Feed Your Reader: A Giant Romance and A Book Full of Bad Boys


A brand new steamy paranormal romance about learning to love all of yourself.

In a world where people judge one another by exacting standards of size and style, being a big girl like Eudora Splat was never going to be easy.

Though trouble is brewing between magic folk and human purists who would see them all destroyed, Dora, a half-giant, tries to eke out a quiet, unnoticed life for herself, but it’s hard to be subtle when you’re over seven feet tall.

Losing her job as a gardener due to human complaints, Dora is recruited as a prison guard, where she’s enlisted to protect the magician Evander “Bear” Gordon from human purist attack. Bear encourages her to embrace her power and celebrate her heritage, introducing her to a world where she can be extraordinary and not just weird.

But after years of hiding and shying away, can Dora find the strength to grab onto a new life — and hold on to the man she’s falling in love with?

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Three full-length novels about heroes who are mad, bad, and dangerous to love…

Getting Wild — Sarah Barrie

The Devil Wears Prada meets Man vs Wild in this fast-paced romantic comedy set in the no-holds-barred world of travel journalism.

When Ella Jameson, editor-in-chief of Australia’s top travel magazine, steps into a room, people scramble to attention. She’s ruthless, terrifying, and untouchable.

But when Ryan Edwards walks into her office with a job proposal, Ella just knows he’s going to be trouble. In the tropical beauty of Australia’s Top End, it’s not just the weather that’s going to sizzle…

Hot Chocolate — Charlotte De Pace

She’s always been the good girl, but this trip to Italy will show Annabella that love and chocolate can both be sweet, tempting — and dangerously addictive.

When infamous playboy Alessandro De Costa entices Annabella Beaumont to be his master chocolatier and faux fiancée, neither anticipate the deception — or passionate seduction — that will follow.

As she slowly succumbs to the playboy’s charms, Annabella struggles with sweet temptation — as well as secrets that could ruin everything.

Tell Me No Lies – Shirley Wine

For single mum Victoria Scanlan, a visit to the luxurious country house of Darkhaven is a rare chance to combine work with pleasure. Securing the commission for The Wedding Of The Year will guarantee the ongoing success of her floral boutique and secure her the stability she needs for both herself and her son.

But Darkhaven comes with a shocking guest – the groom, Keir Donovan, is the man she once knew as Seth Donahue. Her young son’s father. The man who has no idea he has a child. The man she can’t forget.

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Feed Your Reader – The New Year’s Edition

Releasing 5 January


Elizabeth Dunk kicks off a brand-new series drawing inspiration from some of the greatest love stories in history. Opposites attract—but that doesn’t mean the road to happy-ever-after runs smooth …

Available now!


Casey Cooper left her husband and the small town of Milpinyani Springs in her dust a year ago, vowing never to return. But a favour to a friend finds her back in town—and back in her husband’s garage, where he offers her a proposition too sexy to refuse. A naked Joel has always been the one thing Casey can’t resist—but can her heart handle the heat?

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She dazzled with Secrets of Whitewater Creek, now Sarah Barrie kicks off a brand-new trilogy about small towns, secrets, and the love that saves lives.

Ruby’s are red…Two nominations!

We are so proud and excited to announce our two nominations in this year’s Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year (R*BY) Awards.

The winners will be announced August 22nd. Congrats to our Ruby Red Escape Artists, and all the nominees. Good luck!

Nominations in the category of Long Romance Novel…

21489From bestselling author Amy Andrews comes a new single-title romance about putting pleasure before business, and the risks we all need to take when we find someone worth risking everything for.

Samantha Evans’s life is going to hell. Not only has she rage-quit her beloved, high-powered job, but she is suddenly afflicted by hormones, free time, and an unavoidable, unignorable, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbour, who has come home to take over the reins of his grandmother’s second-hand bookshop. Sam needs something to keep her from begging for her old job back until she’s good and sure her boss understands how wrong he was, and taking a low-risk, low-stress job helping Nick at the bookstore might be just the thing.

After all, it’s not like Nick is the right guy to help her with her hormones. He’ll just be fun to look at while she searches for the one.

