Books launches Vows, a series in what the company calls “a brand new genre,” reality-based romance, a phrase HCI has trademarked. Each Vows title is a true romance, “based on personal interviews with real couples whose love stories read like the best in romantic fiction.”

The first title is Hard to Hold by Julie Leto, about a lobbyist in Albany, N.Y., who falls for a reporter who lives in his apartment building. “After all, Anne’s hot, his dog likes her, and she’s catnip to the senses after she picks a lock faster than Sydney Bristow can disarm a nuke.”

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    Exciting news, Kim! Great job with all the buzz!

    Comment by Olivia RupprechtFebruary 9, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

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