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LOVE and CHOCOLATE #SweetRomance #Anthology @CamdenParkPress #WritersLife #WritersNetwork #WritersCommunity

LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES Sweet Romance Anthology is a special new release for me. It contains my first published story since my dear husband of thirty years passed away suddenly in March 2018.

Steve’s death leveled me emotionally. I couldn’t work, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t get through a day without crying. Grief counseling helped and became my focus for many months. Friends and family were lifelines. However, I worried that my creative spirit was gone forever and that my writing career was over. I wondered if I would lose my readers along with the love of my life.

Then, quite by chance, (or maybe kismet) I read on Facebook about an open call for *sweet romance short story submissions from small independent publisher Camden Park Press, and decided to go back to my desk and try to make the words come. Over the next few weeks I poured myself into writing, revising, and then submitting my story about falling in love at middle age.

To say I was thrilled when editor Lyn Worthen contacted me to say “Catch Me” had been accepted for the romance anthology LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES, and that my story was ‘just what she was looking for’ is an understatement. Despite my struggle with grief and loss, my creativity was revived, and so was I.

I do hope you’ll download a copy of LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES from your favorite online retailer, or order a print copy from Amazon if you prefer paper to e-book. There are sixteen heartwarming, diverse, and entertaining stories in the collection; and any one of them can be read in about an hour. This book is perfect for the beach, quick reads inside waiting rooms or before bed, and also makes the perfect gift for friends and loved ones.

*By the way, in case you were wondering what “sweet” romance means, it’s code for ‘only contains a kiss.’

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Books To Read:

Cover Reveal! Love Is Like A Box of Chocolates-Anthology Coming 2/14/2020 #CoverReveal #RomanceBooks #Romance @CamdenParkPress


LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES is a collection of deliciously sweet contemporary romances – stories filled with meet-cutes, nutty quirks, and the unexpected richness hidden beneath the surface of the characters and their developing relationships. And chocolate! “Catch Me” by Adele Downs included in the collection.

Release: Feb 14, 2020
Pre-order links: coming soon!

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Little Library At The Beach

Greetings from the beach! I moved from my family home in Pennsylvania to my vacation home in Delaware full-time and dove straight into summer. As part of my new routine, I’m taking early morning walks on the boardwalk along the ocean. The air at dawn is cool and refreshing, and I’m learning to appreciate rising early to work out. By 8 AM, the sun starts to get hot, and my enthusiasm for exercise declines with every uptick of the thermometer.

Near the end of my route, a sign for a Book Box takes me a few yards off the boardwalk to an adorable little free library. Book Boxes are popping up all over the country, and book lovers and authors like me are thrilled by the trend. The process is easy–take a book, give a book. No library card or membership of any kind is needed and you can borrow or donate at any time.

There might be a little Book Box or two in your community. If not, maybe you and an organization close to your heart can start one in your neighborhood. Reading is fun!

Happy summer!

How could I resist taking a look?

Following Ms. Bunny to the Book Box.

Built by the Village Improvement Association.

Take a book. Donate a book. Easy.

I’ll be glad to donate signed copies of my books.


Photos copyright Adele Downs 2018.

March Issue of InD’Tale Magazine, Available Now! @InDTaleMagazine #books #romance

InD’Tale is a digital monthly magazine covering our favorite subject–books–and specializes in titles written by indie authors and those who write for small presses. I’m pleased to share that my article “Pen Names–Your Personal Brand” is featured in the March 2018 issue. I hope you enjoy the magazine, subscribe (it’s free!), and will check out my article.

All Romance eBooks Staff Pick! LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

I’m excited to announce that LUXURY MODEL WIFE is an All Romance eBooks Staff Pick!

The early reviews have also been wonderful.

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

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Have you picked up your copy?

Also available at Amazon!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Giveaways and Book Blast!

Join the fun and enter to win prizes!

This is the third and final day of the LUXURY MODEL WIFE Book Blast!


LUXURY MODEL WIFE Book Blast Day Three continues 9/22/16 at these blogspots:

Follow along, share, and enter to win prizes!

Kelsey’s Corner Time –  Review

Girl with Pen  –    Review

Bedford Book Reviews  –

Books and Warpaint  –

EskieMama Reads  –

JC Clarke  –

MoB Blog  –

Traci Hayden  –

Wanda Loves Books –

Also Visit:

Guest spot with Delilah Devlin

Guest spot at Sweet N’ Sexy Divas

Buy The Book! LUXURY MODEL WIFE is available at these fine online retailers in both ebook and print formats.


All Romance eBooks


iBook – Available Soon!

B&N – Available Soon!

Kobo – Available Soon!