Nick has six months to get over an injury before Everest and a big, fat contract beckon. That means no sports, no danger and, above all else, no risks. It means playing it safe. And Nick Hawke doesn’t do safe. So he’s going to need something to stave off the boredom while selling books he doesn’t read to people who wouldn’t know a carabineer from a crochet hook. What could be safer than hiring a cranky, unemployed accountant to help run the bookstore? Sam is efficient and methodical and messing up her neat, post-it note world could be a fun way to pass the time….

Risky Business mixes the classic romance of Philadelphia Story, the humour and wit of When Harry Met Sally, and a strong, contemporary Australian setting to create a delightful, irresistible, utterly satisfying treat of a novel.

21183Jordan must save her farm from debt and sabotage – can she place her trust in a man from out of town?

Born and bred on the land, Jordan Windcroft is brave and independent. She’s had to be. Her life revolves around running her property almost single-handedly on next to no money, and waiting out her four years of probation — a rap that she took for one of her closest friends for a crime she didn’t commit.

Thankfully there’s an end to her problems in sight. Jordan’s probation period is almost up, and if she can just make the cattle sale, there’s a chance she can pull herself out of more than ten years of serious debt and keep her precious farm. The last thing she needs is for Reid Easton to start monitoring her.

Detective Senior Sergeant Reid Easton drives into Whitewater Creek on a mission to wrap up a three-year drug investigation; his only lead, Jordan Windcroft. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Reid is undercover and Jordan has a secret she can’t risk him discovering. Will either jeopardise their cause, for something as transitory as love – or will they keep their secrets to themselves?

This book is nominated under its original digital format title, Deadly Secrets.

Hot New Reads for a Hot New Year!

22841From the best-selling author of The House on Burra Burra Lane, comes a brand-new story about opposites, attraction, an outback pub, and a pink house…

23094Viveka Portman’s latest instalment in the sexiest set of diaries you have ever read…

23092From Nicole Murphy comes a sexy new SF romance: everything has always come easily to her…except him.

23093A fresh, exciting, funny, fabulous take on New Adult Paranormal about an enterprising matchmaker…and her paranormal clientele.

23091From the polished, pacy, passionate pen of Alyssa J Montgomery come a delicious billionaire, a mining heiress, a marriage of convenience and a very inconvenient attraction.

Are you caught up on the sexploits of Sydney’s sexiest housewives?

22815Rugged, athletic, and absolutely enormous, Mud is aggressive on the rugby field and off. It takes a special kind of woman to tame the beast and take on all that man, but Jorja has never been anything less than exceptional. 

22814Meagan knows that she’s playing with fire with a special dessert that blows the restaurant’s budget, but maybe, with the help of some unorthodox persuasion techniques, she might just get what she wants – everything that she wants.

released 29 January
22816In business, as in pleasure, Christa has two rules: ask for what you want, and be prepared to get a bit creative.

A very special re-release

21183Originally released as Deadly Secrets, and now a print best-seller!
Jordan must save her farm from debt and sabotage – can she place her trust in a man from out of town?

Ready, Set – Action!

Action! Adventure! We see it in movies, we enjoy it in games, now we can experience it in books. Set your heart racing, feel the breathlessness, and savour the adrenalin rush as you ride the emotional rollercoaster in our action/adventure novels.

Suspense is about the build-up, rocketing the reader toward a massive finish. Action/adventure on the other hand, is about fascinating characters who experience an exciting, danger-fuelled journey. Theres plenty of cliff hanger moments in action/adventure and just when you think it can’t get any more exciting, it often does.

Today we meet three Escape Publishing authors who write action/adventure: Kendall Talbot, Sarah Barrie and Nina Hamilton. Here are a couple of short snippets from their recent releases:

9780857990648Lost In Kakadu – by Kendall Talbot

When a small plane crashes into Australia’s harsh Kakadu National Park the survivors think they’re lucky to be alive, until rescuers never come. The plane crash isn’t the only action. It was important for me to keep the survival aspect very real. From wild animals, to wild weather and near starvation, every day my characters have a new aspect of living hell to get through. Fate brought them together but they need more than luck to escape Kakadu alive.

