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Publisher pitch: Totally Bound, Sep 2014

1 September 2014

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Happy September! This month we are celebrating the release of Lisabet Sarai’s The Ingredients of Bliss in our What’s her Secret? imprint. Featuring a sexy French chef, an American TV producer and a Chinese girl who thinks she wants them both! It is all hotting up in this exciting new release.

Ashe Barker has a brand new serial coming out this month, with each of the following instalments being released only four weeks after. The first in this Richness of Swallows serial is Rich Tapestry. A Richness of Swallows charts the turbulent relationship of Summer and Dan, from their explosive first encounter in Cumbria to the wild moors of West Yorkshire. Pick up this naughty little book to learn if Summer can overcome her childhood issues through her submission to Dan.

Amber Kell is also releasing book four in her magical Wizard’s Touch series. Elijah’s Ghost tackles fate and love in an unforgettable way. As the tagline suggests: It only takes one event to change the world.

Lastly, Bailey Bradford’s Broncs and Bullies will be released this month! More cowboys and saucy love scenes, what more could you want? This is book six in the Mossy Glen Ranch series.

We are also visiting the GRL event in Chicago in October! We are busy preparing for this and excited to be at this yearly event! So if you are in the area stop by to learn more about our authors and our new releases.

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Coming up in September …

  • Broncs and Bullies by Bailey Bradford
  • Power of Rhythms by Taige Crenshaw
  • Play Acting by Morticia Knight
  • The Waystation by Blair Erotica
  • Crimson Mate by Nikki McCoy
  • Dragon’s Lair by Pelaam
  • Peyton’s Pursuit by Jenna Byrnes
  • Her Bareback Cowboys by Ylette Pearson
  • On the Green by Nicole Dennis
  • Midnight Star by Billi Jean
  • Pyramid of Passion by Jorja Lovett
  • Reynaud’s Redemption by Jaxx Steele
  • Not In It for the Love by RP Andrews
  • Bear Claw by Crissy Smith
  • Tempted by Samara King
  • Don’t Judge a Book by Scarlet Blackwell
  • Triad by Cheyenne Meadows
  • Owner of my Heart by Valentina Heart
  • Walking in the Rain by TA Chase
  • Moving On by Ash Penn
  • Glorious Mistake by Vicktor Alexander
  • Sex, Sin and Scandal by Rosalie Stanton
  • Her Men by Ashley Ladd
  • Master Stephen by Natalie Dae
  • Shattered Heart by Nikki McCoy

Also available on pre-order at the beginning of this month is Carol Lynne’s The Brick Yard. This is the first novel length book in our new imprint, What’s his Passion? Lucky Gunn, a prize fighter, is facing the biggest fight of his life in this newest release. However, this time it’s not in the ring.

ARRC2015: reader registration open

1 September 2014

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Reader registration for ARRC2015 opens today!

ARRC2015 will be held from 7-9 March 2015 at QT Canberra (formerly Rydges Lakeside), in Canberra. The organisers have been hard at work for the last 12 months and more planning a fantastic event for both our reader and author delegates.

Keynote speakers will be Helene Young, Sylvia Day, Victoria Dahl and Kelley Armstrong. You can find the full list of authors attending HERE.

The convention will open with welcome drinks on Friday evening, 6 March, followed by two days of convention sessions. There will be a book-signing event on Saturday, 7 March (open to the public), followed by our annual awards dinner.

A key feature at this fourth convention will be more opportunities than ever for readers and authors to interact on a personal level, with a speed dating session as well as ‘meet an author’ tables at morning and afternoon teas.

Full details can be found in the reader registration brochure, which can be downloaded from HERE.

Please read through the registration brochure before clicking through to the online registration, as the brochure has details of all aspects of the convention.

(Authors, there are still some spots available, email us at to request a copy of the author registration brochure.)

arrc2015_banner_dark_200x200Registration includes access to all sessions for the whole weekend (including the signing), as well as morning and afternoon teas and lunches. The registration rate for the full weekend is $275 (or $255 for ARRA members).

Tickets to the welcome reception ($53) and awards dinner ($79) will be sold separately.

If you wish to attend the convention for one day there is also a day registration option, priced at $150.

If you wish to attend the book-signing event only, tickets for that will be on sale from 1 December, priced at $15.

We hope that you will join us in Canberra in March 2015 to celebrate romance fiction!


