Four years ago, Escape launched with a gala party on the beautiful Sydney Harbour, attended by authors, readers, booksellers, friends, and family.
Since that time, our family has grown exponentially, and we’re so proud to have more than 100 Escape Artists writing across 14 subgenres, but all adhering to that so important happy-ever-after ending.
To celebrate, I revisited the five books that kicked it all off for us:
A romance about changing the game, finding the truth, and fancy footwork.
“Their journey is a really sweet and romantic one with a lot of depth and a great supporting cast, too” – USA Today – Happily Ever After Blog
“Keeper. New auto-buy author. Need I say more?” – BookThingo
“There’s a lot of great stuff in the book about the female/male dynamic; about the double standard; and about men respecting women. I appreciated seeing that addressed in a contemporary romance. To complete the role reversal, the mates ask Alex what her intentions are toward Dan. Mostly I loved watching Dan and Alex truly fall for each other. No insta lust. No wondering why these two belong together. By the end of the book, you know.” – Dear Author
Ainslie has since written seven novels for Escape, as well as self-publishing. Her latest novel is Incapable.
A dark, violent, and devastatingly sensual erotic fantasy about the binding force of love.
“Erotic romance readers who are weary of porny positions and situations may find this book a refreshing change. Hill writes some hot scenes without trying to do to much. The focus is always on Lissa and Devadas rather than which body parts are participating in the action.” – Bookthingo
“The chain harness was a nice erotic touch, but one of the things that stood out for me was how much I liked Lissa. She grew and matured and changed quite a bit, rising to a new challenge and coming to realise that, much like in a democratic system, a leader is nothing without healthy, happy people to lead…” – Giraffe Days
“I love this sort of story and it was great in novella form.” – Sahara Hoshi
Keziah Hill also writes as DB Tait and has been focused on her crime novels since Escape’s launch.
A fresh and exciting debut novel introducing the Chronicles from the Applecross.
“Fast-paced and imaginative I really enjoyed this novel, I am already looking forward to the next installment and I urge fans of the paranormal fantasy genre to give Chaos Born a try.” – Book’d Out
“Chaos Born was one of those books that, when finished, I was really happy I found it and read it.” – Vampire Book Club
“A fast-paced, well-written urban fantasy with a flawed but charming heroine. There isn’t much romance in this book, but if you like a lot of action and aren’t put off by a high body count—usually by decapitation—then it’s a promising start to a new series.” – BookThingo
Rebekah has rounded off the Chronicles of the Applecross series, and started a new series about Werewolf Bikers in Tasmania. She also has a YA novel, Threader, out with Harlequin Teen.
This Christmas, Santa is granting wishes these two friends never knew they had.
“A quick Christmas read that pushes all the right buttons and won’t leave you looking puffy and red-eyed on the train.” – BookThingo
“Talli and Dean are fun characters with plenty of chemistry and I enjoyed how the sexual tension amplified throughout their day working together.” – Australian Bookshelf
“This one made me laugh out loud and sigh with happiness.” – The Smutty Kitty
Rhian has published several holiday themed romances with Escape, as well as participating in two Escape continuity series and pursuing other publishing opportunities.
She thinks she needs him, but she doesn’t know the secrets he keeps…
“This is a fabulous debut novel, expertly thought out and skilfully written with a passionate pair of main characters that both have hidden depths.” – 1 Girl 2 Many Books
“This is a great suspense romance with intelligent characters.” – Novels On The Run
“A seamless read and as close to a keeper as I’ve got with romantic suspense in the last few years.” – BookThingo
Lee Christine published two more Grace & Poole books, and has kicked off a new romantic suspense series, Dangerous Arrangements.