Hot Sales! (and we mean hot)

On top of our amazing Valentine’s Day promo (check them out here!) , we are so pleased to share that Google Play Books is also running a hot, hot, hot erotica sale…and do we have some hot titles at hot promotional prices for you!

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An erotic new adult romance about old insecurities, new beginnings, and the things you can get up to in a tent…

“the attraction … is palpable and the sexual tension sizzling” (Jeannie Zelos, Goodreads)

Hook me up!


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She’s a small town caterer, he’s a big city chef, but they don’t need a kitchen to make things sizzle…

“Grab it, gobble it up, and it will leave you feeling satisfied.” (Ms RomanticReads, Goodreads)

Yes, please!


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If there’s one thing Zoe Chandler, Historical Restorations expert, knows, it’s that naked bankers aren’t supposed to look like Greek gods.

“Humor, a hot hero, a feisty heroine, some super steamy love scenes (did I mention the love scenes were hot, like really hot, like melt the clothes off of you hot), and of course a happily ever after.” (Constance, Goodreads)

Take me there!


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Four stories of eroticism, strength, experimentation, and ultimate salvation.

“If you are looking for a fun, entertaining, and spicy read, Release should be in your to–be-read pile.” (Lori, Goodreads)

Get this on my e-reader!


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From Cathleen Ross comes a naughty-but-nice story about the fun one can have playing dress-up.

“The chemistry between Ruby and Jake is explosive and practically melted my kindle.” (Lea, Goodreads)

Gimme gimme gimme!


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Natasha Raven is unqualified for her job – but a sexy customer service staffer is about to offer her some professional development…

“If you’re in the mood for a quick sexy read, give Room Service a try!” (Tracy, Goodreads)

Make this mine!


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A dark, violent, and devastatingly sensual erotic fantasy about the binding force of love.

“The Sexy Time was SUPER hot!!” (Liz, Goodreads)

Yes please!


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An Australian-set paranormal drawing on the Aboriginal Dreamtime in a hot, suspenseful series debut.

“great for a beach or bath tub read” (Stefanie, Goodreads)

Hook me up!


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A guarded recluse, some dirty pictures and a spark of curiosity that leads to a dangerous attraction.

“This is one of the funniest, smartest and sexiest erotic romances I’ve read.” (Love Reading Romance, Goodreads)

Gimme gimme gimme!


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Traditionally, leather is an anniversary gift. One couple is about to take that in a very non-traditional way…

“an enjoyable, short erotic romance” (Erinne, Goodreads)

Make this mine!


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From Cate Ellink comes a sun-soaked erotic novel about a tropical paradise, two athletes used to getting physical, and a sex-filled, no-strings holiday fling. 

“Just make sure you grab yourself a fan, because things do get steamy!”(My Written Romance, Goodreads)

Get this on my e-reader!

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Hallowe’en Series: Cathleen Ross’s Special Permission

by Cathleen Ross

Once a year, I go on tour with the eminent historical writer Alison Weir. A few years ago we visited Twekesbury Abbey, where the guide for our party said he and his daughter often saw ghosts in the Abbey, notably one who occupied the pulpit preaching. 

Although Alison’s tours are fast paced, we are allowed free time to explore the Abbey. I’m psychic and although I normally keep my senses reigned in, I relax on vacation and decided to sit at the back of the Abbey and open my third eye.

It didn’t take long when I heard a spectral male voice say, “You do not have jurisdiction here.”

I couldn’t see who was speaking. Sometimes I get an image, sometimes not. I did however recognise the voice of authority. I humbly explained I was a visitor and could I see back into the past to what happened in the abbey after the Battle of Twekesbury  where many soldiers from the losing Lancastrian Army fled to take sanctuary.  

An image came to me where bodies were piled in the back of the Abbey and the floors were awash with blood, so much so that that it flowed like a small wave across the floor under my feet.

I thanked the ghostly custodian of the Abbey, closed down my third eye and decided to leave.

When I asked Alison about what I’d seen, she said the voice had been using Canon Law. I now know that means law as pertaining to the church. The ghostly custodian had allowed me permission to see into his realm.

So much violence had been done in the Abbey 4 May 1471, and it was clear to me that the ghosts still remain.


