Pocket Books Introduces XOXO After Dark! LIVE CHAT WITH NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KRESLEY COLE

{Sorry about the late notice; I just received this email}

XOXO AFTER DARK IS LIVE!

Newly refashioned site will showcase eBook originals, exclusive author content,

innovative e-commerce options, and much more

LIVE CHAT WITH NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KRESLEY COLE TODAY AT 2 PM EST

New York, New York (June 5, 2013) – Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, is proud to introduce XOXO After Dark (www.xoxoafterdark.com), a newly refashioned site that builds upon the success of Pocket After Dark, its online community that showcases the best in romance, urban fantasy, and women’s fiction. 

Developed by Simon & Schuster Digital, XOXO After Dark will continue to offer access to exclusive content and provide a venue for members to connect with other readers, editors, and their favorite authors.  From free full-length books to contests, giveaways, author interviews and live chats, dedicated genre fans will find lots to read, share, and talk about.  In addition to news and reviews, XOXO After Dark will also feature hot topics in pop culture that readers are talking about.

“As reader discussion—and discovery—of books moves to the Web, we believe it’s more important than ever to have an inviting, entertaining and informative online presence to highlight our books and support the genre overall,” said Louise Burke, President and Publisher, Pocket Books.

New to XOXO After Dark is dedicated space for Pocket Star eBook Originals, with a rotating carousel for the latest specials, discounts, and updates, and a shop to purchase both eBook originals as well as eBook editions of favorite print authors.  XOXO After Dark has also improved the e-reading  experience  – registered users can now enjoy free reads not just on the site, but even on their smart phone or tablet.  An editor favorite is the “Balls o’ Fire” Heat Meter, which tells readers just how steamy the romance gets. “Our fire-breathing dragon awards each book from one to five fireballs. One ball o’ fire means the book is safe to share with your mom, while five balls o’ fire means it’s time to draw the curtains and open the wine!” said Lauren McKenna, Editorial Director, Pocket Star.

One of the most highly-anticipated features on the site integrates recommendation and e-commerce.  A special book module allows readers to directly purchase the books they read about in blog posts—whether those books are published by Pocket Books or another romance publisher–via Buy buttons that link to major retailers.

XOXO After Dark is supported by Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, but features romance and women’s fiction from all publishers, allowing members access to all of their favorite books.

Pocket Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster.  Simon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and India.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.simonandschuster.com.