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Publisher pitch: Escape Publishing, Aug 2015

31 July 2015

Escape logo_200x150We can’t wait until the RWA conference, and the ARRA author signing! Many of our beloved Escape Artists will be there—so we hope to see you too!

As always, we’d love to know what you think. Share it with us in all the usual places (and see you in Melbourne!): FacebookTwitter and on our website.

Happy reading!

Kate and the Escape Team

Escape covers_Aug2015Releasing 8 August

Wild Flower by Eliza Redgold. For centuries, fragrant orchids have made potent love potions, but in a world of technology, can they still wield their power?

I’ve Got You by Louise Forster. She’s at risk of drowning in more ways than one—and he’s the last person she expects to pull her out of the water.

Releasing 22 August

Inconsolable by Ainslie Paton. Sometimes the only way to forgiveness is through love…

Honour Bound by MA Grant. The Lawmen of the Republic: fierce, honourable, soldiers, men. But what happens when all that they’ve been told turns out to be lies?

And in digital and print—available now!

The House at the End of the Street by Jennie Jones. Bestselling Australian author Jennie Jones takes us back to Swallow’s Fall for one more story: Gemma has a burning need to stay and make a home. All Josh has ever wanted is to get out. Now he has the chance, and all he needs to do is tie up a few loose ends …

Publisher pitch: Penguin Random House Australia, Aug 2015

30 July 2015

PRH_AustraliaRomance fans can enjoy the last of the winter warmers from Penguin Random House in August with a smart family drama about marriage and family by bestselling Irish author Sinead Moriarty, and a sizzling historical about a forced marriage.

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Penguin Covers_Aug2015Here are our August releases …

The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

Alice and Ben are a couple like any other – bound together by love, work, children, familiarity and a shared sense of purpose. But when Ben decides to pursue a dream of his own, he brings devastation on his family and, as far as they know, their lives will never be the same again.

The Duke’s Daughter by Sasha Cottman (Destiny Romance)

On a journey that takes them from the wildly beautiful Scottish highlands to elegant Paris, can the impetuous Lady Lucy Radley and her new husband, handsome army captain, Avery Fox, overcome the circumstances of their marriage?

Lethal in Love: Episode 2 by Michelle Somers

Lethal in Love is a steamy romantic suspense about an instinct-driven detective and a sexy, scoop-hungry reporter, both on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Jayda Thomasz is a sassy homicide detective who never lets her emotions get in the way of a case. So when a serial killer re-emerges after 25 years, the last thing she expects is to catch herself fantasising over the hot, smooth-talking stranger who crosses the path of her investigation.

Lethal in Love: Episode 3 by Michelle Somers

Lethal in Love is a steamy romantic suspense about an instinct-driven detective and a sexy, scoop-hungry reporter, both on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Jayda Thomasz is a sassy homicide detective who never lets her emotions get in the way of a case. So when a serial killer re-emerges after 25 years, the last thing she expects is to catch herself fantasising over the hot, smooth-talking stranger who crosses the path of her investigation.

Feature book: Italian Surgeon to the Stars

29 July 2015

Italian Surgeon to the StarsItalian Surgeon to the Stars by Melanie Milburne

Jemima Clark, although she prefers to be called Jem, is such a lovely young woman, who has grown up with hippy parents and a beautiful sister, Bertie. We first met Jem in Bertie’s story, A Date with My Valentine Doc, and I always thought Jem should have her own story, and here it is with all of her wit and charm. Jem is now teaching at an exclusive girls school in Bath. She loves her job although getting married and having a family of her own was always her plan. After a fling in Paris five years ago with the gorgeous Dr Alessandro Lucioni, a cardiac surgeon, which did not end very well, her plans have changed and that secret in the wardrobe will stay there. She has enjoyed working at the school that also boards students, and Jem teaches the five- and six-year-olds.

Dr Alessandro Lucioni has had a pretty rough childhood, but he has put himself through university and is now a top cardiac surgeon. He is famous for his work with the stars. He is Sicilian but calls England his home these days. He is hardworking, very caring and drop-dead gorgeous, and he has always had women falling at his feet, but, until Paris five years ago, he has never had a serious relationship. A beautiful woman practically drops everything at his feet, and the sparks are instant; thus starts an affair with the beautiful and fun-loving Jem Clark. She makes him smile and laugh, and their relationship is such a passionate and sensual one. One that makes him think he can fall in love, but this ends badly, and they go their separate ways, with Alessandro throwing himself into his work.

Five years later, Alessandro turns up at Jem’s school with his six-year-old niece, Claudia, to enrol her. Jem is stunned. She has managed to steer clear of him for years, although never forgetting him, and the things that go through her mind will have you smiling. That spark is still there, as strong as ever, maybe even stronger. Jem is thinking of all the reasons why she should not feel this way, but it is hard to ignore him and his niece, especially as Claudia is so needy at this moment. What has happened to bring him here after all of these years?

