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Release day: Hot Christmas Nights

1 December 2015

Today is the official release of Hot Christmas Nights by Rachel Bailey, Michelle Douglas, Louisa George, Helen Lacey, Stefanie London, Kandy Shepherd and Jennifer St George (ebooks, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Hot Christmas NightsHot Christmas Nights (A LoveCats DownUnder box set) contains seven brand new holiday stories from award-winning, best-selling and rising star Australian and New Zealand authors. Whether you want to get caught in a summer storm, find a second chance at love or fall for your best friend—there’s a story here for you. The stories in this box set range from sweet to sexy, and they’re all emotionally satisfying reads with a happy ever after.

All She Wants for Christmas by Rachel Bailey
For Maddy to get the divorce she wants, she needs to confront her reclusive husband at his island home. But once she’s there and secrets are revealed, will Maddy find that what she really wants for Christmas is something else entirely?

Christmas Wishes, New Year Kisses by Michelle Douglas
For small town veterinarian Josh Halliday, fantasizing about his best friend is one thing. Falling in love with her is quite another…

Baby, It’s Hot Outside by Louisa George
When rugged cop Daniel Wade agrees to help organize his friend’s Christmas wedding it brings him face-to-face with the bridesmaid, his estranged wife. Emma is determined that divorce is on the cards, but sometimes all it takes is another chance to get things right…

Her Christmas Cowboy by Helen Lacey
For city-girl Elyse Prescott, returning to her home town of Denary means one thing – facing every reason why she left….including Brett McCrane. Now Elyse has to make a choice – to go back to the city and her old life…or take a chance on love.

Sleigh Bells in the Sand by Stefanie London
American Neve Ritter has traveled all the way to Australia to avoid her family for the holidays. But her plans did not include accidentally breaking into the house of a hunky lawyer who’s looking for a little solitude of his own. When a summer storm traps them together, Neve realizes that maybe Santa has been listening to her wishes all along.

Millionaire Under the Mistletoe by Kandy Shepherd
London-based chef Carly de Luca and Sydney millionaire Dylan Burke broke each other’s hearts four years ago—but old feelings reignite when she makes a surprise visit home for Christmas. Can Carly and Dylan let go of past hurts and take a second chance on love?

Her Small Town Christmas Wish by Jennifer St George
When superstar songbird Giselle Harrington is forced to return her hometown, she’s faced with a house full of terrifying childhood memories. Jake Carlton has never forgotten his teenage sweetheart and now that she’s back, he’s determined to have a second chance to convince her to stay.

Jennifer dropped by today to tell us a little about these stories:

The seven of us had a fabulous time creating Hot Christmas Nights. Hot Christmas Nights is the first LoveCats DownUnder self-pubbed collaboration and we’ve enjoyed all aspects of bringing these stories to readers. We hope these sizzling Australian and New Zealand romance stories add a little romance to the Christmas holiday season.

You can find out more about these stories at the LoveCats DownUnder blog or buy them from Amazon.


Release day: Splinter

1 December 2015

Today is the official release of Splinter by Rebecca Raine (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

SplinterIgnite the magick within, or be hunted in the dark.

When Rachel Fallon inherits the estate of her grandmother, Maddie, she believes she’s finally found a place to call home. That is, until a terrifying experience convinces her Maddie’s death was no accident, but murder. Now, her search for answers will uncover a world brimming with magick, where vampires are real and thirsty for blood.

Nick Hunter has left behind his own splinter of reality to follow Maddie’s killer to this place of disbelievers – where people have not learned to fear nightfall. Despite his difficulty accessing the magick here, Nick is determined to find the vampire and put an end to his madness.

Rachel’s presence is both a complication and an all too tempting distraction – despite the force of the magick she unknowingly possesses. When she becomes the focus of the vampire’s attention, Nick and Rachel must work together to stop him. But as the flames of desire burn hot between them, the truth about the night Maddie died threatens to destroy them both.

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

As I looked into a mirror one evening, a thought occurred to me: What would I do if I saw something in the reflection that shouldn’t be there? Before long my very ordinary mirror had transformed into a gateway to an alternate splinter of reality, where the use of magick is a valued skill and all manner of mythical creatures roam the streets at night. My debut novel, Splinter, was born. Set in the fictitious town of Eatons Valley, about an hour south of Brisbane, Splinter follows the story of Rachel Fallon, the world’s most stubborn sceptic, and Nick Hunter, the splinter-hopping Mythic Warden who must convince her magick is real. Please note: Flaming trees, mad vampires, backyard fireworks, and love scenes hot enough to set the sheets alight are also included for your reading pleasure.

You can find out more about this book at Rebecca’s website or purchase it from Amazon.

Release day: Ravensdale’s Defiant Captive

1 December 2015

Today is the official release of Ravensdale’s Defiant Captive by Melanie Milburne (book 1, Ravensdale Scandals) (print and ebook, Harlequin Presents). Here’s the blurb:

Ravensdale's Defiant CaptiveHolly Perez has one last chance to sort out the train wreck her life has become. But being housekeeper to reclusive CEO Julius Ravensdale is as close to a prison as Holly could imagine. Julius may be devastatingly gorgeous, but he’s also brooding, formal and completely off-limits!

