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Publisher pitch: Totally Bound, Aug 2014

1 August 2014

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Happy August! This month we are celebrating the release of book 31 in the bestselling Cattle Valley series by Carol Lynne. Snake Charmer will capture your heart and imagination. Available 8 August.

If you’ve missed the short stories from our new imprint ‘What’s his Passion?’ you have the chance to get all six together when we release them as a box set on 15 August! If you download from Totally Bound the box set will be full of extras that you don’t get anywhere else!

We also have five hot authors who have worked together to bring you an anthology celebrating the diversity of Chicago, don’t miss An Unconventional Chicago:

‘No Bravery’ by TA Chase. A man looking for revenge discovers a man who wants to save a city.

‘Love Don’t Die’ by Jambrea Jo Jones. They might die, but their love never will…

‘Passion Under Fire’ by Stephani Hecht. Can their love overcome the danger coming their way, or are they doomed to die?

‘Ganging Up on Love’ by Amber Kell. New love can bring new dangers.

‘Bonfire Heart’ by Devon Rhodes. Sometimes fires burn and destroy, but from the ashes, new growth can heal and cleanse.

The Wrath of Dimple is the third and final instalment in the humorous Samantha Lytton series out on 1 August. Who doesn’t want to read about a sexy art thief?

Unforgettable. That’s what she’s not.

Life is perfect for Samantha Lytton, big-screen superheroine. Her acting career flourishes, the bad guys from her past are in prison, and she’s married her true love, be-dimpled ex-thief Sam. Everything is so rosy and idyllic, it’s like a freaking princess movie. Well, an R-rated one. Nothing could mar Sam and Samantha’s fairy-tale romance!

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Coming up in August …

  • In the Presence of Mine Enemy by Helena Maeve
  • Rocking the Alternative by Morticia Knight
  • Dark Nights and Headlights by Bailey Bradford
  • The Wrath of Dimple by Lucy Woodhull
  • Silver’s Chance by Billi Jean
  • Tiger’s Lily by Cheynne Meadows
  • Going Under by Lisa Worrall
  • Passionate Bid by Tierney O’Malley
  • King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart
  • SEALing Fate by Trina Lane
  • What You See by Faith Ashlin
  • Dangerous Wish by Morticia Knight
  • An Unconventional Chicago anthology:
    • No Bravery by TA Chase
    • Love Don’t Die by Jambrea Jo Jones
    • Passion Under Fire by Stephani Hecht
    • Ganging Up on Love by Amber Kell
    • Bonfire Heart by Devon Rhodes
  • Polar Opposites by Aliyah Burke
  • Snake Charmer by Carol Lynne
  • Valentine Next Door by Willa Edwards
  • Yin and Yang by Edward Kendrick
  • The Broken Road by Anna Lee
  • First Floor: Cosmetics by Jorja Lovett
  • Unbound Reaction by Talia Carmichael
  • What’s his Passion box-set
    • Bailey Bradford
    • Sean Michael
    • TA Chase
    • Ethan Stone
    • LM Somerton
    • Morticia Knight
  • Secrets Uncovered by Raven McAllan
  • Taste by Samara King
  • Pathfinder by Faith Ashlin
  • A Package Deal by Jaxx Steele
  • The Veil by Tiffany Aaron
  • Handle with Care by Willa Okati
  • Mating Scents by McKenna Jeffries
  • Poetry in Motion by Scarlet Blackwell
  • Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd
  • Master Connor by Natalie Dae
  • The Agent’s Shadow by Robin Gideon
  • Spanish Heat by Douglas Black
  • Demolition of the Heart by Cassandra Hawke
  • Private Dancer by West Thornhill
  • Fault Lines by Helena Maeve
  • Forbidden Waters by LM Brown
  • Claimed by the Captain by Demelza Hart
  • Calling Calliope by Maggie Mitchell
  • Loco by Cheyenne Meadows
  • Family Connections by NJ Nielsen

Release day: Engaging the Enemy

1 August 2014

Today is the official release of Engaging the Enemy by Susanne Bellamy (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Engaging the EnemyOne building, two would-be owners and a family feud that spans several generations: all relationships have their problems.

