Men in Kilts

Our friends at Google Play are running a promotion after our own hearts – and to curb our ongoing Outlander withdrawals. For the next week, you can grab some heart-melting, kilt-scorching highlander romances at fantastic prices, including some of our favourite Escape titles.

From best-selling, award-winning author, Frances Housden:

There’s no chieftain that won’t meet his match…

“Housden has developed the characters well and weaves an absorbing story of envy, treachery, lies and second chances.” – Morag, Goodreads (The Chieftain’s Curse)

“I love when true history is blended in with the authors fictional romance, to me a history junkie that’s my favorite combination in my reads! Truly a beautiful tale that reader won’t forget.” – Barbee, Goodreads (The Chieftain’s Daughter)

Buy now!


From hot newcomer Amy Rose Bennett:

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A sweeping, sexy Highland romance about a wanted Jacobite with a wounded soul, and a spirited Scottish lass on the run.

“The Master of Strathburn is a fast-paced story with plenty of action, suspense and intrigue.” – Vikki, Goodreads

“Ms Bennett has given us a thrilling romance with an historical background that feels authentic, a couple of chase scenes with cliff-hanger consequences, some clever plot twists, and plenty of passion.” – Jude, Goodreads

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From fan-favourite Allison Butler:

Curb your Outlander cravings with Allison Butler’s seriously sexy Scottish heroes!

“I loved seeing a bit of history come to life within these pages.” – Goodreads (The Healer)

“A must read book that is full of seduction, change and acceptance.” – RaeLatte, Goodreads (The Protector)

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Feed Your Reader: Scots and Second Chances

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From best-selling author Frances Housden comes a brand new historical romance about a Spanish señorita and a strapping Scottish hero…


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Love at first sight is all very well, but sometimes it takes a second chance

Feed Your Reader: Men in Kilts and Witches in Sydney

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From best-selling author Allison Butler comes a brand-new Scottish historical: A charming rogue, a woman with responsibilities, a highland romance you won’t forget…


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The final bewitching story in a trilogy about sexy witches and second chances…

Bundles of Joy!

Do you like big books and you cannot lie?

So do we.

So. Do. We.

So we put together some bundles, just for readers who won’t deny…

Australian Historical Bundle!

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Two thrilling stories about Australia’s convict past and the path to true love.


Billionaire Bundle!

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From the passionate, pacy pen of Alyssa J Montgomery comes a trilogy about powerful men, and the women who own their hearts.


A Bundle to Treasure!

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For the first time in one place, award-winning Kendall Talbot’s fresh new Treasured series is available in one convenient box-set!


The Next Season of Outlander is still months away Bundle!

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May we humbly suggest Allison Butler’s Sexy Scots as a more than suitable stand-in?


The I Really Only Read For The Heroes Bundle!

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From the critically acclaimed Ainslie Paton comes three men you’ll never forget – in one convenient package.


We Want More Billionaires Bundle!

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Look, we get it. We can’t get enough of the high stakes romance of billionaires either. So we put together three of our top authors for a billionaire sample pack – satisfaction guaranteed.

My book setting: Scotland

by Amy Rose Bennett

Even though I’m new to the Escape team of authors, when I heard there was the opportunity to participate in a new blog series to showcase the settings of our books, I immediately jumped at the chance.

My first Escape title, due out in May, is a Scottish historical romance! The Master of Strathburn is essentially a tale about Robert Grant, a wanted Jacobite. After surviving the Battle of Culloden, he escapes to France and then the Caribbean. However, after a decade of living in exile, he desperately wants to return to Scotland and reconcile with his estranged father, the Earl of Strathburn. The only problem is, there is still a price on his head. Of course, when he returns to Lochrose Castle, his long-lost Highland home, the adventures and the romance begin…

River Spey 1 copyI’ve long been enamoured with all things Scottish, including the history surrounding the Jacobite Rebellions. I’m sure many of you have read or watched Outlander which focuses on the second and perhaps better-known rebellion, the ’45, when Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender, made a play not just for the Scottish throne, but for the throne of England. The rebellion culminated in the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746. The Jacobite army was resoundingly defeated by British forces in a bloody battle that lasted little over an hour.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Scotland twice to do some ‘on the ground’ research prior to writing The Master of Strathburn. Indeed, my very supportive family has been dragged to many of the locations that feature in the story.