Julius is renowned for his ironclad control, but provocative whirlwind Holly pushes him to his breaking point! Especially when he discovers the vulnerabilities behind her wild-child bravado. With every touch, he wants Holly more, and once he’s had her in his bed, holding her captive there becomes an irresistible temptation…

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

This is the first book in my Ravensdale’s Scandals quartet. Julius Ravensdale is the reclusive and reluctant host to a girl under house arrest. Sophia, his housekeeper, has organised Holly Perez’s stay, but things get a little tricky when Sophia is suddenly called away, leaving Julius alone with a wild child virago who is hell-bent on causing trouble. But behind the prickly, in-your-face façade, Julius sees a vulnerable young woman who needs attention, not detention. If you’re looking for a change from reading about man slut heroes and virginal heroines this book is for you.

You can find out more about this book at Melanie’s website or buy it from Amazon.

Release day: Tears of the Cheetah

1 December 2015

Today is the official release of Tears of the Cheetah by TM Clark (print and ebook, Harlequin). Here’s the blurb:

Tears of the CheetahThe fight to save the cheetahs is a race against time.

Mackenzie came to South Africa to escape the trauma of her past and build herself a bright new future: love is the last thing on her mind. But she’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore her feelings for the strong-minded Cole, who runs the game reserve for cheetahs just outside her town. Cole has made no secret of his feelings for her, but he realises that Mackenzie cannot be rushed so he is prepared to wait.

Neither could have predicted the terrifying events that are about to overtake them. When Cole saves Mackenzie from a vicious attack, it is only the beginning of an ever-spiralling maelstrom of violence.

Africa’s cheetah population is being decimated, and when the poaching threat comes to their door, Mackenzie and Cole have only one option: they must fight to save the animals and life they love.

‘Africa is the evocative backdrop to this unputdownable thriller and the story of a fierce fight to save its threatened wildlife.’ ~ Cherry Adair.

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

Set against the Drakensberg mountains, near where I spent my senior school years, the fictional town of Crystalberg is host to a cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre which is based on the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre in KwaZulu Natal. Although this book went through many versions while writing it, and a lot of people helped me along the way, it was the ‘arrival’ of maNtuli in my head that cemented this story into the thriller that it became. A strong, corrupt black woman with little tolerance for failure, and a determination to succeed, no matter the cost to humans or animals. I loved writing this book, and I cross fingers and hold thumbs that you love Cole, Mackenzie, Mandla and Hope’s story as much as I do!

You can find out more about this book at TM Clark’s website or buy it from Harlequin and other vendors.

Publisher pitch: Escape Publishing, Dec 2015

30 November 2015

Escape logo_200x150Happy holidays from all of us at Escape—may the new year bring luck, love and lots of books!

As always, we’d love to know what you think. Check in with us in all the usual places! FacebookTwitter and on our website.

Happy reading!

Kate and the Escape Team

Here’s what we have coming up in December …

Releasing 8 December

The Protector by Allison Butler. The Scottish Highlands meet The Bachelorette in this new historical romance from Allison Butler …

A Kiss from Kringle by Rhian Cahill. For a man called Chris Kringle, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. But this year, there’s something about a certain elf that’s grabbed his attention in the best of ways.

By Her Side by Lizzy Chandler. She would trust him with her life. But can either of them trust their hearts?

Sidekick Returns by Auralee Wallace. Bremy St James is back in a brand new adventure, mixing chaos, humour, sex and superheroes in this fresh, funny, flirty series. It’s the superhero romance you didn’t know you needed …

Love, Dogs and Other Catastrophes by Coleen Kwan. He knew everything he wanted … until she showed him everything he never knew he needed.

Pieces of Me by Jacquie Underdown. A story about starting fresh, letting go, and risking it all for love…

Secret Confessions—Backstage. The Complete Collection. Missed out on our sexy rockstars? Now you can get them all in one place, so prepare to rock ‘n’ roll all night!

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Weekly poll: 30 Nov 2015

30 November 2015

We’re getting to that time of year where most of us get to wind down. That precious week between Christmas and New Year where you can relax and do your own thing. But occasionally when you get to that pile of books waiting for you, instead of relaxing, you get wound up…

Release day: Journey’s End on the Western Plains

30 November 2015

Today is the official release of Journey’s End on the Western Plains by Isabella Hargreaves (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Journey's End on the Western PlainsOutback Australia, 1924: Matron Marion Henderson of Idavale Private Hospital wants romance in her life and promises she’ll go out with the first man who asks. That man is Bill Carter, ex-pastoralist, ex-soldier, wanderer, whose guilt about leaving home for war has kept him from returning ever since. Marion wants someone reliable with whom to share her life, but Bill’s behaviour rekindles Marion’s memories of her war-damaged first husband. Can they face their ghosts and create a future together?

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

Ever wonder what happened to those who returned from World War I? I did and that’s how Journey’s End on the Western Plains and its prequel All Quiet on the Western Plains came about. However, coming home can be harder than leaving. In Journey’s End, Bill Carter’s guilt about his going to war, which he believes caused his mother’s death, has kept him wandering Australia, unable to settle to a new life. Meeting Matron Marion Henderson of the Idavale Private Hospital is his turning point, but he has a few more steps to take before he’s home for good.

You can find out more about this book at Isabella’s website or buy it from Amazon and other ebook retailers.


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