Release day: Haunted Ever After

1 September 2014

Today is the official release of Haunted Ever After by Juliet Madison (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Haunted Ever AfterMixing romance, humour and a sparkle of magic, Juliet Madison is back with a new full-length novel about a bride-to-be, a mystery and the stripper next door.
When bride-to-be Sally Marsh attends a weekend away with her bridesmaids, the last thing she expects is an uninvited guest: the ghost of her fiancé’s ex-girlfriend.

Red is quirky, loud and distracting, and Sally is soon desperate to find the reason behind her presence, so she can rid herself of her embarrassing shadow before the wedding day. Unfortunately, the ghost is reluctant to share the reason for her existence, but very enthusiastic about Ty, the surprise hen’s night stripper who keeps showing up at awkward moments.

Time is running out for Sally, but it’s also running out for Red. By the time all is revealed, Sally will be tested to the limits, and go above and beyond everything she’s ever believed in order to ensure not only her own happy-ever-after – but Red’s as well.

Juliet dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I had so much fun writing this story. There were lots of interesting possibilities to consider around having a ghost and a stripper as characters. The main character, bride-to-be Sally, has to get through her hen’s weekend without her friends catching on that she is being haunted by her fiance’s ex, but at least there is the distraction of having stripper, Ty around to keep the bridesmaids occupied. He lives near where they are staying in a country guest house, and finds himself taking on more than just the role of entertainer, becoming a crucial part of the story and the mystery within it. I also loved writing the conflict between these two opposite characters – prim and proper Sally, and confident, outgoing Ty. I hope readers enjoy this fun and flirty romantic comedy!

You can find out more about this book at Juliet’s website or blog and buy it via Escape Publishing.


Release day: Damaso Claims His Heir

1 September 2014

Today is the official release of Damaso Claims His Heir by Annie West (paperback and ebook, Mills & Boon Australia). Here’s the blurb:

Damaso Claims His HeirWhen opposites attract!

Damaso Pires should have known better than to get involved with Marisa—the scandalous princess of Bengaria. Yet soon he sees her true beauty and flawless virtue, which touches a place in him he thought ruthlessly destroyed by his childhood on the streets of Brazil. But their brief affair becomes permanent when Marisa reveals she’s pregnant.

Damaso knows the sting of illegitimacy and, having fought tooth and nail to claw his way up to the dizzying heights of international success and financial infamy, he won’t let his child slip from his grasp. There’s only one way to claim his heir, and that’s marriage!

Annie dropped by to tell us a little about this book:

I’m so thrilled to have Damaso and Marisa’s story on sale in Australia. There’s nothing like being able to see it in my local bookstore. Especially this one, which I adored writing. It’s about a slumdog millionaire meeting a high society princess and the sparks fly. It’s sexual attraction from the first for this pair who scorn society’s rules. But after one night of passion they discover they’re tied to each other by more than lust. They’ve created a baby. So begins a tempestuous tug of war as they try to determine the best for their unborn child. In the process they must strip away the masks they’ve hidden behind all their lives. Princess Marisa hides her true self behind the scandalous reputation that destroyed her hopes for happiness. She doesn’t trust powerful men and Damaso Pires is the most dominant man she’s met. Yet still there’s something about him she can’t resist. Could he be the man she’s dreamed of? The man who can see past her undeserved reputation to the real woman who wants to be loved for herself? After a lifetime fighting off those who want to take advantage of her position and being judged for scandals she didn’t commit, trust comes hard. The last thing she needs is to tie herself in marriage to a powerful, determined man. But has she the willpower to resist Damaso when she begins to see him as far more than a ruthless tycoon? As they live together she discovers a man she can trust, and a man who may just be the best thing for her and her child. Born in the slums of Brazil, everything Damaso owns he’s acquired through hard work and talent. Impossibly attracted to Marisa, he believes at first that she’s perfect for a short affair. But soon he discovers she’s not the party princess the world believes. She’s a woman of fears and shattered dreams, with a determination that matches his own. More, she’s now carrying his baby and he refuses to abandon his child as he was abandoned. He fears he doesn’t know enough about love to make a good father but he can give them both his protection. Nothing will stop him looking after Marisa and their baby, not even Marisa’s stubbornness. But despite their passion and his phenomenal business success, he can never forget the differences between them. She’s an aristocrat and he’s a kid from the slums. Is he fooling himself believing he can persuade her to marry him? He must persuade her, for soon it’s not just the baby he’s thinking of. He wants marriage because he discovers he just can’t let her go.