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The world’s gone to hell, and her only chance of survival is the sexy, dominant soldier determined to keep her safe…

Doctor Ruth Parker has always taken care of herself, and that’s what she’s doing now, hiding out in her apartment and avoiding her neighbours: once privileged Mosman residents, now flesh-eating braindeads, thanks to the virus that’s turned her world—and everyone else’s—to hell.

Captain Jack Lang has always taken care of others, and with the newly secured Base he and his loyal commandos control the only safe place in the city. But the Base has needs that he can’t meet—doctors. And women. So when he discovers Ruth and her two friends in an unsafe apartment, he brings them back to Base where he knows he can keep them safe, and where he will do anything to make them stay.

Ruth is used to giving orders, not taking them, and the Captain’s methods for making sure she stays put don’t gel with her fierce independent streak. But the world has changed, and Jack will make Ruth understand that he is in charge and that her survival is more important than her control-freak tendencies—even if he has to chain her to the bed to do it.

ARRA Wins! Woooo!

So, when it comes to the Australian Romance Readers Awards, Escape has been feeling a bit like pre-2016-Oscars Leonardo DiCaprio. We had respect, sure! And lots (58!) of nominations! But no matter how many supermodels we partied with (OK, Down & Dusty cover models) (in our heads), we hadn’t won an ARRA.

Well I’m pleased to announce that as of last night’s ARRA awards dinner, we’re feeling a bit like smug post-Oscars Leo.

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Congratulations to the winners!

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Favourite Cover: The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper.

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Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance: Base by Cathleen Ross

In addition to these fabulous wins, we’re excited that this year’s favourite new romance author winner, Kerrie Paterson, is about to make her Escape debut with the May release of Return to Jacaranda Avenue. Here’s a sneak preview of her cover—look out for prerelease dates soon!

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Forced Proximity: zombie apocalypse edition

In the last ‘forced proximity’ post in our series about romance tropes, Cathleen Ross explains how she used the trope in her novel Base.

Forced Proximity. Hmm, I hear you say. Is that one of those steamy politically incorrect romances? Probably, but romance readers love their tropes and this is a favourite, usually because the sexual tension is always steamy in this kind of romance.

What happens when you force two people together who don’t like each other?

In my novel Base, the world’s gone to hell thanks to a virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. My hero, Captain Jack Lang, is in charge of the military base, one of the few fenced-off compounds in Sydney’s exclusive Mosman. With the sea and cliffs on one side, he and his commandos are trying to regain territory and save lives. The trouble is the first live woman he finds thinks she’d be safer on her yacht, not with him.

Doctor Ruth Parker is used to giving orders, not taking them, but she doesn’t have the survival skills she needs in the new world. The Base needs doctors, and women. Locking Ruth up as his prisoner is only going to work for so long and Jack has to convince Ruth and her two girlfriends to stay.

heatI loved mixing two strong personalities and adding a dose of fear, hunger and sensuality. Captain Lang has a need to save the world and he’s great with his men who are used to obeying orders. He can reward his commandos with alcohol and a great gun anytime, but his seduction skills with women are lacking. If Ruth got hold of a gun she’d probably shoot him but locking her up isn’t the answer.  She’s not even impressed with his display of firepower, ability to slay zombies or his super-sexy hot body, which he’d willingly let her use. It takes showing Ruth his vulnerable side, his loneliness and his appreciation of her skills that eventually wins her heart.

For those interested in a taste of an extended scene from Base, my novella Heat can be downloaded here.


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The world’s gone to hell, and her only chance of survival is the sexy, dominant soldier determined to keep her safe…

Feed Your Reader: November 8 Release

incapableIf you haven’t discovered Ainslie Paton yet, you’re missing out! Love can be a great healer, except when it hurts …


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25327Frances Housden returns with her best-selling, award-winning Chieftain series in this short novel about a young woman with a strong will and a sharp mind, and the man who has nothing to offer but his heart.

#SydneyWives – Naughty Nella

(reblogged from AusRomToday, where J’aimee is running an amazing competition!)

Tell us a little more about your housewife, Nella:
My housewife, Nella is wealthy Mosman old school. She’s very committed to her charity of finding accommodation for children in danger. She beautiful, confident and happily married to a billionaire however, she does have a very dirty secret.

What inspired Nella ‘s story:
Blame Tracey O’Hara. She’s the editor for this project. She called me and said, “You’d be good at writing a Domme. That’s what you do.” I do? Huh? “Okay,” I said.

