I purchased my first issue of Cosmopolitan magazine at age eleven. For at least a year prior, I longingly looked at the Cosmo covers debating whether or not to sneak a copy into my mom’s grocery shopping cart. The article titles fascinated me, and I was obsessed with the cover models. Women I admired graced the cover each month. Most notably, Madonna. Madonna was the embodiment of what I wanted to be like as an adult, and she posed for Cosmo!
The women on the cover of Cosmopolitan looked the way I wanted to look someday: fun, fearless, sexy, and powerful. I wanted to know what was behind the cover of this possibly naughty magazine, and one summer day I slipped a copy into the cart along with my copy of Seventeen. My mom noticed and it didn’t phase her. I’m pretty sure she wasn’t familiar with Cosmo, because this is the same woman who confiscated a Jackie Collins book from me in seventh grade. After that, I picked up a copy at the grocery store every month. I enjoyed the celebrity profiles and novel excerpts, but most of all, the sex articles scandalized me. Half the time I had no idea what I read about meant, but I was hooked.
One of the outcomes of my reading Cosmo at such a young age was that the ideals of Helen Gurley Brown (Cosmopolitan editor, 1965 – 1997) would become an inspiration to me. I never felt the same sort of pressure to constantly have a steady boyfriend in high school that my friends seemed to have. I dressed the way I wanted to dress, and I stood up for myself if I needed to. I can safely say that Cosmo and Brown’s vision helped make me into the type of woman I would later become, and I will be forever indebted to Helen Gurley Brown for showing me being sexy and independent was not something to feel shame about.
When I heard that Harlequin and Cosmo were joining together for a new digital publishing imprint called Cosmo Red Hot Reads I was so excited. Harlequin publishes many of my favorite romance titles under various imprints, and a new imprint partnered with Cosmo was a huge cherry on the top of a fabulous romance cupcake.
The PR packet I received stated that 1.8 million Cosmo readers purchased romance novels in the past twelve months. With statistics such as this it seems like the Harlequin and Cosmo coupling is a match made in publishing heaven. The Cosmo Red Hot Reads imprint features heroines who are fun, fearless females that would make Helen Gurley Brown proud. Fiercely independent women, the heroines of the novellas published by the imprint are smart women ready to match wits with the men they choose to invite into their beds. The novellas (Afterburn by Sylvia Day and Cake by Lauren Dane) priced at $3.99 that I’ve had the pleasure of reading so far are filled with irresistible plot lines, hot sex scenes, and wonderfully developed characters.
The Cosmo Red Hot Reads imprint is launching with the novella Afterburn by Sylvia Day. Sylvia is the best selling author of the Crossfire series. She recently shocked and delighted most of her fans by turning the Crossfire trilogy into a five book series. The last two books in the series sold for a staggering eight figures to Penguin USA and for an additional seven figures to Penguin UK. To turn a trilogy into a five book series and selling the rights to the last two books in such a unique fashion is a pretty fearless, independent move. I think that book deal, in addition to her being a huge talent and a prolific author, makes her the perfect author to launch a series that embodies the fun, fearless, female. She and so many of the characters she’s written about previously certainly possess all of those qualities.
Click below to watch the super fun, hot, and flirty trailer for Cosmo Red Hot Reads:
I’m thrilled that I was able to help announce the launch of Cosmo Red Hot Reads on The Well-Read Wife. I like to think my eleven-year-old self would give her seal of approval. You can read more about the Cosmo Red Hot Reads imprint by clicking here, and you can read an excerpt of Afterburn by clicking here.
Tomorrow, I’ll be interviewing Sylvia Day about Afterburn and the Cosmo Red Hot Reads imprint. Are there any questions you’d like for me to ask Sylvia? Feel free to leave interview question suggestions in the comments.
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