This story is written in the first person, which I have not read a lot of, but I loved this one. Truly, Jem is such a fun and witty person as we learn so much about her childhood with her hippy parents and the things that have happened to her. When she finally lets a deep secret go to Alessandro and he also opens up to Jem, you will be smiling. Both Jem and Alessandro have things from their past they need to let go of, and they do so together. This is a fun, sensual, passionate story that will have you laughing out loud often as Jem’s parents arrive and Alessandro is there to save the day. Claudia is such a great character, who adds a lot to this story. I highly recommend this one. It is a gem that will stay with me for a long time.

Reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the author’s publicist.

Feature book: From Paradise … to Pregnant

29 July 2015

From Paradise to PregnantFrom Paradise … to Pregnant by Kandy Shepherd

Zoe Summers has had a great life with her parents living around Newtown, not much money, but she had been very happy until tragedy struck. After losing her parents and being injured herself, Zoe moves in with her grandmother, who is not a loving grandmother at all. Zoe has to move schools and that is hard on her. She never feels comfortable at her new school, but she does get close to one of the guys at school, Mitch Bailey. She offers to help him with his English, especially the poetry. Zoe always thinks she is a bit of a geek as she enjoys her school work, but Mitch is one of the popular guys in school and out of her league. They form a friendship while she helps him. Things don’t go so well when their friendship ends badly, and Zoe moves schools, breaking away from her grandmother. They part without talking to each other, but neither can forget their friendship. Zoe studies hard and becomes an accountant with her own company. She is single and happy.

Mitch Bailey, who excels in sports—mainly soccer—comes from a loving family with three older brothers. The brothers have the brains and Mitch has the brawn, but everyone is happy when Mitch has his girlfriend, Lara. He puts everything he has into his sport and becomes one of Australia’s top soccer players. He has been playing for Australia, but is now playing for a team in Spain. He is also single now and is thinking only about soccer. He does not want a girlfriend to distract him. He is happy to wait a few more years before he becomes serious about anyone. But things can change quickly when on a holiday.

Zoe and Mitch end up in Bali at a beautiful resort in Seminyak on holidays. Zoe is pampered and Mitch plans to take it easy before returning to playing soccer. But when there is an earthquake and the guests are gathered in the foyer, they spot each other. Trying to hide, Zoe cannot believe that it is really Mitch. They have not seen each other since they were seventeen and a lot has happened in those years. Mitch has become famous and is always in the media. Zoe is such a private person, but Mitch is determined to catch up with his friend, and he knows he owes her an apology. So they agree to have dinner. Both are scared by the earthquake. This has them opening up, talking and laughing, and the pull gets stronger between them. When there is another small earthquake, they give in to the sensual pull and agree to one night only, but both have their agendas.

This is a beautifully written story with such a lovely setting. Zoe and Mitch are such wonderful people—loving, caring and so real. As that one sensual, passionate night leaves Zoe pregnant and with neither of them planning this, there are a few hurdles to overcome, but overcome them they do in such a delightful way. This is a story that will have you smiling and grabbing tissues but cheering these two beautiful people on. Thank you, Mrs Shepherd, for another fantastic story.

Reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment by 12 August 2105 will go into the draw to win a copy of the book.

Feature book: Captive of Kadar

29 July 2015

Captive of KadarCaptive of Kadar by Trish Morey

Amber Jones is a teacher from Melbourne. She works with disabled children and loves her job, but she has just been horribly let down by her boyfriend, Cameron, and so now the trip to Bali is off. Amber has decided to use the credits from that trip to visit Turkey, a place that she has always wanted to visit, since discovering part of an old diary and a beautiful bracelet that belonged to her great great-great grandmother, who was also named Amber. Her ancestor visited Turkey many, many years ago, and because part of the diary is missing, so are five years of that travel that no one knows about. Amber decides she might see what she can find out in her travels, but little does she know that her life will change forever.

Kadar Soheil Amirmoez has had a hard life. He lost his family when very young in a tragedy, in a small country next to Turkey. He is taken in by a very kind man named Mehmet, and his life is saved. He is cared for and schooled, and has now made Turkey his home. He is a wealthy businessman, and because of his past, he has no intentions of ever marrying. He has one night stands with never any thought of a permanent relationship. Other than Mehmet, he has three other close friends. They are known as the Desert Brothers, and all four vowed to stay single.

While Kadar is shopping at the spice market, he spots a beautiful blonde woman. He cannot take his eyes off her. And she notices him as well. When their eyes meet, the sparks sizzle, but she takes off like a startled rabbit. Kadar spots her again. This time she is talking to an old man, and when the police arrive Kadar steps in to help. Before long, Amber is left in Kadar’s care until she leaves on her tour the next morning, but Kadar is offering more than his care. He suggests pleasure as well for the night. This is so not what Amber would normally do. She is here for a reason—to trace her ancestor who travelled to a strange land in the 1800s, so she cannot resist the temptation. After a passion-filled night and Amber’s tour is cancelled, this leaves them together for longer.