You can read more about Annie’s books (and an excerpt from Damaso) on her website. You can grab a copy of Damaso Claims His Heir in stores now, or order it online from Mills & Boon Australia or Amazon.

All ARRA members who leave a comment on this blog will go in the draw to win a copy of this book. The giveaway closes on 15 September 2014.


Release day: The French Prize

1 September 2014

Today is the official release of The French Prize by Cathryn Hein (paperback and ebook, Harlequin Mira). Here’s the blurb

The French PrizeAn ancient riddle, a broken vow – a modern-day quest for a medieval treasure. Australian-born Dr. Olivia Walker is an Oxford academic with a reputation as one of the world’s leading Crusade historians and she’s risked everything on finding one of the most famous swords in history – Durendal. Shrouded in myth and mystery, the sword is fabled to have belonged to the warrior Roland, a champion of Charlemagne’s court, and Olivia is determined to prove to her detractors that the legend is real. Her dream is almost within reach when she discovers the long-lost key to its location in Provence, but her benefactor – Raimund Blancard – has other ideas. For more than a millennium, the Blancard family have protected the sword. When his brother is tortured and killed by a man who believes he is Roland’s rightful heir, Raimund vows to end the bloodshed forever. He will find Durendal and destroy it, but to do that he needs Olivia’s help. Now Olivia is torn between finding the treasure for which she has hunted all her life and helping the man she has fallen in love with destroy her dream. And all the while, Raimund’s murderous nemesis is on their trail, and he will stop at nothing to claim his birthright.

Cathryn dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I had such fun writing this book! As a big fan of the Indiana Jones and Mummy film franchises, and we mustn’t forget Romancing the Stone, and a person who adores myths and legends, The French Prize is exactly the sort of story I love to read. I was fortunate enough to live in Aix-en-Provence for three years and from day one was besotted by the history of France, along with everything else to do with that gorgeous country. It was this experience that I drew on while writing the story, and weaving the scenery, people, culture, fables and food into this adventure was hugely satisfying. As was making up my very sexy French hero! This is a bit of a departure from my usual Australian rural-set romances, but The French Prize is a rollicking read, with plenty of drama, legend and romance. I’m ridiculously excited about its release and hope readers love it as much as I do.

You can find out more about this book at Cathryn’s website.

All ARRA members who comment on this post will go in the draw to win a signed copy of this book (Australian addresses only). Giveaway closes 15 September 2014.

Guest blogger: Beverley Eikli

31 August 2014

Beverley EikliOne of my favourite characters from the Georgian period is the extraordinary Lady Emma Hamilton who, like flamboyant ‘socialite’ Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, raised eyebrows for living in a ménage a trois with her husband and lover, the famous naval hero, Horatio Nelson.

Emma’s life is a fabulous example of truth being stranger than fiction. At the age of twelve she was a servant before she took to the stage. Later she was a dancer at the ‘Temple of Health’, an establishment run by a quack doctor who enticed infertile couples to part with large sums of money to sleep on a bed that delivered mild, supposedly fertility-enhancing electric shocks.

Emma Hamilton was the Georgian equivalent of today’s most beautiful and photographed celebrities. As the lifelong muse and obsession of artist George Romney, she was painted in so many guises she became a well-known figure in society, even before her spectacular marriage.

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Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765 – 1815)

Emma’s complicated love life saw her wed Sir William Hamilton, the British envoy to Naples and uncle to her then lover, who’d dispatched Emma to Italy so he could marry an heiress who refused to tolerate him having a mistress. In Naples, Emma’s theatrical ‘Attitudes’ became a sensation and a new art form. She combined classical poses with modern allure, and as the beautiful personable wife of a diplomat twice her age, she became friends with royalty across Europe.

However it was Emma’s affair with the famous war hero Horatio Nelson and the fact that the Hamiltons and Nelson lived openly together that made the trio such a sensation.

Now is not the place to follow Emma’s descent into debt and ruin, for it’s at the zenith of her flamboyant life that she provides the inspiration for my heroine, Adelaide, in my latest Regency romance, The Maid of Milan. Like Emma, Adelaide becomes the feted muse of a famous portraitist and basks in society’s adulation, though her love triangle is more complicated than Emma’s.

Adelaide resembles Lady Hamilton with her titian hair and her powerful sexual allure, but her past is more painful and her motivations for craving the love of her influential husband more complex. Especially when her ex lover walks back into her life as society’s latest literary darling.