What was your biggest challenge in writing Nella ‘s story?
Let me tell you, this was the hardest story I’ve ever written in my whole life. I found it really difficult to get into the persona. My daughter tells me I can’t write a Domme because I’m the Omega of the family. Even the dog bosses me around.  Poor Tracey had to check my story and get out the kinks and explain how Dommes function. even though Tracey isn’t one. Actually it was the blind leaving the blind. So when I submitted this story I was very relieved when Escape editor Kate Cuthbert said she enjoyed it.

Why will we love Nella?
Nella has a big heart and she’s very creative at coming up with new ways of humbling the love of her life, Michael and extracting his money for her charity. Actually, I admire her. I could take some lessons from her so that my own status rises above the dog in my family.

The Housewives of Sydney series promises that we’ll “find out what goes on behind the doors of the most exclusive addresses in the country”. What was the appeal of joining this series? Similarly, what has been the biggest challenge?
I read through all the stories and loved them. The challenge of doing a series is to catch the essence of the other characters when including them in your scene. This is a very talented group of authors who push the limits in terms of what they can do and it’s fun being part of that. They caught the scenarios and characters well. It’s going to be a successful series and reveal some very dirty secrets.


 

22818From the hottest writers in Australia comes a scintillating new series. Enter the world of Sydney’s elite, and find out what goes on behind the doors of the most exclusive addresses in the country…

Meet the Housewives of Sydney. They are wealthy, elegant, poised, and constantly in the public eye. But what goes on behind closed doors, in the private homes and parties where the cameras and paparazzi aren’t welcome? Delve into the most personal details of their relationships, their friendships and their lives. The only question is: can you handle the heat?

Nella is one hundred percent in control of her life – all aspects of her life. She excels at knowing what everyone needs, and in meeting those needs.

So when it comes to her husband, Michael, and his deepest desires and most fundamental requirements, she is committed, creative, and unswerving in her responsibilities. A strong man needs a strong woman, and Nella’s love is as strong as steel.

December’s Got Your Holiday Reading Sorted

22837International bestselling author Rhian Cahill kicks off a steamy new holiday series about a very Christmassy company and the three directors who need more than a little mistletoe.


22838From Lee Christine, the critically acclaimed author of In Safe Hands, comes a tense, taut, urban romantic suspense about two lawyers, a high-profile divorce case and an attraction that even opposing counsels can’t shut down.


22836From the best-selling author of A Man Like Mike comes a new contemporary romance: he can buy anything he wants — except the perfect woman to help rebuild his family.


22835She came to Paris to forget about men, but the city of love has different plans for her…


22839And finally, one more Christmas title to really help you find that holiday spirit: A beautiful, uplifting holiday story from best-selling author Juliet Madison about a lonely writer, her grandmother’s ghost, a road trip, and twelve different Daves.


Have you caught up with the Sydney Housewives lately? Two titles release this month!

22818A strong man needs a strong woman, and Nella’s love is as strong as steel.


22817Sienna knows that she’s got a good thing going with her boyfriend, Charlie, but when he sets Sienna up with a very unusual gift accepting it will test all of their limits and the strength of their relationship.
(releases 18 December)

Secret Confessions: Meet Nella

Elegant and classic, this housewife is the power behind the throne. She knows how to organise and run things to perfection, but don’t cross her – she can handle anyone and anything, and she loves a challenge. Other women are instinctively wary of her, but she feels deeply, and she’ll do anything she needs to, to take care of the people she loves.

Meet Nella. She’s available today.

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The Housewives Lounge – excerpts, behind the scenes details, chatter.

Which Housewife Are You? – take the quiz and find out!

Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – meet the other housewives, pre-order, links.

And don’t miss out on the amazing competition AusRomToday is running – five copies of each Housewife Title to win, and a fantastic, Sydney-focused major prize!

#SydneyWives – Exclusive Excerpt: Nella

22818Nella Pouache, wealthy Mosman socialite, committed Catholic and control freak, strode up and down with Monty, her Moodle, on her heels. When she looked at her Cartier watch, she saw it was one minute past seven. Dinner would be spoiled. Nothing annoyed her more than lateness, even from Michael; especially from Michael. After twenty-seven years of marriage to her billionaire husband, she was used to a certain routine. She pivoted on her black stilettos and adjusted her leather eyelet corset, which she’d had made especially to her dimensions.

