February 10, 2014

KOBO BRINGS AUTHOR LUCY KEVIN'S FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FIASCO SERIES EXCLUSIVELY TO FRENCH READERS

Lucy Kevin, also known for her romance novels penned by Bella Andre, brings French titles from the five-book series to Kobo exclusively for a three-month period

Toronto, February 11, 2014Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced it is bringing bestselling author Lucy Kevin’s "Four Weddings and a Fiasco" five-volume series to French Readers, published exclusively through its Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform. Lucy Kevin also writes bestselling romances as Bella Andre, and each title will be available exclusively at Kobo.com for a three-month period. The first title, The Wedding Gift (Le Cadeau), is now available, with the other titles launching throughout the year. From now until February 15th customers who purchase any Kobo eReader model at any Kobo retailer in France will receive a copy of Le Cadeau and three other eBook titles for free. The translation, a collaboration between Kobo and Lucy Kevin, is a part of a Kobo Writing Life initiative to bring self-published authors to new non-English markets.

About “The Wedding Gift”
When Julie Delgado temporarily takes over the catering position at the Rose Chalet, a premiere San Francisco wedding venue, she hopes to dazzle the bride and groom so the Chalet’s owner will keep her around, but fate has other plans for her when the bride’s brother shows up for the first food tasting. Andrew Kyle's recent review of Julie’s restaurant was the final nail in its coffin. But once Andrew meets Julie at the Rose Chalet, he’s certain she’s playing it safe...and he wants nothing more than to be the one to break her guarded passions loose.


“Bringing the best content experience to our readers is our ultimate goal and we’re thrilled to be working with Lucy to offer her Four Weddings and A Fiasco series exclusively to French Readers – expanding on our global offering,” said Mark Lefebvre, Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations, Kobo. “We’ve worked closely with Lucy since the launch of Kobo Writing Life, with her titles consistently ranking high on our bestsellers lists, and we look forward to collaborating further with her to continue building on Kobo’s world-class eReading platform.”

French Readers will be able to enjoy other titles from the critically acclaimed “Four Weddings and a Fiasco” series throughout the year:

The Wedding Dance (May 15): Will Phoebe, the florist at the Rose Chalet, dare risk her heart on the most fragile and precious bloom of all when one dance with architect Patrick Knight makes her rethink everything she’s ever believed to be true about love?

The Wedding Song 
(September 1): Tyce Smith, the Rose Chalet's music director, has been unable to write a song for five years, since the night he kissed his dream girl and Whitney left him with only her first name. When fate steps in a second time, he can’t make the mistake of letting her run again...even if the hurdles in the way of true love seem bigger than ever.

The Wedding Dress
 (December 1): Anne Farleigh's stunning dresses are a large part of what makes a wedding at the Rose Chalet so coveted. While creating the most important dress of her career, she finds out shocking news about her family's past. She used to believe in true love. But is it all just a lie? 

The Wedding Kiss 
(February 1, 2015): Will Rose Martin, the proprietor of the Rose Chalet, make the biggest mistake of her life and marry the wrong man? Or will RJ Knight, the landscaper and handyman who's always been there for her as a friend, finally convince her that their love is real?

"I am very excited about this fantastic opportunity to partner with Kobo on releasing my books to a French audience,” said Lucy Kevin, best-selling Kobo Writing Life Author.  After the amazing sales we've made together and the large number of readers we've been able to reach with my English language releases at Kobo, I'm beyond thrilled to enter this new French language market with them.”

ABOUT LUCY KEVIN
When New York Times and USA Today bestseller Lucy Kevin (Bella Andre) released her first novel – Seattle Girl – it became an instant bestseller. Her next two fun contemporary romance releases – Sparks Fly and Falling Fast – also appeared on many e-book retailers’ bestseller lists. Lucy’s Four Weddings and a Fiasco series hit #11 on the New York Times bestseller list and she has sold more than half a million books so far so its no surprise that The Washington Post has called her “One of the top writers in America.” If not behind her computer, you can find her swimming, hiking or laughing with her husband and two children.

SELF-PUBLISHING WITH KOBO WRITING LIFE
At no cost to the author, Kobo Writing Life titles are published easily using an intuitive self-service portal to set indie authors on the path to self-publishing success. No exclusivity is required and the submission process takes mere minutes, with books published within 24 to 72 hours.  The platform publishes content in the ePub format, and Kobo offers free conversion of Word, Rich Text Format, Open Office, and mobi files. The platform puts the power of all aspects of publishing – layout, production and marketing – into the hands of the author. Authors can publish in any language with instant access millions of Readers in 190 countries, Kobo authors enjoy higher royalties than with competitive platforms. Unlike other self-publishing tools, Kobo allows authors to set their book price to “FREE” at any time without restrictive exclusivity agreements or hidden transaction or processing download fees. Authors keep 70% for eBooks priced $2.99 and up (with no cap) and 45% for $2.98 and below, and have the flexibility to change pricing at any time to help promote and market their work. The Kobo Writing Life portal is available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Dutch. Authors can learn more and sign up at http://www.kobowritinglife.com

ABOUT KOBO INC.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering more than 4-million eBooks, magazines and newspapers to millions of customers in 190 countries.  Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides consumers with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders and Google-Certified Android tablets to suit any Reader’s style including the award-winning Kobo Touch™, Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Arc, Kobo Arc 7, Kobo Arc 7HD, and Kobo Arc 10HD. Along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows®, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.