The snake began to move. It slithered with deathly silence toward the tree trunk. Abi knew she had to get the axe, but the thought of going anywhere near that thing made her cringe.

As it slithered down the trunk, she unzipped the backpack trying to be as quiet as possible. Can snakes hear? Something about them hearing through vibration ran through her mind, another useless piece of trivia from Spencer. But was it so useless now?

With the axe now in her hand, she felt a bit more confident. But can I really kill it?

She spied Mackenzie out the corner of her eye and resisted the urge to look in his direction. I have to do this. He needs me now. The snake moved fast, slithering down the trunk as if being sucked down by gravity. She stood frozen, axe poised over her shoulder, her heart pounding out like drums of war.

The snake reached her head height, her waist, knees, it was at her feet. It was faster than she thought and most of it was on the ground when Abi squealed and brought the axe down.

9780857990624Getting Wild – by Sarah Barrie

Getting Wild takes a look at what happens when a born and bred city girl is forced into the wilds with an adventure-toughened alpha hero. The storyline combines romance and adventure with a good dose of humour thrown in, though for the character, the dangers are very real. In order to survive her ordeal, the heroine must challenge herself daily, battling not only the elements, but her own innate fears and limitations.

Adrenaline coursed through Ellas body as she prepared herself for whatever was about to happen, but her smile was calm and threatening, her tone cold. “How about you just try that?”

He looked at his mate, shrugged and smirked. “Hear that? Shes asking for it.” As soon as he stood up, Lexi pushed past him to stand behind Ella.

Lexi, Explorer Lounge. Go.


The blonde man made a grab for Ella and she delivered a fast-flying elbow to his jaw, sending him stumbling back into his chair. “Go,” she repeated, and heard Lexi take off.

Blonde idiot was stunned enough to eye her warily for a few seconds, before coming in again. “Oh seriously?” Ella asked in disbelief, “Youre almost too drunk to stand up as it is. I could blow you over.”

What about both of us?” the shorter of the pair piped up, looking less confident than he made out as he got to his feet.

Ella just smiled. “Sure, what would you like broken?”

20381Rescue Nights by Nina Hamilton

Rescue Nights is a romance with an adventure/medical twist up in Australia’s Far North. Kate and Andrew are a paramedic and doctor working in Cairns’ helicopter rescue teams. The heat between them is palpable as they struggle for both dominance in the workplace and securing the best outcomes for their patients. Cairns’ location on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef means they are always on the cusp of pushing the limits of what a rescue team can do.

Im here, Im fine,said Kate, finally getting enough energy to brace herself upright.

Everyone seemed to ignore her statement as Andrew continued talking. ‘I don’t think shes taken enough water to be an immediate risk of secondary drowning. Ill put her on oxygen and we can wait.”

Andrew didn’t seem to be worried about her consent as he looped the oxygen mask onto her face. She could hear him curse as he stripped off the top of his own, still-dripping flight suit. He certainly hadnt been appropriately attired to enter the water today.

Hold this over your eye,he said, giving her a wad of gauze. It was only then that Kate realised that some of the moisture running down her face was blood.

Her throat felt unbearably swollen and she had to concentrate on getting the breath to her lungs. That was probably why she didn’t see Andrew taking the scissors to her wetsuit until it was too late.

She moved her oxygen mask to one side. ‘Margo will get you for this. Do you know how much this wetsuit costs?”

Why do we each write action/adventure?

Quite simply, because its fun. Everyone likes romance, at least, if theyre reading this blog we imagine they do.

But what puts that constant coil of tension in the pit of your stomach? How about that little kick from a touch of danger in every chapter, that extra ripple of excitement at a risk that reaches much further than that basic – yet dangerous – dive into love?

Whether it’s good vs evil or survival of the fittest, our characters challenge the elements, or each other, and in the course of the story could battle everything from wild animals to drug-runners, experiencing explosions, fights, chases, and impossible situations only limited by the imagination. Action/adventure adds another level of tension, makes heroes and heroines vulnerable from more quarters than their emotions toward each other. Because no matter how tense, how risqué the relationship, romance is just that bit more dangerous, more thrilling, against a backdrop of risk and physical danger.

