Ava’s parents, Derek and Gracie, are both native Washingtonians. Her older brother, Trace, and his wife, Layla, live blocks away, while her younger brother, Locke, lives closer to the heart of the city.
Ava’s best friend within the Priya Club is Bonner Danilov.
Read more about Ava Arden’s company, Extravagant Events.
Blessed with a natural talent for organization, Ava is a star in the world of event planning. Ava often donates time and resources to charities to help them meet their fund-raising goals. She is generous, funny, and as previously mentioned, annoyingly well organized.
Ava doesn’t cook at all. She firmly believes no one can be all things in life. With this in mind, in her early 20’s, she happily dropped all expectations of achieving even a moderate level of culinary ability and opted instead to rely on the talents of Eden Loring and Helaina Karras, both chefs.
Ava’s fashion sense is as terrible as everyone says. Simply put, she doesn’t want to be bothered with thinking about all the details that go into looking “put together.” The Priyas find this particularly amusing considering how perfectly Ava visualizes and creates detailed event themes. Chance Kelley and India Reed have taken over wardrobe planning for a semi-resistant Ava. Still, she remains perfectly happy in sweater sets and pearls, and if Chance and India hadn’t taken them all, Ava would still be wearing them today.
Ava Arden’s one true love, Kader Thornton, shows up one August night and wants her back. It’s the same night a series of terrifying events—robbery, kidnapping, and murder among them—begin to unravel Ava’s carefully ordered world.
Ava finds herself pushed into a dangerous game in Washington, D.C., the city where secrets act as currency and truth is a matter of perspective.
Strange things begin happening around around her, to her. At first, unsure if these acts are intentional or just bad luck, Ava keeps tell no one, not even her best friends, about them.
One phone call brings Ava devastating news and changes her life — and the lives of the Priyas — forever.
Read excerpts, teasers, and outtakes from AVA, Book One in the Priya Club Novels.
Kader Thornton and Ava Arden officially met five years ago at a black tie dinner held at The Thornton Museum. Love at first sight grew into a two-year relationship. The “engagement watch” was on nearly from the start, with these two so obviously a love match.
They were blissfully happy, Ava and Kader, right up to the night they broke up, a night that caught everyone in Washington by surprise. The next morning, with no word and no warning, Kader was gone.
Over the next three years, much to her family’s dismay, a broken-hearted Ava made her work life, and the lives of the Priya Club members, the center point of her daily existence.
Kader spent those same three years on a long path that ended up leading him right back to Ava’s door. Can first love bloom for a second time? Will it?
Helaina Karras owns “The Darlings,” a fleet of restaurants she designed that incorporates the particular lifestyles and favorite foods of the Priya Club members. Each woman eats and drinks for free at her namesake establishment.
Avalanche, the restaurant inspired by Ava Arden, brings an Old Georgetown twist to après–ski style. Helaina designed a space that is roomy but still intimate, with several large fireplaces, deep leather sofas, dark woods, soft lighting, a beautiful view of nature. At Avalanche, patrons also enjoy dining al fresco in a garden landscape design by Rose Landon.
The main dining room features lots of small tables tucked around the room and an upscale casual menu with a select number of items. Ava’s favorite, of course, is the double-thick filet mignon (center cut, rare plus, Béarnaise on the side), chef’s choice of potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and Caesar salad with extra anchovy in the dressing.
Instead of having a red wine with her steak, Ava breaks tradition and always chooses the Perrier-Jouët, Blason Rosé NV.
Ava loves slow dancing. Loves it. (She and Eden have this in common.) Ava first heard the song “L’Envie d’aimer” during a Priya Club trip to Paris, about five years ago, at a time when she and Kader were deep in the magical grip of first love. This song touched her heart in places she’d thought only he could reach. She called him, back in the States, and told him so.
