Thanks for inviting me to hang out on Love Romance Passion and talk everything Escape Publishing! We've just celebrated our second release of titles, so I'm very excited to be here and tell you about them, and our digital-first publishing model.
First, hey! My name is Kate, and I'm Managing Editor of Escape Publishing. Escape was launched by Harlequin Australia looking to bring Australian and New Zealand voices and stories to the world. We're taking submissions in all genres of romance, as long as the story has a romantic arc and an emotionally fulfilling ending. But that's our only restriction – our digital-first publishing model gives us the flexibility and freedom to take some risks and explore new areas, as well as publishing some truly fantastic traditional romance.
So, fun stuff: books!
These are our December titles. You can get more information about the books, the authors, and also our previously released titles on our website, www.escapepublishing.com.au. All of our social media details are also there, so you've got lots of ways to tell us what you think and what you'd like to see.
Oops. I promised you books, then slipped into blah blah again. Books this time! I promise!
New Year's Kisses by Rhian Cahill is very romantic, sweet, and sexy – and the sequel to Rhian’s Christmas Wishes, one of our launch titles. Emily has a five-year plan, and romance isn’t on it. But no one told Wade that. When he blackmails her into a date, he makes it the date to end all dates: a New Year’s Eve party for two.
Short Soup by Coleen Kwan is a compelling contemporary about best friends, mistakes, and the healing power of Chinese food. Toni returns to her sleepy home town after a disastrous marriage, and finds everything like she left it–except her childhood friend Dion, who has new ambitions. But Toni has always been on Dion’s wishlist, and he’s not about to put the chance to be with her on the back burner.
Summer Fling by Serenity Woods is our first New Zealand story! It starts on top of the world–in an airplane with a very very sexy jump instructor and a very nervous chocolatier. After an ex declared her boring as he walked out the door, Chloe decides to take on the world by doing something truly terrifying. But this is not who she is, and she’s not sure that she’s ready for someone who flings himself into life as exuberantly as Garth.
Drawing Closer by Jenny Schwartz is a short little story with sizzle. Zoe has been in love with her cohort Nick for ages, but only she and her sketchbook–full of steamy nude drawings–know. Nick has a secret too, and the blackmailer is the only thing stopping him from going after Zoe full throttle. In the world of art, though, passion overrides everything.
No Strings Attached by Bridget Gray is a sweet, funny, surprising story set against the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami. Mei Jing rescues Rod under extraordinary circumstances, and when they meet again years later, she remembers–he doesn’t. But the attraction is instantaneous. Mei Jing wants more from Rod than gratitude, and she struggles to find the right time to tell the truth. Will she be able to trust that he truly loves her, or is he just grateful to the woman who saved his life?
The Danger Game by Caitlyn Nicholas is suspenseful, surprising, and a little bit sexy – a romantic suspense story about something other than a serial killer! Flick likes computers. She’s good at them, and she can trust that they will do what she needs them to do. People, however, are less certain. But she can’t do this alone–her program, the one she developed, the most dangerous program in the world, has been stolen, her mentor murdered, and she’s being set up to take the fall. She needs Ben. Then together, they need to save the world.
Happy reading, everyone. And do let us know what you think: we want to bring readers what they want, and that works best if readers tell us what they want (what they really really want).