Culloden Memorial CairnThe Battle of Culloden took place at Drumossie Moor, not far from Inverness in the northwest of Scotland. When I visited, it was actually only a few days after the anniversary of the battle and families who’d lost relatives had laid wreaths against the memorial cairn. The moor is actually classified as a war grave and there are small headstones marking the places where particular clansmen fell. It is estimated that 1500 to 2000 Jacobite soldiers were killed or wounded during the brief battle whereas the British army sustained only 50 casualties. Needless to say, visiting Culloden was a very moving experience.

The Earldom of Strathburn is an entirely fictitious hereditary title I invented for my story; however there were Clan Grant lands in and around the stunning Strathspey region of the Highlands, where I set a good deal of my book. Our family actually stayed at a gorgeous B&B just outside of Grantown-on-Spey, the area I imagined Robert’s family seat, Lochrose Castle, was located. The Cairngorm Mountain range where I placed the earl’s hunting lodge—and where Robert Grant and the feisty heroine of my story, Jessie Munroe, have their ‘first meet’—was quite close to the B&B. Even in April, when I visited, there was still snow on the mountains and snow flurries in and around Inverness, to the northwest (about 56km away).

Drumochter Pass

Drumochter Pass

Robert and Jessie eventually leave Lochrose Castle and its environs and head south to Edinburgh. We drove through the Drumochter Pass, one of the main routes into and out of the Highlands even in the 1700s. Again the mountains were snow-covered!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

I love Edinburgh, especially the Royal Mile in the Old Town. The Mile stretches from the brooding bulk of Edinburgh Castle right down to the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and its extensive park. Some other places of interest in Edinburgh that feature in The Master of Strathburn are St Giles Cathedral, the old Tolbooth (a gaol which no longer stands, but was adjacent to the Cathedral), and the Whitehorse Inn toward the bottom of the Mile along the stretch known as the Canongate. I think what I loved most about the Old Town was the amazing history around every corner. There are so many fascinating stories associated with the royal residences and the many wynds and closes that lead off the Mile. Edinburgh—indeed the whole of Scotland—certainly fired my writer’s imagination!

I really hope readers get a sense of the stunning Highlands and the other places I described in The Master of Strathburn as they follow Robert and Jessie on their tumultuous journey to a well-earned HEA. If they do, I will be most happy!


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A sweeping, sexy Highland romance about a wanted Jacobite with a wounded soul, and a spirited Scottish lass on the run.

Feed Your Reader: first March releases

Released March 5…

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One last Chieftain meets his match in the final book in Frances Housden’s best-selling, award-winning series…


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Good fences make good neighbours, but in Dulili, it seems like barriers might instead be breaking down…

Book 2 in the new Dollar for a Dream rural romance series

Move to the country for $1 a week… 

Dulili is suffering a people drought. Over the years more people have moved away than have arrived to stay in this old New South Wales farming town, and now only a handful of young families and elderly residents are left. The locals put a plan into action to entice newcomers: offering the town’s empty houses to newcomers from anywhere in Australia.  Who could resist renting a beautiful homestead for a dollar a week?

A Heart Stuck on Hope

Honey Hill House

The Healing Season

Feed Your Reader! December 8 Releases

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The Scottish Highlands meet The Bachelorette in this new historical romance from Allison Butler…


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For a man called Chris Kringle, Christmas is the most magical time of the year.  But this year, there’s something about a certain elf that’s grabbed his attention in the best of ways. 


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She would trust him with her life. But can either of them trust their hearts?