Less than a day later, Ava found herself bathed in moonlight, on a rooftop next to the Seine, in the circle of Kadar’s arms, slow dancing. For once, Kader hadn’t hired the actual singer of a song she adored. Instead, he played the recording…again and again…so that it would only be the two of them, the music, and one starry night in Paris.
Interviews, Media & More
Stacy Eaton: Ava if you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
Ava Arden: This one is easy. I would have made myself a composite of all the Priyas. I would have had Bonner’s moonbeam blond hair, Chance’s unrelenting discipline, Devon’s grace under pressure, Eden’s ability to forgive, Fallon’s power over the media, Helaina’s army of unsurpassed chefs and hot waiters, India’s… Well, you get the idea.
Stacy Eaton: lol… Yeah I think I do.
Ava Arden: Instead, I have knees that tremble around Kader Thornton. I’m tall and a little clumsy. I have absolutely no fashion sense, I can’t cook and, somehow, I ended up tangled in the tightly woven web of deceit we call politics.
Stacy Eaton: Oh, politics can seriously be a downfall!
Ava Arden: Ashley says that a person’s life can only ever become as good as it has ever been bad. She forced me to stand toe-to-toe, eyeball-to-eyeball with betrayal. It was horrible; I’ve never felt such pain. She knows that only the ugliest of roads lead to Paradise. She said to me, right at the beginning, “You can walk or I can pull you.” I took every step myself. It might have something to do with the fact that, at the end of chapter one, Kader Thornton…
Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.
Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter who is working toward her second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and on the choral and cheerleading squads at school. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.
Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.
From beginning to end this book is mysterious and Ashley Barron does a great job blending the old romance Ava’s character had with Kader and the mystery of Adair’s disappearance.
The story entitled “Ava” takes us on an adventure of intrigue and danger with many actors. The Priya club (formed by college friends) adds depth to the tale.
I enjoyed Ashley Barron’s writing style and hope to soon be able to read Bonner’s story.
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Ashley Greene Imagined As Ava Arden
Above are links to find out more information on the living human I picture in my mind when writing scenes for character Ava Arden in the Priya Club novels. Her name is Ashley Greene.
When writing a novel, it is often helpful to have the face and body of an actual person in mind when imagining a character’s emotions, and interactions, and life.
Writer’s Digest says: “One effective way to create lively characters on the page is to create a character board first, enabling you to envision who your character really is.”
Many writers use character boards when planning out the “people” in a novel. I did not include this resource when preparing to write my first novel. Frankly, in the beginning, I had no plan. I was winging it, all the way. If, over the years, you’ve read my blog at Indie Book Week, then you know how many mistakes I’ve made on this, my writing journey.
It wasn’t long into writing AVA that I realized the book was going to be part of a series. I began to document character details, plot ideas for future novels, and more, in an Excel spreadsheet. While helpful in a way, it wasn’t the most user friendly resource because I couldn’t see all the snippets of information at one time.
Fortunately, all that learning I had to do to complete my first 100,000-word novel has resulted in a cleaner, clearer work flow for all subsequent work. My characters are better. My stories are better. And I am enjoying this process of creation with less angst and more imagination.
When the words for my second novel began to take shape in my mind — and that was well before the first sentence landed on a blank page — I knew I wanted to incorporate a character planning resource that would let me flesh out the particulars of a “person” in an organized and cohesive fashion. And it needed to be something more writer-friendly than my Excel spreadsheets.
Enter the character board. Most authors (and their loved ones) will tell you that the characters who inhabit their minds, and books, are real. Fine, they don’t exist in the flesh, we get it, but they are most definitely alive. With this in mind, I decided to have some fun with my character boards by creating online profiles for the characters in my Priya Club novels.
Here, on ThePriyaClub.com, meet the Priyas, their loves, their families. Get to know where they work, and where they play. Learn about their personalities, quirks, and hearts. As the series progresses, as the characters continue to evolve, a continuous stream of new details and information will be added to these pages. We hope you’ll share this journey with us, the Priya Club characters and me, and that you’ll visit with us here, on ThePriyaClub.com, often.