New York Times and internationally best-selling author, Geneva Lee, announces new GILT Series — described as “Veronica Mars” meets “Pretty Little Liars” –with a provocative cover reveal. GILT: By Invitation Only, which will hit shelves on Tuesday, May 31st, has already stirred a bit of controversy online because of its cover. A close-up picture of the delicate pink petals of a rosebud, it has readers’ wondering whether it’s symbolic of female genitalia.
While Lee is leaving interpretations of the cover up to the fans, she has this to say about the series: “It has been the ultimate guilty pleasure to write. I think that’s because it combines that amazing visceral sensation of first love with scandal and bad boys, lies and murder. With GILT, I’ve given my wicked side free reign, and honestly, I’m having such a fun time with these characters.”
Lee had originally intended the series to take place in the south, but after a recent trip to Las Vegas had her wondering what it would be like to grow up in the dark, gritty, and glamorous place, she was inspired to shift gears and setting to explore the world known as Sin City through the eyes of protagonist, Emma Southerly. Emma, who was raised in Vegas, but is an outsider to its elite circles, will have to discover if she’s a pawn or a player in dangerous games.
In addition to the suggestive cover, the marketing of the series promises to be as engaging as the twists and turns contained within it, starting with a Las Vegas-themed casino party at UTOPiA reader and writer con in Nashville, TN on Saturday, June 25th. The sold-out party will entertain 500 guests, including fellow authors, fans, industry influencers, book cover models, and fans, before the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards that night.
Lee confirms three books in the GILT series will be released rapid fire in 2016.
By Invitation Only: In a world with too much money and not enough rules, anything goes. Welcome to Belle Mère, the most exclusive zip code outside the Las Vegas Strip. It’s every sinner’s fantasy and every good parent’s worst nightmare.
Emma Southerly doesn’t belong at Belle Mère Prep despite her new stepfather’s money. Not after she shunned her invite to the popular table, and especially not after what happened last summer. So when her best friend begs her to crash an invite-only, end of the year party, she should say no with a capitol H-E-L-L.
It’s just a party. What could go wrong?
Getting kicked out to start. Running into the man who destroyed your family.
Until she meets Jamie, who’s also hiding from the in-crowd. After spending the night with the cute stranger, Emma barely makes it home before news hits Belle Mère’s brunch tables. A body’s been found on the West estate, and Jamie is the number one suspect. But he couldn’t have done it…right?
Emma isn’t sure she can trust him or the rest of Belle Mère. After all, no one is safe when everyone is a liar.
Geneva Lee is the New York Times bestselling author of the Royals Saga. She prefers fantasy to reality, especially fantasies involving powerful, dangerous, and sexy men. You can find her devouring a good romance while avoiding the laundry and the children. She lives in Kansas City with her family, but she can be found online at: www.facebook.com/genevaleeauthor
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