Author M.J. Rose to Hold Reincarnationist Book Reading in Second Life

    Harlequin to Host Author Event and Q&A Session in Online Virtual World
    Critically Acclaimed Thriller Author

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ -- Harlequin Enterprises Limited, one of the
world's leading publishers of women's fiction, announced today that they will
hold an author reading event in the online virtual world Second Life to
promote THE REINCARNATIONIST, a new novel by critically acclaimed author M. J.
Rose.  On Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. EST, M.J. Rose will host a
reading through live audio-streaming, and will participate in a live real-time
chat with attendees at a virtual location being custom-built for the occasion
(in Second Life, search in groups for "MIRA Books").

    Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its
members, known as Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, Second Life
has grown explosively and today is inhabited by more than nine million
Residents from around the globe.  Second Life abounds with people,
entertainment, experiences and opportunity.  Businesses, including publishers,
are increasingly looking for new ways to connect with tech-savvy individuals
in relevant and effective ways.  By hosting this event in Second Life,
Harlequin continues to seek innovative means to reach out to readers.
"Bringing an author and readers together in Second Life is a first for
Harlequin, but connecting readers and authors is what Harlequin has done for
decades," said Jenny Bullough, Harlequin's Manager of Digital Content and
Interactivity. "Second Life offers an opportunity for M.J. Rose to connect in
real time with readers who may not have the chance to meet her in real life.
And because THE REINCARNATIONIST is a novel about a modern-day man
experiencing a second life-as a priest in ancient Rome-through a series of
intense and comprehensive visions, we felt that Second Life was the perfect
venue to share M.J.'s story with readers."
    The recipient of prominent reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal,
Entertainment Weekly and People magazine, THE REINCARNATIONIST (MIRA Books,
Hardcover, $24.95 U.S./$29.95 Can., September 2007; also available in audio
and eBook) offers an unforgettable read that's equal parts modern-day
thriller, historical fiction and love story.  With one foot in present-day
Rome and New York and another in early Christian Rome some 1,600 years ago,
Rose conjures with exacting historical accuracy two worlds consumed by the
fires of intrigue and extraordinary passion.  "The questions of who we are
cannot be asked without first asking who we were," writes Rose, who draws upon
her own research into reincarnation theory-as well as the tenets and writings
of students and believers in reincarnation-to write this compelling novel.
    Harlequin has engaged Purple Stripe Productions to create a custom built
location featuring elements from the novel.  Purple Stripe will provide audio
streaming for the 15-minute reading portion of the event before the 45-minute
question-and-answer session with the author.  A sample chapter from THE
REINCARNATIONIST will also be available in-world at the location one week
before and three weeks after the event.
    International bestselling writer M.J. Rose is the author of eight
previous novels, including three titles in the Butterfield Institute series:
The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex and The Venus Fix.  She has also
coauthored two nonfiction books on marketing.  Rose is on the board of
directors of International Thriller Writers and lives in Connecticut.
    About MIRA Books
    MIRA Books(TM) is Harlequin Enterprises' mainstream women's fiction
imprint. Featuring a lineup of some of the bestselling authors across North
America, MIRA Books is committed to publishing the very best in commercial
fiction, from historical and contemporary romance to suspense and
psychological thrillers.  In 2006, 38 MIRA Books titles placed on bestseller
lists (New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly).  MIRA Books currently
publishes more than 100 books per year in hardcover, mass-market and trade
paperback formats.  Please see the MIRA Books Web
more information.
    About Harlequin Enterprises Limited
    Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and
one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued
worldwide in 26 languages and sold in 109 international markets. The company
produces 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from around
the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin's Web site is located at
Harlequin has offices in 18 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York
and London. For more information please visit or
    About Purple Stripe Productions
    Purple Stripe's main focus is integrating companies into Second Life. Our
team of audio/video specialists, senior software developers, architects, and
media/advertising executives know what it takes to successfully integrate your
company into the metaverse. What works in 'real life' does not always work
here. Let our years of expertise make your Second Life experience a positive
one! Extensive in-world experience and a strong creative flair coupled with
our team's real world business consulting background from Fortune 500 firms to
startup ventures makes us the perfect in-world team for professionals seeking
to integrate themselves and their businesses into Second Life.  Our broad,
in-world exposure to Second Life's diverse residents and subcultures is key to
our success. Available to answer questions and personally walk you though the
areas you are interested in, the Purple Stripe team can help you integrate
quickly into Second Life. The one-on-one instruction we provide is catered to
your business needs, technical experience, and comfort level.

For further information:

For further information: Don Lucey, Assistant Manager, Public Relations 
Communications, Harlequin Enterprises Limited, +1-416-391-7094, Web Site:                

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