Bestselling Author Julia Quinn Invites Readers to Celebrate Romance With a Weekend Getaway at The Don CeSar Beach Resort

Avon Books, in Conjunction with the Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel Offers Readers the Chance to Win Luxurious Florida Getaway Weekend, Complete with Author Meet-and-Greet!

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla., June 29 /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate the publication of New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn’s newest novel, IT’S IN HIS KISS, about which Publishers Weekly has raved, “the most entertaining romance so far this year,” and “madcap, touching, laugh-out-loud funny and thoroughly satisfying on all emotional levels,” The Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel — Florida’s legendary “Pink Palace,” is partnering with Avon Books/an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, to offer readers the chance to win a luxurious weekend getaway (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2005) to beat the pre-winter chill and meet bestselling author Julia Quinn! Entrants can enter to win one of three trips for two to this luxurious resort, which has granted romantic dreams and fairytale wishes for more than 75 years.

Readers can register online http://www.harpercollins.com/. (Information and contest links also available at http://www.juliaquinn.com/ and http://www.doncesar.com/). Three winners, picked at random, will win a prize package valued at $1650. The getaway is redeemable exclusively on the weekend of Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2005. The romantic mini-getaway for two includes two nights/three days accommodations at the internationally renowned, luxurious Don CeSar Beach Resort and two round-trip tickets to Tampa/St. Pete from any of the 40+ cities AirTran Airways serves, as well as ground transportation to and from the Don CeSar Beach Resort. The lucky winners will also enjoy a special breakfast with bestselling author and romance legend Julia Quinn herself!

Located on the powdery shores of St. Pete Beach, Florida, the landmark architecture of the Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel reflects a pink castle accented by Moorish bell towers and imperial turrets. Renowned for its world-class amenities, four-diamond dining, sugar sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets, the resort hosts more than 300 weddings a year and attracts everyone from presidents and movie stars to multi-generational guests who have built decades of loving memories.

The contest commences on June 28, 2005, and all electronic entries must be received by 5 p.m. on August 15, 2005. Many will enter, only three will win. No purchase is necessary. The contest is open to U.S. legal residents, age 21 and older. Void outside the U.S. or wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Visit http://www.harpercollins.com/ or http://www.juliaquinn.com/ for additional details or rules.

About the Book:

From bestselling author Julia Quinn comes IT’S IN HIS KISS, the much anticipated story of Hyacinth, the youngest child of the famed Bridgerton siblings. Gareth St. Clair, the second son of a viscount, has plenty of private demons to battle. The heir to St. Clair title after the death of his older brother, Gareth has spent his entire life being reviled by his father — but does not understand why Lord St. Clair has never publicly denounced Gareth’s position in society. The clues might lie in a mysterious journal — written completely in Italian — left to Gareth by his brother. Unsure of what to do with the mysterious journal, he heads to his grandmother’s house where he meets Hyacinth Bridgerton. Fortuitously, Hyacinth can (more or less) read Italian, and she embarks upon deciphering the text. Soon enough, clues to the mysterious St. Clair history begin to unravel…as do clues to the location of hidden jewels that could replenish the family’s coffers, left bare by Lord St. Clair’s gambling debts. As Gareth and Hyacinth begin their search, they soon realize that they’re uncovering another treasure — a love infinitely more precious than any shiny bauble.

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