Do you have your copy yet?

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Celebrating with Giveaways!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a new release!

Join the celebration and enter to win prizes!


LUXURY MODEL WIFE Book Blast Day Two continues 9/21/16 at these blogspots:

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Danielle’s Domain –  Review

Triple A –

elodie parkes erotic romance –

Indy Book Fairy  –

Bella’s Blog:

Nicole’s Book Musings –

Padme’s Library –

Sweets Books –

Harlie’s Books  – Review

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Buy The Book! LUXURY MODEL WIFE is available at these fine online retailers in both ebook and print formats.


All Romance eBooks


iBook – Available Soon!

B&N – Available Soon!

Kobo – Available Soon!

Praise For LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Releasing 9/20/16

Early reviews of LUXURY MODEL WIFE are overwhelmingly positive. I’m thrilled!

I hope you’ll download a copy of LUXURY MODEL WIFE on release day, or order a copy in print, and celebrate September 20 with me!


Find books by Adele Downs on Amazon!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Real Love. Beyond Price. 9/20/16


Paranormal Love Wednesday, LIP SERVICE

Welcome to Paranormal Love Wednesday, one stop in a fun blog hop featuring paranormal stories. If you like books about werewolves, vampires, gargoyles, and ghosts like meddling Aunt Ada in LIP SERVICE, this blog hop is for you.

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Here’s a little about about LIP SERVICE, a short contemporary romance novel with light paranormal elements, available in both digital and print formats:

Some ghosts won’t take “yes” for an answer.

Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave.


Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.


Patience is not one of Jack Harris’s virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is…and then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.


The roar of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Rachel’s block and the rev of a throttle in her driveway announced Jack’s arrival. Legs tried to appear nonchalant when he walked through the poolside gate, but the sight of his sun-streaked hair and tanned, muscular good looks nearly knocked her off her seat. She eased her sunglasses down the bridge of her nose to get a better look.

When he stepped into the pool area dressed in black jeans, black biker boots, and a white muscle shirt that framed his pumped-up shoulders and biceps, she caught her breath. Everyone in the group said “hey” and Rachel offered him a cold drink, but his focus had remained on her. He slid his sunglasses on top of his head and nodded in her direction.

Legs remembered his gaze meeting hers before his attention strayed to her gold and black bikini then savored every inch of her skin. An appreciative smirk curled his lips and desire flashed in his beautiful blue eyes. He took a long pull of the soft drink someone handed him and then set the can down on the patio table. He looked her way and said, “Want to go for a ride?”

The invitation came out like a dare. All eyes shifted to her, watching to see what she’d do. They all knew she wasn’t allowed to date Jack Harris. Taking a ride on his motorcycle might not have been the same thing, but there would be hell to pay if her aunt found out.

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Adele Downs will sign copies of LIP SERVICE at the Hockessin Book Shelf tonight, 7 October, in Hockessin, Delaware. If you live within driving distance, join us! There will be wine and appetizers…and wine…and lots of wonderful books.

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Hello All! I have a few announcements:


After two years of building a readership of over 900 subscribers to this WordPress blog (thank you!) I finally bit the bullet and built a website

I know I created my platforms backwards, since authors typically unveil their website first, but I like the freedom and instant communication that comes with blogging. My website allows me to do more with my book page and photography page, though, so the two sites will provide all the flexibility I need to keep in touch with my readers.

I hope you’ll stop by, take a look around, and leave your feedback in the comments section here. I’d love to know what you think of the site.


Today is my birthday (October 6) and my dear husband bought me a professional grade printer so that I can create my own high quality promotional materials. I love postcards and bookmarks and will have lots of fun designing swag with my new toy. Stay tuned for giveaways!



Just a reminder that if you live in Delaware, or within driving distance, that Mariah Stewart, Judi Fennell, and I will be signing books at a cocktail party style book bash at Hockessin Book Shelf on Rt 41 in DE, Wednesday, October 7. There will be wine, appetizers…wine…lively book chat, and books galore.

Here are the details. Driving directions on Google and the Hockessin Book Shelf Facebook page. We hope to see you there!

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The winners of the prizes from the INTO THE FLAMES new release book blast with My Family’s Heart Promotions will be announced later this week. Thank you for your wonderful support!


Fall Into Romance, October 7, Hockessin Book Shelf, Delaware

YOU Are Invited!

Join NYT best-selling author Mariah Stewart and best-selling, award-winning authors Adele Downs and Judi Fennell for a casual discussion about romance novels, a book signing, and refreshments at the Hockessin Book Shelf in Hockessin, Delaware on October 7, 2015. I have it on good authority there will be wine. And appetizers! Did I mention wine? And, of course, books offered for your reading pleasure.