Andrea de Villiers can’t lie to save herself. But when developer, Matt Mahoney, buys the building she and a friend have established as a safe house in the Melbourne CBD, she decides that protecting The Shelter is more important than her aching heart. She will confront Mr Mahoney, and she will emerge victorious. There are no other options.

But Matt has other plans for Andie, and she soon finds herself ensnared in a web of well-meaning lies and benevolent deceit. To protect the building and the families that depend on her, Andie agrees to play the part of Matt’s fiancée, and play it convincingly.

But lies soon bleed into truth, and what was once a deception starts to feel all too real. Can Andie accomplish her goals and protect The Shelter, without losing her heart to the charming Irish developer?

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

Engaging the Enemy came into being during my first tram ride in Melbourne. An abandoned red brick building caught my attention while my family tried to put together our fares from a pooling of our coins. Sure there must be someone to love this building and bring it back to life, I realised that there were, in fact, two people who were prepared to fight for it! The importance of preserving our heritage was always a factor and issues of social justice fed into the story. I hope you enjoy Andie and Matt’s story and the beautiful city of Melbourne.

You can find out more about this book at Susanne’s website or buy it from Escape Publishing.

Release day: Luna Tango

1 August 2014

Today is the official release of Luna Tango by Alli Sinclair (paperback and ebook, Harlequin MIRA). Here’s the blurb:

Luna TangoTango, like love, is complicated

Desperate to understand the reason her mother abandoned her twenty years ago to become a world-class tango dancer, journalist Dani McKenna delves into the world of tango in the hope of exposing decades of lies and deception that have threatened three generations of her family.

When Dani meets the enigmatic Carlos Escudero—a revered tango dancer and man of intense passion—they work together to help her understand why her grandmother lives in fear of all things tango, and how the brutal murder of a tango music legend in Buenos Aires now affects her family.

Despite her lack of rhythm, Dani and Carlos create their own dance of the souls, until the differences in their cultures causes a deep rift. As she seeks to reconnect with Carlos and rebuild her family, Dani finds tango—the dance of passion—becomes a complicated dance of betrayal.

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

Luna Tango is set in beautiful Argentina, a country that is very close to my heart. While living in Argentina I had the opportunity to experience tango but had never really thought about writing a story about this captivating dance and music. It wasn’t until years later, when I was missing Argentina immensely after I had moved back to Australia, that the idea of featuring tango in a story crossed my mind. I’ve always been a sucker for family sagas, mysteries, and romance so it was fun (and quite the challenge) to weave these together in a story that spans three generations. I’m currently working on two other books in the Dance Card series–Flamenco Fire and Turning Pointe–and I’m looking forward to getting to know the characters and finding out what adventures they will take readers on.

You can find out more about this book at Alli’s website, watch the trailer here, or buy it from Harlequin.

Release day is also the launch of a super special competition. The winner will receive a one-off prize that has been created especially for this competition. Visit Alli’s blog for more information.


Release day: The Sorcerer’s Spell

1 August 2014

Today is the official release of The Sorcerer’s Spell by Dani Kristoff (ebook, HarperCollins Impulse). Here’s the blurb:

The Sorcerer's SpellA sexy, body-switching urban fantasy. Annwyn goes to bed dreaming of making love with her dead husband and wakes up in the body of another woman, a woman who is having hot sex with Dane, a powerful sorcerer. Her body has been stolen by Nira, a sorceress, who feeds her magical power through sex, the kinkier the better. The curse she laid on Dane turns him into a werewolf every full moon. To complicate matters Dane’s werewolf friend Rolf, succumbs to Nira when she temporarily repossess her body, causing jealously and confusion. Time is running out, as soon Dane will be a werewolf forever unless he can break the curse. Rafael from the Collegium of Sorcerers is the only one Dane trusts to help them, but when a wider conspiracy is revealed, it’s up to Annwyn and her developing magical powers to save Dane before it’s too late. But can she seduce an unwilling werewolf to lure the sorceress into a final confrontation?

