Harlequin will kick off a new e-book program in conjunction with Cosmopolitan called Cosmo Red Hot Reads. The program will launch on August 15, with Afterburn by Sylvia Day; Cosmo Red Hot Reads will also publish another Day book in November called Aftershock. The two-book deal with the bestselling author was made for seven figures.
"I'm thrilled to be launching the Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin series of fresh and sexy contemporary romances," said Day. "My stories are known for featuring fun, fearless Cosmopolitan-type heroines as well as delicious, dangerous heroes synonymous with Harlequin. Afterburn and Aftershock will be no exception. I'm excited to share these sizzling new romances with readers and to do so hand in hand with Harlequin and Cosmopolitan, beloved brands known for giving women exactly what they want."
Afterburn and Aftershock ($3.99 each) will be connected editorially and will also be published as a two-in-one trade paperback in November. For Cosmo Red Hot Reads, Harlequin intends to publish two original titles per month, beginning in August with Afterburn. Each title in the series will be about 30,000 words.