Mariah Stewart will chat about her Chesapeake Diaries series, Judi Fennell will discuss her Manley Maids, and Adele Downs will offer her new contemporary romance Lip Service.

Please call the Hockessin Book Shelf to reserve your seat. There will also be tickets available at the door.

Mariah, Judi, and I hope to see you there!

~Best, Adele

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Contemporary Romance Night at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly @LadyJanesPhilly


The consensus of book lovers who attended Contemporary Romance Night at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly was, “We had fun!”

Despite torrential rain with heavy downpours and street flooding, romance lovers turned out for an evening with authors Susan Scott Shelley, Judi Fennell, and Adele Downs at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA and gave us a warm welcome. Susan read from her book Rekindled, Adele read from Lip Service, and Judi read from What A Woman Wants. We sipped wine, nibbled chocolate, gave away prizes, and had lots of laughs despite the weather.

From Left to Right: Susan Scott Shelley, Adele Downs, Judi Fennell

From Left to Right:
Susan Scott Shelley, Adele Downs,
Judi Fennell

Some of the guests at Lady Jane's Salon Philly

Some of the guests at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly

Susan Scott Shelley, author and one of three founders of Lady Jane's Salon Philly with visiting author Ursula LeCoeur

Susan Scott Shelley, author and one of three founders of Lady Jane’s Salon Philly, with visiting author Ursula LeCoeur

Proceeds from the event benefitted the Center for Literacy, Philadelphia.

Lady Jane’s Salon Philly, Sept.10! Join Us! @LadyJanesPhilly


Join Us!

September 10, 2015
7 PM- 9 PM

Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA

Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of romance with four best-selling authors as they read excerpts from their new releases. Light refreshments will be served and signed books will be available for sale. Price of admission to Lady Jane’s is a $5 donation to benefit the Philadelphia Center for Literacy, Inc. or a gently used book. We hope to see you at Lady Jane’s Salon Philadelphia!

Participating Romance Authors:

Mariah Stewart
Adele Downs
Judi Fennell
Susan Scott Shelley

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Adele Downs will read from her new release LIP SERVICE.


Grand Opening, Lady Jane’s Salon, Philadelphia

You Are Invited

Romance Readers and Authors


(BRYN MAWR, PA) Lady Jane’s Salon – Philadelphia will kick off our first event with Romantic Suspense night, including readings from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye, award-winning author Veronica Forand, and P.A. DePaul. The authors will read excerpts from their latest books and hold Q&A with readers. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Center for Literacy, Inc. in Philadelphia.

We’ll meet from 7-9 PM on June 4 at Main Point Books, 1041 West Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Please bring a $5 donation or a gently used book for the Center for Literacy, Inc. Refreshments provided.

Romance fiction is the largest segment of the publishing industry, with 74 million loyal readers generating 1.36 billion in sales. In no other genre are the authors and the readers so closely connected. The salon gives readers an opportunity to meet their favorite authors and be introduced to new voices in the genre.

Lady Jane’s Salon Philadelphia, a satellite location of the original Lady Jane’s Salon in New York City, is the Philadelphia area’s first–and only–romance fiction reading series.

Guest authors represent the full spectrum of the diverse and ever-evolving romance genre including contemporary, historical, fantasy, paranormal, inspirational, romantic suspense, and GLBT romance.

To learn more visit:

Or call us at 267-222-8396


A Visit to Wellington Square Bookshop, Exton

I found Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton, PA by accident. Turns out, it’s the #1 rated bookshop of its kind in the Philadelphia region, which makes finding it a happy accident. The independent bookstore is beautifully decorated, yet provides that cozy feeling readers like me look for.

My adventure began when my husband and I went to our favorite farmer’s market in the Exton Towne Center to buy our usual meats, pasta, sweets, fruits and vegetables. Author and food blogger Marisa McClellan made an appearance to demonstrate homemade pear and chocolate jam and promote her new book Preserving by the Pint. Marisa was clearly knowledgeable and her recipe tasted delicious. (We gladly enjoyed the samples.) Wellington Square Bookshop hosted the event, so hubby and I visited the store afterward. We were greeted by a friendly staff member who also helped me with my book purchases. If you live in southeastern Pennsylvania, or plan to visit the area, stop by the Towne Center in Exton for its quaint shops and restaurants.



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Yay! A coffee bar with snacks and places to sit.


 Books line the largest room in the shop, complete with ladders!We


 Cozy Victorian style reading area. This looks like a great meeting place for writers or book clubs!


I took my cappuccino to go, but I’ll be back!


For more information about independent bookstore Wellington Square Bookshop, visit their website:

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