Women's fiction author Riley Costello recently announced her new patent-pending reading experience format: Shopfiction™.
Waiting at Hayden's, a novel that deals with the complicated nature of timing in modern-day relationships, will be the first book that allows readers to shop the characters' outfits. It will provides links (in the digital version) and web addresses (in print) to take readers to video highlights where they can watch key scenes unfold, as well as to photos of the characters wearing the clothing described in the text. The author has primarily featured brands such as Winston White and Van De Vort that were started by other female entrepreneurs.
Costello has also included filmed scenes from the book, which readers can enjoy by visiting her website. These video highlights provide another way for readers to get to know the characters and in many cases, relive a scene they just read.
"I write love stories with strong female characters and decided to use technology to reach and engage readers in a new, exciting and fun manner," commented Costello.
About the Book
From a fresh new voice in women’s fiction comes a page-turning, relatable love story about the complicated nature of timing in modern-day relationships.
Childhood best friends Charli Anderson and Jack Logan fall madly in love during college and can’t imagine a life apart. But when they land dream opportunities on opposite ends of the country following graduation, they are forced to make a heart-wrenching pact. In the hope of one day restarting their love story, they set a date to reunite in five years at their favorite restaurant.
Restaurant owner Gianna Hayden is thirty-seven, single, and one bad date away from giving up on finding the right guy when she meets Peter Clark on a dating website. Attractive, kind, and driven he is exactly what she thought she was looking for. But as the day of Charli and Jack’s reservation approaches, Gianna finds herself reflecting on the kind of passionate love her former customers once had and begins to question her bond with Peter.
These two riveting stories converge on the night of the fateful reunion. Gianna, Charli, and Jack are all forced to make difficult choices as they struggle to follow their hearts, and ultimately each must decide where their true feelings lie before time runs out.
About Riley Costello
Riley Costello, an Oregon native, graduated with a degree in psychology from Santa Clara University. But like most things in her life, Costello didn’t do it like everyone else. After her freshman year, she took a year off to move to Charleston, South Carolina, in the hopes that the setting of many of Nicholas Sparks’ books would inspire her to write a love story of her own, Waiting at Hayden’s.
Working on the book post graduation was rewarding, but Costello found it a solitary effort so began collaborating with other creatives to produce her blog, Sincerely, Riley. Photos feature fashions that readers can shop and blog posts address many of the frustrations her generation faces in today’s dating world. It only seemed natural for Costello to then apply that same strategy to publishing her book.
She remembers watching Sex and the City and wishing she could buy Carrie Bradshaw’s outfits. Thanks to filmed highlights from her novel, readers of Waiting at Hayden’s will be able to do what Costello could not—shop the characters’ clothes through links in the digital versions and web addresses in the print.
Being the innovator that she is, the ideas keep coming and Costello is already many drafts in on her next novel, Map of Us which she plans to release in the same way.