The Maid of Milan was a fun book to write and I owe Lady Emma Hamilton a huge debt for it was the many biographies of this extraordinary woman that sparked the inspiration for my own unconventional Regency.

I’m delighted that it has just gone to audio book and large print.

I also have another racy Georgian romance in the pipeline with Choc Lit, as well as a couple of more sensual Georgian and Regency romances for Totally Bound, written under my Beverley Oakley name. Coming in a couple of months is Rogue’s Kiss, the sequel to my 2012 ARRA-nominated racy Regency romp, Rake’s Honour.

Maid of MilanThe Maid of Milan

After three years of marriage, Adelaide has fallen in love with the handsome, honourable husband who nurtured her through her darkest hours.

Now Adelaide’s former lover, the passionate poet from whose arms she was torn by her family during their illicit liaison in Milan four years previously has returned, a celebrity due to the success of his book The Maid of Milan.

High society is as desperate to discover the identity of his ‘muse’ as Adelaide is to protect her newfound love and her husband’s political career.

The Maid of Milan (audiobook, 12 hours and 7 minutes, narrated by Melody Grove) is available at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks  | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

The Reluctant BrideThe Reluctant Bride

A Napoleonic Wars espionage romance with a thriller ending.

Desperate circumstances following the death of her loving fiancé force Emily Micklen to marry taciturn soldier, Major Angus McCartney.

For years, brave, honourable Angus has loved Emily, though he remains haunted by the shocking death of his mysterious late French mistress who bore a strong resemblance to his new wife.

When Angus is sent to France on a mission to entrap the notorious French spy, Madame Fontenay, Angus discovers the real enemy is closer to home than he’d realised.

The Reluctant Bride is available at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

You can find Beverley at: website | blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Publisher pitch: Escape Publishing, Sep 2014

30 August 2014

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We are just buzzing after an award-winning streak for Escape. Make sure you check out our two award-winning titles, as well as our new titles for September!

  • Lost in Kakadu by Kendall Talbot (R*BY for Best Novel with Romantic Elements)
  • The Chieftain’s Curse by Frances Housden (RWNZ inaugural Koru for Best Long Novel)

And out this month:

Chieftain by Command by Frances Housden: The follow-up to the RITA-nominated, Koru-winning, best-selling title The Chieftain’s Curse. He’s an interloper, granted Chieftain by the King’s command. She belongs to the land and the clan—and their marriage only cements his position. But she’s not about to sit idly by and let him rule her life. The only power she will have is through his love for her—and she’s determined to bring him to his knees.

Deep Diving by Cate Ellink: A sun-soaked, sandy, seaside erotic novel about a tropical paradise, two athletes used to getting physical, and a sex-filled, no-strings holiday fling. He’s a Rugby League player; she’s an Olympic triathlete. A bit of diving, a friendly competition, and sexy, lust-soaked nights. But when it comes time to leave, will they be able to leave each other behind?

Driving in Neutral by Sandra Antonelli: A new, quick-witted, quip-heavy romance for grown-ups from Sandra Antonelli about facing your fears—because love is the greatest risk of all. He’s a claustrophobe, a dynamic manager, and her new boss. She’s a race car driver, a best friend, and deeply burned by love. Fear drives them together—and then apart—and only by overcoming it will they find a chance at forever.

Miss Spelled by Sarah Belle. Magic realism mixes with romantic comedy in this new novel from Sarah Belle about the dangers of internet shopping—and using magic to solve real-world problems. He’s perfect just the way he is, and then he stumbles on the secret she wants to keep buried. She forgets that internet shopping comes with its own brand of risks. Now he has no idea who she is, she has only one chance to get her perfect life back, and she’s only got one week to do it.

Beyond Coincidence by Jacquie Underdown. Mixing romance, history, and a touch of the unexplained in a new novel from Jacquie Underdown about love that needs to cross oceans and time before finding a place to come true. She’s on a French trip of a lifetime when she picks up an unexpected hitch-hiker. He doesn’t understand how she ends up on his doorstep. Together, they have the chance for a love that crosses history, and grants a solider eternal peace.

Haunted Ever After by Juliet Madison. Mixing romance, humour and a sparkle of magic, Juliet Madison is back with a new full-length novel about a bride-to-be, a mystery and the stripper next door. She’s on her hen’s weekend. He’s the stripper her friends have hired. Red is the ghost that won’t leave her alone. Nothing is going to go to plan …

We’d love to hear from you!  FacebookTwitter and on our website.

Kate and the Escape Team



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