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Bremy St James is back in a brand new adventure, mixing chaos, humour, sex, and superheroes in this fresh, funny, flirty series. It’s the superhero romance you didn’t know you needed…


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He knew everything he wanted…until she showed him everything he never knew he needed


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A story about starting fresh, letting go, and risking it all for love…

December Recipes – Never Fail Chocolate Truffles

by Allison Butler

For anyone who knows me, it will come as no surprise to hear me say I’m not the world’s best or most inspired cook, but I do love to eat. So when I first saw the idea for the Escape Artists to put together an article for favourite family recipes throughout December, my first thought was ‘Not going there’. Then I remembered a recipe I stole from my sister years ago; a recipe even I managed to successfully whip up and impress my husband and our two daughters, and I’ve used this recipe many times since. Here’s my (sister’s) simple but yummy recipe for Never-Fail Chocolate Truffles.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Plain Chocolate Biscuits (Eg: Chocolate Ripple or similar) = approx 8 biscuits
  • ½ Cup coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa
  • ½ Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ½ Cup Extra Coconut

Method

Place biscuits in a plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin. For those of you with a food processor, it might be faster and easier to use it for this.

In medium sized bowl mix crushed biscuits, coconut, cocoa and condensed milk until it forms a sticky lump of a mess.

Roll sticky lump of a mess into 2cm balls – wait until you see your hands – and roll them into the extra coconut.

Refrigerate.

Eat (the best part) Enjoy.

And remember, if I can make these delicious chocolate treats, anyone can.

Happy Holidays!

Allison Butler xx


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The Scottish Highlands meet The Bachelorette in this new historical romance from Allison Butler…

December Recipes – Clootie Dumplings

by Frances Housden

Escape to Christmas Past

It may come as no surprise that I grew up in Scotland, and when the call went out for recipes suitable for the holiday season, my thoughts immediately flew to a recipe my mother used to make for birthdays and Christmas—Clootie Dumpling—always a treat. The problem was that after moving house twice this year, I couldn’t remember where I had put the slip of paper she had written the recipe on.

However, my mother must have been listening from up above for what should arrive in the post yesterday, sent by my great friend Carol Marinelli—Maw Broon’s Cookbook which included the lost recipe. Serendipity! For anyone who never had the pleasure of reading ‘The Sunday Post’ and the weekly cartoon strip of the Broons. I first read the strip when I was little, and it is still going strong in the Post, as well as in books published every second year though maybe you need to be Scottish to appreciate them. That said, Clootie Dumplings taste good no matter your nationality. Of course what made them really special to a five year old was the silver charms and threepenny bits my mother used to wrap in greaseproof paper and stir into the mix that I’m going to translate below.

  • 4oz of shredded suet
  • 8oz of self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 4oz of white bread crumbs
  • 3oz of brown sugar
  • 1 grated apple
  • 8oz of currants and sultanas
  • 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of golden syrup
  • 2 eggs and a little milk around 4 fluid oz

Half fill a large pot and bring to the boil. Scald a large piece of linen—large old-fashioned tea towel—or cheese-cloth, with boiling water then dust it with flour.

Beat the eggs, mix in the syrup and a little milk, and gradually mix into the dry ingredients and fruit. Place the mixture in the middle of the cloth. Tie it tight, but allow for swelling. Place an inverted plate on the bottom of the pan and put the pudding on top of it. Boil for three to four hours. Never let the water drop below half the depth of the pudding. When cooked, dip in cold water, remove the cloth and dry the pudding off in a medium-to-hot oven. Sprinkle the top with sugar and serve with sugar and serve with cream or custard.

My mother always dried the dumpling next to the fire. It used to be lovely to open the door after school and smell it drying by the fire. Being made with suet the dumpling will have a skin holding it together, which makes it easy to slice next day and fry for breakfast.

One last thing, at the top of the page above the recipe, Maw Broon has written, “If ye dinnae like this ye’ll no’ like anything.”

Maw Broon


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Frances 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.

Available now!