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

This hot paranormal adventure is set in Canberra, my home town. Who knew those wooded hills hid sorcerers and werewolves? It was fun to write and it did take me a long time to complete. The premise leads to quite a bit of raunchy sex scenes, and technically this was my first attempt at paranormal romance. I think readers will like Dane, Annwyn and Rolf. I know I like them, but I’m a bit prejudiced I suppose.

You can find out more about this book at Dani’s blog or buy it from HarperCollins.


Publisher pitch: Escape Publishing, Aug 2014

31 July 2014

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year—conference time! Many of our authors will be at the ARRA signing in Sydney this month, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Here are our August releases …

Loving the Prince by Nicole Murphy. From Escape’s fresh, exhilarating science fiction romance catalogue comes a story of corporate espionage, betrayal, sex, and bodyguards. Just another day in the colonies. She’s an uptight, buttoned-up, corporate woman with her eye on the prize. He’s her ambitious bodyguard, allowed to see her at her most vulnerable. This was supposed to be a business relationship: how did it all come to be about pleasure?

Betrayal by Lara Morgan. From fantasy writer Lara Morgan comes the second in her engrossing, enchanting, exciting Twins of Saranthium trilogy, perfect for curbing Game of Thrones withdrawals. Shaan and Talis may have escaped the fallen god, but war still marches relentlessly towards them, and their only chance at victory is through a devastating act of betrayal.

Hooked on a Feeling by Ainslie Paton. From bestselling, groundbreaking author Ainslie Paton comes a groovy romance about changing times, growing up, breaking out and second chances. Set in Sydney in 1975, when pants and collars were wide, hair was big, eyelids were blue and neighbours shared each other’s lives. A compelling, engrossing, encompassing story about how Gayle lost her home to find true friends, her marriage to find a new life, and her husband to find true love.

Blood Moon by MA Grant. The sequel to the critically acclaimed Red Moon, about a playboy werewolf, his shy roommate, the ties that bind, and a battle for true love. Dana knows she has a unique role in Connor’s life as a friend, a confidant, someone he can come to. And if that’s all she can be in his life, then Dana will take it, because she wants Connor in her life any way she can get him. Everything changes, though, when Connor becomes clear about what he wants.

Under Cover of Dark by Juanita Kees. New Australian romantic suspense follows Under the Hood, about a Western Australian drug gang, the teenagers they recruit, and the cop who wants to bring them down. Mark just wants to do his job; he doesn’t have the time for relationships, and he certainly won’t be compromising the integrity of his investigation by pursuing the widow of a notoriously shady lawyer, no matter how strong or beautiful or stunning she might be.

Engaging the Enemy by Susanne Bellamy. One building, two would-be owners and a family feud that spans several generations: all relationships have their problems. Andie has hard, fast rules, but when it comes to protecting what she cares for most, she’ll break them all—and that includes confronting arrogant, imperious Matt Mahoney. She’ll just ignore his dark hair, the way he fills out a suit, and that distracting Irish accent.

Enraptured by Shannon Curtis. What happens when fairy tales get the romantic suspense treatment? A cross-genre mash-up with enchanting results! Gabriel is grumpy, Bella just really needs the job, but neither are aware that there’s so much more going on than a rocky client-practitioner relationship. In the land of Fantasia, Esmerelda and Rumplestiltskin are desperate to make sure their Beastly charge gets his fairytale ending in the face of rising dark forces, dire consequences, and truly incompetent assistants.

Batter Up by Robyn Neeley. She mixes more than flour and sugar into her cake batter, and he’s about to find out if a little bit of magic is to his taste … One bakeshop owner with a tempting secret, one journalist with a nose for a scam, one small town with its own way of doing things, and one, unexpected, extremely inconvenient spark of interest all add up to one delightful, delicious story.

As always, please tell us what you think! FacebookTwitter and on our website.

We’ll see you in Sydney!

Kate and the Escape Team


Feature book: Lord Somerton’s Heir

30 July 2014

Lord Somerton's HeirLord Somerton’s Heir by Alison Stuart

Isabel, Lady Somerton, spent the first nine years of her life living in the West Indies. When her parents die she is brought back to England to be cared for by an aunt and uncle. Her life with them is not always easy. Her aunt is very hard on her, but when she goes to London for a season she falls heavily for Anthony, Lord Somerton, and with a large dowry they marry. Married life is not what she thought it would be until she has a son and, when tragedy strikes, Anthony goes back to his wicked ways and Isabel is left in deep mourning. She makes plans to keep herself going. Then more tragedy as Anthony dies in a horse-riding accident and to ensure that she is free to do as she desires, she must find the heir to Somerset.