And who doesn’t like a strong, brave hero/heroine? Sure, they have to have their faults, their weaknesses – that makes them human, but to read along while that very human character overcomes their flaws and insecurities, their vulnerabilities, to battle the bad guys and kick-ass against seemingly insurmountable odds? That’s a page turner. That’s a memorable, uplifting story.

Strong men tick all our boxes. Call us old fashioned but we love the Indiana Jones stereotype. Sure, Indys not perfect, but he’s sexy as hell. He defeats the bad guys in style and gets the girl – all in a days work.

We like strong women too. Women that dont necessarily need rescuing – women that pull themselves out of tricky situations and keep a certain style about them while doing it.

Its sometimes said that romances built in stressful situations cant last. Its fun to oppose the theory. Lots of fun. Because really, why cant they?

What inspired of you to write such fast paced stories in unique Australian settings?

Sarah: What better place to set an adventure? Australia has some of the most deadly animals in the world and enough dangerous terrain to keep the characters in a state of constant peril for even the longest of stories. And thats without any bad guys!

Nina: One of the reasons that I have set both my action/adventure stories in Cairns is simply that I think it is one of most interesting and physically beautiful places in Australia. There aren’t many places on earth where just a helicopter ride away are rainforest, reef and farmland.

I like writing fast paced stories because that’s what I am interested in reading. I love that ordinary Australians do heroic things in their day to day lives and I think a couple who shares a professional world of both danger and bravery are probably forging a relationship that we’d all enjoy watching develop.

Kendall: I grew up watching Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Die Hard, all great action/adventure movies. I still love them. They’re the type of books I love to read too and that’s where my writing passion lies too. Kakadu National Park is 20,000 acres of pure Australian bush, with an abundance of wild animals and exotic settings. It was the perfect place for a survival story with a difference. Lost In Kakadu is the only romance book ever to be set in Kakadu National Park.

If you were stranded in the Australian outback what is the one survival technique you would want to know?  

Sarah: How to find water. Nah, who am I kidding? Id want to make sure I knew how to find a gorgeous, adventure-toughened hero to come and rescue me. Whether I needed rescuing or not!

Nina: I feel like I have to break a myth from the 80’s romances I know I loved to read. I gained a lot of great knowledge from books over the years, but on this one the information has changed. DON’T suck the snakebite. You know that great scene where the heroine will bravely score the snakebite with a knife and suck the poison into her mouth. DON’T do that. Keep them quiet, stick on a pressure bandage, add a splint and call for help. Then you can hope that the hospital has a doctor as smoking as Andrew and know he will admire your bandaging technique.

Kendall: I’d definitely want to know how to make a fire. Not only because I couldn’t imagine eating raw snails or lizards, but after that scrumptious meal cuddling up to my man and staring into the dancing flames is a great way to while away the hours.

Newly sprung in June…

We have packed June full of amazing titles this year. Glory in the bounty!

21183For fans of Bronwyn Parry – whoever said small towns have no secrets didn’t know about this one…

A breakthrough rural romantic suspense novel from Sarah Barrie, about a country girl doing it tough, an undercover cop on the case of his career, and the sad fact that no good deed goes unpunished.

21184Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious, debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world…

We are thrilled to welcome Auralee Wallace to the Escape Artists with this fantastic mash-up of New Adult romance and comic books, about a girl trying to find her way in the world, a journalist looking for a break, and the mysterious superhero who just wants to be left alone.

21185In the world of Regency England, only one thing matters — the begetting of an heir…

The third in this exciting, sensual, surprising, unique series of historical romance novellas, about what goes on behind closed regency doors.

21186His search for her has been timeless, eternal, and ultimately thwarted. Until now…

A new paranormal romance from Jennifer Brassel mixes action, adventure, eternal curses, soul mates, and art. How can she walk away from the man whose face has haunted her canvasses and her dreams?

21187Job satisfaction has never been this good…

Alexis Fleming proves that workplace romances can be just the thing for a little stress relief, and a lot of fun, when a historical restorations expert meets an uptight banker. Nude paintings, blackmail, and mind-numbing sexual frustration…will either of them survive this project?

