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Publisher pitch: Escape Publishing, Jan 2013

27 December 2012

HARL_escapeLOGO_red_resizedAll the best of the season to Australian romance readers–and to ARRA. Thanks so much for all your hard work promoting romance in Australia!

Escape Publishing is kicking off the New Year with a couple of firsts: our first SF romance, and our first YA–which also happens to be SF. We’ve also got a lovely short story set over Australia Day weekend, and some very exciting contemporary romances.

As always, if you’d like to let us know what you think of our titles, please visit our website. We’d love to hear what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you’d like to see more of!

Until next month,

We’ll start with two stories that are out of this world:

Legend Beyond the Stars by SE Gilchrist is our first SF romance. Readers, it is *hot*: Captain Alana Knight has to fight for her life and those of the other colonists when they are kidnapped and sold. Their new captor, however, is nothing like she expects.

Rayessa and the Space Pirates by Donna Maree Hanson is a YA space opera. Rae Stroder thinks she knows who she is: a 16-year-old living in a hollow asteroid, a defunct refuelling station, with only brain-damaged adult, Gris, for company. Then the space pirates attack, and it turns out that Rae isn’t who she thought she is–and she’s more dangerous than even she knew.

For an Aussie flavour, check out this Aussie-day-set short story, Mistaken Engagement by Jenny Schwartz. Saul knows he crossed the line when he claimed a surprise engagement with Grace. The Australia Day long weekend down at her family’s beach house is the perfect time to work it all out–unless a fake engagement becomes life-changingly real.

Want some high-octane thrills? We’ve got Rescue Heat by Nina Hamilton, where Doctor Brigid Adair and former US Army medic Matt Roberts find that hanging, strapped together, ten metres above a sea platform forces rather a quick intimacy between workmates.

Finally, we have two beautiful Australia-set contemporaries, one in urban Melbourne, the other in outback WA:

Unforgettable by Elise K Ackers plays with that romance trope of amnesia–giving her heroine an unexpected do-over to fix past mistakes against the backdrop of the major renovations to Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

What Love Sounds Like by Alissa Callen is a sweet, romantic new novel. Outback speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, believes her morning from hell is over until suited-up, city-boy Kade Reid strides into her office and announces he and his wide-eyed niece are the clients that she will be living with for the fortnight. Kade has the opportunity for an instant family, but can he see past his own fear to recognise the chance and hold on tight?

  1. aimskye permalink
    1 January 2013 10:16 am

    They all sound fantastic and what great covers!!! Congrats everyone!


  2. 29 December 2012 2:17 pm

    Well done to all those fantastic authors and their new stories. Can’t wait to read them all.

  3. 28 December 2012 10:56 am

    Congratulations to everyone.

  4. 28 December 2012 8:31 am

    Congratulations to you all – including you, Kate. The covers are really great. Unfortuantely I didn’t get an e-reader for Christmas. Sigh. One day – soon, I hope!

  5. 28 December 2012 7:14 am

    What a wonderful collection of stories. Well done, ladies. Congratulations, S.E. and Donna on being the first in your field with Escape.

  6. 27 December 2012 7:32 pm

    Congratulations on the January release! The line up seems fantastic!

  7. 27 December 2012 7:13 pm

    Wow, what a smorgasbord of different reading experiences. Fantastic! There’s something for everyone.

  8. 27 December 2012 7:03 pm

    Congratulations to the January releases. They all sound great!

  9. 27 December 2012 2:44 pm

    Thanks so much, Kerrie & Sandie, my fabulous writing buddies 🙂

  10. 27 December 2012 2:31 pm

    Congratulations everyone. Special mention to the wonderful S.E Gilchrist

  11. kerriepaterson permalink
    27 December 2012 2:22 pm

    Congratulations to you all!

  12. 27 December 2012 1:59 pm

    Legend beyond the stars sounds die for! Great to see new exciting stories from Aussie authors!!

    • 27 December 2012 2:43 pm

      Thanks, Katherine. I’m equally excited and nervous about my release. This is the first time I’ve read the blurbs for the other January stories & they all sound fantastic. EP are a wonderful group to work with too.

  13. 27 December 2012 1:56 pm

    Woohoo, so wonderful to see my first major release ‘out there’. All the covers look fantastic and I’m so excited to join the Escapee team. Congrats everyone!

  14. 27 December 2012 1:31 pm

    Fabbo! I like the spinning wheel of book covers. Cute.

  15. 27 December 2012 9:23 am

    They all sound terrific!

  16. Jenny Schwartz permalink
    27 December 2012 9:11 am

    Cool! that’s my January reading sorted 🙂

    Though I remain really nervous (in a good way) about “Mistaken Engagement”. I’ve never read a holiday story where the holiday is Australia Day. I hope you all love it. I absolutely loved thinking about the heart of Australia Day and then writing a romance to celebrate it.

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