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Kate Mara Imagined as Devon Conley in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Kate Mara imagined as character Devon Conley in the Priya Club novels.

Born in Massachusetts, Devon Conley’s family moved to Washington, D.C., when her father won his first of many terms as a U.S. Congressman. Devon is a passionate supporter of charitable causes, and she is always ready to use her public profile to raise money for a worthwhile charity.

At the start of AVA, Devon is engaged to Ory Boisseau. Her parents, Mike and Sophie, college sweethearts, are about to celebrate 37 years of marriage. Devon is her parents’ only surviving child.

Her best friend within the Priya Club is Eden Loring.


Ory Boisseau proposed to Devon over two years.

Devon does not draw party lines when choosing which charitable organization to support publicly. She recognizes the need for a two-party system in Washington, but does believe such divisions belong in the important work of groups that bring healing and opportunity to America’s families.

There is one particular cause which stands out for Devon: teenage suicide. Her own family experienced this bitter tragedy when her older brother took his own life at the age of seventeen. She is the spokesperson for a national foundation for suicide prevention and has been known to sit down with at-risk youth and speak openly with them about what her own family has experienced as a result of the loss of her brother.

The Backstory

The Thrills

Keep an eye on this space for hints about the thrills in Devon’s story.

Jesse Williams imagined as Ory Boisseau in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Jesse Williams imagined as Ory Boisseau in the Priya Club novels.
Jesse Williams imagined as Ory Boisseau in the Priya Club novels
Jesse Williams imagined as Ory Boisseau in the Priya Club novels
Jesse Williams imagined as Ory Boisseau in the Priya Club novels set in Washington DC
Jesse Williams imagined as Ory Boisseau in the Priya Club novels set in Washington DC

Devon and Ory met on a fishing boat during a political retreat off the coast of Louisiana. As a kid, Ory was raised spending his summers exploring the bayous of the Louisiana Delta, and boating anywhere could get to and still be home in time for dinner.

Devon lived on the ocean, in Massachusetts, before moving to Washington, D.C., in the fifth grade. An expert sailor, she continues to spend every summer on the Cape, now with Ory by her side. Their shared love of being out on the open water for hours — for days, if they can swing it — has proved to be one of the strongest links in their relationship.

When Devon says, in interviews, that there isn’t much difference between coastal Massachusetts and coastal Louisiana, Ory just laughs because, of course, the two are very different. But a love of family, of water, of the best seafood gracing the tables, of casual gatherings with everyone within earshot invited…these are things Devon envisions when speaking of the similarities.

Devour is a fictional steakhouse on Capitol Hill in the Priya Club novels by Ashley Barron.

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.

DEVOUR is a fictional steakhouse on Washington, D.C.’s, Capitol Hill inspired by the Priya Club character Devon Conley.

Washington lawmakers are famed for their love of steak houses. Devon believes the real reason all of Capitol Hill flocks to these restaurants is because, there, everyone is equally armed…with steak knives. Keeps the conversations civil.


Zydeco Gris-Gris by BeauSoleil

It was love at first sight for these two, but one thing Devon hadn’t expected was that she would fall in love with Zydeco music, too. Ory opened her world in new ways when he brought the songs of his childhood into her life.

They’d known each for three days the first time she watched him lean back against a fence rail, pull a harmonica out of his pocket, and start playing a song she’d never before heard, but would always remember.

That same tune will be the music of their first dance as husband and wife at their wedding in October.

What Readers Are Saying About AVA

AVA a Priya Club Novel by Ashley Barron

“I will say it again, I am amazed I didn’t figure out this mystery! Most the time I have a pretty good guess and I didn’t even have a guess with this book.”

“From the first chapter you are hooked. It is hard to put down. Great book. Can’t wait to read the next one.

“Ashley Barron has an uncanny ability for communicating the intricacies of human relationships. For that reason alone, I am looking forward to her next installment.”

“The plot develops nicely and never veers off course…and as it comes to its conclusion, you are left fulfilled, but craving more.

“I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from the author, Ashley Barron. This book had humor, fun, suspense and much more.”

“Wasn’t expecting this to be such a good book, so I was thrilled to find it was. Look forward to reading the ones to follow it in the Priya series.”

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