Monty whined and tried to leap up, but Nella stepped aside so her sheer stockings
wouldn’t be ruined. She had a date with her husband and she was keen to get going. After
all, she’d spent a fortune on her especially tailored outfit. She bent and patted Monty.
“Sorry, darling. I know you’re hungry.” She paused as she heard the sound of the garage
door open and the throaty hum of Michael’s BMW. “About time.”

Michael Pouache slid off his jacket then undid his tie, flinging them on a chair as he
strode through the door that connected the garage to the television room of his mansion on prestigious Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman. “I’m home, my love.”

It didn’t matter that they’d been married for years, just the sight of her handsome,
commanding husband made her heart patter when he came into the lounge room. Nella
raised her eyebrows, well, she would have except the Botox she’d had injected into her
forehead four days ago had started to work. “You’re late. It’s time you were taught a
lesson.”


You can find out what happens next in our extended excerpt, over at  the Housewives Lounge.

To find out more about the #SydneyWives series, click here.

You can also take our Which Housewife are You Quiz (Thus far, statistically, most people are Darla)

Nella is available for pre-order now and will be released on Thursday of this week.

Meet the Housewives of Sydney. They are wealthy, elegant, poised, and constantly in the public eye. But what goes on behind closed doors, in the private homes and parties where the cameras and paparazzi aren’t welcome? Delve into the most personal details of their relationships, their friendships and their lives. The only question is: can you handle the heat?

Nella is one hundred percent in control of her life – all aspects of her life. She excels at knowing what everyone needs, and in meeting those needs.

So when it comes to her husband, Michael, and his deepest desires and most fundamental requirements, she is committed, creative, and unswerving in her responsibilities. A strong man needs a strong woman, and Nella’s love is as strong as steel.

Reveal – Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives

They’re wealthy, beautiful, glamorous – the elite of Sydney society.
But appearances can be deceiving.
And no one knows what goes on behind closed doors.
 
Until now.

GinnyEleven brand-new stories from 11 of Australia’s hottest authors, this scandalous, sexy, secretive series uncovers the privileged lives of Sydney’s affluent: their work, their families, their friends, and their men.

Each story unfolds in real time, revealing the secrets of one housewife at a time. Each is a member of the influential Double Diamond Dinner Club, and each has everything to lose if their fellow members learn of their needs, desires, and bedroom inclinations.

Debuting  6 November, with a new story every fortnight, nothing is hidden, nothing is forbidden – and nothing will ever be the same.

SLAH_Ginny_Final (6)She might live in a penthouse with harbour views, but what this housewife needs, she can only get on the rough side of town.

Virginia – Rhian Cahill. 6 November 2014
Meet her here.

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This housewife knows who she is and what she wants and nothing is going to stop her from getting it.

Lana – Cate Ellink. 20 November 2014
Meet her here.

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This housewife is the only one who knows just what her husband needs – and she’s going to give it to him.

Nella – Cathleen Ross. 04 December 2014
Meet her here.

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This spoiled little rich housewife is about to get the one thing she never knew she wanted.

Sienna – Tamsin Baker. 18 December 2014
Meet her here.

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It takes a special kind of woman to tame a warrior – but this housewife has always been exceptional.

Jorja – Lexxie Couper. 8 January 2015
Meet her here.

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The fire isn’t only in the kitchen for this housewife.

Meagan – Shona Husk. 15 January 2015
Meet her here.

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This naughty housewife definitely understands the benefit of mixing business with pleasure.

Christa – Keziah Hill. 29 January 2015
Meet her here.

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Body language may solve all communication issues for this housewife.

Emma – Viveka Portman. 05 February 2015
Meet her here.

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Will this housewife let the past get in the way of a scorching future?

Willow – Christina Phillips. 19 February 2015
Meet her here.

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Is this housewife just another May/December cliché?

Camilla – Mel Teshco. 05 March 2015
Meet her here.

SLAH_Darla_FinalThe housewife who is about to discover that bad fences can make very good neighbours.

Darla Tracey O’Hara. 19 March 2015
Meet her here.

Consider this your invitation to the most exclusive dinner party in town –
Chanel and Louboutins optional.

More information and pre-order links are available here.