Sebastian Adler grew up as a reverend’s son with a loving family and a younger brother and sister. He knew the Reverend was not his father but that made no difference when he loses his mother then later loses his father. Sebastian joins the army so he can provide for his brother and sister. Life is hard in the army and he sees a lot of death. Then he meets Inez, a Portuguese Colonel’s daughter. They fall in love and he marries her but has to go back to the war. Inez follows soon after but her party is attacked and murdered by French soldiers, and Sebastian finds them. Life goes on and after a few battles that see him injured at Waterloo, he is sent back to England with a bad infection. He is in the makeshift hospital when his life will change.

Isabel has finally found the heir to Somerton and he is injured in the hospital. Sebastian is not very well and Isabel gets him out of the hospital and to the London residence with his batman, Bennett. With care and medical aid, Sebastian regains his health and is shocked to find out about his true father and the circumstances surrounding his birth, but is determined to become a true Lord. When he realises the coffers are bare and there are supposed cousins living at the estate, he is sure that a lot of matters need to be looked into and he is determined to get to the truth and help Isabel as much as he can.

This is a story that has a lot happening, murder, blackmail and many secrets that will be uncovered in Sebastian and Isabel’s journey to a HEA. Their relationship grows with a caring and sensual passage of getting to know each other and Isabel’s help with Sebastian learning to be a Lord. There is much joy as Sebastian and his brother and sister learn they have a lot of family in the village surrounding Brantstone. Sebastian is there to help Isabel to forgive the past. They may never forget what has happened to them but with forgiveness their life will be a wonderful full life with another heir to Somerton. I loved this one and highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Feature book: Maybe Someday

30 July 2014

Maybe SomedayMaybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

I just finished this and couldn’t wait to sit down and write it up. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Ms Hoover’s stories just keep getting better and better.

Okay, story … Sydney is studying music, a choice she revels in and, despite going against her father’s wishes, she wouldn’t swap it for all the financial assistance she might have gotten if she had chosen pre-law as her father wanted. She’s happily living with her best friend Tori and revels in the love and attention of her boyfriend, Hunter. On her twenty-second birthday, she arrives home, anticipating the excitement of celebrating with the two people she loves the most, only to be told by text that Tori and Hunter have been conducting an affair for months. Shattered, she packs her bags and moves out. With no other choice, she takes up the offer of a room from Ridge, the entirely-too-tempting musician whose music has been fascinating her for months. But close proximity only magnifies the attraction and causes heartache and confusion. She has only just come out of one relationship and is determined to live on her own, before considering taking another chance. That’s what her head says, but her heart has a different agenda.

Ridge loved watching the girl from his balcony. She responded so beautifully to his music. But when he realised she was being cheated on by her boyfriend and best friend, he felt he had to let her know, even knowing it would hurt her and spoil the tentative connection they had through music. When he saw her move out, he invited her to stay with him and his friends. Despite the fact he knew he shouldn’t, he couldn’t help spending time with her. Music seemed an innocent enough way to do so, but the pull he felt towards her was becoming stronger and there was no way he could form a relationship with her. But by the time he realised he needed to put distance between them, it was already too late.

Wow! There is so much depth and passion within this story. So much I want to say about Ridge in particular, but that would mean a spoiler and I really don’t want to give too much away. Suffice to say, in her usual beautiful and thoughtful way, Colleen Hoover has added a depth to this story that lifts the story and characters way beyond the ordinary and treats their journey in a thought-provoking and heart-wrenching way. In her signature style, she again adds verse, although this time in the form of song lyrics. And hey! You can use clever technology, to hear the songs, as you come across them in the story. Wonderful. Wonderful writing, Colleen.

I highly recommend her. Another book on the keeper shelf. Now … are there any more? Have I missed anything of hers??? Hmmm…:)

Reviewed by Rosalie

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.




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