This is such a wonderful story. Sizzling and heartwarming as both Kadar and Amber open up to each other and fall very deeply in love. But trust is so hard for both of them. This story will have you turning the pages, needing a fan and tissues, and smiling as they get their HEA so beautifully, especially when Amber discovers so much about her ancestor. I do love my armchair travelling, and now Turkey is high on my list of places that I want to visit—such a beautiful setting. I highly recommend this one. This is the third instalment in The Desert Brothers series. I have loved them all and am very much looking forward to the next one.

Reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of the book was provided by the author.

Publisher pitch: Crimson Romance, Aug 2015

27 July 2015

Crimson Romance_200This year Crimson Romance marks an incredible three years of publishing more than 400 acclaimed, heartwarming, smart romances.

Our authors have been nominated for and won many RWA chapter awards, and received glowing praise from romance stars like Debbie Macomber, Kat Martin, and other USA Today bestselling authors.

Our books have received starred reviews from Library Journal, and glowing praise from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, RT Book Reviews and Heroes & Heartbreakers.

Thanks for taking a look at our new releases this August!

3 August

Crimson covers_Aug2015Delicious Deception by Tami Lund. In Tami’s sexy and fun romantic suspense novel, Cajun chef Connor Rikeland walks into Emily Kate Boudreaux’s restaurant on the Texas bayou and turns it upside down. They fall head over heels, but Connor has more than a few secrets he’s been harboring. When the truth comes out, Emily Kate must decide what’s real, what’s a lie, and what’s worth risking her heart over. Because deception or not, life with Connor is delicious.

Southern Comfort by Amie Louellen. Reporter Newland Tran is chasing a ghost to sleepy Turtle Creek, Mississippi, when he meets the gorgeous and very focused Natalie Coleman. But there’s more to Natalie—and more to his ghost—than he anticipated. Can the unlikely pair discover the truth behind the eerie goings-on before Newland succumbs to Natalie’s brand of southern comfort? Find out in the second novel of Amie’s Hot Southern Nights series.

10 August

Redeeming the Night by Kristine Overbrook. As a succubus, Ashley was raised to believe men’s souls are corrupt and must be taken from them. Her sisterhood has reaped this harvest for ages, but Ashley’s exposure to the real world has changed her way of thinking. Now she is running for her life … straight into private detective and freshly turned werewolf Eric Adams’s arms. They must work together to capture a serial killer luring young girls to their death while dodging the sisterhood hunting them down. Don’t miss Kristine’s taut paranormal thriller.

17 August

Knight Errant by Rue Allyn. Set in Medieval Europe, this fascinating historical romance begins as Lady Juliana Verault joins the Beguine religious order seeking safe haven. But when she’s entrusted with protecting a letter from the Pope that could radically change the church’s stance on women, her life is thrown into turmoil. Her cousin, King Edward I, wants that letter and Juliana back, and he sends his determined and dashing knight errant Sir Robert Clarwyn after her. Robert has never failed to bring home his target before … but then, he has never encountered a quarry like Lady Juliana.

Choosing Carter by cj petterson. Bryn McKay’s rafting trip with her best friend, gorgeous naturalist Carter Danielson, turns into a nightmare when they must go on the run from her vengeful brother who just escaped prison. This timely action thriller is filled with romantic tension and high adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Art of AffectionFEATURE BOOK

Art of Affection by Ellen Butler (book 3, Love, California Style)

After a messy divorce from her abusive ex, single mom Holly Hartland is finally getting her career as an art gallery curator back on track. The last thing she needs is romance in her life, but as she grows closer to fellow single parent Gary Sumner, Holly finds herself falling for this hardworking, honest, caring man. Will she give love another go in this poignant contemporary romance by Ellen Butler?

Art of Affection is due out on 24 August.

Crimson Romance are kindly offering ARRA members the chance to win a copy of this book. To go into the draw leave a comment below. The giveaway will close on 10 August 2015.

 

Weekly Poll 27 July 2015

27 July 2015

Thanks to everyone who participated in our inaugural weekly poll last week. We lured you in with a staid question about when you started reading romance. It seems that a lot of people started reading romance in their teens or before, but every age was covered. Woohoo! It’s fabulous to see that romance is not ageist, it can entice us regardless of how many or few birthdays we may have celebrated.

This week we are venturing into sub genres and Cosmo-esque type polls. So for all those rural romance lovers, those who love their shoes, and those who just want to join the fun, our question this week is …

What sorts of shoes do you wear while reading rural romance? Strange I know, but stick with us, caffeinate those brain cells and let your imagination have some free, ahem, rein 😜

Remember you can suggest a better title for the poll either on the loop or by emailing Gina

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