21188A small-town romance about secrets, community, and the family we make for ourselves.

This is our second novel from Louise Forster, and she takes a decidedly rural turn in this sweet contemporary romance about a big city girl who goes home to mourn her uncle and get questions answered, only to find that the answers (and the local tradies!) are nothing like she expected.

21189She can buy anything she wants, except the courage to stand up to her family. That’s where he comes in. 

A beautiful coastal romance set in the same world as It’s Love, Dude, about a billionaire Cinderella with a singular need: an ’emotional’ bodyguard to help her manage her family. How can a hero resist?


RT Day 1

In which Kate discovers that she’s really good at double entendres (and single entendres) when she’s seriously sleep-deprived.

When I left you last, I was driving in to New Orleans at dawn, with a posse of intrepid travellers, after a very long, difficult drive.

Tuesday is an unofficial day at RT. There are sessions, and you can register, but the real conference starts on Wednesday. I had one commitment – hanging out with the reviewers and bloggers at the Blogger and Reviewer Symposium, run by Sarah Wendell (of Smart Bitches Trashy Books) and Jane Litte (of Dear Author).

But, I also had no clothes, no laptop, no swag, and no real knowledge of where any of those things were. So I had a list of things to do:

  • Locate swag – I’m so glad I didn’t carry my swag and giveaways with me, but sent them via mail to myself at the hotel beforehand. I absolutely recommend this to anyone travelling from Australia, as it doesn’t affect your luggage limits, and it just makes things easier. However, I had two different swag packages, coming from two different places at two different time. One was found easily enough. The other…took some time. And, of course, the missing swag was the good stuff – USB keys full of great Escape titles. Luckily, a particularly diligent bellhop overthrew the mail room for me and found it, battered but intact, in a corner. His name is James, and everyone should send virtual high fives to him!
  • Figure out the luggage situation – this was harder, as we were by no means the only people who were having trouble with American Airlines. I wish that I were exaggerating when I said that I spent more than 5 hours on hold and trying to get through to American that day, but I’m not. Eventually, after a lot of explanations, re-explanations, and (I’ll be honest) a few tears, my luggage was finally delivered at 12am Wednesday morning.
  • Fix the clothes situation – With no luggage in sight, and out of clean underwear, I had to make some hard decisions about what I was going to wear for the day (and to the presentation!). I have never not wanted to do something more than put back on my airplane clothes, but I sucked it up and went shopping. Guys, this was a bright spot in an otherwise grey day – the shopping. Even in just a tiny little mall. The colours! the clothes! the variety! It was awesome.

All of this left me with no sleep before I went to the conference in time for the presentation.

It is here that I learned, (though really, I should have known), that the word ‘Bush’ in the US is not unsimilar to the word ‘Root’ in Australia. That is – you think you’re saying one thing, but the raucous laughter from your audience tells you that they’ve heard something completely different.

Here are the things I said:

  • He heads deep into the bush.
  • When you’re in the bush, no one can hear you scream.
  • The bush is hot and dry, unless it’s hot and wet.

I stopped, eventually, and managed to talk about our amazing romantic suspense (Deadly Secrets out in June!) without descending any further into the gutter, but romance readers – they’ve got dirty minds, guys. Very dirty minds.

Erin Galloway from Penguin/NAL/Berkley and Angela James also spoke. If you catch Erin around, she’s got ARCs of a book called Virgin, which sounds awesome.

I got to meet some amazing reviewers and bloggers, and they were all so friendly, and so open to reading and reviewing books set outside the US, so look for some of our books on their sites soon! I may have also plied them with Caramello Koalas, but I think that’s legitimate.

After the presentation, registration was open, and I was able to sign in and get hooked up.

Guys – Romantic Times is all about the stuff. Here’s just what I got in the initial bag, not any of the many other freebies going around.

IMG_20140514_174625That’s about six print books, a couple of hundred e-books, a calendar, bookmarks, pens, notepads, screen wipes, chocolates, and, of course, the swag bag itself, which is a great size and full of pockets.

Next up: My first night in New Orleans, and it gets a little haunted!